Introduction Monster: an Autobiography of an L.A. Gang tells the story of Kody Scott and how he joined and left the gang life. Kody Scott grew up in a world of violence, gangs, suffering, and in a life of struggle during the nineteen sixties and seventies. Kody was born into the gang life in South Central Los Angeles whether he liked it or not because of the corruption going on there at the time. Kody’s life would be greatly affected by the outnumbering gangs growing around the area where he lived.
There are 60 gangs in the area. The problems in the division became public in 1997 when undercover officer Frank Lyga shot and killed Kevin Gaines, who happened to be off-duty. Kevin Gaines was an African American police officer and Lyga was Caucasian. Lyga’s story was that Gaines had threatened him with a gun and the he shot him in self-defense. His statement was “In my training experience this guy had I’m a gang member written all over him” (pbs.org).
Kuklinski went from a child who knew no better to killing people because of his temper that made it to a contract killer. When the contract killer dies, they decided to actually count how many people he had murder which came out to the total of over 200 people. After his death had happened many psychologists and criminologist were wondering what made him killed over 200 people. There have been many hypotheses on why he decided to kill those many innocent people. No one has come up with a right answer to say exactly what was going through his head and why he chose to do what he did.
Al Capone got arrested in 1918 for disorderly conduct. This arrest was the beginning of his criminal events. Black Beard began his pirating sometime around 1713. Knows as a native of England, many were familiar with him. Al Capone, who well known as “Scarface”, was known for partaking in terrible crimes on land.
Gangs are defined as an organized group of people, generally between the ages of 12-24, who come together in order to engage in criminal activity (Siegel, 2013, p. 215). Gangs are most well known for their antisocial behavior, criminal activity, and ability to induce fear into the communities in which they live. Three common forms of these activities are: property delinquency, violent delinquency, drug delinquency. Property delinquency in gangs varies greatly. It may be something as simple as spray painting graffiti on buildings in their turf or as damaging as vandalizing buildings and cars.
These main gangs are known for a reputation of murder and assault of fellow inmates, many times with their targets being outside prison walls. Throughout this term paper I will discuss the views, and culture, of a select number of gangs that have proved to influence the general prison atmosphere which they inhabit. I will discuss the developing stages and what motivates the driving forces of each individual group. From inside the prison walls to the city streets, prison gangs have a wide network of influence. Recruitment is a continually evolving system that targets youth in many cases, with a focused message catering to their insecurities.
Violence ensures that members adhere to the gang’s code of conduct. Authorities through out the country report that gangs are responsible for most of the serious violent crime in the United States. From a personal reference, I know a gang member who has shot and killed his own brother due to a gang and drug related issue. Drug use within the life and mentality of a gang member is a
When the revolution was going to its peak Trujillo's regime started to imprison people who were part of the revolution along with jailing revolutionaries were killed and suffered forms of torture. In the book it shows how he got to power and stayed in power. He did it by having a radar on nearly every person in his country. People would be scared to talk bad about him anywhere they went beyond their home. Even then Trujillos secret police could send his men to spy on a specific family or neighborhood.
After the murder of Raymond Washington, the true founder of the Crips; the united front of the Crip gang ended and war erupted from within. Various Crips sets began fighting and shooting each other as well as Bloods. Stanley “Tookie” Williams is often erroneously credited as being the founder of the notorious Crips street gang. In actuality “Tookie” was not a founder nor an actual leader of a Crip set.1 “Tookie”, like many others, was a gangbanger who tried to be the single leader of the Crips, but was unsuccessful.1 “Tookie” was very muscular, therefore he was looked up to by other Crips.1 Although he was not the founding father he was the catalyst that created the heavily criminal crusade including drug trafficking and the bloody feud between the rival gang; the Bloods. However “Tookie” was most famous for the four brutal murders he was convicted of in 1981.2 Stanley “Tookie” Williams III was later executed on December 13, 2005 at San Quentin State Prison in California.2 He was as violent behind bars as he was on the streets but “Tookie” revealed his humanistic characteristic through the children books he penned in effort to stop gang violence.
Final Project: The Gang Violence Problem Final Project: The Gang Violence Problem Gangs are found across the globe these days and almost everywhere they are associated with various crimes. While this happens in all types of neighborhoods, inner cities seem to be the most effected. Violence is a part of many gang activities and a good number of them demand that a new initiative to the gang must commit a violent crime to prove them worthy of membership. Michael Carlie (2002) explains that initiation ceremonies may include killing a police officer, being bumped or jumped in (One example of this ritual: Gang members form two lines, the initiative has to walk down between them while the gang members beat and kick him or her without showing sign of pain. ), commit a drive by shooting or another type of murder.