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Kody Scott (a.k.a. Shanyika Shakur) published his bestselling book, Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member, in 1993.
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Horace Mann Junior High, Kody Scott underwent initiation rituals to become a member of the 83 Gangster Crips. He helped to steal a car, then shot and killed several rival gang members in a drive-by shooting.
Two years later, at the age of 13, Scott was responsible for beating a robbery victim so badly that police called it the "work of a monster." From that point forward, his fellow Crips members referred to him as "Monster" Kody, or just "Monster."
In an attempt to finally leave his life of crime behind, Scott moved his wife and two children into the Los Angeles suburbs. He began working at a local college in the financial aid department to support his family, but he couldn't resist the call of the streets. By the late 80's, Scott was back into gang life and, in 1991, he was arrested and imprisoned yet again, this time for assault and grand theft auto.
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More than 30,000 gangs plague American streets, wreaking havoc from Los Angeles to New York. This violent subculture floods cities with drug traffic, extortion, and even weapons trading. But some members stand apart from others for their fearless attitudes and business savvy. From Leroy "Nicky" Barnes, one of Harlem's biggest drug king pins, to Kody "Monster" Scott, a member of L.A.'s Crips gang by the age of 13, these notorious gangsters have become legendary for rising to the top of their organizations by pushing the limits, no matter the cost.
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