|About the Book|
If you managed to survive a beating by over 100 gang members one cold October night deep in gang turf, would you ever go back into that neighborhood? M. Rutledge McCall not only went back, he moved into the hood--for over a year.This shocking sagaMoreIf you managed to survive a beating by over 100 gang members one cold October night deep in gang turf, would you ever go back into that neighborhood? M. Rutledge McCall not only went back, he moved into the hood--for over a year.This shocking saga details the year and a half writer M. Rutledge McCall spent living in the largest, most violent ghetto in America. During his time in the hood, gang members were sending bullet-riddled corpses to the county morgue at the rate of one every 11 hours. After spending months in gang turf on a regular basis, sufficient mutual trust and respect grew between gang members and McCall that they allowed him to be involved in every aspect of their lives: to go where they went, to see what they saw, to do what they did. ...To move among them as no white outsider had ever been allowed. McCall saw it all, from crimes committed by gang members to crimes committed by police officers. He saw firsthand the path that leads 6 year-old boys to becoming 16 year-old killers, and societys role in creating and fostering the mayhem and violence in Americas big-city ghettos.By 2010, street gangs such as La Eme (the Mexican Mafia) and the BGF (Black Guerilla Family) had spread into and gained virtual free reign of the nations prisons, where Latinos far outnumber Blacks, and violence between the two had risen to alarming levels. This is a true story of the earlier, more innocent days, when a white writer moved freely among the gangs of South Central L.A. at a time when the murder rate in Los Angeles was the highest in the city’s history, during the year that encompassed some of the most violent episodes ever to grip L.A.The events McCall witnessed and participated in, not only shattered his perceptions of racism in America today, they shattered his entire life. The sequence of some of the events in this stunning account has been shuffled, in order to protect the guilty...the author included.The book has gone into eight reprints and is currently in development as a motion picture with a Hollywood film company.