Nicknames are very popular in the world of street gangs, some examples including "Lil' Capone," "Ghost," "Bats" and many more. Nicknames have become so commonplace in gang culture, in fact, that police departments now commonly maintain robust databases of these nicknames in order to track wanted criminals.Know More
Many gang members operate under nicknames to give themselves a persona or possibly to instill a sense of family in their crime organization by using pet names. When a gang member is wanted for a crime, police often have trouble tracking them down because their associates will only know them by their street name. This is why police departments utilize the nickname databases so regularly.
Nicknames in gang culture are nothing new, though. Nicknames were very popular in the organized crime families of the mafia, with some some noted examples being the "Dapper Don" for John Gotti, "Scarface" for Al Capone and "The Breeze" for Frank Calabrese.Learn more in Crime
The most commonly cited initiation tactic for the "Bloods" gang is called "the car bump tactic," wherein an initiate bumps a car in order to get the driver to stop, opening up the opportunity for a robbery. Another possible initiation is to call the police with reports of minor disturbances with the intent of pulling off more deadly attacks.Full Answer >
The Bloods gang does not have a specific founder, but the Pirus gang teamed up with other street gangs to form a new group to resist the influence of the Crips. The Pirus gang, also known as the Piru Street Family, was originally a subgroup of the Crips, but it became its own group after an internal gang war in the 1970s.Full Answer >
The West Side Verdugo was a Latino gang in San Bernardino, Calif., that gained national attention during the "Dead Presidents" case of 2000. The gang was once the largest in the city, but it is unclear if it still exists as of 2014.Full Answer >
America is home to thousands of street gangs, but the best known include prison gangs like the Aryan Brotherhood, the Mexican Mafia and the Texas Syndicate along with motorcycle gangs like the Mongols, the Hell's Angels and the Bandidos. These gangs conduct a number of criminal enterprises, ranging from racketeering to drug smuggling and violent crime.Full Answer >