The Simon City Royals trace back to about 1952 or 1953. They appeared after the major Puerto Rican migration to Humboldt and Lincoln Parks in 1952. In 1952 and 1953 many Puerto Rican and white gangs appeared on the north/northwest side because of racial differences. The Simon City Royals were not the “Simon City Royals back in the early and mid 50s (1952-1956). The Simon City Royals were given birth by the merger of up to three white/Italian street gangs from the north side. One gang was the “Simon’s City” based upon the fact that they formed in Simon’s Park on the corner of Drake and Wabansia in about 1952 or 1953. There was also another gang that hung around the same area called the “Fist City Royals.” By about the year 1959, the Fist City Royals and Simon’s City merged into one gang and called themselves the “Simon City Royals.” In the exact year of 1960 old social service documents identified the Simon City Royals street gang in existence and under that exact name; therefore, the first merger happened right around then, more than likely late 1950s as some sources have explained. Later on in the 1960s as the Royals became larger in numbers they began to become more organized and became more “family” oriented, and they also handled gang business very seriously. The Royals soon developed major rivalries with such gangs as the Drakers, Latin Kings, Belairs, Jokers, and Imperial Gangsters.
During the 1960s as the Simon City Royals grew in number rapidly, they developed a reputation of being one of the most violent street gangs in Chicago. Especially by the late 1960s the Simon City Royals became the largest street gang in Chicago and they remained at that status well in to the 1970s. In about the year 1968 there was a gang called the “Ashland Royals” from Paulina and Cornelia. In about that year the leader of Simon City Royals, Michael Kraft, fought a one on one battle with the leader of the Ashland Royals and supposedly lost the fight, and somehow this led to the SCRs merging with the Ashland Royals and became the “Simon City’s angry Royals” for a short time (the year of this merger may have occurred sooner than 1968, if you know the right year or know 68 is right hit us up firstname.lastname@example.org). Some Royals, however, kept the old name. In the early 1970s the Simon City Royals unified with several white street gangs such as the Gaylords, Insane Popes, and the Howard street Greasers, and opposed the growing populations of the Latino street gangs. Tensions also heated up with such gangs as the Latin Kings, Insane Deuces, and the Latin Eagles. During the early to mid 70s, many Royals were killed by rival gangs, and also the Royals slayed many rival gang members. Many high ranking leaders of the SCRs were killed in the early to mid 70s such as “Arab” and “Bimbo” in 1974. In the mid 70s (around 1975) the Gaylords killed Larry “Larkin” Morris the leader of the Insane Popes which caused the IP to join the royal nation and become the “Royal Popes.” Right before this occurred the Gaylords killed a Royal named “Wizard” at a party. This caused a massive war with the Gaylords that became real sour real fast. By this time many Royals had been incarcerated in the prison systems and learned how to establish operations in prison like many other Chicago gangs were doing by then.
By about the year 1976, an original BGD (Black Gangster Disciple) named Michael Motten moved to the north side and joined up with Maniac Drifters. Michael Motten AKA “Motto” was an original member of the Black Disciple alliance of the mid to late 60s led by David Barksdale until the “Gangster Nation” and the “Black Disciple Nation” merged in January of 1969 to form the Black Gangster Disciple Nation led by David Barksdale and Larry Hoover. Sometime in the mid to late 70s after Barksdale’s death the Black Disciple gang emerged out of the BGD alliance led by Jerome “Shorty” Freeman. “Motto” chose to follow the Black Disciples under Freeman but also joined the Maniac Drifters up north during his absence. During the year 1976 Motto established very good relations with the Simon City Royals and the Royals accepted him despite the fact that Motto was Black.
A relationship soon developed between the Royals and the Black Disciples on the streets and in the prison system. Around that same year the Folk nation was created by the gangs like the BGDs and the BDs and because of the Royals new alliance with the BDs, they joined the Folks alliance, and the Royals became a founding Folk nation gang. It is said that there were also business reasons for the Royals joining Folks such as a weapons trade with the BDs or protection of Royal members behind bars. This created new allies for the Royals on the north side such as the Spanish Cobras, Orchestra Albany, Latin Disciples, Imperial Gangsters, and yes even the Latin Eagles.
The Royals then spread into further territory in the 70s such as: Albany and School, Drake and Wolfram, Southport and Fullerton, Central Park and Wilson, California and Fletcher, Farwell and Clark. In 1976 the Royals invited the Insane Unknowns’ leader Mr. Kapone to a peace meeting and instead killed him on the spot. After this the war died down between the Unknowns and the Latin Kings and the IUKs joined the People alliance. The Insane Unknowns then viciously attacked the Simon City Royals on the corner of Southport and Fullerton and wiped them out and took that corner as IUK hood.
By the early 1980s the Simon City Royals’ leader Todd “Dillenger” Brewer was killed by the Puerto Rican Stones street gang which resulted in a very vicious war with the Pr Stones. Around this time several key incarcerations and the continued expansions of the Latino gangs caused the Royals to shrink in numbers greatly making them no longer the largest street gang in Chicago, nevertheless, the Royals continued to engage in bloody battles with the Gaylords, Latin Kings, and Insane Deuces, things got worse especially after the Gaylords and the Insane Deuces joined the people alliance in 1980 and were teaming up with the Latin Kings. In the year 1983, the Royals shot a 14 year old Gaylord in the back which caused even more conflict between the two gangs. By the mid 80s as Folk and People became more visible on the streets by 1984, the Royals grew closer to fellow Folk nation gangs and race no longer became an issue as they were fighting side by side with fellow Folks against the People nation opposition. In order to avoid total extinction, the Royals began to recruit outside the white race by the mid to late 80s; nevertheless, the Royals had lost a lot of turf and numbers by the late 80s.
By about 1991 the Royals began to engage in bloody warfare with fellow Folk nation gangs like the Maniac Latin Disciples and the Spanish Cobras. The war with the SCRs and the Cobras intensified greatly costing many lives on both sides. Eventually the Simon City Royals joined up with the “Almighty” alliance which is a sub alliance under the Folk nation. The gangs that are almighty are: Imperial Gangsters, Harrison Gents, Ambrose, Latin Eagles, and the Royals. The Royals have spread their influence into many Illinois suburban towns and ever other states such as Wisconsin and Mississippi. Many original SCR territories are still populated by Royals to this day.