Prodigal Father, Pagan Son: Growing Up Inside the Dangerous World of the Pagans Motorcycle Club

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Prodigal Father, Pagan Son: Growing Up Inside the Dangerous World of the Pagans Motorcycle Club

by A Menginie

St. Martin's Press | December 19, 2013 | Hardcover

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By the time he was thirteen, he already had attended thirteen funerals.
            Abandoned by his mother, and with his father, "Mangy" Menginie-president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, Philadelphia chapter-in jail, Anthony "LT" Menginie is raised inside the Pagans and inducted into a life of sex, violence, drugs, and organized crime.
            In Mangy's absence, LT finds a father figure in the Saint, a club member who helps teach him the difference between the club members you respect…and those you fear. The author recounts the power struggles that occur when Mangy is released from jail and tries to resume his role as father and president. Soon all hell breaks loose when Mangy betrays the club by going over to the rival Hells Angels, helping to touch off the "Biker Wars" in Philadelphia. The chapter's new president grooms LT to one day confront his father for his treachery. Faced with an impossible decision, LT has to decide where his loyalties lie.
            Prodigal Father, Pagan Son is a voyeuristic glimpse into the shocking and hypnotic underworld of notorious "one-percenter" biker clubs, hit men, drug dealers, and the other individuals who operate under no other rules than the "club code." But more than this, Menginie's story is the gritty and powerful true tale of surviving amid personal trials and tragedies, and of one man's determination to escape to a better life.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9.53 × 6.45 × 1.05 in

Published: December 19, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312576544

ISBN - 13: 9780312576547

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Prodigal Father, Pagan Son: Growing Up Inside the Dangerous World of the Pagans Motorcycle Club

by A Menginie

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9.53 × 6.45 × 1.05 in

Published: December 19, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312576544

ISBN - 13: 9780312576547

About the Book

"A gritty memoir of life inside the Pagans Motorcycle Club, chief East Coast rivals to the Hells Angels

"By the time he was thirteen, he already had attended thirteen funerals. Abandoned by his mother, and with his father--the club's notorious former president--in jail, "LT" Menginie was raised by the Pagans and became inducted into a life of sex, violence, drugs, and dysfunction. When his father was released from jail and betrayed the club by going over to the rival Hells Angels--helping to touch off Philadelphia's "Biker War"--LT had to decide where his loyalties lay. "Prodigal Father, Pagan Son "is the perfect read for fans of the popular television drama "Sons of Anarchy," and follows in the steps of Sonny Barger and other gripping insider accounts such as, "No Angel, Out in Bad Standings, "and "Under and Alone "by taking readers into the shocking and hypnotic under world of outlaw biker clubs.

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1   Blood Sport   In the beginning there is always blood … and then there are bodies. Rain pelted the streets outside my Upper Darby home, one block south of Linden Avenue in a working-class neighborhood once commandeered by the Pagan Motorcycle Club. The media trumpeted the group’s close association with La Cosa Nostra and described the Pagans as the “fiercest of the outlaw biker gangs with 900 members in 44 chapters between New York and Florida.” Founded in 1959, the Pagans, with all the other “outlaw clubs,” according to the American Motorcycle Association (AMA), supposedly comprised the 1 percent of American motorcyclists who purportedly committed 99 percent of all bikers’ crimes. But true outlaws were not criminals at all. They were conformists, a club of misfits who followed their own code of ethics, dress, and rules. It was the summer of 1985. I was eight years old and carried my few possessions in a plastic grocery bag—my collection of stolen baseball caps, a dented brass Liberty Bell from a school field trip, and a newspaper clipping of my mom on the front page of  The Philadelphia Inquirer.  The headline warned, “The New Pagans: The Power of Fear.” In the photo, my mom straddled the back of the club’s newest president, Egyptian. I kept the clipping not because it made me proud, but because it shamed me. The day before the photo was snapped, I had pointed a cap gun at my mom
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By the time he was thirteen, he already had attended thirteen funerals.
            Abandoned by his mother, and with his father, "Mangy" Menginie-president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, Philadelphia chapter-in jail, Anthony "LT" Menginie is raised inside the Pagans and inducted into a life of sex, violence, drugs, and organized crime.
            In Mangy's absence, LT finds a father figure in the Saint, a club member who helps teach him the difference between the club members you respect…and those you fear. The author recounts the power struggles that occur when Mangy is released from jail and tries to resume his role as father and president. Soon all hell breaks loose when Mangy betrays the club by going over to the rival Hells Angels, helping to touch off the "Biker Wars" in Philadelphia. The chapter's new president grooms LT to one day confront his father for his treachery. Faced with an impossible decision, LT has to decide where his loyalties lie.
            Prodigal Father, Pagan Son is a voyeuristic glimpse into the shocking and hypnotic underworld of notorious "one-percenter" biker clubs, hit men, drug dealers, and the other individuals who operate under no other rules than the "club code." But more than this, Menginie's story is the gritty and powerful true tale of surviving amid personal trials and tragedies, and of one man's determination to escape to a better life.

About the Author

ANTHONY "LT" MENGINIE is the son of Anthony "Mangy" Menginie, former Philadelphia chapter president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club.
 
KERRIE DROBAN is the author of Running with the Devil: The True Story of the ATF's Infiltration of the Hells Angels, winner of the USA Book News National Book Award for True Crime. She is a criminal defense attorney in Arizona.

Editorial Reviews

"A down-and-dirty memoir that should appeal to readers of such books as Sonny Barger's Hell's Angel (2001) and Hunter Thompson's classic Hell's Angels (1967)."-Kirkus Reviews

"One of the most extraordinary true crime autobiographies."-Sydney Morning Herald

"Gritty and real, tragic and brutal. The book is filled with powerful characters. A compelling read...not for the sqeamish."-MotorcycleUSA.com

"Any general-interest lending library will find this an involving, moving memoir!"-Midwest Book Review

"The raw honesty and horrendous recounts of events give readers a sense of empathy, and you can't help but imagine the travesties that the character endures as a young boy....Prodigal Father, Pagan Son is written with emotion, detail and brilliant imagery. The book is able to capture the audience with authenticity and believability."- NomadsLeathers.com

"This is a one-of-a-kind true tale of being born into madness . . . and of rising above it.-Robert K. Tanenbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Betrayed and Capture

"Delves into the secret underworld of 'one-percenter' clubs and delivers a candid and fascinating look at one man's search for brotherhood amid a life of dysfunction and abuse."-Jack Ballentine, author of Murder for Hire: My Life as the Country's Most Successful Undercover Agent

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