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Inside the Crips

Life Inside L.A.'s Most Notorious Gang

Colton Simpson with Ann Pearlman; Foreword by Ice T

St. Martin's Press

Inside the Crips is the memoir of the author Colton Simpson's life as a Crip--beginning at the tender age of ten in the mid-seventies--and his prison turnaround nearly twenty-five years later.
 
Colton ("C-Loc") Simpson calls himself the only gang member ever allowed to quite the Crips--and one of the few to survive into his thirties. Simpson--son of a ballplayer for the California Angels and a mother who was relentlessly rough with her sons after their fathers left her--became a gang member at ten. Inside The Crips tells the remarkable--and at the same time, all too common--story of gang life in the 1980s in immediate and descriptive prose that makes this book a gripping true-life read. Inside The Crips covers the rush that comes from participating in gang violence and the years-long wars between the Bloods and Crips. Simpson's story also puts the reader in the middle of the struggle between the Crips and corrections officers in Calipatria prison. It covers gang life from the mid-seventies to the mid-nineties, and introduces characters it's impossible not to care about: Simpson's fellow gangbanger Smile; and Gina, the long-suffering friend and mother of two sons who married Simpson in prison.

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An excerpt from Inside the Crips describing Colton Simpson's induction at age 11:
 
"You wit' it?" Big T asks, but he doesn't look at me.
            "I'm down," I tell them, waiting for the discussion of my worthiness and loyalty to begin.
"When I say run, run down the alley and don't stop," Smiley orders.
            I take a quick glance down the alley. Only a dim light lends a gloomy vagueness. The telephone poles have disappeared into the sky. The iron bars have
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  • Colton Simpson with Ann Pearlman; Foreword by Ice T

  • Colton Simpson lives in Los Angeles.  Ann Pearlman is the author of GETTING FREE: WOMEN AND PYCHOTHERAPY, KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING and INFIDELITY: A MEMOIR. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she lives.

     
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Inside the Crips

Life Inside L.A.'s Most Notorious Gang

Colton Simpson with Ann Pearlman; Foreword by Ice T

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