American Gangs: 5 Notorious Gangs

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Gangs have plagued the fabric of American society, in some form or another, for centuries. In the United States today, there are a staggering 1.4 million gang members spread over an estimated 33,000 violent gangs.

Despite the general ruthless and violent nature of a gang’s collective consciousness, a fascinating aspect of many street gangs is that the group’s genesis is often innocuous. The idea is simple: people from the neighborhood (guys mostly) want to socialize and unify. The fundamental problem, however, is that this brotherly love is usually coupled with poverty and disenfranchisement.

And then, you sprinkle in some boredom, and there you have it – an organized group of young, angry and bored men with limited financial resources.

What’s the inevitable outcome? Crime. And, with that said, here are some of America’s most notorious gangs.

Mexican Mafia

As one of the nation’s most dangerous prison gangs, the Mexican Mafia originated in the late 1950’s. The gang formed by uniting rival gang members that were serving time in California’s prisons. This unification led to the Mexican Mafia gaining significant control, and forcing its dangerous and lethal agenda on non-members.

The gang is heavily involved in extortion and drug trafficking, both inside and outside of prison. Although the Mexican Mafia has a bloody rivalry with another Latino prison gang, Nuestra Familia, the group has aligned itself with several other non-Latino prison gangs in order to maintain an unobstructed flow of its’ illegal moneymaking schemes.

The Mexican Mafia is known for its loyal members. Because, if a member is found to be disloyal, death is the penalty.

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Hells Angels

In the desert of Southern California, in 1948, the outlaw motorcycle club Hells Angels was formed. Despite being heavily involved in the trafficking of drugs and stolen goods, as well as prostitution and extortion, “Hells Angels” is surprisingly an incorporated brand that sues entities for copyright infringement.

The members of Hells Angeles consistently maintain that they are simply a fraternal organization of motorcycle enthusiasts, which has gotten a bum rap over the years.

Although its membership includes 2,500 bikers spread across six continents, Hells Angels’ remains true to its California roots, where its strongest presence is felt, and where the gang is constantly engaged in turf wars with its rival – the Mongols.

The Crips and Bloods

Notorious rivals and two of the largest street gangs in the country, the Crips (known for their blue attire) and the Bloods (known for the red attire) have a total collective membership of approximately 50,000 violent criminals.

Formed in predominately African-American neighborhoods in Los Angeles in the late 1960s – early 1970s, the Crips and Bloods are now nationwide street gangs, which have been, and continue to be, involved in murder, robbery and drug dealing. The gangs each have a loosely based network of smaller neighborhood crews (or “sets”) which follow the same customs, but have independent leadership. Over the years, the open turf warfare between the Crips and Bloods has led to the gangs’ pop-culture notoriety.

Many believe that traditional street gangs have moved “indoors” and are more low profile then they were during their prior heyday (1960s – early 2000s). This more discreet behavior is allegedly attributed to the need for gangs to be more covert with their drug trafficking and other illegal activities, due to more community policing and federal RICO crackdowns.

Does your city have a gang problem?

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Serial Killers: Not Just an American Problem

Author Jennifer Chase

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Not just in America – but across the world – people have been plagued throughout recent history by the wicked actions of serial killers. Unnervingly, these living monsters – and their menacing eyes, disturbing thoughts and horrific acts – prey upon the innocent across the globe.

Although often glorified in the media, make no mistake about it – serial killers are of one society’s darkest creations. Here are three of arguably the most depraved serial killers who have hunted outside of America’s borders.

 Pedro Rodrigues Filho (Brazil)

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In 2003, the Brazilian courts convicted Filho for his maniacal killing spree, which spanned from 1967 to 1973. Filho is credited with 71 confirmed kills, but many suspect that this number is well over 100. Fliho’s homicidal actions began at the ripe old age of 14 with the murder of a local town official…

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BODY OF THE CRIME: 2016 Mystery Silver Medal Award Winner from Readers’ Favorite

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I’m so honored and excited by winning the Silver Medal Award for Fiction/Mystery-Sleuth from the 2016 International Book Awards Readers’ Favorite. Thank you so much Readers’ Favorite!

Body of the Crime is a Chip Palmer Forensic Mystery and is the first book in the series. I had so much fun creating this forensic hero and you will definitely be seeing more of this quirky character. Thank you to all who have supported, purchased, and reviewed this book, and have made it a best seller. I couldn’t do what I do without all of  you. For that, I’m truly grateful.

Synopsis:

From the multi award-winning author of the Emily Stone Thriller Series, comes a new kind of forensic hero:

Three grisly murders linked to five old cold cases, dubbed the Flower Girl Murders, pushes detectives to their limit to find a clever and extremely brutal serial killer, leaving a California town demanding justice. The District Attorney’s Serial Special Task Force retains the help of the reclusive Dr. Chip Palmer, a forensic expert and criminal profiler, to steer them in the right direction. Palmer is known for his astute academic interpretations of serial and predatory crimes, along with his unconventional tactics that goes against general police procedures. He is partnered with the tough and beautiful D.A. Inspector Kate Rawlins, a homicide detective transplanted from Phoenix, and the chemistry ignites between the team–both good and deadly.

The Flower Girl Murders leaves three homicides, five cold cases, two seasoned detectives, three suspects, and one serial killer calling all the shots. The investigation must rely on one eccentric forensic scientist to unravel the clues to solve the case. But at what cost?

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Here’s what readers and reviewers are saying about Body of the Crime:

“A powerful start to an edgy forensic series, with a lead character who’s likely to attract a lot of interest. Body Of The Crime is sure to win favor with Chases many fans and is highly recommended.” ~BookViral

“No lack of explosive drama here! Try and be bored reading this… just try. I dare ya!”  ~Indie Book Reviews

“Jennifer Chase has a gift for excellent plot and characterization, but what will blow readers’ minds is the way she leads them into the criminal mind of the killer.” ~ Readers’ Favorite

“I was so captivated by this suspenseful and action filled book that once I started reading it I had a hard time putting it down.” ~ Amazon Reviewer

“Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well-described (where we feel like we are there) and always added to the progression of the overall storyline (no needless filler fluff here!).” ~ Avid Reader

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Boosting Creativity for Writing Crime Thrillers

Author Jennifer Chase

I thought I’d lighten things up today with a break from crime scenes, serial killers, fiction thrillers, and forensic breakthroughs.  I love to share all of this information.  I forget sometimes that I find all of these things fascinating and maybe it might be a little depressing at times.

So hang in there, I’m switching gears today…

Writing is tough work, but at the same time it’s a bug that I can’t seem to shake.  It’s get into your bones and you seem to live, eat and breathe it.  I can’t imagine my life without it even with all of its challenges.  I budget my time for writing projects, clients, and studying crime trends.  Sometimes it’s a difficult life to balance and I find that I need to have some other creative outlets to calm and balance my mind.

I haven’t experienced the infamous and sometimes taboo condition of “writer’s…

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Women Have Contributed to Law Enforcement for More than a Century

Author Jennifer Chase

In my crime fiction Emily Stone Thriller Series, the main character is an ex-police officer where she had to go toe to toe with a male dominated profession.  Certain situations (don’t want to give away any spoilers) dictated that she had to quit her post, but she more than made up for it being a stealthy, vigilante detective hunting down serial killers and anonymously emailing the information to the local detectives in charge of the cases.

In 1811, Francois Vidocq actually gave women their first show at police work when he employed them as paid undercover operatives.  Also around the same time in Paris, Edmond Locard was establishing the first private crime lab.  It is his principle (Locard Exchange Principle) that crime scene investigation uses today where with any contact between two items, there will be an exchange.

“In 1845, six women were hired by the New York City…

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Why Write about Serial Killers?

Author Jennifer Chase

manwithmaskOne of the most common questions that I receive from readers is, “What made you want to write about serial killers?”

To answer that question, I must first answer the question of what made me study and obtain degrees in police forensics and criminology. I have a fascination with forensic science and how it is applied in order to solve a crime. Over the past ten years, there has been an incredible amount of scientific breakthroughs in DNA profiling and fingerprint identification to name a few. The other areas in forensic science must not be overlooked, such as voice analysis, impression evidence, and criminal profiling. All of these areas of forensic science are important tools for identifying and locating the “bad guy”.

A quote from Joe Nickell and John F. Fischer’s book Crime Science, Methods of Forensic Detection sums up the importance of forensics in my mind. It puts forensics…

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Vigilante Detective Emily Stone Answers 5 Questions #NewRelease #Thriller

Author Jennifer Chase

closeupEmilyI receive many questions about the heroine in my Emily Stone Thriller Series.  I thought it might be fun to ask her a few questions.  She was my inspiration and creation after a personal experience with a real psychopath.  But enough about me, let us ask Emily Stone a few questions.

(Interview reposted by permission from Emily Stone)

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Jennifer Chase:  Thank you Ms. Stone for taking the time to stop by to answer five questions.  I know that you have never given an interview because you work covertly and wish to remain anonymous.  First, tell us a little bit about your working background.

Emily Stone:  I was a police deputy sheriff for almost eight years in Indiana.  I worked patrol, special investigations and was overlooked for SWAT.  My primary interest was to work child cases.  I felt it was where I could make a difference. …

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