Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Big Vinny Girolamo 12.05.47 - 09.12.79
After the completion of his military service in 1966, Girolamo joined the Hell's Angels and became the sergeant-at-arms of the Manhattan chapter. He is responsible for the club's motto "When in Doubt, Knock 'em Out" and their insignia "Evil Force".
On September 21, 1977, 22 year old waitress/girlfriend Mary Ann Campbell died after Girolamo pushed her from the roof of a 6 story building. That night, the drunken Girolamo was also accused of attempting to rape two other members. Girolamo was charged with Campbell's murder but before he could stand trial, he died from an injury to his spleen after a dispute turned physical with Oakland Hell's Angel President Michael "Irish" O'Farrell.
Girolamo is featured prominently in this fascinating documentary about the outlaw biker gang. Hurricane Vinny enjoys third billing, right after Sonny Barger and Sandy Alexander.
Hells Angels Forever, 1983 documentary
Observer Reporter, 1979
Three Can Keep a Secret if Two are Dead
Showdown- How the Outlaws, Hells Angels and Cops Fought for Control of the Streets
Trouble with Angels, NY Times 1994
The Vroom of Engines, NY Times 2007