Hells Angels property in Anchorage for sale

Posted: Monday, October 08, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Hells Angels in Anchorage are selling their clubhouse for larger digs. But don't expect the secretive motorcycle club to hold an open house.

Prospective buyers must go through real estate agent Tim Hume for special clearance by club members to view the Spenard-area clubhouse, which is going for $85,000.

''Anybody wants to buy it, I got to talk to one of the guys,'' said Hume, an agent for NextHome Real Estate.

The Hells Angels, a national motorcycle club, has had a chapter in Anchorage since 1983.

Club members would not be interviewed. According to the agent, ''they're very quiet. They like to be left alone.''

Hume calls himself a former Hells Angel ''prospect'' but never a full-fledged member. He told the Anchorage Daily News he's not authorized to talk about how big the group is or what it does.

One day last spring he noticed that the members had put up a sign trying to sell the clubhouse by themselves, Hume said, so he sought the listing.

White paint is peeling from the one-bedroom ranch, which features a plaza in front with benches and a barbecue that lends itself to gatherings. Plus there are the Hells Angels signs and symbols.

A red mailbox features the club's trademark deathhead and wings; a wooden arch over the driveway with ''Hells Angels'' written in red across the top hints at the group's colorful, notorious past.

In 1987, 14 Alaska Hells Angels were arrested and charged with drugs and weapons violations and conspiracy to murder rival gang members. The arrests were part of a national roundup.

The conspiracy to murder charges arose from allegations that Hells Angels members planned to retaliate for the killing of Hells Angel John Cleve of Anchorage in August 1986. Cleve was killed in a Louisville, Ky., bar.

After a 12-week trial in Louisville, two national Hells Angels leaders were convicted of felonies, a handful of Alaskans were convicted on a related misdemeanor, and most of the Alaskans were found not guilty.

That's the latest big news about the Anchorage Hells Angels chapter.

''They haven't done much of anything after than investigation,'' said Anchorage police Detective Doug Pickerel. ''They're past middle age.''

Some local residents say clubhouse habitues have been fine neighbors.

''I've spoken to several of them. They have families. They care about their families,'' said Peter Basargin, who lives in a brown log house next to the clubhouse. ''I haven't seen any type of violence or anything bad around here whatsoever.''



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