March 5, 2022 — Imprisoned Milwaukee Outlaws Motorcycle Club enforcer Randall (Madman) Miller had his bid for a compassionate release rejected this week by a federal judge. Miller, 62, is serving a life prison sentence for the heinous April 1993 double-murder of Morris and Ruth Gauger, an elderly married couple in McHenry County, Illinois.
Miller and James (Preacher) Schneider decided to rob the couple on their Richmond farm and kill them execution style. Gary Gauger, the couple’s adult son, was originally found guilty of the crime and sentenced to the death penalty before his conviction was tossed and Miller and Schneider were indicted and eventually convicted of the double homicide. Schneider testified against Miller after another Wisconsin Outlaws MC leader, Mark (Crash) Quinn, implicated them in the murders upon cutting his cooperation deal in 1995.
Crash Quinn was the Sergeant-at-Arms of the club’s State Line chapter located in Janesville, Wisconsin, near the Wisconsin-Illinois border. The day after the Gaugers were brutally butchered in the spring of 1993, Miller bragged to Quinn of killing the couple with Schneider. Quinn recorded a number of conversations with Miller discussing farmhouse hit.
“It was the perfect crime.” Miller told Quinn, “I had it all covered, we didn’t leave spec of evidence behind.”
According to court records and trial transcripts, Madman Miller and Preacher Schneider targeted the Gaugers under the belief that 74-year old Morris Gauger, the owner of a popular motorcycle parts and repair business in McHenry County, a cluster of suburbs northwest of Chicago, kept a safe with tens of thousands of dollars inside a hidden safe at his farmhouse residence in Richmond. In the weeks leading up to the murders, Miller stole $1,000 in cash from a hiding place in the back of Gauger’s shop.
After staking out the property for two days, Miller and Schneider arrived at the farmhouse’s backdoor at around 6:00 a.m. on the morning of April 8, 1993 and encountered Morris Gauger tending to a chicken coup and his wife Ruth Gauger, 70, preparing coffee and breakfast. While Miller held Morris at gunpoint, Schneider took Ruth into an adjacent trailer on the property which doubled as a traveling trinket sales depot and bludgeoned her with the butt of his .357 Magnum and then slashed her throat.
Returning to the farmhouse, Miller lied to Morris and told him his wife was unharmed and tied up in the trailer and the only way he’d see her alive again was if he emptied his safe for them. Claiming he had no safe to open for them, Morris offered up a tray of silver coins that Miller threw to the ground before bashing in his victim’s head with his gun and slitting his neck ear-to-ear.
The pair of coldblooded killers walked away from the scene with a paltry fifteen bucks that they used on breakfast in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin en route back to Milwaukee. Today, Madman Miller resides in a federal correctional facility in Rochester, Minnesota.
Besides the Gauger slayings, Miller killed drug dealer Don (Domino) Wagner execution-style in 1992 in a dispute over money at a Burlington, Wisconsin boat dock, attempted to kill Minneapolis Hells Angel president Pat Mattar and teamed with Milwaukee Outlaws leader Spike O’Neill in a bombing campaign aimed at blowing up properties owned by Hells Angels and Hells Angels affiliate clubs in Illinois and Wisconsin from 1993-1995. Throughout the 1990s, the Outlaws and Hells Angels were in fierce combat across several Midwest states as the west coast-based Hells Angels tried pushing into the Chicagoland area, a longtime Outlaws powerbase.