100 Interesting Facts About Mobs and Gangs

1Biker's gang

There's a biker gang who sit in courtrooms to help sexually abused kids feel relaxed when giving evidence.

2. In 2005, a gang of thieves rented a house posing as an AstroTurf company so they could rob a nearby bank. It took them 3 months of tunneling 80 meters underground for two blocks before they reached the vault. They walked off with 20,000lbs of cash worth $65 million.

3. A deaf 45-year-old North Carolina man was repeatedly stabbed after he was walking down the street, signing to his friend and a gang member mistook their signing conversation for gang signs.

4. The "Grandpa Gang," a group of men the oldest being 76, committed the biggest bank robbery in English history. After climbing down an elevator shaft and drilling through a concrete wall they stole more than $200 million in cash and jewels.

5. A group of French thieves called the vacuum gang stole 600,000 Euros by sucking bills out of safes through those pneumatic tube deposit things with a vacuum.

6Crips gang

The gang named "Cribs" evolved into "Crips" when members began carrying around canes to display their "pimp" status. People in the neighborhood then began calling them cripples, or "Crips"

7. A monkey's fist knot is used as the weight in heaving a line between ship and dock. Recognizing their potential, drunken sailors began using them as melee weapons in street and bar fights with the knot eventually being adopted by street gangs of the 19th century.

8. In China, 97% of all counterfeit bills in circulation originate from the templates hand-drawn by 73-year-old painter Peng Daxiang. Peng profited by selling templates between $8000 and $12,000 each to counterfeiting gangs. Peng was arrested in 2013 & is currently serving a life sentence in prison

9. The Crips street gang was originally formed as a Neighbourhood Watch to eliminate criminal gangs by force

10. In the '80s, New York City was terrorized by a street gang called the Decepticons. They had names like Megatron and Soundwave and they called Brooklyn "Cybertron."

11Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen once beat up a gang of 8 men who were harassing him at a club; they had to be hospitalized.

12. Sean Connery once fought and won against six gang members after they tried to mug him. The gang gave him great respect after the defeat and Connery became known as a "Hard man".

13. A California Gang member was arrested for driving with an expired license when Police noticed his chest tattoo depicted a liquor store robbery and murder that had gone unsolved. After questioning he confessed and was convicted of the crime

14. There is a pirate 'stock exchange' in Somalia where locals can invest in pirate gangs planning hijacking missions

15. A group of unpaid volunteers travels around Detroit mowing and cleaning neglected parks. They call themselves "The Mower Gang".

16Alexander Solonik

A Russian hitman named Alexander Solonik (AKA Superkiller) assassinated 30 mob bosses. After leaving contract killing, he becomes Russian mob boss. He is assassinated 2 years later.

17. In an attempt to shut down the MS13 gang in the early 90's, illegal members were deported to their home countries. Instead of shutting down, deportees gained territory upon their return home and now MS13 has over 100,000 members worldwide and is one of the largest, deadliest gangs.

18. A pizza delivery guy named Brian Wells had a bomb collar attached to his neck and was forced to rob a bank by a gang. Shortly after robbing the bank, he was arrested and handcuffed by police, but the bomb detonated, killing him.

19. There is a charity in the United States which offers discounted tattoo removal for former gang members.

20. The most powerful gangs in the United States have a presence in the US military. Gangster Disciples, Crips, Bloods, 18th Street, Nortenos, Black Disciples, Surenos, Latin Kings, Vice Lords, African Nations, Aryan Nations, Aryan Brotherhood and Ku Klux Klan graffiti has been documented in Iraq.

21Ned Kelly

In 1880, an Australian outlaw and his gang smithed steel suits out of ploughshares and held off the Victorian Police with their bulletproof armor

22. America's first serial killers, the Harpe Brothers, were kicked out of pirate gang for being too brutal they would throw their victims off the cliffs of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois

23. The FBI likely encouraged myths about Ma Barker being a criminal mastermind to justify shooting her during the shootout between the Barker-Karpis gang and the FBI. She likely never had any involvement in the gang's crimes.

24. In 1995 a pizza driver, Tariq Khamisa, was killed by a 14-year-old gang member. The victim's father reached out to the perpetrator's grandfather and together they started a forgiveness and youth outreach project that has reached 350,000 children.

25. Chinese Triad members tried to shakedown and extort Michael Bay during the filming of Transformers 4

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