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Gangster Disciples
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Gangster Disciples logo
Founder Larry Hoover
Founding location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active Late 1960s – present
Ethnicity Mostly African American
Membership 25,000[citation needed]
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, prostitution
Allies Folk Nation, Black Guerilla Family, Black Mafia Family, Crips, Juggalos, Maniac Latin Disciples[1] Zoe Pound
Rivals People Nation, Black P. Stone, Vice Lords, Four Corner Hustlers, Black Disciples, Bloods

The Gangster Disciples is a gang which was formed on the South-side of Chicago in the late 1960s, by Larry Hoover, leader of the High Supreme Gangsters, and David Barksdale, leader of the Black Disciples. The two groups united to form the Black Gangster Disciple Nation (BGDN).

The gang has made several attempts to legitimize their image. Some members dropped the "B" and began to call themselves GDs or Gangster Disciples. In the 1990s the Gangster Disciples entered into politics in the Chicago tradition of Black Panthers, Blackstone Rangers, Latin Kings, Vice Lords, Black Disciples and Young Lords through the formation of the "Growth and Development" movement. Outside of Chicago some gangs will still go by the old name of BGD.[2]

Gangster Disciples have been documented in the U.S. military, found in both U.S. and overseas bases.[3] Graffiti characteristic of the Gangster Disciples has been reportedly seen in U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gangster Disciples in the military[edit]

On July 3, 2005, gang members from Gangster Disciples killed Sergeant Juwan Johnson of the U.S. Army in the small town of Hohenecken (de) near Ramstein, Germany. Prosecutors accused Airman Rico Williams of throwing the first punch in a six-minute beating that Sergeant Johnson had to endure to join the gang. When Sergeant Johnson asked one of his fellow gang members to take him to the hospital, Williams was then consulted and ordered that gang member to not take him there. Sergeant Johnson later died from multiple blunt-force trauma. According to the government's investigations, Airman Rico Williams was the leader of the gang. Airman Rico Williams was sentenced to 22 years in prison, while other servicemen faced other sentences ranging from 2 to 12 years in prison. Some of charges against the servicemen were; Airman Rico Williams charged of second degree murder, and witness tampering, Airman Jerome Jones charged with conspiracy to commit assault, gang participation, and other charges, Airman Nicholas Sims and Army Sergeant Rodney Howell were charged with involuntary manslaughter, Private Terrance Norman was charged with voluntary manslaughter.[4][5][6]

Colors and apparel[edit]

Gangster Disciples "represent" with the colors blue and black. Gang members are known to wear Georgetown Hoyas or Duke Blue Devils clothing. Sometimes they will wear Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and other teams' clothing from their original city though they do not always match colors.

Six pointed star[edit]

The predominant symbol this criminal gang makes use of is the six-pointed Star of David (✡). The symbol pays homage to founder David Barksdale


  1. ^ http://info.publicintelligence.net/NGIC-Juggalos.pdf
  2. ^ "Black Gangster Disciples". Gang Prevention Services. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Gangs Increasing in Military, FBI Says". McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. 30 June 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Airman convicted of murder in 2005 Gangster Disciples initiation death". stripes.com. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Former Air Force Airman Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison For Murder of Army Sergeant in Germany". justice.gov. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Rico Williams sentenced to 22 years in 2005 slaying". wjla.com. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

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1958 news items

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:33:45 -0700

WASHINGTON—Six alleged members of the violent Gangster Disciples Gang have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in the attempted murders of five teenagers in South Memphis, Tennessee. Three alleged gang members previously had ...

MyFox Memphis

MyFox Memphis
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 10:48:45 -0700

Memphis, TN – A 22-year-old member of the Gangster Disciples has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for felony possession of a firearm. The sentencing was announced today by Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:57:11 -0700

The nine suspects, ranging in age from 17 to 25 years old, are members of the Hate Committee, an offshoot of the Gangster Disciples. James described them as the strong arms — “the most dangerous members of the gang.” Nine DeKalb gang members ...

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis Commercial Appeal
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:08:33 -0700

Tewari — who, according to police, is a Gangster Disciples member — told police that a gun "fell out" of his backpack, and that there was a tussle over it. Court testimony Monday indicated that both may have fired the gun. According to officials ...
FrontPage Magazine
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:30:00 -0700

The former chieftains, several of them ex-convicts, represented some of the most notorious gangs on the South and West Sides, including the Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples, Black Disciples, Cobras, Black P Stones, and Black Gangsters. Before the ...
Chicago Sun-Times
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 17:22:30 -0700

While Almore was arrested for an attempted murder this year, he told his cellmate he is a Flyboy gang member, which is an offshoot faction of the Gangster Disciples, Holland said. Almore allegedly told the cellmate he borrowed a car from a guy to look ...

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:31:37 -0700

While Almore was arrested for an attempted murder this year, he told his cellmate he is a Flyboy gang member, which is an offshoot faction of the Gangster Disciples, Holland said. Almore allegedly told the cellmate he borrowed a car from a guy to look ...
New York Post
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 02:56:15 -0700

The battle between the Eight-Trey Crips and Folk Nation set, which also goes by the names Six-Trey Outlaws and Gangster Disciples (GDS), has left even hard-core gangbangers baffled. “Idk too much about they business but from what I know crip in parts ...

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