Gangster Disciples - Chicago Gang History (2024)

FoundedFoundedin 1958 in or nearEnglewood
AffiliationsFolk Nation— c. 1978–2000 or later;
ColorsBlack and Blue
Primary ethnicitiesAfrican American
SymbolsWinged Heart, Devil Horns, and Devil Tail

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In order to tell the story of the largest mob in Chicago’s history I must intertwine both the history of the Gangsters and the history of the Disciples to bring about the correct understand. The Gangster Disciples are said to be at least 40,000 strong in numbers and continue to grow with members as young as pre-teen and members as old as in their 70s. The Gangster Disciple nation has a hell of a legacy of expansion, power and dominance. The Gangster Disciples have grown beyond just being a gang and are about Growth and Development. Growth and Development is something positive that turns Gangster Disciple members into productive members of society and helps men of all ages better themselves and become successful. Not all Gangster Disciples get involved in criminal activity and many retire and leave the criminal life and become productive members of Growth and Development.

The history of the Gangster Disciple nation has roots that come from civil rights issues and dealing with problems that plagued their communities. It became time to fight back. From the rough parts of Hyde Park to the impoverished and blighted community of Englewood Gangsters and Disciples were born and would evolve to show the world true power in numbers and organization.

The Black Disciple history is indeed a fascinating history and a great story of how young pre-teen boys got together and formed an organization that would help fight against the civil rights injustices and wild gangs around them.

We will start the story back in the year 1958to the impoverished northern half of the Hyde Park neighborhood, the impoverished southern Kenwood area and in the Englewood neighborhood. InHyde Park and Kenwood wealthier white greaser youths were bullying several black youths. Hyde Park had always enforced restrictive racial covenants in the earlier times but in the late 40s it was deemed unconstitutional; therefore, black families began to move into the older northern section of theHyde Parkneighborhood. By the later 50s blacks were moving into this area and southern Kenwood at a higher rate as this area became more affordable for lower income families. In Englewood, black families began moving in at a very high rateinthis neighborhood causing many Italian families and Italiangreasers’resentment and soon bullying ensued. There were also white and black gangs from outside of Englewood, Hyde Park and Kenwood that invaded and bullied these youths.The creation of the Dan Ryan Expressway system that year was a contributing factor is forcing many black families out of their communities and into white neighborhoods like Englewood. Englewood was an affordable option for lower income black families making this an ideal neighborhood for settlement.

Some of the bullied youths from Kenwood, Hyde Park and Englewood got together as friends and decided to create a club that would fight against all these enemies they had. These boys were only 11-13 years old in age and they all sat down to figure outthe name of this new organization. They decided to flip through the holy bible to get ideas and that’s when it dawned on them to use the name “Disciple” in their title. The boys then added on the prefix “Devil’s” to give the name an intimidating edge to it. After that was decided the Disciples were simultaneously at 43rd Street in Kenwoodand scattered throughout Englewood between 56thStreet down to 67thStreet. Although the Disciples started in Englewood from 56th to 67th their original first Englewood section and their Englewood motherland is 63rd and Stewart which is where it all began in Englewood. A Disciples group known as the East Side Disciples was the group that started at 43rd and spread all the way south into Hyde Park to 53rd and Kimbark. 53rd and Kimbark became East Side Disciple headquarters and basically the headquarters for all city-wide Disciples, however, Englewood Disciples tended to gather at 63rd and Stewart.

Some founding members were Richard“Champ”Strong, David Barksdale, MingoShread, Prince Old Timer, Kilroy, Leonard Longstreet, Night Walker, Lavergne and various others. The Disciples had no central leader in their earliestdays,and they kept their business out of the press.The Disciples established headquarters at the Hyde Park intersection of 53rdand Kimbark which became their very first stronghold. The Disciples created the symbols of the star of David, pitchfork and devil’s tail with devil horns when they formed in 1958.

The first arch enemy of the Disciple was the “Sons of Italy” which was a white gang of greasers in Englewood and one of the more powerful south side greaser gangs. The Sons of Italy objected to the neighborhood changing from white to black and would take out frustrations on black youths. Disciples also fought with other black gangs in Englewood like the Egyptian Cobras that moved to the neighborhood from Fuller Park in 1958.

In the year 1959 Disciples made their first expansion move as they settled in the western part of the Woodlawn community west of Woodlawn Avenue as they took over about 2/3 of the Woodlawn neighborhood. The other 1/3 was Egyptian Cobra territory who became archrivals along with the original group of Blackstone Rangers. The Disciples would make this neighborhood permanently as they have maintained a heavy presence over the decades.

In the year 1959 black families began to settle in the South Shore community for the first time. This was a neighborhood that was known to have some anti-black and anti-Jewish sentiment since the 19th century. When blacks first arrived, they were met with hostility especially from white gangs. The Devil’ Disciples then migrated to this community to support the black community in their racial struggles. South Shore would become another permanent home to the Disciples for generations to come. High-ranking and/or senior members often have preferred South Shore over time. Many times, over the decades money-making big-time Disciples would buy houses here making this sacred lands for the Disciples.

In the same Year of 1959 Disciples settled in the Greater Grand Crossing and Washington Park neighborhoods. Both neighborhoods were heavy in poverty and blight and home to many impoverished families. The Disciples arrived to support the struggling black community. In these communities Disciples patrolled the streets and worked to eliminate criminal groups and wild gangs taking on a guardian role that Disciples would carry in other communities in later years. Both communities have been heavy coveted for decades and are still strongholds for Disciples.

As the years of 1958 to 1961 went by the Disciples became especially powerful in northern Englewood as white flight ran its course and more black families moved in created excellent recruitingopportunities.By 1961 the Devil’s Disciples were the most powerful gang in Englewood and the Italian greaser gangs were fighting that losing war against the Disciples.By this time the Italian greaser gangs had left Englewood.

In the year 1961,14-year-oldDavid Barksdale took over leadership of the Devil’s Disciples and he directly oversaw the Englewood branch of the Disciples. Barksdale appointed Mingo as President of the Disciples in Hyde Park and Kenwood that became known as “East Side Disciples.”

The Hyde Park/Kenwood chapter wasatit* peak around when Barksdale took over as they had members from 43rddown to 53rdbetween the twoneighborhoods butstarting in 1960 the University of Chicago backed a program to renovate southern Kenwood and northern Hyde Park by clearing out blighted buildings and renovating some of the older and salvageable homes. This action would increase the value of these neighborhoods and push impoverished black families out causing most of these families to move to Englewood. As the families began moving in the early 60s the Disciples grew stronger in Englewood and gradually a new headquarters was set up at 63rd and Stewart in the year 1963 because many homes were razed at 53rd and Kimbark in Hyde Park and the Kimbark Shopping Plaza was built over half of Disciple headquarters. The Disciples from 43rd down to 53rd moved to Englewood by 1963 further solidifying Englewood which is how GDs and BDs are so big in Englewood even up to present day.

In the same year that David Barksdale took over the Disciples Richard Strong and his family moved into the Cabrini Green public housing projects that was mostly ran by various small gangs and Egyptian Cobras. Strong developed quite a following in no time and recruited several black youths into his gang the Black Deuces which was the gang he created in Cabrini, but they were tied to the Devil’s Disciples. This is how Disciples became a large presence in the Cabrini Green area until the projects were torn down.

In the year 1964, the Disciples spread their influence further south of 79th Street as they landed in the Auburn-Gresham, Chatham, Calumet Heights, Burnside, and Roseland neighborhoods with the Roseland community being the center of this settlement. Roseland, Auburn-Gresham and Calumet Heights were struggling with uneasy racial transitioning and there was often violent conflict between whites and blacks, the Disciples came to aid the black community during these struggles. With the settlement of Roseland came the legacy of the Wild 100s GDs and BDs. These neighborhoods would became major strongholds for Disciples for decades to come to present day and it all began in 1964. Within a short amount of time Disciples ended up clashing with Blackstone Rangers that were settling in most of these communities the same year.

The Disciples also spread into the south suburbs in Harvey, Dixmoor, Phoenix, Chicago Heights, Robbins and Ford Heights communities for the same reasons as on the further south side to deal with racial conflicts that ended up turning into more of a rivalry with Blackstone Rangers that were settling in these communities as well. The Disciples would became permanent residents of these suburbs up to present day.

One may ask what I mean by racial strife. From speaking to many over time from these areas and similar white flight areas around the city it can be any or all of these behaviors:

Bullying in school – Many times white youths would pick on black students by calling them racial slurs or treating them as less equal.

Teaching staff unequal treatment for black students – Often times when white and black students would conflict or even if black students would get in trouble in other ways black students were punished harsher. Sometimes black students were even accused of issues they were not part of.

Unfair neighborhood boundaries – After restrictive covenants were banished by the Supreme Court in 1948 communities established sometimes agreed upon racial boundaries in neighborhoods where blacks could not be seen venturing into declared white areas. The problem was in these changing neighborhoods the boundaries were decided by the whites and often included all the public facilities like pools, parks, shopping areas etc…often leaving blacks no choice but to venture into these areas and face violence or taunting.

Unfair police treatment – As black residents became new in white neighborhoods, they were watched by police closer, questioned by police more frequently and questioned whenever a crime was committed without just cause. When fights between blacks and whites happened police would not arrest the whites and often brutally arrested blacks involved.

These are just some of the behaviors that black residents faced in these changing communities. This is mostly lost history because these issues were often short lived because most whites took part in white flight rapidly and the racial issues were forgotten especially as groups like the Disciples ended up focusing more on conflicts with the rival Ranger groups. It is important to understand that the original cause was conflict between black and white even if it was within less than a one year duration.

Now that we began the story with the creation of the Disciples now let’slook intothe formation of the “Gangsters.” This took place in Englewood in the year 1964, more specifically at 68thand Green.A group of thirtyyoung black youths got together at this intersection as they hung out in Larry Hoover’s home and watched outside the window as gangsters and pimps hung out in the parking lotof The Guys and Gal’s night Club that used to exist at that intersection. These boys wanted to be just like these pimps andgangsters,and they were living on the border of Ranger and Disciple territory. Larry Hoover was inspired to be a leader of gangsters and began dressing himself very well to fit the role. Eventually these boys created their own club called the “Supreme Gangsters” which was Larry Hoover’s idea for the club name. Larry Hoover himself was not the first official leader but more of a behind the scenes type leader. Hoover teamed up with street hustler Andrew “DeeDee” Howardand Ike “King Ike” Taylor andmade King Ike his right-hand man. The Supreme Gangsters wore the color black and their symbols were a heart with wings and a round crown with a sword going through it.The Supreme Gangsters saluted each other with a clenched fist as their hand sign.

Upon inception the Supreme Gangsters were immediately at war with Blackstone Rangers andEgyptian Cobras but had no hard feelings against Disciples.Supreme Gangsterswere the newer organization inEnglewood, and this made them the target of Blackstone Rangers that wanted to flush them out right away, but the Gangsters fought the Rangers viciously. The Supreme Gangsters were hustlers and were about getting money early in their history before Disciples and Rangers were as much about it.

In the year 1965, the leader of the Supreme Gangsters was no longer in charge and Larry Hoover stepped up to be the official leader of the Supreme Gangsters instead of being a behind the scenes leader. After Larry Hoover took over the Supreme Gangsters began to grow in Englewood and became a major force to be reckoned with as Rangers struggled in battles with them.

The Devil’s Disciples were the largest gang on the southside by 1965 and before, even after the Black Stone Rangersstarted,Rangerswere not as large. The Rangers only appeared larger because they were more outspoken to media outlets. The Supreme Gangsters were up and coming and even began recruiting older members that were even above high school age. Larry Hoover was becoming increasingly recognized, respected and feared by many.He was only 13 years old when he started the Supreme Gangsters and by the age of14,hewas in charge ofolder guys.

On the date of January 6, 1966, the Disciples began recruiting gangs more instead of just focusing on recruiting just individuals. He wanted these gangs to all call themselves “Disciple” while still maintaining their original name. An example was when the Gonzatos became Gonzato Disciples when they agreed to be part of the Disciples as an alliance. The coalition expanded Disciple boundaries beyond the into the Bronzeville area. This put Disciples in the Ida B. Wells, Clarance Darrow projects, Wentworth Gardens, Stateway Gardens projects and heavily on the streets of Grand Boulvard and Douglas communities. Older gangs from these communities flipped to Disciples or attached their gangs to the Disciple name. In the Near South Side the Disciples moved into the Harold Ickes projects. This spreading of this nation did not gain much notoriety due to Disciples keeping their activity low key, therefore, you don’t read much about it in the history books. What you will read all about is how the rival Black P Stone nation spread all over the place after that nation was created in 1966 to have their own alliance.

What you will read all about is how the rival Black P Stone nation spread all over the place after that nation was created on December 28, 1966 to counteract the Disciple nation, again it was because Stones were more outspoken to media outlets.

In 1966, the Disciples became heavily active in the community opening fund raisers, legitimate businesses, enforcing school policies to keep kids in school. Maybe some of that money went to illegal activities but a great deal of it went into helping the community. David Barksdale used his power for some good as can be seen. The Disciples were also tied to civil rights groups and fought against civil rights injustices. In that summer of 1966 Disciples even tried a peace treaty with the Rangers, this didn’t last but at least there was a large attempt.In the year 1967, The Woodlawn Organization was awarded over $927,000 to be handed out to the Blackstone Rangers and the Black Disciples to operate job training centers for neighborhood youths in Woodlawn. All Disciples and Rangers were paid a salary to be instructors of this program despite the lack of training. Disciples received about $360,000 of this money for the program. In these programs there were both Disciple and Ranger instructors and students in these classrooms and sometimes gang fights and shootings happened in the classes.

Now that Disciple and Stone alliances were established the much smaller Supreme Gangsters, needed an alliance of their own. Larry Hoover now felt the need to create his own countermeasure againstthe Black P Stones in 1967. He adopted the same belief as the Disciples in keeping out of media outlets and having a code of silence, hence, why the new Gangster nation alliance flew under the radar when it started in 1967 and through the rest of the 60s. The Gangsters absorbed several black gangs that were opposition to Stones and didn’t want to be Disciplesfrom as far south as 71stStreet. Allorganizations that joined the Gangster nation adopted the last name of “Gangster” to show allegiance. One thing people tend to get twisted is that the Supreme Gangsters were known as the “High Supreme Gangsters,”in reality theHigh Supreme Gangsters were just a branch of Supreme Gangsters from 71stStreet. Another branch on 71stwas the Imperial Gangsters, once again another name that gets confused as a Supreme Gangster official title.

In the month of September in the year 1968, Ike Taylor movedto the intersection of Gladys and Keeler in the K-Town section of Chicago’s West Side in the West Garfield Park neighborhood after he was released from the Audy Home detention center. His family moved from Englewood to K-Town. When he arrived,he began spreading the word of the Gangster nation to these young west side youths that were mainly familiar with Vice Lords and Egyptian Cobras.King Ike recruitedmany youths in this area and established the very first Supreme Gangster branch in history. Ike appointed Robert “Red” Lawson to be his Sergeant of Arms, and this was the birth of the Gangster Disciples on the west side of Chicago, and it all started in 1968. This was also the beginning of the permanent settlement of Gangster Disciples in the southern portion of this community near the expressway.

The west side Supreme Gangsters gained quick popularity especially after they absorbed the “Black Pimps” and the“Jive 5”gangs by the 1970s. The Black Pimps were especially large in the West Garfield Parkarea, so this became a colossal move for the Gangsters turning them out. This gave the Gangsters a major momentum boost and they soon colonized the Henry Horner projects located in the Near West Side neighborhood right away in 1967 putting the Gangsters on the map in two west side neighborhoods. There really weren’t any Disciples or Stones on the west side so this was prime opportunity, the only major rival to deal with was the Vice Lords. This how Gangster Disciples became so large in the Henry Horner projects until they were torn down.

In the early 1970s Ike Taylor was convicted of attempted murder and other charges after the shooting of Albert Harris. In the court case of People vs. Taylor on December 24, 1974, Albert Harris was walking home from a friend’s house and was down the street from where he lived. Harris stopped walking when he heard the clicking sound of a gun, he turned and claimed he saw Ike Taylor standing there holding a pistol. Harris said that Ike said, “Itain’tnothing but a Gangster Thing.” Harris then saw another man holding a shotgun in a doorway, then HenryHearanjoined Taylor holding a pistol and Ronald Lawson on the other side of Taylor holding a shotgun. Harris then claimed that Taylor said, “You’re busted,” then shot Harris in the throat. The man with the shotgun in the doorway fired next and shot Harris in his right side. A fifth shooter suddenly showed up and shot Harris again with a12-gaugeshotgun in the face. Harris then turned to see Taylor,Hearanand Lawson standing side by side with flashing sparks coming from their guns. Harris dropped totheground to crawl away but then a sixth shooter appeared with a 12 gauge and shot Harris yet again. Harris managed to flee under a car as the men continued toopen fire on the car as Harris could hear all the pellets striking the vehicle that terrified him so much that cried out for his mother to save him. His mother heard the frenzy of gun fire and her son cry out then rushed to the scene as the men fled. Harris was blinded, was left with a difficulty speaking, lost six teeth and was left with scars all over but survived the attack. According to court documents Lawson was acquitted of the crime and the other three men not named were never found. Ike Taylor and HenryHearanwere convicted and both men protested their innocence. Ike Taylor was able to get the aggravated battery charges removed but the attempted murder charge stuck (source fromPeople Vs. Taylor App.3d 396 1974). In later years Ike Taylor would become a positive leader and positive advocate for the Growth and Development concepts of the Gangster Disciples.

The Supreme Gangster made a conquest out of the west side in 1967 and not only settled the Near West Side and West Garfield Park. Gangsters also made their way east of Garfield Park and settled in the East Garfield Park community and in North Lawndale. Gangsters also landed in the West Humboldt Park community alongside the first blacks to settled south of Chicago Avenue in the West Humboldt Park community. Black Souls and Vice Lord groups were settling West Humboldt Park at the same time and Supreme Gangsters especially warred with Black Souls for a number of years into the 1970s but Black Souls would not gain territory in this community, but Supreme Gangsters remained and still have a deck in this community today as Gangster Disciples. Gangsters also made a large home in North Lawndale and East Garfield Park that is still active as Gangster Disciples today.

In the year 1968 war began between the Disciples and Supreme Gangster allied gangs especially with the Supreme Gangsters. Larry Hoover became the target for assassination attempts. He was shot on two occasions then on September 4th, 1968, a third attempt was made on him. On this day Englewood was on high alert as Disciples, Gangsters and Stones were packing guns and ready to shoot each other. At Parker High School members of the Supreme Gangsters and Disciples were especially ready to get into drama against each other. Baron Disciple member James Highsmith and Disciple co-founder Leonard Longstreet entered Parker High School even though they weren’t students. The two spotted Larry Hoover standing outside of the principal’s office and Highsmith walked past him with a smile as Longstreet shouted out “Burn him,” Highsmith pulled out a .32 pistol and shot Larry Hoover and two others nearby. No one was killed but Highsmith was convicted of the shooting and sentenced to one to five years (from source A Report on Chicago Crime by the Chicago Crime Commission).

During that fall season of 1968 the guns were blazing all over the south side as Disciples, Gangsters and Stones were at each other’s throats as bodies were dropping. This led to a temporary truce between the three organizations that didn’t last long but it was an attempt to curtail the several acts of violence on the south side. One thing to understand is that the leadership and founders did not want anymore violence and were actually friends. This was a friendship of original Black P Stones Devil’s Disciples and Supreme Gangsters. They had no control of factions that would act in self-interest and started violence with factions of the rival group starting the gang wars. The leaders and founders were not interested in war.

The first main drug dealer and syndicate individual in Roseland was an individual nicknamed “Brick.” In the 95th street area black youths admired this older guy in his 40s as he drove around in expensive cars and had lots of money. Many black youths connected to gangs, especially the Syndicate Rangers worked for Brick moving his drugs around the community for a cut of the profits. To many of these youths, both Rangers and Disciples they found Brick to be an undesirable even though they often worked for him to make a little extra money. Brick was viewed as a problem for the black community spreading drugs in the neighborhood. Brick would operate for some years, but his reign ended in 1968 when a 17-year-old youth ran him out.

In the summer of 1968, 17-year-old Ulysses Floyd (U.S.) rose through the ranks of the Syndicate Blackstone Rangers to the point where he was running the Lowden projects Rangers. In that summer of 1968 Andrew Howard of the Supreme Gangsters brought Ulysses Floyd to see Larry Hoover, the leader and founder of the Supreme Gangsters to meeting at 68th and Green in Englewood at a park. At this park Ulysses Floyd agreed to join the Supreme Gangsters as a Chief or Supreme Chief and established the Gangsters in Roseland at 95th Street and build from there. Floyd not only put the Gangsters in Roseland, his influence spread all the way up to 79th Street. After these many Syndicate Rangers and Disciples flipped to his branch of “Outlaw Supreme Gangsters that now established themselves very well in the northern Roseland area. Black migration was growing stronger by 1968 and advancing south of 95th Street as Disciples, Outlaw Gangsters and Black P Stones (formerly Rangers) moved into the higher numbered streets that would soon be known as the “Wild hundreds.” After Floyd established the Outlaws, he ran Brick out of business as he had to leave the neighborhoods. Floyd was nearly executed by crooked police officers in the Dan Ryan Woods on behalf of Brick but when they led Floyd go instead Floyd pushed out Brick. Shortly after Floyd and the Gangsters realized how much money Brick was worth and temptation was too strong for the Gangsters to walk away from all that potential money; therefore, they took over the drug operations; however, they gave back to the community unlike Brick and ran a better operation than Brick. Outlaw Gangsters also worked well with Disciples, and this brought an alliance in 1969 after the B.G.D.N alliance was formed.

In January of 1969, Larry Hoover was highly recognized by David Barksdale and Jeff Fort because the Gangsters had risen to become the third largest outfit on the south side of the city. This is when Jeff Fort became interested in establishing an official alliance with Larry Hoover and the Gangsters. Now this is where history gets tricky and has caused many disputes on the streets for many years on if Larry Hoover and the Gangsters became Stones. Some will tell you he was a Stone and others will say no way. The truth lies somewhere in themiddle;however, I will say this right now before we go into details, Larry Hoover was never a Stone and I’ll explain it all right now.

In January of 1969 Larry Hoover went to Jeff Fort for a peaceful meeting to discuss an alliance.The twoleadersagreed on just having an alliance that had no official title, it was simply a truce between Gangsters and Stonesand not a merger in any which way.This alliance was not the same as the Black Disciple type alliance, or Gangster nation type alliance or like the Black P Stone type alliance, this was an alliance that kept Gangsters and Stones separate but would still be governed by Jeff Fort and Larry Hooversupposedly as equals. Larry came up with the idea for him to rule this alliance alongsideJeff,but Jeff ended up declining this in the long runbecause in Jeff’s mind nobody is his equal.The peace between them lasted close to a half year but ended up going sour as Larry was seeing more and more how Jeff would not let him rule alongside him as an equal.Jeff also came up with the idea for a complete merger of Gangster and Stone concept that he wanted to call the “Gangster Stones,” but Larry Hoover rejected the idea especially since Jeff wouldn’t let him rule as equals.This and a shooting in May of 1969 when the Stones shot at Supreme Gangsters near Larry Hoover’s home were events that brought an end to this alliance.Here are the details of that shooting that pushed things over the edge between Stones and Gangsters.

On May 7, 1969 two Supreme Gangsters Gregory Sanders and Ronald Vandergrift were shot at by Black P Stones at the corner of 69th and Halsted in the Englewood neighborhood. At the intersection of 69thand Green at address 817 West 69th Street (old shrimp shop no longer there) between 1:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Ronald Vandergrift came across Lonnie King and Charlie “Stone” Smith who were two members of the Double Six Kings which was a Black P Stone gang. Vandergrift knew LonnieKingso he began walking and talking with him as they walked toward 69th and Halsted. Lonnie started telling Ronald that he did not belong around there and to stop coming around that neighborhood because Ronald was a Supreme Gangster. Lonnie had no idea about the Gangster and BPSallianceand somehow Ronald could not convince him of it. Charlie “Stone” Smith then came around the corner and joined Lonnie in telling Ronald he did not belong around there and to keep his Gangsters out. Charlie wasruthless about it and only said it one time then yanked out his revolver and shot at Ronald two times striking him once in the groin area in his inner left thigh. After Ronald wasshot,he ran to the other side of the street, Felix Murry and Gregory Sanderswere nearby(both Supreme Gangsters too)andfled the scenetoo. Ronald did not get far because of his wound and fell between two cars. Felix Murry then came to help Ronald and as the two men took off,King and Smith kept shooting at them and grazed Murry. The two men ran two blocks away to the corner of 68th and Green and that is where they met up with Charles Hoover at the family home of Larry Hoover. The two were then taken to the hospital and were treated for their wounds. The hospital called the Police about the fact they were shot but both men declined pressing any charges or naming their assailants according to court documents. On May 9th at about 4 p.m. Charles Hoover was at the corner of 68th and Halsted and saw the shooters Lonnie King and Charlie Smith. King and Smith told Hoover they were sorry and that they did not know Hoover and the Supreme Gangsters wereallies. On May 11th Vandergrift, King, Murry, Smith, Charles Hoover and some others attended a “reconciliation meeting” at the Black P Stone headquarters where the shooting was declared an accidentdue to the fact thatthe shooters did not know Supreme Gangsters were nowalliesaccording to court documents. Black P Stone Ranger chiefs were the judges in this meeting. In June 1969 Ronald Vandergrift was picked up by CPD for jumping bail, Marijuana possession and two charges of aggravated battery according to court documents. Vandergrift made a deal with CPD and decided to testify all about the shooting and now press charges in exchange for leniency for his crimes. He also came to this decision because by then the Supreme Gangsters hadnow went back to war with the Stonesand were now merged with the Disciples (People v. Smith, ILLINOIS APPELLATE COURT FIRST DISTRICT (2ND DIVISION)). Thisopened upa court case of People v. Smith on October 9, 1973 which was a joint indictment of Steven Smith for an aggravated battery charge and was also being indicted on murder charges from June 2, 1969. He was 20 years old at the time and the leader of the Double Six Kings.

In June of 1969, Larry Hoover had enough of the Stones and conferenced with David Barksdale instead. Larry Hoover’s alliance with Jeff Fort as allies for a few months had gone sour and now Hoover met with David Barksdale.The two groups established an alliance that had a title known as the Black Gangster Disciple nation. The Black Gangster Disciple nation consisted of the Gangster nation, which was the Supreme Gangsters and their Gangster allies, these Gangsters were to be led by Larry Hoover. The Disciples were now known as “Black Disciples” and this was the alliance of all the Disciple gangs led by David Barksdale. Prince Old Timer was appointed the Prince of the Disciples while “Tennesee” the Prince of the Gangsters. Again, this was still just an alliance, but it was a combined concept alliance unlike the one between the Stones and the Gangsters. All Disciple gangs and Gangster gangs were all Black Gangster Disciples.

Many Disciples and Gangsters just considered themselves “BGDs” or Black Gangster Disciples when this alliance was first established and didn’t even refer to themselves as Black Disciples or Gangsters, they fell in love with the BGD title.

In June of 1969,Vice Lords, Black P Stones and BGDs all got together to form a coalition known as the “Lords Stones and Disciples” or LSD. This was a unity of the gangs so they could march on the government and demand equal rights, better jobs and about all the oppression and poverty in their neighborhoods. This coalition effectively slowed down gang violence between these three organizations even after CVL INC went defunct in the fall of 1970. For the rest of 1969 the LSD coalition really set aside a lot of gang wars as they marched on City Hall, Universities and everywhere, until finally in January of 1970 they achieved some success in bringing about “The Chicago Plan” which was “An agreement to implement the employment of minorities in Chicago’s construction industry” (Chicago Building Trades Council, 1970). The final agreement lists 3,000 jobs or training positions in four categories. But a Coalition spokesman claimed that the actual final agreement called for 1,000 jobs in each category (Chicago Defender, January 13, 1970)” (Panagopoulos, The Role of Gangs In The Construction Of UIC). It was soon discovered in the early 1970s that the Chicago Plan was failing about not producing like it should and by October of 1973 the LSD coalition disbanded.

In the year 1969 many south side black youths were being bussed in to Senn High School on Chicago’s far north side. This program was meant to provide south side black students with better education opportunities; however much of the student body at Senn was not accepting. This is when Black Gangster Disciples were among bussed in students. Eventually many of their families would settle in the area of Lawrence and Winthrop which was the oldest black settlement in the neighborhood. The Black Gangster Disciples now became a large and permanent part of the Uptown neighborhood as this was one of the first north side settlements besides Cabrini Green projects. In the year 1970 the notorious “4848” building was built at Lawrence and Winthrop that was built as a building for impoverished black families and was a Chicago Housing Authority apartment complex. The Black Gangster Disciples moved into this building in 1970 as Lawrence and Winthrop was already their territory. In these buildings the Disciples made lots of profits in drug trafficking until the building was torn down.

Since 1968, David Barksdale had been working with leaders of the Black P Stones on several failed peace treaties. By June of 1970, another weak peace treaty was in effect, but this was broken on June 7, 1970, when David Barksdale was shot in his side at a bar at 848 West 69th Street (69th and Peoria) in the Englewood neighborhood. The accidental shooters were Black P Stones.One of the Stones dropped a rifle, and it went off striking Barksdale. Larry Hoover was there with Barksdale when the shooting started and acted quickly after Barksdale was shot by quickly getting Barksdale into his car. Hoover then raced to St. Bernard’s Hospital in Englewood and was accredited with saving David Barksdale’s life after Barksdale suffered an M-14 bullet wound in his side that passed into his kidneys causing permanent damage.

Before the 1970s, Cabrini Green was run by various different gangs with a good number of Cobrastones and Disciples running some of the buildings or parts of buildings. In the early 1970s a bid for domination of these projects began and first caught wind in the news when two police officers were shot dead by snipers on the rooftop of one of the project buildings. There was an existing war between Black Deuces and Cobrastones that prompted police to investigate, this is how serious this war was becoming. In 1971, Richard Strong, the Cabrini Green Disciple founder, started a group called the B.L.A.C.K.S which was a civil rights group that aimed to help the people of Cabrini Green facing injustices. Eventually the B.L.A.C.K.S and the Deuces would merge together then eventually merge into the Disciples.

In the early 1970s, investigations into street gangs using government funding for illegal activities came to a close as they now had evidence to convict high ranking gang members from the Black P Stones. In 1971 top leaders of the Black P Stones were officially charged and by 1972 Jeff Fort was sentenced to 4 years in prison. The investigations didn’t stop with the Stones though, investigators went after the Vice Lords and shut down their legit businesses then they aimed their cross heirs at the Black Gangster Disciples. Authorities ended up getting Mingo to testify before the grand jury against his own organization, however, no charges were brought upon the Disciples, but government funding was cut off. Stones and Vice Lords had members testify against their own gangs too in these proceedings and caused Vice Lords and Stones to face prison time, but Mingo’s testimony failed to convict anyone, instead Mingo was severely beaten on the streets by the Disciples for snitching on his own kind. The same exact money that convicted the Stones somehow didn’t get the Disciples convicted even though both groups were technically mismanaging funds. It seemed like the government just had it out for the Stones more. Not only that. The Disciples didn’t seek out this money it was kinda forced on them as equal payment to them to not favor Stones. Disciples weren’t big with talking to the media and stayed out of the spotlight unlike the Stones, so perhaps this helped their case and kept them less of a target of the government.

In the year 1971 the Disciples began to fall into disorganization and groups of Disciples began not honoring the BGDN and even feuded with other Disciple groups. There were those that wanted to overthrow Larry Hoover and there were others that were Disciples that didn’t like the Gangsters because of the old war with the Gangsters. There were also some groups that had self-interest in mind rebelling against leadership.

A harsh conviction did come down on the BGDs in 1973. On February 26, 1973, Larry Hoover ordered the death of William “Pooky” Young, a 19-year-old drug dealer in the neighborhood that stole drugs and money from the BGDs. Andrew Howard killed him on behalf of Hoover, and it all happened at 68th and Union in the Englewood neighborhood in an alley, Young was shot 6 times in the head. On March 16 both men were arrested and charged with the murder. By November 5, 1973, Hoover and Howard were sentenced to 150 to 200 years in prison in Statesville Correctional Facility in Crest Hill Illinois.

As Larry Hoover was now sitting in prison David Barksdale’s health was declining. Since he was shot in 1970 his kidneys needed to be replaced and his brother was the donor of a kidney. David Barksdale did not live like he got a new kidney against doctor orders and now his health was declining. David Barksdale’s kidneys were slowly shutting down. David Barksdale succumbed to his illness and died on September 2nd, 1974. The fond memory would live on of King David as a positive leader that truly worked to better lives for Disciples and many people in his communities. David Barksdale was no drug dealer, he was no killer, or at least not on record he was no killer, he was barely even a criminal. He was the King of the Disciples but when you look at his old rap sheet you really couldn’t tell. David wasn’t full of money and power, and he didn’t even make money like Larry did. On record he was a small-time hustler that committed petty crimes and he had no real felonies on his record. Here is a list of crimes on record recorded on David Barksdale from a list I got from the NGCRC website written by George W. Knox.

The rap sheet begins with the arrest of David Jones, 5 May 65, for Criminal Trespass to Vehicle (dismissed by Judge Comerford). On 13 July 65 the arrest is for “resisting”, and again 28 July 65 “Resist. & Disorderly G.B.”. The case also went to Judge Comerford.

* The first twist on the real name begins on 2 December 65, “David L. Barksdale” with investigation for aggravated battery.

* The next alias (Davis Jones) comes on 31 Dec 66 for Strong Arm robbery. His gives a home address of 8407 S. Morgan.

*Arrested as Davis L. Barksdale 14 Feb 67 for investigation of Burglary, released without charge, and listed as living at 522 W. 64th St.

* Arrested then again on 26 April 67 asDoniseBarksdale for assault and resisting, it was non-suited. Address given: 6452 S. Union.

* An entry on 10 Aug 67 for David L. Barksdale (6452 S. Union) indicates “Appl. Chicago UrbanOppt.”, which presumably means an anti-gang program or gang-treatment program.

* David Barksdale was arrested on 13 Sept 67 for possession of marijuana, but it was a case dismissed by Judge Wendt.

* George Walker was an alias used in the arrest on 13 Oct 67 for disorderly conduct; butagainthe charge was non-suited (Judge Wendt again).

* David L. Barksdale on 1 Feb 68 was arrested for resisting and disorderly conduct (Xparte$25, Judge Cerda).

* On 7 April 68 David Barksdale was arrested for curfew, but again the case was dismissed (Judge Lee).

* On 28 May 68 David L. Barksdale was arrested for aggravated assault, battery and criminal damage to property, but also dismissed (Judge Cerda).

* On 8 June 68 David Barksdale was arrested for disorderly conduct (Xparte$25 & NC, JudgeZelezinski).

* David D. Barksdale arrested 27 June 68 for mob action.Againon 3 July 68 forAgg. battery.

* Arrested 24 July 68 for warrants on the two prior arrests, receives 6 months in the “House of Corrections” (i.e., today known as Cook County Jail) by JudgeZelezinski.

* On 3 August 68 charged with criminal damage to property, but on 3 Nov 68 it is dismissed (JudgeZelezinski). Similarly, 4 August 68 charged with resisting arrest and disorderly, again dismissed (JudgeZelezinski).

* Arrested 7 Mar 69 for a battery warrant, dismissed (JudgeZelezinski). On 4 Sept 69 again for “mob action”, again dismissed (S.O.L., JudgeGenesen). Arrested 14 August 69 for unlawful use of weapon, and defacing I.D., dismissed (Judge Mooney).

* Arrested 15 January 70 for intimidation, dismissed (S.O.L., Judge Hechinger).

* David Lee Barksdale arrested for resisting arrest on 7 May 70, discharged on 10 Mar 71 (JudgeGenesen). Arrested 4 Sept 70 for mob action, held to the grand jury (Judge Dunne). He is indicted for Mob Action by the Grand Jury. Verdict: not guilty (Judge Aspen).

* On 9 Jan 71 arrested for defacing firearms and discharging a weapon, gets 6 months in the county jail (Judge Dunne).

* Next record entry is 12 Jan 71, for traffic court. Arrested 26 January 71 for armed robbery conspiracy, dismissed by Judge Murphy. A 21 June 71 entry for traffic court. A blank entry for 11 July 1972 in the 6th district (CB No. 3586047).

* On 18 Jan 74 John David Barksdale arrested for gambling (dice), dismissed by Judge Neal.

* Last entry, 13 Feb 74 for possession of marijuana and fictitious license plates (3 days in jail, and $100 fine, Judge Murphy).

(2004: National Gang Crime Research Center, Knox)

As you can see from this rap sheet, he was no kingpin and was more focused on the activist side of Disciple operations. Barksdale was very much feared and some even said just looking at him sent shivers up your spine. Barksdale did have a hard side, but he was also generous to those disadvantaged. He would go to the Bryn Mawr School at 74th and Chappel in the South Shore neighborhood and he would throw stacks of $1 bills to the children in the school yard in the early 1970s.

After Barksdale’s passing in 1974, he was dearly missed especially by the Gangster gangs allied with the B.G.D.N. Most of the Disciples were also very mournful and wanted to continue growing a closer unity with the Gangsters. A nasty rumor circulated that Larry Hoover thought he was rightfully due the position of King of Black Gangster Disciples causing some groups of BGDs to fight among themselves as some wanted to kill Larry Hoover because of this while other supported this and now violence brewed among groups of Disciples and Gangsters while the main Disciples and main Gangsters had to work together to stop this rumors’ damage. It was also at this time that Disciples that still held grudges against the Gangsters could make moves against Gangsters now that Barksdale had passed away. Chaos was brewing within the BGDN.

In the year 1975, black families began to settle in the Rogers Park neighborhood along Howard Street and in the Jonquill and Juneway Terrace apartments. These apartments were known to be seedy, cheap, deteriorated, and full of crime. Black Gangster Disciples settled here to assist the black community here with unfair conditions but would soon clash with Black P Stones that settled here too.

In the year 1976 the chaos within the Black Gangster Disciples was put to halt when Dirk “Don Dirk” Aklin took back control of the chaos on the Disciple side and wrote a constitution and bylaws for the Black Disciples and Larry Hoover was able to gain control of the Gangsters once again. This was seen as the birth of the Black Disciples street gang in prison, but it was really more of a re-gaining of control by Acklin and others. Larry Hoover and Dirk Acklin were able to work together to bring back peach; however, it would not last. Shortly after Dirk Acklin organized the Black Disciples an immediate civil war began between Black Disciples and Gangsters as some Gangsters considered the new Black Disciple re-structuring as a break away from the BGDN. In the prison system BGDs and BDs were at each other’s throats with no resolve and there was basically chaos everywhere.

During all these wars Larry Hoover always tried to look for ways to end violence between all the gangs. His overall grand vision was for there to be peace among the nations and if there needed to bewar,he wanted it controlled exactly like how the Italian Mafia controls their gang wars. Larry never liked messy wars and uncontrolled bloodshed, nor did he even agree with prison rape. In later years Larry was very much outspoken against prison rape and attempted to forbid this behavior.As I had said Larry only saw violence as needed when completely necessary and wanted it controlled and as he got older, he became less and less fond of violence and instead wanted to see young black men lead more refined lives.

Larry Hoover showed power in Statesville prison in April of 1978 when he got together with members of the Black Gangster Disciples, Black Disciples, Black Souls, Vice Lords, El Rukns (Black P Stones), Mickey Cobras and organized a work stoppage strike against foul food that was being served to inmates making them sick. During this strike Larry Hoover also got together with leaders of several rival and allied organizations from all over the city in this prison. Now that they showed unity by assembling this work stoppage the unity was taken further or perhaps it was arranged while creating the stoppage in the first place, regardless of when exactly it happened the creation of the Folk and People alliances happened in April of 1978 stemming from this work stoppage protest. This organizing led to another big sit down with members of allied and enemy nations to discuss how to control the gang wars in the prison system. He proposed two rival coalitions that all major gangs would follow that could be controlled by negotiations between the leaders of each of these coalitions just like how the Italian Mafia organizes their gang wars between families. For Larry’s own organization and his own allies, he assembled the “Folk” alliance which united Black Gangster Disciples, Black Disciples, Ashland Vikings, Ambrose, Two Six, Satan Disciples, Maniac Latin Disciples, Spanish Cobras, Imperial Gangsters, Latin Eagles, Simon City Royals, and Insane Popes to have complete peace among each other and work together. The opposition agreed to this and assembled their own coalition called the “People” alliance. The People alliance was assembled by the El Rukns, Vice Lords and Latin Kings as they allied with Latin Counts, Bishops, Mickey Cobras, Four Corner Hustlers, Insane Unknowns, Spanish Lords, and Puerto Rican Stones. This became a very effective coalition in the prison system and drastically reduced violence between Gangsters and BDs keeping BGDN continuing.

Right after Larry assembled the Folk and Peoplealliances,he was then out of Statesville prison and sent to Pontiac prison in Pontiac Illinois (Source:(Tyson 1996; Journey of Chicago’s Ultimate Street Tough).When Larry got to thisprison,he saw how poorly prisoners were treated by prison staff. The prison wasovercrowded,and this resulted in squalid conditions. Larry Hoover organized the “Brothers of the Struggle” movement that involved high ranking Black Gangster Disciples, Black Disciples, Black Souls, Vice Lords, Black P Stones, and Mickey Cobras. These 17 inmates raised up a rebellion on July 22, 1978, to overthrow the prison and bring mass destruction. In the wake of the intense violence 3 correctional officers were stabbed to death. When the 17 men were out ontrial,they were found not guilty. During his trials that went on until 1981Larry Hoover was insegregation away from other inmates initially.

In the year 1978, Don Smoke and Jr. Hope brought the Black Gangster Disciples to the Cabrini Green projects. The story on this began in 1978when these men met up with Larry Hoover inStatesville. After this Smoke got out of prison and brought heroin mass distribution to the projects. From the start Smoke and Little John were bringing a larger drug trade to these projects beginning in 1978 that was previously small and not well organized.In Cabrini Green therewere just Disciples that favored the BGD banner. While Smoke was in with Larry, Larry asked ifSmoke would become BGD and side with the Gangsters, Smoke agreed and joined BGD. Smoke then got in contact withLittle Johnwho was on the streets of Cabrini and now got word that Cabrini Green Disciples would become Gangster. This would absorb up the Black Deuces and the B.L.A.C.K.S.This is the whole story of how the Gangster Disciples took over the majority of Cabrini Green, it all started in 1978 but had roots going back to 1961.

There was solid peace between Gangsters and BDs from late 1978 until late 1979 until a flare up happened in Statesville but got patched up only to return a year later. In late 1980 another flare up began again and heightened on January 29, 1981, when an incident happened at Statesville after groups of Black Disciples became aggressive with Gangsters.

In Statesville prison unit B, Black Disciple gang member George Baily resided in this unit along with members of the Gangsters. Baily was allowed a privileged duty known as “cellhouse help” which allowed inmates to roam freely in the cell block without cuffs or escort by guards according to court documents. Black Gangster Disciple leader Earnest “Smokey” Wilson disapproved of Black Disciples being cellhouse helpers and declared that all BDs should either resign from this position or flip to becoming part of the Gangsters. Wilson even held a meeting in that unit for BGDs and BDs to attend to lay out the rules, three BDs including Baily were in attendance and two of those three BDs resigned from that position and listened to Wilson according to court documents, but Baily would not drop the position. The BDs did not like this rule that Wilson imposed and for two weeks straight they chanted “B.D. Power” every night around 8 P.M. according to court documents. Wilson then had a meeting with Dirk Acklin, who as I stated earlier was a BD leader, to express Wilson’s dissatisfaction of this revolt from the BDs, but apparently it got nowhere so Wilson picked a fist fight with Baily which got Wilson thrown in segregation. On January 29th he was returned to his unit and met with fellow BGDs to plot the murder of Baily. The BGDs obtained an aluminum bat which ended up in the hands of Fred “Bobo” Collins. Later that day Collins struck Baily in the head with the bat repeatedly which caused Baily to be hospitalized, and on February 5, 1981, Baily died according to court documents (People vs. Harris, 1988).

After this incident in Statesville in 1981Dirk Acklin gained control of the Black Disciples in prison and brought peace to the BGDN; however, it was also decided that the BGDN would be no more and that being BGD just meant to be part of the Gangsters. Several Disciples all over the city simply represented that they were BGDs instead hollering that they were Disciples or Black Disciples. When this re-organization happened all those many Disciple decks that mainly just claimed BGD went under the Gangsters and now it was official that they were BGD with Larry Hoover and the Gangsters. Those that mainly identified only as Disciple and/or as Black Disciple went with the BDs on the streets. This was now a split this was just a re-organizing; however, it was a change for those Disciples that were mainly claiming BGD since 1969 as they would now be with Hoover and the Gangsters, that was really the only change but this change was colossal because the amount of Disciples that cherished the BGD banner was the large majority of Disciples and this is how the Gangster Disciples became the largest gang in the city.

In the same year of 1981, Black Gangster Disciples were released as well that assured the re-organization was finalized for the BGD side of things. Basically, there was a big toss up in 1981 between B.G.D.N gangs to side with either Gangsters or Disciples and sections had to turn in their decision to be with the Gangsters or the Disciples. Either follow the Gangsters or go wit the BDs. The majority of the founding members of the Disciples chose to go with BGD and they feel they are the “true” Disciples. I have given credit to the Gangster Disciples being founded in 1958 because of the large amount of original Disciples that have felt this is the true path. There is much debate on the streets about who is more righteous GD or BD that stems from this history.

Robert “Cold Black”Dordieswas released from prison in 1981 and was appointed by Larry Hoover to come to theStatewayGardens projects and the Robert Taylor projects and flip many B.G.D.N members into BGD members as the Gangsters took over the area ofPershing Road to 43rd Streetin the Robert Taylors and the majority of theStateway Gardens projects. At the same time Mickey “Bull” Johnson brought the rest of the B.G.D.N into the Black Disciples in the Robert Taylors andStateway Gardens. The Del Vikings were the dominant gang in both sets of projects until most of them flipped to Black Disciples while some others flipped the BGD.

The Black Gangster Disciples were now very strong in the public housing buildings and there were over 400 members in Cabrini Green alone in 1981. This was also the year the lucrative Gangster Disciple and Black Disciple drug operations began in the Robert Taylor andStatewayGardens that would become legendary in later years.

Also in the year 1981, Larry Hoover began to draw the BGDs into politics as he established bylaws for BGDs not to harm prison guards or any prison staff unless ordered to do so. This was also the year the BGDs restructured which brought new titles for higher up members and this is when Larry Hoover no longer wanted the title of “King” and instead became the “Chairman.” At this stage Hoover was transitioning more out of the role as a crime boss and was looking for further reform not only for himself but also for the BGDs.

When the 1981 prophecies were handed down this was how the communities divided between BGD and BD:

Armour Square Wentworth Gardens projects – These Disciples were big on BGD; therefore all Disciples became Black Gangster Disciples.

Auburn-Gresham – The majority of the Disciple controlled streets were BGD or Supreme Gangster controlled and became BGD. There was still a significant group that became BD.

Back of the Yards – Any Disciple groups became BGD.

Burnside – All Disciple groups went with BGD.

Calumet Heights – All Calumet Heights Disciple groups became BGD.

Chatham – The majority of Disciple groups became BGD, but the BDs would have a significant following.

Douglas – All Disciple groups went with BGD accept the BD controlled buildings in the Stateway Gardens projects.

East Garfield Park – All Disciple groups would become BGD.

Edgewater – All Disciple groups became BGD.

Englewood – The majority if Englewood Disciples chose BGD; however, that majority was not staggering over the number of BDs as BDs would have a major following as one their largest territories in Chicago.

Grand Boulevard – although the majority of Disciple groups chose BGD the BDs would still have a large influence in this community and the majority BGD was not staggering. The BDs also had a large portion of the Robert Taylor projects.

Greater Grand Crossing – The majority of Disciple groups became BGD but it was not a large majority over the BDs as this community became a major BD stronghold.

Morgan Park – This neighborhood became equally divided between the Disciple groups going to either BGD or BD.

Near North Side – All Disciple groups in this community including Cabrini Green went with BGD.

Near South Side – All Disciple groups including Disciples in the Harold Ickes projects chose BGD.

Near West Side – The Henry Horner projects Disciple groups all followed BGD. The majority of Disciple groups in the Rockwell Gardens became BGD but there were some Disciples that became BDs. All Disciple groups on the streets outside of these two projects all turned BD.

North Lawndale – Most Disciple groups went with BGD but there was a significant group that turned BD.

Oakland – These streets and projects were more evenly distributed as Disciple groups in Ida B. Wells projects, Clarence Darrow projects and Madden projects went with either BD or BGD. The streets nearby were also more evenly divided.

Pullman – All Pullman Disciples became BGD

Riverdale – The division of Disciple groups was close to equal as Disciple groups in the Altgeld Gardens projects and the streets of Riverdale chose BGD and BD.

Rogers Park – All Disciple groups became BGD.

Roseland – The majority of the Disciple groups chose BGD but a very large portion of the Disciple groups chose BD making this neighborhood one of the larger BD neighborhoods in the city.

South Chicago – All Disciple groups chose BGD.

South Deering – All Disciple groups chose BGD.

South Shore – Most of South Shore Disciples chose BGD but the BDs would also have strong establishment.

Uptown – All Disciple groups became BGD.

Washington Heights – All of Washington Heights Disciples groups chose BGD.

Washington Park – Most Washington Park Disciple groups chose BGD but a very strong following of Disciples chose BD. The Calumet buildings all chose BD. Washington Park would become one of the BDs larger neighborhoods.

West Englewood – The majority of Disciple groups went with BGD but a good sized group chose BD.

West Garfield Park – All Disciple groups chose BGD.

West Humboldt Park – All Disciple groups went with BGD.

West Pullman – The Disciple groups would become almost even with the BGD following only being slightly higher than a BD following.

Woodlawn – The majority of Disciple groups turned BGD but the following toward BD was still significant.

In 1982, Larry Hoover stepped up his organization as he established “Brothers of the Struggle” as official and this time only for BGDs. He sent out memos to top leaders geared toward bettering the organization and encouraging members to refine themselves.

In 1982, the wars between BGDs and BDs almost came to an end after Dirk Acklin was released from prison and disapproved of how powerful Jerome Freeman had become. Dirk then created his own group of Black Disciples to go against Freeman’s called the Asiatic Apostles and a civil war began within the BDs. As a result of this war relations between BGDs and BDs smoothed over as these two BD factions were focused on removing each other until Dirk Acklin’s BDs went back to the rest of the BDs in 1983 or 1984.

In the year 1986, the ElRuknsfaced indictment that caused some harm to their organization. After this happened the BGDs experienced a major boost in numbers and now outnumbered ElRukns/Black P Stones in the city. This even involved the BGDs even becoming the new dominating force over the drug trade after the Stones ran it for nearly 20 years. This was also the year that Jr. Hope was running all the street operations for the BGDs.

InMarch of1987,Larry Hooverwas seen asbecoming reformed especially after his 1981 policy about not harming prison staff. This all granted him a transfer to Vienna Correctional Center in Vienna Illinois which is aminimum-securityprison. It was in this prison where Larry Hoover now conducted business easier since security was much lower but his business was not criminal kingpin business focused on dealing drugs etc…his work was more political and how to teach members the message of reform.

After Larry Hoover was transferred to aminimum-securityfacility all hell broke loose in Statesville and in Pontiac Prison as now Larry was no longer around to smooth things over. At Pontiac prison members of the BGDs conspired to murderSuperintendentRobert Taylorfor the purpose of avenging mistreatment against BGD members by prison staff. These BGDs wanted revenge for the death ofBilly “Zodiac” Jones and Kirk Williamswho both died while choking on cocaine they were trying to conceal. When BGDHarry Martinwas apprehended and charged for the murder he claimed Larry Hoover gave him the order to kill this prison staff member. Upon investigation it was proven Larry had no ties to this, however, thedamage was done because Martin gave up lots of other information about how the BGDs were ran and how theygovern,and this led to other investigations. At the time this was happening Larry Hoover wasworkingon a positive program he created that was aimed at steering the BGDs further away from being a criminal organization. He created “Better Growth and Development” and declared BGD stood for those words. BetterGrowthandDevelopment concepts were to help GDs better themselves and to help better their community instead of fueling the problems that existed in their neighborhoods.It was also a way for BGDs to become legitimately successful and become productive men and women of society. Better Growth and Development was not official and was not even released to the public at this time.

In the year 1988, Michael G took over leadership of all street operations of the Black Gangster Disciples.

In the year 1989, the drug trade became increasingly competitive in the Englewood neighborhood between BGDs and BDs and this resulted in a string of violent shootings between these gangs that year that left some bad feelings between BGDs and BDs in Englewood it was also foreshadowing what was to become in later years, for now this clash was squashed later in the year.This is when young members of the BGDs started referring to themselves as “GDs” or “Gangster Disciples” dropping the “Black” out of their name to show no love for BDs but this was not the official name of the organization yet.

In the year 1990, Cold Black was running the BGDs but only for a short time in that year.This was also the year that Better Growth and Development was finally shared for the first time among trusted BGD heads. It was not made public or official yet.

In the summer of 1991, BGDs gunned down Mickey Bull. After that happened the Black Disciples got revenge on August 7, 1991, by gunning down multiple members of the BGDs in Englewood. During this shooting a group of BGDs from 66thStreet started calling themselves “Gangster Disciples” dropping the “B” or “Black” out of their name. In court documents the men represented “GD” and BDs acknowledged them as GDs and not as BGDs.

As this violence between BGDs and BDs ensued in 1991, Larry Hoover was trying to demonstrate to many of his members the “Growth and Development” ways. The name was slightly changed leaving out the “Better” part that was part of the original 1987 plan, this was another step toward “GD” becoming the new ways, however, Growth and Development had nothing to do with the name change or the violence it was purely coincidental because the initials of Growth and Development were “GD.”

Between 1991 to 1994, the wars between BGDs and BDs were increasing as members of each gang couldn’t hardly walk around the neighborhood without getting shot at by each other. It was almost like you couldn’t even move a muscle.During this time more and more Englewood BGDs began to call themselves “GDs” and more were dropping the “B” and now more BGDs city-wide were dropping the B.

Gangster Disciples made a slow progression moving into the Marquette Park neighborhood in the late1980s until they established a full-fledged chapter by 1991 after migrating from West Englewood. The GDs also moved north of 59th Street into the Gage Park neighborhood where they recruited Mexican youths that were part of the G-Town Two Six group, this brought about the first major non-black sections of GDs operating in Gage Park. In the year 1992 these Gage Park GDs were able to spread to the suburb of Cicero creating the “Hell Zone” GDs.

In 1993, the BDs and BGDs reached some peace but it only lasted a year or two then war became permanent in 1994.1993 was the year Growth and Development became official and was publicly released. 1994 was the year that BGDs officially became “Gangster Disciples.” Some members still used BGD until 1994 including Gator that went before the White House in January of 1994 and spoke about “Better Growth and Development” but this was the last time BGD name was used in public.

By 1993, the Gangsters Disciples were trying a new political move known as “21st Century V.O.T.E” which was an attempt to get Gangster Disciple members into politics. To the public it was meant to help rehab neighborhoods and bring about positivechange,but critics and law enforcement saw it as a way to help expand Gangster Disciple illegal operations. At that same time in 1993 Larry Hoover was trying to get out of prison and was up for parole. Over 10,000 members of the Gangsters Disciples gathered at a large picnic in Kankakee Illinois where Larry Hoover gave a speech (not live) to all the GDs there. He further expanded on “GrowthandDevelopment” which was the new term Larry Hoover wanted to use to replace the Gangsters Disciples term.As I said before,GrowthandDevelopment concepts were to help GDs better themselves and to help better their community instead of fueling the problems that existed in their neighborhoods. Afterward there was a flood of letters to Governor Jim Ryan pleading with him to allow the parole of Larry Hoover; however, Larry Hoover was denied parole. Things only got worse in 1995 when the Chicago Police launched “Operation Headache” which took down 39 high ranking members of the Gangsters Disciples including Larry Hoover and Andrew Howard who had been on parole since 1992. Larry Hoover was brought up on several drug conspiracy charges that dated all the way back to 1970 which was the time when the Gangsters and Disciples started to operate a major drug cartel mostly of Cocaine and Heroin. Hoover and several of his top Generals and Lieutenants were being arraigned on charges of supplying small time dealers, extorting money, and running their own drug cartel that was worth millions of dollars. By the end of the trials in 1997 Larry Hoover was transferred to United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado which is a supermaximum-securityprison, which effectively cut off over 95% of Hoover’s communication with the outside world.

During the 1990s recruitment of Hispanics and whites exploded mainly in the suburbs as the Gangster Disciples appeared to be a mixed-race organization out the burbs but in the city it was still a vast majority black organization besides some territory in the Uptown area and some other north side areas.

Starting in the late 1980s and escalating in the early 1990s, the Gangster Disciples were operating highly sophisticated crack cocaine operations in the Robert Taylor Homes, Cabrini Green high rise and low rises, Dearborn homes mid-rises and theStatewayGardens. The GDs ranmost ofthe buildings within these public housing complexes and began a $100,000,000 a year crack cocaine operation just in Cabrini Green alone. Soldiers in the organization worked around the clock 24 hours a day serving crack cocaine as they worked in shifts. The GDs ran public housing project buildings with an iron fist as they had armed security that even patted down residents as they came home, GDs also imposed a curfew on residents after hours so they could control the drug trade more efficiently during peak hours which was later at nights. Rules were very strict, especially in Cabrini Green where Gangsters were ordered to meet in the courtyard each night to do exercises just like in the military. There was no tolerance for disobeying any rules and refusing to work your shifts or members were severely beaten or even killed for refusing to do security. GDs were heavily armed in the public housing projects with automatic weapons as they patrolled the project hallways. The drug sales in the public housing developments gave the Gangster Disciples a massive boost in the overall growth and developing of their organization. The GDs took advantage of the City and CHAs lack of interest in the public housing high rises. There were young kids living in the projects poor and struggling in life, the GDs recruited them and turned them into soldiers that were paid and fed while no one else cared. Drug addicts had already taken over the projects since the 1960s, the GDs were there to feed their need and all this was neglected by the city, it makes you wonder who reallythe bad guy is, the city and police neglected these developments and the GDs came in to a place no one cared about.

Before the demolition of the Cabrini Green and Robert Taylor Homes housing projects in the 1990s and 2000s, the GDs were pulling in well over $100 million dollars in drug profits on a yearly basis in these buildings (for more details see my Cabrini Green and Robert Taylor histories). The organization eventually swelled to over 35,000 members.

The Gangster Disciple history is more than just drugs and killing, there is also an activism side of this organization that has been rooted deep since the 1960s. For many years the Gangster Disciples have preached to young Disciples to keep their lives in order and to live as good men to their families and their community. Many of the older members that once were convicted of murders and other serious crimes have become outspoken about true leadership and developing young black men into productive members of society. This could be anything from just being a working man that takes part in Gangster Disciple politics up tobeingan active member of the crime family within the Gangster Disciples that does not take part in destroying his community and instead works to protect the neighborhood. The BOS message is still strong today in the hearts of many, but sadly many younger members have lost that message and don’t even know who Larry Hoover is.

In present years the Gangster Disciples are divided into warring factions that often hate each other more than they do BDs and People mobs. There is violent and uncontrollable killing with no structure for these decks all over the city and suburbs.

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Known decks of the Gangster Disciples past and present (some rap groups are indicated because they are pivotal for that section of GDs)

Albany Park neighborhood 1990s-present years

Decks of Albany Park

Ainslie & St. Louis

Sunnyside & Kimball

Armour Square neighborhoodEstablished 1966 as Devil’s Disciples

Decks of Armour Square

37th to 39th, Princeton to Wentworth (Murdatown, (Wentworth Gardens projects) Established 1966 as Devil’s Disciples

Ashburn neighborhood 2000s-present years

Decks of Ashburn

78th to 79th, Christiana to Spaulding (MOB ABM)

79th to 80th, Western to Bell (Stain Gang Juice World) 2000s-present years (Shared with Black P Stones)

83rd to 84th, Kedzie to Whipple (TTM Quietmoney) 2000s-present years (Shared with Black P Stones)

79th & Homan 2000s-present years (Shared with Black Disciples)

83rd & St Louis 2010s-present years

79th & Lawndale 2020s (present years)

Auburn Gresham neighborhood Established 1964 as Devil’s Disciples, 1968 as Outlaw Supreme Gangsters. Establishment 1964-present years

Decks of Auburn Gresham

Ada from 77th to 79th (Central City, Shared with Conservative Vice Lords)

76th & Emerald (E-Block)

76th & Union (U Block)

77th & Emerald (Heart of the City)

78th & Union

77th from Throop to Laflin and 81st from Halsted to Ashland (G-Ville)

77th & Ada (Ada War)

Loomis from 78th to 79th

77th & Bishop

79th & Bishop

79th from Wood to Bishop

87th & Vincennes

75th to 77th, Damen to Wood (Jaylo World 5 Block Killa Ward)

78th to 79th, Hermitage to Ashland (Kutthroat Freakoworld Killa Ward)

76th to 79th, Halsted to Wallace (Central City)

80th to 83rd, Hermitage to Marshfield New Money Killa Ward)

79th to 80th, Ashland to Justine (f*ck City)

83rd to 85th, Marshfield to Ashland (Smashville Pat World)

89th to 90th, Hermitage to Ashland (9-0) bordered with Washington Heights

87th to 93rd, Racine to Vincennes (Georgetown CTG Cutthroats) bordered with Washington Heights

Avalon Park neighborhood

Decks of Avalon Park

82nd & Cornell

Back of the Yards neighborhood

Decks of the Back of the Yards

Winchester from 51st to 53rd

Wolcott from 51st to 53rd

Honore from 51st to 53rd (LOC GDs)

Hermitage from 51st to 53rd

51st & Hoyne (HSGs)

Damen & James

53rd & Wood

51st to 55th, Hoyne to Damen (Damenville)

51st to 52nd, Wood to Paulina (LOC City)

Wood from 54th to 55th (QMB)

50th to 51st, Morgan to Halsted (50 Strong OBE)

53rd & Union (Rag Town)

55th & Emerald (Rag Town)

Belmont-Cragin neighborhood

Decks of Belmont-Cragin

Austin & Diversey (After Death)

Beverly neighborhood

Decks of Beverly

103rd to 104th, Aberdeen to Morgan (Mitch Block)

Burnside neighborhood Established 1964 as Devil’s Disciples, 1968 as Outlaw Supreme Gangsters. Establishment 1964-present years

Decks of Burnside

90th to 93rd, Drexel to Greenwood (FSC, formerly 9-Trey)

93rd & University (Flip Side, Renegade GDs)

Calumet Heights neighborhood Established 1964 as Devil’s Disciples, 1968 as Outlaw Supreme Gangsters. Establishment 1964-present years

Decks of Calumet Heights

93rd & Harper (shared with Black P Stones)

93rd & Saginaw (shared with Boss Pimps)

91st to 92nd, Dorchester to Stoney Island (Sco Block)

92nd to 94th, Jeffery to Chappel (Chinworld LTG)

89th to 92nd, Yates to Phillps (Yates Mob)

Chatham neighborhood Established 1964 as Devil’s Disciples, 1968 as Outlaw Supreme Gangsters. Establishment 1964-present years

Decks of Chatham

Burnside & Langley

79th & Vincennes

78th to 80th, St. Lawrence to Cottage Grove (Hittzsquad Evansmobb) partially in Greater Grand Crossing

79th to 80th, State to Wabash (Bashville, formerly known as Dopehouse)

81st to 83rd, St. Lawrence to Cottage Grove (8Tre Mob)

87th to 89th, Cottage Grove to Dauphin (CMB Tinez City 7 Gang)

90th & Martin Luther King Dr. (Tuley Park)

Douglas neighborhoodEstablished as Devil’s Disciples 1966-present years

Decks of Douglas

27th & State (Dearborn projects) Established 1966 as Devil’s Disciples

35th & Giles

35th & State (Stateway Gardens projects, C Town) Established 1966 as Devil’s Disciples

36th & Federal (Stateway Gardens projects) Established 1966 as Devil’s Disciples

38th & Federal (Stateway Gardens projects, Trey Ball) Established 1966 as Devil’s Disciples

36th & Vincennes (Ida B. wells projects) Established 1966 as Devil’s Disciples

37th & Martin Luther King Dr (Ida B. wells projects) Established 1966 as Devil’s Disciples

38th & Vincennes (Ida B. Wells projects) Established 1966 as Devil’s Disciples

36th & Indiana (Davis Apartments)

36th & Michigan (Davis Apartments)

41st & Langley

35th & Rhodes (Lawless Gardens)

37th to 38th, Michigan to Wabash (Murda Town)

27th to 29th, Lasalle to State (Roc Nation 757)

28th to 29th, Indiana to Prairie (Solo City SCN) Douglas

35th to 37th, Indiana to Prairie (The Ave 757) Douglas

Rhodes to 35th to 37th (Lawless 757, Ida B. Wells Boonie Boyz rap group)

27th to 30th, Prairie to Martin Luther King Dr (Prairie Courts projects)

39th & Langley (Clarence Darrow projects, DHGs) Established 1966 as Devil’s Disciples

Oakwood & Cottage Grove (Oakenwald Apartments, Bungalows)

39th & Indiana

Oakwood & Martin Luther King Dr

East Garfield Park

Decks of East Garfield Park

5th Ave and Sacramento (shared with New Breeds and Black Souls)

Jackson & California

Jackson & Sacramento

Maypole & Kedzie

Van Buren & Washtenaw

Wilcox & Francisco

Lake to Washington, Homan to Kedzie (Ike Sims apartments)

Wilcox to Van Buren, California to Rockwell

Maypole to Madison, Western to Hoyne

Albany & Van Buren (Horan Park)

Edgewater neighborhood 90s-present years

Decks of Edgewater

Thorndale & Winthrop (North Pole) 90s-present years

Granville to Thorndale, Broadway to Kenmore (Guttaville Gangsters, Guttaville rap group, Day Day World rap group) 90s-present years

Englewood neighborhood Established 1958 as Devil’s Disciples, 1964 as Supreme Gangsters up to present years

Decks of Englewood

63rd to 71st, Halsted to Dan Ryan Expressway (G-Town) Established 1958 as Devil’s Disciples

56th & Aberdeen

56th & Princeton

56th & Lowe

57th & Union

59th to 61st, Racine to Union

Halsted from 59th to 61st

61st & Racine

61st & Sangamon

63rd & Sangamon (Gambinos)

63rd & Normal Established 1958 as Devil’s Disciples

67th & May (May Mob)

68th & Green (shared with Black Disciples) Established 1964 as Supreme Gangsters

Carpenter from 70th to 71st (Walk Town)

73rd & Racine (Seven Trey)

55th to 57th, Aberdeen to Carpenter (CPT Landlord No Love City)

56th to 58th, Halsted to Union (MOE No Love City)

55th to 57th, Union to Lowe (WMG No Love City)

57th to 59th, Stewart to Wells (Travis World)

58th to 60th, Racine to Aberdeen (MOM)

58th to 59th, Sangamon to Green (Wallygang No Love City)

59th to 61st, Morgan to Sangamon (Freakyworld No Love City)

60th to 61st, Halsted to Union

63rd to 65th, Morgan to Sangamon (Creep City Trigworld)

67th to 68th, Carpenter to Sangamon (Tunchieville)

70th to 71st, Aberdeen to Sangamon (Crazyville)

69th to 70th, Sangamon to Green (CMB)

69th to 71st, Wallace to Normal (Block Burna Jojo World)

69th to 70th, Normal to Harvard (Brick Squad Jojo World) border with Greater Grand Crossing

72nd to 73rd, Carpenter to Morgan (YMM)

Union from 75th to 76th (Ublock)

69th & Eggleston

69th & Perry

66th & Peoria

70th & Peoria

Gage Park neighborhood

Decks of Gage Park

58th & Rockwell

59th & Campbell

Garfield Ridge neighborhood 2010s-present years

45th & Lawler 2010s present years

Grand Boulevard neighborhoodEstablished as Devil’s Disciples 1966-present years

Decks of Grand Boulevard

47th Street from State to Martin Luther King Dr.

51st & Michigan (5-1 Block)

51st & Calumet (Met Boy Gangsters)

51st & Prairie

43rd to 46th, Prairie to Martin Luther King (Jigdogs BGGDS)

45th to 46th, Champlain to Evans (TMB Touchmoney rap group)

49th to 51st, State to Indiana (Vulture City)

47th to 49th, Indiana to Martin Luther King (Dell mob)

Federal from 40th to 41st (Robert Taylor projects, 40 strong)

43rd to 44th, Federal to State, Robert Taylor projects, Brick City)

48th & State (Robert Taylor projects, Vulture City)

50th & Federal (Robert Taylor projects, Nickle O)

51st & State (Robert Taylor projects, 51st Gangster City)

45th to 47th, Langley to Forrestville (5th Ward)

43rd & Forrestville

47th & Vincennes (The Junkyards)

40th & Michigan

Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood Established as Devil’s Disciples 1959-present years

Decks of Greater Grand Crossing

71st & Vincennes (White Walls)

72nd & Woodlawn (Pocket Town, shared with New Breeds)

Dorchester from 72nd to 75th (Sircon City)

79th & Ellis (Lon City)

79th & Ingleside

79th & St. Lawrence

69th to 70th, Normal to Harvard (Brick Squad Jojo World) border with Englewood

68th to 71st, Wentworth to Lafayette (Tay City)

74th to 75th, Vincennes to Wentworth (Bodie World)

71st to 72nd, Eberhart to Rhodes (D Block SBSG)

78th to 80th, St. Lawrence to Cottage Grove (Hittzsquad Evansmobb) partially in Chatham

69th & Michigan

69th & Martin Luther King Dr

73rd & St. Lawrence

75th & Princeton

75th & Eberhart

76th & Calumet

77th & Cottage Grove (Insane Gangster Disciples)

76th to 79th, Vincennes to Normal (Boys Town)

Hyde Park neighborhoodEstablished 1958 as Devil’s Disciples (East Side Disciples) 1958-1963

Decks of Hyde Park

53rd & Kimbark (first headquarters) 1958-1963

Irving Park neighborhood

Decks of Irving Park

Henderson & Keeler

Kenwood neighborhoodEstablished 1958-1960s

Decks of Kenwood

49th& Dorchester Established 1958 as Devil’s Disciples until the 1960s

47thStreet Established 1958 as Devil’s Disciples until the 1960s

Lakeview neighborhood 90s-present years

Decks of Lakeview

Belmont & Clifton (Blue City Outlaws/Lifers) 90s-present years

Belmont & Ashland (G-Town)

Sheffield & Grace 90s, 2000s

Marquette Park (Chicago Lawn) neighborhood Late 80s-present years

Decks of Marquette Park

Aberdeen from 67th to 69th (Goonsville)

71st & Rockwell

Albany from 63rd to 65th (Rec City A Block)

66th to 67th, Mozart to California (Zone 6)

Rockwell from 59th to 61st (OC City)

59th to 61st, Campbell to Western

61st to 64th, Talman to Maplewood (1140 Doonsquad Scrappville)

63rd to 64th, Artesian to Western (Sam City A Block)

Campbell from 65th to 67th (Camp City)

67th to 69th, Western to Oakley (Trap Squad)

72nd to 74th, Rockwell to Western (FBC Deuce Life)

63rd & Campbell

Morgan Park neighborhood Established 1969-present years

Decks of Morgan Park

115th to 119th, Watkins to Hale (Mickey World)

114th & Edmaire (MPGs)

Near North Side neighborhood Established 1961 as Devil’s Disciples-2011

Decks of Near North Side

Chicago Ave to Division, Larabee to Sedgewick (Cabrini Green, OTE) Established as Devil’s Disciples/Black Deuces Established 1961 as Devil’s Disciples-2011

Clybourn & Ogden (Cabrini Green, The Snipers, Renegade GDs)

Clybourn & Larabee (Cabrini Green, White Walls, Renegade GDs)

Larabee & Scott (Cabrini Green, White Walls, Renegade GDs)

Larabee & Division (Cabrini Green, White Walls)

Division & Cambridge (Cabrini Green, White Walls)

Elm & Larabee (Cabrini Green, Murder City)

Elm & Hudson (Cabrini Green, Nightmare City)

Hobbie & Kingsbury (Cabrini Green, Satan Ward, Renegade GDs)

Cleveland from Hobbie to Elm (Cabrini Green, Black Tops)

Chicago Ave & Cambridge (Cabrini Green, Black Tops)

Near South Side neighborhoodEstablished as Devil’s Disciples 1966-present years

Decks of Near South Side

20th to Cermak Federal to State (Hilliard projects, H Town) Established as Devil’s Disciples 1966-present years

Cermak to 24th, Federal to State (Harold Ickes projects) Established as Devil’s Disciples 1966-2009

Near West Side neighborhoodEstablished 1967-2010

Decks of Near West Side

Grenshaw & Western Ave

Madison & Winchester (Henry Horner projects, Mobb Building) Established 1967 as Supreme Gangsters-2010 as GDs

Washington & Wolcott (Henry Horner projects, Dubb Gs) Established 1967 as Supreme Gangsters-2010 as GDs

Western & Van Buren (340 S. Western Ave Rockwell Gardens projects) 1967-2006

Noble Square (West Town) neighborhood 90s-present years

Decks of Noble Square

Milwaukee to Division & Noble (Noble Square Cooperative Apartments, Noble Square GDs) 90s-present years

North Lawndale neighborhood

Decks of North Lawndale

Grenshaw & Pulaski

16th from Kedzie to Sawyer

Cermak & Kildare

Cermak to Ogden, Kostner to Pulaski (K-Town Komak)

Arlington to Grenshaw, Springfield to Independence

Roosevelt & Pulaski

Oakland neighborhoodEstablished as Devil’s Disciples 1966-present years

Decks of Oakland

35th & Cottage Grove (Lake Grove Apartments)

43rd & Cottage Grove (B-Town)

37th to 39th, Cottage Grove to Ellis (Madden Park projects, New Town) Established 1970

Ida B. Wells projects Established 1966

41st & Cottage Grove (Lunatic Block)

Pullman neighborhood Established 1969-present years

Decks of Pullman

95th to 100th, Dorchester to Stoney Island (D Block) Established 1969-present years

Riverdale neighborhood Established 1969-present years

Decks of Riverside

130th to 134th, Vernon to St. Lawrence (Altgeld Gardens projects) Established 1969-present years

Rogers Park neighborhood Established 1975-present years

Decks of Rogers Park

Ashland & Farwell

Clark & Rogers

Howard & Ridge

Howard & Ashland (Juneway Jungle)

Howard & Bosworth (Juneway Jungle)

Juneway & Marshfield (Juneway Jungle)

Morse & Greenview

Howard to Juneway, Paulina to Sheridan (L.O.C City)

Morse to Pratt, Ashland to Glenwood (Insane Cutthroat Gangsters, Pooh Bear Gang)

Touhy & Clark

Morse & Clark

Roseland neighborhood Established 1964 as Devil’s Disciples as Outlaw Gangsters 1968, Black Gangster Disciples 1969, still here in present years

Decks of Roseland

92nd & Princeton (Lowden projects) Established as Outlaw Supreme Gangsters 1968-present

Cottage Grove from 92nd to 93rd

95th from Harvard to Lafayette

103rd from Harvard to Michigan (10 Trey)

103rd & Harvard

Princeton from 102nd to 103rd (G Block)

Princeton from 99th to 101st

Yale from 99th to 103rd

Wentworth from 99th to 103rd

108th & Wentworth

109th & State

110th & Princeton

111th & State

114th & Prairie (Palmer Park)

95th to 98th, Prairie to Martin Luther King

100th to 103rd, Wallace to Eggleston (Lack City)

99th to 101st, Eggleston to Wentworth (Larryland Rico Block)

102nd to 103rd, Wentworth to Perry (Shannon Block Goontown)

102nd to 104th, Michigan to Prairie (VA World Thotboyz rap group)

105th Street from Eggleston to Wentworth (TCG Wentworth Mob)

105th to 106th, Lafayette to Michigan (10-5 MMG Goontown)

110th to 111th, Martin Luther King to Eberhart (UPT Death Valley)

111th to 112th, Parnell to Normal (Roc Block NPG Reno City)

114th to 115th, Stewart to Wentworth (Rookieville RMG Gucci Gang, Formerly Goodman Boys as Insane GDs)

111th to 115th, Indiana to Fort (Palmer Park)

95th to 98th, Yale to LaSalle (095 Mob)

105th & Wallace

110th & Princeton (Outlaw GDs)

111th & Vernon

South Chicago neighborhood

Decks of South Chicago

Merrill from 79th to 80th

91st & Buffalo

77th to 80th, Stoney Island to Ridgeland (RBG GDs) borders in South Shore too

79th to 80th, Clyde to Paxton (MTG Dramaworld)

79th to 81st, Saginaw to Manistee (Lakeside GDs)

79th to 81st, South Shore Drive to Brandon (SMV)

81st to 83rd, Oglesby to Essex (OGB Barnone)

87th to 89th, Saginaw to Manistee (GMB Nutville Murda Ave)

80th & Marquette

South Deering neighborhoodEstablished 1980-present years

Decks of South Deering

95thto 103rd, Jeffery to Torrence (Jeffery Manor Homes)

106thfrom Yates to Bensly (Trumbull Park projects) Established 1980-present years

95th to 99th, Merrion to Van Vlissengen (FBE)

103rd to 105th on Calhoun 2010s-present years

107th & Bensley (shared with Black Disciples) 2010s-present years

Southern West Town (West Town) neighborhood 2000s-present years

Decks of Southern West Town

Huron to Erie & Willard 2000s-present years

South Shore neighborhood Established 1959-present years

Decks of South Shore

71st & East End

71st & Paxton (Pax Town)

Coles 75th to 78th (Coles Mob)

79th Street from Saginaw to South Shore Dr (Lakeside Gangsters)

67th to 68th, Blackstone to Stoney Island (Hood Gang Dro City)

73rd to 75th, Kenwood to Dante (Sirconn City)

67th to 69th, Cornell to Ridgeland (Maul Town)

69th to 71st, Clyde to Oglesby (Paxtown)

77th to 80th, Stoney Island to Ridgeland (RBG GDs) borders in South Chicago too

79th & East End

79th & Creiger

79th and Bennett

79th & Jeffrey

Uptown neighborhood Established as Devil’s Disciples 1969-present years

Decks of Uptown

Lawrence & Sheridan (Uptown Ghetto Gangsters)

Lawrence & Winthrop (4848)

Argyle to Lawrence, Broadway to Sheridan (L Dubb)

Leland to Montrose, Malden to Clifton (TFG) Established

Washington Heights neighborhood Established 1964 as Devil’s Disciples, 1968 as Outlaw Supreme Gangsters-present years

Decks of Washington Heights

91st& Racine (Brainerd Park)

98th& Sangamon (O.A.K)

87th to 93rd, Racine to Vincennes (Georgetown CTG Cutthroats) bordered with Auburn Gresham

89th to 90th, Hermitage to Ashland bordered with Auburn Gresham

93rd to 95th, Ada to Racine (Brookstown LaDave World)

95th to 98th, Genoa to Halsted (Oakdale)

91st& Ashland

104th& Vincennes

Washington Park neighborhoodEstablished as Devil’s Disciples 1959, as Supreme Gangsters 1968-present years

Decks of Washington Park

53rd & Calumet

Indiana from 59th to 61st (Bone Crushers)

Halsted from 59th to 61st (No Love City)

51st to 53rd, Prairie to Calumet (051 MET Boyz)

53rd to 55th, Calumet to Martin Luther King (Geo Drive)

55th to 57th, State to Michigan (Von World)

56th to 58th, Indiana to Prairie (Dukesquad P Block)

58th to 60th, State to Michigan (MOB, formerly Deathrow)

58th to 59th, Prairie to Martin Luther King (Nickogang)

52nd & State (Robert Taylor projects, 52nd Gangster City)

62nd & Wabash (Washington Park Homes, Darkside)

55th & Indiana

55th & Prairie

59th & La Salle

West Englewood neighborhood Established as Devil’s Disciples 1964, Established as Supreme Gangsters 1968-present years

Decks of West Englewood

56th & Marshfield

63rd & Ashland (Outlaws)

69th & Western

Winchester from 56th to 58th (WBMT Titus Gang)

55th to 57th, Laflin to Bishop (Flinboyz)

61st to 63rd, Marshfield to Ashland (Madville, formerly known as Outlaws)

59th to 60th, Ashland to Justine (Wild9 Dumpstreet Nate Block)

Laflin from 61st to 63rd (L Block)

61st to 63rd, Ada to Racine (Taco Gang, formerly knowns as Corleones)

63rd to 65th, Hamilton to Damen (Nuneworld ETS)

Wolcott from 63rd to 65th (Dipset 6040)

64th to 65th, Wood to Paulina (D Ville Low Block)

66th to 67th, Ashland to Laflin (Ward Life Low Block)

63rd to 65th, Laflin to Loomis (Willieville WVG)

67th to 70th, Damen to Winchester (Josh Block, formerly Buck Town)

69th to 70th, Damen to Hamilton (Chunky City)

69th to 71st, Paulina to Ashland (Crash Town)

67th to 68th, Ada to Throop (D Town)

68th to 69th, Ada to Throop (TSG)

67th to 69th, Elizabeth to Racine (E Town, formerly Murder Town)

70th to 71st, Ada to Elizabeth (T Luv)

71st to 72nd, Hoyne to Damen (SDub City Frankworld)

72nd to 73rd, Marshfield to Ashland (3rd Gang TGC Red Tape)

73rd to 74th, Loomis to Ada (Skeeze Gang)

57th & Paulina

59th & Hermitage (Hermitage Park)

59th & Ashland

63rd & Paulina

69th & Ashland (Trig Ward)

West Garfield Park neighborhood Established as Supreme Gangsters 1967-present years

Decks of West Garfield Park

Gladys to Harrison, Pulaski to Kostner Established as Supreme Gangsters 1967-present years

West Humboldt Park neighborhood Established as Supreme Gangsters 1967-present years

Decks of West Humboldt Park

Division from Karlov to Pulaski 90s

Huron to Franklin, Homan to Spaulding (Chain Gang) Established as Supreme Gangsters 1967-present years

West Pullman neighborhood Established 1969-present years

Decks of West Pullman

116th & Justine

119th & Michigan

119th & Princeton

118th & Union (Rag Town)

119th & Halsted

120th & Green

122nd & Lowe

118th to 120th, Halsted to Union (Rag Town)

116th to 117th, Stewart to Princeton (Wildside BMG)

118th to 120th, Princeton to Wentworth (11-9 Hellabandz MBMG)

118th to 120th, Michigan to Calumet (MBAM)

122nd to 124th, Racine to Carpenter (EJ World) partially in suburb of Blue Island

122nd to 123rd, Peoria to Halsted (Pacoland Kellz City)

116th to 119th, Morgan to Peoria (NGC Rag Town)

119th & Wallace (Low Life City)

119th & Normal (Low Life City)

121st to 127th, Wallace to Princeton (Sack Town)

121st & Eggleston

123rd & Wallace

125th & Normal

126th & Princeton

127th & Eggleston

115th to 118th, Racine to Ashland (Cooper Park, Coopeville, Lynchmen Sercaun Gangsters)

Woodlawn neighborhoodEstablished as Devil’s Disciples 1959-present years, established as Supreme Gangsters 1968-present years

Decks of Woodlawn

63rdStreet from Rhodes to St. Lawrence

67th& Champlain

67th& Kenwood

67th& St. Lawrence (Dark Side)

63rd to 65th, Eberhart to Rhodes (EBT)

63rd to 64th, Rhodes to Champlain (STL Tookaville)

62nd to 63rd, Drexel to Ingleside (Roc Creek Dro City)

62nd to 63rd, Greenwood to University (Mac Creek Vicworld)

63rd to 65th, Ingleside to Greenwood (Snoblock BNC Dro City)

66th to 67th, Maryland to Ingleside (D Block Dro City)

65th to 67th, University to Woodlawn (Sawblock Dro City)

67th to 69th, Langley to Cottage Grove (Trap City Zone 7)

61st& Langley

Suburban sections


Arlington Heights

Aurora Established 1980

Bellwood Established 1980


Blue Island

Bolingbrook Established 1980


Calumet City


Chicago Heights Established as Devil’s Disciples 1960s

Cicero Established 1992 18th & 49th Ave, 21st and 49th Ave, 16th to Cermak, 50th Ct to Cicero Ave (Hell Zone)

Crest Hill


Dixmoor Established as Devil’s Disciples 1960s


Downers Grove

East Chicago Established 1980

East Moline

East St. Louis

Elgin Established 1980

Evanston (Low End) Established 1980

Ford Heights Established as Devil’s Disciples 1960s




Hoffman Estates

Joliet Established 1980

Lockport Township (Fairmont) (The Hill) Established 1980



Markham Established as Devil’s Disciples 1960s

Maywood Established 1979



Mount Prospect



Oak Brook



Robbins Established as Devil’s Disciples 1960s


Romeoville Established 1989

Riverdale, IL

Round Lake


Summit Argo

University Park

Waukegan Established 1980


Zion Established 1980

Hammond, IND

Gary, IND

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Gangster Disciples - Chicago Gang History (2024)


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What is the most dangerous street gang in Chicago? The largest would be the Gangster Disciples, so by default they cause the most mayhem. However the Vice Lords and Latin Kings are very prevalent and violent as well and there are numerous other gang affiliated with the ones listed .

What does 16-13-12 mean in GD? ›

16-13-12 = PLM = Plenty-Much-Love. 6-15-12-11-14 = Folks-Nation. 2-15-19 = BOS = Brothers-Of-StruGGle. 22-12-11 = VLK = Vice-Lord-Killas.

What does 2-15-19 mean in the gd? ›

2-15-19 - Brothers of Struggle (2nd 15th and 19th letters of alphabet) - B.O.S. 2-7-4-14 - Code for Black Gangster Disciples Nation (B.G.D.N.- 2nd, 7th, 4th and 14th letters of alphabet)

What are the 6 laws of GD? ›

These principles are: Love, Life, Loyalty, Knowledge, Wisdom & Understanding.

What is the biggest white gang in Chicago? ›

By 1979, during the peak of their influence, the Gaylords ranked as the fourth most powerful gang in Chicago, boasting around 1,500 members. They were known as "Chicago's largest White street gang...

What is the oldest gang in Chicago? ›

They are one of Chicago's oldest street gangs, have been suspected of a variety of criminal enterprises and at their peak had 1,500 members. Some of their earliest rivals were C-Notes, Lazy Gents, and Playboys.

What is the GD prayer? ›

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

What does 6 mean to Crips? ›

The number 5 is commonly used by the Bloods, and the number 6 is used by the Crips. The up arrow through the 5 is showing respect to the Bloods while the down arrow through the 6 is showing disrespect to the Crips.

What does the GD 6 point star mean? ›

Signs & Symbols: The predominant symbol of this criminal gang is the six-pointed Star of David. Colors are black and blue. The six-point star is symbolic of the gang's six principles of love.

What is the GD Creed? ›

GD "Disciples Creed" We believe in the teachings of our honorable chairman; We believe in all the laws & policies set forth by our Chairman & his executive staff; we believe in the concept; we believe in organization; we believe in aid & assisting all the fellow brothers of the struggle in righteous endeavors, as we ...

What number is for GD? ›

The Black Gangster Disciples are associated with the Folk Nation gangs and use a lot of identifiers associated with their Gang and Nation such as a “pitchfork”, the number “6”, the number “5” placed upside down (to indicate disrespect for the rival People Nation), the six-sided “Star of David” symbol (to honor one of ...

What is the symbol of the GD? ›

The predominant symbol of this gang is the six-pointed Star of David. The Gangster Disciples also use the upward crossed pitchforks and the heart with wings. The main gang color are black, gray and white.

What color are black disciples? ›

Its colors are blue, red and black. The Black Disciples are part of the Folk Nation|Folks alliance of street gangs but are known to engage in violence with other Folks gangs such as the Gangster Disciples. The BD's also have a long standing rivalry with the Black P.

What are all the GD sets? ›

List of Gangster Disciples sets worldwide
  • 1 Asian Gangster Disciples.
  • 2 Black Gangster Disciples.
  • 3 Insane Gangster Disciples.
  • 4 Native Gangster Disciples.
  • 5 Outlaw Gangster Disciples.
  • 6 Spanish Gangster Disciples.
  • 7 South African Gangster Disciples.

What is the structure of the Gangster Disciples? ›

The Gangster Disciples had a defined militaristic structure. Gangster Disciples members referred to the gang as the "Family." The title "Chairman" was reserved for the leader of the Gangster Disciples who is currently incarcerated but ·is believed to still communicate with and direct members of the gang.

What is the main gang in Chicago? ›

Gangster Disciples (founded in 1958) is the largest mob in Chicago's history, according to CGH. Drugs, murders, and arrests run rampant across these gangs and have for years.

Who is the most famous gangster in Chicago? ›

Chicago's most infamous Prohibition-era crime boss, Al Capone is best known for his violence and ruthlessness in his elimination of his rivals.

What is the most feared street gang? ›

This research paper addresses Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, often cited as the most violent gang in America and traces the gang's inception and its development exponentially into the United States.

What is the O Block in Chicago? ›

In the early 2010s, gang activity increased and Parkway Gardens became the center of one of Chicago's most violent blocks. The 6400 block of South King Drive was known locally as "WIIIC CITY", but then started to be called "O Block", after resident Odee Perry was murdered.

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