Claim: Gang initiates are planning to kill thirty or more women around Halloween.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, October 2008]
Have you heard this one?
Email advising the blood gang will be driving a silver SUV and must kill
Someone took my son to practice yesterday and the police were there handing out flyers. They received a tip that there would be a gang initiation (Bloods) on
Please use extreme caution tonight:
To my understanding a local gang in Rocky Mount ‘The Crypt’ is out to kill
Please pass this on to everyone you know!!!!
I received this email today and also know of others who have received text messages about this today:
“I just got a call from work stating that Florence Police and Solicitor’s Office (Florence, SC) have notified us that the gang
I just received a phone call telling me to be very careful, because the person knows that I travel alone. Signs are being posted at WalMart and other stores warning women to be very careful when entering or exited their cars because the gang “Bloods” for their initiation are ordering new members to kill at least
I don’t know how true this is, but please be careful, you never know, and Halloween is the time when a lot of things happen.
My future son-in-law works in Upper Montclair, N.J. He shared that police officers in Upper Montclair and Essex County are visitng local businesses to share the following information… Gangbangers are planning major initiations on
It is recommeded that women stay indoors after sunset on those two nights. Please forward this email to everyone you know.
I received a text message that the Bloods gang are running an initiation
Alert for Tonight (UNCLASSIFIED)
I just got this from a friend who gets Alerts from a detective in her neighborhood, Box Hill North. It’s important to pass along….
I have just received some very important intelligence. Tonight
Strength are in numbers! If you see or recognize any gang members in your area, please contact your local police office immediately. The colors or flags of the Blood Gang are any combination of the colors Black, Red, and White. They usually accessorize this with a red bandana. Also, in an effort to educate the masses, please forward this email on to as many people in our area as possible.
The gang BLOODS are having initiation night
There is currently an e-mail and text message going around parts of the Bronx saying that local members of the Bloods are initiating new members tonight (Halloween,
apparently consists of killing
My future son-in-law works in Upper Montclair, N.J. He shared that police officers in Upper Montclair and Essex County are visitng local businesses to share the following information…
Gangbangers are planning major initiations on
Those of us who live in the inner city areas will be the hardest hit – yet we are the least informed. Think about it.
ALL RESIDENTS AND VISITORS PLEASE BE AWARE THAT NOVEMBER IS “BLOOD” MONTH, WHICH MEANS RANDOM KILLINGS AND VIOLENCE WILL BE GOING ON IN AND AROUND THE CITY OF NEWARK AS PART OF THE BLOOD GANG INITIATION.
PEOPLE ARE BEING ADVISED NOT TO WEAR OR ADVERTISE ANY OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN PROPAGANDA ON THEIR CARS OR HOUSES. YOU COULD BE A TARGET FOR A SENSELESS CRIME. THE COLORS RED AND BLUE THAT APPEAR IN THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN POSTERS, TEE SHIRTS, STICKERS AND LAWN SIGNS ARE GOING TO BE TARGETS FOR THE GANGS.
THIS IS RIDICULOUS BUT TRUE. LETS NOT FORGET WHAT JUST HAPPENED OVER THE WEEKEND.
AND THESE KIDS WAS CAUGHT SHOPPING AT JERSEY GARDEN MALL!!!! THEY WENT ON A SHOOTING SPREE FRIDAY AFTERNOON KILLING AND WOUNDING INNOCENT PEOPLE AND THEN HAD THE NERVE TO GO SHOPPING AFTER THAT AT THE MALL!!
PLEASE BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
I just received a text from a friend who’s mother works as a court official in NYC. Her mom got a memo this morning stating that the bloods are having their gang initiation in NYC this weekend and that they will be targeting
I really don’t want to cause panic, but I must tell you this: One of our female friends just received a phone call from a friend who works in the criminal court in Manhattan… The court received a notice warning that The Bloods are having initiations today and tomorrow, and they’ve been asked to kill
GANG INITATION WARNING FOR MONTH OF NOVEMBER
Good morning everyone,
I’m sending this email because I received an urgent text from a friend of mine who is a Jersey City Police Officer. He noted that ALL women are to be extremely careful; be watchful of their surroundings. All Gangs are going through initiation and they are targeting the Hudson, Essex, Middlesex, Somerset, & Union Counties. It has been forewarned that they are to KILL
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY. PLEASE WARN OTHERS AND USE WISDOM. IT IS IMMPERATIVE THAT YOU ARE CAREFUL WHEN YOU ARE OUT AT NIGHT ESPECIALLY!!! THIS IS ALSO A TIME FOR EVERYONE TO TAKE TIME AND PRAY FOR ALL COMMUNITIES & FOR THOSE THAT PROTECT AND SERVE OUR COMMUNITIES.
Origins: Regional circulation of e-mails and text messages warning of gang initiation activities that will supposedly be targeting random innocent victims is a common phenomenon. But at Halloween 2008 such rumors ran
rampant, perhaps as an expression of the fears, anxieties and uncertainty that Americans were feeling amidst a troubled economy with a change in national leadership looming just over the horizon.
Most of the messages posited that gang initiates in some Atlantic coast state (e.g.,
In December 2008, a New Jersey man was arrested and charged with spreading false reports of gang violence in connection with those Halloweentime rumors:
A Jersey City man who allegedly made mischief on the Internet on Mischief Night by spreading false reports of gang violence in Jersey City and Bayonne was arrested.
Officials subpoenaed information from Comcast and the Web site JCList.com, where the postings appeared, leading to the arrest of
The sick warnings posted on JCList on
“This is the type of reckless behavior that needlessly causes alarm and panic in the community,” Comey said.
“Let this serve as a message to people who commit similar frauds: You can’t hide behind the computer. You will be found and prosecuted for posting criminal falsehoods. The law is very specific on that.”
Although other forum posters called Lazaro’s postings an “urban legend,” Lazaro tried to bolster his postings by saying his sources were police officers and that he was listening to a police scanner.
In mid-October 2009 the same type of warnings began to spread anew via social media such as Facebook, these geographically non-specific versions claiming that gang initiates would be killing
I just received a message that October 21 is marked for gang initiation
activity and they have set a goal to kill 140 women. This is a high
alert message. Please pass this on to as many women as you can. You
might be helping to save a life. As for us, we need to observe
precautions at all times. Be alert and not get distracted as we walk,
travel in trains, stand on subway and train platforms; be careful when
we enter and exit our cars; avoid dark and solitary or isolated areas,
Hey all! I’ve got something very important for you all to know.
A friend of mine here @ work informed me that the week of Oct 21st is
national gang initiation week, and apparently it’s a contest between all
rival gangs all over the country to see who can kill the most women during
this week long period as to prove themselves worthy, or some crap like
that. The goal is 140 women or more. Normally I wouldn’t take this kind
of thing very seriously but the girl who told me I consider to be a
reliable source and not easily shaken, but she insisted we tell as many
people as possible for safety’s sake.
So please ladies – take care that week – don’t go out alone – especially
Please copy this on to anyone I either didn’t have the address for or just
people you want to warn.
Take care ladies – and guys, keep your eye on the women in your lives.
Last updated: 12 October 2009
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