Four Corner Hustlers
The Four Corner Hustlers is a mainly African American street gang that originated on the westside of Chicago, Illinois in the late 60's to early 1970s. The organization was founded by King Walter Wheat and Freddy "Malik" Gauge. Shortly after the Four Corner Hustlers emerged, they became allied with the Vice Lords street gang, becoming a faction and adopting the Vice Lords' symbols and colors. The gang operated as a small group in the Austin neighborhood throughout the mid-to-late 1970s, often fighting area clubs and engaging in petty theft and vandalism. However, a group of Four Corner Hustlers began to operate in the Garfield Park and Austin neighborhoods. Lead by Monroe "Money" Banks, this group adopted the Black Diamond as a symbolic reference to their gang. The Four Corner Hustlers pride themselves in making money. The organization has grown tremendously within the last ten years or so, and have expanded throughout the Southside and far South suburbs. The 4CHs are an offshoot of the Vice Lords, however, on the street most members consider themselves a separate entity. Most Four Corner Hustlers now consider themselves a separate Nation and often show their independence with the adoption of the Black Diamond symbol, while other factions of the 4CHs who still retain ties to the Vice Lords using the 5 point Star. However, all 4CHs align themselves with the Vice Lords while incarcerated forgoing any "street animosity". The gangs primary criminal involvement has consisted of graffiti, drug trafficking, assault, armed robbery, extortion, kidnapping, shootings, murder, and the "renting out" of drug turf to independent dealers. The organization has also been known to engage in the overseeing of solicitation of prostitution (pimping), the selling of illegal firearms, and the opening of "front" businesses to launder money. They are allies of all gangs under the People Nation and enemies of all Folk Nation gang.