As former Outlaws Motorcycle Club boss Orville (Orvie the Anvil) Cochran awaits trial behind bars in Milwaukee, the FBI in Chicago is eying him as a prime suspect in the 1999 gangland slaying of fellow club power Thomas (West Side Tommy) Stimac. Already charged with two murders tied to boiling tensions between the Outlaws and their rival Hells Angels over 20 years ago, Cochran could soon be answering questions by FBI agents regarding his knowledge of Stimac’s death.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported this week that the FBI hopes to talk to Cochran about Stimac’s murder soon. The 68-year old Cochran, the president of the Outlaws’ “mother chapter,” on the South Side of Chicago in the 1990s and early 2000s, was apprehended last year after more than a decade and a half on the run from the law as a fugitive dodging a 2001 racketeering and murder indictment out of Wisconsin. He’ll go to trial later this year. Gangster Report revealed Cochran was the top suspect in the Stimac slaying in April 2017, days after he was finally taken into custody when he was nabbed for shoplifting in Chicago’s Evergreen Park neighborhood at a Meijer super store.

Cochran is currently charged with the mid-1990s murders of Hells Angels Michael (Mad Mike) Quale and Jack (4-by-4) Castle. Quale, the president of the Hells Angels’ Rochester, New York branch, was stabbed to death in a 1994 racetrack brawl. Castle, a Chicago Hells Angel, was slain in 1995 on the city’s Northwest side outside the trucking company he worked at. The Outlaws and the Hells Angels have been at war with each other since the 1970s.

Orville Cochran

In addition to the pair of murders he faces at his upcoming trial, Cochran is viewed by authorities in the Windy City as the man responsible for ordering the hit on West Side Tommy Stimac, a legendary Outlaws leader he was feuding with over a woman and possibly Stimac’s desire to take back control of the club’s South Side Chicago chapter he once headed in the 1970s and first part of the 1980s.

During his time at the helm of the chapter, Stimac solidified a working relationship between the Outlaws and the city’s notorious Italian mafia crime family, known locally as the “Outfit.” It’s an arrangement that continues to bear fruit to this day for both organizations. Before he went on the run, Cochran got a paycheck from the mobbed-up McCormick Place convention center.

Stimac was killed on the night of July 27, 1999 in Lemont Township, Illinois, riddled with a barrage of bullets as he smoked a cigar on his back porch. He had been dating Cochran’s ex-girlfriend after returning to town from serving a prison sentence for kidnapping and overseeing a prostitution ring.

Law enforcement documents from the time surrounding Stimac’s murder cite informants telling police that Stimac had offered Cochran $10,000 to squash their beef, but Cochran rejected the offer because he felt Stimac was angling to reclaim the president’s post in the Outlaws South Side chapter. Months later, Cochran survived an assassination attempt outside the South Side clubhouse in an attack the FBI feels was attempted retribution by Stimac loyalists.  

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