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Life in the Outlaw motorcycle gang

Here's what it's like, federal authorities say, to be a member of the Outlaws:

Only men are allowed.

Each member of the gang, officially known as the American Outlaw Association, must own an American-made bike.

Members are allowed in only after a probationary period, during which they may be called on to do menial tasks to "earn the respect" of the members. Membership requires a unanimous vote of the chapter.

Federal prosecutors in Virginia outlined the gang's practices in a 50-page indictment unsealed this week.

Twenty-three current or former members and four associates are accused of participating in a criminal enterprise that engaged in crimes including assaults, drug dealing and illegal gambling.

The indictment details the criminal allegations against the group. As a longtime police and courts reporter, however, I also found that it offered an unusual window into the inner workings of what federal officials say is a highly-organized group.

Members belong to a chapter that has a president, vice-president, treasurer and an enforcer, the indictment explains. Chapters are grouped into regions run by a boss. And a national president oversees the organization.

Members wear leather or denim vests on which they display patches, according to court papers. One patch shows the club emblem, a skull with crossed pistons.

Another patch reads "Snitches are a Dying Breed," which authorities say shows a "commitment to identify, expel, and, if necessary, murder" people associated with the club who cooperate with law enforcement.

Women can't join, but they may be allowed to wear a vest with a patch that reads: "Property of Outlaws."

The members call them "old ladies."

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  June 16, 2010; 8:37 AM ET
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Thats so sexist for the motorcycle gang to not accept women, it almost makes me want to cry.

Posted by: kenk3 | June 16, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The writer is not quite up to Hunter Thompson's level.

Posted by: pmoog | June 16, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

um, the information in this article is really not a new glimpse into biker gangs. There have been hundreds of books, documentaries, interviews and on and on chronicaling the inner workings of various biker gangs. Thanks again WaPo for being an outdated dinosaur media with limited remaining lifespan.

Posted by: fighterDC | June 16, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a Golf Country Club...without the meth dealing and shootouts

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 16, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Did it mention how they got the Virginia State Attorney General Cuccinelli to waste his time filing frivilous lawsuits against the federal government, instructing state Universities to discrimate against gays and launch a crusade against global climate change theory so that the biker gang wouldn't have to worry about the state police?

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 16, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Who the heck wrote this article? This is an insight into the biker gang? Give me some juice here , talk about what exactly they are charged with and their modus operandi is to carry out this crime. There is nothing insightful about this article.

Posted by: djlojak | June 16, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

There are, of course, non-outlaw motorcycle clubs, such as Harley Owners Group, that have nothing in common with outlaw clubs (like the Outlaws) except the fact that they ride Harleys.

Posted by: jlhare1 | June 16, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a Golf Country Club minus the meth dealing and shootouts.

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 16, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

It makes you wonder if all 1%er Biker Clubs are going to eliminated. I am not sure what ruling or law, but to wear a Mongols 1%er vest with top and bottom rocker is illegal, because they are considered a criminal organization. If they can pass this law or ruling I'm sure the other MC's are on the list as well. Since they all are criminal organizations!

Posted by: londonsmith | June 16, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

No really? I thought every school boy knew all that, any kid interested in adolescent macho badinage anyway, a milieu that might include Beavis and Butthead but from whose ranks, obviously, the liberal polite society that reads the WP is absent. BTW, that's "Ol Lady", a common working class expression, being a rough translation for significant other of the female gender, "Ol Man" being the reciprocal expression. You also forgot their affinity for the swastika symbol and Nazi regalia. (actually, during the 1980s the HAs, a wannabe SS, was hired as strikebreakers by vintners in the Napa Valley, which objective they carried out after murdering a couple local UFW leaders) Don't you folks know anything? Next thing ya know, you'll publish an article, "Rednecks for Dummies". Where's Jeff Foxworthy when we need him?

Posted by: tcquinn | June 16, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh, you forgot to mention the origin of 1%, which stems from the fact that after the Hollister, CA imbroglio of 1954 (that inspired Marlon Brando's The Wild One), a respectable motorcyclist testified before Congress that 99% of bike riders are decent, respectable, law abiding citizens. Thus the outlaw ethos of "1%"

Posted by: tcquinn | June 16, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Where's the INFORMATION in this article? Does the author usually write for the Home and Garden section? They wear patches, and have "old ladies"? They have indictments for that? Half my neighborhood should be indicted then...

Posted by: termsmom | June 16, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Now if they would only go after the more heinous gangs like MS-13 in the US, the police might actually get somewhere with the bulk of the crime problem.

Posted by: zcxnissan | June 16, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli did the right thing when he went after the "Global Warming" liars. Technically he was correct in his issuance to the universities about gays, pertaining to the law of course, then again their are plenty of psychos on here that think he was wrong for upholding the law, its his job, he is the Attorney General. Hope they convict that liar of a Global Warming conspirator. Why won't they release the NASA data before the Earth Summit??? Afraid of a few too many lies???

Posted by: zcxnissan | June 16, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

No kidding pmoog, Hunter's book about the Hell's Angels is a great read

Posted by: smckaho420 | June 17, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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