Prodigal Father, Pagan Son: Growing Up Inside the Dangerous World of the Pagans Motorcycle Club

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Allen & Unwin, Jun 17, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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To the reader: I am 31 years old. I was born the son of the Philadelphia Pagans' most notorious leader. I've been around some of the most hardcore Pagans; Mongo, Conan, S &S, Malicious, Cheese, Terrible Tony and Dominic. The following events happened. This is not fiction. However, some of the names and locations have been changed in the interest of privacy. I was born into madness. This is my story.

A gritty memoir about the author's journey through hell ... and his ultimate escape from it.

By the time he was thirteen, he already had attended thirteen funerals.

Abandoned by his mother, and with his father, 'Mangy' Menginie-president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, Philadelphia chapter-in jail, Anthony 'LT' Menginie is raised inside the Pagans and inducted into a life of sex, violence, drugs, and organized crime.

In Mangy's absence, LT finds a father figure in the Saint, a club member who helps teach him the difference between the club members you respect...and those you fear. The author recounts the power struggles that occur when Mangy is released from jail and tries to resume his role as father and president. Soon all hell breaks loose when Mangy betrays the club by going over to the rival Hells Angels, helping to touch off the 'Biker Wars' in Philadelphia. The chapter's new president grooms LT to one day confront his father for his treachery. Faced with an impossible decision, LT has to decide where his loyalties lie.

Prodigal Father, Pagan Son is a voyeuristic glimpse into the shocking and hypnotic underworld of notorious 'one-percenter' biker clubs, hit men, drug dealers, and the other individuals who operate under no other rules than the 'club code.' But more than this, Menginie's story is the gritty and powerful true tale of surviving amid personal trials and tragedies, and of one man's determination to escape to a better life.


'This is a one-of-a-kind true tale of being born into madness . . . and of rising above it.'

- Robert K. Tanenbaum, New York Timesbestselling author of Betrayed and Capture.

'Prodigal Father, Pagan Son delves into the secret underworld of 'one-percenter' clubs and delivers a candid and fascinating look at one man's search for brotherhood amid a life of dysfunction and abuse.'

-Jack Ballentine, author of Murder for Hire: My Life as the Country's Most Successful Undercover Agent.

Praise for Kerrie Droban's Running with the Devil.

'Kerrie Droban is a brilliant and talented author, and the book is a compelling masterpiece of contemporary nonfiction.'

-Burl Barer, Edgar Award-winning author and host of Outlaw Radio.

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User Review  - Rosekat - LibraryThing

Most of the book takes place during the author's childhood. The kid was not a snitch so you miss out on that cloak and dagger element that makes other ooks of this genre so appealing. The book is OK but not quite to the level of Sonny's or Ruben Cavazos (Mongols). Read full review

PRODIGAL FATHER, PAGAN SON: Growing Up Inside the Dangerous World of the Pagans Motorcycle Club

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Grisly tales of a notorious East Coast biker gang.The book begins promisingly, with a clipped, vibrant prose style, presumably due to the efforts of co-author and defense attorney Droban (Running With ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Anthony 'LT' Menginie is the son of Anthony 'Mangy' Menginie, former Philadelphia chapter president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club.

Kerrie Droban coauthored the capital brief, State v. Ring which was heard before the United States Supreme Court and resulted in the remand of over 180 death row cases nationwide. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars.

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