Chicago Gang History

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Insane Latin Brothers

ColorsBlack and purple
Primary ethnicitiesLatino (Mexican)
SymbolsSpear with 5 dots, trojan helmet
AffiliationPeople since 1980
Founding year1970
Founding neighborhoodPilsen section of Lower West Side neighborhood, 17th and Racine
Main neighborhoodBelmont-Cragin

From a 1980s Chicago Police manual

From a 1980s Chicago Police manual


The Latin Brothers formed in the year 1970 in the Pilsen section of the Lower West Side neighborhood at the intersection of 17th and Racine as a Latin Count faction.  The founder of the organization was “Butler” and some of the first members were Wino, Big Foot, Dizzy, Player, and Mr. Lucky.  Once the Latin Brothers formed they became very close allies with the Bishops and Latin Counts as they joined in their fight against the Ambrose street gang from 18th and Throop.  A big power struggle was going on between Ambrose, Latin Counts and several other gangs along 18th.  One block away the Latin Brothers were facing off with the Racine Boys from 18th and Racine. 

The Latin Brothers were a breakaway faction of the Latin Counts that wanted to do their own thing but keep things real tight with the Counts.  After a few months of being a Latin Count set, the Latin Brothers made the clean break and moved to the busy intersection of 18th and Ashland which was a hell of hood to claim, they hung there with the Latin Counts all the time from nearby 18th and Loomis.  The Latin Brothers now had their own colors of black and purple and their own symbols as a Trojan helmet instead of a knight’s helmet.  The LBs also adopted the spear as their symbol and this angered the rival Ambrose gang.  Ambrose viciously gunned for the LBs trying to force them to give up the spear but the LBs were stubborn and refused to comply and instead fought viciously back against Ambrose.  Another big enemy of the Latin Brothers was the Satan Disciples of West Pilsen that ruled the west side of 18th Street.

In the summer of 1978, the entire Pilsen area called for a major gang truce that even caught the attention of the news.  This was colossal because Pilsen was well known to be a violent neighborhood and there were several different gangs in the neighborhood.  Rivals now stopped all their wars and shook hands for the first time.  The truce all came to an end in the fall of 1978 when Ambrose shot up the founder/leader of the Latin Brothers Butler.  After Butler was slain, “Mr. Lucky” took over leadership of the Latin Brothers.  Latin Brother operations in Pilsen would never be the same again after the death of Butler.

The Latin Brothers remained a significant presence in the Pilsen neighborhood throughout the 1970s and they were invited into the People Nation alongside Bishops and Latin Counts in the year 1980. 

In that same year of 1980 some members of the Latin Brothers moved out of Pilsen and into the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s west side.  They settled on the north side of the Austin neighborhood north of North Ave which was a neighborhood very friendly to Latinos and still for whites too.  The rest of Austin south of North Ave was becoming an all African American neighborhood fast.  The Latin Brothers settled at the intersection of Bloomingdale and Laramie and soon found new allies and new enemies.  The Latin Brothers mainly slugged it out with gangs that occupied nearby Hansen Park that was in the nearby Belmont-Cragin neighborhood and right across the train tracks, such as the Taylor Jousters that were building up a strong presence there.  The Latin Brothers also fought with the Gaylords from nearby Belmont-Cragin and Sayre Park in the early 1980s before the Gaylords had fully embraced the fact that they were People Nation too.  Other major rivals of the Brothers became Simon City Royals from Belmont-Cragin and Imperial Gangsters from over there too.  Eventually the Latin Brothers would open turf at North Ave and Lockwood and North Ave and Latrobe in Austin as well.

In the late 1980s the Latin Brothers spread their influence into the Belmont – Cragin neighborhood thanks to their leader at the time “Carlos” that opened them up at the intersection of Barry and Knox which ended up becoming a major LB stronghold.  From Barry and Knox the LBs were able to branch out all over Belmont-Cragin at Belmont and Cicero Ave “Brother City,” Lockwood and Barry “Trojans Point,” Lamon and Barry “LB St,” Natchez and Palmer, Lamon and Fletcher, Belmont Ave and Kilpatrick, Cornelia and Lavergne, Cornelia and Long (Chopin Park), Wellington and Kilpatrick and having members stationed all throughout Belmont to Wellington and Kilpatrick to Knox “Evil Side.”

In the early 1990s the Latin Brothers closed down their Pilsen set at 18th and Ashland and left it to the Latin Counts.  The LBs also withdrew their forces from the Austin neighborhood and all their focus was now put on Belmont-Cragin.  At some point the Latin Brothers lost Chopin Park, Lamon and Fletcher, Natchez and Palmer and Cornelia and Lavergne; however, they maintained the rest of their Belmont-Cragin turf and have been known to protect Barry and Knox and Belmont and Cicero very tightly.  They also have been known to have serious operations at Belmont and Cicero and many gangs have tried to take this turf but it is always no dice for the rivals that come there.

Please send in old school pics.   1970s pics will be especially appreciated!

  1.  What happened to Mr. Lucky?  What years was he in power?
  2. What was the time line of leaders up until 2000?
  3. What year did Pilsen close down?  What was the reason?
  4. What year did Austin open (area around Bloomingdale and Laramie)?  What year did all those sets close?
  5. What year did war start with Latin Kings?  Why did the war start?

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