Insane Campbell Boys
Insane Campbell Boys

Insane Campbell Boys

Founded Founded in 1980 by Henry and Big Chino in or near East Humboldt Park (part of West Town)
Founding story

Founded in East Humboldt Park section of West Town neighborhood at Augusta and Campbell

Affiliations Folk Nation — 1989 – 2000 or later;
Insane (North Side) — 1992 – give;
Colors Gold and Maroon
Primary ethnicities Latino (Puerto Rican)
Symbols Skull and Fire
Symbol usage

Skull with flames

Status Extinct

The Insane Campbell Boys started out as a baseball team that played at Chopin Elementary School ball park located at the intersection of Campbell and Rice (3420 N Long Ave) called the “Campbell Boys” in the year 1980 In the East Humboldt Park neighborhood.  Some of the originals were Cas, Grica, Jose, Fred, Stache and the Polock brothers.  The Campbell Boys started having problems with neighborhood gangs like the Latin Kings.  The Campbell Boys hung out with Insane Dragons but didn’t want to join the Dragons instead they made the decision to start their own gang by 1981.

In the year 1981, it was very tough to start your own gang in Chicago and in East Humboldt Park there were lots of Folks and all the gangs were either allied up with the Insane alliance or the Maniac alliance.  The best way for the Campbell Boys to make it as an independent gang was to start off being sponsored by the dominating alliances in the neighborhood.  “Henry” was the founder and “Big Chino” was co-founder and Vice President of the Insane Campbell Boys and put them at the intersection of Augusta and Campbell in the East Humboldt Park neighborhood.  Other originals when they became a gang were J-Dog, and his brother Mundo, Nene, Lil Felix who was Harry’s brother, Mitchell. Johnny and his brother Edwin.  They had cooperation from the Insane Dragons to sponsor this new group into the Insane family and turn them Folks right away, thus, creating the name “Insane Campbell Boys.”  The Insane Campbell Boys had nothing to do with the Maniac Campbell Boys that would form three years later, Insane Campbell Boys were first.  Although many of the original Campbell Boys were related to founding members of the Maniac Latin Disciples the Campbell Boys still chose to align with the Insane family.

The Insane Campbell Boys were not a well-known gang in the 1980s but soon exploded into popularity in the early 1990s and swelled to over 100 members.  For a small gang the Insane Campbell Boys had a lot of fire power and became one of the more ruthless gangs in West Town for awhile.

Insane Campbell Boys got most of their notoriety during the beginning of the Insane and Maniac wars of the early 1990s which also led to their extinction.

In the year 1992, the Insanes began going at it bad with Maniacs and the ICBs were fully involved.  In one incident the “Murder Town” Maniac Latin Disciples from Talman and Washtenaw attempted a drive by shooting on Augusta and Campbell but were met with the fury of a Uzi machine gun that the ICBs shot at them.  An hour later the Disciples returned again and were met with the fury of a .45 pistol this time.

The big incident that gave Insane Campbell Boys big recognition that also led to their downfall was a few incidents in January and February in the year 1994.  In January of that year during a temporary war between Insanes and Maniacs, Maniac Latin Disciple gang member Nelson “Wolfie” Vargas attacked a member of the Insane Campbell Boys and shot him in his fingers trying to kill him but the gun jammed, Vargas then proceeded to pistol whip him.  The Insane Campbell Boy never forgot about that and held a grudge he couldn’t let go of.  In February the Insane Campbell Boy caught Wolfie after school at Roberto Clemente High School after all the kids had just got out.  The ICB was in the company of Spanish Cobras when he confronted Wolfie and the Cobras did not expect the ICB to pull out a gun on Wolfie.  The enraged ICB showed Wolfie his fingers in rage and Wolfie laughed at his crippled fingers causing the ICB to start shooting Wolfie as Wolfie kept laughing at him, the ICB shot Wolfie to death and since Spanish Cobras were standing near the shooter they were blamed for being part of the shooting.  This incident brought the Spanish Cobras into conflict with Maniac Latin Disciples.

Spanish Cobras were upset with Insane Cambell Boys for breaking the peace treaty in 1994 and demanded the ICBs disband.  Spanish Cobras, Dragons and YLO Cobras were all going to team up on ICBs if they didn’t disband.  The ICBs had no choice but to disband as members flipped to Spanish Cobras, Insane Dragons and even one became a Latin King.

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Known sections of the Insane Campbell Boys of the past

East Humboldt Park neighborhood Established 1981-1994

Sections of East Humboldt Park

Augusta & Campbell Established 1981-1994