|Hot Tip - “Gangster Disciple”|
|By Tracy E. Barnhart|
The history of the Gangster Disciples begins with Larry Hoover, who entered and rose through the ranks of the Chicago gang circuit in the 1960’s and took control of the gang in 1974 by leading a series of increasingly powerful alliances. He ended up running the gang from prison until he was transferred to a higher security wing in the 1990s. Hoover was born in Jackson, Mississippi on November, 30, 1950. He moved to Chicago with his family in 1955. At the age of 16, Hoover joined a gang of 50 older youths called the Supreme Gangsters. Hoover and his Supreme Gangsters hung around their neighborhood at the corner of 68th and Green Street in impoverished Englewood on the South Side of Chicago. Hoover was kicked out of high school on the first day of his sophomore year, in 1965, after being shot in the thigh by a rival gang member.
The gang is estimated to have over 50,000 members in the Chicago-city area, and 200,000 members in the country, and even 600,000 members world-wide. Although the gang has a lot of Wanna-be’s the gang considers them gonna-Be’s which is why the gangs membership is so high. The gang has also been seen in the game Video game -Saints Row- the 3rd street saints (one of the street gangs in the game) are supposedly based off of the GD’s but this is still unknown. The gang has a very strong presence on the eastern coast of the USA.
The gang’s graffiti has been reportedly seen in US military bases in Iraq. Chicago chief of police has talked with President Bush concerning this, he is worried that while over there the gang is getting urban warfare training and will bring it back to the US and train the other members, he said “the last thing we need in Chicago are disciples with military tactics walking the streets”.
The gang is considered a criminal organization and is one of the most violent gangs in the USA. It is the strongest gang in the Folk Nation. Gangster Disciples are one of the most violent of four African-American gangs that hang out on the south side of Chicago. They are known for their violence and the distribution of crack cocaine. The Vice Lord Nation is the oldest street gang in Chicago followed by the Black Gangster Disciple Nation, also known as the Gangster Disciples.
1960s: David Barksdale creates the Disciple Nation David Barksdale, another South Side-based gang leader Jerome King Shorty Freeman and Don Charles Jones created the Disciple Nation consisting of his Devil’s Disciples street gang (the main branch of the ‘nation’), the Falcon Disciples and others. During this time, Barksdale also controlled three other lesser gang’s one being known today as the most silent but deadliest Disciple Nation Gangs in Tacoma Washington, Southside Villain Folks. Today, Georgia is one of the biggest disciple houses in the United States with its prisons containing one of the most important folk members who ever lived, Earl Porter, aka King Porter from middle Georgia.
Porter had been raised in Chicago on the South Side, but due to murder charges from Don Jones, King Porter was moved to Georgia to get away from the gang violence in 1987. David and Hoover tried to get King Porter to come back to Chicago but he never came back. None of the King Disciples heard from Earl ever since. His disciple branch was never complete. His brother Mike a.k.a. Mike Mayor was found dead after a three million dollar drug deal gone bad. King Earl should have been the Nation’s president but he left Chicago. The last time any of the leading head family members heard from King Porter was when he served a four year sentence in prison for drug trafficking charges in Atlanta GA.
In 1974, after the death of David Barksdale, Hoover was appointed the new leader of the Black Gangster Disciple Nation. Two years later, Jerome “Shorty” Freeman (who was a candidate for the Nation’s presidency) left the BGDN, making the Black Disciples and the Black Gangster Disciples separate gang organizations. Even in prison, Hoover gave orders to his gang members and directed their illegal drug trade. On July 22, 1978, an inmate riot at the Pontiac Correctional Center in Illinois resulted in the death of three corrections officers. This uprising was rumored to have been ordered by Hoover. 18 inmates were indicted; ten were acquitted after an 11-week trial. Charges against Hoover and seven others were eventually dropped.
Hoover and the leaders of other gang organizations in Chicago came together to form the Folks alliance, a pact meant to settle disputes and instill a more peaceful environment behind prison walls and on the streets. Hoover may not have been totally responsible for its creation as some suggest; at the time the largest gang in the alliance was the Simon City Royals, a white gang. Hoover is the leader of the GD’s, not all Folks. However in the present year the GD’s are now the largest gang in the Folk Nation having over an estimated 600,000 members world-wide.
Gangster Disciples say the most with their tattoos. It is very east to identify several things from just one tattoo. Below you will find a list of common identifiers that Gangster Disciples use for identification.
Six Pointed Star - Yes, the Star of David is one of the most common ways for a Gangster Disciple to identify them. The reason they use this star is because GD’s fall under the Folk Nation, which reps the number 6. In no way is this suggestion that the Star of David is gang related but it is used by GD’s for a totally different reason.
Pitchforks - You will see a pitchfork or two facing upward. They use a pitchfork for identification and at times you will see the pitchfork crossing out the letter B or the number 5, showing disrespect to the Bloods and People Nation Gangs.
Three Dots - Common with many gangs but each gang has its own meaning. These dots will be in the shape of a triangle.
Dice with the Six showing - Another example of using the number 6 for identification.
The letter G - Clearly represents Gangster
Upside Down Cane - Shows disrespect to the Vice Lords, which is one of the biggest rivals of GD’s. GD’s will also refer to Vice Lords and Vickie Lou’s.
Heart with Wings - This is very common among all Folk Nation gangs
Eight Ball - This shows an alliance between Crips and GD’s.
The letters below have a meaning and are not just random letters. Keep in mind that we are dealing with hardcore criminals and they do not tattoo numbers and letters on them for the fun of it. THEY HAVE A MEANING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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