The North Side Insane Popes have roots that date back to the late 1950s. At that time they were a small group of Greek youths that hung out on the corner of Lawrence and Rockwell on the North Side of Chicago. At that time they were not a gang and name "INSANE POPES" wasn't even invented yet. By the early 1960s this group of youths began to have problems with some neighborhood gangs. They had problems with Latin Kings and other Latino gangs on the North side. These Latin gangs were much larger; therefore, the soon to be Popes were outnumbered and it caused them to lose fights. Other white greaser gangs noticed this and the upcoming Simon City Royals started to help the Popes with their battles. After this alliance began the Royals wanted these kids to join Simon City Royals, instead these kids decided to start their own gang and called it the "INSANE POPES." Pope stood for "Protection Our People Eliminating S**cs (use your imagination) it was later changed to "Scum" instead of S**cs. The Popes eventually became known as the “Almighty Insane Popes” by the early 70s. Around this time the Simon City Royals and the Popes formed an alliance called the “Royal Pope Nation” (RPN). This was a brotherhood type of alliance between the two gangs while both gangs retained independence from each other.
In the early 1970s the Popes had a new leader by the name of Larry "Larkin" Morris. Larkin was a young teenager that fought bravely against his enemies and he was truly fearless. He helped the Popes spread their influence to neighborhoods such as: Old Irving Park, Albany Park, and the Jefferson community areas. Larkin is also accredited for founding the South Side insane Popes in either 1974 or 1975 (see South Side Insane Pope history). Larkin was tragically killed in 1975 by Gaylords. He was shot in his abdomen and chest. He was shot while he was with his brother-in-law Arnold Brazeau as they were cruising down North Keystone when they spotted three Gaylords on the street. Larkin jumped out of the car and began to chase these GLs. Supposedly he was chasing them because nights earlier some GLs broke out Larkin's windows of his car. During the chase one of the GLs fired four shots at the two but all four bullets missed so Larkin kept chasing them anyway. The GL then fired another group of bullets that struck Larkin and he collapsed dead near 4872. N. Kilpatrick.
After the death of Larkin the Popes became closer friends with the Simon City Royals. In the 1978 the Popes on the North Side joined the Folk alliance with the Simon City Royals but the South Side Popes remained renegade in the late 70s because they deeply hated Satan Disciples and Two Six that joined Folk in 1978; however, this did not matter much in the late 70s because Folk and People was still a strictly prison thing. By the early 1980s the North Side IPs hung out with Royals and GDs in their vicinity. Also during the 1980s the Popes used the pitchfork as one of their gang signs (as many Folks did back then).
Over the years the North Side Popes have depleted in number in the mid-60s through the early 70s they were at their peak with about 800 members. Today they have an estimated 30-50 members? (If I'm wrong let us know). In years past the Popes were a racist white gang nowadays they are not and they recruit all races mainly Latino and some black even though they still remain mostly white.