Thursday, December 08, 1977

Teen-Agers Accused of Killing Two

Two Bronx teenagers have been arrested and charged with killing two men and seriously wounding a 15-year-old boy in three separate knife attacks that took place within a block of one another in a two-hour period last week.

All three took place near 168th Street and Teller Avenue in the Morrisania section the night of Nov. 30, the police said, adding that detectives were at the scene investigating the first homicide when the second killing took place less than a block away. The attack on the 15-year-old occurred at the same site 40 minutes later.

The pair were arrested late Wednesday after a weeklong investigation by homicide detectives.

The area where the attacks took place was described as the turf of the Savage Nomades, which, like the Savage Skulls, is regarded as among the largest nad most vicious of the 21 gangs with 3,000 remaining in the Bronx following a sharp decline in such gangs over the last four years.

In 1973 there were reportedly 151 gangs with 10,000 members.

excerpt from NYT 12/8/77

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