Jesse Ventura-The Mongol

Jesse Ventura-The Mongol

Jesse's Colorful Career

For a period from the early 1970’s to the mid-1970’s Jesse Ventura—actor, wrestler, Navy SEAL and one term Governor of Minnesota--was a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, wearing a full club member patch and colors and was reportedly the Sergeant at Arms or third in command of his chapter.

He was never, according to police records, arrested for illegal activities although the reputation of some motorcycle clubs indicates their involvement in drug and firearm trafficking.

In the 1940’s through the 1960’s motorcycle clubs were organized along the west coast. Many of these gangs referred to themselves as “one per-centers”. This term differentiated the one percent of violent Clubs who participated in illegal activities from the ninety-nine percent of Motorcycle Clubs who were peaceful and legitimate.

Often the membership ranks of the violent gangs were filled with ex-service members who possessed high standards of discipline, duty, loyalty and respect to their comrades and knowledge of tactics, strategy and weapons. These men entered back into civilian life with no desire to be hampered with the constraints of the “system”.

Established in 1969, the Mongols Motorcycle Club was formed of primarily Hispanics who were denied membership to the Hell’s Angels because of their race. This affront forms the basis of the hatred and violence between the two clubs.

The Mongols—named for the Mongol Empire led by Genkis Khan—opened the Mother Chapter with 15 members and within 5 years had opened chapters in Los Angeles, San Diego, Bakersfield, Long beach, San Gabriel Valley, and the San Fernando Valley. There are also international chapters in Canada, Mexico and Italy.

A long-term undercover effort by four ATF agents in 2008 culminated in the arrest of Ruben “Doc” Cavazos and 38 other members. As the investigation continued 160 search warrants and 110 arrest warrants were executed against the club.

 All of the “one per-center” motorcycle clubs are fiercely territorial and fight viciously if another club attempts to infringe on their territory.