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Greek-American George Christie on His 40 Years in the Hells Angels

VENTURA, CA – Greek-American George Christie was featured on Fox News Digital (FND) for his time in the Hells Angels, recounting the moment he decided to quit the motorcycle club he had formerly led. Christie shared that he joined the outlaw motorcycle life for its “live and let live” philosophy but became disillusioned over time. He walked into a meeting and announced his departure, explaining it was a difficult decision and that the club had become what they once rebelled against.

Christie’s account is detailed in a new A&E series, “Secrets of the Hells Angels,” which explores the history of the notorious biker club. The series features interviews with former chapter presidents, law enforcement officials, undercover agents, and victims. Christie resigned his presidency of the Ventura chapter and left the club in 2011 due to his disillusionment with the club’s transformation from a brotherhood to an all-out war against other outlaw bike clubs and law enforcement.

After leaving, Christie was immediately excommunicated by the club members, who were restricted from ever speaking to him again. Reflecting on his departure, Christie expressed that he misses the camaraderie and brotherhood but acknowledges that he made the right decision for himself.

The Hells Angels have a long history in California, dating back to 1948, founded by returning World War II veterans in Fontana. The club includes a notorious incident at a Rolling Stones concert in Altamont in 1969, where a Hells Angel working security stabbed a spectator, who was later acquitted for acting in self-defense.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice reported that the Hells Angels had as many as 2,500 members in 230 chapters across 26 countries. The FBI still lists the Hells Angels as an outlaw motorcycle gang involved in various criminal activities, including drug trafficking. Despite decades of law enforcement efforts, including undercover operations and prosecutions, the club has continued to flourish, opening chapters worldwide and aggressively protecting its trademarks in court.

George Christie. Photo: Facebook/George Christie

Christie, the only child of Greek immigrants in Ventura, CA, grew up fascinated with motorcycles and bought his first bike in 1966, despite his father’s objections. He identified with outlaws from a young age and found the camaraderie he was seeking in the outlaw motorcycle world after leaving the Marine Corps. He became a full-patch Hells Angel in the Los Angeles chapter in 1976, quickly rising to president and later leading the Ventura Chapter.

Christie emphasized the importance of making one’s presence known in the Hells Angels, with custom motorcycles serving as extensions of their personalities. He defended the club’s image, arguing that it is unfairly regarded as an organized crime syndicate due to the actions of a few members. Christie also became involved in protecting the Hells Angels’ name and logo and maintaining media contacts to protect the club’s image.

The A&E series “Secrets of the Hells Angels” also details how undercover agent Jay Dobyns infiltrated the club in Arizona, highlighting the constant suspicion of true brotherhood within the club. Christie himself faced legal troubles, including a 59-count indictment in 2001 and a later indictment for conspiracy to firebomb two tattoo shops, which he attributes to poor leadership rather than direct involvement.

Christie spent time in solitary confinement, house arrest, and federal prison before his release in 2014. Today, he aims to share his story to debunk myths about the Hells Angels, writing books and hosting a podcast, “Speak of the Devil.” Christie insists he doesn’t want to glorify or apologize for his life but wants to set the record straight.

“Secrets of the Hells Angels” airs Sundays at 10 PM on A&E.

Material from the Associated Press was also used in this report.

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