Inside the Crips: Life Inside L.A.'s Most Notorious Gang

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Inside the Crips is a memoir of Colton Simpson's life as a Crip -- beginning at the tender age of ten in the mid 70s -- and his prison turnaround twenty-five years later.

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Colton (“C-Loc”) Simpson was a Crip. Beginning at the impossibly tender age of ten in the mid-1970s, Simpson’s world was defined in terms of war. By the time he quit—the first gang member allowed to do so—he’d risen through the ranks to become Stabilizer and later, General. Simpson was the son of Dick Simpson, a ballplayer for the California Angels, but even before he became a gangbanger, his childhood was tough. Raised by his grandmother at the edge of Los Angeles’s South Central, Simpson didn’t turn to the streets so much as become engulfed by them: without asking to be part of the gang, his induction into the Crips involved running down an alley while the members opened fire on him as he ran.

Simpson was an elite gang soldier, loyal to a fault, participating wholly in a system whose rules and unique ethics he quickly mastered. But Simpson’s run at the top of the Crips was cut off by betrayal, injury, and a prison stint that plunged him into an even fiercer war beyond gang violence: the war in Calapatria prison between the Crips and the corrections officers.

It’s impossible not to care about the youth Simpson was, or about Simpson’s fellow gangbanger Smiley, or about Gina, the long-suffering friend and mother of two sons who eventually married Simpson in prison. INSIDE THE CRIPS is an intimate detailed look at gang life in the 1970s-1990s, and at the same time a story of both buoyant camaraderie and devastating loss. It places the reader in the center of the rush that comes from participating in gang violence and puts the extraordinary life and times of one Crip into a larger context.

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"..(an) arresting memoir..."---Entertainment Weekly

Colton "C-Loc" Simpson was a Crip. Beginning at the age of ten in the mid-1970s, Simpson's world was defined in terms of war. By the time he quit, Simpson had risen through the ranks to become Stabilizer and later, General.

Simpson was the son of Dick Simpson, a ballplayer for the California Angels and Cincinnati Reds, but even before he became a gangbanger, his life was rough. Raised by his grandmother in South Central L.A., Simpson didn't so much turn to the streets as become engulfed by them: without asking to become part of the gang, his forced induction into the Crips meant running down an alley while the members opened fire on him.

INSIDE THE CRIPS is Simpson's unstinting account―emotional, violent, ugly and tender―of life inside a gang. You'll meet intense characters such as Smiley, Simpson's fellow gangbanger, and heartbreaking ones such as Gina, the mother of two young sons who married Simpson in prison.

"The book provides a window into an often misunderstood way of life."―Publishers Weekly

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