As many of my fans may already know, last October I spoke with Dan Zupansky on True Murder podcast about the chilling case of Gary Triano. A few weeks later, Dan reached out again and said fans enjoyed our show and wanted to hear more! On this episode, we talked all about the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club, the “gamification” of being in a biker gang and my latest book, The Last Chicago Boss.

Although biker gangs usually aren’t considered “traditional” true crime, Dan was interested and open to discussing the cases involved with undercover investigations involving large biker gang infiltrations and the mentality behind these organizations. You’ve likely heard stories about the most dangerous motorcycle gangs involved in murder, extortion, and mob-mentality criminal activity, so it was great to be able to share some of those insights with True Murder listeners.

Thanks again for having me on the show, Dan!

You can listen to the podcast below, or click here to listen on BlogTalkRadio.

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Recently I had the pleasure of speaking on the Crime Bites podcast, hosted by criminologist Professor Elizabeth Yardley.

In this show, get some insights on what we really know about biker clubs, what makes them so intriguing to outsiders, and how biker clubs have changed throughout history. Plus, learn what it’s like to work closely with criminals and how it affects you after.

Tune in to the hour-long podcast below:

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Chicago Magazine likely knows a thing or two about the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club. Journalist Adam Morgan sat down with Big Pete, the subject of The Last Chicago Boss, to chat about the impact of TV motorcycle gangs on biker culture.

One of the worst things that could ever happen to motorcycle clubs was Sons of Anarchy. Jax, the main guy, he’s not a biker. He’s a serial killer.

Plus, Big Pete shares misconceptions about biker clubs, the legal ramifications of The Last Chicago Boss, how to choose the perfect bike and more.

Read the full story, “Life Inside the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club” from Chicago Magazine here.

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Pete knew that one day he’d be a big part of the Chicago Outlaws.

Each decision he made throughout his young adult life was carefully calculated to benefit his eventual place in the Outlaws inner circle. And even as an outsider, he knew that there were better ways to run the club.

I always wanted to be an Outlaw. In 1995 when I first came on the scene, the Outlaws were doing everything they could to take on the Hells Angels. A lot of them went to prison. A lot of them are doing life, and the Angels are still here. I understood why they did that, but I looked at it and said I can’t do the same thing. It wasn’t working.

Penthouse writer Seth Ferranti takes a deeper look inside the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club before Big Pete was their leader many years ago.

Read the interview here.

Penthouse’s Review of The Last Chicago Boss:

A riveting and gripping account that details what life in the Outlaws was like and chronicles his rise through the ranks of the infamous club to become a modern day Godfather in biker culture.

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Many teenagers are content playing video games or guitar, but even at that age Big Pete was searching for a thrill. His story began in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where he grew up often playing “games” such as Risk & Go while questioning his role in society. As Pete shares in his tell-all interview with Fond du Lac Reporter Sarah Razner,

I was a member of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club, but I was an outlaw long before that. I started in my junior, senior year of high school saying that I’m not going to follow this.

Big Pete shares some of the stories behind his roots before he was a leader of one of the largest motorcycle clubs in the United States.

Read the full interview on Fond du Lac Reporter here.

And if you want the full story of Big Pete, well, you’ll have to read The Last Chicago Boss.

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The Last Chicago Boss: My Life with the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club

The inner workings of motorcycle clubs often remain shrouded in mystery. In THE LAST CHICAGO BOSS: My Life with the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club (St. Martin’s Press; On-sale: September 19, 2017), Peter “Big Pete” James reveals how he became the “Godfather” of the Chicago Outlaws, taking readers inside the secretive club. Written with Kerrie Droban, the critically-acclaimed and award-winning author of Prodigal Father, Pagan Son and Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws, THE LAST CHICAGO BOSS reads like “Sons of Anarchy” come to life. The story is made all the more vivid through never-before-revealed interviews, police files, wiretaps, recordings, and trial transcripts.

Even as a child, Big Pete had grand ambitions. Whether it was besting his father at chess or betting on horse races with his Uncle Tony, Big Pete collected lessons on power, money, and human nature. With nothing less than becoming the boss of Chicago on his mind, Big Pete began working his way into the Outlaws, determined to become a trusted member. Before long, he was a full patch member, working steadily up the ladder. He first set his sights on the Angels, the Outlaws’ main rival. He organized members and launched “Angel Hunts” all over Chicago. As head Outlaw, Big Pete attempted something unprecedented—he persuaded thousands of members of splintered Outlaw clubs to unite. These formerly discontented bikers came together in a new, more powerful, group. They became an extraordinarily commanding criminal syndicate involved in extortion, contract murders, drugs and arms trafficking, money laundering, and assassinations.
Then one day Big Pete found himself doubled over in pain, his body shutting down with fatigue. The diagnosis was cancer—eventually he would have a kidney removed. His cancer would change everything—he realized he could no longer run his club and battle his disease. In a painful process, Big Pete watched his club crumble.

Readers get unprecedented access to the inner workings of a motorcycle club from the perspective of the man who led them in this extraordinary memoir.

About The Authors

Peter “Big Pete” James was known as the “Godfather” of the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club having formed and commanded a coalition of 38 motorcycle clubs and 8 Outlaw Motorcycle Club Chapters in the Chicagoland area in his twenty year career.

Kerrie Droban is the co-author of Prodigal Father, Pagan Son: Growing Up Inside the Dangerous World of the Pagans Motorcycle Club and 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 Best Memoir/Autobiography and two-time winner for their True Crime award. She is also the author of Vagos, Mongols & Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs, which is now a television series entitled “Gangland Undercover” produced by the History Channel. She is a criminal defense attorney in Arizona.

For more information, or to set up an interview with Peter “Big Pete” James and/or Kerrie Droban contact Rebecca Lang, Publicity Manager at Rebecca.Lang@stmartins.com or 646-307-5573

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