Home of the Body Bags is published by gang member Terrell Wright
By Alex Alonso, Street Gangs Magazine
April 9, 2005
Terrell Wright, a member of the West Side Rollin’ 20s Bloods of South Los Angeles published his long awaited autobiography, Home of the Body Bags, a riveting portrait of Los Angeles gang life and culture, and the cycle of violence associated with it’s most committed members. From his upbringing on the eastside of Los Angeles on 116th Street, Wright, aka LOKO, takes the reader on a journey of a boy drawn to the power of violence. He discusses his early days as a YG for the Rollin 20s Bloods and his first incarceration as a teenager into Los Padrinos juvenile hall and the gang conflicts there.
The rivalry with the Harlem 30s Crips and many of the wars with those Crips are part of the narrative and the brief conflict with the Harpys gang where LOKO along with others brokered a peace agreement is detailed.
His entrance into the California Prison is a shocking story of racial wars, conflict, and gang bangin’. His personal relationships are a roller coaster ride while he tries to balance family life and street life but his return visits to the pen, shake the stability of his personal relationships. His travels from San Quentin, to Folsom, to Pelican Bay and his multiple visits back to the prisons is a story of struggle for survival in the inside of prisons walls and the struggle to avoid going back while free. This is where he writes this book and this is where he remains.
PREFACE: I wrote this book with the desire of wanting to share my experience and truth of a gangster life with the American people, and to a larger extent, with the world. My experience isn’t overly unique in a deeper sense, in fact, it’s an experience that is replayed and repeated throughout the United States of America. To avoid the final outcome on my many journeys of being in and out of jail, I encourage the young reader to try as best they could to avoid the many pitfalls and obstacles I often experienced, and which are everywhere and plentiful. I encourage you, the reader, to prepare your future carefully, to stay focused and to remain determined to succeed. And as a final note, don’t ever think about following in my footstpes because there is no such think like perfect gangsterism.
Terrell Cortez Wright
There are 23 Chapters that include the following:
Chapter 1, Los Angeles 1977 – 1981, p. 1, Loko discusses his days as a youth when he lived on the eastside of Los Angeles on 118th Street near the A Line Crips and the 118 East Coast Blocc Crips. This was his first contat with LA street gangs and from this point he was fascinated by the Gs in the hood.
Chapter 2 – Initiation – Reputation, 1982 – 1985, p. 7, After his family moved to 47th & Hoover and then 41st & Main, he eventually click up with some Bloods from West Side Rollin 20s, specifically the 29th Street click, and from 1982, he was a full member. Loko discusses his initiation, member of the neighborhood, including D-Bop (his younger cousin), Zig-Zag, Lil Moe, T-Dog, and many others, but the highest ranking member of the 29th Street click.
Chapter 3 – Saturday Night Specials (1985), p. 15,
Chapter 4 – 664/187 (1985), p. 23, Loko details some of the battles with his main rival of the time, the Harlem 30s Crips and discusses the attempted murder he participated in when he shot Lil Bo Peep from Grape Street Watts.
Chapter 5 – Mind Over Matter (1985 – 1992), p. 29, After Loko was convicted he started servering his 7-years of a ten year sentence at Los Padrinos. There he Romeo from Black Stone, G-ROb from 30s Piru, One Punch from Pasadena Denver Lanes, and Demon from Bounty Hunters. He was eventually transfered to Central Juvenile Hall, then to LA’s Hall of Justice County Jail (HOJJ), then to YA (California Youth Authority) and then after a series of disruptive activities, we was sent to adult prison, Old Folson and then to San Quentin to serve the rest of his sentence.
Chapter 6 – The Block is Hot (1992 – 1994), p. 41
Chapter 7 – Uncertain Future (1994 – 1995), p. 51
Chapter 8 – A Dove Will Get You Eighty Percent (1995 – 1997), p. 65
Chapter 9 – Can’t Stop – Won’t Stop (1997), p. 75
Chapter 10 – The Beef (1997 – 1998), p. 85, For many years in Los Angeles, both Black and Hispanic neighborhoods have coexisted within the same boundaries in harmony, but not all neighborhoods can say that now. During this time, Loko almost led the entire Rollin’ 20s into an all out war with the Harpys, a Chicano Sureno neighborhood in the West Adams. Read about the details of this conflict with the Harpys and the outcome.
Chapter 11 – A Time of Reflection (1998 – 1999), p. 91
Chapter 12 – Moses (1999 – 2000), p. 99 After serving a 1-year violation, Loko was back in the neighborhood. He decided to hustle weed at one of the 20s’ active spots near 29th & Western. Loko discovered that there were several Belizeans serving in the neighborhood, and one in partciular named Moses was well connected. Because Moses was not a member of the neighborhood, many felt, especially Loko, that he should not be profitting from the 20s and that his enterprise would have to move elsewhere. Read about Loko’s near death effort to take over the weed spot (After Loko’s incarceration, Moses was murdered in the 40s Crip neighborhood in an unrelated incident).
Chapter 13 – Sofia (1999 – 2000), p. 109
Chapter 14 – G-Kev (2000), p 119 Everyone in the neighborhood has their ace homie that they roll with and during this time, G-Kev and Loko were like brothers. Loko describes his relationship with G-Kev and the love that they shared and the ups and down.
Chapter 15 – 04-11-2000, p. 129
Chapter 16 – County Jail Blues, p. 139, After being arrested for the Beverly Hills jewelry heist, Loko was back in the County jail, awaiting trial for some serious charges. Loko discusses being housed in module 3200 in Wayside, where the Bloods are housed and he talked about the beef that started between the Rollin 20s Bloods and the Black P Stones, two Bloods gangs.
Chapter 17 – Do or Die (2000-2001), p. 147, Although there was a peace agreement between the 20s and the Black Stones, that didn’t mean that it was going to be honored. Loko discusses the violent clashes that he and the 20s had with Lil Ase and the Black Stones, which started by Lil Ase stabbing Loko in the neck multiple times while Loko was still shackeled (hand cuffs restraints) and defenseless. Read how Loko was almost killed in the attack and how the 20s retaliated against the Black P Stones.
Chapter 18 – Keepn’ it Gangster (2001), p. 157
Chapter 19 – Good Times Rolling (2001 – 2002), p. 167
Chapter 20 – Rolled Up (2002), p. 177
Chapter 21 – Friend or Foe (2002), p. 181
Chapter 22 – The Conflict (2002), p. 191
Chapter 23 – Epilogue, p. 199
Appendix A – Homeboys incarcerated, p. 201
Appendix B – B.I.P. (Bloods in Peace), p. 203
ISBN: 0-9758594-0-4; pp. 216; $15.00