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January 3, 2014 San Quentin State Prison, California — The Aryan Brotherhood was originally formed to fight the Black Guerrilla Family, which was founded in San Quentin by George Jackson in 1966. The Former Black Panther, revolutionary and author of Soledad Brother had a vile hatred of the system and all things white.
The Black Guerrilla Family was the most politically-oriented of the gangs. The BGF was formed as a revolutionary organization, along paramilitary lines. Its goal was to overthrow the US Government. They were led by a Supreme Commander or Chairman and the lowest echelon of gang members were known as soldiers. They originated out of the MAD Adjustment center at San Quentin, the first SHU in the country. They recruit members of black street gangs like the Crips, disenchanted members of radical black organizations and are aligned with the Black Liberation Army. Their founder George Jackson was killed by guards at San Quentin in the early seventies. A victim of his fame and notoriety.
The race wars in the federal system started on Nov 22, 1981 when the body of Robert M Chappelle, a member of the DC Blacks was found dead in his cell at USP Marion. Thomas “Terrible Tom” Silverstein was the killer and Chappelle’s death worried bureau official who thought it might spark a war, which it certainly did. (According to The Hot House, Silverstein’s biological father was a man named Thomas Conway, whom his mother divorced when Tommy was four years old; she later married a man named Silverstein.)
In 1981, Silverstein was accused of the murder of Robert Chappelle, a member of the D.C. Blacks prison gang. Silverstein and another inmate, Clayton Fountain, were convicted for the murder—based on testimony from informants—and sentenced to an additional life sentence. Silverstein maintains he is innocent.
While Silverstein was on trial for Chappelle’s murder the BOP transferred Raymond “Cadillac” Smith, the national leader of the D.C. Blacks prison gang, from another prison into the control unit in Marion.
From the moment Smith arrived in the control unit, prison logs show that he began trying to kill Silverstein.“He bragged that he was going to kill me,” Silverstein recalled. “Everyone knew what was going on and no one did anything to keep us apart. The guards wanted one of us to kill the other.”
Silverstein and another prisoner killed Smith, stabbing him 67 times with improvised weapons. After Smith was dead, they dragged his body up and down the tier, so those prisoners still locked in their cells could see.
Silverstein received another life sentence.
The race wars against the DC blacks raged across the feds in the early 1980′s and again in the 1990′s when 2 DC blacks were killed at USP Lewisburg by AB members who stabbed them 35 and 34 times. The violent campaign against the DC Blacks and the alleged race war are at the center of the government’s 2002 indictment against the Aryan Brotherhood.