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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The Almighty alliance started with the Simon City Royals, Insane Popes (North side), Imperial Gangsters and Latin Eagles.  I know the Popes have been using the “Almighty” moniker since at least the 1960s.  The Royals have been using “Almighty” since at least the 1980s.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the Almighty alliance began in 1979 which was the same year the Insanes and the Maniacs formed.

By 1992, the Almighty alliance was for sure in full swing as a three way agreement to disagree started on the streets between north side Folks.  The Simon City Royals, Insane Popes, Imperial Gangsters and Latin Eagles were the three original gangs that created this alliance and were all that was a part of it at this time.  The Almighties had been having increased conflicts with Insanes and Maniacs between the years of 1989-1992 followed by periods of peace.  By 1992, the peace was much harder to keep and these three organizations had their own division.

In the year 1995, the Harrison Gents joined the Almighties after they had a falling out with the Insanes and ever since then the Almighties have had the same set five gangs.  All are allied and all will take up arms alongside each other against the Maniacs, Insanes and any People Nation gangs.

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 ended when the Black Gangster Disciple Nation alliance was formed.

Black Gangster Disciple Nation

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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 prison in 1976 when the civil war ended between Larry Hoover supporting BGDs and Jerome Freeman supporting BGDs.  In 1981, the two gangs were established on the streets when Michael “Mickey Bull” Johnson told BGDs they either still BGD or if they were Black Disciple.

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

Symbols Pyramid, Eye, Crescent Moon, Sun, and 5 Point Star
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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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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 DisciplesLatin DisciplesSatan DisciplesSimon City RoyalsImperial GangstersSpanish CobrasLatin EaglesAshland VikingsInsane Popes and Two Six.  The People nation was drafted by the EL RuknsVice 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 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 to combat the Vice LordsBlack 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.

Gaylords, C-Notes, Gents

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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)

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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 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

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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 part of their name, however, it was not used as an everyday part of the name and they continued to tag “Latin Disciples” on the walls and referred to themselves 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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The People Nation alliance formed on the same date as the Folk Nation on November 11, 1978.  When Larry Hoover held the meeting with allies and enemies in Pontiac Prison on that date he worked with his enemies to iron out how alliances and wars would be controlled in prison.  In this meeting leaders of the El Rukns, Vice Lords and Latin Kings mutually agreed to call their counter alliance the People Nation.

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 Cullerton Deuces, and as the decades 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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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.

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.

Unknowns Players and Kings

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The Unknowns, Players and Kings alliance was created in the year 1982 by Warlord Chief Lord E of the Warlords.  The purpose of the alliance was to unite the La Familia Warlords of West Humboldt Park and Bucktown with the K-Town (West Humboldt Park) Insane Unknowns, Latin Kings of West Humboldt Park and the Monticello and Augusta Players (M.A. Players).  The Warlords organized this alliance to assist the Insane Unknowns in K-Town and the struggling M.A. Players that were on the verge of extinction.  The U.P.K greatly helped the Insane Unknowns to grow in West Humboldt Park but didn’t help the M.A. Players that fell into extinction a short time later.  The U.P.K was mainly an 80s thing and went defunct by 1992 when Latin Kings and Insane Unknowns went to war.  The Warlords became inactive on the streets by 1993 and that further hampered this alliance into extinction.

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.  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.

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.