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General Information

Name:  Reymundo Sanchez  

Pen Name: None

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Born: Puerto Rico


-- Reymundo Sanchez on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=reymundo+sanchez


Illinois Connection

Reymundo Sanchez is the pseudonym of a former Latin King who no longer lives in Chicago.

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Titles At Your Library

My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King
ISBN: 1556524277

Chicago Review Press. 2000

Looking for an escape from childhood abuse, Reymundo Sanchez turned away from school and baseball to drugs, alcohol, and then sex, and was left to fend for himself before age 14. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became his refuge and his world, but its violence cost him friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly his life. This is a raw and powerful odyssey through the ranks of the new mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs are members of your own gang, who in one breath will say they’ll die for you and in the next will order your assassination.

Once a King, Always a King: The Unmaking of a Latin King
ISBN: 1556525532

Chicago Review Press. 2004

This riveting sequel to My Bloody Life traces Reymundo Sanchez’s struggle to create a “normal” life outside the Latin Kings, one of the nation's most notorious street gangs, and to move beyond his past. Sanchez illustrates how the Latin King motto “once a king, always a king” rings true and details the difficulty and danger of leaving that life behind. Filled with heart-pounding scenes of his backslide into drugs, sex, and violence, Once a King, Always a King recounts how Sanchez wound up behind bars and provides an engrossing firsthand account of how the Latin Kings are run from inside the prison system. Harrowing testaments to Sanchez’s determination to rebuild his life include his efforts to separate his family from gang life and his struggle to adapt to marriage and the corporate world. Despite temptations, nightmares, regressions into violence, and his own internal demons, Sanchez makes an uneasy peace with his new life. This raw, powerful, and brutally honest memoir traces the transformation of an accomplished gangbanger into a responsible citizen.

Latin King: Una vida sangrienta (Coleccion Barbaros/Testimonio) (Spanish Edition)
ISBN: 8495764474

Ediciones Barataria. 2006

Looking for an escape from childhood abuse, Reymundo Sanchez turned away from school and baseball to drugs, alcohol, and then sex, and was left to fend for himself before the age of

14. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became his refuge and his world, but its violence cost him friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly his life. This is a raw and powerful odyssey through the ranks of the new mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs are members of your own gang, who in one breath will say they’ll die for you and in the next will order your assassination.

Buscando un escape del abuso juvenil que sufría, Reymundo Sanchez rechazó al colegio y al deporte y se adentró en un mundo de drogas, alcohol y sexo—todo antes de los 14 años. Los Latin Kings, una de las maras mas grandes y más notorias de los Estados Unidos, se volvió su familia y su mundo, pero la violencia de esa familia le costó sus amigos, su libertad, el respeto a sí mismo y casi su vida. Esta es una odisea desgarrante a travéz de la nueva mafia, donde las únicas personas más peligrosas que las maras enemigas son las de la misma mara, que en un instante juran que morirán por sus miembros y segundos después ordenan su asesinato.

Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen
ISBN: 1556527225

Chicago Review Press. 2008

This is a raw and powerful memoir not only of one woman’s struggle to survive the streets but also of her ascent to the top ranks of the new mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs

were members of her own. At age five Sonia Rodriguez’s stepfather began to abuse her

at 10 she was molested by her uncle and beaten by her mother when she told on him

and by 13 her home had become a hangout for the Latin Kings and Queens who were friends with her older sister. Threatened by rival gang members at school, Sonia turned away from her education and extracurricular activities in favor of a world of drugs and violence. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became her refuge, but its violence cost her friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly her life. As a Latin Queen, she experienced the exhilarating highs and unbelievable lows of gang life. From being shot at by her own gang and kicked out at age 18 with an infant daughter to rejoining the gang and distinguishing herself as a leader, her legacy as Lady Q was cemented both for her willingness to commit violence and for her role as a drug mule. For the first time, a woman’s perspective on gang life is presented.


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