Harry Joseph “Taco” Bowman

March 4, 2019

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Harry Joseph "Taco" Bowman

Harry Joseph “Taco” Bowman, a former regional president, national vice-president and and ultimately the international president of the American Outlaws Association from 1984 until 1997, died after a long illness at the Federal Medical Center, Butner near Durham, North Carolina.

His death was announced Sunday, March 3.

Bowman’s presidency, which began 35 years ago, coincided with a spectacularly violent, often romanticized period in the history of outlaw motorcycle clubs. It also coincided with the commodification of that outlaw image by Harley-Davidson and other corporations.

Bowman was eventually accused of being responsible for a long list of crimes and tragedies including: the 1990 beating of an Outlaw named Alan “Greaser” Wolfe; the 1991 murder of Warlocks Motorcycle Club Edgewater, Florida chapter president Raymond “Bear” Chaffin; the 1992 beating of former Outlaws probate Irwin “Hitler” Nissen; the 1993 kidnapping of club member Kevin “Turbo” Talley; a “declaration of war” on the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club on New Year’s Eve 1993; a succession of violent encounters in the upper Midwest between Outlaws and members of the Invaders, Hells Henchmen and Hells Angels clubs in 1994; the firebombing of a Warlocks clubhouse in October 1994; the violent dismantling of the Fifth Chapter Motorcycle Club; the murder of an Outlaw named Donald Fogg; a plot to murder Hells Angels Ralph Sony Barger and George Christie; and numerous gun and drug offenses.

Bowman was indicted by a federal grand jury in 1997. He was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in March 1998 and a $50,000 reward was offered for information leading to his arrest. He was apprehended by a force of 40 FBI agents in Sterling Heights, Michigan in June 1999.

He went on trial in Tampa in 2001 and was sentenced to serve two life sentences plus 83 years.
A year later he appealed his conviction on the grounds that the court had improperly represented the AOA’s constitution and the sufficiency of the evidence against him. The Eeleventh Circuit denied the appeal.

Harry Joseph “Taco” Bowman was 69-years-old. He died in bed.

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32 Responses to “Harry Joseph “Taco” Bowman”

  1. Zelda Long Says:

    The ultimate brother GBNF I was privelged to know some that are also GBNF RIP brother
    things have changed so glad I was taught what real brotherhood really means

  2. Trish Sherk Says:

    RIP Taco condolences to family n brothers n sisters

  3. Snow Says:

    Harry Bowman, Taco 1% er was a living legion, a man who stood above the crowd.
    Condolences to his family, friends and club brothers.
    RIP

  4. Texasrider Says:

    Condolences to his family friends and brothers.

  5. BOBBY WOLF Says:

    finally free .condolences to his family n AOA.LOVE N RESTECT GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN .MY MENTOR!

  6. panamaa Says:

    Condolences to the Outlaw Nation…

    A lot of things have been said about Mr. Bowman through the years but one thing that was always truth is that he was stand-up… I was in and out of it during the 80’s and 90’s and there’s one thing I KNOW… Had all these so called “New Clubs” tried to pull their shit in Toco’s day, they would have been in a world of shit….
    RIP sir………….

  7. Cookie Man Says:

    Taco 1% RIP ….now ride free in the FOREVER CHAPTER MLL&R…CHICAGO SOUTH SIDE 50 YEAR SUPPORTER GBNF

  8. Gilly Says:

    Most called him Taco…I called him Dad.

  9. Big Nick Says:

    Ride peacefully Taco 1%, condolences to all of his family and AOA brothers. G.B.N.F !!!!!

  10. Curbside Says:

    RIP to Taco 1%er, condolences to the AOA.

  11. Snake Says:

    We were on opposing sides of the fence, but you gotta respect a guy that keeps his mouth shut and pulls his time like a man, when so many others look for the easy way out.

    “Betcha a lot of people now wish the George Christie thing had been successful”

    Lmao. Don’t get me started on that guy. Lol.

  12. Tiger Says:

    Ride In Peace Taco1%

  13. JMacK Says:

    Condolences and Respects to the Family and AOA Brothers of Taco 1%er.

    A Legend.

    JMacK

  14. Not Surprised Says:

    He could have rolled and got 2 to 5 years. He was a stand up guy.

  15. rocco151 Says:

    RIP Harry Taco Bowman…GBNF ! My condolences to his family and his brothers !

  16. Jim Bob Says:

    Rest in peace Taco 1%

  17. Stevo Says:

    In a society that produces pygmies Taco managed to break free and become a giant. If the world had more men such as him it would be a better place. May he rest in peace.

  18. Juicy Says:

    A true legend GBNF. Sincerest Condolences and respects to AOA worldwide, his family and loved ones. LLO.

  19. Mr. Nobody Says:

    Betcha a lot of people now wish the George Christie thing had been successful.

    Rest In Peace.

  20. Paladin Says:

    My sincere condolences to his family and brothers.

    Long May He Ride,

    Paladin

  21. freebird Says:

    Lived life on his terms….

    RIP loud and proud

  22. Sieg Says:

    RIP Taco 1%’er GBNF
    Seated in the Great Hall of Warriors

  23. Bone Head Says:

    Rest in peace.

    Condolences to his family far and wide.

  24. FF Says:

    Aint no doubt, he lived and died a 1%.

    My condolences to everybody who knew him and loved him. Peace.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjfTDPhMdTk

  25. Adios Says:

    Rest in Peace Brother OFFO

  26. New England RIder Says:

    Long may he ride free.

  27. Catfish OCNY Says:

    Rest In Peace

  28. russell1946 Says:

    Will forever cherish our visit in Tampa on Orient Road.

  29. Desdicado Says:

    Turn the page, Go with God Taco.

  30. Scarecrow, OHIO 1973-1977 Says:

    R.I.P. Taco 1%er G.B.N.F.!!! Respects

  31. anon Says:

    Lived as an Outlaw, Died as an Outlaw. Not what is depicted as above. Taco didn’t want the job, but he was a damned good leader, his family loved him, his brothers loved him, and he is sorely missed.

  32. Shovelhead Says:

    RIP Taco.

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