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A reenactment of an Outlaw biker on a bike. The Outlaws, a hardcore motorcycle club, have a notorious reputation for drugs and violence. During the 1990s, power hungry national president, Taco Bowman, takes the Outlaws to new depths of depravity and violence in his efforts to rid Outlaws territory of rival motorcycle clubs.

A reenactment of an Outlaw biker on a bike. The Outlaws, a hardcore motorcycle club, have a notorious reputation for drugs and violence. During the 1990s, power hungry national president, Taco Bowman, takes the Outlaws to new depths of depravity and violence in his efforts to rid Outlaws territory of rival motorcycle clubs.

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  • In 1935, The McCook Outlaws Motorcycle Club was established at Matilda’s Bar in McCook, Illinois. They later changed their name to present-day The Outlaws Motorcycle club in 1950. 

  • In 1954, inspired by the iconic biker film ‘The Wild One’, the Outlaws adopted a skull and crossed pistons as their logo, affectionately referring to their patch as Charlie.

  • In 1963 The Outlaws MC officially became part of the 1%er Brotherhood of Clubs, making it the first true 1%er Club east of the Mississippi.

  • In 1967, members of the Outlaws nailed 18-year-old Christine Deese to a tree ‘crucifixion style’ as punishment for withholding $10 from one of the members. The girl had violated a gang rule that requires a member's "old lady" to hand over all her money to her man.

  • In 1969, they sealed their bad boy image with the chilling club motto "God Forgives, Outlaws Don't".

  • In the early 70’s the club became split between the beer drinking members and the pot smoking members. At this time, during a fight for leadership of the Outlaws, the founder, John Davis was shot by a pot smoking member.

  • In 1993, the worldwide Outlaw influence begins as the first chapter opens in France. Since then, the Outlaws have grown into a global operation spanning over 15 countries in Europe, North America and Australasia.

  • Their main rivals are the Hells Angels, giving rise to the acronym and Outlaw slogan "ADIOS" (Angels Die In Outlaw States).

  • On June 27, 2006 Outlaw Christopher Legere of Raymond, New Hampshire was arrested and charged with the murder of a man who was wearing a Hells Angels shirt. The victim, John Denoncourt, wasn’t even a Hells Angel, but paid the price for his association with members of the club.

  • On August 12, 2007 Hells Angel Gerry Tobin, who lived in Mottingham in the UK but was originally from Canada, had been returning from the Bulldog Bash festival held near Long Marston, South Warwickshire, when he was shot dead by members of the Outlaws.

  • Country music singer, David Allan Coe, is a retired member of the Outlaws.

  • The Outlaws Motorcycle Club has nearly 200 chapters in 20 states and a dozen countries worldwide.
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