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The Strange Origins of the Pagans MC, 1% Motorcycle Club Hot

Pagans MC Motorcycle ClubThe Pagans MC is a 1% motorcycle club categorized as “outlaw” by the FBI.  What kind of man do you picture as the founder of a club like that? A hardened criminal? A confirmed anti-social? In reality, the Pagans MC, which has become notorious for its violent and criminal behavior over the decades was founded by an unlikely biker.

Before we get to that unlikely origin, let’s take a look at a few of the traits that make the Pagans what they are.  The MC was started in the late 1950s in Maryland.  They were, and still are primarily an East Coast entity.  Interestingly, in a departure from most of the 1% motorcycle clubs, the Pagans originally wore denim (not leather) and rode Triumphs (not Harleys). 
 
The outlaw motorcycle club (which has been a natural rival to the infamous Hells Angels for decades) has been involved in a wide range of criminal activities.  The FBI cites the club’s main activities as drug trafficking, prostitution, racketeering, extortion, and murder. The club has close ties to several other organized crime organizations. 
 
The Pagans have also made national headlines over the years for high-profile incidents. In 1966, members of the Pagans MC were involved in a gunfight at a Virginia supermarket with member from a rival club, the Avengers.  Over 100 shots were fired.  In 2002, 72 Pagans were arrested after a violent confrontation with the Hells Angles at an indoor motorcycle and tattoo expo in New York. 
 
In 2009, 55 members of the club were arrested on allegations including kidnapping, racketeering, robbery, extortion, and conspiracy to commit murder.  At the time, United States Attorney Charles T. Miller stated, “Members and associates of this motorcycle gang have engaged in numerous violent crimes in an attempt to maintain control over other motorcycle gangs and clubs throughout the country.” Yes, the rap sheet on the club is long and violent.
 
So, who was the founder of the infamous Pagans outlaw motorcycle club?  The first leader of the Pagans MC was Lou Dobkin. Dobkin was a former military medic who served and was honorably discharged from the Navy. In an even stranger twist, according to The Washington Examiner, Dobkin was a biochemist at the National Institute of Health when he started the club.  How is that for an ironic historical tidbit?

In fairness, the real violence of the club started with later leadership; however, the Pagans first president was quite the unlikely leader.

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+1 # BigV 2011-04-15 21:17
This is mostly bullshit culled from the great and erroneous Wikipedia.

Approach with caution.

For starters, his name was Lou Dobkin- not Dobkins.

2nd- more like 1963 in Northern VA, not Maryland though he raced in Maryland.

Most of the rest is bullshit too. Show some respect for the club and don't repost this garbage.
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+3 # Alec Semiatin 2013-02-06 04:46
I'm not sure when you wrote this comment but Lou Dobkin was my uncle....my favorite uncle. The information in Wikipedia is correct because the person who wrote the info was there for every detail involving the origin. My uncle Lou was a genius with a bad side who also happens to have several butterflies he found in South America ( and mounted) in the Smithsonian Institute.
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0 # A friend to your unc 2013-02-21 19:27
Hey Alec
Are you really Lou's Nephew or just talking it up I have many pagan friends and i am a former member of another club but i am helping out a Pagan that wants to find his grave so they can honor him do you know were he was laid to rest please reply to my email to help out if you can thanks Flounder 1%er


Not a Pagan friend of the club
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+1 # beaniehelmets 2011-04-16 00:10
Nice article. Interesting that they were not Harley
riders.
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0 # Squirts 2011-04-16 19:58
Quoting BigV:
This is mostly bullshit culled from the great and erroneous Wikipedia.

Approach with caution.

For starters, his name was Lou Dobkin- not Dobkins.

2nd- more like 1963 in Northern VA, not Maryland though he raced in Maryland.

Most of the rest is bullshit too. Show some respect for the club and don't repost this garbage.

Agreed, BIg V. AAB screwed tha' pooch on this one. I'm no motorcyclr professor by any stretch of tha' imagination, yet I already knew this info (Wikipedia, et la). Also, it's Hells ANGELS (not "angles"). "Angles" is a disparaging term to tha' '81. While I doubt many (or any) 1%ers visit this site, tha' least y'all can do for tha' newbies and those interested is put up relevant and correct info. In all fairness, AAB usually does a better job than this. Respects, Squirts "Jus' squirtin' along..."
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0 # mzukowski 2011-04-18 13:34
Question, If the HELLS ANGEL'S are corporated and copy write plus they have business like books, movies, body guard to the stars are they still considered 1%ers. Where the Outlaw, Pagan's, and the meaning of 1%er they don't fit that title and more. MEAN NO DISRESPECT TO ANY 1% club I'm just asking.
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+2 # chromejunkie 2011-07-24 05:45
WHAT???? Are you serious? Why don't you research a man named Maurice "MOM" Boucher and I think you were find your answer. Just because they have "business like" appearances hardly implies that they "don't fit the title" of of 1%ers!!
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-1 # zillaazzpa 2011-08-21 18:48
i'm not an expert in the history or the enternal operations of such groups, but I cant help but respond here! HELL NO.....HELLS ANGELS are NOT NOT NOT 1%ers. Not anymore. Think about it. To be corporated and copy writed, basically your throwing money to the government. By doing this, those bastards are protected by the very agencies and entities that they claim (as 1%ers) to oppose! Give me a BREAK!
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-3 # p. gansrfags 2011-05-25 23:30
how is it that the tough guy pagans lost most of their punks to the featherheads. now the p-men are run by ink-slingers who got their rags by giving free ink. they probably would have given head if asked. yes that means coney island"i get no respect cause i don't deserve it joe". how can your fucked up club name a member big-dog when that was thinkers name in the messengers. thinker waxed snag who was more loyal and lost his rag cause he wouldn't flip with magina. oh i meant mangy. you folks are a joke. stick up for your own or just stick up liquor stores like the good negroes you have become. as always, waiting for the return of rreal white men. Signed, the pagans are more a cartoonb than elmer fudd. hahaha i'm huntin a wascawy fevverhed.
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+3 # scott musgrove 2011-06-18 00:22
These men are some of the last honest, stand up guys in this country but are falsely labeled because they will not cower and bow to the feds or what society deems as the norm, nuff said
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0 # JOKER 1%ER 2011-07-05 21:11
hummmmmmmm ?????? not that im gettin into this , but i happen to know a bunch of these guys,, and of the one,s i know there all stand up motherfuckers, R.I.P. GRINDER,1%ER , HANNS,1%ER,,,,,
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-1 # Zman 2011-12-01 15:18
did you know a 1% who went by 'Evil' out of Chester,PA.
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+1 # deadhead 2011-08-15 19:41
Yeah Pigguns are real bikers. Right. Support 81
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+2 # zillaazzpa 2011-08-21 18:51
Support your local 16s. That's right! I said it! hell no to the HAs
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+1 # Stever 2012-09-01 18:50
Quoting zillaazzpa:
Support your local 16s. That's right! I said it! hell no to the HAs

What is "16s" in reference to? What is the meanig of 16s?
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+2 # Bulletbabe 2011-09-26 02:39
Can't we all just get along... Lmao
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0 # shadow,laurel,md. 2012-04-25 11:50
there needs 2 b a power shift n the biker world, 4 once i would like 2 c the hells angels on the bottom of the biker world. so i am calling 4 a NEW WORLD ORDER here n america, the pagans, mongols, warlocks, outlaws, black pistons, bandidos, need 2 come 2gether and go after the hells angles an destroy them bitches here n the u.s.a. i personly will ride side by side with any 1 of these clubs 2 go and put them back n the lake of fire. join the power shift 4 the N.W.O. these things must happen n order 2 bring peace back n the biker world. join the cause and fight 4 your club and all clubs that been fucked with across america stand your ground and b willing 2 die 4 the cause. i am gamed 2 go out n a blaze of glory 4 the N.W.O. do u got balls 2 pull this off??? time 2 get down n dirty.
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