Gangs feature prominently in crime-related urban legends.




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Sneakers hanging from trees and power lines are gang signs.


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Prospective new gang members are being initiated by killing the drivers of cars who flash their headlights at them.

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The gang known as the Crips took their name from an acronym for “continuous revolution in progress.”*

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A gang lures a little boy into a washroom and cuts off his penis.*

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Gang members are depositing a deadly mixture of LSD and strychnine on pay phone buttons.*

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The presence of a crown-shaped air freshener in a car signifies the vehicle’s owner is a gang member.*

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Thugs intent upon kidnapping women as part of an initiation into a gang are found hiding in prospective victims’ back seats.*


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The Mexican Mafia is retaliating for a drug theft by killing 400 to 1,000 black men wearing white T-shirts.


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Gang initiates in the Memphis and DeSoto areas must kill a woman and small child in a Wal-Mart.


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Gang initiates flash their vehicles’ brights to get cars to pull over in order to murder occupants.


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Gang initiates attempt to force cars from the road in order to murder the occupants.


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The Dalton (Georgia) police have warned local stores to be on the alert for gang initiation abductions.


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Gang initiates in the Dallas area are knocking on the doors of residences and shooting whoever answers.


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Gang initiates ask women for directions, then shoot them.


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Gang initiates in New Jersey are slashing victims’ faces to “get a buck fifty.”


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Gang initiates are bumping their cars into others, then shooting whoever gets out of the bumped automobiles.


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Gang members in Oklahoma City throw bricks at cars in hope of getting motorists to stop.


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Gang initiates in Macon must shoot a white female at the Macon Mall.


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Detroit-area gang initiates are planning to shoot a woman in the head at a gas station in Genesee County.


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Gang initiates are planning to kill thirty or more women at Halloween.


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Gangs are using bloody car seats to lure female motorists out of their vehicles as part of a “National Gang Week” activity.


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The MS-13 gang is planning to murder an innocent victim at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville, NY.


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Members of the TNT Car Club are running over motorcycle riders as part of a gang initiation.


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Gang initiates in Montgomery, Alabama, accost victims in the parking lots of small stores, then make off with their victims’ vehicles and personal belongings.