Savage Skulls

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Savage Skulls
FoundedDecember 12th 1969 Bronx, NY
Years active1969 to present
TerritoryHunts Point, Bronx, New York

The Savage Skulls are a mostly Puerto Rican and African American street gang started in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx during the late 1960s, gaining popularity in the 1970s.[1]

The gang declared war on the drug dealers operating in the Hunts Point area in the early 1970s, and was also involved in a number of running battles with rival gangs, including the Seven Immortals, Savage Nomads, and Dirty Dozen.

The gang was photographed by Jean-Pierre Laffont in 1972[2] and were the subject of the 1979 documentary film 80 Blocks From Tiffany's.[3][4][5] The leader of the gang was Felipe Mercado.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Savage Skulls 1972.
  2. ^ Jean-Pierre Laffont: The Savage Skulls (2015) at Glitterati
  3. ^ 1979, Gary Weis.
  4. ^ "AllMovie | Movies and Films Database | Movie Search, Ratings, Photos, Recommendations, and Reviews". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  5. ^ Phanor-Faury, Alexandra (October 25, 2010). "Director Gary Weis on His Influential, Long-Lost Doc '80 Blocks from Tiffany's'". BlackBook. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012.
  6. ^ David Gonzalez, About New york, ex-gangster on the new path with advice. New York Times 18 October 1997.