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The MacArthur Organized Crime Group, also informally known as the East Side Cavalry, is an organized crime group based out of East Los Santos involved in various activities such as loansharking, murder-for-hire, extortion, drug trafficking, bookmaking and robbery. Its membership is predominantly made up of European-Americans. Their reign stretched from the early to late 2000s, and has since shown the telltale signs of a resurgence.
Established in the early 2000s, the MacArthur Gang came to life as a result of a lucrative loansharking scheme operated out of La Mesa, East Los Santos, and was comprised of small-time thugs and misfits who took advantage of the neighborhood’s underdeveloped economic condition that even the local government apparently failed to remedy efficiently. MacArthur profited off this by lending cash to and funding backstreet businesses and drug addicts at usurious rates.
Francis MacArthur—a hard-headed, no-good crook—spearheaded this loosely organized gang of rogues and applied a measure of intimidation to establish his circle. He employed Eugene Kilhaney—an Irish-American robber notorious for his burly figure—as his debt collector and sent him on hit-and-run jobs to fly the flag and groomed him to be a loyal pitbull. Though tenderfoot, MacArthur and Kilhaney formed a competent pair and soon recruited various like-minded thieves into their circle, expanding into extortion, bookmaking and drug trafficking in the form of heroin and cocaine, as well as ecstasy through a connection with Henry “Dirty Hank” Nelissen, an Amsterdam-based importer.
In 2002, the gang’s top bookmaker, Frederick "Freddy Nines" Newman, and heroin wholesaler, Robert "Bobby Black" Bell were indicted on illegal gambling and drug trafficking charges respectively. The crime ring then endured a brief internal uproar; members of Bell’s crew fabricated rumors of an active cooperator in the gang’s middle management which led to the shooting of Samuel Gordon—a Scottish-American enforcer whose unrelated charges were mysteriously dropped a month prior—as a suspected informant. In retaliation, Kilhaney as well as two enforcers including Arnold Gorski, were dispatched to murder the perpetrators and iron out any further problems, which MacArthur jokingly described as “sending in the cavalry.” This quip earned them the moniker East Side Cavalry.
In December 2009, both MacArthur and Kilhaney as well as fellow enforcer Ronald Lynch were jointly arrested after allegedly severely abusing two bookmakers accused of skimming profits, inflicting serious bodily injury. Lynch’s charges were subsequently dropped, citing a lack of evidence and no proven participation, whereas the former pair were indicted on two counts of aggravated assault and various minor charges. Both were doomed to a full decade in prison, however MacArthur received an additional eight months for his leading role. Unlike most organized crime groups where its structure calls for a succession of leadership, the MacArthur-Kilhaney Group missed such a framework. Its fierce dependence on the two figureheads led to the gradual disbandment of its leftovers who split up in minor groups, deciding to operate alone rather than crowning a new king from their midst. However, with Kilhaney's release in early 2020 and MacArthur's even fresh release in July, experts predict a resurgence of undesired mob activity in the East Los Santos area.
The MacArthur Organized Crime Group wishes to portray a gathering of criminals, racketeers, crooks and thugs joined together as a white organized crime group. We aim to provide a realistic roleplaying environment in a modern day setting. This means that we expect a high level of roleplay with a keen eye for detail from both our members and aspirants. We encourage those interested in joining to thoroughly think through a character concept that fits within the boundaries of our group.
We hold the right to character kill any aspiring members. Permission to post screenshots must be given by a leader.
Questions and concerns can be forwarded to @The Dirty Duke or @Alexion.