Gang codes and gang identity theft

2 encoded documents written by different gangs in different states show some striking similarities


Gangs are known to steal territory and drug profits from one another, but could one gang ever steal part of another gang’s identity? After taking a look at the following two coded documents, I developed a theory indicating that in at least one case, they might be trying.

Document One: The Virginia Code
In 2000, officers working in a Virginia correctional facility found a fifteen-page encoded document. One of the pages contained the picture below (Illustration 1):

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