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Throughout the early 1990's, a war waged behind the scenes between the two largest motorcycle gangs in America - the Outlaws and the Hells Angels. The Outlaws traditionally made the Midwest their stronghold but now the Angels were pushing into their territory and courting another regional club, the Hell's Henchmen, to join them. The Outlaws responded viscously and decisively. Written by Anonymous

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The 'Outlaws' - Just Like Organized Crime
14 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In November of 1994 one of the biggest car-bomb explosion on U.S. soil ever, took place in the West end of Chicago. It symbolized how bad the gang war had become in the Midwest between "The Outlaws" and "The Hell's Angels." This "Gangland" TV program centers more on the "Outlaws" biker gang - "the baddest of the bad biker gangs."

It's a very interesting episode, especially to those who aren't familiar with this group. It's also pointed out numerous times that this is far more than some "biker gang," that it's been "organized crime" to the ninth degree. The one-hour program goes on to explain why they claim that, why these bikers were/are more a "crime syndicate" than anything else. It also gives us some brutal examples of the war between them and the Angels. It reminded me of shows I've seen about Mafia wars - lot of executions and rival "wars."

As stated in the show, the Outlaws are not some group devoted their motorbikes and that "Easy Rider-type lifestyle of freedom, bikes, booze and broads.....but simply one of trying to make as much money as they can, and it's done through illegal means of drugs, prostitution and the like - much like the crime syndicates. Also, it's all about territory, which was a big issue between the Outlaws and the Angels.

What I thought was very interesting was learning about the group, the "1 percenters" and who the men and women were, where their backgrounds might likely be, and the various brutal killings that took place. One of them wasn't far from me, at Lancaster Speedway, right outside of Buffalo., New York. There were also some brutal killings north of the border in Canada. The Outlaws, with 200 chapters and 1,500 members, were very organized and were all over, not just the Midwest.

In the end of the TV episode, we learn how the cops finally nailed some of these guys, through the RICO act, a key witness, etc. and how the gang was almost kaput, but has risen again to prominence, although much less violent nowadays.

Overall, a very interesting episode of Gangland and, and shocking with its examples of some very bloody and violent confrontations.


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