Hessians MC (Motorcycle Club)

Hessians MC is a one percenter motorcycle club founded in Costa Mesa, Southern California in 1968.

Hessians MC Patch Logo
Hessians MC Patch Logo

Hessians MC History

The Hessians Motorcycle Club was founded in Costa Mesa, Southern California on March 7, 1968.

Started in the Vietnam War era, the founding members loved to ride Harley Davidson motorcycles.

The motorcycle club’s name was influenced by the region of Hesse in Germany, where farmers were conscripted to become a mercenary army.

Hessians MC Patch / Motto / Colors

The Hessians Motorcycle Club patch is made up of a dagger going through a skull, which is in front of an iron cross.

One of the Hessians Motorcycle Club mottos is “HFFH”. This stands for “Hessians Forever, Forever Hessians”. This format of motto is very common amongst outlaw motorcycle clubs.

The Hessians Motorcycle Club colors are black and white.

Hessians MC Chapters

The Hessians Motorcycle Club are believed to have chapters located in the following areas:

  • Hessians Orange County, Southern California (as at 2005 the Hessians Chapter President was “Spike”)
  • Hessians Colorado
  • Hessians Nevada
  • Hessians Nomads
  • Hessians Oklahoma
  • Hessians Oregon
Hessians MC Orange County President Spike
Hessians MC Orange County President Spike

Famous Hessians MC Members

While there are no famous Hessians Motorcycle Club members in a celebrity sense, there are some members who have gained significant attention in the media.

Thomas F. Maniscalco – Hessians Co-Founder

Thomas F. Maniscalco is the Hessians Motorcycle Club co-founder, as well as a lawyer. In 1994 he was sentenced to 46 years to life in prison for the Memorial Day 1980 execution-style slayings of two bikers and the daughter of a Los Alamitos police officer.

Hessians MC Thomas F. Maniscalco in blue
Hessians MC Thomas F. Maniscalco (center in blue)

Danny Lynn “Tombstone” Qualls – Hessians Chapter President

Danny Lynn Qualls was a Hessians Chapter President who was arrested as part of federal raids conducted in September, 1994. where he was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. He left the club shortly after the charges and started SCCOC (Southern California Confederation of Clubs), which aims to bring motorcycle clubs closer together and also improve their image amongst the media and public.

Hessians MC Danny Lynn "Tombstone" Qualls SCCOC
Hessians MC Danny Lynn “Tombstone” Qualls SCCOC

Hessians MC Crime / In The Media

1980 – 26 May, 1980. On Memorial Day a triple killing occurs and  Hessians co-founder Thomas F. Meniscalco is later charged with ordering the killing. The trial would then continue for more than  a decade.

1994 – June, 1994. Hessians co-founder Thomas F. Maniscalco is sentenced to 46 years to life in prison for ordering the execution-style slayings of two bikers and the daughter of a Los Alamitos police officer. The case had spanned over a decade, as the killings occurred on Memorial Day of 1980, which at the time made this the longest trial in Orange County, California history.

1994 – July, 1994. Federal agents successful infiltrate one of the Hessians club chapters. The federal agent becomes a probationary member.

1994 – September, 1994. 8 Hessians Motorcycle Club members are arrested and charged with drug and weapons offences after law enforcement raids. The federal investigation into the crimes had been ongoing for a year before the raids were conducted and also covered the infiltration of the club by a federal agent. The raids uncovered a meth lab, drugs and weapons including pistols, rifles and sawn-off shotguns.

2001 – The 4th District Court of Appeal in California rules against the Hessians after they attempt to sue Flanagans Sports Bar. They were turned away at the door of Flanagans on two occasions because they refused to remove their colors.   The Hessians sued for damages and injunctive relief, claiming the bar’s admission policy constituted unlawful discrimination under the Unruh Civil Rights Act.

Hessians MC Enemies and Allies

Hessians Motorcycle Club enemies:

  • Hessians enemies are to be confirmed.

Hessians Motorcycle Club allies:

  • Hangmen MC
  • Hells Angels MC (a 1991 Department of Justice report states possible business dealings between the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and Hessians Motorcycle Club)

Hessians MC Books / Movies / TV

Documentary – In 2005 a documentary titled “Hessians MC” was released which covers the nearly 5 decades of history of the club and many interviews with members who share their personal stories. See this dvd on Amazon (link opens in a new tab).

Hessians MC 2005 DVD
Hessians MC 2005 DVD

There are no books that we are aware of that are specifically written about the Hessians Motorcycle Club, however they do have a brief mention in the following books:

The One Percenter Encyclopedia by Bill Hayes. View this book on Amazon (link opens in a new window).

The One Percenter Encyclopedia Bill Hayes Florida
The One Percenter Encyclopedia Bill Hayes

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