|Founded||Founded in 1970 by Lucky in or near Logan Square|
Started as the Haas Parkers in 1970
|Formerly known as||
Haas Parker 1970-1973; Almighty Latin Lovers 1973-1979; Universal Latin Lovers or Maniac Latin Lovers 1979-1995
|Colors||Red and Yellow|
|Primary ethnicities||Latino (Puerto Rican)|
|Symbols||Heart and 3 Dots|
A symbol that looks kind of like the New York Yankees logo that has three lines and one diagonal line going through the three lines with three dots above it
The Latin Lovers story begins in the about the year 1970 in the Logan Square neighborhood. By this time Latin Kings, Gaylords and Imperial Gangsters were flooding into this neighborhood and trying to dominate. Gaylords more or less wanted to flush out much of the newly arrived Puerto Rican populace while Latin Kings wanted all Puerto Rican youths to become Latin Kings. A group of Puerto Rican youths were not interested in being Latin Kings or Imperial Gangsters so they started their own crew called the “Haas Parkers” as they hung out at Haas Park (2402 N Washtenaw Ave, Chicago, IL) located at Fullerton and Washtenaw.
As the early 1970s played on the Haas Parkers ran into much conflict with neighborhood gangs and this led them to convert from being a hang out crew into a full fledged street gangs called “Almighty Latin Lovers.” The gang was founded by “Lucky” in the year 1973 and they slightly relocated to Fullerton and Rockwell. The biggest rivals of the Almighty Latin Lovers were Latin Kings, Imperial Gangsters and Gaylords.
The Latin Lovers are said to have recruited a gang called the Beldon Boys in the 1970s.
In the year 1977, the Latin Lovers opened the Lyndale and Campbell section in Logan Square with the blessing of Lucky as “Fox L” became the Lyndale and Campbell leader. this became a legendary section and established a tight alliance with the Latin Disciples after they arrived at about the same time to Logan Square.
In the year 1978, Imperial Gangsters, Latin Disciples (MLDs), Spanish Cobras and Latin Eagles came together to fight common enemies in a street alliance known as the “United Latino Organization” or “ULO.” The ULO also invited smaller gangs to be under its protection such as the Latin Lovers. The Latin Lovers then were able to establish a close relationship with the Latin Disciples.
In the year 1979 when the “Maniac” and “Insane” families were started to be used for all gangs allied with Spanish Cobras or Latin Disciples, the Latin Lovers dropped the “Almighty” from their name and became “Maniacs,” but they tagged and represented just “Latin Lovers” at that time. The Latin Lovers adopted the pitchfork gang symbol after joining Maniac in 1979.
Another interesting relationship that was established in the late 1970s was an alliance with the Maplewood and Charleston Chi-West section. This alliance was not honored by the Chi-West of Chicago and Western and eventually many Chi-West from Maplewood would flip to Latin Lovers.
In the year 1980, a 16 year old member of the Latin Lovers named Nelson “Baby Face” Padilla began working with a crooked cop named Joseph Miedzianowski, as Miedzianowski was assisting the Latin Lovers and all the Folk Nation ULO gangs with dirty business that involved the weapons trade, the Miami-Chicago drug smuggling operation, covering up of murders, and the robbing and shaking down of People Nation gangs in the area for their drugs, money and jewelry. This dirty business not only brought the Latin Lovers lots of money but it also kept many members out of prison and solidified the Lovers with the Folk Nation alliance in 1981. Joseph Miedzianowski’s testimony in 1988 even got Padilla off the hook for major drug charges. Eventually Joseph Miedzianowski was convicted of his involvement in this (Chicago Tribune March 17, 2000). Padilla then became the leader of the Latin Lovers at this point.
After joining the Folk Nation the Latin Lovers expanded into more territory at Milwaukee and Campbell and Richmond and Mclean “L-Town.” The Lovers also opened a significant branch in the 1980s in the suburb of Waukegan.
In the year 1991, The ULO was in jeopardy of falling apart because the Spanish Cobras, Latin Disciples Latin Eagles and Imperial Gangsters were not getting along and getting violent with each other many of times, by 1992, full scale war was launched pitting these four gangs against each other. All four of them gave an ultimatum to their allies that they could only be allied to one of the three groups and there was no aligning with everyone.
The Latin Lovers had a tough decision since they were good pals with the Imperial Gangsters since as far back as possibly 1969, all throughout the 1970s they banged together side by side against the Latin Kings and Gaylords. But in the 1980s the Lovers grew closer to the Latin Disciples and they had bigger business with them than the IGs. The Lovers chose to ally with the “Maniac Familia” and became the “Universal Maniac Latin Lovers.” Now Latin Lovers were at war with their old allies the Imperial Gangsters but they were especially at war with the Spanish Cobras.
In 1994, things were heating up on the streets because Maniac Latin Disciples wanted more drug turf than ever before, the problem is their allies occupied much of the turf they wanted. These allies included the Latin Lovers, Latin Jivers and Milwaukee Kings. The MLDs knew they were the bigger gang so they figured they could just start selling drugs in their allies’ turf and the allies would be too afraid to do anything about it, but that plan backfired as the gangs fought back and tried to push the MLDs back a block or two. For the Latin Lovers this led to the slaying of a Latin Lover named “Cook Dog,” at the hands of the MLDs. Both organizations went before the Folk Nation/SGD board and complained. It was decided that the fair thing would be for the Lovers to kill the MLD shooter to settle things. The MLDs agreed; however, when it came time to pay up the MLDs did not produce instead they made things worse by shooting at some Latin Lovers. Nelson Padilla took it upon himself to get revenge for the killing of Cook Dog and one night he spotted a MLD named Robert Detres, then leaped out of a nearby ally and shot Detres to death. Once this happened, the Latin Lovers removed Padilla from power and placed “Rambo” and “Godfather” in full command. Rambo completely kicked Padilla out of the Latin Lovers and Padilla ended up going to prison for murder (Hagedorn, The Insane Chicago Way P. 17 and 22).
By March of 1995 the MLDs were petitioning for removal of the Latin Lovers from the SGD La Tabla saying that they allowed a snitch to rule their organization for a long time. Rambo countered saying they eradicated Padilla and that MLDs needed to fulfill their end of the bargain. No agreement was reached and complete war was declared between the two gangs (Hagedorn, The Insane Chicago Way P. 17 and 22).
The Latin Lovers then withdrew from the Maniac Familia and started hanging out with Spanish Cobras and Orquestra Albanies that were with the rival “Insane Familia.” The Cobras took the Latin Lovers into the Insane Familia and they became the “Universal Insane Latin Lovers.”
In later years the factions of Milwaukee and Campbell, Lyndale and Campbell would close down. The Latin Lovers withdrew forces in order to focus much more on Milwaukee and California, Richmond and Mclean and the suburb of Waukegan, after this move leadership was more stabilized.
The Latin Lovers had always been small in size but have engaged in vicious gang wars and have been known to be one of the more violent organizations in Chicago.
Please send in old school pics. 1950s or 1960s pics will be especially appreciated!
- What happened to Rambo and Godfather?
- What happened to Lyndale and Campbell and what year did it fall?
- What year did Milwaukee and Campbell and Richmond and Mclean open?