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 ALMIGHTY POPES

PEOPLE

MOSTLY WHITE

CROSS W/ 5 RAYS AND A HALO / 5PT STAR

AP's / APz / APN

BLACK  /  GRAY

UNKNOWN

NO LONGER ACTIVE


In 1985 some South Side Popes merged with some Twelfth Street Players in Cicero, IL.  The merger was between 51st Popes and Cicero TPN.  The merger was brought about by Bill English and he named the club the “Player Popes.”  This was done because Bill English could not see eye to eye with Mike Hamilton who was leader of the SIP back then, and English being a former Player from Cicero, brought his old gang faction to merge with his new gang faction.  The Player Popes had very racist ideologies and it showed in early 1987 when English and 3 other PPs firebombed a black school teacher’s house.  The incidents made headline news in 1987 and the 4 PPs were arrested.  English accused Mike Hamilton of ordering the hit but later confessed that he himself ordered it and that Hamilton and the Insane Popes had nothing to do with it.  English then gave up the other three PPs involved and all 4 were convicted.  After this occurred, the Player Popes dissolved  becoming 63rd street Twelfth Street Players or others became Vittum Park Insane Popes who later became “Almighty Popes” in 1991.  English was let out of prison in the mid 1990s then murdered in the Clearing district in the late 90s.  In the late 80s to early 90s the Popes set up territory in Archer Heights around Archer Avenue and Kostner.  In 1987 till 1991, the Vittum Park Popes continued to not see eye to eye with the rest of the IPN and small conflicts ensued within the gang.


In 1991 the Popes had a break away faction known as the “Almighty Popes” which were started by 63rd and Oak Park SIPs, and mainly Vittum Park SIPs. The APs and SIPs soon got into disputes and engaged in all out war.  The Almighty Popes were helped by the Latin Counts in forming in 1991.  The Latin Counts even helped design the new AP gang sign that was a combination of the Latin Count cross and the SIP cross.  In 1991 the Latin Counts and Latin Kings went to war and the APs sided with the Counts mostly while the SIPs mainly sided with the Kings, thus, causing the SIPs and Counts to fight.


The Almighty Popes formed as a result of an interr-alliance war within the South side Insane Popes gang on the South side of Chicago.  It began as a dispute between five branches of the Insane Popes in 1991.  A dispute arose between the 63rd and Oak Park South Side Popes along with the Vittum Park South Side Popes against some other factions of the South Side Popes.  Some have claimed that Chris Hamilton the younger brother of Mike Hamilton started the Almighty Popes, but this is not true, no member of this family formed the Almighty Popes (corrections have been made on our SIP page about Russell Hamilton forming the Popes because he did not).  In 1991 the Vittum Park Popes broke away and formed their own gang called the “Almighty Popes.” The founders of the Almighty Popes were Martin Lorenzo and Mathew Sopron, and the Climber brothers. The Almighty Popes dropped their colors of black and white and adopted black and grey as their colors.  They maintained the cross with the halo above it from the SIPs, but altered it, they added more slashes above their cross, instead of two slashes theirs had five, but changed their initials to “AP.”  Because they started out as a part of the Insane Popes, they were able to be a part of the People alliance right away.  The APs retained their alliance to gangs like the Latin Kings, Vice Lords, and Twelfth Street Players.  They retained their wars with the Two Sixs, Satan Disciples, Ridgeway Lords, and other various Folks.  The APs main People nation enemy was the SIPs.  The APs may have developed a friendship with the Latin Counts judging by the five slashes in their cross, while the SIPs have been at war with the Counts. 
           
In 1995 the war between the APs and the Ridgeway Lords heated up terribly.  This war lead to a devastating shooting that cost the lives of two teenage girls.  The story made the news right away.  Two members of the Almighty Popes, Eric Anderson (serving life) and Nicholas Morfin (serving life) went up to a van parked on 6400 S. Melvina near Hale elementary and began to shoot at the van as it tried to speed off killing 13 year old  Helena Martin and her friend Carrie Hovel as they were sitting in the back seat.  They opened fire on the van because they had targeted it before as a Ridgeway Lord van.  After the shooting the community was outraged and so were the Chicago Cops people were screaming justice and wanted all Popes locked up.  Because law enforcement and the community were ill-informed about the difference between Almighty Popes and Insane Popes, they rained down on both gangs.  The SIPs now had to deal with heavy police pressure that caused them to lose sets but it was worse for the APs as they were the slightly smaller gang and had more to lose.  In 1998 the two shooters were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, along with them five other APs were to stand trail for “ordering a hit.”  Since Matthew Sopron was the leader of the APs and Wayne Antusas was the second in command, both men were locked up for life for ordering the killing, Martin Lorenzo was also handed a sentence.  It is very much rumored that Sopron had nothing to do with the shooting.  Because of these key incarcerations, the Almighty Popes began to decline severely by 1998, losing turf rapidly and becoming more and more disorganized.  Many members went back to the SIPs while other became Vice Lords or Twelfth Street Players.  By 2001 the Almighty Popes had completely went extinct.

 

 


The Locations of the ALMIGHTY POPES 

LAST KNOWN LOCATIONS
 
46th & Whipple
49th & Long
50th & Kilpatrick
50th & Leclaire (Vittum Park)
51st & Kostner
63rd & Oak Park "Popes Alley"
Bridgeview,IL
Summit,IL
Indianapolis,IN
 
 
SPECIAL THANKS TO ZACH AKA ZOOK22 FOR THE HISTORICAL INFORMATION ON THE ALMIGHTY POPES