New Breeds
New Breeds

New Breeds

Founded Founded in 1969 by George Davis, Rodger Collins, and Julius Davis in or near Near West Side North Lawndale Near South Side Greater Grand Crossing Douglas
Formerly known as

Royal Family 1972-?; Black Gangsters 1981-present in prison; Tre Ls, Breeds 1992-present

Affiliations Folk Nation — 1981 – 2000 or later;
Colors Black and Grey
Color usage Black and grey 1981-present
Primary ethnicities African American
Symbols LLL
Symbol usage

Also box with a circle in it, pitchfork 1981-1992

Status Active

This story can be told in a few parts that later converge.  I don’t know all the details but what I can say is at some point in time George “Boonie Black” Davis was a gangster that lived on the west side and was from the west side and that was said to be a hustler, and even a killer for hire.  Davis was what is known as a “Goon” which tends to refer to someone that will inflict pain or kill for money.  Davis was large sized, so he was ideal for the job of cracking skulls for money.  At some point in time George Davis assembled his own crew of killers called the “Goon Squad Gangsters.”  I’m not sure when the Goon Squad Gangsters were created but I know it existed by 1969, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it all started in the 1950s. According to As IS Magazine in one of their 2009 issues they said he spent 40 years gangbanging.  40 years back from 2009 takes us to 1969 which is the exact year that the Goons first ended up in the newspaper; therefore, I am going to declare that the Goon Squad Gangsters were founded in 1969.  George Davis was born in the year 1938 making him already in his 30s by the time the Goons appeared in the newspaper.  I highly doubt this man just started a gang life at age 31 and went with it.  He was probably a gangster since his youth.  There is so much more to Boonie Black’s life that isn’t published out there.  I hope to one day, learn more about him and the history of the original Goon Squads from the west side of Chicago but for now we must start the story in 1969 and go from there unfortunately.  This is a big part of New Breed history that is lost, and Davis passed away in 2009 at age 71 so he can no longer speak for himself on how the Goons on the west side were put together and why and exactly where.  I speculate the Goons came from the ABLA projects, but I am not certain.  In the late 60s and early 70s the Goons conflicted heavily with Traveling Vice Lords.  The Goon Squad Gangsters were not large in size, but they were often ruthless when it came to dealing with enemies. The Goon Squad Gangsters appeared in the Chicago Tribune in 1969, 1970 and 1972.  The 1972 article featured a brutal killing of a TVL and the shooting of a police officer that tried to intervene.  After this October 25th and Oct 26th articles about this murder the Goons vanished from the media. One thing I can say about Boonie and the Goons was they were very much influenced by the Italian mafia, and I have no doubts that Boonie worked with wise guys at many points in time.  I theorize Boonie was a black syndicate that eventually worked with the youth on the west side to carry out street business that could have been anything from drug distribution to murder; however, the Goons did not go around terrorizing and destroying their community like other gangs on the west side did at times.  This says to me Boonie cared for his community and ran his outfit like the Italian mob.  It is prevalent because the Goons rarely made the newspaper in these old times.  Perhaps when they started out some of the youths were overzealous and quick with the trigger.  Sometimes that happens with gangs, they are wild in their early years and reckless then learn to be low key.

I theorize in Boonie’s early life he was maybe a gang member of a certain group that is not known or less known then became a syndicate.  Many times, adult black men on the west side and the south side in the 1920s through the 1970s often worked with youths by paying them to perform certain criminal activities like delivering packages, moving drugs, collecting debts and even murder for hire.  It is possible Boonie assembled the Goon Squad Gangsters, so he did not have to go through other neighborhood gangs to get jobs done but I am not sure. Boonie was often hired to collect debts.  According to AS IS Magazine on their September 15, 2009, issue in an exclusive interview with Boonie Black himself he described himself as highly successful at collecting debts and not a single one of them told him no.  He described that he had a look about him that made people give up the location of their stash.  He didn’t know why they looked at him and gave it up but many times that’s all it took.  When looking at pictures of him you can see it in his eyes as a man that doesn’t play around and will get what he needs at all costs.  In the magazine he described a method of torturing drug dealers by taking two butcher knives and putting them over a high flame on the stove until they were red hot.  He would then give them a chance to talk and if there was any hesitation, he would put the scalding knives on their neck.  Boonie was also a barn boss in Cook County jail.  Barn bosses were dominant over other inmates and were often the more violent alpha inmates that kept other inmates in line using deadly force if necessary.  Barn bosses many times even have more control over the jails than prison staff resulting in corrections officers having to work with barn bosses for mutual control of the jail.  Barn bosses had many henchmen under their control and had access to many homemade weapons.  Later in Boonie’s life he began to give up murder and violence by the 2000s decade leading up to his death.

Another part of the story is with Thomas “Jeepers” Jefferson who was born in 1920 in Mississippi.  Jefferson and his family moved to the west side of Chicago when Jeepers was just a boy back in the 1920s.  By the time the Great Depression began Jeeper’s family was impoverished and could not afford much.  According to the September 15, 2014, Chicago Sun Times article about him he stole a pair of pants from an open-air market as a boy because his parents could not afford close for him.  A few years later he stole another pair of pants and soon became hooked on stealing fancy clothes.  He was caught on his second theft and was defended by the infamous black lawyer Clarence Darrow and Jefferson was impressed by the lawyer’s way of using the legal system to get a desired outcome. Jefferson graduated to armed robbery and ended up in prison in 1941 according to a September 16, 1976, Jet Magazine article.  After this he went on many robbery capers and stole lots of money doing five prison terms in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s.  Jefferson boasted he never hurt anyone during his capers.  Jeepers became a genius when it came to studying the law and became more knowledgeable than many trained lawyers.  During his many stints in prison, he helped several inmates get released, get fair trials and be treated correctly when facing the judicial system. In exchange inmates would help him out in certain ways.  Jeepers worked with members of just about every major gang in Chicago as Jeepers was not a gangbanger; however, he was especially embraced by Boonie Black as a close friend.

The next part of this story begins in the year 1972 in Statesville Maximum Security prison in Crest Hill Illinois.  An inmate by the name of Julius Davis joined in with a semi-religious group called the “Cosmos” which happened to be a group of Chicago gang members from the west side of Chicago.  I do not know what gang Julius Davis was a member of but he organized the men to create their own crime syndicate that would become the “Royal Family” (Chicago Tribune Page 10, October 7, 1979).  Members of this group were in street gangs like Black Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords and they were some of the most hardcore gang members of these gangs that set aside their rivalry to be a part of the Royal Family.  One of the prominent members was Maurice “King Baldy” .  The men that joined the Royal Family were scheduled to be released from prison in 1972 and they planned a coming together once released and going on a crime spree and letting nothing get in their way.  It is interesting to me how all these men just so happened to be released at the same time.  This leads me to believe the Royal Family consulted with Jeepers for their legal advice and perhaps Jeepers helped them to fight their legal battles and get released.  Additionally, Jeepers was well-known to be colorful story teller who loved to share his criminal exploits of being the stick up man.  I theorize it is very possible he told these stick up stories to the Royal Family and inspired them to begin this armed robbery spree they were about to embark upon when released.  Doing stick ups became the early past time of the Royal Family and they may have been helped along with advice from Jeepers himself while they were all locked up together.  Jeepers was in prison in the early 70s so it is very possible.

In April of 1972, the Royal Family gang members were released from prison including the 24-year-old leader Julius Davis. Davis made the first move for the Royal Family as he targeted the Talley-Ho Restaurant at 1513 Chicago Avenue in the suburb of Evanston.  Davis had worked there for only one week in June of 1972 until he was fired, now the following week on June 16, 1972, Davis, Teddie Candler and one other burst into the restaurant as it closed wildly wielding kitchen knives demanding money from patrons and the restaurant owner.  The three men tied up two patrons while they escorted the owner, Assistant Manager, and the Assistant Manager’s relative into the office to open the safe, when there was some refusal to open the safe the men reacted violently and stabbed the owner in the chest and three times in the back, then they stabbed the Assistant Manager twice in the back killing them both.  Candler and Davis did not wear masks or gloves and made off with $300, police very easily tracked down Candler and arrested him (Chicago Tribune Page 6, June 18, 1972).

Police went searching for Julius Davis because they had a positive identification from witnesses, this angered the rest of the Royal Family because Davis was reckless and did not use a mask or gloves, and the robbery was very sloppy.  The Royal Family then made the decision to eliminate their leader/founder and managed to hunt him down before police could find him.  On June 18, 1972 police found the burned body of Julius Davis as he had also been shot seven times and left at 3748 South Wabash (37th Place and Wabash) in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood of Chicago (Chicago Tribune page 5, June 20, 1972).  Davis also suffered burns indicating he was tortured.  The investigating officer was the notorious John Burge who was later indicted on charges in 1993 of torturing and murdering suspects while forcing confessions.  Given that it was Burge at the scene who knows what all could have transpired with this murder.  Allegedly at the time police did not know that Davis was killed by his own gang, but later they would find out all about the Royal Family and the motive for the murder.  The rampage of the Royal Family had just begun.  As I stated earlier Jeepers committed so many armed robberies without hurting anyone and I would not be surprised if his beliefs in non-violent robbery were adopted by the Royal Family, perhaps at Jeeper’s wishes but Julius Davis and Teddie Candler did not follow those beliefs and that very likely was the reason the men were removed.

Now that Davis was eliminated, Roger “Cochise” Collins took over as the new leader of the Royal Family.  Cochise would gain much more respect and was considered the “Godfather” of the organization and presided over the “Council of War.”  Collins wanted his organization to function more like a syndicate with the distribution of drugs, murder for hire, robbery and intimidation and elimination of witnesses (Chicago Tribune Page 10, October 7, 1979).  Collins connected with the Chicago Outfit back in 1971 when he was in prison with Robert “Fat Man” Cruz and Royal Family member Murray Hooper.  Cruz was an excellent connection because he was the cousin of Harry Aleman who was the Chicago Outfits’ Chief Hitman and Cruz was also the nephew of Joseph “Joe Nagall” Ferriola the Chief Enforcer of the Chicago Outfit (Chicago Tribune page 5, September 6, 1981).  This connection would bring the Royal Family murder for hire contracts to kill for the Chicago Outfit and later would connect the Royal Family to the Outfit for narcotics trafficking.  Jeepers also claimed that while he was in prison in the 1930s Al Capone himself nicknamed him Jeepers because of how Jeepers looked but the timeline of his incarceration and age compared with Al Capone’s incarceration and locations didn’t match; however, it was said another wise guy was the actual one to give him that nickname and Jeepers perhaps did not want to reveal the real name.

The Royal Family had no tolerance for witnesses and dealt with them in a brutal way.  The first example of this was in May of 1972 right before the Tally-Ho heist.  On May 17, 1972, three Royal Family members held up a tavern in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood at 505 West 79th Street (79th and Normal).  The next day the Royal Family felt that the bartender Joseph Murphy might be able to identify them so five members of the gang went into the tavern on May 19th and lit up Murphy in a hail of gun fire as the bartender was brutally shot 10 times, Anthony Holmes one of the members was charged with the murder (Chicago Tribune Page 1, August 24, 1974).

On June 14th, 1972, right before the Tally-Ho hold up, Roger Collins and Richard Black robbed two customers and three employees at the Morseview Drug Store at 1448 W. Morse Avenue (Greenview and Morse) in the Rogers Park neighborhood. The men made off with $939 but police soon chased them down to Lake Shore Drive where they crashed their car during a high-speed chase.  Black and Collins were now in court for this case for months, then on September 13, 1972, a man visited witness Sidney Frankfort and said he was Collins and Blacks’ lawyer and tried to convince Frankfort not to testify and showed pictures of Frankfort and other employees. The incident was chilling but Frankfort still wanted to testify.  On October 29, 1972, men burst into the drug store and kidnapped Frankfort and his cashier Mrs. Ann Barton.  The two were stuffed into a truck and driven to 57th and La Salle in the Washington Park neighborhood, then the two were shot and killed, then the car was set on fire (Chicago Tribune Page 1, August 24, 1974).

The Royal Family did not appreciate witnesses to their drug trafficking activities either.  The Royal Family had even established connections within the Chicago Police Department by 1972.  Maurice King Baldy Jackson had come across information that Harold Bush was informing police of the Royal Family’s drug trafficking operations.  Jackson and police officer Chester Thomas kidnapped Harold Bush from the intersection of 14th and Western Ave and drove him to 130th and Indiana onto a secluded dirt road in the Riverdale neighborhood. The men shot Bush in the neck and left him, but Bush survived and implicated the two.  Both Jackson and Thomas were arrested for attempted murder, and Officer Thomas was being implicated in an August 19, 1972 triple murder where a witness saw Thomas’ license plates pull away from the scene of the crime at 1646 S. Pulaski (18th Place and Pulaski) in the North Lawndale neighborhood (Chicago Tribune page 8, October 18, 1972).

Maurice Jackson was implicated in another Royal Family murder in October of 1973 after police arrested Royal Family members Marvin Duncan and Fred Weaver and they found the wallet and identification of Darnell Carr who had just been bound, gagged and brutally beaten to death at 9147 S. Ashland Ave (92nd and Ashland) in the Burnside neighborhood.  Weaver told police Maurice Jackson ordered this murder (Chicago Tribune Page 1, August 24, 1974).

The gang would continue their rampage, on July 5, 1973, Walter Wilbon, Leroy Williams, and Jeffery Bowen robbed Judy’s Lounge at 2852 East 87th Street in the South Chicago neighborhood. When Officer Randall came to the scene the men shot him and they fled.  The Officer survived and all three Royal Family members were convicted (Chicago Tribune Page 1, August 24, 1974).

In 1974, Royal Family gang member John Myles went on a major armed robbery spree as he was arrested for 10 or more armed robberies, one that resulted in him shooting a store clerk in the back (Chicago Tribune page 10, October 26, 1974).

The Royal Family was robbing and killing across the country and had major drug operations on the south side, as they were implicated in as many as 30 murders across the country between 1972 and 1974.  Anyone that was a state’s witness would either be intimidated or killed.  One such incident was an undertaker that was present during one of the Royal Family’s armed robberies and wanted to cooperate as a witness.  The witness was in fear for his life and police offered protection by having police guards present at his funeral home.  One night, the Royal Family dug up one of the bodies from the nearby grave and threw it through the window of the funeral parlor office to intimidate the witness after midnight that night (Chicago Tribune Page 1, August 24, 1974).  This was a show of power and intimidation.

By the summer of 1974, police cracked down hard on the Royal Family and made 13 arrests of members of the gang.  The police had implicated that Roger Cochise Collins was the leader of the gang and the gang had drug operations in Chicago and Gary Indiana (Chicago Tribune Page 1, August 24, 1974).  Members of the gang were brought up on trial for various crimes but sentences that were handed down were extremely light as members only got a few years a piece; however, police were able to boast that they dissolved the gang’s operations as they stated in the August 24, 1974, Tribune article.  It could be possible that their connection with Jeepers may have helped them get the legal counsel they needed, thus, leading to light sentences.

In 1977 through 1979 many Royal Family members were being released from prison for their part in the 1972-1974 crime spree. Members of the gang went back to work by March of 1979 that started with the murder of Donald Curtis the owner of the Blinking Cat Lounge located at 87th and Peoria in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood as they robbed the bar and gunned down the owner with semi-automatic weapons on March 31, 1979 (Chicago Tribune Page 10, October 7, 1979).

On May 7, 1979 the gang stormed Metropolitan Insurance Company in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood located at 9046 S. Ashland Ave (91st and Ashland) where they robbed the place at gunpoint as they fired several bullets near witnesses to scare them, they made off with $19,000 (Chicago Tribune Page 10, October 7, 1979).

On August 7, 1979, also in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood, the gang hit Concord Gas Station located at 440 West 87th Street (87th and Eggleston). Police arrested the men and found a cache of weapons that included a shotgun and a semi-automatic carbine (Chicago Tribune Page 10, October 7, 1979).

On August 27, 1979, Roger Cochise Collins was released from prison and immediately went to work putting the Royal Family back to together as he reunited with paroled gang members.  Once Cochise was out of prison, he was immediately given a murder for hire contract.  The ex-husband of Catherine Tines hired Collins, Maurice Powell, and the nephew of Collins to kill Catherine Tines because they were having a property dispute.  Maurice Powell was the ringleader of the robberies early in the year while Collins was still in prison.  Now Collins was back in charge and him and Powell now carried out this contract. Police were frustrated that the Royal Family was back at it again and were even more furious all these men received parole (Chicago Tribune Page 10, October 7, 1979).

By December of 1979, Roger Collins had set up a drug ring at 2240 S. State Street which is within the Harold Ickes projects located in the Near South Side neighborhood (Chicago Tribune September 6, 1981), this brought about gang wars with the Black Gangster Disciples that were trying to control the drug trade in these projects that became bloody by 1980.

On the night of November 12, 1980 the drug disputes with rival dealers in the Ickes projects escalated when Murray “Hoop” Hooper, Maurice “Pimp” Powell and Roger “Cochise” Collins kidnapped Frederick Lacey, R.C. Pettigrew and Roger Holliman as they rounded the men up at an apartment at 2240 State Street.  The three men were tied up and led to a vehicle then driven to the intersection of Roosevelt and Clark in the South Loop area and brought under the viaduct.  Frederick Lacey was shot execution style in the back of the head.  R.C. Pettigrew was shot in the face, in the chest and in the leg and was also shot four times in the back. Roger Holliman had been shot three times in the back and shot once in the back of the neck.  Police found the dead bodies the next day and the men were convicted of these murders (People vs. Collins, 1985).

Even though these Royal Family members were being sought for the November 12 triple murder, they still managed to kill Clorita Ladd on December 2, 1980, in a south side shootout with a gang only said to be “The Disciples” in the 1981 Chicago Tribune article (Chicago Tribune page 8, February 24, 1981).  The shootout was with the Black Gangster Disciples because only them and the El Rukns ran those buildings at the time.

The rampage of the Royal Family continued in 1980 and the leadership was being sought as authorities were especially after Roger Collins, Maurice Powell and Murray Hooper, but the three men had fled to Phoenix Arizona after they committed these drug related murders.  The trio had flown to Arizona because they were handed down a contract from the Chicago Outfit to kill a print shop business owner named William Redmond.  The contract was passed down by Robert “Fat Man” Cruz that had connected with the Royal Family when he was the in jail with Roger Collins and Murray Hooper back in 1971. Now almost a decade later Cruz needed the Royal Family’s assistance is removing Redmond who was in the way of Cruz’s real estate interest.  Cruz had moved to Arizona to get involved in the real estate business which is why he had interest in this property that Redmond refused to give up.  Cruz now offered $10,000 to the Royal Family to kill Redmond.  On December 31, 1980, Murray Hooper, Roger Collins, and a former Chicago policeman Edward McCall burst into the home of Redmond. The men then tied up Redmond, his wife and his 70-year-old mother – in – law.  They were laid on the bed and shot in the back of the head execution style.  After they were killed Murray Hooper slit Redmond’s throat to show the Outfit that they were brutal killers and should be hired again.  The three men were arrested for these murders, Edward McCall was the first one to be taken down. McCall then hired his lawyer Michael Pritzker to get him out of the charges, when Pritzker failed to get McCall out of the charges completely, unknown gunman attempted to kill Pritzker right outside his home in Chicago. Pritzker knew the gunman but refused to divulge who shot him and dropped McCall as his client (Chicago Tribune page 5, September 6, 1981).

Murray Hooper ended up admitting to the killing and named his boss Roger Collins as involved in the murder, this led to the conviction of Roger “Cochise” Collins and now he was headed back to prison in 1981.

Goon Squad boss George “Boonie Black” Davis was also headed to prison in 1981.  On May 6, 1981 at the apartment of Linda Dates located at 1440 South Kedzie (15th and Kedzie) in the North Lawndale neighborhood three men came to her door that she recognized according to court documents as members of the Black Gangster Disciples according to court documents, or at least that is the rumor she heard.  The men were George “Boonie Black” “Edward Black” Davis, “Moto” also referred to as “Johnny Gatt,” and “Smokey” also known as “Curtis Taylor” or “Lee.”  The men came to the apartment to allegedly buy $100 worth of cocaine from Lex Leaks who was known in the neighborhood to be a cocaine dealer according to court documents.  Apparently, an argument broke out between Johnny Gatt and Leaks about the weight of the cocaine that resulted in a shootout that left Leaks dead and his roommate wounded.  Shortly after the murder, police attempted to apprehend the men but all of them tried to flee and destroy evidence including George Davis after the Police came to his apartment at 3317 West Madison (Madison and Spaulding) in East Garfield Park.  When police came to arrest Davis, he ran into an abandoned apartment and locked himself in then fled down the stairwell with a shotgun in his hand after he dropped evidence which was another firearm.  According to court documents Davis surrendered eventually.  According to court documents George Davis had been released from prison within five years and had violated his parole (People vs Washington, 1984).

George “Boonie Black” Davis’ gang affiliations were not very known, as was shown in the court documents when he was convicted of armed robbery and attempted murder in 1981.

In the year 1981, after Boonie was brought back to prison, he had disagreements with the Black Gangster Disciples organization, so he combined his Goon Squad Gangsters with the Royal Family to create the “Black Gangster Nation” or “Black Gangster Goon Squad.”  Right after this move the Black Gangsters pledged into the Folk alliance, however, this didn’t quite stop a war between BGDs and BGs in the prison system.  The war was brief, and the two organizations settled down as allies shortly after.  Boonie was placed in charge of the Black Gangsters as Cochise oversaw the Royal Family aspect and Boonie was still in charge of the Goons.  The Royal Family name disappeared from the streets for the most part as the guys in the Harold Ickes projects were now known as the “Black Gangster Goon Squad,” just like Boonie’s group on the west side.

According to the original literature of the Black Gangsters there were three main factions the BGs had in the city.  One of them was ran by George Davis who had the ABLA projects in the Robert Brooks Homes row houses, Grace Abbott Homes, and Loomis Courts. He also had the 16th Street BGs who were in North Lawndale at around 16th and Kolin.  The rivalry with Traveling Vice Lords would continue in all territories ran by Boonie.  Vice Lords dominated the rest of the ABLA projects like in Jane Addams Homes and in extensions. Roger Collins ran the Harold Ickes projects and the 29th Street project buildings in the Dearborn Homes projects at 29th and Federal area possibly in the 2901 and 2931 buildings. The third chapter was the Pocket Town chapter in the Greater Grand Crossing community at 71st to 75th, South Chicago Ave to Kimbark.  This deck was run by Samuel “King Ram” Lawrence.  These were the original decks of the Black Gangsters established in 1981.

After the Black Gangsters formed in 1981, they made a conquest of the suburb of Zion Illinois and in the south suburb of Harvey.  The leadership of this new organization knew how to make money on the streets and aggressively pursued drug turf while violently wiping out competition.  The old ways of the 1970s Royal Family and Goon Squad were installed in young members living in The Village in the 1980s.  Many of these young men were already from some of the roughest and rawest breed of killers and naturally fit in with the Black Gangsters.  The way of this organization was to not let anything stop them, especially the Traveling Vice Lords that had heavily armed security in The Village and the crumbling high rises of the notorious Grace Abbott projects.

It was about 1992 when the Black Gangsters began to have issues not only within their own organization but also with the Gangster Disciples and Black Souls street gangs. Legend has it that Maurice King Baldy Jackson was having sex with members of the Black Gangsters behind prison walls as he allegedly ordered members to do these acts with him whether they were willing or not.  This possible founder that went by the nickname “Gam” was allegedly the one that exploited Baldy’s wrong doing and had him killed, because homosexual acts were not tolerated within the BGN.

In about the same year of 1992 another high ranking Black Gangster known as “Gabby” allegedly flipped to a Black Soul because he was beaten for violating BG codes of conduct, Gabby was angry and flipped to a Black Soul, then he attempted an assassination of Boonie Black behind prison walls as Black Souls viciously stabbed Boonie several times.  Rumor is that Boonie Black then went to the Gangster Disciples for assistance and a blessing to take out Gabby but the GDs turned him down.  Legend has it that Davis then became angered and severed ties to the Gangsters Disciples and instead clicked up with the Black Disciples who were then growing enemies of the GDs.  The Black Gangsters then only kept three of the six Folk Nation concepts Love, Life and Loyalty but dropped the rest of the literature, the organization now had an alternate name known as the “Tre Ls” or “Triple Ls.”

After this event the Black Gangsters sought revenge on Larry Hoover for turning down assistance to deal with the Souls.  Perhaps Larry wanted to protect the Souls because the Souls were close to David Barksdale and Larry wanted to withhold that relationship, regardless, the Black Gangsters didn’t agree and that’s when “Nissan” attempted to stab Larry Hoover in Statesville and that’s when the war got very heated between Black Gangsters and Gangster Disciples.

In the same year of 1992, a younger group of Black Gangsters broke away and called themselves “New Breeds” or “Triple L Breeds.”  These young bloods were even more aggressive than the Boonie Black led Black Gangsters as they moved into new territory at 16th and Kostner (New Life Breeds) in the North Lawndale neighborhood where they cliqued up with Black Souls.  The Breeds also opened up in West Garfield Park (New Life Breeds) and clicked up with the Black Souls in that community as they battled several Vice Lord factions.  In West Garfield Park the Breeds even flipped Gangster Disciples out of their original west side deck.  The Breeds stormed the Austin neighborhood in 1992 and the East Garfield Park neighborhood claiming the area known as “Fifth City.”  The Breeds even opened territory in the West Humboldt Park community as they battled with Conservative Vice Lords and Latin Kings in 1992.  The Breeds also spread deeper onto the south side as they opened in the West Englewood neighborhood, Roseland, South Shore and the suburbs of Rockford, Maywood and Bellwood.  Breeds also opened a big section in the city of New Orleans in Louisiana.  The Breeds severed ties to the Folk Nation alliance especially since many of the members were not in prison and did not require an alliance to survive in the streets.  George Davis was not presiding over the New Breeds, they had their own leader.  The interesting thing is that the Breeds were young relatives of Boonie, direct from his own bloodline, hence, why no major war was launched between them, but Boonie was not happy.

In the year 1997 George Davis was let out of prison and when he returned to the streets the fear and respect young Breeds felt returned.  Davis now offered to combine forces once again making the Black Gangsters name strictly a prison entity while the Breeds would be the street entity.  It was an excellent arrangement for both parties because members were governed in the streets by a different leader and were able to be allies with any Folk or People Nation gang they wanted, then when members became incarcerated they were governed by the old BGs and Folks and were now considered Black Gangsters and were Folks.  This arrangement very likely was only established because the Breeds were family to Boonie, if not there very well may have been war between BGs and Breeds.

Breeds and Black Disciples became very close in relationship as they both were heavily at war with Gangster Disciples over drug turf.  Both Breeds and BDs established the “Treys Both Ways” concept, as three fingers could symbolize both gangs, the “LLL” for Breeds and the “III” for BDs.

The Breeds have grown to over 4,000 members over the years and are known to be very quick to use their guns, many bodies have come up during gang wars between Breeds and their adversaries and most of the time it is their enemy that ends up dead.  It is said that the Breeds wiped out a major chunk of the Traveling Vice Lord’s territory in The Village, regardless, if that happened or not the Breeds became the largest gang in the ABLA projects as they viciously battled Vice Lord factions in those projects until the majority of them were torn down.  When most of the Village was torn down the Vice Lords were out of ABLA, but the Breeds outlived everyone else and still remain in these renovated buildings.

The Breeds were founded by black organized crime members that had heavy ties to the Italian Chicago Outfit.  Breeds were born out of men that were cold blooded killers that would very easily take a life without blinking.  Cochise first connected with the Italian Outfit in 1971 and later became a co-founder of this organization, Boonie Black was another co-founder that was a hardened gangster that had no fear and was known to be serious gangster, it was even rumored that he shook down the Italian Outfit at one point in time.  Boonie dressed well and like an old-time gangster.  Boonie lead an extortion operation and most of his customers scrambled to pay him as quickly as possible.

Boonie was tall with big wide eyes and had a handlebar mustache making him look ferocious, not only that his record of violent crime proved he could be dangerous if crossed.

George Boonie Black Davis was considered “The Last Don” and the last of a dying breed, he was heavily honored and when he died in 2009 at the age of 71 almost every member of the New Breeds showed up to pay respect.

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  1. How long was Booney Black gang banging?  When did found the Goon Squad?  I am looking for some autobiography on him.

Known decks of the New Breeds/Black Gangsters past and present

Austin neighborhood Established 1992-present years

Decks of Austin

Harrison to 5th Ave, Cicero to Keeler

Jackson & Lotus

Douglas neighborhood Established 1981-2000s

Decks of Douglas

29th & Federal

East Garfield Park neighborhood Established 1992-present years

Congress & Central Park Ave

5th & Sacramento (shared with Black Souls and Gangster Disciples)

Lake & Washtenaw

Madison from California to Washtenaw

Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood Established 1981-present years

Decks of Greater Grand Crossing

71st to 75th, South Chicago Ave to Kimbark (CTG Pocket Town) Established 1981-present years

Near West Side neighborhood Established by 1969-present years

Roosevelt to 15th, Ashland to Racine (ABLA housing projects, The Village, Robert Brooks row houses, Loomis Courts and Grace Abbott Homes) Established by 1969-present years

Filmore to Roosevelt, Ashland to Loomis (Circle Park Apartments)

Grenshaw to Blue Island, Ashland to Morgan (Death Valley, D-Block, Barbara Jean Wright Apartments)

Near South Side neighborhood Established 1979-2009

Decks of Near South Side

Harold Ickes projects (As Goon Squad Gangsters or Royal Family) Established 1979-2009

North Lawndale neighborhood Established by 1969-present years

Decks of North Lawndale

Roosevelt to 14th, Keeler to Independence (K-Town Breeds)

Douglas to 19th, Sawyer to Albany

Filmore & Kilbourn

Lexington & Kostner

Springfield from 13th to 14th

16th from Kenneth to Kolin (Shared with Black Souls)

19th & Kedzie

Roosevelt & Kedvale

Roosevelt to 13th, Sawyer to Spaulding

Roseland neighborhood Established 1992-2000s

Decks of Roseland

104th from Eggleston to Wentworth

106th & Wallace

South Shore neighborhood Established 1992-2000s

Decks of South Shore

75th & Dorchester Established 1992-2000s

West Englewood neighborhood Established 1992-present years

Decks of West Englewood

67th to 68th, Wood to Wolcott (WNB) Established 1992-present years

West Garfield Park neighborhood Established 1992-present years

Decks of West Garfield Park

Carroll & Pulaski

Gladys to Harrison, Pulaski to Keeler (Shared with Gangster Disciples)

5th Ave to Taylor, Karlov to Polk

West Humboldt Park neighborhood  Established 1992-present years

Decks of West Humboldt Park

Division to Thomas, Hamlin to Lawndale Established 1992-present years








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