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Almighty Simon City Royal Nation
Founding location Chicago, Illinois
Years active 1950s - Today
Territory Chicago, Southern United States
Ethnicity European-American
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, weapon trafficking, robbery, assault, burglary, racketeering, murder
Allies Folk Nation
Rivals People Nation gangs

The Simon City Royals, formally the Almighty Simon City Royal Nation, are a Chicago street gang which began in the late 1950s as Simon City, a greaser gang. They named themselves for Simons Park which is located on the corner of Drake and Wabansia, in the Humboldt Park neighborhood where they originally formed.

The Royals are heavily involved in the dealing of illegal drugs and other contraband, particularly in prisons where members are incarcerated. They have also successfully bribed prison guards, notably in Milwaukee, to smuggle drugs into institutions.[1] They are also involved in racketeering and loan sharking.[1]

Early years[edit]

In the 1960s, they became involved in turf wars with other gangs including the Imperial Gangsters, Latin Kings, Jokers, Drakers, and Belairs. By this time Simon City had begun to expand and organize, and spread to other neighborhoods on the northwest side. They started talks with a gang called the Ashland Royals who were headquartered on the corner of Paulina and Cornelia streets.

The leader of Simon City, Michael Kraft, fought a leading member of the Royals and lost, with the result being that the two gangs merged into one. The gang was now called Simon City's Angry Royals, soon to be shortened to Simon City Royals. Some sections of Simon City continued to operate as a separate group under the old name for a few years before either joining the merged group or leaving the gang entirely.

Turf wars and alliances[edit]

In the 1970s, the gang had tenuous alliances to the city's two major white gangs, the Popes and the Gaylords. In 1975, the Gaylords killed Larry "Larkin" Morris, then the leader of the Popes, and the Popes decided to form an alliance with the Royals. The Royals also fought major "wars" with the Latin Kings, Insane Deuces and Latin Eagles in which many lives were lost, including some of the top ranking Simon City Royals.

By this time the Royals had spread out to include neighborhoods like Albany and School, Drake and Wolfram, Southport and Fullerton, Central Park and Wilson, California and Fletcher, Farwell and Clark, among others. The Southport and Fullerton Royals were involved in a "war" with the Insane Unknowns because they had killed the leader of the Unknowns after inviting him to a peace meeting. The Unknowns would then wipe out the Southport and Fullerton Royals, killing their leaders and taking control of the area.

To protect their members in prison and to maintain some presence on the streets, the Royals opted to join the Folk Nation which sprang up in the late 70s/early 80s. The leader of the Simon City Royals, Todd O'Thomas, aka Todd Brewer, was killed by the Puerto Rican Stones in the early 80s.


The Royals entered into vicious street wars with the Latin Kings, Insane Deuces and Gaylords. In 1984, the Royals shot a 14 year old Gaylord in the back, killing him. One of the Gaylords present was Michael Scott, who would later go on to write a book about his days as a gang member called "Lords of Lawndale". Hours after the murder, Scott identified a Royal named Mike Hynes as one of the shooters and testified against him.

Hynes and Orlando Serrano, who claimed to not be a gang member, were tried for murder. Serrano was found not guilty, but Hynes was convicted in part because of testimony given by fellow Simon City Royal members, as well as testimony given by Scott and two others who were present when the killing occurred. Hynes spent over twenty years in prison and was killed shortly after his release after being involved in the stabbing of a woman in a Chicago bar.

Later history[edit]

The Royals killed several members of the Deuces and the Kings and the PR Stones in the 1980s, in addition to the 14 year old that they shot in the back. By the early 90s, however, they had begun to feud with their former allies, the Spanish Cobras and Latin Disciples. The Royals killed several Cobras and had some of their members killed in return.

Out of necessity, they entered into a grouping within the Folks alliance known as the Almighty Family. This faction consists of the Royals, Imperial Gangsters, Harrison Gents, Latin Eagles and Ambrose.

The Royals still control some of their historic strongholds on the north side of Chicago and have spread into the suburbs and other states such as Wisconsin and Mississippi. Today they still consist of mostly white members but also many Latinos and black members as well.

In 2003, they changed their traditional colors of black and royal blue for the historic color scheme re-introduced that year by the Kansas City Royals: black, white and blue.[2]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Crocker Stephenson (August 3, 2009). "Guard gets probation in Simon City Royals case". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey Flanagan (January 10, 2003). "Chicago-based gang picks up on Royals' new color scheme". Kansas City Star. 

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:28:04 -0800

Dennis is believed to be a ranking member of the criminal street gang known as the “Simon City Royals”. He is considered armed and dangerous. Jerry “Taz” McLain is also a known member of the “Simon City Royals”. Investigators are also looking for ...

Jackson Clarion Ledger

Jackson Clarion Ledger
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 20:20:34 -0700

While an inmate at South Mississippi Correctional Institute in Leakesville, Majors witnessed a fellow member of the Simon City Royals beat to death 50-year-old inmate Percy Barnes on Oct. 22, 2010, reportedly over a debt owed the gang. "When he called ...
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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:19:09 -0800

The murder of a Des Plaines teen this month in an apparent gang-related confrontation has brought heightened attention to local crime problems. There are six main gang factions in suburban Cook County, according to data provided by the Cook County ...
Mississippi Press (blog)
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:39:05 -0700

JACKSON, Mississippi -- A man described as the leader of a Mississippi chapter of the Simon City Royals street gang has been indicted on a racketeering conspiracy charge accusing him of attempted murder, kidnapping, bank robbery, drug distribution and ...
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:05:32 -0800

Two members of the Simon City Royals gang received their sentences in Federal Court Thursday afternoon. David Vanderslice and Jack Bynum were surrounded by dozens of family members when they received their sentences. Vanderslice was sentenced ...
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Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:36:22 -0700

JACKSON, Mississippi -- A man described as the leader of a Mississippi chapter of the Simon City Royals street gang has asked a federal judge to appoint him a different lawyer in a racketeering conspiracy case. A May 29 indictment says 37-year-old ...
Mississippi Press (blog)
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 04:13:53 -0700

The Simon City Royals gang was formed in Chicago and spread throughout the city in the 1960s and 1970s before branching out to other parts of the country, including Mississippi, according to the indictment. Bullock, who identified himself as the ...

Jackson Clarion Ledger

Jackson Clarion Ledger
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:27:52 -0800

The Simon City Royals wanted to kill Majors because he had cooperated with authorities investigating the gang's 2010 killing of 50-year-old inmate Percy Barnes inside South Mississippi Correctional Institution. Smith told agents he had no beef with ...

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