Triads and the Yakuza

A crime-commission hearing details the Asian connection

The key witnesses wore black robes and cowls and testified through voice-altering devices. A Japanese gangster held up his hand to show how he had chopped off half his ringer to prove his repentance after having been disrespectful to his leader. He had put the severed finger in a small jar and sent it to the gang boss. One expert on the Chinese gangs told how members drank wine laced with both human and chicken blood while being initiated into their crime societies. He claimed that...

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