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Gangster Disciples
Founder Larry Hoover
Founding location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active Late 1960s – present
Ethnicity Mostly African American
Membership 45,000+[citation needed]
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, prostitution
Allies Folk Nation, Black Guerilla Family, Black Mafia Family, Crips, Juggalos,[1] Zoe Pound
Rivals People Nation, Black P. Stone, Vice Lords, Latin Kings, Four Corner Hustlers, Black Disciples, Bloods

The Gangster Disciple 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 from U.S. Army in a small town of Hohenecken 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 of involuntary manslaughter, Private Terrance Norman was charged in voluntary manslaughter.[4][5][6]

Colors and apparel[edit]

Gangster Disciples "represent" with the colors black and blue. Gang members are known to wear Georgetown Hoyas or Duke Blue Devils clothing. Sometimes will wear Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and other teams 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. 

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Covington Leader (subscription)
Thu, 21 May 2015 09:18:45 -0700

Lawrence "Pig" Taylor, whom Dunavant said is a career offender with an extensive criminal history and a high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples, punched deputy Mike Downing in the face after being told he could have no contact with his family ...

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WSMV Nashville
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:54:07 -0700

Investigators said the Gangster Disciples' motto is "more money and more power." "They're a violent crime gang based out of Chicago," said Jack Webb, assistant special agent in charge with the ATF. Over the past five years, investigators said the gang ...

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Thu, 21 May 2015 13:24:14 -0700

It's no different from last week we get a BOLO from the state alerting us that the Black Gangster Disciples have put out an SOS, or 'Shoot on Sight' for police officers,” he said. “For a couple of months we've been preaching safety because we knew our ...
LaGrange Daily News
Wed, 20 May 2015 07:37:30 -0700

The prosecutor said some of the cash, the victim's wallet and a firearm were found inside the suspect's vehicle. Officers also found cell phones and black bandanas, which investigators said symbolize the colors of the Gangster Disciples street gang, in ...

Hattiesburg American

Hattiesburg American
Mon, 18 May 2015 20:01:48 -0700

A "law enforcement only" bulletin obtained by The Clarion-Ledger features chilling language about what seems to be the smouldering beginning of a war on police. "The 74 Hoover Crips and Gangster Disciples have a hit on law enforcement... The GD's have ...
Chicago Sun-Times
Tue, 19 May 2015 15:52:30 -0700

The indictment instead identified his cousin, Gregory Chester, as the leader of the street gang that is composed of factions of the Gangster Disciples and Black Disciples gangs and originated in the Robert Taylor Homes. Gary Chester apologized to the ...


Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:54:58 -0700

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Sumner County deputies arrested a fourth suspect Tuesday in the murder of a 22-year-old gunned down last December. That suspect, 32-year-old Daversea Fitts, is believed to be a top official in the Gangster Disciples, ...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:01:31 -0700

Officers discovered that Antonio Watkins, who police describe as a high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples, had been the last person in the car. The woman told police she was only moving it for him. Police found Watkins' identification inside the ...

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