Florida biker luminary Christopher (Louie the Lip) Keating, a veteran member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s Jacksonville chapter, was stabbed to death this week in a bar fight at the eerily-named Crooks Den tavern in Daytona Beach on Orange Avenue. The Outlaws have long controlled vast pieces of biker turf across the Florida panhandle.

The 59-year old Keating and a rival biker from the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club began throwing punches in the dive bar around 8:30 p.m. on Monday night before the fracas spilled out into the alley behind the dingy watering hole and Louie the Lip was stabbed multiple times in the back. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The assailant fled on his motorcycle and is currently at-large and on the run from police.

The Outlaws are headquartered out of the Midwest, with powerbases in Michigan and Illinois. The club planted a flag in Florida in the 1960s. The Pagan’s are based in Pennsylvania, but maintain chapters in the Sunshine State.

Back in October 1982, Keating was one of 14 Florida Outlaws indicted on racketeering charges out of Jacksonville. The indictment included murder, attempted murder, extortion, narcotics, pimping, weapons and witness intimidation counts. Louie the Lip was convicted of extortion and drug trafficking and did almost five years in prison.

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