History of Little People Suicides

Growing up near the Brooklyn Navy Yard (FARRAGUT HOUSES) during the late 50's wasn't easy for a young teenager like myself. As the new kid on the block I was forced to join the Little People Suicides. They we were an offshoot of the older Suicides who eventfully would go on to ominous notoriety and an infamous status by murder.

Most Members were students of the then new Sands Junior High School, which was located right across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The "Little People" where often the victims of predation from such gangs as the MAU MAUS from Ft. Greene Houses and the Chaplains. The only way we could survive was to band together and protect each others back.

Sands Junior High School teachers and its administrators were totally oblivious to our plight and we could not rely on the school as neutral ground for education. We were often attacked in the class rooms and hall ways. We held our own and prevailed in most encounters. Our biggest problem was in route to school and home. Other then that we were successful in keeping our home ground free of marauding gangs. We were farmable to all who challenged us or intruded on our turf.

Father McCabe of Saint Ann's Church

I think we owe a debt of gratitude to Father McCabe of Saint Ann's Church, which was located on the southwest corner of Gold Street and Front Street (it has since been demolished). He held a confraternity every Friday in the church basement. The main attraction for the guys were the girls who attended and for most of us it was a big deterrent from getting into trouble and it was a God sent diversion. We were never invaded by outsiders. Those who were not gang members were allowed to attend provided they did not hit on our girls and did not get into our faces.

The demise of “The Little People” came in four waves: we went to work after high school, we moved on to further education, the Viet Nam War was just beginning, and the Big People Suicides became involved in a stabbing in which an alleged Chaplain was stabbed to death.

Thank God for Father McCabe.

by Hercules (gang moniker)