some of them known as the Mims, Hectors, Bugles, and Dead Boys.
These gangs often came into conflict with each other.
In discussing the banditry in American history Barrington Moore, Jr.
suggests that gangsterism as a "form of self-help which victimizes others" may appear in societies which lack strong "forces of law and order"; he characterizes European feudalism as "mainly gangsterism that had become society itself and acquired respectability and power but gang violences were frequent occurances".
Most gangs operate informally with leadership falling to whomever takes control; others have distinct leadership and are highly structured, which resembles more or less a business or corporation.