Brief History of Chicago's Black Gangs - South side



Black P. Stones BDs and GDs
Eugene Hairston lived at 1404 E. Marquette (Jan. 1968), Jeff Fort lived at 6536 S. Blackstone (moved there in 1955). However, according to Fort's mom, the family 1st moved to Cermak and Cottage Grove for a short while. Larry Hoover lived at 6853 S. Green (Sept. 1968), David Barksdale lived at 6424 S. Ashland (May 1968).
May 1965: Edwin Codwell arrested, and 6 others arrested. A 50 year-old man was beaten to death, when he came outside the building on 6146 S. Kenwood, he saw 2 kids beating a woman, and intervened.
Sept. 14, 1966: CPD arrested 122 teenagers, ages 13-18, from 2 churches: the Disciples gang at Englewood Methodist Church, 6410 S. Stewart, and the Double Six Cobras, at Emerald Presbyterian Church, 6107 S. Emerald, for mapping a strategy for a gang war. They were charged with conspiracy to commit assault and disorderly conduct.
Sept. 1967: Eugene Hairston, Paul Martin, and Dennis Jackson arrested for murder and attempted murder.

Jan. 26, 1968: Paul Martin found innocent. He wore a Roman collar and held a Bible during the weeklong trial.

Fall 1967: Double Six Cobras and Raven King Cobras merged into 1 gang, as the leader of the Raven King Cobras went to jail for 3 months. But when he came out in December, the gangs clashed, and peace treatys couldn't be kept. Both gangs blamed it on him for not trusting the leader of the other gang.
Feb. 14, 1968: innocent bystanders killed. CPD alleges between Devil Disciplies and Blacktone Rangers. 14 year-old Demetria Wormley, who was shot in the back of the neck, was walking with 14 year-old Dorothy Profit, who survived shot in the hand, and 18 year-old Donald Blanton who survived shot in the shoulder, were walking in front of 6220 S. Dorchester, when they were approached by a group that shouted "Mighty East Side Disciples," and they fired 11 shots. The next day, CPD arrested Nick Dorenzo, 19, of 1138 E. 64th, and Paul Hawkins, 20, of 5800 S. Park way, and are searching for a 3rd.

1 of the earliest homicides, Cornel Steel, 22, a enforcer for the BPSN, had killed Thomas Hood, 40, on Feb. 18, 1968. He was charged for it March 30. A jury acquitted him Dec. 9, and killed another gang member, James McCane, on Dec. 25.
April 2, 1968: 1st BPSN killed. Hillary Johnson 16, killed, and Michael Adams, 14, shot and survived, were standing at a vacant lot at 652 E. 42nd, when they were shot by a passing taxi. The cab driver later testified against the Devil Disciplies in the car: Michael Sims and Herbert Colbert, 32, were sentenced August 7.

April 21, 1968: Paul Martin and and 19 or 17 other youths arrested in the Afro-American Youth Center, 1470 E. 67th, on narcotics and drinking charges. Martin calls himself the spitirual leader of BPSN. Around this time, it was revealed BPSN had a meeting every Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday at the 1st Presbyterian Church at 6400 Kimbark.

April 1, 1968: a fight between the Double Six Cobras and Raven King Cobras broke out at Parker High School, due to fighting over a coat in the halls. Beatings/shootings/murders all erupted after.

5 days later, Darry Cleveland, 19, of 7057 S. Normal, was slain in Hamilton Park fieldhouse, in an area dominated by Double Six gang. However, he was not either, according to police, he associated with the Supreme Gangsters. The next day, police arrested James Baskin, 19, of 6556 S. Normal, of the Double Six Cobras.

Charles Edward Bey, the #2 guy in BPSN, lived at 6246 S. Dorchester (June 1968), and by that time, Fort had lived at 6038 S. Dorchester. Nicholas Dorenzo, the #2 guy in Devil Disciples, however I already posted his address, 1138 E. 64th (Feb. 1968).
On May 8, 1968, 3 BPSN were arrested for attempting to murder David Barksdale. The 3 arrested were Melvin Bately, 19, Andrew McChristian, 19, and Edward Dinkins, 21. Police had arrested the 1st 2, the Edward Dinkins approached the police in front of David Barksdale saying they can't arrest them, and Barksdale identified to police that he was the 3rd gunman.

On July 20, 1968, there was a peace treaty meeting by the University of Chicago, at the grass Midway Plaissance at 59th/Dorchester, where Eugene Hairston and Jeff Fort, met with David Barksdale. About 200 gang members attended. To quote Eugene Hairston "We had a talk about keeping the peace and agreed not to fight each other anymore."

Sept. 9, 1968: 1st ranking BPSN to be killed. Jerome Cogwell, 19, killed at Robert Taylor Homes, 5244 S. State. This was likely retaliation for the death of East Side Devil Disciple leader Booker Ransom, 19, who was shot to death on the corner of 65th and University with a group of youths, the previous day. In Sept. 1968, Larry Hoover, 18, and 2 others were shot in the leg at Parker High School (Mildred Sivels, 15, and Louis Jackson, 15). James Highsmith and Leonard Longsmith, both 18 and both of East Side Devil Disciples, were arrested for it. Highsmith is a future #3 leader (nation enforcer) for the BDs, and at that time, lived at 6534 S. Emerald. All 3 high school students were rushed to St. Bernard's hospital for treatment.

April 4, 1969: Nicholas Dorenzo, a former #2 of the Devil Disciples, was shot shortly as he left his house, and walked into a gas station at 6701 S. Eberhart for ambulance. He refused to tell authorities about it.
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July 16, 1969: Jeff Fort, Charles Bey, and Andrew McChristian all arrested for shooting Jackie Turner, 22, who was a Vietnam veteran and refused to join the gang. Story continued later.
Aug. 1, 1969: 3 members of the Devil Disciples, testified against 2 Stones. Aaron Evans, James Shead, and Ramond Thomas, testified against LeRoy Hairston, 20, of 6456 S. Dante, and William Ephraim Jr., 16, of 611 E. 47th, for driving in a car and shooting at Booker Ransom. 25 days later, Hairston sentenced 75-100 years and Ephraim 25-30 years.
Oct. 4, 1969: Paul Mitchell found killed on sidewalk at 1506 E. 67th, and lived at 1028 E. 46th. According to him, he left the gang on July 2, as Fort was getting on his case.

August 1970: Chicago police officer James Alfono killed by Stones.



June 7, 1970: David Barksdale shot in the abdomen and it hit his kidney. He was in a bar at 848 W. 69th.
Jan. 9, 1971: David Barksdale arrested for defacing firearms and discharging, gets 6 months in the county jail.
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According to a Sept. 11, 1971 newspaper, 3rd mistrial and 4th against Fort, as jury didn't know whether to testify against the BPSN, including due to fear. On Oct. 14, Jackie Turner was shot at and refused to testify that without money or police protection. "I have gotten no support from community leaders or ordinary Black people and I can't get a job because the gang would know my comings and goings." He was with a companion, Charles Hall, 22, in Bessie Miller's Soul Food restaurant, 6910 S. Stony Island, where shortly after ordering hamburger and drinks, bullets shattered through the front window and narrowly missed everyone.
July 2, 1972: 2 members of BPSN Main 21 killed together: William Troop and Lee Jackson. Also killed was Melba Grate, at 1448 E. 68th. Melvin Haywood went to prison for it.
(Part 3 of 3)
Nov. 16, 1972: Charges against Fort in Cook County are dropped, due to the only star witness, Jackie Turner, is now a fugitive on a kidnapping charge.
Feb. 26, 1973: Joshua Shaw witnesses Larry Hoover and 2 others kidnap drug-addict William Young (Pooky), 25, of 7142 S. Parnell, at 69th and Wentworth. Hoover and Andrew Howard arrested March 16. Young's dead body found in alley behind 6814 S. Lowe. Shaw testified, and his dead body, 26, of 1209 W. 79th, was found in an alley behind 6531 S. Bishop, on Sept. 27, 1973.

July 19, 1974: 16 year-old Gregory Shell, and 14 year-old Sirrane R. Traylor, charged with murder of a 66 year-old woman, Josephine Hack, in an armed robbery outside St. Ailbe's Catholic Church, 9015 S. Harper. Gregory Shell is the future #2 leader for GDs for the early 1990s. Shell lived at 8245 S. Blackstone, and Traylor at 7941 S. Wood. Note that the newspaper lists them both as BPSN, so either it's a mistake or Gregory Shell later flipped. Josephine was shot in the neck and ran back to the church and allegedly died in the priests arms.
Sept. 2, 1974: David Barksdale dies of kidney failure, 27. Buried in Restvale Cemetery. His funeral was at Golden Gate Funeral Home, 2036 W. 79th. Survived by his wife Yvonne (Cookie), son David 4, and twins Melinda and Ronald 17-months, and 13 brothers and sisters. His wife died on June 24, 1978.
1986: Last story for Jeff Fort ruling the streets. Jeff Fort was taken by feds in summer 1986. In 1991, a snitch testified this story about Fort, that he ordered a violation to his son, Antonio Fort, in 1986, at the Fort temple, which was demolished in June of 1990.

His son had tried to start his own gang, and Fort didn't allow. So while on the phone from prison, to the Fort temple, Fort said "Son, I told you I keep my promises." According to the snitch Henry Harris, 6 of the 14 ambassadors formed a circle around Antonio. Fort then said "Ambassadors, I want you to drum him until I tell you to stop." When the men hesitated, Fort said "I can't hear nothing." The ambassadors then attacked Antonio for about a minute. His arms were handcuffed behind his back the whole time. Then Jeff spoke to his son alone, then he was freed.

Henry Harris, who is the husband of Jeff Fort's sister, told the courts he tried to get Antonio to escape the beating. When U.S. attorney Theodore Poulos asked Harris why, Harris said "He witnessed something and never said nothing about it." When Poulos asked Harris to explain, he said "He caught me with his mother." "Did you have an affair with Diane Fort?" "Yes."