Maniac Latin Hoods
Maniac Latin Hoods

Maniac Latin Hoods

Founded Founded c. 1975 in or near Logan Square
Affiliations Give details
Colors Orange and Brown
Primary ethnicities Latino (Puerto Rican)
Symbols Cane, Hooded figure, Puerto Rican flag, Gloves, and Top Hat
Status Extinct

The Latin Hoods started in the year 1975 and were mostly known as the “Latin Hoods” but their less used full name was “Almighty Latin Hoods.”  Capone was the founder and first President as the Hoods opened up in the Logan Square neighborhood at the intersection of Francis Place and Stave Street.  The Hoods were started because Capone was a member of the Imperial Gangsters until Mad Dog of the IGs killed a Chicago police officer and the police were hotly pursuing Imperial Gangsters.  Sabu was the Vice President of the Hoods.  From the start Latin Hoods had a major problem with Palmer Square Gaylords, Moffet and Campbell Gaylords, Latin Kings and Orquestra Albany and eventually the Yates Boys Organization.  Conflict started with Orquestra Albany because the Hoods hung out with the Latin Lovers and became very close with them and this is why they adopted the first name of “Almighty.”  Back in these times Latin Lovers were known as “Almighty Latin Lovers” and there was also the “Almighty Maniac Latin Disciples” or “Almighty Latin Disciples,” which is a branch of the Maniac Latin Disciples.  Latin Hoods also became close with the Imperial Gangsters and were part of the “United Races.”

In 1977, the Hoods had a meeting with Rico, the leader of the Yates Boys Organization in the Chase School Yard to settle differences.  The meeting was called off and the Yates Boys were angered that the Imperial Gangsters showed up on behalf of the Hoods.

At some point Hoods may have been known as “Insane Latin Hoods” but I am not sure about that whole story.  One thing I do know is that in 1979 when the “Maniac” and “Insane” families were created on the streets the Hoods became Maniacs and changed their name to “Maniac Latin Hoods.”  The Hoods chose to unite with the Maniacs because of their relationship with Maniac Latin Disciples and Latin Lovers.  It was at that time that Capone left the gang life after being shot and stabbed.  The Hoods were then part of the Folk alliance after becoming Maniac.

In the year 1982, the Latin Hoods began to decline in numbers just after having a pretty strong year in 1980.  Many Hoods flipped to Latin Lovers in 1982.

Known sections of the Latin Hoods from the past

Logan Square neighborhood Established 1975-1982

Sections of Logan Square

Francis & Stave Established 1975-1982