|Founded||Founded in 1967 in or near Hermosa|
|Formerly known as||
Young Blood Freaks 1971-late 1970s; United Freaks ?-late 1970s; Insane Freaks ?-late 1970s; Freaks late 1970s-1991
2000 or later;
|Colors||Black, Red, and Light blue|
|Color usage||Black and light blue 1971–1991; Black and red 1991–present|
|Symbols||Skull, Top Hat, and Cross|
Skull with top hat and joint in mouth
The Freak’s story dates back to the year 1967 at a time when the Vietnam War was raging on and many young men and women protested the war by forming hippie groups. Hippies often called themselves “freaks” because they felt like outcasts and different. Many groups of hippies all over the northern part of the city formed referring to themselves as “Freaks” and by the 1970s they all would start gangbanging mainly against Hispanic gangs.
One such group of hippies that called themselves “Freaks” was a group that hung out in Kelvyn Park at Kilbourn and Wrightwood in the Hermosa neighborhood. These guys and girls loved to drink beer smoke pot and drop acid like most hippie groups did back then. This particular group of Freaks had conflicts with the Imperial Gangsters from Kelvyn Park especially since the Freaks of Hermosa hung out with Latin Kings from school that lived in nearby West Humboldt Park. Kelvyn Park high school bussed in many kids from various neighborhoods in the area including kids from West Humboldt Park and from Logan Square which brought many gangs to hang out by Kelvyn Park. The Latin Kings happened to supply the best marijuana and LSD for the Freaks. This arrangement was likely frowned upon by the Insane Popes from nearby Kilbourn Park and Gaylords from the West Town or Logan Square area.
At the time, there were no other Hispanic gangs in Hermosa except the Imperial Gangsters but by 1969 Imperial Gangsters withdrew from the Kelvyn Park area and moved to Logan Square and West Humboldt Park. During that same year the Popes invited the Gaylords to settle Kilbourn Park and take it over. Gaylords were then able to settle at Belden and Knox (technically in Belmont-Cragin) and Keystone and Wabansia (technically in West Humboldt Park).
In the year 1971, all the white gangs on the northern part of Chicago were fed up with the many Puerto Rican gangs that were growing rapidly in number; therefore, the white gangs formed an alliance called the “WPO” or “White Power Organization” which brought a cease fire between the white gangs and they focused all their attention to Hispanic and black gangs. Many white gangs grew in power during the WPO days and the hippies of Kelyvn Park became a street gang as a result of WPO as they called themselves “Young Blood Freaks” in 1971.
The Young Blood Freaks now had colors of black and light blue and wore gang sweaters. Within no time the Freaks expanded all around the Hermosa neighborhood as they fought against nearby Puerto Rican gangs primarily the Imperial Gangsters.
Freak gang members soon found common ground with the Gaylords and the P.V.Rs in the neighborhood that were two other white gangs struggling to keep Puerto Rican gangs out. The Freaks also discovered two other gangs that carried the name of “Freak” in the Irving Park and Jefferson Park communities. The Freaks of Irving Park were known as the “United Freaks,” while the Jefferson Park Freaks were known as the “Insane Freaks.”
The United Freaks could be found at Lowell and Collum and Kedvale and Grace in the Irving Park community. The Insane Freaks of Jefferson Park could be found at Milwaukee Ave and Austin Ave they were also in Norwood Park at Peterson and Nagle. Norwood Park never had strong gang activity and the Freaks there were simply in the area to keep other rivals from moving in. Jefferson Park was another all-white neighborhood that had issues with gang activity among white gangs. The toughest fought streets were in Hermosa fought by the Young Blood Freaks dealing with outsiders.
The United Freaks formed in 1976 at Grace and Kedvale right outside of Irving Park School (now known as Disney II Magnet Elementary School, 3815 N Kedvale Ave). The United Freaks joined the UFO alliance and were the only Freaks gang that joined that alliance. These Freaks battled with Imperial Gangsters and Orquestra Albanies.
In 1977, two members of the Insane Deuces Rich “Budhead” Imlach and Mikey “Mr. Bogus” Halverson left the Insane Deuces due to a personal disagreement they had with an allied gang of the Deuces. The men kept a friendship with the Deuces as they arrived at the intersection of Milwaukee Ave and Austin Ave in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Here the two would form their own Freaks gang that they wanted to pay homage to the Insane Deuces by called themselves “Insane Freaks” but this idea was shot down.
In about the same year of 1977 another group of Freaks formed in the Logan Square/West Humboldt Park area around Monticello Park at Armitage and Monticello in Logan Square and Concord and Monticello in West Humboldt Park, this group began calling themselves the Stoned Freaks and this is how the name was born.
All Freaks gangs all over the northern part of the city had a loose-knit alliance that was not set in stone or made official, it was just understood that if any gang has the last name of “Freak” they were automatically an ally because they all descended from groups of hippies in the late 60s and early 70s. In the mid-1980s the United Freaks disbanded shortly after the UFO broke up. By this time there really wasn’t much left accept the Young Blood Freaks that originated in Hermosa and Stoned Freaks of Jefferson Park.
Sometime in 1980 the Young Blood Freaks and Gaylords went to war in the Hermosa area. I don’t know why that war happened but this was still a time before Hispanic gangs had any turf within the borders or Hermosa; therefore, they didn’t need each other’s assistance. It was at this time in 1980 when Stoned Freaks from Monticello Park moved into the Hermosa neighborhood and befriended the Young Blood Freaks as they went against the Gaylords. This new Freak Unity took them to Keeler and Armitage which became the first section of these Freaks. The Insane Freaks of Jefferson Park area may have also partaken in this alliance and may have had some members move here at this time too but I am not sure, regardless, at some point in time Insane Freaks would join the People alliance and heavily unite with Stoned Freaks as one which made Milwaukee and Austin Stoned Freak main territory starting in the mid-1990s.
In the year 1984, the Spanish Cobras moved into the Hermosa neighborhood who would become the first permanent Hispanic gang to live on these streets. The Spanish Cobras arrived alongside a sudden hike in Hispanic migration to Hermosa as white flight began to take off. Hispanic people slowly settled Hermosa since 1965 until 1984 but it was never overwhelming for the community until 1984. Once the Cobras arrived the war between Gaylords and Freaks came to an end as they realized they had bigger enemies to deal with. The two gangs then created and alliance called GFN or Gaylords Freaks Nation. By this point in time the Freak gangs came together and used the Stoned Freak name to create the SFN. The one pivotal in this was 18 year old Crazy F who then established this Stoned Freak nation at Palmer and Keeler, Crazy F was now the leader of the nation.
In the year 1985, the issue with Spanish Cobras worsened as they grew larger in numbers but when the Maniac Latin Disciples arrived it was far worse. The Latin Eagles also settled here in 1985 and became a force to be reckoned with too. In a strange twist of events the Imperial Gangsters returned to Hermosa after being gone for over 15 years, they returned to their motherland but not as solid as they once were on these streets.
In the year 1986, war with all the Folks worsened as Freaks invited Belmont and Damen Insane Deuces to settle in Hermosa at Kilbourn and Diversey.
I want to clear up a bit of false info that has spread around the internet about the leader known as “Crazy F.” Crazy F did not start the Freaks organization because Crazy F was only a baby when the first Freak group formed in Hermosa and there is a bad story saying he led the Freaks to become a criminal organization in the late 1970s, ha! In the late 1970s Crazy F was 11-13 years old during those years and he joined the Freaks in 1978 at age 12. In 1987 Crazy F shot a Spanish Cobra gang member because the Cobras had shot at him and his wife and also firebombed Crazy F’s home before the shooting happened. Crazy F was originally charged with attempted murder but got the charges dropped down but still found himself behind bars in 1994 after slowly fighting the case while on the streets. The Freaks were in very heavy opposition to Spanish Cobras living in Hermosa and fought them viciously until members moved out alongside white flight. In light of Crazy Fs pending incarceration the Stoned Freaks connected with the Latin Kings and officially joined the People alliance drawing them closer to Insane Deuces and Latin Kings. This was arranged in 1987 in advance for when Crazy F would be incarcerated.
At some point in time the Freaks then opened a new section in the Edgewater neighborhood at Clark Street and Hollywood and another section at Belmont Avenue and Central Avenue in the Belmont-Cragin/Portage Park border. I don’t know how long these sections lasted.
By 1992, the Freaks had to move all their Hermosa operations to Kelvyn Park where they originated until 1994 when they left the Hermosa area entirely. Crazy F now ended up in Statesville prison in 1992 which effected the leadership of the Freaks.
In the year 1994 the Stoned Freaks of Hermosa withdrew from the park as the whole neighborhood was Hispanic and Crazy F was now locked up in prison. These Freaks then moved to Milwaukee and Austin area in Norwood Park.
Also in the early 1990s Ryan “Shorty F” Brown moved from Kelvyn Park to Jefferson Park and started the Gladstone Park Stoned Freaks at Milwaukee and Bryn Mawr. This section became very popular in the early 90s and was perhaps at the peak in the mid-1990s. The biggest enemy of these Freaks was the Jefferson Park C-Notes which was a vicious war that led to incarcerations and heavy police intervention. Not only were the 16th District Police an issue many of these Freaks began using harder drugs and it took the lives of 5 members. In the late 90s this section would dissolve.
In the 1990s the Freaks faced many problems with the police in the Portage Park, Edgewater, Norwood Park and Jefferson Park neighborhoods and by the late 1990s all these sections closed down. The Freaks then moved into the suburb of Fox Lake where it is said they are still active or at least were up to a few years ago. There have also been older more retired gang members around Belmont and Central.
Crazy F retired from gang activity and moved to Skokie he was found dead in a burning car on October 8, 2016 after the engine accidentally caught on fire, the death was not ruled a homicide but just an accident. Investigators said he had a heart attack and died with his foot on the gas which overran the engine causing it to set on fire. The Stoned Freaks were a very tough gang, they went extinct because they could not fit in with the 21st century gang banging. The Freaks were also not big drug dealers although they did operate a Heroin and PCP business for a while.
Please send in 1970s, 1980s and 1990s pics!
Who was the founder of the Young Blood Freaks and what happened to him?
Known sections of the Stoned Freak past and present
Sections of Belmont – Cragin
Belmont & Central Ave
Sections of Edgewater
Clark & Hollywood
Hermosa neighborhood Established 1967
Sections of Hermosa
Armitage to Diversey, Kilbourn to Kedvale (Kelvyn Park, Ken-Well Park, DK, No Mercy on Diversey) Established 1967
Jefferson Park neighborhood
Sections of Jefferson Park
Sections of Near North Side
Sheffield & Concord
Norwood Park neighborhood Established 1977
Sections of Norwood Park
Milwaukee & Austin Established 1977 as Insane Freaks
Peterson & Nagle
Northwest Highway & Austin
Portage Park neighborhood
Sections of Portage Park
Irving Park Road & Central Ave
Lamon & Cullom
Montrose & Cicero