Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club
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|Founded by||John "JT" Teller and Piermont "Piney" Winston|
|Founding location||Charming, California, United States|
|Territory||Charters throughout North America, Australia and Europe|
|Ethnicity||White, Hispanic, Asian, and Black|
|Criminal activities||Arms trafficking, assault, drug trafficking, murder, vigilantism, pornography, extortion, protection racketeering, witness intimidation, loan sharking, racketeering, robbery, Truck hijacking, and trafficking in stolen goods|
|Allies||Black Guerrilla Family, Cacuzza crime family, Devil's Tribe, Mayans, Grim Bastards, One-Niners, True IRA, Galindo Drug cartel, Byz Lats, Aryan Brotherhood|
|Rivals||L.O.A.N., Nordics, Russian mafia, Lin Triad, Lobos Sonora Drug cartel, Pope Partners Inc, Calaveras MC|
The Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original (SAMCRO), is a fictional outlaw motorcycle club and organized crime syndicate at the center of the FX television series Sons of Anarchy. The club was formed by John Teller and Piermont "Piney" Winston, two Vietnam War veterans, in 1967 in Charming, California. Six of the original nine members were war veterans. Their logo is a Grim Reaper wielding an M16 rifle with scythe blade in one hand, and holding a crystal ball in the other. The club's mottos include "Fear the Reaper" and "Ride Free or Die", their colors are blue and white. The club has 29 charters worldwide. In North America, these are located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New England, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Delaware, Washington in the United States; and Alberta and Manitoba in Canada. There are also a number of charters in the UK, Australia, Ireland and Sweden.
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Activities
- 4 Members
- 5 Charters
- 6 Murders committed by Club members and/or associates
- 7 References
The series follows the club's Mother Charter, the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original (SAMCRO). Until the end of Season 4, the charter's President was Clay Morrow, but was deposed by his stepson Jackson "Jax" Teller. SAMCRO's primary business is importing illegal weapons and selling them to drug gangs in the East Bay, along with protection runs for local businesses by protecting valuable truck shipments from hijacking. They also protect Charming from outside gangs who try to manufacture and sell drugs, mainly methamphetamine. Jackson Teller, son of club founder John Teller, is the central character and the plot rests largely on his loyalty to the club in the face of the destruction it wreaks on its members and the community. A plot focus for the first three seasons are letters written by John Teller to his Irish mistress, identifying his wife, Gemma, and his best friend, Clay, as lovers and conspirators to kill John and prevent him from getting the club out of the lucrative weapons business. The letters were given to Jax but were found by Tara, his then girlfriend, who read them, then hid them. Gemma and Clay's fear of the club learning the truth, and the Hamlet-like plot twists ensuing, have been a central dynamic in the series. Most recently, Jackson has read the letters and deposed Clay as president, forced to let him live by the Irish gun merchants who trust only Clay. Subplots have involved the town's police force being superseded by the San Joaquin Sheriffs Department because of the open loyalty between the (former) chief of police – Wayne Unser – and the SOA, a partnership based on the Sons keeping drugs out of Charming. Past episodes have shown struggles for turf and wealth with Hispanic MC the Mayans, then white supremacists cooking methamphetamine, and most recently the Sons have allied with a drug cartel, which is revealed to be protected by the CIA. An alliance for business purposes quieted the fighting between the SOA and the Mayans. Tara is a talented pediatric surgeon desperate to get Jax and their two sons out of Charming; she is repeatedly foiled. Gemma has been driven to see her son take over the presidency of the SOA, inheriting his father's seat.
The club was formed in 1967 by John Teller and Piermont "Piney" Winston, following their return from service as paratroopers during the Vietnam War. The first charter was called "Redwood", simply because they weren't settled in any one city. They cruised the Northern California coast from Eureka to Big Sur, which is Redwood country. It wasn't until after Gemma Teller, John's wife, became pregnant with her first son, Jackson, that they decided to settle in Charming, the town where Gemma grew up. At that point, John Teller thought Charming was a little too cute for a charter name, so he called the charter the Redwood Originals. That's when the SAMCRO handle was born. The first charter was founded in Charming, California and originally had only nine members, the other seven being Wally Grazer, Thomas "Uncle Tom" Whitney, Chico Vellenueva, Lenny "The Pimp" Janowitz, Clay Morrow, Keith McGee and Otto "Lil' Killer" Moran. Six of these were war veterans. Teller was the President up until his death in 1993, when Clay Morrow took over. The club was originally formed as a form of social rebellion for men who simply wanted freedom and no longer wished to live by society's rules. They also tried to protect the people of Charming from outside gangs and drug dealers, rather than exploit them.
In 1991, the Mayans attempted to expand their drug-dealing operations into the San Joaquin Valley, leading to a bloody war with SAMCRO, who retaliated by defending the territory under their control. This war ran until 1993, when the Mayans finally backed down after taking heavy casualties. In 2008, employees for the Water and Power Board working near the highway dug up three skeletons, two of which were Mayans killed by Tig Trager in 1992, when they had tried to invade Lodi. The third skeleton was that of Lowell Harland, Sr., a mechanic at Teller-Morrow Automotive Repair, who was killed by Clay Morrow for being a "junkie rat". To stop the bodies from being identified, Trager, Morrow, and Jax Teller snuck into the hospital morgue to remove the teeth from the bodies, however, Lowell Sr. had already been identified. No one was ever convicted of the killings.
Keeping control of Charming
SAMCRO rules the town of Charming with an iron fist, and, to a certain extent, have even more power than the police. For the most part, they try to protect the town from outside criminal influences, but also use violence to keep things the way they like it; sabotaging large companies' attempts to branch into the town for example.
When Wayne Unser, the Chief of the Charming Police Department, announced his quickly approaching retirement due to suffering from cancer, the Sons of Anarchy plotted to make him stay on. He had always got on well with SAMCRO during his time in charge, and even employed them as muscle at times. However, his successor would be David Hale who is overtly suspicious of the SOA and, given the power, would almost definitely begin an investigation into the club. To warn Unser to keep Hale off their case, the SOA hijacked one of Unser's trucks that they were supposed to protect, and threatened to hijack more. As a good will gesture, they gave the contents of the truck to the local Italian American Mafia as their guns were late to be delivered. Also, to distract the police from their activities, the SOA acquire two dead bodies from the local morgue and set them up in a fake shoot-out. The set-up shooting was made to look like a racist murder involving the Nordics.
When the 13-year-old daughter of local businessman Elliot Oswald was raped at a carnival, he went to Clay Morrow and asked if the club could hunt the rapist down and kill him, in exchange for money. Clay refused the money but insisted that if the rapist was caught, Oswald must carry out the punishment himself. When they discovered that the rapist was one of the carnies, and not a member of the Nords as first thought, they captured him (following a large brawl with the other carnies) and brought him to Oswald. He brought his own knife to castrate the carny, but could not bring himself to do so. Clay Morrow then carried out the punishment himself, but wearing gloves while doing it and keeping the knife with Oswald's finger prints. He later used this to blackmail Oswald; he threatened to frame him for the crime as he was about to sell off much of the land around Charming to big business and housing development, which would inadvertently bring a larger police force to Charming and challenge the reign of SAMCRO.
Kyle Hobart, a disgraced former SAMCRO member who left Opie Winston to be caught by the police after a bombing, returned to Charming in 2008 after being exiled years earlier. He was in town to watch his son playing with his band at a local festival, but also approached Jax Teller and asked him if the Sons wanted in on his deal selling stolen car parts. Jax accepted and invited him to the clubhouse that night. This was a set-up, however, to punish him for not having his SOA tattoo removed after being disowned by the club. At the clubhouse, they tied him up and offered him a choice of means to remove the tattoo. Tig used a blowtorch and whiskey to burn off the tattoo. The Sons then dropped him off at the St. Thomas hospital ER.
War with the Mayan-Nordic alliance
In 2008, the Mayans and Nordics began an alliance in a bid to remove the Sons of Anarchy from Charming, as SAMCRO supply the Mayans' enemies with weapons and stop the Nordics from dealing drugs in Charming. The Mayans also began providing muscle for the Nords' drug pushing in exchange for 20% of their profits. The Mayans started the war off by looting and burning down the warehouse SAMCRO used to store weapons in Charming. The Sons then retaliated by riding out to the industrial storage warehouse San Leandro where the Mayans took the guns, and doing like-wise. The raid did not go as smoothly as anticipated, however, as three Mayans and a member of the Nordics turned up while they were inside the building, and a shoot-out ensued with the Sons coming out the victors with no casualties. Almost simultaneously, the Nordics began selling methamphetamine in Charming, resulting in Jax's ex-wife Wendy Case od'ing on said meth and forcing her to the ER, prompting a swift and violent response from the Sons of Anarchy; Jax Teller, Chibs Telford and Bobby Munson found some drug dealers at a local bar and beat them with pool cues.
When the Sons of Anarchy decided to patch-over their brother club, the Devil's Tribe, Teller and Munson were sent to Indian Hills, Nevada to inform them. On the way there, the pair came across a group of Mayans on the road and were involved in a chase and then a shoot-out. When they eventually arrived at the Devil's Tribe clubhouse and informed them of the news, their President, Jury, was not pleased but eventually accepted that it was the best decision for both clubs. Clay then traveled to Indian Hills to perform the patch-over ceremony, and brought a number of Sons of Anarchy Washington members as protection in case the Mayans retaliated for the earlier incident. They did, and attacked the clubhouse with machine guns and shotguns. The Sons of Anarchy members, also heavily armed, fought back until the Mayans fled. During the fire fight, Jury and a few Mayans were wounded, but there appeared to be no deaths.
The Nords leader, Ernest Darby, was soon informed of SAMCRO's weapons deal with the True IRA by rogue ATF agent Josh Kohn. At a meeting with the Mayans President Marcus Álvarez, Darby proposed killing Clay Morrow and afterwards, the Nords could take Charming and the Mayans could take over the gun business. Marcus then told his son, Esai, to kill both Morrow and Darby. Later, when Clay and Tig Trager were making a deal with the IRA's Cameron Hayes at a bar, the Mayans attacked but were killed before they could get to Clay. They did wound Hayes, however. They simultaneously assaulted Darby's home, but also failed to kill him, shooting only a henchman and two women. SAMCRO then called in the Sons of Anarchy State Presidents and Vice-Presidents from Washington, Utah and Nevada, in a bid to wipe out the Mayans. This operation was never put into action, however, as a peace agreement was eventually made when local police chief Wayne Unser brought Clay Morrow and Ernest Darby in for questioning in response to the shootings. Clay told Unser to bring Álvarez in also, so that the three gang leaders could hold a meeting and stop more bloodshed. Clay met with Darby first, and told him not to retaliate because it would start a war on the streets of Charming. He then met with Álvarez and the pair made a deal; the Sons of Anarchy would begin selling guns to the Mayans, and all Mayan-SOA disputes nationwide (over turf, businesses, etc.) would end in the SOA's favor. Álvarez then shot Esai in the back of the head for not properly carrying out the ordered hits on Clay and Darby forcing the agreement with the Sons. This agreement, and the dissolution of the Mayan-Nordic partnership, marked the end of the war.
War with the One-Niners Led By Laroy
After the Mayans raided SAMCRO's storage warehouse, the Sons of Anarchy were left with no guns to sell to the One-Niners, much to the annoyance of their leader Laroy. He convinced Clay Morrow and Tig Trager to set up a meeting with the Mayans for an arms deal and when they left, the Niners would eliminate the Mayans and take the guns as payment. This would satisfy both gangs, as SAMCRO's enemies would be wiped out and the Niners would receive their arms shipment. However, when Clay, Tig, Jax and Opie Winston met Marcus Álvarez and his crew at a warehouse in Oakland, the Niners tried to take out the Mayans and the SOA. The SOA group escaped, but a number of Mayans and Niners were killed in the shoot-out.
In an unrelated matter, SAMCRO's leaders (Clay Morrow and Tig Trager, specifically) suspected Opie Winston of being an ATF informant and decided to have him killed. However, they mistakenly killed his wife, Donna, instead. Opie's father, Piney, was led to believe that it was the Niners who killed his daughter-in-law (rather than SAMCRO admitting that it was them), and he decided to take revenge. He traveled to a Niners bar in Oakland, took a gang member hostage, and demanded to know who killed Donna. SAMCRO's leaders had him followed by prospect Half-Sack Epps, however, and he called Jax Teller and Chibs Telford for help. They managed to get Piney out alive, and had a talk with Laroy. He told them that it was not him or his gang who killed Donna. This came as a surprise to Jax and Chibs as they, too, had been told that it was the Niners who killed her.
War with the Triads
In addition to their conflicts with the Mayans, Nordics and One-Niners, SAMCRO also had a brief battle with the San Francisco-based Triads in 2008. Otto Delaney and a number of other imprisoned SAMCRO members were protecting Chuck Marstein from the Triads in the state prison at Stockton, as he was their accountant but stole money from them, then informed on a number of their members when he was arrested. SAMCRO also agreed to protect him on the outside when he was released, in return for information on where the Triads keep their money. He told them that the Triads keep some money in a restaurant, and they intended to wait until the restaurant was closed until they raided it, but Chuck's frequent masturbation made them uneasy and they decided to raid the restaurant sooner. However, just after they stole the money (and some counterfeiting plates), they discovered it was set up. A group of Triads (including the boss, Henry Lin) then turned up in cars before the Sons could flee, and a shoot-out briefly ensued, with no casualties. Instead of starting a war, both gangs decided to make a deal then and there; SAMCRO handed over Chuck and the counterfeiting plates and the Triads paid them in real money.
Pressure from the ATF
2008 also saw the Sons of Anarchy coming under investigation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for crimes such as inter-state arms trafficking, racketeering and murder. June Stahl came to Charming to investigate the club. Before her Josh Kohn started the investigation, although this was only a cover for his true motives for being in Charming (he was actually stalking Tara Knowles). June Stahl discovered that Josh Kohn was actually there stalking Tara Knowles and sent him back to Chicago where authorities were awaiting his arrival. He escaped from custody, returned to Charming, and was eventually murdered by Jax Teller, Tara's teenage and now present boyfriend.
When Josh Kohn arrived in Charming and began his investigation, the club was forced to move their weapons cache to Indian Hills, Nevada, where their brother club the Devil's Tribe are based. To transport the guns, the Sons of Anarchy would need a truck, and Tig Trager and Juice Ortiz were tasked with stealing one from a local truck yard. This was not as simple as first assumed, however; Juice drugged the guard dog with crank (meth) before breaking in, thinking the drug would incapacitate the dogs. However, the crank only made the dogs more fierce, and Tig was pursued aggressively as he made his way to the truck. The weapons were eventually moved back to Charming after a new warehouse was acquired.
When things quieted down with the ATF, SAMCRO began selling weapons again. Piney Winston sold some AK-47s to Nate Meineke and his right-wing militia. This was sanctioned by the club because Meineke was an old war buddy of Piney and was "just playing soldier". It backfired, however, when the militia used these guns to ambush a prison convoy and free one of their members, Frank Cison. A police officer and two bystanders were killed during the assault, yet again bringing a heavy law enforcement presence to town. Meineke dropped his cell phone at the scene, and his last received call came from Piney at Teller-Morrow garage. When the ATF found the phone, they raided the clubhouse and arrested Clay. He was later released from custody because no incriminating evidence was found in the raid, and therefore no evidence linking SAMCRO to the guns used in the attack. As revenge for the militia bringing the ATF down on their heads and to make sure Meineke and his gang didn't "snitch" if they were apprehended by the authorities, SAMCRO decided to kill all of the militia. Piney and Opie Winston and Jax Teller pretended to sell them more weapons and ammunition. The boxes of guns were actually filled with explosives, however, and the militia carried the boxes off to their hideout. When the SOA were told by Meinke that only he and his men would be at their hideout (no civilians: family, etc.), they detonated the bombs, killing them all.
Shortly before the death of Kohn, and to his frustration, June Stahl took over his investigation and was more determined to bring the club down. One of her first acts was to arrest Luann Delaney, wife of respected club member Otto, and Cherry, the girlfriend of Prospect Half-Sack Epps. She threatened them with prison if they did not give up information on SAMCRO, and held them at the local police station. SAMCRO knew of Stahl's tactics, and plotted to sneak into the jail and talk to the girls. Bobby Munson, Piney Winston and Tig Trager started a brawl at a local bar so that most of the town's small police force had to go to the scene to break it up. This gave Jax Teller and Opie Winston an opportunity to break into the police station, with the help of the corrupt Chief Wayne Unser, and freed Cherry, who was facing serious jail-time in another state, and admitted to Jax she would rat. Luann stayed behind because the ATF had offered Otto a deal which would let her have a visit and approve his upcoming parole. This gave her the chance to pass the information Jax told her about Stahl trying to use RICO on the club. Cherry was then smuggled into Canada, along with Cameron Hayes (now wanted as a member of the True IRA), by Happy in one of Unser's trucks. On the pretence that Luann and Otto would give up information on a 1999 heist, they were allowed to meet at the prison. After this, they said goodbye and when Stahl entered the room, Otto assaulted her, only extending his prison term.
The club entered Half-Sack Epps into bare-knuckle boxing competition to raise money for weapons. He was supposed to take a dive in the final, but won by knocking his opponent out. This lost the club $35,000. However, Cameron Hayes offered SAMCRO a free shipment of guns in exchange for killing Brenan Hefner, an Oakland Port Commissioner who murdered his cousin Michael McKeavy. They accepted the offer and Bobby, Jax and Opie went to Hefner's motel room where he was having sex with his mistress Eviqua Michaels. It was planned out that Bobby and Jax would keep watch while Opie made the hit, however, he froze and Bobby instead shot Hefner. Michaels went to the police and successfully identified Bobby and Opie, who were both arrested. Agent Stahl tried to leverage Opie to turn on the club by playing on his family ties as well as his debts. The ATF paid off a number of his debts so that SAMCRO would think he had turned into an informant, and he would be forced to turn on them. He was offered witness protection for himself and his family if he would inform on SAMCRO's illegal activities; otherwise, he could be imprisoned or released to be killed by the Sons as a snitch. He was released after two days and returned to Charming where Clay, after finding out about the debts being paid off, became suspicious. At the clubhouse he was given a warm welcome, but Clay had Tig search Opie's truck and cell phone, where he found both to be tapped with listening devices (which were planted without Opie's knowledge). Fearing that Opie had indeed turned rat, Clay secretly ordered Tig to take Opie out. During a shoot-out with the One-Niners in Oakland, Tig attempted to kill Opie during the havoc, but found himself unable to do so. Later, at a party celebrating the homecoming of Jax's son, Abel, from the hospital, Tig stole a black SUV and followed Opie's truck and shot the driver dead. However it was Opie's wife, Donna, who was driving the truck. Just after Tig had left to kill Opie, Clay was approached by Wayne Unser and told that Opie was in fact not an informant, and that the ATF had set him up. Clay tried to phone Tig to tell him, but he had left his phone (along with his colours) with his motorcycle.
The charges against Bobby and Opie fell apart when SAMCRO stopped Eviqua Michaels from testifying. Clay blackmailed Elliot Oswald, a local businessman, into getting his friends in the US Attorney to tell him the location of Eviqua. She was being held at a safe house in San Joaquin and Chibs Telford, Happy and Tig were sent there to kill her. After knocking out the Sheriffs and ATF agent protecting her, they tied her up and were preparing to shoot her when Jax arrived and stopped Tig at gunpoint from killing her. Jax, who had recently learned of the situation with Donna's murder, told Chibs and Happy to leave, then beat Tig up for killing Donna.
Although none of SAMCRO's members were ever convicted during the ATF's investigation into the club, significant unrest was caused by it. Most notably, the decision by Clay and Tig to kill Opie and not tell any other members. Tig stole a black SUV to use during the drive-by shooting of Donna, and also used a MAC-10, which made it look like a murder by the One-Niners. When the Niners leader, Laroy, told Jax that it was not his gang who killed Donna, it became apparent that Clay was responsible.
The Sons of Anarchy participate in a number of legal and illegal activities and businesses in order to make money, such as gun-running and hijacking. They import illegal, Russian-made guns, such as AK-47s, M4A1s, SIG 551s, Glocks, MP-5s, AR-15s, RPGs, KG-9s, and FN-57s from Belfast, Ireland through their connection to the True IRA. These weapons arrive on ships in Oakland in oil containers. They then sell these guns to other gangs in Northern California such as the One-Niners and, eventually, the Mayans. They have also sold to terrorist groups and militias. It is mentioned that the Russian Mafia also sell weapons in the area, meaning that they are a potential business opponent.
Unser Shipping, a local trucking company, routinely hires the Sons to protect their shipments on the way to Mexico and other places. However, SOA have been known to occasionally hijack these trucks. Also, it has been mentioned that the Sons have participated in heists and hijackings of other businesses, with the help of a number of charters.
The Sons of Anarchy also own, or partially own, a number of legal enterprises. Teller-Morrow Automotive Repair is owned by the club and is also where most of the Charming charter work during the day. After helping out the Kara Kara pornographic film studio, SOA inherited part of the company and now receive part of its profits. Loan sharking is another of the Sons' businesses, as they lend money to businesses in the area.
In Season 4, The Sons of Anarchy begin selling guns to the Galindo Drug Cartel, and also begin muling Cocaine for them.
As of the middle of Season 5 and the start of season 6 SAMCRO has been moving away from the gun business and muling coke to more legitimate sources of income including an escort service using star power from Kara Kara.
Known members of the club include:
|John "J.T." Teller||Co- Founder/President/First 9||Charming, CA||1967–1993||SAMCRO founder. Member of the First 9 and first ever President. Murdered by Clay Morrow in 1993 for attempting to end gun-running operations with the IRA.|
|Piermont "Piney" Winston||Co-Founder/Vice President/First 9||Charming, CA||1967–2011||Co-founded SAMCRO with John Teller. Member of the First 9. Served as Vice President until 1990 when he stepped down due to emphysema. Murdered by Clay Morrow for threatening to expose letters from John Teller to Maureen Ashby which shows the motive for Clay killing John.|
|Jackson "Jax" Teller||President (former)||Charming, CA||1995–2014||Former Vice President of SAMCRO; former President of the mother charter, and National President. Son of John Teller and stepson of Clay Morrow. Took the gavel after forcing Clay to step down after learning Clay was responsible for his father's death, Piney's death, and the attempted kidnapping and murder of his wife, Tara. Voted to meet "Mr. Mayhem" by SAMCRO following the murder of Jury White. Later committed suicide by driving headlong into an 18-wheeler during a police chase.|
|Filip "Chibs" Telford||Current President||
|1989–present||Former Vice-president, Former Sergeant at arms Medical specialist. Former IRA member. Appointed Sergeant-at-Arms by Jax after taking the gavel. Promoted to Vice President following Bobby turning in the V.P. patch. Promoted to President of SAMCRO after Jax Teller was voted to meet "Mr. Mayhem", making him the National President.|
|Gaines||President||Indian Hills, NV||?–present||Former Vice President of the Indian Hills charter. Succeeds Jury White as President upon being murdered by Jackson "Jax" Teller. Requests a forum against Jax demanding a Mayhem vote from SAMCRO.|
|Seamus Ryan||President||Belfast, Northern Ireland||1987–present||Former Vice President. Tapped as new President for SAMBEL after McGee's execution.|
|Lee||President||Tacoma, WA||?–present||President of the Tacoma Charter. First seen in 'Call of Duty' with Kozik when they brought the higher-grade Irish weapons stock to Charming.|
|Les Packer||President||San Bernardino, CA||?-present||Came to Charming to personally tell Jax that his charter voted down the offer for the gun trade. Led the forum assembled to investigate Jax's killing of Jury. Honors Jax's request to push for abolition of the unwritten bylaw regarding race in the club.|
|Jury White||President||Indian Hills, NV||2008–2014||Former President of the Devil's Tribe, which was patched-over and became the SAMC Indian Hills charter. Murdered by Jax for allegedly giving up SAMCRO to Henry Lin.|
|Armando "Army"||President||Tucson, AZ||?–2011||Former President of SAMTAZ. Murdered by the Lobo Sonora Cartel.|
|Keith McGee||President (former)/First 9||Belfast, Northern Ireland||1967–2010||Former President of SAMBEL and member of the First 9. Executed by Clay Morrow for betraying the club.|
|Alexander "Tig" Trager||Current Vice President||Charming, CA||?–present||Former Sergeant-at-Arms and enforcer for the Mother Charter. Gives up title after discovering Clay had beaten up Gemma. Appointed Vice President by Chibs upon being promoted to President, himself.|
|Mickey||Vice President||Indian Hills, NV||?–present||Appointed Vice President of the SAMC Indian Hills, NV charter after Gaines following the murder of Jury White and Gaines' ascent to the gavel.|
|Luther Barkwill||Vice President||Newcastle, England
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|?–present||Former Road Captain. Shown on Lincoln Potter's RICO wall as SAMBEL V.P. Former member of the SAMC Newcastle, England charter.|
|Needles||Vice President (former)||Indian Hills, NV||2008–?||Former Vice President of the Devil's Tribe, which was patched-over and became the SAMC Indian Hills charter. Replaced as VP of Indian Hills sometime between 2008 and 2014 by Gaines.|
|Huff||Vice President (former)||Tucson, AZ||?–2011||Former Vice President of SAMTAZ. Excommunicated for murdering a member and blackmailing another.|
|Happy Lowman||Sergeant-at-Arms||Tacoma, WA
|?–present||Enforcer for the club and torture specialist. Appointed Sergeant-At-Arms of SAMCRO by Jax Teller following Chibs' promotion to Vice President.|
|Liam O'Neill||Sergeant-at-Arms (former)||Belfast, Northern Ireland||2000–2010||Former Sgt. at Arms and enforcer for SAMBEL. Enforcer for the IRA as well. Executed for betraying the club.|
|Benny||Sergeant-at-Arms (former)||Tucson, AZ||?–2011||Former Sgt. at Arms for SAMTAZ. Excommunicated for murdering a member and blackmailing another.|
|Robert "Bobby Elvis" Munson||Secretary||Charming, CA||?–2014||Former Secretary. Former Vice President for the Mother Charter, gave up the title after Jax framed Clay for Damon Pope's murder. Appointed SAMCRO President in preparation for Jax going to prison, but the appointed was rescinded as Jax was soon released. Murdered by August Marks.|
|Scrum||Secretary||Dungloe, Ireland||?–2010||Killed in same explosion as Padraic Telford.|
|Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz||Soldier (former)||Charming, CA||2003–2014||Intelligence officer. Excommunicated from the club after betraying Jax. Was let back into the club for exchange of killing Henry Lin in prison. Eventually killed by Tully by Juice's request before the remaining Triads could kill him.|
Indian Hills, NV
|?–present||Former President of the club's Nomad's. Season six episode he has joined Indian Hills charter after the disbandment of the Nomads. Currently a member of SAMCRO.|
|Orlin West||Soldier||Reno, NV
|?-2014||Recruited from Reno, NV charter to SAMCRO by Bobby Munson. Killed by the Lin Triad while guarding the Sons' gun warehouse as retaliation for Jax's attack on Lin's men.|
|Allesandro Montez||Soldier||Reno, NV
|?-present||Recruited from Reno, NV charter to SAMCRO by Bobby Munson.|
|George "Ratboy" Skogstrom||Soldier||Charming, CA||2011–present||Patched in 2013. Ratboy's sponsor was Jax.|
|Taddarius Orwell "T.O." Cross||Soldier||Charming, CA||2014–Present||Former President of the Grim Bastards MC. Unanimously voted to patch over to SAMCRO as a full member, thus becoming the first African-American member of the Sons of Anarchy.|
|Hopper||Soldier||Las Vegas, NV||?–present||Bobby Elvis was recruiting him for SAMCRO; backed out of transfer due to increasing violence in Charming and the destruction of the SAMCRO clubhouse.|
|Yates||Soldier||San Bernardino, CA||?-present||Went with Packer to decline Jax's offer of the gun trade.|
|Soldier||went with jax on offer of the gun tradeÃ|
|Geezer||Soldier||Belfast, Northern Ireland||?–present|
|Lenny "The Pimp" Janowitz||First 9||Big House Crew, Stockton, CA||1967–present||Member of the First 9. Currently imprisoned for allegedly killing three ATF agents. Former Sergeant-at-Arms under John Teller. Coined the term "Crow-eater". Only member of First 9 still alive.|
|Walter "Wally" Grazer||First 9||Charming, CA||1968–1986||Member of the First 9.|
|Thomas "Uncle Tom" Whitney||First 9||Charming, CA||1968–1995||Member of the First 9.|
|Chico Vellenueva||First 9||Charming, CA||1968–1976||Member of the First 9.|
|Otto "L'il Killer" Moran||First 9||Charming, CA||1968–1985||Member of the First 9.|
|Kip "Half-Sack" Epps||Prospect/Full-Patch postmortem||Charming, CA||2008–2009||Stabbed to death by Cameron Hayes in 2009. Received full-patch posthumously. Half-Sack's sponsor was Chibs.|
|Herman Kozik||Soldier||Tacoma, WA
|?–2011||Former Sergeant-at-Arms for the Tacoma charter and enforcer for the club. Voted into SAMCRO while most of the charter was in Stockton. Killed by a landmine while attacking the Lobos Sonora Cartel's Northern California base of operations.|
|Harry "Opie" Winston||Soldier||Charming, CA||1995–2012||Son of Piermont Winston. Explosives expert. Killed in jail by orders from Damon Pope.|
|Eric Miles||Soldier (former)||Charming, CA||2010–2011||Patched in during SAMCRO's incarceration. Killed by Juice after discovering his involvement stealing cocaine from the Gallindo Cartel. Framed as the thief, the club stripped him of his patch. Later discovered by Jax that Juice stole the brick of Coke. Miles' sponsor was Opie.|
|?–2012||Patched in Redwood due to Nomad charter disbanding. Killed by Unser after GoGo and Greg tried to kill him. Clay later states that the three Nomads are "traitors not members"|
|"Greg the Peg"||Soldier (former)||Nomad
|?–2012||Patched in Redwood due to Nomad charter disbanding. Killed by Clay after Greg and GoGo tried to kill him. The attempted hit was under Clay's orders and Clay was trying to cover up his tracks. Clay later states that the three Nomads are "traitors not members"|
|Frankie Diamonds||Soldier (former)||Nomad
|?–2012||Patched in Redwood due to Nomad charter disbanding. Club voted to strip him of his patch and be executed. Killed by an Italian Mob boss.|
|Philip "Filthy Phil" Russell||Soldier||Charming, CA||2010–2013||Patched in 2012. Killed by Galen O'Shay in 2013.|
|"Big" Otto Delaney||Soldier||Big House Crew, Stockton, CA||?–2013||Initially imprisoned for 6 years for second degree murder and grand theft auto, he had years added to his sentence for various assaults and murders behind bars. He ratted on Bobby in order to have his execution date moved to as soon as possible. Bit off his tongue to avoid testifying for a murder he committed that could have implicated Tara Knowles as an accomplice. Killed by several prison security guards in 2013, after killing Lee Toric.|
|Padraic Telford||Soldier||Belfast, Northern Ireland||?–2010||Nephew of SAMCRO member Filip Telford. Killed in explosion triggered by former SAMBEL Sergeant-at-Arms Liam O'Neill meant for SAMCRO before gunrun, on behalf of the IRA.|
|Little Paul||Soldier||Tucson, AZ||?–2011||Killed by SAMTAZ's Vice President Huff and Sergeant-at-Arms Benny, for his unwillingness to take part in their unsanctioned meth lab.|
|Kyle Hobart||Soldier (former)||Charming, CA||1997–2003||Excommunicated from the club for leaving Opie behind after he blew up a truck yard causing Opie to go to prison for 5 years.|
|Clarence "Clay" Morrow||First 9 President (former)||Charming, CA||1969–2012||Member of the First 9. Former National President and President of SAMCRO. Shot by Harry "Opie" Winston in retaliation for Clay having murdered "Piney" Winston, Opie's father, and for the death of Donna Winston, Opie's first wife. Stepped down after Jax threatened to show the club the letters and tell the club about his involvement in Piney's death. Excommunicated from the club for killing Piney and John Teller. Clay's sponsor was Piney. Killed by Jax Teller in 2013.|
|Reggie||Soldier (former)||Tucson, AZ||1993–2011||Blackmailed and forced out of club after discovering a meth lab created by SAMTAZ's Vice President Huff and Sergeant-at-Arms Benny. Reggie's sponsor was Little Paul.|
|V-Lin||Prospect||Charming, CA||2011–2013||Killed by Connor Malone in 2013.|
|Shepard||Prospect (former)||Charming, CA||2010||Quit prospect position|
- United States:
- Anchorage—Sticker seen in the background on the club house wall in many episodes
- Charming (SAMCRO)—"Redwood Original" Charter/Mother Charter
- Eureka—member seen in episode 6.6
- Fresno—mentioned in episode 1.4
- San Bernardino (SAMDINO)—mentioned in episode 6.2, members seen in episode 6.4
- San Gabriel—Seen on ATF Agent Josh Kohn's list of SOA Charters in episode 1.3
- Stockton (Big House Crew)—mentioned and seen throughout series (incarcerated members)
- Denver—Seen on ATF Agent Josh Kohn's list of SOA Chapters in episode 1.3
- New Jersey:
- Rahway—seen on wall sticker in clubhouse in episode 5.11
- New England:
- Unknown—Mentioned on SOA Website
- New Mexico
- Albuquerque - Seen on ATF Agent Josh Kohn's list of SOA Charters in episode 1.3
- New York:
- Niagara—Seen on ATF Agent Josh Kohn's list of SOA Charters in episode 1.3
- Cheyenne - Seen on ATF Agent Josh Kohn's list of SOA Charters in episode 1.3
- No fixed location—mentioned and seen throughout series. Disbanding as of 2012.
- Geelong—Seen on the wall in season 4
- Unknown—Seen on ATF Agent Josh Kohn's list of SOA Charters in episode 1.3
- Winnipeg—Seen on ATF Agent Josh Kohn's list of SOA Charters in episode 1.3
- Republic of Ireland:
- Dungloe (An Clochán Liath)—mentioned in episode 3.8, members seen in episode 3.9
- No specific city mentioned—Seen on the wall in episode 5.12 (40:23)
- Stockholm—Seen on the wall in season 4
- United Kingdom:
Murders committed by Club members and/or associates
- 3 Mayan Bikers: Killed by Clay Morrow and Tig Trager at the Mayan Warehouse, Episode 1.1
- Whistler: Darby's man, killed by Jax Teller in self-defense at the Mayan Warehouse, Episode 1.1
- Tristen's rapist: Castrated by Clay, Episode 1.3
- Nate and Russell Meineke: Blown up along with their men by Piney and Opie Winston and Jax, Episode 1.6
- 2 Mayan bikers: Killed by Clay and Tig back in 1992, mentioned in Episode 1.7
- Lowell Harland, Sr.: Killed by Clay for being a drug addict and a rat, mentioned in Episode 1.7
- Mayan Biker: Killed by Tig at the Irish Bar, Episode 1.8
- Josh Kohn: Killed by Jax at Tara's house, Episode 1.8
- Brenan Hefner: Killed by Bobby Munson for killing Michael McKeavy, Episode 1.9
- Esai Alvarez: Killed by Happy in punishment for failing to assassinate Clay Morrow and Earnest Darby, Episode 1.9
- Niner: Killed by Opie at the money exchange, Episode 1.12
- Niner: Killed by Jax at the gun exchange, Episode 1.12
- Donna Winston: Mistakenly shot by Tig in Opie's truck, Episode 1.12
- Elian Perez: Killed by Opie after being set up to look like Donna's killer, Episode 2.1
- 2 Mayan Bikers: Killed by Opie during the theft of the Niners' guns, Episode 2.2
- Squirrel: Aryan Brotherhood member killed by Otto Delany in Stockton in revenge for stabbing out Otto's eye, Episode 2.13
- AJ Weston: Killed by Jax in a tattoo artist's bathroom for raping Gemma, Episode 2.13
- 3 Mayan bikers: Killed by SAMCRO members during Ethan Zobelle's getaway, Episode 2.13
- Pozo Fuentes: Calaveras member killed by Tig in the hospital to prevent him from ratting, Episode 3.6
- 4 SAMBEL (Sons of Anarchy Belfast charter) members: Blown up by Liam O'Neill from the SAMBEL charter in attempt to kill SAMCRO, Episode 3.9
- Padraic Telford: Chibs' nephew who was also killed in the explosion, Episode 3.9
- Liam O'Neill: Killed by Jax in revenge for betraying the club, Episode 3.10
- 3 O'Phelan henchmen: Killed by Clay when trying to get to Jimmy, Episode 3.10
- O'Phelan henchman: Killed by Bobby when trying to get to Jimmy, Episode 3.10
- Keith McGee: Killed by Clay in revenge for betraying the club, Episode 3.10
- Hector Salazar: Killed by Jax to stop him from ratting on the Mayans, Episode 3.12
- Jimmy O'Phelan: Killed by Chibs for personal revenge, and in retaliation for aiding in the kidnapping of Jax's son, Episode 3.13
- ATF Agent June Stahl: Killed by Opie in revenge for setting up Donna's death, Episode 3.13
- Ivo: Killed by Otto in Stockton for trying to kill Jax months earlier, Episode 4.1
- Ronald Worski: Undercover FBI agent killed by SAMCRO when taking out the Russians, Episode 4.1
- 3 Putlova henchmen: Killed by Chibs, Bobby, Juice, and Happy at the Russian warehouse, Episode 4.1
- Putlova henchman: Killed by Clay in the Wahewa Land woods, Episode 4.1
- Putlova henchman: Killed by Tig in the Wahewa Land woods, Episode 4.1
- Viktor Putlova: Killed by Jax for trying to have him killed in Stockton, Episode 4.1
- Russian gang leader: Killed by Clay to stop him from talking to the Wahewa leaders, Episode 4.3
- Little Paul: Killed by Huff and Benny from SAMTAZ (Sons of Anarchy Arizona charter) to set up meth distribution behind club's back, mentioned in Episode 4.4
- Eric Miles: Killed by Juice after he stumbled upon his involvement in stealing the cocaine for the cartel, Episode 4.6
- Lobo Sonora shooter: Killed by Chibs after he shot his accomplice's sister, Episode 4.7
- Piermont "Piney" Winston: Killed by Clay to stop him from releasing the letters, Episode 4.8
- Georgie Caruso : Killed by Opie and Tig in retaliation for the murder of Luann Delaney in Episode 4.11
- Veronica Pope: Killed by Tig while trying to kill One-Niner leader, Laroy Wayne, Episode 4.12
- Niner : Killed by Jax in self-defense in Episode 4.13
- Agent Goodman : Killed by Tig to avenge his daughter's death in Episode 5.01
- Cleaner : Killed by Tig in a fit of rage for being involved in his daughter's death in Episode 5.01
- Rita Roosevelt: Shot in the stomach by a SAMCRO former Nomad, Frankie Diamonds, killing her unborn child instantly, died later in the hospital, Episode 5.5
- Wife of prison guard: Killed by Tig to cover up the grisly murder of the prison guard in charge of having Opie killed, Episode 5.6
- Prison guard: Killed by Jax for sending Opie to get killed by the Black Guerillas, Episode 5.6
- GoGo: Killed by Wayne Unser for breaking into his home; set up by Clay Morrow, Episode 5.7
- Greg the Peg: Killed by Clay for breaking into Unser's home; set up by Clay, Episode 5.7
- Ray Turner: Killed by Jax for trying to kill Jax and Chibs under Frankie Diamonds' employ, Episode 5.8
- Mafia member: Killed by Frankie Diamonds for giving him up to SAMCRO, Episode 5.9
- Randell: Killed by Chibs on Jax's orders for killing Opie, Episode 5.10
- Pamela Toric: Killed by Otto to both drop the RICO case and get revenge on SAMCRO, Episode 5.10
- Cartel thug : Killed by Jax in self-defense and to save Bobby in Episode 5.12
- Pope's henchmen: Killed by Jax as a setup to kill Pope, using Clay's gun to frame Clay for the murders, Episode 5.13
- Damon Pope: Set up by Jax and killed by Tig in retaliation for the murder of Dawn (Tig's daughter), unknowingly using Clay's gun till after the murder, Episode 5.13
- Kia: Killed by Tig for getting Opie's widow involved in Kia's torture fetish porn movies, Episode 6.1
- Darvany: Killed by Juice to ensure she didn't talk to the Feds about the KG-9 used in a school shooting by her now-deceased son, Episode 6.2
- Nazi Gang Leader: Killed by Clay in jail in order to have a protection from the Blacks in Episode 6.03
- Eddie Gerber: Killed by entire club plus two SAMDINO members for having Unser attacked, Episode 6.4
- Four Neo-Nazis: Killed by entire club plus two SAMDINO members for attacking Unser, Episode 6.4
- Lee Toric: Killed by Otto, Episode 6.4
- True IRA member: Killed during raid to get Connor Malone, Episode 6.5
- Alice Noone: Killed by Jax for Venus Van Dam, 6.7
- Transport guard: Ran over and killed by Juice for shooting Bobby, Episode 6.11
- Galen O'Shay and two other Irish: Killed by Jax, Tig and Chibs, in order to finalize SAMCRO backing out of running guns, 6.11
- Clay Morrow: Killed by Jax in revenge for killing his father, attempting to kill him, killing his father's best friend, beating his mother, and attempting to kill his wife, 6.11
- 2 Chinese men: Killed by Jax, Tig and Chibs, 6.12
- Bohai Lin: Killed by Happy in Episode 6.12
- Dr. Tara Knowles Teller: Killed by Gemma, thought to have made a deal to put Jax away, 6.13
- Eli Roosevelt: Killed by Juice, because he was trying to report Gemma, 6.13
- Jonathon Haddem, 2 other guys and a girl: Killed by SAMCRO mistakenly thinking they were east dub gangsters, Episode 7.1
- Chris Dun: Killed by Jax (in the same manner Tara was killed) after being fed false intel from Gemma that he was the one who killed Tara. Episode 7.1
- Gib O'Leary and his henchman: killed by Bobby and Chibs in order to frame him and his buddy for killing the Chinese soldiers in the desert. 7.2
- Jury White: Killed by Jax (before Jury could shoot at Jax) after mistakenly thinking that Jury ratted SAMCRO out to the Chinese. This non-sanctioned club murder led to Jax's Mayhem vote in the final episode. 7.8
- Henry Lin: Killed by Juice under orders from Jax in retaliation for Orlin West, and Diosa's employees murders 7.11
- Juice: Killed by Tully under orders from Jax for betraying the MC, 7.12
- Wayne Unser: Killed by Jax for not leaving him alone with Gemma when he was going to kill her, 7.12
- Gemma Teller Morrow: Killed by Jax in revenge for killing Tara, 7.12
- Brendan Roarke: Irish King. Killed by Jax to finally end the SOA/IRA connection once and for all 7.13
- Charlie Barosky: Killed by Jax for ratting SAMCRO out to the Triads, in which lead to a lot of innocent deaths 7.13
- August Marks: Killed by Jax in revenge for killing Bobby and harming SAMCRO in a number of other ways, 7.13
- Jax Teller: Committed suicide by riding his motorcycle directly into a semi, mirroring John Teller's death, Series Ending.