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Taking Down Armenian Power, California's Modern Mafia

How the feds went after Thick Neck, Guilty, Stomper, Gunner, Lucky, Menace, and the rest of the Amernian mob in Los Angeles.

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Taking Down Armenian Power, California's Modern Mafia

How the feds went after Thick Neck, Guilty, Stomper, Gunner, Lucky, Menace, and the rest of the Amernian mob in Los Angeles.

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Woo Cho Bang Bang

The gangs of Brooklyn’s Brownsville, an area with the higest concentration of public housing in America.

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The Ballad of Daniel Wolfe

On the rise of Indian Posse, the largest of Canada’s native gangs, and the fall of its leader.

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The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall of Terrance Roberts

A respected anti-gang crusader shoots and paralyzes another man.

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The Last Ride of a Cleveland Hells Angel Informant

A Hells Angel informant’s path from destruction to redemption and back, and a family’s trouble with witness protection.

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The Inside Man

The triple life of G-Rock: upscale house painter, lifelong Crip, FBI informant.

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The House of Second Chances

On L.A.’s Homeboy Industries, which offers former felons—including at least one disgraced CEO—the chance to work.

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L.A. Confidential

Rogue cops in the LAPD Rampart division’s anti-gang CRASH unit (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums) were involved in everything from drug smuggling and bank robberies to, allegedly, the murder of Christopher “Notorious BIG” Wallace.

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East Bronx Story—Return of the Street Gangs

Chains, knives, fists, and, of course, those crude and unreliable homemade affairs called zip guns were the staples in the more vicious gang wars in the 1940s and 1950s. Today there is scarcely a gang in the Bronx that cannot muster a factory-made piece for every member—at the very least, a .22-caliber pistol, but quite often heavier stuff: .32s, .38s, and .45s, shotguns, rifles, and—I have seen them myself—even machine guns, grenades, and gelignite, an explosive. One gang, the Royal Javelins, has acquired some walkie-talkie radios.
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The (Chinese) Gangs of New York

Nicky Louie and the Ghost Shadows.

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The Murderers of Mexico

The narcocorrido-immortalized Pacific coast traditionalists, the kidnap-crazed Gulf coast Zetas, and massacres that no longer seem tied to a discernible purpose; inside the ruins of the Mexican-American border.