Street Gang Alliance Guide

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

Almighty

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“Almighty” is a term that has been used throughout time by both Folk and People nation gangs even before Folk or People even existed.  Back in the 1970s the terms really started to surface as several gangs used the terms “Almighty” that included Simon City Royals, Insane Popes and Latin Eagles.  Almighty was used by the Popes since the 1950s and the Royals caught on in about the mid-1970s.  All of these gangs joined the Folk alliance in the year 1978 while in prison and became somewhat allied by the alliance they all shared.

In 1979, the “Maniac” and “Insane” families first formed as all close allies of Spanish Cobras became “Insane” while close allies of the Maniac Latin Disciples became “Maniacs.”  Royals and Popes had their own alliance called the “Royal Pope Nation” or “RPN” that dates further back in time to the earlier 70s but there was no “Almighty” alliance back then, Eagles and the RPN just stayed allied with Folks but were not bound by anything else in the 1980s.

In the late 1980s, the Imperial Gangsters began calling themselves “Almighty Imperial Gangsters” but had no relation to Eagles, Popes and Royals and the Imperial Gangsters and Latin Eagles just hung out with Insanes and Maniacs until war kicked off between Eagles and Cobras in 1989 and MLDs and Imperial Gangsters the same year.

In the year 1992, the Maniac and Insane families became official and this left the Royals, Popes, Eagles and Imperial Gangsters out of all this.  The Royals were starting to get into with Cobras and Imperial Gangsters were getting into it with Insanes and MLDs so there was no fit for them in either family, the problem was it meant both families rode against them all for the next three years.

Finally, in 1994, Almighty became an official alliance as now this was an alliance that bound Insane Popes, Simon City Royals, Latin Eagles and Imperial Gangsters together.  Even Ambrose from the south side has joined Almighty.  The Latin Lovers petitioned to join the alliance but Imperial Gangsters objected and the Lovers joined Insane instead.

In the year 1995, the Harrison Gents joined the Almighty family after feuding with fellow Insanes.

The Almighty family gangs do not operate as closely as Insanes and Maniacs.  These organizations often handle business on their own.

Black Disciple Nation

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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 more or less ended when the Black Gangster Disciple Nation alliance was formed and all Disciple gangs merged into one.

Black Gangster Disciple Nation

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In June of 1969, David Barksdale and Larry Hoover called a truce between the Gangster nation and Black Disciple nation.  The two men created an alliance that combined both both of their concepts, this alliance became known as the “Black Gangster Disciples.”  This was just an alliance and was not a merger.  Each men ruled their own nations separately and ruled the B.G.D.N as equal “Kings.”

After David Barksdale passed away in 1974 some Black Disciples began to rebel against the B.G.D.N and split away from it.  In the year 1976 in the prison system, B.G.D.N went defunct as the “Black Disciples” organization was established.  In 1981, the Black Disciples was established on the streets while all others from the B.G.D.N chose to become “Black Gangster Disciples.”  The Black Gangster Disciples used the name to name their organization and the B.G.D.N alliance went officially extinct in 1981.

Black P Stone Nation

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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

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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 Nation

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In April 1978, Black Gangster Disciple leader Larry Hoover organized a work stoppage among prisoners.  The reason for the stoppage was prisoners being served rotten food and overall being treated poorly.  Most prisoners agreed with Larry Hoover even his rivals were on board.  This protest caused Larry to organize a coalition between gangs in order to participate in this revolt.  Larry got together with his allies and enemies and organized the Folk and People alliances.  His allies would become Folk and his enemies would become People.  During the work stoppage Folk and People were allies behind bars, after the revolt they went back to their rivalries, however, these coalitions allowed for negotiations between the rival groups to ease and control gang wars behind bars.

The organizations that joined Folk in 1978 were Black Gangster Disciples, Black Disciples, Simon City Royals, Insane Popes, Spanish Cobras, Maniac Latin Disciples, Imperial Gangsters, Latin Eagles, Satan Disciples, Ambrose, Two Six and Ashland Vikings.

In the year 1981, the Folk and People nations opened their doors to allowing more gangs to join.  The big push started in that year when Michael “Mickey Bull” Johnson was released from prison.  Mickey Bull was a high ranking Black Disciple that preached the bylaws of the Folk Nation out on the streets.  He also recruited several more street gangs into the Folk Nation that year resulting in a big push for all gangs to be aligned under either Folk or People.

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.

In the year 1992, all hell broke loose on the north side streets as Imperial GangstersLatin 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 RoyalsLatin EaglesInsane 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.

Gangster Nation

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In the year 1966, Larry Hoover the leader of the Supreme Gangsters, created an alliance among several south side black gangs to combat the rival Black P Stones.  The alliance lasted until January of 1981 when the Black Gangster Disciples became an official gang.

Gaylords, C-Notes, Gents

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In the year 1964, The Italian greaser gangs in the West Town squashed their differences after they saw an immediate rise of Puerto Rican gangs around them.  The creation of the Latin Kings and the United Neighborhoods alliance between Latin Kings, Warlords and Spanish Lords was a direct threat to the Italian gangs.  The Italian gangs were also having lots of issues with Polish, Irish and German gangs like Playboys, Ventures and Pulaski Park, therefore, a unity was created called the “Gaylords, C-Notes and Gents,” also know as the “G.C.G.”  I am not sure when this alliance ended but by 1969 the G.C.G allied with the P.V.P.s when both groups became a part of the W.P.O in 1971.  I believe G.C.G. ended in 1969 but I am not sure.

Insane (North Side)

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The “Insane” moniker was invented in the year 1975 by Richard “King Cobra” Medina shortly after he first colonized the Spanish Cobras into the East Humboldt Park area.  The moniker was not heavily in use and most of the time Spanish Cobras just tagged on the walls without the “Insane.”

In the year 1979, Insane developed a deeper meaning when some mild disagreements began happening between Spanish Cobras and Latin Disciples.  This was not a violent disagreement but instead an agreement to separate within the YLO alliance that bound them together.  The establishment of the Insanes and Maniacs in 1979 meant that all gangs very close to either organization became Maniacs or Insanes, however, no one tagged it on the walls or really represented it, it was just there just not spoken of.  For the most part relations between Maniacs and Insanes was very peaceful throughout the 1980s with just some minor eruptions here and there.

In the year 1989, Maniacs and Insanes began to have more conflict mainly just Spanish Cobras and Latin Disciples.  This was foreshadowing of the major conflict that was soon to come.

In 1991, the conflicts became more frequent between Maniacs and Insanes and the acts became increasingly violent, however, they were still followed up peaceful resolutions as had been done in the past.

In the year 1992, the conflict frequency and severity increased yet again and now it became time for the north side Hispanic Folk nations to agree to disagree.  As I said Maniac and Insane was nothing new, it was implemented in 1979 but no one represented it to the fullest not even the nations that created it, but now these alliances were made official and would be tagged on the wall and represented before your own nation.  The Spanish Cobras became the Insane Spanish Cobras and their closest allies at the time would take on the same first name.  There was Insane YLO Cobras, Insane Dragons, Insane Deuces, Insane Harrison Gents, Insane Ashland Vikings and Insane Campbell Boys.  This meant that all gangs bound to Insane had to be prepared to help other Insane organizations take up arms against Maniacs and any others not aligned with Insane.

Between the years 1992 and 1994 flare ups and temporary wars continued but could be smoothed over as before, however, the time period between peaceful periods became much shorter and hard feelings settled in more.  In many areas Insanes, Maniacs and Almighties didn’t even hang out with each other anymore.

In 1994, the Spanish Cobras gunned down a member of the Maniac Latin Disciples which caused a temporary war and further strained the relationship between Maniacs and Insanes to the point where they hated each other, however, permanent war was not yet unleashed.

In the year 1995, Ashland Vikings and Harrison Gents had a nasty feud that couldn’t be controlled, the Harrison Gents ended up leaving the Insanes and switched alliances to the Almighty alliance becoming the Almighty Harrison Gents.  The Latin Lovers and Latin Jivers switched alliances to Insane while C-Notes joined the Insanes for the first time.

In 1996, after the Valentine’s day shootings between the Maniac Latin Disciples and Spanish Cobras the feelings grew increasingly hardened between Insanes and Maniacs to the point it was a miracle they were still not in full scale permanent war yet, however, the back and forth violent and frequency made it seem like there was no peace.  At this point periods of peace were far less frequent and weak than periods of war.

In 1997, the war became permanent after more murders occurred.  There was one last attempt at peace in 1999 but after Maniac Latin Disciples started shooting their own members at a peaceful meetup there were no more attempts at peace and Insanes and Maniacs and Almighties hate each other as much as People Nation gangs.

 

Insane (South Side)

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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 1976 when the Two Two Boys were formed.  The Two Two Boys had an immediate alliance with the Satan Disciples because Two Two Boy founders were family with Satan Disciples from 24th and Washtenaw.  The Satan Disciples created the Insane alliance and it bound the Two Two Boys and SDs together as official allies.  In the year 1988 Two Two Boys and SDs went to war and Two Two Boys left the alliance but kept the “Insane” name regardless.  In 1992, the SDs added the Majestic Party Crew into this alliance and the Majestics were renamed the “Insane Majestics.”  In 1994, the City Knights became Insane too.

Maniac

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The “Maniac” moniker was invented in the year 1973 when Latin Disciple gang member Pete “The Burner” Correa was on trial and screamed out that he’s a “Maniac” in the courtroom.  After this the Latin Disciples adopted the “Maniac” as a title for senior members who were known as “Maniac Latin Disciples,” while the younger members were just known as Latin Disciples.

In the year 1979, Maniac developed a deeper meaning when some mild disagreements began happening between Spanish Cobras and Latin Disciples.  This was not a violent disagreement but instead an agreement to separate within the YLO alliance that bound them together.  The establishment of the Insanes and Maniacs in 1979 meant that all gangs very close to either organization became Maniacs or Insanes, however, no one tagged it on the walls or really represented it, it was just there just not spoken of.  For the most part relations between Maniacs and Insanes was very peaceful throughout the 1980s with just some minor eruptions here and there.

In the year 1989, Maniacs and Insanes began to have more conflict mainly just Spanish Cobras and Latin Disciples.  This was foreshadowing of the major conflict that was soon to come.

In 1991, the conflicts became more frequent between Maniacs and Insanes and the acts became increasingly violent, however, they were still followed up peaceful resolutions as had been done in the past.

In the year 1992, the conflict frequency and severity increased yet again and now it became time for the north side Hispanic Folk nations to agree to disagree.  As I said Maniac and Insane was nothing new, it was implemented in 1979 but no one represented it to the fullest not even the nations that created it.  Now Maniac and Insane was law and Maniacs expected their organizations to represent Maniac before their own names but this wasn’t always followed by fellow Maniacs.  Those that were already Maniac now were identified openly as Maniacs such as: Latin Jivers, Latin Lovers, YLO Disciples, Latin Stylers, Maniac Campbell Boys and Milwaukee Kings.  This meant that all gangs bound to Maniac had to be prepared to help other Maniac organizations take up arms against Maniacs and any others not aligned with Insane.

Between the years 1992 and 1994 flare ups and temporary wars continued but could be smoothed over as before, however, the time period between peaceful periods became much shorter and hard feelings settled in more.  In many areas Insanes, Maniacs and Almighties didn’t even hang out with each other anymore.

In 1994, the Spanish Cobras gunned down a member of the Maniac Latin Disciples which caused a temporary war and further strained the relationship between Maniacs and Insanes to the point where they hated each other, however, permanent war was not yet unleashed.

In the year 1995, a massive disagreement that involved shootings happened between Latin Lovers and MLDs, this caused the Latin Lovers to leave the Maniacs and switch to Insane.  The Latin Jivers joined alongside the Lovers and became Insane as well for about 1 year.  The Milwaukee Kings broke away from Maniac as well and the MLDs declared war on all their former allies.  The Maniacs gained now new allies to replace those that were lost but didn’t feel the need to gain any new ones.

In 1996, after the Valentine’s day shootings between the Maniac Latin Disciples and Spanish Cobras the feelings grew increasingly hardened between Insanes and Maniacs to the point it was a miracle they were still not in full scale permanent war yet, however, the back and forth violent and frequency made it seem like there was no peace.  At this point periods of peace were far less frequent and weak than periods of war.

In 1997, the war became permanent after more murders occurred.  There was one last attempt at peace in 1999 but after Maniac Latin Disciples started shooting their own members at a peaceful meetup there were no more attempts at peace and Insanes and Maniacs and Almighties hate each other as much as People Nation gangs.

 

People Nation

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In April 1978, Black Gangster Disciple leader Larry Hoover organized a work stoppage among prisoners.  The reason for the stoppage was prisoners being served rotten food and overall being treated poorly.  Most prisoners agreed with Larry Hoover even his rivals were on board.  This protest caused Larry to organize a coalition between gangs in order to participate in this revolt.  Larry got together with his allies and enemies and organized the Folk and People alliances.  His allies would become Folk and his enemies would become People.  During the work stoppage Folk and People were allies behind bars, after the revolt they went back to their rivalries, however, these coalitions allowed for negotiations between the rival groups to ease and control gang wars behind bars.

The People Nation adopted religious concepts unlike the Folk Nation.  The El Rukns adopted Islamic fundamentals in 1976 and they wanted the Vice Lords to adopt the same ideals when the People Nation formed.  The Vice Lords agreed to adopting the Islamic faith and both organization represented the Islamic side of the People Nation.  The Latin Kings represented Christian beliefs.

El Rukns and Mickey Cobras ended their war in prison since the death of Mickey Cobra leader Henry “Mickey” Cogwell as the Mickey Cobras joined the People Nation.  The Four Corner Hustlers became a Vice Lord faction and were then invited to join the People Nation.  The Latin Kings agreed to end their wars with Latin Counts, Bishops, Puerto Rican Stones and Insane Unknowns so that these gangs could join the People Nation.  The Spanish Lords were close allies with Latin Kings so it was easy for them to walk into the alliance.  These were the original gangs that joined the People Nation in prison in 1978.

This alliance was only to used to control prison wars, but in the year 1981 a Black Disciple leader Michael “Mickey Bull” Johnson was released from prison and invited many more organizations into the rival Folk Nation, he also laid out Folk Nation bylaws on the streets.  This meant the People Nation needed to respond right away and in 1981 several more gangs were invited into the People Nation and People Nation bylaws were beginning to be enforced on the streets.

The People Nation alliance has quite a bit less gangs so they made up for it by keeping their alliance tight all throughout the 1980s while the Folk Nation gangs started to tear each other apart in the late 1980s.  There were only small disagreements and skirmishes that the Latin Kings were involved in against the Insane Deuces, Latin Counts, Puerto Rican Stones and Ghetto Brothers Organization; however, the gangs were at peace the vast majority of the time.

By 1990, the Latin Kings were at war with the Insane Deuces and were on the verge of war with the Latin Counts.  The Latin King and Insane Deuce war of 1990 was the first full blown People on People war within this alliance in history.

By 1991, the Latin Kings were at war with the Latin Counts, Bishops and Insane Deuces and as the decade progressed the Latin Kings were at war with many other People Nation gangs.  Factions of Black P Stones, Vice Lords and Mickey Cobras began engaging in wars in certain parts of the city.  Bishops and Latin Counts went into a bloody war in 1991 and eventually the People Nation became as fractured as the Folk Nation.

Royal Pope Nation

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When the WPO broke up in 1973, some white gangs still wanted to keep a unity alive.  These gangs were C-NotesChi WestPVPsTaylor 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.

SGD / La Tabla

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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.

United Five Organization

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In the year 1973, Gaylords, C-Notes Taylor Jousters and P.V.P created the “United Five Organization” as a brotherhood so they could fight side by side against the many Puerto Rican gangs that were rising up in the neighborhoods. The UFO was hoping to recruit Chi-West but it never happened officially. These gangs were all part of the W.P.O alliance but that was not a brotherhood only more like a cease fire between the white gangs, the U.F.O was more like a brotherhood so they could fight as “all for one.”  U.F.O wore white arm bands to signify their allegiance as they would swarm sometimes 100 deep with guys from all clubs battling common enemies. These white gangs were mainly focused on fighting Hispanic and black gangs at first but then focused on fighting Simon City Royals and Insane Popes as well by 1975 when the W.P.O broke up due to the Gaylords going to war with Popes and Royals.  In 1975 the U.F.O took in the Hell’s Devils and Taylor Jousters.  The Hell’s Devils joined in 1975 bringing about the UFO II, then in 1978 the White Knights joined and there was hopes for the Freaks to join but that never became official.  The new name of the alliance was “United Fighting Organization” because now there were more than five gangs in the alliance and was UFO III.  The unity disbanded when Gaylords and C-Notes went to war in 1982, then C-Notes went to war with all the other U.F.O clubs.

United Latino Organization

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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 DisciplesLatin EaglesSpanish Cobras and Imperial Gangsters.

United Neighborhoods

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In the year 1964, the WarlordsLatin KingsSpanish Lords and some other Puerto Rican gangs from Wicker Parkcame together to reach an understanding that they would not war against any fellow Puerto Rican gangs.  They would focus all their conflict with white greaser gangs that were brutally attacking Puerto Rican youths on the streets.  The United Neighborhoods opposed Chi-WestGaylordsTaylor Jousters and C-Notesalong with other various white greaser gangs.

In the year 1974, the United Neighborhoods added the Unknowns into their alliance, a year later the Unknowns would change their name to the Insane Unknowns.

In the year 1977, the United Neighborhoods took in the YBO/GBO, then in 1979 the UN added the Latin Kings from West Humboldt Park.

The United Neighborhoods stood strong even after the People Nation alliance seemed to replace it in the 1980s.  In 1992, the United Neighborhoods collapsed after Latin Kings went to war with Spanish Lords and Insane Unknowns, by this time YBO/GBO went extinct.

White Power Organization

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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.  White gangs were also upset about their neighborhoods becoming ran down and full of drugs, the Puerto Ricans were blamed for this.  The alliance was known as the “White Power Organization,”  The alliance ended in 1975 when Gaylords went to war with Simon City Royals and Insane Popes.

Young Latino Organization

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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.