Chicago Gang History

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Street Gang Alliance Guide

Disciple Nation and B.P.S.N to Maniacs and Insanes, the street alliances of Chi-Town.

Almighty (People Nation)
SymbolsFive point star
Gangs in alliance by 2000All People Nation gangs
Former gangs in allianceCullerton Deuces, Insane Deuces and Latin Dragons all became Folks
Alliance made1978
Alliance endedActive

Anytime a People Nation gang uses “Almighty” it simply means they are People Nation allied and has nothing to do with the Folks that are “Almighty.”  Pretty much all People Nation gangs are considered “Almighty.”

Almighty (Folk Nation)
SymbolsNone
Gangs in alliance by 2000Imperial Gangsters, Simon City Royals, North Side Insane Popes, Harrison Gents, and Latin Eagles
Former gangs in allianceNone
Alliance made1992
Alliance endedActive

In the year 1992, all hell broke loose on the north side streets as Imperial Gangsters, Latin EaglesSpanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples were in a state of violent gang wars over drug turf.  The Folk Nation could no longer bind all these gangs and the need for three sub alliances had to be established.  One of them was the “Almighty” family that consisted of Simon City Royals, Latin Eagles, Insane Popes and Imperial Gangsters.  In 1995, the Harrison Gents left the Insane Family and joined the Almighties.  One thing to clarify, the south side gang Almighty Ambrose has nothing to with this family and the “Almighty” that Ambrose goes by is not an alliance it is only for Ambrose.

Black Disciple Nation
SymbolsPitchfork, devil horns, devil tail
Gangs in alliance by 2000None
Former gangs in allianceSeveral African American street gangs
Alliance made1966
Alliance ended1969

In the year 1966, David Barksdale, the leader of the Devil’s Disciples/Black Disciples street gang got together with several leaders of African American street gangs on the south side of Chicago and drew up an alliance to fight off the rival Vice Lords and Black P Stones gangs. In 1969, the B.D.N ended when the Black Gangster Disciple alliance was formed.

Black Gangster Disciple Nation
SymbolsPitchfork, heart with wings, devils tail, devil horns, three point gangster crown, six point star
Gangs in alliance by 2000None
Former gangs in allianceAll African American gangs that were formerly in the Gangster Nation alliance and Black Disciple alliance
Alliance made1969
Alliance ended1974

In June of 1969, Larry Hoover and David Barksdale combined Gangster Nation and Black Disciple Nation concepts to create a giant merger known as the “Black Gangster Disciples.”  This alliance became a gang in 1974 when the Black Gangster Disciples split up and went to war between Larry Hoover supporters and Jerome Shorty Freeman supporters.

Black P Stone Nation
SymbolsPyramid with 21 bricks
Gangs in alliance by 2000None
Former gangs in allianceSeveral African American street gangs
Alliance made1966
Alliance ended1976

In the year 1966, Black Stone Ranger leader Eugene Hairston established an alliance with 20 other African American street gangs to combat the recently formed Black Disciple Nation.  This alliance was replaced by the El Rukns in 1976.

EL Rukns
Symbols21 brick pyramid, eye, crescent moon, sun, five point star
Gangs in alliance by 2000None
Former gangs in allianceMost Black P Stone allied street gangs
Alliance made
Alliance ended

When Jeff Fort was released from prison in March of 1976, he announced he converted to the Nation Of Islam and forced the BPSN to convert to Islam while not allowing any objections to this change. In 1978 when the People Nation was created the EL Rukns became a gang instead of an alliance as all gangs within that alliance became EL Rukns and nothing else. The EL Rukn name died in 1989 and the gang went back to the name Black P Stones but this time as a gang not an alliance.

Folk
SymbolsSix point star
Gangs in alliance by 2000Ambrose, Brazers, Harrison Gents, Krazy Get Down Boys, Latin Eagles, Simon City Royals, Black Disciples, Gangster Disciples, Gangster Party People, Two Six, Ashland Vikings, C-Notes, Insane Campbell Boys, Maniac Campbell Boys, Cullerton Deuces, Insane Deuces, Insane Dragons, City Knights, Satan Disciples, Latin Dragons, Latin Jivers, Insane Majestics, Orquestra Albany, North Side Insane Popes, Spanish Cobras, Two Two Boys, King Cobras, La Raza, Latin Lovers, Latin Souls, Latin Stylers, Maniac Latin Disciples, Milwaukee Kings, Sin City Boys, Spanish Gangster Disciples, YLO Cobras, and YLO Disciples
Former gangs in allianceNew Breeds / Black Gangsters
Alliance made1978
Alliance endedActive

On November 11, 1978 Larry Hoover the leader of the Black Gangster Disciples had a vision on how to organize the biggest and/or oldest street gangs to control gang wars and alliances in the prison system.  Later in the 1980s the alliance would organize street wars, alliances and map out established drug turf.  The organization Larry Hoover invented was the “Folk Nation” while his rivals in the meeting in Pontiac Correction Center came up with “People Nation.” Larry Hoover drafted the Folk nation bylaws alongside the Black Disciples, Latin Disciples, Satan Disciples, Simon City Royals, Imperial Gangsters, Spanish Cobras, Latin Eagles, Ashland Vikings, Insane Popes and Two Six.  The People nation was drafted by the EL Rukns, Vice Lords and Latin Kings.  The People nation had a tie into religion as the EL Rukns and Vice Lords represented the Islam side as Vice Lords converted to Islam right when Folk and People was created.  The Latin Kings represented the Christian/Catholic side.  All Folk nation gangs adopted the six point star symbol of the BGDs and sometimes the pitchfork.  The People nation gangs adopted the EL Rukns’ five point star for all gangs.

In the year 1980 the Folk and People nations opened their doors to allowing more gangs to join.  The vast majority of gangs would join all throughout the 1980s and in the early 1990s.

In the year 1983, Folk and People nation bylaws were enforced on the streets and symbols and fashion trends were made official.  The Folk nation represented the right handed side while the People nation represented the left handed side.  The alliances became very strong in the mid-1980s but by the late 1980s the alliances were hard to control.  By 1988-1992 the Folk and People nation bylaws could no longer be enforced on the streets as the drug trade went wild.  The alliances still exist but no longer guarantee peace.

Gangster Nation
SymbolsHeart with wings with three point crown
Gangs in alliance by 2000None
Former gangs in allianceSeveral African American street gangs
Alliance made1966
Alliance ended1969

In the year 1966, Larry Hoover the leader of the Supreme Gangsters, created an alliance to combat the Vice Lords, Black P Stones and Black Disciples.  The alliance lasted until January of 1969 when Larry Hoover merged with the Black P Stones and the Gangster Stones were created.  Then in June of 1969 the Gangster Stones left the BPSN and merged into the Black Gangster Disciple Nation.

Gangster Stones
SymbolsNone
Gangs in alliance by 2000None
Former gangs in allianceAll African American gangs that were formerly in the Gangster Nation alliance
Alliance made1969
Alliance ended1969

In January of 1969, Larry Hoover, the leader of the Gangster Nation alliance, combined forces with the leader of the Black P Stone alliance Jeff Fort to create the Gangster Stone Nation which ended up being only a portion of the Black P Stone nationLarry Hoover’s Gangster Stones were not given the respect and recognition leading to a shooting in May of 1969 in which the Triple 6 Kings Black P Stone branch shot two Supreme Gangsters.  In June it was decided that the Gangster Stones would merge with David Barksdale’s Black Disciples to create the Black Gangster Disciple Nation.  Some Gangster Stones refused to go with this and stayed with the BPSN led by Herman “Moose” Holmes.

Gaylords C-Notes Gents
SymbolsNone
Gangs in alliance by 2000None
Former gangs in allianceGaylords, C-Notes, and Lazy Gents
Alliance made1968
Alliance ended1971

In the year 1968, white Italian gangs the Gaylords, C-Notes and Lazy Gents from the southern part of the West Town neighborhood allied to fight off the black and Latino gangs nearby.  The arrival of the Latin Kings in the neighborhood was the extra push that made this alliance start up.  The alliance ended when it was replaced by the WPO in 1971.

Insane (North Side)
SymbolsDiamond with three dots
Gangs in alliance by 2000Spanish Cobras, YLO Cobras, C-Notes, Ashland Vikings, Latin Lovers, Cullerton Deuces, Insane Deuces, Insane Dragons, Orquestra Albany, and King Cobras
Former gangs in allianceHarrison Gents, Latin Jivers, and Insane Campbell Boys (Extinct)
Alliance made1992
Alliance endedActive

In the year 1992, all hell broke loose on the north side streets as Imperial Gangster, Latin Eagles, Spanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples were in a state of violent gang wars over drug turf.  The Folk nation could no longer bind all these gangs and the need for three sub alliances had to be established.  One of them was the “Insane Family” that were all followers of the Spanish Cobras.  These were gangs that were bullied the most by the Maniac Latin Disciples for drug turf.  These gangs found Cobra taxes to be much more desirable.  The Latin Jivers were the only ones that did not agree with Cobra taxes and left within 1 year of joining the alliance.  The Harrison Gents mainly left due to a war with the Ashland Vikings.  The Insane Campbell Boys ceased to exist.

Insane (South Side)
SymbolsPitchfork
Gangs in alliance by 2000Satan Disciples, City Knights, and Insane Majestics
Former gangs in allianceTwo Two Boys
Alliance made1980
Alliance endedActive

This “Insane” group is not to be confused with the “Insanes” of the north side headed by the Spanish Cobras.  This Insane alliance is older than the Spanish Cobra alliance.  It has existed since when the Satan Disciples guided the Two Two Boys into the Folk Nation.  The Satan Disciples are the leaders of this alliance.  In circa 1990 the Two Two Boys and SDs went to war; however, the Two Two Boys kept the “Insane” moniker.  In the year 1992 the SDs took in the City Knights and Insane Majestics into the Folk nation and made them “Insane.”

Maniac
SymbolsPitchfork
Gangs in alliance by 2000Maniac Latin Disciples, YLO Disciples, Maniac Campbell Boys, and Latin Stylers
Former gangs in allianceLatin Jivers, Milwaukee Kings, Latin Eagles, and Latin Lovers
Alliance made1992
Alliance endedActive

In the year 1992, all hell broke loose on the north side streets as Imperial Gangsters, Latin EaglesSpanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples were in a state of violent gang wars over drug turf.  The Folk nation could no longer bind all these gangs and the need for three sub alliances had to be established.  One of them was the “Maniac Family” that were followers of the Maniac Latin Disciples.  These gangs attached to the Maniac Latin Disciples because they were seen as the more powerful gang and more tied in with drug cartels; however, this same power ended up causing the MLDs to do power plays over the smaller Maniacs, all this became crystal clear in the year 1995.  The Latin Lovers and Latin Jivers went and joined the Insane Family with the Spanish Cobras.  The Milwaukee Kings ventured out on their own.  Over time, Latin Sylers have had many disputes with MLDs.

People
SymbolsFive point star
Gangs in alliance by 2000Bishops, Black P Stones, Gaylords, Latin Angels, Latin Kings, Latin Pachucos, Noble Knights, Party Players, Twelfth Street Players, Familia Stones, Four Corner Hustlers, Latin Brothers, South Side Insane Popes, Insane Unknowns, Latin Counts, Latin Stones, Mickey Cobras, Saints, Spanish Lords, Spanish Vice Lords, and Vice Lords
Former gangs in allianceInsane Deuces, Insane Cullerton Deuces, and Latin Dragons
Alliance made1978
Alliance endedActive

On November 11, 1978 Larry Hoover, the leader of the Black Gangster Disciples had a vision on how to organize the biggest and/or oldest street gangs to control gang wars and alliances in the prison system.  Later in the 1980s the alliance would organize street wars, alliances and map out established drug turf.  The organization Larry Hoover invented was the “Folk Nation” while his rivals in the meeting in Pontiac Correctional Center came up with “People Nation.” Larry Hoover drafted the Folk nation bylaws alongside the Black Disciples.  The People nation was drafted by the EL Rukns, Vice Lords and Latin Kings.  The People nation had a tie into religion as the EL Rukns and Vice Lords represented the Islam side and Vice Lords converted to Islam right at the time of joining the People Nation.  The Latin Kings represented the Christian/Catholic side.  The other People Nation gangs that would join in 1978 were: Mickey Cobras, Latin Counts, Insane Unknowns, Puerto Rican Stones, Bishops and Spanish Lords.  All Folk nation gangs adopted the six point star symbol of the BGDs and sometimes the pitchfork.  The People Nation gangs adopted the EL Rukns’ five point star for all gangs.

In the year 1980 the Folk and People nations opened their doors to allowing more gangs to join.  The vast majority of gangs would join all throughout the 1980s and in the early 1990s.

In the year 1983, Folk and People nation bylaws were enforced on the streets and symbols and fashion trends were made official.  The Folk nation represented the right handed side while the People nation represented the left handed side.  The alliances became very strong in the mid-1980s but by the late 1980s the alliances were hard to control.  By 1988-1992 the Folk and People nation bylaws could no longer be enforced on the streets as the drug trade went wild.  The alliances still exist but no longer guarantee peace.

RPN
SymbolsCross with three slashes above it
Gangs in alliance by 2000Simon City Royals and Insane Popes (North Side)
Former gangs in allianceSimon City Royals and Insane Popes (North Side)
Alliance made1973
Alliance endedActive

When the WPO broke up in 1973, the Simon City Royals and Almighty Insane Popes felt drawing an alliance between their organizations could help them to combat rival gangs easier because they were now going up against the many Puerto Rican gangs and also the gangs allied in the rival UFO.  The alliance was then named “Royal Pope Nation” and it still exists presently but has never been mentioned as much as other alliances, especially since both of these gangs joined the “Almighty” alliance in 1992.

SGD/La Tabla
SymbolsNone
Gangs in alliance by 2000Maniac Latin Disciples, Spanish Cobras, Imperial Gangsters, Latin Eagles, Satan Disciples, Two Six, Ambrose, La Raza, C-Notes, Insane Dragons, Ashland Vikings, Insane Deuces, Milwaukee Kings, and Latin Jivers
Former gangs in allianceHarrison Gents, Maniac Campbell Boys, and Latin Lovers
Alliance made1989
Alliance ended1999

This is not completely the same thing as “Spanish Gangster Disciple” that originated as a concept in 1974 behind prison walls that effectively allied Black Gangster Disciples with Latin Disciples (MLD).  This is the concept of “Spanish Growth and Development” that came about in 1989 to keep Latino Folk nation gangs allied.  The biggest and most prominent gangs sat on the “La Tabla” council in prison.  SGD was fully backed and supported by the Chicago Outfit as business opportunity could arise out of Folk unity for the Mafia.  The Latin Disciples sat at the head of La Tabla and this allowed them to try to dominate other Folk gangs like the Spanish Cobras.  When gangs filed a grievance with SGD about the Latin Disciples it would get shot down.  Over time, many gang disputes were not worked out on La Tabla which led to hate and bitter feelings that escalated into war.  SGD ended in June of 1999 when Maniac Latin Disciples killed a fellow MLD at a peace conference between Insanes and Maniacs.  The Chicago Outfit then withdrew from SGD support and pretty much all support with Chicago street gangs.

UFO
Gangs in alliance by 2000None
Former gangs in allianceC–Notes, Gaylords, Chi West, PVP (PVR), Taylor Jousters, Hell’s Devils, and Young Freaks (Stoned Freaks)
Alliance made1973
Alliance ended1982

When the WPO broke up in 1973, some white gangs still wanted to keep a unity alive.  These gangs were C-Notes, Chi West, PVPs, Taylor Jousters and Gaylords.  These white gangs were mainly focused on fighting Latino gangs at first but then focused on fighting Simon City Royals and Insane Popes as well by 1975.  Later on this “United Five Organization” took in the Hell’s Devils and the Young Freaks as Chi – West more or less dropped out.  The Hell’s Devils joined in 1975 bringing about the UFO II, then in 1978 when the Freaks joined it became UFO III.  The unity disbanded when Gaylords and C-Notes went to war in 1982.

ULO
SymbolsPitchfork
Gangs in alliance by 2000None
Former gangs in allianceSpanish Cobras, Latin Disciples, Imperial Gangsters, Latin Eagles, and other smaller gangs more loosely affiliated
Alliance made1978
Alliance ended1992

In 1978, the YLO allies wanted to expand to other allied gangs to fight against Latin Kings and UFO gangs.  The organization was known as “United Latino Organization.”  The YLO decided to extend to the Imperial Gangsters and Latin Eagles.  Other smaller gangs loosely affiliated with ULO in the 1980s that were also a part of the Folk nation.  The ULO went extinct in 1992 when full blown war was launched between Latin Disciples, Latin EaglesSpanish Cobras and Imperial Gangsters.

UPK
SymbolsFive point crown
Gangs in alliance by 2000None
Former gangs in allianceLatin Kings, Insane Unknowns, Chicago Players, and other more loosely affiliated allies like Spanish Lords for example
Alliance made1978
Alliance ended1992

In the year 1978, the “Unknowns, Players and Kings” alliance was formed to combat the rival ULO and UFO alliances.  The organization was created for Latin Kings, Insane Unknowns and the MA Players,  other gangs like Spanish Lords and Warlords loosely affiliated with this group as they were all bounded by the People nation alliance.  The alliance crumbled in 1992 when Spanish Lords, Latin Kings and Insane Unknowns went to war.  Even though Insane Unknowns and Latin Kings squashed their war, the war with Spanish Lords and Insane Unknowns kept the alliance dead.

WPO
Gangs in alliance by 2000None
Former gangs in allianceAlmost all white gangs on the north side and north west area of Chicago
Alliance made1971
Alliance ended1973

In the year 1971, the most powerful white gangs on the northern part of Chicago called a truce as they agreed that too many Puerto Rican gangs were growing larger in their neighborhoods.  The alliance was known as the “White Power Organization,”  The alliance ended in 1973, but still had an effect on the white gangs until 1975.

YLO
SymbolsPitchfork, monks, Cobra Snake, diamond with three dots
Gangs in alliance by 2000None
Former gangs in allianceSpanish Cobras and Latin Disciples
Alliance made1976
Alliance ended1978

In the year 1976, the Spanish Cobras and Latin Disciples drew up an official alliance in order to team up and fight against Latin Kings and UFO allied gangs.  The alliance was known as “Young Latino Organization.”  In 1978 the YLO was replaced by ULO, but YLO continued as a training camp for young future Cobras and Disciples, in 1979 they stole the YLO name to create their own gang called the “YLO Cobra Disciples.”  In 1980 the gang split in two that consisted of the YLO Cobras and YLO Disciples that still exist presently.