Notorious Midwest biker badass Scott (Rhino) Hammond of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s Milwaukee chapter died back in the winter, bringing an end to a career on the streets known for his fearlessness as an enforcer. Rhino Hammond passed away on January 16, 2017. He was just 57 years old at the time of his death.
Hammond had been the Milwaukee Outlaws’ sergeant-at-arms. His arrest record dated back to the early 1980s. In January 1982, he went down on weapons and criminal property damage charges and in 1985 he was collared for burglary in a scheme where he was stealing cartons of cigarettes from gas stations. Fast forward to 1995 and Hammond was arrested in Merrillville, Wisconsin after a van he and two other prominent leaders of the Milwaukee Outlaws, Edward (Shock) Anastas and Richard (007) O’ Connor, were traveling in was pulled over and police found drugs and guns.
Shock Anastas and 007 O’ Connor were president and vice president, respectively, of the Outlaws’ Milwaukee chapter in the 1990s, at the peak of the so-called Midwest biker wars, a series of explosive conflicts that cut a swath through multiple rustbelt metropolises, pitting the Outlaws versus their invaders from the west coast, the Hells Angels. According to court records, in 1998, Anastas sent Rhino Hammond, accompanied by the infamous Wisconsin biker world hit team of Randall (Madman) Miller and William (Billy the Preacher) Schneider, to Minneapolis, Minnesota to assassinate then-Hells Angels Twin Cities chapter president Patrick Matter, an execution which never occurred due to logistical issues.
Per federal court filings, the Milwaukee Outlaws chapter “got the power” nationally in the late 1990s upon the incarceration of iconic Detroit-based Outlaws Godfather Harry (Taco) Bowman, the club’s beloved international president for the previous 15 years. Milwaukee has since ceded control of the whole club back over to chapters in Michigan and Illinois, modern-day experts contend. The Outlaws were founded out of Chicago.
Rhino Hammond was convicted of federal racketeering and narcotics offenses in the early 2000s. Both Shock Anastas and Preacher Schneider eventually flipped and entered the Witness Protection Program. Hammond did seven years in prison and was released in September 2009.