||Late 1960s – present
||Mostly African American
||Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, prostitution
||Folk Nation, Black Guerilla Family, Black Mafia Family, Crips, Juggalos, Zoe Pound
||People Nation, Black P. Stone, Vice Lords, Latin Kings, Four Corner Hustlers, 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, Black Stone 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.
Gangster Disciples have been documented in the U.S. military, found in both U.S. and overseas bases. Graffiti characteristic of the Gangster Disciples has been reportedly seen in U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Symbols, signs and emblems
Like most major gangs, Gangster Disciples use a well-defined system of symbols to communicate alliances and rivalries. This system is a combination of symbols that represent the Gangster Disciple Nation or the Folk Nation as a whole and symbols that rivals use to represent their organization, typically inverted to show disrespect.
Colors and apparel
Gangster Disciples "represent" with the colors black and blue. Gang members are known to wear Georgetown Hoyas or Duke Blue Devils clothing.
Six pointed star
The predominant symbol this criminal gang makes use of is the six-pointed Star of David (✡). The symbol pays homage to founder David Barksdale,and the six points are said to represent love, life, loyalty, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom (respect).
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:01:27 -0700
The U.S. Attorney's Office says in a Thursday statement that, in all, 35 suspects linked to the Gangster Disciples face charges of possessing and distributing heroin and crack cocaine on Chicago's West Side. The alleged patriarch is 55-year-old Johnny ...
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:10:47 -0700
Johnny Herndon — a 55-year-old whose crew operated in West Garfield Park — has dealt drugs since the early 1990s, amassing personal wealth that includes more than 30 real estate properties valued at more than $1.6 million, prosecutors say. His ...
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:56:53 -0700
An alleged longtime heroin and crack dealer, described by authorities as a patriarch of a Gangster Disciples gang faction, was arrested today along with dozens of others during a crackdown on two open-air drug spots on Chicago's West Side. Prosecutors ...
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:54:45 -0700
"This was not just a murder. This was an execution," community activist Andrew Holmes said. Chicago police said a dispute between two factions of the Gangster Disciples recently flared in the neighborhood, but they don't believe Antonio belonged to a gang.
New York Daily News
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:05:42 -0700
Law enforcement sources said a dispute between two factions of the Gangster Disciples — one dubbed Pocket Town and another Sircon City — recently flared up in the neighborhood. Police said Antonio was not in a gang, but would not rule out the ...
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:41:15 -0700
Senator Kirk also sat down with a number of jailed members of various Chicago gangs including the Gangster Disciples, Chicago's largest street gang. Earlier this month Chicago law enforcement and members of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, ...
Wisconsin State Journal
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:37:30 -0700
Assistant District Attorney Matthew Moeser, who asked for a three-year prison sentence, said Mallit has an extensive criminal record and is tied to the Gangster Disciples. While he provided information that was helpful to police, Moeser said, it was ...
Sacramento News & Review
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:56:15 -0700
Training from the FBI warned us about Bloods, Crips, Black Gangster Disciples. Of course, the white motorcycle gang that ran a local strip club was the major source of meth in town, but this was pre-Sons of Anarchy. In the N.W.A era, we knew who to fear.
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