Spanish Cobras

Founded Founded in 1958 in or near East Garfield Park
Founding story

Founded in the East Humboldt Park section of West Town neighborhood, Logan Square

Affiliations ;
Colors Black and Green
Primary ethnicities Latino (Puerto Rican)
Symbols Cobra, Diamond, Staff, and 3 Dots
Symbol usage

Cobra snake, diamond with three dots, staff with diamond and three dots, pitchfork 1978-1992

Status Active


It was possible that in the streets of East Garfield Park in 1958 where the Spanish Cobras were given birth and were not put together by Richard Medina A.K.A King Cobra or any of the Medina brothers, Jaime or William because none of them were born yet or were just born.  When Spanish Cobras first joined the Folk alliance in 1978 some members of the Black Gangster Disciples wanted some history on the Cobras and this is when the founding year of 1958 was provided without any further information.  It is rumored the original name for the Cobras was “Loca De Culebra,” if that’s actually true that would have only been their name in the late 1950s.  The original colors were Maroon and white.

The Cobras started somewhere between Harrison Street and Madison Street in the southern part of East Garfield Park within a small Puerto Rican settlement that used to exist in that neighborhood.  There has been claim that Spanish Cobras were started in the Bridgeport neighborhood and had the original colors of maroon and white.  Everyone knows the Spanish Cobras were at least in operation since the very early 1960s and in Bridgeport there was almost no Hispanic families living there at that time.  Mexican families began moving into Bridgeport in the mid-1960s and by then the Spanish Cobras were already well-known to Chicago police by 1964 in the Garfield Park area according to a Chicago Tribune article from 1964 (Chicago Tribune, Juneau, Aug 3, 1964).  I’m not saying for sure Spanish Cobras were not founded in Bridgeport, all I’m saying is it doesn’t add up because there were almost no Hispanics in Bridgeport in the late 50s and early 60s and when Hispanics did arrive they were Mexican and the Spanish Cobras were founded as a Puerto Rican club.  Bridgeport was never known to have many Puerto Rican families back in the 1960s until some Puerto Rican families landed in the Bridgeport Homes in the mid to late 1960s.  I just can’t grasp how it all started in Bridgeport back then.  There was a section in Bridgeport by the later 1960s, that is a fact, but I don’t believe that section is any older, perhaps mid-1960s at best.

In the year 1960, the Spanish Cobras were identified and documented by social services under the name “Spanish Cobras;” but there was no case worker assigned to them, the name had just come up but there was no other information, at this point they were still operating in the East Garfield Park area.

On August 3, 1964 the Spanish Cobras ended up in a small section of the news paper because the leader of the Imperial Roman Cobras Charles Bibbs “Bibby” was shot in the face at 4407 Jackson Blvd (Jackson and Kostner) with a sawn off shotgun. This happened in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. Bibby was at his friend’s house when his 16 year old brother “Flanders” showed up and said the Spanish Cobras were starting trouble right around the way. Bibby was too hasty and grabbed the sawn off shotgun he kept under his friend’s porch the wrong way and blew his own face off. It was at this point that Chicago Police and the whole world got to learn a tad bit more about the Spanish Cobras. Apparently both Cobra gangs had on and off wars. Bibby would call truces with whoever the leader of the Spanish Cobras was at the time to a meeting place to work out differences once and a while. The article from 1964 said the Spanish Cobras operate north of the Congress Expressway, which of course shows the Cobras were just north of the expressway. If they were further north in Humboldt Park the article would have specified that, not only that, the West Humboldt Park chapter did not even open until the 1970s which further proves Spanish Cobras operated within the same vicinity, and that the Spanish Cobras were indeed an East Garfield Park gang in their first chapter of existence. If they were at all in Humboldt Park, they would not be clashing with this other Cobra gang so often, they would have been too far a apart to give a crap about each other besides maybe a brawl once and a great while. The article states that they would fight with guns, clubs, black jacks and knives (Chicago Tribune, Juneau, Aug 3, 1964).

To further prove that the Spanish Cobra’s original hood was in East Garfield Park, we can explore the case of The People Vs. Hill in 1968.  On July 3, 1966 a large group of 15 or 20 Roman Saints and one Casanova Cobra gathered up at the intersection of Albany and Jackson in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.  The group ventured to the actual Garfield Park located in East Garfield Park.  According to court documents the gang members spotted three members of the Spanish Cobras sitting on a park bench drinking beers.  When the Spanish Cobras saw the rival gang coming they shouted out “Spanish Cobras!” After they heard the rivals holler out the Spanish Cobra cry they started shooting at them with a rifle and a pistol.  One Spanish Cobra was shit in the back and killed.  The Spanish Cobra killed was Charles Lenier who was 24 years old at that time. (People Vs. Hill 1968).

In the late 1960s the Spanish Cobras began their first expansion campaign as they opened up new territory in East Humboldt Park neighborhood at Maplewood and Division.  This section was settled by the “Twinkie Brothers.” It was said these brothers came from Bridgeport to start this section of Cobras.  The Bridgeport Cobras were for sure fully established by the late 1960s but as I said before I’m not too sure about Bridgeport being the founding land of the Cobras but they very well could have landed there in the mid-1960s as their second piece of turf.

The relationship between Spanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples dates way back into the later 1960s when the Disciples were first getting started at Rockwell and Potomac in East Humboldt Park and the Cobras first landed at Maplewood and Division.  They would grow closer as time would go on.

The Cobras then opened Artesian and Potomac and Artesian and Artesian and Lemoyne, these two sections called themselves “Young Spanish Cobras” and in later years Artesian and Potomac Cobras became legendary gunners.

In 1970, the Spanish Cobras first arrived in Logan Square at the intersection of Mozart and Cortland and Cortland and Whipple just as the Simon City gang was fading out of existence.  This is the story of how Logan Square Spanish Cobras came to be.

As I stated a little earlier, a bond developed between Spanish Cobras and Latin Disciples and this led some Disciples and Cobras to call themselves “Almighty” back in the early 1970s.  The Latin Lovers were also Almighty when they formed in 1973 but this all was short lived after the Disciples started “Maniac” concepts for their senior members in 1973.

The Spanish Cobras colonized the intersection of 47th and Lawler in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood in 1971.  This was a very short lived section that closed in 1974 which is approximately the same time the Bridgeport chapter closed up as well.

In the year 1973, Richard “King Cobra” Medina settled in the East Humboldt Park neighborhood at the intersection Campbell and Potomac.  Soon these Cobras spread to Haddon and Washtenaw.  Then eventually Division and Maplewood down to Maplewood and Potomac became the headquarters.

In 1973, Richard Medina A.K.A King Cobra became new leader this renegade group of Spanish Cobras at the age of 14, his younger brothers Jaime and William also were given rank. At this point in time in the mid-1970s the Spanish Cobras found a new enemy the Insane Unknowns. The Insane Unknowns set up shop at the legendary street corner of Leavitt and Schiller in Wicker Park. Even though this corner was the motherland and birth place of north side Latin Kings it came under Insane Unknown control by 1975 because many Kings there flipped to Unknowns and that started a war between IUK and LKs. Anyway, now the Spanish Cobras and Unknowns were at each other’s throats.

The main reason for the war with the Insane Unknowns was the creation of the “Insane” concepts that King Cobra created in 1975 two years after he opened territory in East Humboldt Park/Wicker Park area.  He called these new Cobras the “Renegade Cobras” when he opened this turf in 1973.  In 1975 Medina created the “Insane” moniker and developed those concepts in the early years.  A short time later the Unknowns became know as the “Insane Unknowns” and this infuriated Medina.  He demanded the IUKs drop the Insane from their name but they refused and that is what started this war between the two.

In 1976 Richard “King Cobra” Medina took over control of all the Spanish Cobras at age 17 and immediately reached out to the Latin Disciples street gang because he knew the Disciples were having a major problem with the “U.F.O” (United Five Organization) which was the alliance of white power gangs the C-Notes, Gaylords, Taylor Jousters, Chi West, and PVPs or PVRs that had been going on since 1973 and was growing stronger. There was also the Latin Kings that were really large in size and trying to take over everything. This new unity became known as the “Young Latino Organization” or “YLO.”

It was during this “Capone era” during King Cobra’s rule that Spanish Cobras expanded further as they now landed in West Humboldt Park in 1976 at Ridgeway and Thomas and Springfield and Hirsch.  Back to East Humboldt Park, a new section opened at Fairfield and Lemoyne, Haddon and Washtenaw and Evergreen and Washtenaw.  The Evergreen Hustlers were at Evergreen and Washtenaw and flipped to Cobras at this later part of the 1970s.

In 1978 YLO opened its doors to the Imperial Gangsters and Latin Eagles to create the “United Latino Organization” or “ULO.”

In April, 1978 Larry Hoover, the leader of the Black Gangster Disciple Nation created the Folk Nation alliance behind prison walls. His goal was to immediately unite the BGDs and Black Disciples and to also unite with Latino and white gangs. The Spanish Cobras were one of the Latino gangs that were asked to join the Folk Nation along with some other allies like the Imperial Gangsters, Latin eagles, Orquestra Albany and the Latin Disciples. The Spanish Cobras were also allied with the Simon City Royals and the Almighty Insane Popes.

The Spanish Cobras had become highly organized at this point in time which is known as the “Capone era,” and a lot of that was credited to King Cobra and maybe that is why his praises went so far that he was accredited as the founder of the Spanish Cobras. Realistically he was just the founder of a more organized Cobra gang. His Brothers Jaime and William moved up to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and started the Milwaukee chapter of the Spanish Cobras. These three men knew how to organize and had charisma and that is why they were legends to the organization.

In the late 1970s, the Spanish Cobras absorbed the “Crazy Ricans” gang that was located at Haddon and Washtenaw making the Cobras even larger in size.

Tragedy struck on April 12, 1979 when Richard King Cobra Medina had just pulled up at his residence at Maplewood and Division with his girlfriend and their new born baby. Richard could smell something in the air and somehow knew something bad was going to go down. He told his girl to take the baby and hurry up and get inside. Richard began unloading the baby car seat and as he did a car pulled up and fired several bullets into his body and he was found slumped over the baby seat and was DOA at the scene, he was 20 years old when he died.  The Leavitt and Schiller Insane Unknowns were to blame for the murder in retaliation for the killing of Ruben Perez an original Insane Unknown. The Cobras were now full of hate and ready to kill.

Anibal “Tuffy C” Santiago took over as the new leader of the Spanish Cobras. A few days later the Spanish Cobras got their revenge and shot up Ramon “Papo” Cruz who was shot dead at 1053 N. Springfield Ave (Thomas and Springfield). The Spanish Cobras shot him 9 times making this murder a bloody mess. Police arrested James Rosado, at the time 19 years old, for the murder and claimed he shot him with 25 and 38 caliber handguns. This went down the same day that King Cobra was killed. The Spanish Cobras wasted no time in getting revenge; they would not even sleep on it before going out for a murder. After this more murdering went down, the Insane Unknowns got their revenge for Papo’s death, and then the Cobras retaliated. By April 22nd there were two more murders as the Insane Unknowns put bags on their heads and blasted 4 kids that claimed they were not Spanish Cobras, nevertheless, the Unknowns opened fire on all 4 youths and killed two brothers. This occurred at 3848 West Hirsch (between Avers and Hirsch and Springfield and Hirsch). At that point 6 people had been killed due to this bloody gang war and this does not account for the several beatings, gang fights, graffiti, and other destruction and violence that occurred during this war. The bloody saga continued and this brought attention from all of law enforcement and Mayor Jane Byrne. The gang war became well published, as many newspapers published the murders I listed in issues of the 1979 Chicago Tribune, which is where I got this info, and the Spanish Cobras now reached a new level of infamy to the world.

The intense war with the Unknowns did not fizzle out a little until 1981, regardless, the Cobras made it a point to kill at least one rival every anniversary day since King Cobra’s death in 1980, 1981 and 1982 until law enforcement cracked down on it on April 12, 1983 when they spotted Spanish Cobras chanting gang slogans at Richard Medina’s grave. They were all arrested for disorderly conduct which caused no shooting to happen that day. It was also in 1981 that Tuffy C was convicted of the October 7 for the murder of Juan Gomez at the corner of Monticello and Courtland in Logan Square, which he is still doing time for, he was 23 years old at the time (People vs. Gutierrez, 1985).

In 1979, the Spanish Cobras came up with the idea to divide the ULO in a friendly way.  The Cobras proposed that “Insane” and “Maniac” would be two separate entities and the closest allies to the Cobras or Latin Disciples would chose to be Maniacs or Insanes.  There was no war between Maniacs and Insanes and it was even seldom tagged on the walls, it was just a way to divide Cobras from Disciples in a friendly way.

In the early 1980s, the Spanish Cobras made a conquest to the Wicker Park neighborhood as they opened at Bosworth and Lemoyne.  This put them on the map in yet another neighborhood.

Cobras would also spread into the Albany Park neighborhood in the 1980s for the first time.

In the year 1984, Spanish Cobras opened at Fullerton and Tripp and Tripp and Dickens sections in the Hermosa neighborhood after battling Gaylords and Stoned Freaks in that area, this now put the Cobras on the map in another neighborhood.

Some legendary sections to open in the mid-1980s in Logan Square where Central Park and Dickens and Francis and Stave.  Shubert and Avers would open in 1990.

In the 1980s the Spanish Cobras continued to grow and kept their Folk Nation allies close to them and avoided interalliance wars. The Cobras also had very strong connections with the Black Gangster Disciples and the Latin Disciples and showed the pitchfork in all their literature and spray painted gang symbols. By the late 1980s the Cobras spread into the Chicago land suburbs like Waukegan, Elgin, Deerfield, Wheeling and Bensenville.

starting in 1987, newer Spanish Cobras and Latin Disciples did not get along as well as the older members of each gang.  Fist fights would break out and other kinds of drama between both gangs that older members completely avoided, instead the older members organized the conflicts.  The older members would bring the younger members into a school yard and let them have a big brawl to get all the frustrations out then after that there was peace.  It was sort of like being a parent having young siblings that don’t get along, make them fight it out and then shake hands afterward.  This was a great way of keeping YLO/ULO Folks in tact but it was still concerning that the younger members of Cobras and Disciples were having these conflicts to begin with but for these next 5 years this is how conflicts were effectively resolved.

Starting in 1989, the Spanish Cobras joined the SGD (Spanish Growth And Development) Coalition or “La Tabla” in prison, which was an attempt to organize the Latin Folks gangs by creating an organized council within the Folk Nation that would keep any brewing interalliance wars from popping off. The Latin Disciples were one of the main gangs at the top seat of the council alongside their biggest allies the Spanish Cobras. The SGD basically gave complete power to Latino and white gangs to govern themselves without the African American Folk Nation gangs intervening. Instead of being a positive thing for the Latin Folks, SGD ended up having a reverse effect. The Latin Disciples were at the head of the La Tabla; therefore, they were one of the main decision making organizations if disputes were brought before La Tabla, this apparently made the Latin Disciples think they could run everything and they began wandering into allies’ drug turf and infringing on drug turf boundaries. Latin Disciples also felt they had superiority over their allies and this especially did not vibe with the Spanish Cobras and small conflicts began to happen between the two organizations but they could always work it out peacefully after some drama and mild violence would pop off, however, Latin Disciples were high on La Tabla due to being founded under Disciple concepts back in the 60s giving them preference.  Spanish Cobra grievances often went unresolved, which angered the Cobra and kept conflicts swept under the rug until it would boil over a few years later.

Spanish Cobras would also end up in a major conflict with fellow ULO allies the Latin Eagles starting the night of September 9, 1989. The Latin Eagles threw a party at Caguas Nightclub which used to be located at 2444 West North Ave in the Logan Square neighborhood. The Eagles invited allies from the Spanish Cobras, Maniac Latin Disciples and Campbell Boys to the party. As the night went on a fight broke out between a Latin Eagle and a Spanish Cobra, eventually someone pulled out a gun and started firing it off. The crowd panicked and ran out the door in a hurry. Outside the fight turned into a massive brawl that ended up resulting in the beating death of a Wrigleyville Latin Eagle named “Lil Rook” with a two by four piece of wood (Illinois People vs. Johnson, 1995).

After this beating death of the Latin Eagle war ensued between Latin Eagles and Spanish Cobras putting a dent in the ULO coalition.  Only Kenneth/Kostner and Armitage Latin Eagles stayed out of the war but the rest of the Eagles now hated Spanish Cobras.


In 1992, the skirmishes between Insanes and Maniacs became even more frequent and it boiled into the first major war between Cobras and Disciples as a series of shootouts happened for two days straight that was bad enough to make it on the news.  The war was stopped once older members put an end to it.

In the aftermath of the 1992 war, the Insane and Maniac families made their organizations more official than ever before and intensified the divide.  Now Cobras went by “Insane Spanish Cobra” while Latin Disciples now went by “Maniac Latin Disciple” at all times.  This divide now caused their allies to back up Cobras or Maniacs whenever there was violence going on against each other.  Another group splintered out of ULO known as the “Almighty” alliance.  The Simon City Royals, Insane Popes, Latin eagles and Imperial Gangsters went that route.

The Maniacs took in the YLO Disciples, Maniac Campbell Boys, Maniac Latin Stylers, Maniac Jatin Jivers, Maniac Latin Lovers, and the Maniac Milwaukee Kings. The Spanish Cobras and Insane familia took in the YLO Cobras, Insane Orquestra Albany, Insane Ashland Vikings, Insane Deuces, Insane Campbell Boys, Insane Dragons and the Insane Harrison Gents. In response to all this the Imperial Gangsters and Latin Eagles refused to take either side and refused to be taxed or ruled by either alliance so they started their own called the “almighty family.” This alliance originally consisted of Almighty Imperial Gangsters, Almighty Simon City Royals, Almighty Latin Eagles and the Almighty Insane Popes (North side). This of course meant a 3 way war between all these alliances.

In 1992 things got real bloody between the Cobras and the Simon City Royals. Now the Cobras were at war with two of the Almighty families and soon a third Almighty family would have conflict with the Cobras, the Imperial Gangsters.  As soon as war began with Imperial Gangsters word spread among Spanish Cobras lightning fast and within no time that day there was 10 car loads of Cobras at the intersection of Fullerton and Drake stopping traffic looking for Imperial Gangsters while dropping their gang sign in disrespect.  Eventually they found an Imperial Gangster and shot him then all hell broke loose.

In November of 1993 the friction between Maniacs and Insanes boiled over some more after conflict exploded at a party at a corner house at California and Cortez in the East Humboldt Park neighborhood.  The Spanish Cobras and all their Insane family allies decided to throw a massive party that went into the late hours of the night.  The party was mainly thrown by Spanish Cobras, YLO Cobras, Insane Campbell Boys and Insane Dragons.  A live DJ was spinning that night and a dance floor was full of activity as the DJ spun away into the night while everyone was drinking and having a good time.  As the night progressed Maniac Latin Disciples from Talman and Washtenaw (Murder Town MLDs) heard about the party since they were just a few blocks away.  The Disciples felt they had ownership of California and Cortez and figured they can crash any party they want at any time and that’s exactly what happened.  These MLDs came to the party uninvited and began dancing on the dance floor in cocky way while waiving pistols in the air and showing them off.  All the Insanes were bothered right away by this cocky behavior and began griping to each other about how it was disrespectful but these MLDs felt it was disrespectful to have a party in their territory without an invite.  Some main members of the Spanish Cobras now gathered at the doorway which prompted one of the MLDs to act even more cocky while waving his pistol around.  The Cobras then threatened the MLDs and this prompted MLDs to gather reinforcements of their own and from allies, the Cobras followed suit.  Soon several members of the Spanish Cobras, YLO Cobras, Insane Dragons and Insane Campbell Boys gathered with guns in hand on one side of the street, while several Maniac Latin Disciples, YLO Disciples, Maniac Campbell Boys and Latin Jivers gathered on the opposite side of the street with guns in hand too.  Both sides gathered up while hurling insults and shouting at each other until there were about 150 gang members on each side of the street on each side, totaling 300 gang members in total!  By 3:30 in the morning the shouting conflict got violent as the guns started sparking and a violent gun fight ensued that last five minutes.  One of the Insane Dragons even began firing an Uzi at the Maniacs.  Store windows were being shot to pieces and cars roved the intersection doing drive by shootings at the crowds, the scene was total anarchy and chaos to the point that the Chicago police were too scared to show up. The crowds soon disbursed as they continued to blast at each other and this broke the violence into pockets all around the vicinity as you could hear gun shots echoing from all around.  It took the police nearly an hour to show up just after the Insane Dragons made another trip thundering down California looking for more MLDs to shoot at.  Several people were shot that night and the bad blood was becoming worse between Maniacs and Insanes, however, surprisingly after this gun battle peace came back upon the Maniacs and Insanes.

In 1994 relations with Maniacs worsened when the Insane Campbell Boys shot and killed Nelson “Wolfie” Vargas who was a Maniac Latin Disciple.  The Disciples blamed the Cobras for the shooting even though it really was Cobra allies.  The shooting was done in front of Roberto Clemente School in broad daylight in front of everyone and since a Spanish Cobra was standing next to the shooter.  After this incident the Spanish Cobras forced the Insane Campbell Boys to close their operations immediately and many flipped to Spanish Cobras or Insane Dragons.

On June 29, 1994, the Cobras defeated the Simon City Royals at Jensen Park in the Albany Park neighborhood and took it over.  The Royals planned on hitting the Cobras back and it resulted in the fatal shooting of Jacobo Lozada on the night of July 1st when, according to the court case of the People vs. Georgakapoulos three Royals emerged from an alley near the park and shot Lozada while he was riding a bicycle.  They only fired one bullet but the shot was accurate and enough to kill Lozada.  This started a permanent war between Cobras and Royals.

In late 1994 or maybe early 1995, another war sparked off between Spanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples that lasted two weeks and once again it was squashed but again this was another example of how relations were crumbling.

By 1995 the followers of the Maniacs began to realize that being a Maniac was not what was right for them as they disagreed with MLDs’ taxes and rules and then declared war on them.  The Latin Jivers broke from the Maniacs and became Insane for maybe a year then went independent and went to war with the Cobras.  The Latin Lovers also dropped Maniac but they went over to Insane and stayed there. The Milwaukee Kings also broke away from Maniac but then stayed independent. The Cobras also experienced conflict with their own Harrison Gents, although it was not initially the Cobras’ fault that the HGs were leaving, it was because Ashland Vikings and HGs could not get along and the HGs left the Insanes in favor of the Almighty family where they remain today. The Cobras found a replacement for the Gents, the C-Notes who previously were an independent organization and a part of the UFO alliance.

On February 13, 1996 the Spanish Cobras made front page news when members of the Talman and Wabansia MLDs attempted a mass execution of members of the Spanish Cobras at three street corners in the East Humboldt Park neighborhood. Johnny “Don Loco” Almadovar ordered the murders of random Spanish Cobras to avenge the murder of a Maniac Latin Disciple member “Hi Lo” earlier that month. The shooting was carefully planned accept for the fact that the victims all survived the brutal executions. Initially, small groups of Cobras got revenge by shooting some MLDs on the streets and that was seen to the public eye as the revenge, but in reality the Cobras had a bigger, more behind the scenes, and patiently planned attack against the MLDs.

Spanish Cobra leaders met at a Day’s Inn Hotel on Mannheim Road near O’Hare Airport to plan a counterattack. The Cobras then picked out who they were going to kill and when. The hits would be coordinated with a police scanner. The Cobras also called up their allies to do the murders, the Insane Deuces, Latin Lovers etc….. The murders were carried out in various locations such as: Logan Square, East Village, Hermosa, Albany Park, Ravenswood section of the Lincoln Square neighborhood, Ukrainian Village section of the West Town neighborhood and the suburbs of Waukegan and Aurora. High ranking members were carefully executed by allies of the Cobras and these did not make headline news as tied together. The Cobra retaliation was indeed far more superior and clever than the Godfather Style hits by the MLDs in Humboldt Park (Hagedorn, The Insane Chicago Way, P. 193 and 194).

After the shootings war ensued for a few months until peace was established once again between Cobras and Disciples by the time the weather got nicer in 1996.

In 1997, the war went into permanent effect after the YLO Cobras shot and killed “Omski” from the MLDs in an Aldi parking lot on Armitage Avenue.  Omski was putting groceries in his car alongside his wife when he was “Lil Minor” a known YLOC gunner spotted him and gunned him down.  Omski was the chief of the Beldon and Kenneth chapter of MLDs and had a run in with Lil Minor and Omski pistol whipped Lil Minor some months prior, so Lil Minor was seeking revenge.  This sparked the MLDs and Spanish Cobras into permanent war that could only be frozen during the annual Puerto Rican day parade.

It was also the same year of 1997 that the Spanish Cobras kicked off into full fledged war with the Latin Eagles in all sections after Cobras killed “Mono” of the Eagles.

In the spring of 1999, the Maniac Latin Disciples and Spanish Cobra leadership decided it was finally time to end this vicious war between them and hold a peace conference at the YMCA located at 1834 North Lawndale Ave in the Logan Square neighborhood. Leaders of both Maniac street gangs like MLDs, YLO Disciples, Maniac Campbell Boys and Latin Stylers showed up, and leaders of the Insane family such as Spanish Cobras, YLO Cobras, Ashland Vikings, C-Notes, Insane Dragons, Latin Lovers and Orquestra Albany showed up. Peace was agreed upon right away and the bitter 1990s war of the Insanes and Maniacs was finally going to end; however, not all MLDs felt like it should end. The renegade group of MLD supports led by “Little Bum” did not attend the meeting instead they drove around the meeting and set up lots of teenage soldiers outside the meeting. When peace was announced the teens began screaming out gang slogans and screaming about how they wanted no peace. The leaders of the gangs then left the meeting in a hurry because bad stuff was about to go down. One MLD leader got stranded “Carlito” as he exited the meeting alone and when he stepped out from of the YMCA Thomas “Outlaw” Ross, a member of the MLDs, gunned him down. This brought the end not only to peace talks for the warring families but also for the whole SGD/La Tabla That June day of 1999 and brought the end of the old school gang ways as we know it and the SGD (Hagedorn, The Insane Chicago Way, P. 206).

By the year 2001, the elder Cobras and MLDs couldn’t even freeze the war for the Parades and carnivals as the war had gotten that bad.