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Sid Vicious (1957-1979) was the legendary bassist of the British punk group the Sex Pistols. He would later appear as a singer on the soundtrack of the documentary The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (Julien Temple, 1978), produced by the Sex Pistol’s manager, Malcolm McLaren. In 1979, Vicious died in his sleep, having overdosed on heroin his mother had procured for him. His sudden death at 21 only fuelled his legacy as a punk rock icon.

Sid Vicious was born John Simon Ritchie, later named John Beverley in Lewisham, South East London, in 1957. His parents were John and Anne Ritchie (née McDonald). His mother dropped out of school early due to a lack of academic success and went on to join the RAF, where she met her husband-to-be, Ritchie's father. He was a guardsman at Buckingham Palace and a semi-professional trombone player on the London Jazz scene. Shortly after Ritchie's birth, he and his mother moved to Ibiza, where they expected to be joined by his father who, it was planned, would support them financially in the meantime. However, after the first few cheques failed to arrive, Anne realized he would not be coming. In 1965, Anne later married Christopher Beverley, a middle class man, before setting up a family home back in Kent. Ritchie took his stepfather's surname and was known as John Beverley. Ritchie's stepfather died six months later from cancer, and by 1968 he and his mother were living in a rented flat in Tunbridge Wells, where he attended Sandown Court School. In 1971, the pair moved to Hackney in East-London. Ritchie first met John Lydon in 1973, when they were both students at Hackney Technical College. By age 17, Ritchie dropped out of school. Hanging around London, he was one of the many disaffected youth to embrace the punk spirit of anarchy and rebellion. One favourite spot was Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's then-little-known clothing store, SEX. John Lydon nicknamed Ritchie ‘Sid Vicious’, after Lydon's pet hamster, Sid. The hamster had bitten Ritchie, who said: "Sid is really vicious!" Another version was that Vicious referred to the famous song by 'rock 'n' roll animal' Lou Reed. In 1976, Vicious began his musical career as a member of The Flowers of Romance with Keith Levene (who later co-founded Public Image Limited) and Palmolive and Viv Albertine, who would later form The Slits. He also appeared with Siouxsie and the Banshees. According to Wikipedia, he also appeared as a wild fan in the short film Sex Pistols Number One (Derek Jarman, 1976) with footage of the Pistols when they did a gig at a Valentine’s Day party. Vicious stood out with his Swastika T-shirts, his spiky hair and his 'shock and destroy' attitude.

In February 1977, Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols, to replace Glen Matlock, who had fallen out of favour with the rest of the group. Malcolm McLaren had created the Sex Pistols in 1975. One of the leading forces in punk music, the band played fast-paced short songs, expressing angst and frustration about the social and political conditions of the time. Vicious’ ‘punk’ look had captured the eye of McLaren. Sid played his first gig with the Pistols on 3 April 1977 at The Screen On The Green in London. His debut was filmed and appears in Punk Rock Movie (Don Letts, 1979). The only trouble was that Sid could not play very well and had no bass guitar experience, so guitarist Steve Jones had to step in on bass duties for the bands' debut album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. Another reason for his absence for their only studio album is that Vicious was in hospital with hepatitis, due to intravenous drug use. During that period his main visitor was his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, an American groupie and heroin addict. However, Never Mind the Bollocks went to No. 1 in the British album charts, and the single God Save the Queen reached No. 2. At the end of 1977, the Sex Pistols were one of the most famous bands on the planet with vulgarity and obnoxiousness as well as Sid's hardcore punk personality as the key to their stature. Spungen and Vicious entered a destructive co-dependent relationship based on drug use. In January, 1978 the group embarked on a US tour which would only last one to two weeks because of multiple show cancellations and deterioration within the group. After the show at Winterland in San Francisco, the group fell apart, and Sid, along with Nancy in arms, was free to do as he pleased. He recorded lead vocals on three cover songs for the soundtrack of The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. The Great Rock N' Roll Swindle (Julien Temple, 1980) features famous Vicious footage, such his covers of Sinatra’s My Way and Eddie Cochran’s Somethin' Else, along with various live Sex Pistols footage. Mark Deming at AllMovie: “This film about the brief but eventful career of The Sex Pistols primarily focuses on McLaren, their manager, as he presents his ten-point program on how to achieve success through chaos, ineptitude, and abusing the music industry. Despite some remarkable footage of The Sex Pistols' infamous Jubilee Day performance and clips from their final concert in San Francisco, there's surprisingly little screen time devoted to the group actually performing.” But the video of Sid’s rendition of Frank Sinatra’s My Way is a classic. Venue is the Mecca of the chanson, the Olympia in Paris with royalty and elderly bourgeois as the audience. When the red curtain opens, Sid - white tuxedo jacket, torn pants, Doc Martens boots – walks the show stairs. The music starts playing and Sid sings 'Now the end is near / I face the final curtain like Sinatra in agony, but then ‘the song degenerates in hard rock' n 'roll and the vocals in wild shouting . Vicious moves ever wilder and eventually, he throws his microphone off, grabs a gun from his pants and makes a massacre the public. Vicious turns around; he makes a fuck-you gesture and trudges up the stairs.

With Nancy Spungen acting as his manager, Sid Vicious embarked on a solo career. Vicious performed the majority of his performances at Max's Kansas City and drew large crowds. His gigs at Max's would turn out to be his last performances. In October 1978, Spungen died from an apparent stab wound, while staying in the Hotel Chelsea, Manhattan, with Vicious. On 22 October, ten days after Spungen's death, Vicious attempted suicide by slitting his wrist with a smashed light bulb and was subsequently hospitalized at Bellevue Hospital where he also tried killing himself by jumping from a window. Under suspicion of having committed Spungen's murder and charged with assault after attacking Todd Smith, singer Patti Smith's brother, Vicious was arrested and sent to Rikers Island metro jail for fifty-five days to undergo a painful and enforced detoxification. It was revealed in the pilot episode of Final 24 that Sid was raped, abused, attacked and subjected to various other humiliating assaults, but no one has reported witnessing these events. He was released on bail In celebration of his release from prison, Vicious’ mother Anne hosted a party for him. Anne had been supplying Vicious with drugs and paraphernalia since he was young, and assisted him in procuring heroin late that night. Vicious died in his sleep, having overdosed on the heroin his mother had procured. According to the book Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, Anne scattered Sid's ashes over Nancy Spungen's grave. Nearly four weeks after Vicious' death, the soundtrack album of The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle was released. Later that year, on 15 December, a compilation of live material recorded during his brief solo career was packaged and released as Sid Sings. In 1986 the British film Love Kills/Sid and Nancy (Alex Cox, 1986). It, portrays the chaotic last phase of their lives, ending with a fictionalised stabbing scene. It starred Gary Oldman as Sid and Chloe Webb as Nancy. Mark Deming at AllMovie: “Sid & Nancy is less about drugs and punk rock than about a relationship. As directed by Alex Cox and enacted by Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb in performances so detailed that they're often difficult to watch, it becomes a heart-wrenching story about two people whose love is doomed from the start -- and who probably wouldn't want it any other way.”Julien Temple made a second film about The Sex Pistols, The Filth and the Fury (Julien Temple, 2000). His The Great Rock and Roll Swindle (1980) was heavily criticised for being too skewed towards the Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren's version of events. The Filth and the Fury puts the band into historical context with Britain's social situation in the 1970s through archival footage from the period. The Pistols tell their side of the story, mostly through interviews with the surviving members of the group, footage shot during the era, and outtakes from The Great Rock and Roll Swindle. In 2006, Sid Vicious, along with the four original members of the Sex Pistols, was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame, although the band refused to attend. The British documentary Who Killed Nancy? (Alan Parker, 2009) examines the possibility that it was not Sid Vicious who was responsible for the death of Nancy Spungen. The legend lives on.

Sources: Mark Deming (AllMovie), Rowland Wymer (Derek Jarman), Pieter Steinz (NRC.nl – Dutch), Biography.com, Wikipedia, and IMDb.

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Flickr MS-13 GANG


Mara Salvatrucha

Mara Salvatrucha gang member with gang's name tattooed on his back
Years active1980s–present
TerritoryEl Salvador, North America,
Central America
EthnicityMostly Central Americans
Membership70,000[1]
Criminal activitiesDrug trafficking, robbery, Larceny, human trafficking, extortion, illegal immigration, murder, prostitution, racketeering, battery, kidnapping and arms trafficking.
AlliesSinaloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel, La Familia Michoacana, Mexican Mafia, Los Zetas[2]
Rivals18th Street gang, Juarez Cartel, Los Negros, Sombra Negra, Tijuana Cartel, Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, The Rascals, Bloods, Crips, Hoover Criminals[3] Latin Kings,[4] Juggalos[5]
Mara Salvatrucha (commonly abbreviated as MS, Mara, and MS-13) is a transnational criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles and has spread to other parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.[6] The majority of the gang is ethnically composed of Central Americans and active in urban and suburban areas. In the U.S., the MS-13 has an especially heavy presence in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California; the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas of Fairfax County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Prince George's County, Maryland; Long Island, New York; the Boston, Massachusetts area; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Houston, Texas. There is also a presence of MS-13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Members of MS distinguish themselves by tattoos covering the body and also often the face, as well as the use of their own sign language. They are notorious for their use of violence and a subcultural moral code that predominantly consists of merciless revenge and cruel retributions. This cruelty of the distinguished members of the "Maras" or "Mareros" earned them a path to be recruited by the Sinaloa Cartel battling against Los Zetas in an ongoing drug war south of the United States border.[7][8][9] Their wide-ranging activities have drawn the attention of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who have initiated wide-scale raids against known and suspected gang members – netting hundreds of arrests across the country.
Contents [hide]
1 History
1.1 Etymology
2 Illegal immigration and human smuggling
3 Publicized crimes
3.1 Child prostitution
3.2 Charlotte, North Carolina cases
4 Gang markings and hand signs
5 Sanctions
6 In film
7 See also
8 References
9 Further reading
10 External links
History

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.[10][11]
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.[12]
Many Mara Salvatrucha gang members from the Los Angeles area have been deported after being arrested.[13] Namely, Jose Abrego, a high-ranking member, was deported four times.[14] As a result of these deportations, members of MS have recruited more members in their home countries. The Los Angeles Times contends that deportation policies have contributed to the size and influence of the gang both in the United States and in Central America.[13] According to the 2009 National Gang Threat Assessment, "The gang is estimated to have 30,000 to 50,000 members and associate members worldwide, 8,000 to 10,000 of whom reside in the United States."[15]
In recent years the gang has expanded into the Washington, D.C. area; in particular the areas of Langley Park and Takoma Park, Maryland] near the Washington border, have become centers of MS gang activity.[16]


Sinaloa Cartel hierarchy in early 2008


MS-13 presence – light-red indicates territories with a lighter presence, dark-red indicates territories with a strong presence
In 2004, the US FBI started the MS-13 National Gang Task Force. The FBI also began teaming with law enforcement in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.[17]
In 2005, the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement started Operation Community Shield. By 2011, this operation had made over 20,000 arrests, including more than 3,000 arrests of alleged MS-13 members.[18]
Etymology
There is some dispute about the etymology of the name.
Some sources state the gang is named for La Mara, a street gang in San Salvador, and the Salvatrucha guerrillas who fought in the Salvadoran Civil War.[19] Additionally, the word mara means gang in Caliche slang (es) and is taken from marabunta, the name of a fierce type of ant. "Salvatrucha" may be a combination of the words Salvadoran and trucha, a Caliche word for being alert. The term, "Salvatruchas" has been explained as a reference to Salvadorian peasants trained to become guerrilla fighters, referred to as "Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front."[20]
Illegal immigration and human smuggling

According to The Washington Times, MS "is thought to have established a major smuggling center" in Mexico.[21] There were reports by the Minuteman Project that MS members were ordered to Arizona to target U.S. Border Patrol agents and Minuteman Project volunteers.[22][23]
In 2005, Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez and the President of El Salvador raised alarm by claiming that Muslim terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda was meeting with Mara Salvatrucha and other Central American gangs to help them infiltrate the United States. FBI agents said that the U.S. intelligence community and governments of several Central American countries found there is no basis to believe that MS is connected to Al-Qaeda or other Islamic radicals, although Alvarez did visit Central America to discuss the issue.[24]
Robert Morales, a prosecutor for Guatemala, indicated to The Globe and Mail that some Central American gang members seek refugee status in Canada. Superintendent of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police integrated gang task force, John Robin, said in an interview that "I think [gang members] have a feeling that police here won't treat them in the harsh manner they get down there."[25] Robin noted that Canadian authorities "want to avoid ending up like the U.S., which is dealing with the problem of Central American gangsters on a much bigger scale".[25]
On the southern border of Mexico, the gang has unleashed violence against migrants.[26]
Publicized crimes

On July 13, 2003, Brenda Paz, a 17-year-old former MS member turned informant was found stabbed on the banks of the Shenandoah River in Virginia. Paz was killed for informing the FBI about Mara Salvatrucha's criminal activities. Two of her former friends were later convicted of the murder.[27]
In 2004, the FBI created the MS National Gang Task Force. In 2005, the FBI helped create a National Gang Information Center and outlined a National Gang Strategy for Congress.[28]
On December 23, 2004, one of the most widely publicized MS crimes in Central America occurred in Chamelecón, Honduras when an intercity bus was intercepted and sprayed with automatic gunfire, killing 28 civilian passengers, most of whom were women and children.[29] MS organized the massacre as a protest against the Honduran government for proposing a restoration of the death penalty in Honduras. Six gunmen raked the bus with gunfire. As passengers screamed and ducked, another gunman climbed aboard and methodically executed passengers.[30] In February 2007, Juan Carlos Miranda Bueso and Darwin Alexis Ramírez were found guilty of several crimes including murder and attempted murder. Ebert Anibal Rivera was held over the attack and was arrested after fleeing to Texas.[31] Juan Bautista Jimenez, accused of masterminding the massacre, was killed in prison. According to the authorities, fellow MS-13 inmates hanged him.[32] There was insufficient evidence to convict Óscar Fernando Mendoza and Wilson Geovany Gómez.[31]


An MS suspect bearing gang tattoos is handcuffed.
On May 13, 2006, Ernesto "Smokey" Miranda, a former high-ranking soldier and one of the founders of Mara Salvatrucha, was murdered at his home in El Salvador a few hours after declining to attend a party for a gang member who had just been released from prison. He had begun studying law and working to keep children out of gangs.[33]
In 2007, Julio Chavez allegedly murdered a man because he was wearing a red sweatshirt and mistaken for a member of the Bloods gang.[34]
On June 4, 2008, in Toronto, Ontario, police executed 22 search warrants, made 17 arrests and laid 63 charges following a five-month investigation.[35]
On June 22, 2008, in San Francisco, California, a 21-year-old MS gang member, Edwin Ramos, shot and killed a father, Anthony Bologna, 48, and his two sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, after their car briefly blocked Ramos from completing a left turn down a narrow street as they were returning home from a family barbecue.[36]
On November 26, 2008, Jonathan Retana was convicted of the murder of Miguel Angel Deras, which the authorities linked to an MS initiation.[37]


Gang graffiti.
In 2008, the MS task force coordinated a series of arrests and crackdowns in the U.S. and Central America that involved more than 6,000 police officers in five countries. Seventy-three suspects were arrested in the U.S.; in all, more than 650 were taken into custody.[38]
In February 2009, authorities in Colorado and California arrested 20 members of MS and seized 10 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.3 kilograms (5 pounds) of cocaine, a small amount of heroin, 12 firearms and $3,300 in cash.[39]
In June 2009, Edwin Ortiz, Jose Gomez Amaya and Alexander Aguilar were MS gang members from Long Island who had mistaken bystanders for rival gang members. As a result, two innocent civilians were shot. Edgar Villalobos, a laborer, was killed.[40]
On November 4, 2009, El Salvadoran leaders of the MS-13 gang allegedly put out a contract on the federal agent responsible for a crackdown on its New York factions, the Daily News learned. The plot to assassinate the unidentified Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was revealed in an arrest warrant for reputed gang member Walter (Duke) Torres. Torres tipped authorities to the plan after he and four MS-13 members were stopped by NYPD detectives for hassling passersby on Northern Blvd. in Queens, New York. He told cops he had information to pass on; he was debriefed October 22 at Rikers Island, where he was being held on a warrant issued in Virginia, according to court papers. Torres said "the order for the murder came from gang leadership in El Salvador," ICE agent Sean Sweeney wrote in an affidavit for a new warrant charging Torres with conspiracy. Torres, who belonged to an MS-13 "clique" in Virginia, said he was put in charge, and traveled to New York in August "for the specific purpose of participating in the planning and execution of the murder plot," Sweeney wrote. Gang members were trying to get their hands on a high-powered assault rifle, like an M-16 to penetrate the agent's bulletproof vest. Another MS-13 informant told authorities the agent was marked for death because the gang was "exceedingly angry" at him for arresting many members in the past three years, the affidavit states. The murder was supposed to be carried out by the Flushing clique, according to the informant. Federal prosecutors have indicted numerous MS-13 gang members on racketeering, extortion, prostitution, kidnapping, illegal immigration, money laundering, murder, people smuggling, arms trafficking, human trafficking and drug trafficking charges. The targeted special agent was the lead federal investigator on many of the federal cases.[41]
In 2010, Rene Mejia allegedly murdered a 2-year-old baby and his mother.[34]
In August 2011, six San Francisco MS-13 members were convicted of racketeering and conspiracy, including three murders, in what was the city's largest-scope gang trial in many years. Another 18 defendants reported to have ties to the gang plead guilty before trial.[42]
In 2011, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in New Haven, Connecticut was vandalized on multiple occasions with the "MS-13 tag" and "kill whites" in orange spray paint.[43]
Child prostitution
In 2011, Alonso "Casper" Bruno Cornejo Ormeno, an associate of MS-13 from Fairfax, Virginia was sentenced to 292 months in prison for child prostitution. Ormeno recruited juvenile females into a prostitution ring by locating runaway children.[44]
In June 2012, Rances Ulices Amaya, a leader of MS-13, of Springfield was sentenced to 50 years in prison for child prostitution. He was convicted in February 2012 for trafficking girls as young as 14 into a prostitution ring. They were lured from middle schools, high schools, and public shelters. Once acquired by Amaya, they were required to have sex with a minimum of 10 individuals per day.[45]
In September 2012, Yimmy Anthony Pineda Penado, also known as “Critico” and “Spike”, of Maryland was a former "clique leader" of MS-13. Penado became the 11th MS13 gang member to be convicted of child prostitution since 2011.[46]
Charlotte, North Carolina cases
In the early 2000s (decade), US authorities investigated MS-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eventually the work led to charges against 26 MS-13 members, including 7 trial convictions in January 2010, 18 guilty pleas, and 11 multi-year prison sentences.[47]
This included the alleged first federal death-penalty conviction for an MS-13 member, Alejandro Enrique Ramirez Umaña, aka "Wizard" (age 25).[47]
In 2005, in Los Angeles, according to a jury in a later sentencing phase, Umaña murdered Jose Herrera and Gustavo Porras (July 27) and participated and aided and abetted the killing of Andy Abarca (September 28). He later came to Charlotte, North Carolina, according to witnesses, as a veteran member of MS-13, to reorganize the Charlotte cell of the gang.[47]
According to witnesses at his later trial, on December 8, 2007, while in the Las Jarochitas, a family-run restaurant in Greensboro, North Carolina, Umaña shot Ruben Garcia Salinas fatally in the chest and Manuel Garcia Salinas in the head. Witnesses testified that the shootings took place after the Garcia Salinas brothers had “disrespected” Umaña’s gang signs by calling them “fake”. Firing three more shots in the restaurant, according to trial testimony, Umaña injured another individual with his gunfire. Trial testimony and evidence showed that Umaña later fled back to Charlotte with MS-13 assistance. Umaña was arrested five days later in possession of the murder weapon. Additional evidence and testimony from the trial revealed that while Umaña was incarcerated while awaiting trial he coordinated attempts to kill witnesses and informants.[47]
Umaña was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 23, 2008. During trial, he attempted to bring a knife with him to the courtroom, which was discovered by U.S. Marshals before Umaña was transported to the courthouse. Thousands of hours were spent on the case over several years. International work was also involved.[47]
The case was investigated by the Charlotte Safe Streets Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Chief Criminal Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina, and Trial Attorney Sam Nazzaro from the Criminal Division’s Gang Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Don Gast and Adam Morris of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina were also members of the government’s trial team.[47]
Charges included:[47]
Murder in aid of the racketeering enterprise known as MS-13, two counts
Murder resulting from the use of a gun in a violent crime, two counts
Conspiracy to participate in racketeering
Witness tampering or intimidation, two counts
Possession of a firearm by an illegal alien
Extortion
On April 19, 2010, The jury convicted Umaña of all charges and additionally found him responsible for the 2005 murders during the sentencing phase. On April 28, a 12-person federal jury in Charlotte voted unanimously to impose the death penalty. On July 27, 2010, Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr., of Charlotte, NC, formally imposed the federal death penalty sentence. Also commenting on the decision in the government press release were Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins of the Western District of North Carolina, Owen D Harris, Special Agent in charge of the Charlotte Division of the FBI, and Rodney Monreo, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief.[47]
The case was automatically appealed under Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.[47]
Gang markings and hand signs



An MS gang sign and tattoos.
Many Mara Salvatrucha members cover themselves in tattoos. Common markings include "MS", "Salvatrucha", the "Devil Horns", the name of their clique, and other symbols.[48] A December 2007 CNN internet news article stated that the gang was moving away from the tattoos in an attempt to commit crimes without being noticed.[49]
Members of Mara Salvatrucha, like members of most modern American gangs, utilize a system of hand signs for purposes of identification and communication. One of the most commonly displayed is the "devil's head" which forms an 'M' when displayed upside down. This hand sign is similar to the same symbol commonly seen displayed by heavy metal musicians and their fans. Founders of Mara Salvatrucha borrowed the hand sign after attending concerts of heavy metal bands


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Mara Salvatrucha

Mara Salvatrucha gang member with gang's name tattooed on his back
Years active1980s–present
TerritoryEl Salvador, North America,
Central America
EthnicityMostly Central Americans
Membership70,000[1]
Criminal activitiesDrug trafficking, robbery, Larceny, human trafficking, extortion, illegal immigration, murder, prostitution, racketeering, battery, kidnapping and arms trafficking.
AlliesSinaloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel, La Familia Michoacana, Mexican Mafia, Los Zetas[2]
Rivals18th Street gang, Juarez Cartel, Los Negros, Sombra Negra, Tijuana Cartel, Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, The Rascals, Bloods, Crips, Hoover Criminals[3] Latin Kings,[4] Juggalos[5]
Mara Salvatrucha (commonly abbreviated as MS, Mara, and MS-13) is a transnational criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles and has spread to other parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.[6] The majority of the gang is ethnically composed of Central Americans and active in urban and suburban areas. In the U.S., the MS-13 has an especially heavy presence in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California; the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas of Fairfax County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Prince George's County, Maryland; Long Island, New York; the Boston, Massachusetts area; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Houston, Texas. There is also a presence of MS-13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Members of MS distinguish themselves by tattoos covering the body and also often the face, as well as the use of their own sign language. They are notorious for their use of violence and a subcultural moral code that predominantly consists of merciless revenge and cruel retributions. This cruelty of the distinguished members of the "Maras" or "Mareros" earned them a path to be recruited by the Sinaloa Cartel battling against Los Zetas in an ongoing drug war south of the United States border.[7][8][9] Their wide-ranging activities have drawn the attention of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who have initiated wide-scale raids against known and suspected gang members – netting hundreds of arrests across the country.
Contents [hide]
1 History
1.1 Etymology
2 Illegal immigration and human smuggling
3 Publicized crimes
3.1 Child prostitution
3.2 Charlotte, North Carolina cases
4 Gang markings and hand signs
5 Sanctions
6 In film
7 See also
8 References
9 Further reading
10 External links
History

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.[10][11]
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.[12]
Many Mara Salvatrucha gang members from the Los Angeles area have been deported after being arrested.[13] Namely, Jose Abrego, a high-ranking member, was deported four times.[14] As a result of these deportations, members of MS have recruited more members in their home countries. The Los Angeles Times contends that deportation policies have contributed to the size and influence of the gang both in the United States and in Central America.[13] According to the 2009 National Gang Threat Assessment, "The gang is estimated to have 30,000 to 50,000 members and associate members worldwide, 8,000 to 10,000 of whom reside in the United States."[15]
In recent years the gang has expanded into the Washington, D.C. area; in particular the areas of Langley Park and Takoma Park, Maryland] near the Washington border, have become centers of MS gang activity.[16]


Sinaloa Cartel hierarchy in early 2008


MS-13 presence – light-red indicates territories with a lighter presence, dark-red indicates territories with a strong presence
In 2004, the US FBI started the MS-13 National Gang Task Force. The FBI also began teaming with law enforcement in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.[17]
In 2005, the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement started Operation Community Shield. By 2011, this operation had made over 20,000 arrests, including more than 3,000 arrests of alleged MS-13 members.[18]
Etymology
There is some dispute about the etymology of the name.
Some sources state the gang is named for La Mara, a street gang in San Salvador, and the Salvatrucha guerrillas who fought in the Salvadoran Civil War.[19] Additionally, the word mara means gang in Caliche slang (es) and is taken from marabunta, the name of a fierce type of ant. "Salvatrucha" may be a combination of the words Salvadoran and trucha, a Caliche word for being alert. The term, "Salvatruchas" has been explained as a reference to Salvadorian peasants trained to become guerrilla fighters, referred to as "Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front."[20]
Illegal immigration and human smuggling

According to The Washington Times, MS "is thought to have established a major smuggling center" in Mexico.[21] There were reports by the Minuteman Project that MS members were ordered to Arizona to target U.S. Border Patrol agents and Minuteman Project volunteers.[22][23]
In 2005, Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez and the President of El Salvador raised alarm by claiming that Muslim terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda was meeting with Mara Salvatrucha and other Central American gangs to help them infiltrate the United States. FBI agents said that the U.S. intelligence community and governments of several Central American countries found there is no basis to believe that MS is connected to Al-Qaeda or other Islamic radicals, although Alvarez did visit Central America to discuss the issue.[24]
Robert Morales, a prosecutor for Guatemala, indicated to The Globe and Mail that some Central American gang members seek refugee status in Canada. Superintendent of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police integrated gang task force, John Robin, said in an interview that "I think [gang members] have a feeling that police here won't treat them in the harsh manner they get down there."[25] Robin noted that Canadian authorities "want to avoid ending up like the U.S., which is dealing with the problem of Central American gangsters on a much bigger scale".[25]
On the southern border of Mexico, the gang has unleashed violence against migrants.[26]
Publicized crimes

On July 13, 2003, Brenda Paz, a 17-year-old former MS member turned informant was found stabbed on the banks of the Shenandoah River in Virginia. Paz was killed for informing the FBI about Mara Salvatrucha's criminal activities. Two of her former friends were later convicted of the murder.[27]
In 2004, the FBI created the MS National Gang Task Force. In 2005, the FBI helped create a National Gang Information Center and outlined a National Gang Strategy for Congress.[28]
On December 23, 2004, one of the most widely publicized MS crimes in Central America occurred in Chamelecón, Honduras when an intercity bus was intercepted and sprayed with automatic gunfire, killing 28 civilian passengers, most of whom were women and children.[29] MS organized the massacre as a protest against the Honduran government for proposing a restoration of the death penalty in Honduras. Six gunmen raked the bus with gunfire. As passengers screamed and ducked, another gunman climbed aboard and methodically executed passengers.[30] In February 2007, Juan Carlos Miranda Bueso and Darwin Alexis Ramírez were found guilty of several crimes including murder and attempted murder. Ebert Anibal Rivera was held over the attack and was arrested after fleeing to Texas.[31] Juan Bautista Jimenez, accused of masterminding the massacre, was killed in prison. According to the authorities, fellow MS-13 inmates hanged him.[32] There was insufficient evidence to convict Óscar Fernando Mendoza and Wilson Geovany Gómez.[31]


An MS suspect bearing gang tattoos is handcuffed.
On May 13, 2006, Ernesto "Smokey" Miranda, a former high-ranking soldier and one of the founders of Mara Salvatrucha, was murdered at his home in El Salvador a few hours after declining to attend a party for a gang member who had just been released from prison. He had begun studying law and working to keep children out of gangs.[33]
In 2007, Julio Chavez allegedly murdered a man because he was wearing a red sweatshirt and mistaken for a member of the Bloods gang.[34]
On June 4, 2008, in Toronto, Ontario, police executed 22 search warrants, made 17 arrests and laid 63 charges following a five-month investigation.[35]
On June 22, 2008, in San Francisco, California, a 21-year-old MS gang member, Edwin Ramos, shot and killed a father, Anthony Bologna, 48, and his two sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, after their car briefly blocked Ramos from completing a left turn down a narrow street as they were returning home from a family barbecue.[36]
On November 26, 2008, Jonathan Retana was convicted of the murder of Miguel Angel Deras, which the authorities linked to an MS initiation.[37]


Gang graffiti.
In 2008, the MS task force coordinated a series of arrests and crackdowns in the U.S. and Central America that involved more than 6,000 police officers in five countries. Seventy-three suspects were arrested in the U.S.; in all, more than 650 were taken into custody.[38]
In February 2009, authorities in Colorado and California arrested 20 members of MS and seized 10 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.3 kilograms (5 pounds) of cocaine, a small amount of heroin, 12 firearms and $3,300 in cash.[39]
In June 2009, Edwin Ortiz, Jose Gomez Amaya and Alexander Aguilar were MS gang members from Long Island who had mistaken bystanders for rival gang members. As a result, two innocent civilians were shot. Edgar Villalobos, a laborer, was killed.[40]
On November 4, 2009, El Salvadoran leaders of the MS-13 gang allegedly put out a contract on the federal agent responsible for a crackdown on its New York factions, the Daily News learned. The plot to assassinate the unidentified Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was revealed in an arrest warrant for reputed gang member Walter (Duke) Torres. Torres tipped authorities to the plan after he and four MS-13 members were stopped by NYPD detectives for hassling passersby on Northern Blvd. in Queens, New York. He told cops he had information to pass on; he was debriefed October 22 at Rikers Island, where he was being held on a warrant issued in Virginia, according to court papers. Torres said "the order for the murder came from gang leadership in El Salvador," ICE agent Sean Sweeney wrote in an affidavit for a new warrant charging Torres with conspiracy. Torres, who belonged to an MS-13 "clique" in Virginia, said he was put in charge, and traveled to New York in August "for the specific purpose of participating in the planning and execution of the murder plot," Sweeney wrote. Gang members were trying to get their hands on a high-powered assault rifle, like an M-16 to penetrate the agent's bulletproof vest. Another MS-13 informant told authorities the agent was marked for death because the gang was "exceedingly angry" at him for arresting many members in the past three years, the affidavit states. The murder was supposed to be carried out by the Flushing clique, according to the informant. Federal prosecutors have indicted numerous MS-13 gang members on racketeering, extortion, prostitution, kidnapping, illegal immigration, money laundering, murder, people smuggling, arms trafficking, human trafficking and drug trafficking charges. The targeted special agent was the lead federal investigator on many of the federal cases.[41]
In 2010, Rene Mejia allegedly murdered a 2-year-old baby and his mother.[34]
In August 2011, six San Francisco MS-13 members were convicted of racketeering and conspiracy, including three murders, in what was the city's largest-scope gang trial in many years. Another 18 defendants reported to have ties to the gang plead guilty before trial.[42]
In 2011, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in New Haven, Connecticut was vandalized on multiple occasions with the "MS-13 tag" and "kill whites" in orange spray paint.[43]
Child prostitution
In 2011, Alonso "Casper" Bruno Cornejo Ormeno, an associate of MS-13 from Fairfax, Virginia was sentenced to 292 months in prison for child prostitution. Ormeno recruited juvenile females into a prostitution ring by locating runaway children.[44]
In June 2012, Rances Ulices Amaya, a leader of MS-13, of Springfield was sentenced to 50 years in prison for child prostitution. He was convicted in February 2012 for trafficking girls as young as 14 into a prostitution ring. They were lured from middle schools, high schools, and public shelters. Once acquired by Amaya, they were required to have sex with a minimum of 10 individuals per day.[45]
In September 2012, Yimmy Anthony Pineda Penado, also known as “Critico” and “Spike”, of Maryland was a former "clique leader" of MS-13. Penado became the 11th MS13 gang member to be convicted of child prostitution since 2011.[46]
Charlotte, North Carolina cases
In the early 2000s (decade), US authorities investigated MS-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eventually the work led to charges against 26 MS-13 members, including 7 trial convictions in January 2010, 18 guilty pleas, and 11 multi-year prison sentences.[47]
This included the alleged first federal death-penalty conviction for an MS-13 member, Alejandro Enrique Ramirez Umaña, aka "Wizard" (age 25).[47]
In 2005, in Los Angeles, according to a jury in a later sentencing phase, Umaña murdered Jose Herrera and Gustavo Porras (July 27) and participated and aided and abetted the killing of Andy Abarca (September 28). He later came to Charlotte, North Carolina, according to witnesses, as a veteran member of MS-13, to reorganize the Charlotte cell of the gang.[47]
According to witnesses at his later trial, on December 8, 2007, while in the Las Jarochitas, a family-run restaurant in Greensboro, North Carolina, Umaña shot Ruben Garcia Salinas fatally in the chest and Manuel Garcia Salinas in the head. Witnesses testified that the shootings took place after the Garcia Salinas brothers had “disrespected” Umaña’s gang signs by calling them “fake”. Firing three more shots in the restaurant, according to trial testimony, Umaña injured another individual with his gunfire. Trial testimony and evidence showed that Umaña later fled back to Charlotte with MS-13 assistance. Umaña was arrested five days later in possession of the murder weapon. Additional evidence and testimony from the trial revealed that while Umaña was incarcerated while awaiting trial he coordinated attempts to kill witnesses and informants.[47]
Umaña was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 23, 2008. During trial, he attempted to bring a knife with him to the courtroom, which was discovered by U.S. Marshals before Umaña was transported to the courthouse. Thousands of hours were spent on the case over several years. International work was also involved.[47]
The case was investigated by the Charlotte Safe Streets Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Chief Criminal Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina, and Trial Attorney Sam Nazzaro from the Criminal Division’s Gang Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Don Gast and Adam Morris of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina were also members of the government’s trial team.[47]
Charges included:[47]
Murder in aid of the racketeering enterprise known as MS-13, two counts
Murder resulting from the use of a gun in a violent crime, two counts
Conspiracy to participate in racketeering
Witness tampering or intimidation, two counts
Possession of a firearm by an illegal alien
Extortion
On April 19, 2010, The jury convicted Umaña of all charges and additionally found him responsible for the 2005 murders during the sentencing phase. On April 28, a 12-person federal jury in Charlotte voted unanimously to impose the death penalty. On July 27, 2010, Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr., of Charlotte, NC, formally imposed the federal death penalty sentence. Also commenting on the decision in the government press release were Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins of the Western District of North Carolina, Owen D Harris, Special Agent in charge of the Charlotte Division of the FBI, and Rodney Monreo, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief.[47]
The case was automatically appealed under Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.[47]
Gang markings and hand signs



An MS gang sign and tattoos.
Many Mara Salvatrucha members cover themselves in tattoos. Common markings include "MS", "Salvatrucha", the "Devil Horns", the name of their clique, and other symbols.[48] A December 2007 CNN internet news article stated that the gang was moving away from the tattoos in an attempt to commit crimes without being noticed.[49]
Members of Mara Salvatrucha, like members of most modern American gangs, utilize a system of hand signs for purposes of identification and communication. One of the most commonly displayed is the "devil's head" which forms an 'M' when displayed upside down. This hand sign is similar to the same symbol commonly seen displayed by heavy metal musicians and their fans. Founders of Mara Salvatrucha borrowed the hand sign after attending concerts of heavy metal bands


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Mara Salvatrucha

Mara Salvatrucha gang member with gang's name tattooed on his back
Years active1980s–present
TerritoryEl Salvador, North America,
Central America
EthnicityMostly Central Americans
Membership70,000[1]
Criminal activitiesDrug trafficking, robbery, Larceny, human trafficking, extortion, illegal immigration, murder, prostitution, racketeering, battery, kidnapping and arms trafficking.
AlliesSinaloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel, La Familia Michoacana, Mexican Mafia, Los Zetas[2]
Rivals18th Street gang, Juarez Cartel, Los Negros, Sombra Negra, Tijuana Cartel, Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, The Rascals, Bloods, Crips, Hoover Criminals[3] Latin Kings,[4] Juggalos[5]
Mara Salvatrucha (commonly abbreviated as MS, Mara, and MS-13) is a transnational criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles and has spread to other parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.[6] The majority of the gang is ethnically composed of Central Americans and active in urban and suburban areas. In the U.S., the MS-13 has an especially heavy presence in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California; the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas of Fairfax County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Prince George's County, Maryland; Long Island, New York; the Boston, Massachusetts area; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Houston, Texas. There is also a presence of MS-13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Members of MS distinguish themselves by tattoos covering the body and also often the face, as well as the use of their own sign language. They are notorious for their use of violence and a subcultural moral code that predominantly consists of merciless revenge and cruel retributions. This cruelty of the distinguished members of the "Maras" or "Mareros" earned them a path to be recruited by the Sinaloa Cartel battling against Los Zetas in an ongoing drug war south of the United States border.[7][8][9] Their wide-ranging activities have drawn the attention of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who have initiated wide-scale raids against known and suspected gang members – netting hundreds of arrests across the country.
Contents [hide]
1 History
1.1 Etymology
2 Illegal immigration and human smuggling
3 Publicized crimes
3.1 Child prostitution
3.2 Charlotte, North Carolina cases
4 Gang markings and hand signs
5 Sanctions
6 In film
7 See also
8 References
9 Further reading
10 External links
History

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.[10][11]
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.[12]
Many Mara Salvatrucha gang members from the Los Angeles area have been deported after being arrested.[13] Namely, Jose Abrego, a high-ranking member, was deported four times.[14] As a result of these deportations, members of MS have recruited more members in their home countries. The Los Angeles Times contends that deportation policies have contributed to the size and influence of the gang both in the United States and in Central America.[13] According to the 2009 National Gang Threat Assessment, "The gang is estimated to have 30,000 to 50,000 members and associate members worldwide, 8,000 to 10,000 of whom reside in the United States."[15]
In recent years the gang has expanded into the Washington, D.C. area; in particular the areas of Langley Park and Takoma Park, Maryland] near the Washington border, have become centers of MS gang activity.[16]


Sinaloa Cartel hierarchy in early 2008


MS-13 presence – light-red indicates territories with a lighter presence, dark-red indicates territories with a strong presence
In 2004, the US FBI started the MS-13 National Gang Task Force. The FBI also began teaming with law enforcement in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.[17]
In 2005, the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement started Operation Community Shield. By 2011, this operation had made over 20,000 arrests, including more than 3,000 arrests of alleged MS-13 members.[18]
Etymology
There is some dispute about the etymology of the name.
Some sources state the gang is named for La Mara, a street gang in San Salvador, and the Salvatrucha guerrillas who fought in the Salvadoran Civil War.[19] Additionally, the word mara means gang in Caliche slang (es) and is taken from marabunta, the name of a fierce type of ant. "Salvatrucha" may be a combination of the words Salvadoran and trucha, a Caliche word for being alert. The term, "Salvatruchas" has been explained as a reference to Salvadorian peasants trained to become guerrilla fighters, referred to as "Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front."[20]
Illegal immigration and human smuggling

According to The Washington Times, MS "is thought to have established a major smuggling center" in Mexico.[21] There were reports by the Minuteman Project that MS members were ordered to Arizona to target U.S. Border Patrol agents and Minuteman Project volunteers.[22][23]
In 2005, Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez and the President of El Salvador raised alarm by claiming that Muslim terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda was meeting with Mara Salvatrucha and other Central American gangs to help them infiltrate the United States. FBI agents said that the U.S. intelligence community and governments of several Central American countries found there is no basis to believe that MS is connected to Al-Qaeda or other Islamic radicals, although Alvarez did visit Central America to discuss the issue.[24]
Robert Morales, a prosecutor for Guatemala, indicated to The Globe and Mail that some Central American gang members seek refugee status in Canada. Superintendent of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police integrated gang task force, John Robin, said in an interview that "I think [gang members] have a feeling that police here won't treat them in the harsh manner they get down there."[25] Robin noted that Canadian authorities "want to avoid ending up like the U.S., which is dealing with the problem of Central American gangsters on a much bigger scale".[25]
On the southern border of Mexico, the gang has unleashed violence against migrants.[26]
Publicized crimes

On July 13, 2003, Brenda Paz, a 17-year-old former MS member turned informant was found stabbed on the banks of the Shenandoah River in Virginia. Paz was killed for informing the FBI about Mara Salvatrucha's criminal activities. Two of her former friends were later convicted of the murder.[27]
In 2004, the FBI created the MS National Gang Task Force. In 2005, the FBI helped create a National Gang Information Center and outlined a National Gang Strategy for Congress.[28]
On December 23, 2004, one of the most widely publicized MS crimes in Central America occurred in Chamelecón, Honduras when an intercity bus was intercepted and sprayed with automatic gunfire, killing 28 civilian passengers, most of whom were women and children.[29] MS organized the massacre as a protest against the Honduran government for proposing a restoration of the death penalty in Honduras. Six gunmen raked the bus with gunfire. As passengers screamed and ducked, another gunman climbed aboard and methodically executed passengers.[30] In February 2007, Juan Carlos Miranda Bueso and Darwin Alexis Ramírez were found guilty of several crimes including murder and attempted murder. Ebert Anibal Rivera was held over the attack and was arrested after fleeing to Texas.[31] Juan Bautista Jimenez, accused of masterminding the massacre, was killed in prison. According to the authorities, fellow MS-13 inmates hanged him.[32] There was insufficient evidence to convict Óscar Fernando Mendoza and Wilson Geovany Gómez.[31]


An MS suspect bearing gang tattoos is handcuffed.
On May 13, 2006, Ernesto "Smokey" Miranda, a former high-ranking soldier and one of the founders of Mara Salvatrucha, was murdered at his home in El Salvador a few hours after declining to attend a party for a gang member who had just been released from prison. He had begun studying law and working to keep children out of gangs.[33]
In 2007, Julio Chavez allegedly murdered a man because he was wearing a red sweatshirt and mistaken for a member of the Bloods gang.[34]
On June 4, 2008, in Toronto, Ontario, police executed 22 search warrants, made 17 arrests and laid 63 charges following a five-month investigation.[35]
On June 22, 2008, in San Francisco, California, a 21-year-old MS gang member, Edwin Ramos, shot and killed a father, Anthony Bologna, 48, and his two sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, after their car briefly blocked Ramos from completing a left turn down a narrow street as they were returning home from a family barbecue.[36]
On November 26, 2008, Jonathan Retana was convicted of the murder of Miguel Angel Deras, which the authorities linked to an MS initiation.[37]


Gang graffiti.
In 2008, the MS task force coordinated a series of arrests and crackdowns in the U.S. and Central America that involved more than 6,000 police officers in five countries. Seventy-three suspects were arrested in the U.S.; in all, more than 650 were taken into custody.[38]
In February 2009, authorities in Colorado and California arrested 20 members of MS and seized 10 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.3 kilograms (5 pounds) of cocaine, a small amount of heroin, 12 firearms and $3,300 in cash.[39]
In June 2009, Edwin Ortiz, Jose Gomez Amaya and Alexander Aguilar were MS gang members from Long Island who had mistaken bystanders for rival gang members. As a result, two innocent civilians were shot. Edgar Villalobos, a laborer, was killed.[40]
On November 4, 2009, El Salvadoran leaders of the MS-13 gang allegedly put out a contract on the federal agent responsible for a crackdown on its New York factions, the Daily News learned. The plot to assassinate the unidentified Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was revealed in an arrest warrant for reputed gang member Walter (Duke) Torres. Torres tipped authorities to the plan after he and four MS-13 members were stopped by NYPD detectives for hassling passersby on Northern Blvd. in Queens, New York. He told cops he had information to pass on; he was debriefed October 22 at Rikers Island, where he was being held on a warrant issued in Virginia, according to court papers. Torres said "the order for the murder came from gang leadership in El Salvador," ICE agent Sean Sweeney wrote in an affidavit for a new warrant charging Torres with conspiracy. Torres, who belonged to an MS-13 "clique" in Virginia, said he was put in charge, and traveled to New York in August "for the specific purpose of participating in the planning and execution of the murder plot," Sweeney wrote. Gang members were trying to get their hands on a high-powered assault rifle, like an M-16 to penetrate the agent's bulletproof vest. Another MS-13 informant told authorities the agent was marked for death because the gang was "exceedingly angry" at him for arresting many members in the past three years, the affidavit states. The murder was supposed to be carried out by the Flushing clique, according to the informant. Federal prosecutors have indicted numerous MS-13 gang members on racketeering, extortion, prostitution, kidnapping, illegal immigration, money laundering, murder, people smuggling, arms trafficking, human trafficking and drug trafficking charges. The targeted special agent was the lead federal investigator on many of the federal cases.[41]
In 2010, Rene Mejia allegedly murdered a 2-year-old baby and his mother.[34]
In August 2011, six San Francisco MS-13 members were convicted of racketeering and conspiracy, including three murders, in what was the city's largest-scope gang trial in many years. Another 18 defendants reported to have ties to the gang plead guilty before trial.[42]
In 2011, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in New Haven, Connecticut was vandalized on multiple occasions with the "MS-13 tag" and "kill whites" in orange spray paint.[43]
Child prostitution
In 2011, Alonso "Casper" Bruno Cornejo Ormeno, an associate of MS-13 from Fairfax, Virginia was sentenced to 292 months in prison for child prostitution. Ormeno recruited juvenile females into a prostitution ring by locating runaway children.[44]
In June 2012, Rances Ulices Amaya, a leader of MS-13, of Springfield was sentenced to 50 years in prison for child prostitution. He was convicted in February 2012 for trafficking girls as young as 14 into a prostitution ring. They were lured from middle schools, high schools, and public shelters. Once acquired by Amaya, they were required to have sex with a minimum of 10 individuals per day.[45]
In September 2012, Yimmy Anthony Pineda Penado, also known as “Critico” and “Spike”, of Maryland was a former "clique leader" of MS-13. Penado became the 11th MS13 gang member to be convicted of child prostitution since 2011.[46]
Charlotte, North Carolina cases
In the early 2000s (decade), US authorities investigated MS-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eventually the work led to charges against 26 MS-13 members, including 7 trial convictions in January 2010, 18 guilty pleas, and 11 multi-year prison sentences.[47]
This included the alleged first federal death-penalty conviction for an MS-13 member, Alejandro Enrique Ramirez Umaña, aka "Wizard" (age 25).[47]
In 2005, in Los Angeles, according to a jury in a later sentencing phase, Umaña murdered Jose Herrera and Gustavo Porras (July 27) and participated and aided and abetted the killing of Andy Abarca (September 28). He later came to Charlotte, North Carolina, according to witnesses, as a veteran member of MS-13, to reorganize the Charlotte cell of the gang.[47]
According to witnesses at his later trial, on December 8, 2007, while in the Las Jarochitas, a family-run restaurant in Greensboro, North Carolina, Umaña shot Ruben Garcia Salinas fatally in the chest and Manuel Garcia Salinas in the head. Witnesses testified that the shootings took place after the Garcia Salinas brothers had “disrespected” Umaña’s gang signs by calling them “fake”. Firing three more shots in the restaurant, according to trial testimony, Umaña injured another individual with his gunfire. Trial testimony and evidence showed that Umaña later fled back to Charlotte with MS-13 assistance. Umaña was arrested five days later in possession of the murder weapon. Additional evidence and testimony from the trial revealed that while Umaña was incarcerated while awaiting trial he coordinated attempts to kill witnesses and informants.[47]
Umaña was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 23, 2008. During trial, he attempted to bring a knife with him to the courtroom, which was discovered by U.S. Marshals before Umaña was transported to the courthouse. Thousands of hours were spent on the case over several years. International work was also involved.[47]
The case was investigated by the Charlotte Safe Streets Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Chief Criminal Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina, and Trial Attorney Sam Nazzaro from the Criminal Division’s Gang Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Don Gast and Adam Morris of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina were also members of the government’s trial team.[47]
Charges included:[47]
Murder in aid of the racketeering enterprise known as MS-13, two counts
Murder resulting from the use of a gun in a violent crime, two counts
Conspiracy to participate in racketeering
Witness tampering or intimidation, two counts
Possession of a firearm by an illegal alien
Extortion
On April 19, 2010, The jury convicted Umaña of all charges and additionally found him responsible for the 2005 murders during the sentencing phase. On April 28, a 12-person federal jury in Charlotte voted unanimously to impose the death penalty. On July 27, 2010, Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr., of Charlotte, NC, formally imposed the federal death penalty sentence. Also commenting on the decision in the government press release were Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins of the Western District of North Carolina, Owen D Harris, Special Agent in charge of the Charlotte Division of the FBI, and Rodney Monreo, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief.[47]
The case was automatically appealed under Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.[47]
Gang markings and hand signs



An MS gang sign and tattoos.
Many Mara Salvatrucha members cover themselves in tattoos. Common markings include "MS", "Salvatrucha", the "Devil Horns", the name of their clique, and other symbols.[48] A December 2007 CNN internet news article stated that the gang was moving away from the tattoos in an attempt to commit crimes without being noticed.[49]
Members of Mara Salvatrucha, like members of most modern American gangs, utilize a system of hand signs for purposes of identification and communication. One of the most commonly displayed is the "devil's head" which forms an 'M' when displayed upside down. This hand sign is similar to the same symbol commonly seen displayed by heavy metal musicians and their fans. Founders of Mara Salvatrucha borrowed the hand sign after attending concerts of heavy metal bands


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Rikers Island Prison, NYC
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Hi, my name is Noel, and I have a confession to make…I escaped from Rikers Island!

I was born at the West Facility (a Corizon partner) as a member of the Island’s feral cat colony (domesticated species living wild) sometime in late November 2012.

Life on the Island is difficult, and one has to compete for food and a safe place to sleep. It can get really cold and lonely, even with other cats around. Small ones, like me, don’t get first choice. The officers and staff are kind enough to put food out for us, but eating off the ground can lead to complications such as stones that are attached to the food.

On December 21, 2012, I decided that it was way too rough here for me and I needed to make a break for it. I crawled under the car of Corizon Sr. VP Don Doherty and made my way into the undercarriage. Little did I know that I would be going on a wild ride (at high speeds) from New York to New Jersey—I think he has taken too many high performance driving lessons. I held on sooo tight that I split my nails; what’s a girl to do?

The next day, Saturday, I was cold, hungry and lonely, so I started to cry. Mr. Doherty, who crawled under the car with a flashlight to try and find me, heard my cries. I became frightened when I saw the light and then a big hand reaching for me. I used the path created by the light to escape; I ran and hid in the bushes near the car. Some time after he left I returned to the car and crawled inside again, it was what I thought a safe haven. I was still cold and hungry, and I began to cry again.

On Sunday, my cries were heard by Mr. Doherty’s daughter, Devin, whom I later found out is a veterinarian. She opened the hood of the car and with movements that can only be rivaled by a cat, reached in and scuffed me before I could move. She was kind to me; she petted me and fed me—I immediately liked her and rewarded her with lots of purrs. She took me inside and checked me over to be sure I didn’t have any visible injuries. Dr. Devin’s mom, Sharon, set up a huge crate with water, food, a litter box and lots of soft, warm blankets.

On Christmas Eve, Dr. Devin took me to her clinic and gave me a thorough physical, blood tests and a bath. I was declared healthy except for one little problem—my tea bag sized stomach was full of STONES!

Despite Dr. Devin’s many efforts to get me to pass the stones, I was unable to do so. Unfortunately, some of them were the size of a dime. With no other options available, I was rushed into emergency surgery on New Year’s Eve. After a two-hour surgery, Dr. Devin removed a fist full of stones from my little stomach and closed me. The operation was a success and I went home with Dr. Devin where I received intensive care from her and her family. It’s been two months since I escaped from Rikers Island and one month since my drastic surgery. I’m really a lucky girl! I’m completely healthy and growing lots. I spend my days playing with all the toys and the other cats; they’ve been really kind to me. I now live indoors only, have my own bed and lots to eat. I love my new mommy Dr. Devin; she’s been so good to me.

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Hi, my name is Noel, and I have a confession to make…I escaped from Rikers Island!

I was born at the West Facility (a Corizon partner) as a member of the Island’s feral cat colony (domesticated species living wild) sometime in late November 2012.

Life on the Island is difficult, and one has to compete for food and a safe place to sleep. It can get really cold and lonely, even with other cats around. Small ones, like me, don’t get first choice. The officers and staff are kind enough to put food out for us, but eating off the ground can lead to complications such as stones that are attached to the food.

On December 21, 2012, I decided that it was way too rough here for me and I needed to make a break for it. I crawled under the car of Corizon Sr. VP Don Doherty and made my way into the undercarriage. Little did I know that I would be going on a wild ride (at high speeds) from New York to New Jersey—I think he has taken too many high performance driving lessons. I held on sooo tight that I split my nails; what’s a girl to do?

The next day, Saturday, I was cold, hungry and lonely, so I started to cry. Mr. Doherty, who crawled under the car with a flashlight to try and find me, heard my cries. I became frightened when I saw the light and then a big hand reaching for me. I used the path created by the light to escape; I ran and hid in the bushes near the car. Some time after he left I returned to the car and crawled inside again, it was what I thought a safe haven. I was still cold and hungry, and I began to cry again.

On Sunday, my cries were heard by Mr. Doherty’s daughter, Devin, whom I later found out is a veterinarian. She opened the hood of the car and with movements that can only be rivaled by a cat, reached in and scuffed me before I could move. She was kind to me; she petted me and fed me—I immediately liked her and rewarded her with lots of purrs. She took me inside and checked me over to be sure I didn’t have any visible injuries. Dr. Devin’s mom, Sharon, set up a huge crate with water, food, a litter box and lots of soft, warm blankets.

On Christmas Eve, Dr. Devin took me to her clinic and gave me a thorough physical, blood tests and a bath. I was declared healthy except for one little problem—my tea bag sized stomach was full of STONES!

Despite Dr. Devin’s many efforts to get me to pass the stones, I was unable to do so. Unfortunately, some of them were the size of a dime. With no other options available, I was rushed into emergency surgery on New Year’s Eve. After a two-hour surgery, Dr. Devin removed a fist full of stones from my little stomach and closed me. The operation was a success and I went home with Dr. Devin where I received intensive care from her and her family. It’s been two months since I escaped from Rikers Island and one month since my drastic surgery. I’m really a lucky girl! I’m completely healthy and growing lots. I spend my days playing with all the toys and the other cats; they’ve been really kind to me. I now live indoors only, have my own bed and lots to eat. I love my new mommy Dr. Devin; she’s been so good to me.

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Flickr Rikers Island Jail
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Flickr rikers island: prison-industrial complex
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a place better looked in on than out from... the largest penal colony on Earth, according to wikipedia...
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Flickr December 2012
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Visit to the folks.
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Flickr December 2012
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Visit to the folks.
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Flickr Rikers Island Jail
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Flickr Summer in the City
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Rafi got his first tattoo a little after being sent to a juvenile detention center in the Bronx at the age of 12. "I hung out with the wrong crowd, con chicos cargados" he said. He stayed there a couple of years and got transferred to Rikers island where he got more tattoos "on the legs and back".

Rafi told me that body art in jail is usually made secretly with makeshift equipments and cost between $10 to $15 a piece on the black market. His mother passed away recently and got his "In Memory of Mom" ink as a way to remember her everyday "cuando me veo al espejo".

More in my series: 100 Days of Summer -
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Flickr Panorama Rikers Island
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Flickr Rikers
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Flickr smart crew

rikers island edition
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Flickr Floating rikers island prison
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Flickr Rikers Island NYCD Fire Service FA-11 taking in a Run
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Rikers Island NYCD Fire Service FA-11 taking in a Run
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Flickr Riker's Island Salt Spreader
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photo date: 17 August 2011. ~10am EST. photo by Fire Department of New York twitter.com/#!/FDNYnews

"Garbage truck dangling two-stories high from sanitation garage at 58-35 52 Rd/59 St in Queens. "
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one of two salt spreaders owned by the Department of Corrections for use on Riker's Island, it was being serviced at a Department of Sanitation garage in Maspeth, Queens.

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Flickr Rikers Island NYCD Fire Service FA-11 Ex-FDNY Engine
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Rikers Island NYCD Fire Service Ex-FDNY Engine FA -11
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Rikers Island NYCD Fire Service FA-11 Ex-FDNY Engine
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Flickr CHAIN:At Rikers Island 2011

Wane, T-Kid, Yes, Slave, Wen, Part, Ces, Nicer, Zear, Med, and Serve
had a nice time....TRIKE...Old school...Respect

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Flickr knows_rikers island 2011

You won't be smiling on rikers island. lol
shout to my pees TRIM BYI and TRIKE GND. Thanks

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Flickr Cap'n NICER !!
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Painted this yesterday on Rikers Island. "Ain't Nobody SMILE'N on RIKERS ISLAND" lol
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Flickr Cap'n Nicer
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RIKERS ISLAND correctional facility, Qn NY 5/26/2011
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Flickr Rikers Island
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Flickr Rikers Island
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Flickr rikers-island by Lucien Aigner

"Here we are now in the reception office, where it's the visit of the new arrivals. Completely disrobed in the small, sparkling clinic, the new residents of Riker's Island await their medical exam. Their clothes are entrusted to the care of an `ancient' Negro (African American) who, dressed himself in the `uniform' of the detainees, fills the office of physician's assistant. He draws up an inventory of the effects that are entrusted to him, then hoses them down with disinfectant. The clothing of new residents is scrupulously kept, even though upon leaving, each receives new equipment from the state to begin a new life."


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Flickr Aereal View of LaGuardia Airport And Rikers Island
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New York, NY, USA
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Flickr Race and ethnicity: New York City
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I was astounded by Bill Rankin's map of Chicago's racial and ethnic divides and wanted to see what other cities looked like mapped the same way. To match his map, Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people. Data from Census 2000. Base map © OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA
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Flickr Rikers Island


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Flickr Rikers Island

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Flickr Rikers island
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Flickr Rikers Island, NYC
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Rikers Island, NYC

There's a prison on the island across from the airport!

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Flickr Rikers Island sign
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NYC Stories and Photos at: BaldPunk.com
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Flickr The Bronx/Rikers Island/Bridges
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I was flying out of JFK, and took this picture, then I ran it through some filters. It's an interesting result.
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Flickr rikers island 752
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Flickr Rikers Island
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seen from La Guardia Airport, NYC. At one area of the Island, the runway is literally only a few feet away!
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Flickr Welcome to Rikers Island
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Flickr Rikers Island
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The road to Rikers Island
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Flickr Entrance to Rikers Island Jail Complex, Queens, New York City
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Avenue of the Boldest (Hazen Street) at 19th Avenue, Queens NYC
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Flickr Rikers Island, New York City
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Avenue of the Boldest (Hazen Street) at 19th Avenue, Queens NYC
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Flickr Rikers Island, New York City
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Avenue of the Boldest (Hazen Street), Queens NYC
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Flickr homeLESs
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zHJwiumm48
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Flickr Barge passing Rikers Island in the Bronx
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Flickr Rikers Island NYCD Fire Service Ex-FDNY Engine
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Rikers Island NYCDFD Ex-FDNY Engine
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Flickr about Rikers Island
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Flickr rikers island
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Flickr rikers island
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Flickr rikers island prison
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Flickr Booze Cruize 2008 (65)
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Rikers Island
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Flickr Booze Cruize 2008 (64)
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Rikers Island
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Flickr Booze Cruize 2008 (62)
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Rikers Island
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Flickr Booze Cruize 2008 (61)
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Rikers Island
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Flickr Rikers Island Prison Boat

A very odd structure. As we sailed by, a couple of the guys in the fenced-in basketball court waved. We waved back.
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Flickr 2008-06-19 Rikers Island

Rikers Island as seen from the south bound Amtrak train in New York City
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Flickr Rikers Island, East River, Bronx NYC
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Flickr Rikers Island, East River, Bronx NYC
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Flickr Rikers Island Bridge over Rikers Island Channel, East River, New York City
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Official Name: Francis R. Buono Memorial Bridge
Location: connects Rikers Island (The Bronx) to the Steinway neighborhood of Queens in New York City
Carry: 3 road lanes with a sidewalk
Type: Fixed low-level span using concrete and steel
Opened: 22 November 1966
Average daily traffic volumes (2008): 16,000
Note: Before this bridge was built, access to Rikers Island was by ferry only

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Flickr LaGuardia Airport & Rikers Island
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Flickr LaGuardia Airport & Rikers Island
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Flickr Rikers Island
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The concluding scenes of Two Detectives takes place in Rikers Island prison. After all that happens in the story this is the natural ending.

From my perspective...this is about as close as I care to get to Riker's Island. This was an interesting shot. I took it at about 11 a.m. but had to make it look "noir-like." Also, since the the play takes place in 1999, I had to PS out the name of Mayor Bloomberg, and the current NY Govenor from the top of the sign.

Love the name of the street: Avenue Of the Boldest, meaing the corrections officers that work there. It says that at the bottom of the sign which I had to crop out.

True dat, though, true dat. Give those men and women all the credit in the world.

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Flickr Rikers Island
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Flickr Rikers Island, NYC
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Looking west from MacNeil Park in College Point, Queens
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Flickr Hart Island
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Harts Island has a long and tragic association with death. It was a POW camp during the Civil War. It held a Nike missile there, with the controls at Fort Slocum. which is slightly north and within visual range of Hart Island. At one time, it was inhabited with a town. It was a rehab center for Phoenix House. It is now and has been Potters Field for unclaimed bodies in NYC. (Somehow, it seems macabre to have recovering addicts living next to a graveyard.) The graves are dug by prisoners from Rikers Island, which is nearby. I've seen the ferry that brings them there in the morning. It is now completely off limits and these pictures were taken from a boat with a zoom lens.
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Flickr Rikers Island
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Rikers
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Flickr The Boldest
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Rikers Island- Queens, NY. 2007
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Flickr rikers island


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Flickr rikers island
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(prison)
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Flickr Ahhh, Rikers Island


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Flickr Rikers Island Docks
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Flickr Moon over Rikers
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Riker's Island...
Taken from a NY Water Taxi.

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Flickr New York, NY
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I woke up from a snooze during the initial approach to JFK, popped open the shade and this is what I saw. Scrambled for camera and took a few shots. Not great but good enough for those who are un-initiated.

I'm sure folks will add notes to this but for those of you who don't know this view from left to right:

New Jersey shore
Hudson River (George Washington bridge visible)
Manhattan (the island in the middle, Central park easily seen)
East River
Long Island on entire right which contains:
Brooklyn (closest to bottom)
Queens (beyond Brooklyn)

John F. Kennedy airport where we landed is further out on the Eastern shore of Long Island. You can see the other major airport on the west shore of Long Island toward to top-right of the image: La Guardia.

To drive home to Connecticut, which is directly north of here I cross Long Island on the Van Wick expressway (ugh), cross the Bronx Whitestone Bridge which is clearly visible just beyond LaGuardia in the upper right. Up the Hutchinson River Parkway which turns into I-684 and then, depending on traffic and snow, zig-zag into rural Connecticut.

Of course, more intersting viewed large

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Flickr rikers island prison
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looking toward manhattan
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Flickr kif_2017
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Rikers Island
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Flickr ZEK The Prisoner
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One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich
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Flickr Rikers
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Flickr RIKERS ISLAND
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New York City 1979
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Flickr Rikers Island
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Aerial view of Rikers Island in the East River in the Bronx, New York.

Date of Original: 12-23-1957

Source: New York State Archives, Aerial photographic prints and negatives of New York State sites, 1941-1957, B1598-99.

For More Information: New York State Archives Digital Collections

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