Guest Post by Michael Estepa
Is it true that gang members do not hurt people that are not gang members or is that just a myth?
This is a tricky question because the moral values on human life for organised crime gangs throughout the world are different. In the research I did on organised crime for my book, Purged by Darkness, as well as my personal experiences, I have found that each crime gang treats their values on human life according to how much heat they are willing to take from the law.
Traditionally, gangsters, especially the older and higher ranked gang members will not touch anyone not involved in their world. In times of conflict, especially with rivals, it is hard to say whether or not they would go after family or friends. This really depends on how desperately they want to wipe out a key member because if going after their family/friends will lure them out into the open then chances are – they will. I know for a fact that there is an unspoken rule in the Australian underworld that no one who is not part of their world is to be harmed regardless of the situation. This rule of course depends on certain circumstances. If you owe them money and are refusing to pay up, have you dishonoured them, have you witnessed something and are now working with the police etc.
Then again, there has always been certain organised crime gangs who will target anyone for the smallest infractions or for no reason at all. A clear example of this is the South and Central American drug cartels. These drug cartels will kill anyone who opposes them, and yes that includes government workers such as police, mayors, journalists, anyone. Families have been wiped out (parents, siblings, relatives who are not part of that life) to make a point and to send a clear message to anyone who stands against them.
Best advice: If you stay clear of them, they will stay clear of you.
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