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Ghost Shadows

Ghost Shadows
Founded 1971[1]
Founding location New York City, Providence Rhode Island
Years active 1970s–1990s
Territory New York City, Houston Texas, Providence Rhode Island
Ethnicity Chinese
Criminal activities Racketeering, extortion, illegal gambling, assault, murder, armed robbery and kidnapping
Allies On Leong Tong, Big Circle Gang
Rivals Flying Dragons

The Ghost Shadows or GSS (traditional Chinese: 鬼影幫; simplified Chinese: 鬼影帮; Jyutping: gwai2 jing2 bong1) are a Chinese American street gang that was prominent in New York City's Chinatown from the early 1970s to the mid 1990s. Formed in 1971 by immigrants from Taiwan and Hong Kong, the gang is affiliated with the On Leong Tong. They adopted the colors black and white as their clothing to match the name of the set. Throughout the 80s, the gang was often engaged in bloody turf wars with other Chinatown gangs such as the older Flying Dragons, the Division Street Boys affiliated with Tung On Association, and their activities included extortion, kidnapping, murder, racketeering, drug trafficking and illegal gambling. The Ghost Shadows' influence was widespread, having links to Chinatowns in other cities as well as links to Italian-American Mafia families.

The gang suffered some heavy blows in 1995. Boss Wing Yeung Chan was indicted on murder and racketeering charges and secretly began cooperating with the authorities.


Wing Yeung Chan

Chan Wing Yeung or Wing Yeung Chan (born January 6, 1945) is a Chinese-American mobster affiliated with the On Leong Merchants Association and the Ghost Shadows of New York's Chinatown. His criminal record includes a conviction for possession of a gambling device and promoting gambling on December 16, 1985, and a conviction for promoting gambling on February 13, 1987. As of 2006, he is on the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Exclusion list with other mobsters such as Salvatore Gravano after being officially listed on December 17, 1992.

Robin Chee

Robin Chee has been publicly identified as being a leader of the Ghost Shadows street gang, which is headquartered in the New York City area. The Ghost Shadows street gang has been found to have engaged in such activities as drug trafficking, extortion and robbery. In addition, the Ghost Shadows street gang is allegedly affiliated with the On Leong Chinese Merchants Association which, although legitimate in part, has been found by authorities to be a significant criminally influenced tong engaged in various illegal activities including illegal gambling.


Applehead (pronounced Apo with silent-L) one of the original founders of Ghost Shadows and a leader of breakaway factions of Ghost Shadows[2] Bayard Boys during the late 1970s up to his indictments on RICO statutes in the mid-1980s. The name "Bayard Boys" did not materialize until around mid-1980s. During this time both factions of Ghost Shadows – the Mott Street Boys and Bayard Boys – were disorganized due to their leaders being in prison, or in flight because of the indictments and preceding charges against them. The Mott Street Boys remnants were finally dissolved and absorbed by the Bayard Boys in which technically it became Ghost Shadows from Mott Street but somehow "Bayard Boys" remained the de facto nickname under Robin Chee. During Robin Chee's leadership, a small group of Ghost Shadows broke again but they are neither the Mott Street nor Bayard Boys (source: freedom of information act).


  1. ^ "Ghost Shadows to be arraigned today". United Press International. February 18, 1985. Retrieved May 26, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Youth gang leader isn't smiling anymore" , 1978, Peter Arnett, AP

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