Organised crime is on the rise in cities around the world and with it comes details of the gruesome initiation ceremonies of the world’s most terrifying criminal gangs. We’ve gathered six of the most stomach-churning rituals that are enough to keep anyone away from a life of crime. So if you’re feeling yourself turning away from a life on the straight and narrow, I’d advise you to check these gruesome rituals out.
1. Hells Angels
If you thought you knew everything there was to know about this world-famous biker gang, then think again. I’ll bet you didn’t know that new recruits must attend a meeting where they’re forced to sit in a chair and have gang members tip urine and faeces on their heads. They’re then not allowed to wash for an entire day.
2. The Triads
The Triads is the largest gang in China. The initiation ceremony consists of drinking unknown substances, typically filled with the blood of the old and new recruits.
3. Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13)
To become an official member of this El Salvadorian gang, prospective recruits are recommended to beat a woman or child to within an inch of their life.
Thought that lot was bad? There’s even worse over on the next page, if you think you can stomach it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
4. The Numbers Gang
To be initiated into this South American prison gang, it was said that the recruit must first answer a question. The question was: “What would you do if you and another gang member were in the rain and only you had an umbrella?” If they answered that they would share the umbrella, the recruit had to then prostitute themselves to other men in the prison. If they decided that they would keep the umbrella for themselves, they would have to attack a prison guard and put up with a severe beating from the initiated gang members.
5. Taitung Crime Syndicates
This Taiwanese gang strips its recruits down, straps on goggles and forces them to walk around while gang members launch fireworks at them. Ouch.
6. The Knights Templar Cartel
It’s said that this Mexican cartel forces new recruits to kill and eat the heart of a child. If they can’t face up to it, they face a fate worse than death.
If you’re struggling to imagine such horrible scenes in your innocent gang-free brain, then perhaps a video is what you need. Over on the next page is a shocking video of a real life gang opening fire on the streets of China. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted.