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Gangland: The Complete Season 1 (2007 / 2008)

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STORYLINE



This series tells the insider story of some of America’s most notorious street gangs. We learn how they’ve shaped their times and affected the neighborhoods that they controlled. From the destruction wrought by the heroin kingpins in Harlem of the 1970’s to today’s most dangerous gang MS-13, which has spread out from the inner city to infect unexpected turf – suburban communities, gangs have a rich yet deadly history. They usually start out as a form of protection for their members and the community but then, grow predatory as they feed on the very people that they purport to defend. With exclusive interviews and rarely seen footage, this is a raw look at life inside these gangs – from those who live it and the agencies that are working to stop them.

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Episode 0: “Aryan Brotherhood”

Gangland takes a look at America’s most feared White Supremacist gang: The Aryan Brotherhood.


Episode 1: “American Gangster”
Frank Lucas and Nicky Barnes (The Council)

American Gangster is the story of Frank Lucas and Leroy “Nicky” Barnes – their rise from street punks to the top of New York’s 1970’s high-flying drug market. The two men were considered the drug czars of Harlem at the height of the drug-fueled decade. Lucas and his gang “The Country Boys” claim to have smuggled heroin from Asia in the caskets of fallen American soldiers.


Episode 2: “You Rat,You Die”
Mara Salvatrucha

In 2003, the body of a pregnant, teenaged informant was found along the banks of the bucolic Shenandoah River. She’d been repeatedly stabbed – her head nearly severed. Brenda Paz had been supplying the authorities with first-hand accounts of MS-13’s operations. Paz had been one of 3,000 MS-13 members in the Washington, DC area.


Episode 3: “Code of Conduct”
Mexican Mafia

Five bodies, riddled with bullets, found in a small apartment on the East Side of Los Angeles. Among the dead are a five-year-old boy and an infant girl, each shot in the head and chest. The mother and father of the children lay beside them on the floor, also soaked in blood. The target of the hit was the family’s patriarch, Anthony “Dido” Moreno.


Episode 4: “Behind Enemy Lines”
Hells Angels

The Hells Angels are the most powerful and well-known biker club on the planet, boasting over 2500 members worldwide. In April 2002, a riot in a Nevada casino between the Hells Angels and their rivals, the Mongols, kills three gang members and creates headlines around the country.


Episode 5: “Race Wars”
Bloods, Crips, Sureños

Home to 900 street gangs and over 80,000 gang members, the city of Los Angeles has the dubious title of “Gang Capital of the World.” Territory means power and every gang in LA wants to expand their neighborhood boundaries by any means necessary. Since the 1990’s, an ugly new development has surfaced in the gang wars of LA: Gangs are dividing by race.


Episode 6: “Kings of New York”
Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (People Nation) of New York City, NY

King Lil Man,” was found decapitated, dismembered, and burned in a bathtub. His Latin King’s tattoo had been cut from his skin, his head and hands were never found. According to former Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Zabel, his murderers, fellow Latin King gang members, were “…actually driving around town in a cab with his head because “King Blood,” their leader, needed proof of the murder.


Episode 7: “Stone to the Bone”
Almighty Black P. Stone Nation (People Nation) of Chicago, IL

Graffiti reading: “Terror Town,” “Cold Stone Soldier” and “Stones Run It” litters Chicago’s Southside neighborhoods. It’s the work of BPS, Chicago’s second largest street gang. The gang has a long and colorful history with their founder – Jeff Fort – convicted in 1987 of plotting to carry out terrorist acts against the US government with the support of Libyan government.


Episode 8: “Hate Nation”
White Aryan Resistance, Hammerskins

Called the “shock troops” of the revolution, Skinheads form a particularly brutal element of the white supremacist movement. Violent hate-crimes are their method of intimidation and a preview of the race war they see as inevitable. It’s a culture driven by the violent lyrics of racist rock, and fueled by hate.


Episode 9: “Gangster City”
Gangster Disciples (Folk Nation) of Chicago, IL

Gangs have been in existence for as long as there have been humans. Daryl Gates, former Los Angeles Chief of Police suggests that there is something about human nature that draws many toward gangs– the need for respect, security and acceptance. It makes little difference whether the country is totalitarian or democratic, whether the time is feudal or current.


Episode 10: “Blood In, Blood Out”
Nuestra Familia

Nuestra Familia. As the predominant Hispanic gang in Northern California, Nuestra Familia, or NF is primarily a prison gang. Compared to other prison gangs, NF’s numbers on the inside are relatively small, yet they distinguish themselves through discipline and fear.


Episode 11: “Basic Training”
Gang presence in the United States Armed Forces

“Basic Training” takes an inside look at the infiltration of street gangs into the United States military. Gang members in uniform are participating in serious criminal activity on or near U.S. military installations around the world. Our national security may be at risk as these gang members steal advanced weaponry, learn military tactics, distribute drugs and even commit murder.


Episode 12: “Blood Oath”
United Blood Nation or East Coast Bloods of New York City, NY

During the late 1990’s, the New York Metropolitan area was plagued by the random violence of a new breed of street gang: The Untied Blood Nation. Created in 1993 by Rikers Island inmate, Omar Portee, the UBN emulated the Bloods street gang on the West Coast, but was more randomly violent.


Episode 13: “Root of All Evil”
Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) of Los Angeles, CA

The Mara Salvatrucha gang originated in Los Angeles, set up in the 1980s by Salvadoran immigrants in the city’s Pico-Union neighborhood who immigrated to the United States after the Central American civil wars of the 1980s.
Originally, the gang’s main purpose was to protect Salvadoran immigrants from other, more established gangs of Los Angeles, who were predominantly composed of Mexicans and African-Americans.


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