||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
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.
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
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:45:22 -0700
A former high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples, the Chicago gang was reported to be the largest criminal organization in the United States. Ward gave up his criminal past and reformed himself to focus his energy into eliminating the violence in ...
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:07:04 -0700
Simmons, who is an admitted member of the Gangster Disciples, testified that as many as 16 inmates took part in the brawl, saying it arose out of a simmering feud between the Vice Lords and the Gangster Disciples. As pushing and shoving escalated into ...
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:07:21 -0700
"The largest gang presence would be gangster disciples," said Chief Flannelly, who did not have exact or estimated numbers. "The second largest type of criminal gang we have documented is white supremacist." "They are here in our community, you know, ...
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:15:00 -0700
He is a member of the Gangster Disciples street gang, according to court documents. Hughes fatally shot Stanley Bobo, of the 1400 block of West 72nd Place, at 7:35 p.m. Thursday on Bobo's block, police said. Hughes fled the scene in a red 2003 Chrysler ...
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 18:18:45 -0700
According to the affidavit, Nikoljic allegedly told police he is a member of the Gangster Disciples street gang and had been feuding with Collins for weeks. Nikoljic said Collins showed up to his home Saturday and began fighting with Nikoljic. Outside ...
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:14:22 -0700
On April 19, 2013, members of the Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords had a confrontation in Wilkinson, and officials put the prison in lockdown. The next day, after being warned the gangs would fight again, officials kept inmates locked down in some ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:52:30 -0700
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — U.S. Marshals are looking for 26-year-old Sherrone Thornton and 29-year-old Devonte Williams. Thornton and Williams are charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide — party to a crime. A criminal complaint says they ...
Kankakee Daily Journal
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:53:31 -0700
Lewis allegedly was confronted by police who found him with an open container of alcohol. He reportedly admitted to having the gun, which had its serial number defaced. He also said he was a member of the Gangster's Disciples. Bond was set at $75,000.
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