spent time on the FBI's 10
Most Wanted list and had a $50,000 reward on his
head when he
was captured in suburban Detroit in 1999.
Since Bowman's conviction in 2001, the motorcycle club has tried to counter the reputation it has earned as the result of several high-profile court cases (one trial lasted a year).
successors and his
rivals - the Hell's Angels - have been trying to change their clubs, becoming more sophisticated and less brutish, the agent said.
"You have some people with great intelligence calling the shots," he
"If they can maintain this kind of control, they can become one of the most formidable organizations as far as crime goes."
It took the feds 15 years to nail Bowman
and the Outlaws
, but even after Bowman
was convicted and sent away for life, the authorities said they knew the gang would persevere.
Under Bowman's leadership, testimony at his
trial revealed, the Outlaws
demanded complete loyalty.
When the Outlaws
learned that Raymond "Bear" Chaffin was the leader of a Warlocks chapter in Edgewater, Bowman
told Hicks to find Chaffin and kill him.
, in 1994, also asked the Outlaws
to do anything they could to destroy the Warlocks.
On New Year's Eve 1993, Bowman called a meeting of all Outlaws at a party in Fort Lauderdale.
During the meeting, Bowman
announced that the Outlaws
would step up their activities against the Hell's Angels and their allies.
In June 1994, many Outlaws descended on a Gary, Indiana, speedway.
This location was also customarily attended by the Invaders, another motorcycle club.
suspected that the Invaders were affiliated with the Hell's Angels.
On the night before the event, Bowman
met with attending Outlaw presidents.
In the spring of 1994, Bowman
complained about the presence of Hell's Henchmen in the Chicago area and the failure of the Chicago chapter president, Pete "Greased Lightning" Rogers, to do anything about it.
In September, Bowman
ordered the Hell's Henchmen clubhouse destroyed.
Two months later, Outlaws Kevin "Spike" O'Neill and Raymond "Shemp" Morgan Jr. set off a car bomb outside of the Hell's Henchmen clubhouse.
believed that this hug was disrespectful to the Outlaws
because one of their own, "Buffalo Wally" Posnjak, had also been killed in the altercation.
ordered the eradication of the FCMC
heard about the fight and directed Murphy to bring Nissen to him.
greeted Nissen by punching him in the face.
Murphy then held Nissen while Bowman put a knife to Nissen's ear and threatened to kill him if he ever raised his hand against another Outlaws officer.
Murphy and Maiale, at Bowman
's direction, began beating and kicking Nissen until Bowman told them to get rid of him.
"I cut my way out," said Maiale, who was testifying against Bowman
because God told him to.
learned that Alan "Greaser" Wolfe, an Outlaw, had testified before a grand jury.
, told Hicks to kick Wolfe out of the club and otherwise take care of him.
At a 1994 meeting in Chicago, Bowman
told Hicks and others that an Outlaw had become a snitch.
said that the snitch would be killed and explained that the killing would be made to look like an enemy had done it.
also said that the murdered snitch would be given an Outlaw funeral.