In the 1970's, a group of ruthless Irish punks called the "Westies", managed to terrorize Hell's Kitchen in New York City. They had a penchant for violence and a desire to control the illegal activities on Manhattan's west side. Young Irish thug Jimmy Coonan teamed up with Mickey Featherstone, a Vietnam veteran with a reputation for being a ruthless killer. The "Westies" ruled the streets, protecting their various rackets, including drug dealing and extortion, through extreme violence. They were so powerful they were able to work as contract killers for the Gambino crime family.
Bowman, as international president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, ordered kidnappings, firebombings, assaults and murders. He joined another exclusive club in 1997, the "FBI Ten Most Wanted" list. Bowman was brought to justice with the help of an informant on the inside of the Outlaw brotherhood.
The grandson of an Indiana farmer, John Mellencamp grew into a pop/rock icon. Starting as a pop star with hits like "Hand to Hold Onto" and rebellious youth songs like "Play Guitar," he became a "Springsteen of the Midwest."
The grandson of an Indiana farmer, John Mellencamp grew into a pop/rock icon. Starting as a pop star with hits like "Hand to Hold Onto" and rebellious youth songs like "Play Guitar," he became a "Springsteen of the Midwest" with his "Small Town" and "Pink Houses," while lending major support to the cause of Farm Aid. His big ego and hard driving lifestyle led to a heart attack in his early forties. In the early 90s, he married supermodel Elaine Irwin, while maintaining his Indiana roots. In 2007, the rocker who once raged against "the man," allowed his music to become the ubiquitous lead for ads for Chevy Trucks.
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