TEN’s anticipated miniseries Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms will premiere Tuesday May 15 at 8:30pm.
The drama, based on the events behind 1984’s Milperra Massacre, features Callan Mulvey, Matt Nable and Susie Porter. It will be preceded by a special, Bikie Wars: Here & Now, presented by TEN News reporter Hamish MacDonald at 8:10pm.
In the 1970s and early 80s, the outlaw bikie scene was in its fledgling days. More wild west than organized crime, the Comancheros vied with many other motorcycle gangs for territory.
As the tribes fought, the Comancheros were also fighting their own internal battle, with the Supreme Commander, Jock Ross, recruiting men to his club with the purpose of being the one dominant motorcycle gang in Sydney and eventually Australia.
Not everyone agreed with his tactics.
When the men challenged him, Jock split the club in what was a betrayal of his most loyal acolyte, Anthony “Snoddy” Spencer. With this act, Jock Ross misjudged the feelings of his men. Instead of staying with him, the majority mutinied, sticking with Snoddy who formed the Bandidos. And the seeds for Milperra were sown. With powerful forces within each of the rival clubs demanding retribution, a series of tit-for-tat attacks led to war being declared.
The winner would take all from the final battlefield that was to be the bikie swap meet at the Viking Tavern in Milperra on Fathers Day 1984.