♫ Hey, I’m goin’ to Detroit, Michigan ♫ Girl, you got to stay here behind ♫ Goin’ to get me a job on
the Cadillac assembly line – [Voiceover] Detroit was once the seat of the world’s greatest economic
empire, the auto industry. Whether you came from southern
Europe, the Middle East, or the American South, the factories were always hiring and the pay was good. But, as this empire of
cars weakened and crumbled, the city’s economy began to
revolve around a new business; illegal drug distribution. – The day I arrived in Detroit, I was shown two bodies that had been placed inside the trunk of cars at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. And the stench. The bodies were decomposed
and you could see the maggots, and that was my first trip to Detroit. And it was one of the most devastating experiences I ever experienced. (suspenseful music) – ’67 as if it was biblical, as if someone blew out the light, my
life turned upside-down. The armies of addicts, it
was like, unbelievable. We never recovered. People breaking in our
houses, snatching gold. – All the places I had
visited, Detroit, to me, was the most out of control
that I had ever experienced. (R&B music) – [Voiceover] Between 1965 and 1970, violent crime more than
doubled in the United States. Why this happened has
never been fully explained, but, the confluence of
drugs, and the breakdown of social control associated
with the Civil Rights movement, and the war in Vietnam
were certainly key factors. Nowhere was more out of
control than Detroit, Michigan, which had suffered the
deadliest ride of the 60’s, and had become the murder
capital of the country by 1971. (suspenseful music) In the spring of 1972,
the Bureau of Narcotics sent John Sutton to Detroit
on a special assignment to infiltrate and bring
down the city’s largest black heroin dealers. – Some of the intelligence
that we were picking up on indicated there was a
Mafia operating in Detroit, what they call a “black Mafia.” – [Voiceover] Agent
Sutton arrived in Detroit to find a city divided. On the one hand, Detroit
had the most thriving black middle class in the country, mostly thanks to the auto industry, and many people were living the good life. ♫ Birds are singing and
the children are playing, ♫ There’s plenty of work
and the bosses are paying ♫ – David Ruffin was a genius, that’s the summary of
where we were at in 1965. There was plenty of work
and the bosses were paying. (“Papa Was a Rolling Stone”
by Temptations plays) – The community had beautiful homes, everybody was drinking good whiskey, everybody was eating good,
they were taking trips, and then, I saw a kind
of a black affluence that I had never seen in other cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and places. Everybody was driving a
new car and naturally, American-made car; big Cadillacs, Fleetwood Thrones, El Dorados. – This was the neighborhood to grow up in. A zillion young girls to holla at. – Life was good in those neighborhoods. – Everybody had jobs and they
had their parents in the home. – You ate good, you had
500 different little local eateries that were good, you didn’t have to go Downtown. (slow, melancholy music) – [Voiceover] On the other
hand, it was a city where entire police precincts were overrun by heroin dealers and stick-up men. – I immediately detected
that there was something missing here, that there
was a tremendous erosion of the political system, an erosion of the police department. Erosion of the religious
system in this city. – The police was trying
to come down hard on, they called them the
“Big Four,” the Big Four. And they was always coming
through the neighborhood trying to intimidate the blacks. They’ll pull us out,
take us to (indistinct), (suspenseful music) and put us out there in
the water and shoot at us. I was one of ’em that they
put out there and shot at. – I drove over around
Livernois and I heard what I thought was firecrackers. This was pre-Fourth of
July and I was later told that it was the 10th Precinct. Two agents who had been
previously assigned here had been relocated out of death threats and they had put contracts
out for their life. I’ve seen the Pruitt-Igoe housing areas, St. Louis, the Cabrini Greens,
the Robert Taylor in Chicago, the Front in Baltimore. I’ve seen the Watts Nicholson Gardens, the Jordan Downs projects, some of the real bad neighborhoods. And even down in Mexico,
Tijuana, in Calexico, the most fearful part
of my life working drugs was here in Detroit. Some of the most violent
people that I’ve met were here in Detroit. (“Ball of Confusion” by Temptations plays) – [Voiceover] Detroit had few black police officers in the 1950’s. So, the department had
a hard time infiltrating the city’s burgeoning drug infrastructure. – That they were having a
lot of, during that time, a lot problems, and a lot of black guys were in traffic selling heroin. (R&B music) – I was sent here to do a police officer who apparently worked narcotics, and had gone into the
dope-dealing business by the name of “Marzette.” And he was a kingpin in Detroit. (suspenseful music) – [Voiceover] Henry
Marzette was a hometown boy and Korean War veteran when
he entered the Police Academy. Starting off as an
undercover narcotics cop under Det. Vincent Persante in the 1950’s, Marzette set arrest records working in the Livernois and Tireman area. – Recruited him out of the Police Academy, put him in business, big
Cadillac, fine wardrobe, and he was like, setting
records busting guys. – [Voiceover] But soon, started playing both sides of the fence,
he was convicted of corruption in the late 50’s. – And when he went to
prison, he began to work for the Italians as muscle and so forth. But, even bigger than that,
he made his connection. – [Voiceover] After a
short stint in prison, Marzette came home determined
to take over the streets. – He knew the system, that’s
what made him very good. He was the new drug
czar from the dark side, and he was the man. – [Voiceover] Marzette made
his first major move in 1960, when he had three young prostitutes lure a major westside dealer
named “Mississippi Red” to a motel room, where Marzette was waiting with a shotgun. – I met Marzette in ’67, I had an uncle who was digging the street
life, and I was in total awe. (suspenseful music) He left his big black Fleetwood
Brougham double-parked while he was shopping, and
the cops didn’t ticket him, which was unheard of, that
was absolutely unheard of at that time for a black man. – [Voiceover] 1970, Henry
Marzette makes his final bid to control the streets of Detroit. He calls a meeting of top heroin dealers known as the “West Side Seven.” He proposes that they work together to purchase and distribute heroin without the Italian Mafia,
who controlled a group known as the “East Side 12,” made up of mostly white, high-level
dealers with black lieutenants. The alliance falls apart
when certain dealers won’t bow down to Marzette, kicking off the deadliest
drug war in Detroit’s history. (slow, melancholy music) At this time, Marzette was
stricken with kidney disease, and on his deathbed, perhaps
to make amends in some way for the destruction he
had wrought on Detroit, he had his chief hitman, James Moody, executed and put into the trunk of a car, bringing the drug war to a halt. (R&B music) As the auto industry slowly faded, and Motown Records fled to Los Angeles, the economic vacuum was
filled by a new spirit, the spirit of crime. – They made me a ward of the state at 10. That’s when they came to my
mother’s house and took me because they said that my
mother couldn’t control me. Nobody wanted to be my friend
unless I gave ’em something. So, then I learned how
to be mean and nasty to the ones that always tried to play me for money or food or… – [Voiceover] Detroit’s industrial base had begun to die by the early 1950s, leaving a pool of unemployed
men to populate the streets. – [Voiceover] These are not kids, they’re men who need jobs for a living. It’s estimated that one third of Detroit’s inner-city workforce is unemployed. – [Voiceover] Between 1953 and 1960 alone, the East side lost 71,000 out
of 102,000 industrial jobs. – It’s just not enough jobs. What are they going to
do when they stop the war and bring GIs home, there’s no jobs? This is what causes the
crime rate be so high. – [Voiceover] Traditionally,
Detroit reflects the best or the worst of the nation’s
economy at any given time. Right now, the unemployment rate here is more than twice what
it was two years ago, and by all indicators, it is still rising. – There’s no work, man, that’s all. Where people want to pay you for what you’re worth, you know. And every man, I think knows his worth. I know mine, ain’t nothing else to say, that’s it, I need some money. (“Papa Was a Rolling Stone”
by Temptations plays) – [Voiceover] Detroit’s auto plants were microcosms of the city itself, and everything that was
happening in the streets wats happening on the factory floor. Agent Sutton infiltrated
Chrysler’s Dodge main plant to buy drugs from two white foremen. – I was introduced to a white informant who worked at Dodge main. And he (clears throat)
he wanted to do two guys who were selling heroin and cocaine. And they were white males
selling dope over at Dodge Main, and I asked him why was he, why did he want to do these guys, and he said something that
I found later came to pass. He indicated that all
of the automotive plants are cities within themselves,
and that drugs are rampant inside of the plants. Drugs, prostitution,
number running, fencing, everything that you can think of existed in the automotive plant. He wanted to immobilize
these two dope dealers because he believed people selling drugs who worked for the automotive industry would cause the complete destruction of the automotive industry. He stated that cars that were assembled on Mondays and Fridays were lemons, that they were no good
because of the drug use. – [Voiceover] Sutton’s
chief target, Henry Marzette had died of kidney failure
just before his arrival, so, agent Sutton turned
his attention to Marzette’s the remaining lieutenants and the remnants of the West Side Seven. – Within a day of arriving in Detroit, Marzette died apparently
of natural causes and Devil Jackson had gotten shotgun in the face the night before. There was some indication
that the person that killed Devil Jackson was one of the informants that I would be working with. (R&B music) We had Eddie Jackson,
we had another Jackson by the name of, I think
it was Ernie Jackson, had a street name of “Boogie Bear.” – I know when I was in the defenders, I was assigned to represent a guy, his real name was Arnold Wright. Pretty Rick, he was a pimp,
is what he really was, and he was from our neighborhood, he was from around Mumford. (suspenseful music) – Milwaukee Jack, who was
Marzette’s lieutenant. And I bought heroin from John Mays, Milwaukee Jack on several occasions. (R&B music) During the time that I was
here, they were averaging almost two murders a day, and then, the weekend would come around, there would be 12 on that weekend. The dope dealers had
guns like I’d never seen. They had a saying that it’s better to be tried by 12 than carried by six. – [Voiceover] The 10th precinct was where the city’s black elite mixed
with the underworld to form a strange nexus of black power, crime, and social disorder unique to Detroit. – I saw people driving
by, black males driving by with guns and you know, .45 automatics, the old military 1911 type, and they would lock a round in the chamber and hold it up and give the “Power to the People” sign. – [Voiceover] Agent Sutton
spent only 90 days in Detroit, but, in that brief time, crossed paths with a rogue’s gallery of characters. (R&B music) – And when I went to his house, he had like, about 25 buyers
in his house to buy heroin, and I was low on the pecking order. And when the number reached
25, he went to the stash and came back with a
shopping bag full of heroin. – My brother was addicted to that stuff. And I seen what he was going
through and I was like whoa. – One of the things that
was frightening was that the people who were manning
these dope houses were addicts, and there was a reputation
that, you know, to watch them because they had a
tendency to go on the nod, and when they come out of the nod, they would forget what they were doing, and they could easily shoot you. – Charlie used to just give
me money to sit on his porch to make sure that the
police wouldn’t hit him. I would keep watch up and down the street. He was selling heroin. – [Voiceover] None of
Agent Sutton’s targets was more dangerous than the infamous hitman, Chester Campbell. (suspenseful music) – The notorious hitman
named “Chester Campbell.” Saw him initially while
buying dope in a dope house. Coyle, I think the street was on Coyle. And when Campbell walked into the room there was kind of eeriness about him. And the guys, they remarked,
one guy wanted to be like him, talked about he was one of the
famous hitmen, the killers, that he earned to like, $10,000 a hit. In that particular case, the informant ended up being killed. – I’ve met Chester
Campbell once in my life, and I went to see him in the County jail. And the County jail, the old
County, it’s really small. When you looked at him, you know, you’re looking at him
like I’m looking at you and you don’t see nothing. He just looked, those eyes… And he was very, very smart. – But, in that case the
informant ended up dead and his body was identified, he had been eaten by the field rats, and he was identified by a thumbprint that had not been devoured
by the field rats. I suspected that Chester
killed this person while I was inside of
his house buying dope and the guy suspected that I was a police. He called the informant into the room and he wanted me to front the
money, I wouldn’t front it. And he had a little girlfriend, a little attractive
light-complexioned female. And when I told him he was in
the police-finding business, that we would go and spend our money where they were selling dope. And we left, and as we were leaving and going back to the undercover
car, the young lady ran out and said that she would
cop the dope for us. A blue Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham pulled up in front of a house,
it was her mother’s house, and we were sitting on the front porch. (suspenseful music) A guy on the passenger seat had what appeared to be a
Thompson machine gun. He brandished it like that and looked at me and the informant,
then, they drove away. About 20 minutes later, she
came back driving that Cadillac. She indicated that this was a connect, and if he thought I was the police, he was gonna spray us
right there with that gun, he was gonna kill us there on the spot. (R&B music) – [Voiceover] When Chester
Campbell was arrested in 1975 after running a police car off the road, authorities found four
loaded guns in his car along with notebooks containing 300 names, including names of murder
victims, dead police informants and politicians, along with
diagrams of their homes and notes about their daily routines. – But, back in ’72, I think we put away a large number of those dope dealers. And I think had we not put
them away at that time, this city would have
been completely destroyed by the dopers and the murders
that were taking place. – [Voiceover] As Henry Marzette lay dying in his hospital bed, Detroit’s economy was slipping away along with him. And the young people of
the city began to look toward the street instead
of the factory floor for their daily bread. By the end of ’73, me and my friend, we start selling a little weed. Charles started wanting us to
push a little heroin for him, so, he’d give us 10 packs. We’ll take the 10 packs and
go out there and sell ’em, then we go back, give
him the $90, we kept $10. We see that we were
taking him all the money, so we said, “Man, maybe we need to “start getting our own
shit and start doing it.” Quote my friend said, “Well,
ain’t he gonna get mad?” He can get mad all he wants. He said, “Man, but, he’s
supposed to be our friend.” I said, “Yeah, well, he’s our friend, “but, he’s also not paying us much.” Every day I was coming
home with new clothes. My mama was all like, “Boy, where you get them clothes from?” – [Voiceover] By the
mid ’70s, street gangs were coming to power in
LA, Chicago, and New York. In Detroit, gangs like
the Bishops, Black Killers and Errol Flynns terrorized the east side. – They’d run in with a Flynn, two Flynns. We beat the shit out of ’em. (laughs) – You know, gangs had died. Used to be Errol Flynns,
Bishops, Shane Gang, all that’s east side. West side was FA’s, that’s
them Fenkell Avenue boys, PA’s, Eight-Mile Sconeys. – And they used to always
come through there shooting. BK was shooting at the Errol Flynns, and then Errol Flynns
would ride back over there and shoot up the BK’s. – You know what I’m
saying, we never really claimed that gang kinda bullshit, we just would stomp a motherfucker, from the police or whoever.
(R&B music) – They was doing some weed,
selling weed and heroin, little heroin, they wasn’t
doing no big time stuff, but, they was trying to move up, but, because they were
shooting at each other, they couldn’t move, they
couldn’t gain foothold. So, everybody else that
was doing it was moving up. – The kids, the young guys who were in the Flynns and all
that, were poor kids who, most of the time didn’t have no money. – Cobo Hall, Parliament
Funkadelic Flashlight concert, you know what I’m saying, they getting ready to land the Mothership. (funk music) It was about eight of
us, we glass-heeled up, with them motherfucking
Lou Myles suits on, 30 motherfuckers surround us. Bossalinis, baggy ass pants,
they had us outnumbered. We was gonna buck, they gave us a pass. You know, we like “Whew.” Then they running up and down the hall, how we knew who they was
with the Errol Flynning. – [Voiceover] The auto jobs everyone had moved up to Detroit for
were rapidly disappearing. but, the children of Detroit
had grown up in the shadow of the world’s largest
corporations and were ready to graduate from petty
crime to the world of of big time drug-dealing. – What’s up, I’m B Skeeter,
original YBI, 1977. (“Little Child Running Wild”
by Curtis Mayfield plays) Before the snitchin’ and the bitchin’. I grew up on Yosemite and Elmhurst, but, I lived on Martinville and Elmhurst, that’s where it all began. That’s where YBI started. Just a bunch of young motherfuckers like the Little Rascals. We was like all brothers, all our mothers loved each
other, and loved all of us. – [Voiceover] In July
of ’75 at the corner of Fenkell and Livernois, a solid
working-class neighborhood in northwest Detroit, was
the site of a mini-riot, that laid bare Detroit’s unholy trinity of crime, race and class. ♫ People moving up, people moving in, why, ♫ Because of the color of their skin ♫ – [Voiceover] Last night’s
unrest was touched off by the fatal shooting of
18-year-old Obie Wynn, a black, by a white tavern owner
who accused the youth of trying to steal his car. An angry crowd of several
hundred residents responded with a rockthrowing,
window-smashing burning spree through the predominantly black business district of northwest Detroit. (suspenseful music) – They murdered on Livernois, they murdered an innocent
little Polish man. – So, a white guy got killed on Livernois. – It was a very sad story. – Smashed his head with a cinderblock. – It would have been a full-blown riot had not Coleman and the
Detroit police contained it. – [Voiceover] Detroit,
already in the grips of a devastating economic
recession, was ripe for violence. Unemployment approaches 25%,
more than 125,000 workers. And the jobless rate among black teens is reportedly twice that of adults. The bar, and Andrew
Chinarian, the bar owner, now accused of second-degree murder are both controversial. According to area residents,
Chinarian allegedly maintained a white-only policy at the bar. – This is a white, honky bar.
– [Voiceover] Peckerwood bar. – [Voiceover] Why do you say that? – Because, the man, he’s
got a buzzer on there. If you come there and
he see that you black, you do not get in. – [Voiceover] Mayor Young
today condemned the violence. – While some people
with legitimate concerns showed anger, frustration,
as they demonstrated in front of that bar, other
hoodlums and ripoff artists were taking advantage of the situation and ripping off the
area between Seven-Mile and St. Martin’s, Fenston’s,
on Livernois and other areas. That will not be tolerated. – [Voiceover] One of the men charged in killing the Polish immigrant
was a charismatic 20-year-old from the Dexter and
Martindale neighborhood on the west side named Raymond Peoples. – Raymond come up out of it. – He was acquitted, but you also know that people were disappearing
and didn’t come to court. – We already was doing a little something. But, out of the love for
Raymond, they slid him right in. He had the gift of gab,
he had the respect, everybody loved him, right on top. – We had never seen anything like YBI. We had never seen a kid that young, that reserved, that
articulate, that smart. (R&B music) – We call this the “Red Zone,” from Davison to Joy Road,
Livenois and Dexter, Red Zone. And we held this down, you
can’t sling shit around here. We start eliminating all
these old motherfuckers, sitting up behind the
door slinging shit, right? Get the fuck on. Markdale and Elmhurst, Dexter and Duane, Dexter and Tuxedo, it was the runners. Sally from the valley,
you know, the big hands and all that, Big Man, Bobby and Fatty. If a motherfucker would ask them, “Goddamn, you got it?” Them young boys got it,
’cause we was all little kids. (suspenseful music) – [Voiceover] When the addicts
on Dexter began calling them the “Young Boys,” they decided to stamp their heroin packets with that name. – We stamped that shit,
“Young Boys, Inc.,” not “YBI.” In cursive, “Young Boys, Inc.” – [Voiceover] Once the
police and newspapers found out about it, the name stuck, and Young Boys fever
spread across the city. – We had spots on Calvert
and motherfuckin’ 12th. Highland Park that we tore in half. And we got a lot of crew
out of Highland Park once they seen our mentality. Prairie and Joy Road was our first spot. We took that bitch. Mack and Gray or Mack and Bewick. – [Voiceover] Only in Detroit, hometown of three of the world’s largest corporations could a group of teenage drug kingpins call themselves “incorporated.” – And when I came back in ’79, I saw a city that’s rotten into the core. – [Voiceover] Around this
time, Nathaniel “Boone” Craft joined the Army special forces, where he received the
training he’d later put to use as a hitman in the streets of Detroit. – They say Vietnam was over, but yet, they still fighting over there
undercover, on the down-low. They send somebody in to do something. Hey, we was paid to do this, and I did it. They, basically like I said, the Army wouldn’t talk much about me. Most of us that did come home, they wasn’t expecting
us to do what we did. – [Voiceover] July, 1979. Three bodies with their heads chopped off arevfound in a van near John
R, just south of Erskine. – They had several beheadings. They had one guy, had a
street name “Doc Holliday,” and one guy, street name I think his name was Frank Usher, Frank Nitty. And they decapitated three people. (R&B music) – [Voiceover] Frank
“Nitty” Usher, suspected by the Detroit police of being the city’s largest heroin dealer, is quickly charged with
ordering the murders. Notorious hitmen and drug
dealers, James “Red” Freeman, (camera clicks) and Adolph “Doc Holliday” Powell, are charged along with
Nitty and Robert Partee. – The notoriety of the case came because their heads were cut off
and their bodies were found and of course, if it had
just been three dead people, they’d have said, “Oh,
there’s three dead people,” but, when you cut somebody’s
heads off, then of course, it became the crime of the century. Usher was convicted as
being an aider and abettor, nobody claimed he shot the people. (suspenseful music) He was basically there,
they were all there. So, he was convicted, he was doing a mandatory life sentence, his people came to me. The prosecutor’s theory was that Partee (camera clicks) and Red Freeman killed the people. I mean they were supposed
to be the killers, according to the prosecutor’s theory. And the jury convicted
Partee, and he’s doing life. Another jury acquitted Red Freeman, and he’s doing life on another case now. – [Voiceover] Steve Fishman helped Usher get his conviction overturned
in the late 1980’s. – So, I got him a new trial. I think that the evidence
showed that he was a target. I think it showed that
somebody was trying to have him done, probably Doc
Holliday, who is now dead. And that Frank, either
by force or personality, quick talking, or luck,
got to the sideline rather than be one of the victims. Frank Usher is one of the easiest clients I’ve ever dealt with. I’m still friendly with him to this day. He’s out many, many years.
(camera clicks) And I had a drink with
him three months ago. He’s a gentleman. If you didn’t know he was Frank Nitty, if people didn’t say, “Oh, Frank Nitty,” and you saw him at a
ball game or at a bar. He doesn’t curse, he doesn’t smoke. (suspenseful music) – I never saw that in other cities, I never saw bodies put in the
trunk of cars and left to rot. I never saw little kids, pre-teens shot in the back of their
heads by dope dealers. – A lady hired my brother to do something. To a numbers man. My brother wound up
getting in touch with me. We go to do it. I wind up going to prison for it, but, it was a numbers man, that we had to put the frighten of God in
him, so he’ll know he must pay. (camera clicks)
(R&B music) – [Voiceover] The corner
of John R and Erskine had been a known drug
hotspot since the 1950s, and in 1978, YBI general
Dwayne Davis sent his soldiers down on John R to set up shop. – Yeah, we right here
on John R and Erskine. Man there was so many
mothernfucking bags up in here. I was the first out of
us YBI to come downtown. I came down here working for
Raymond, Wayne, and Boneman. We had pink coin envelopes,
with “China White,” stamped on it. And there was a building right here, the old man that sold liquor after hours. I rode on this corner, hid
my dope in a vacant lot. Motherfuckers get laid out; two to the head, broad daylight. Motherfuckers OD’ing in the alley. Scam moves, snatch the
shit, snatching money, armed robberies, murder. Downtown Detroit is where motherfuckers come from all over Michigan to get dope. Whether it be the Brewsters,
John R and Erskine, Cass Corridor or to the Jeffries projects. White, I wouldn’t care what. This is Dope Central. It led me to realize this
shit is bigger than YBI. – [Voiceover] Carl Taylor was running a private security company at Cobo Hall and Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit, when he first crossed paths with YBI. – And one of our guys that
was working the doors said, “Man, this group just
came to the side door, “and they got all these
little young guys.” And I’m like, “Well, who is that?” So, I thought maybe they were
breakdancing or whatever. So, we get back and I got my lieutenants and everybody looking, and they get out, and they look at you
with a very brazen look. They got out all like little men, and the girls were going crazy. Some of the guys were very
good-looking little guys. Had neat haircuts, they had
the Adidas identical suits. And so, I really was just… And we had about 15 of them. And they had ’em in the room, and they were making
’em empty their pockets, and I said, you knew you
had something different. Because they were one spokesperson. (suspenseful music) And they said, “Why are
we emptying our pockets? “What have we done? “Are we under arrest?” Asking questions as seasoned. And they had these bicycle chains. Yo man, that shit is real, you
know, they would be checking. And then, one had that map of America, I mean I’d never seen anything like that. And I got to see the map
may be nine months later. And it had a few diamonds,
and nine months later, it had more diamonds. And someone was explaining that was where they made distribution
or where they did business. And I couldn’t believe it. And then, the cops, they
got rough with the kids, which would normally scare the
cahoots out of regular gangs. “You giving us our shit back
or we’re calling our attorney.” And within a blink of an
eye, they became like, experts on what you
could and could not do. And there was an eerie feeling
in that room at that point. ♫ No credit, no VCR’s, ♫ No chains, no TV’s, you know we are ♫ Look up at us, man nigga, we the stars ♫ – There was a midtown hotel
up on Woodward and Mack, that’s where I used to keep my big stash, and they watching me. So, I’m nervous than a motherfucker. We were selling 100 bundles
or better every day. A car pull up, done peeped my stash, ran. But, that China White
pink pack was so good, he came back the next day
talking about, “Gimme two.” I fired on that motherfucker with a short motherfucking right, dropped him, stomping him with the
motherfucking glass heels, you know what I’m saying? Here come Raymond, Wayne, Bush Rod. “Bitch, we the motherfucking boys! “Dexter YBI.” – When we were over on Dexter, at Esquire’s corned beef
place which was legendary. (suspenseful music) And suddenly, this Corvette drove up. Two young girls got out,
and this was in the summer, like in August, and had mink jackets on, little Venuses, they were just gorgeous. And then, a Mercedes drove up
right behind us, and a BMW. And that was the first time
we got to see the whole crew. And the kid who went in to
get our sandwiches came back and had screwed up all our orders. All he wanted to say was YBI
was in there with their girls, and that’s when you knew at that moment that this was something like
we had never seen before. (R&B music) – In the thrill of being on
top, stepping in somewhere and everybody knows your name. – They were legendary at that very moment. – Before rap hit, we was
entertainers in the hood. – When them boys start pulling
up in them big-ass cars, and wearing all that jewelry. – From there on out, that neighborhood, which usually responded to the Temptations and the celebrity life, YBI was the shit. (suspenseful music) – [Voiceover] Intrigued by
this new type of youth gang, Taylor kept seeing them
at events in Detroit and all around the country, including the Tommy
Hearns/Sugar Ray Leonard championship fight of 1981, for which Taylor ran security
for the Tommy Hearns camp. – [Voiceover] From Detroit, Michigan, (cheers, applause) he is the WBA welterweight
champion of the world, undefeated in his professional career, introducing Thomas “The
Motor City Cobra” Hearns. – I was Hearns’ bodyguard,
I ran his security when he fought Leonard the first time. And YBI came out, members
of the whole entourage, and came to the fight. They went to the fight as if
they were going to Cobo Arena. Who else would fly out to Vegas and stay in Caesar’s Palace with us? (R&B music) Not only did the fellows didn’t talk, he didn’t want to be asked no stuff. I mean you could end up
dead asking the wrong thing. As a matter of fact, if I
followed the social science method of gathering information,
I wouldn’t have anything. I speak the language and respect the rules in the underworld and the underground. (suspenseful music) – [Voiceover] Growing up in
the infamous Jeffries projects near downtown Detroit, RD was exposed to the
drug game at an early age. – We in the Jeffries
projects, what used to be the Jeffries projects,
this where I’m from. This where it began for me before they got us up out of here. Every day for us was the
hustle, you know what I mean? Get paid $50 a day, stand
right here on Fourth at the fire hydrant in
then yell hook down. ‘Cause the big guys was out
there selling the packs. – [Voiceover] The Jeffries
soon became a YBI stronghold, with young dealers leaping
on the hoods of passing cars in a frenzy to sell their wares. And in one three-day
stretch of winter 1980, 18 people were shot near the
corner of Selden and Gibson. – Yeah, they was selling heroin. And they can’t watch out for the hook and try to serve customers,
so, they’ll be like, “Little brother, here, take
this $50, stand over there, “and when you see the hook, just yell.” (R&B music) – [Voiceover] RD’s
parents might have thought they made it out when his father got a job working for the Big Three,
and the family moved out of the Jeffries and
onto the ner west side. – They got a job at the
plant, and they moved over on Stover and Davison. Well, it looked better
’cause the neighborhood, man, it was laid out. It looked like we moved to
the motherfucking suburbs coming out the ‘jects,
you know what I’m saying? But, when you got over there and I got to socializing with them guys over there, them guys was like Martians. – I’m always been a Martian
on this motherfucker, I’m on Earth, but I’m not
one of you motherfuckers. – Nobody wanted to talk to them guys, I had to run down to
the projects every day ’cause I couldn’t deal with them cats. – I don’t give a fuck about you and that bitch and the jewelry, your punk-ass car, none of that. Nigga, I’m from Dexter,
I’m YB motherfucking I. – They kept approaching me with the money. I’m down here making
$50, yelling, “Police,” as opposed to them guys over here, they gonna give us $100 a day. Well, by us being young,
we don’t know no better, you know what I’m saying? $100 a day is great when you a little guy. Just think what you can do with $100. $100, man, you can go get
some gym shoes, an outfit. You wanted what they had, man, and they was smooth about
it, give you a few dollars, “Here, man, come around and
see me tomorrow or something.” Everybody making ’em out to
be monsters and all that shit, man, them guys wasn’t like that, man, them guys, they were smooth, man. – [Voiceover] B took his first arrest while working for Raymond
Peoples near Dexter Avenue. – I’m in the joint on Calvert and Dexter. I’m getting $100 a week
and all the tops I can get. (suspenseful music)
Damn, here they come. I run back, I flush the packs I got, and, “You selling dope, you selling
dope for Raymond Peoples.” They beat my ass a couple hours. 1300 Bogan. Typewriters broke, desks
broke, chairs broke from where they been
whipping motherfuckers’ ass. Catch a cab back on Martindale. Lo and behold, when I hit the corner, the whole crew on the
corner about 60 strong. “What happened, B?” This Baby Ray, this Ray Peoples. Shit, I didn’t say nothing. My motherfucking man,
you know what I mean, that’s Baby Ray. – [Voiceover] Beyond the
money and the violence, the rise of YBI marked
a new era in Detroit. An era in which drug
dealers and drug dealing became pillars of the
economy of the community. – People in the community
knew what was going on, man, they just… It wasn’t like now. See, now motherfuckers disrespectful, shooting and doing all that stupid shit. Back then, wherever we hustled at, we kept the block clean,
we kept their grass cut, we cleaned the fields, it wasn’t no chaos, wasn’t nobody getting robbed, wasn’t nobody messing with the neighbors. – [Voiceover] As the game
broke into separate crews, B left Raymond Peoples, and
went with Dwayne “WW” Davis, and and was soon making more
money than he could spend, as Davis’s right-hand man. – Wayne come over, and
we talked, we talked. Took me shopping, all kinda shit. “I want you to get down with me,” I said, “Shit, we on.” – And Wayne was that guy. He was wearing dark suits,
carrying an Italian handbag. So, he would tease with me, he says, “Yo man, what it take
for you to be my guy?” I’m like, “You know, you
gotta be kidding,” laughing. Yeah, right. I had clients which I did, I was Yul Brynner’s bodyguard and others. – Wayne just had gave everything to me. Wayne trying to step out of the game. Wayne had changed his
mannerism of dress, speech, wearing this god damn Jheri
curl, I didn’t understand him, but, he’s getting into a
whole new crowd of people, you know what I’m saying? These square motherfuckers
with that clean dollar. Wayne got a house, man, with
a swimming pool in the back, we got business in the driveway, whatever, you know, whatever, everything
what you would think. But, all our neighbors is
Jews, Chaldeans or whatever. They like, “Damn, they stay
in they motherfucking window.” (R&B music) – But, I have to tell you
he was driving a Mercedes, I was driving a Mercedes. Mine came with hard-earned money. And I think honestly, I
probably was a little jealous. – [Voiceover] The name
of most often associated in the public mind with
YBI, Milton “Butch” Jones wasn’t released from
prison until Ray Peoples and Dwayne Davis already had
the operation in full swing. – I had never even met Butch,
I always done heard about him, Butch, Butch, Butch,
this, Butch, Butch, that. But, I detect a little
animosity, I detect a little fear in motherfuckers that knowed him, and a lot of motherfuckers
who didn’t want him coming off into our thing,
you know what I’m saying. But, let me go back to
the times when Butch dropping me and Mark off with 300 bundles going to Highland Park. (as Butch) “Young B and Mark,
I know y’all with Wayne, man, “but I want to spit something at y’all. “I’m gonna take this
motherfucking city over. “I need y’all to get down with me.” – [Voiceover] Butch soon wanted to take over things for himself, and his crew of enforcers
known as the “Wrecking Crew,” or the “A-Team,” were
the most feared gunmen in early ’80s Detroit. – In a lot of occasions,
man, different occasions, when guys try to come, tell
us we couldn’t roll here, or we couldn’t roll there,
you know what I mean? (suspenseful music) But, that wasn’t no shit we worried about, we handled the problem right then. We handled it ourselves. Wrecking Crew, all them
guys would come later, if we couldn’t handle it. But, for the most part,
you got to be able to handle it yourself, or you
ain’t gonna be able to get down. You couldn’t hold it, it ain’t no sense in you being out there. – [Voiceover] The Young Boys first hit the newspaper in 1979, when the Detroit police
found out about a free heroin giveaway they were
conducting on the west side. – We had a great dope
giveaway, we passing out cards all through the neighborhood everywhere. Dwayne and Dexter, the
great dope giveaway. $70,000 a day, one spot,
Hamilton and Highland, we got the whole building, boom! (suspenseful music) We got some dope taking in ’90, like New Jack City, the Carter. We was doing the Carter back in ’79, you know what I’m saying? We run the door. If you don’t live in this
bitch, we ain’t letting you in. – YBI truly marked the decline and demise of authority, period. They are not scared of the police. A landmark to me as a researcher, that this was a criminal
turn and attitudes about young black men in the world. – When Mayor Young was in
office, I remember he had made his speech and he was like, “Yeah, black man, get your money.” But, he was meaning it toward black store owners and black businesses. – I think at that time, they
had seen a complete erosion of the law enforcement in the city, and there’s no doubt that
law enforcement in Detroit at that time from the local
level was, they were inept. – Young Boys on the corner, a motion of poetry that was deadly. – And they had no control over us. – In this whole concept
of using two things that people didn’t use before,
which was young kids that were juveniles and taxicabs. – Man, we got away with a lot of shit ’cause we was young, you
know what I’m saying? They didn’t really have no
laws for the young kids. Catch us, man, with 50
bundles man, about $16,000. “Little young motherfucker,
where you get that from? “Who you roll for?” “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” What they gonna do? Nothing. If you didn’t have a murder
case, you wasn’t going to jail. (R&B music) – The young adults, they were hell bent toward trafficking drugs,
earning money quickly. – We was selling the
shit five dollars a pack. We the first motherfuckers
to come out with (camera clicks) five dollar packs of mix jag. Uno, all day every day. – They didn’t want to do
like their parents did, they didn’t want to go into
the automotive industry. Many of them did not want to go to school to get an education. – Bush & them had the bomb, Raymond had Rolls-Royce,
Boneman had So-and-So. Pontiac, Southwest, Downtown,
Hamtramck, North End. North End a bad motherfucker. Man, we was everywhere, we was everywhere. You name it, we was pushing packs. (suspenseful music) – [Voiceover] Not since the
Great Depression of the 1930s had so many people lined
up for a free lunch at the Capuchin Brothers
soup kitchen in Detroit. These are of the most desperate victims of the recession in Michigan. It began with dealers
couldn’t sell Detroit’s cars. Auto plants closed,
thousands were laid off. – If there was more jobs out there, we could get up and get off this welfare. – [Voiceover] Some people are getting out like Pearlie McPherson. She, her husband, and their three children moved here from Mississippi,
but, he couldn’t find a job, so, the other night, they loaded a trailer and moved back to Mississippi. Detroit’s Renaissance
Center, the towering symbol of the city’s economic recovery
has been losing tenants. Shops have closed. The Center has lost
more than $100 million. (R&B music) – When Coleman Young said
the problem in Detroit is there’s no more Dodge Main. Everybody poo-pooed it
because all the white people said it was always about race with him. But, that was the most
accurate thing, I think, that summarizes the
situation in the city today. – The “easy come, easy go”
theory is all over with if you’re related to
the automotive industry in any way right now.
(suspenseful music) – But, when it came back in ’79, one of the saddest things I recall seeing, was I had bought dope at
Dodge Main in Hamtramck And seeing them close
down what they called “Dodge Main,” in Hamtramck. And there was a black male
in the Detroit Free Press. They showed his picture. They showed an article saying that he had worked for Dodge for 27 years, and he was crying, he didn’t know where he was going to go. – [Voiceover] The crime
rate is rising again, so is drug and alcohol abuse. – ’81 I had shot a guy on Cascade, man, and he was testifying on
me, you know what I mean? So, I’m at the 10th precinct
waiting to pay my bond after my prints clear. (suspenseful music) They bring two dopefiends in there, they in the cell next to me. “Damn, man, them niggas
blowed WW’s head off.” I get home, my mama’s
standing in the door crying. “You know?” I said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” When I get over to Cascade,
everybody’s standing around, tears fall, saying, “I
loved that brother, man. “I miss him, he didn’t deserve that.” – Bruiser, my nephew, he
was down with the YBIs, Young Boys, Inc. The would do things out in broad daylight and let everybody see it. You don’t do anything
where everybody witnessed you shooting down somebody. That was their downfall, everybody knew who was doing the killing. Sure enough, they went down. Then he broke away and started
his own crew, 20/20 Boys. – A motherfucker get his
season, and it wear out for you. – In Detroit, big money in
the pockets of small boys has the attention of
federal investigators. – One of the agents working
under my supervision started a case and ended up being the YBI, Young Boys Inc. case. He ended up indicting that
case along with a group. Within that Young Boys Inc.,
they had a group called the “Pony Down,” they
had certain little crews that were dealing dope. – I can’t really say, I suppose that when I got to be more well-known was when I started representing
a lot of those guys from the Pony Down gang. LeRoy Buttram was
supposedly the head of it. – [Voiceover] Dwayne Davis’s old crew was spared the indictment
probably due to Davis’s death. – If Wayne hadn’t got killed, we possibly would have got indicted. – The New York Times reported
today that authorities are trying to crack drug
rings, paying the boys thousands of dollars to work as runners, distributing heroin to addicts. One 11-year-old was arrested
with $2,000 in his pocket. And one auto dealer said a 15-year-old bought a Mercedes-Benz recently. – I believe what happened
there, I don’t know, because I was a working
for the government, but, I think with respect
to YBI and Pony Down, I think it got to a point where not enough of these
guys were going to jail. We were winning. I mean Otis Culpepper was
representing the YBI guys and he was winning. Anytime they’d get what they thought was a good case in State
Court, I would win. Same thing here; they bring
a homicide charge, I’d win. (suspenseful music) – You can’t talk about all those other Chamber brothers or nobody. YBI is the organization
that made selling drugs, made it help, and made
killing people okay. – [Voiceover] 1985, Sturtevant
Street near Dexter Avenue, Ray Peoples recently
paroled from federal prison, and already survived having been shot on East Philadelphia
and Monica and Puritan, is killed while sitting in a car. – YBI would never stop
till the casket drop, you know what I’m saying? Because there’s always a
motherfucker trying to emulate us, and that’s the aftermath
of what these niggas out here doing now. And a motherfucker can’t
tell you no different. He’s offspring, whether
I done stuck my dick in his mammy or not, he’s one of my sons, ’cause you doing shit I used to do. And you’re trying real hard at it, but, it can never, ever be done again. – [Voiceover] No arrest is ever made in the murder of Raymond Peoples, and the YBI era comes to an
end with Butch Jones in prison and Ray Peoples joining
Dwayne Davis in death. But, Detroit had been changed forever. – YBI was it, and it hit. Mid-’83, that’s when crack became aware of around east side Detroit. – Cocaine had become an acceptable drug, but, the explosion, the
real explosion occurred with crack cocaine. And they called it “freebase,” whatever they wanted to call it. Because that was, A, it
just destroyed people, I mean just destroyed ’em. – It was freebase, so, you
have to have money to get high. Wasn’t no motherfucker
bamming on your door with $5. Naw, this nigga came in on the freebase and spent $150, and blew his
brains off, heard them bells, you know what I’m saying,
like Anita Ward said, “Ring my motherfucking bell.” ♫ You can ring my bell, ring my bell ♫ – [Voiceover] Young dealers
can make up to $800 a day, possess an arsenal of weapons, and readily kill to protect
their turf and profits. The smallest confrontation can become a matter of life and death. – [Voiceover] Whenever
police raid a crackhouse, they say they’re also bound
to find some heavy fire power. Drugs and guns are a deadly mixture, and together, they’ve given Detroit the highest murder rate
of any American city. – This is a war, this is an epidemic. I’d been to Vietnam, but,
this is a war right here, this is our Vietnam. – Well, the cocaine was there, but, it just really got real popular. – [Voiceover] This summer
has been especially violent, (ambulance siren) with more than 500 shootings
reported in two months. FBI figures show Detroit
with 61 murders for every 100,000 citizens last year. Gary, Indiana was second. And other major cities ran far behind. – It didn’t get really wild
until ’84, ’85, and ’86. – Detroit police say they see this less as a crime problem than as a drug problem. Thousands of people, jobless and hopeless, look for a way out, and
find trouble instead. – [Voiceover] In the aftermath of the YBI and Pony Down indictments, the hundreds of young workers they’d employed graduated to running their own operations. (suspenseful music??) Many of them taking
their show on the road, and dealers from Detroit
started getting arrested all around the country. – The little $40,000 we make here a day, we could go out of town and make $80,000. Man, we was going to St. Louis, man, Alabama, Cleveland,
knocking they heads off. Yeah, well, it was easy to
go out go town and get it. because of the mannerism and
the way we was brought up here, as opposed to going out of town, them guys ain’t got nothing, they slow. And we go down there
and tear they heads up and come home and spend the wealth. – [Voiceover] Flint,
Michigan is a short ride up the I-75 freeway from Detroit, and the center of General
Motors car production. – You know, we took that
YBI thing straight to Flint, ’cause they ain’t know no better. ‘Cause we were still using a lot of them old stamps that they left. Them guys was going to work, man, we used to have to wait till
Friday to really, really, roll up there, you know what I’m saying? Because they worked all week and got high than a motherfucker on weekends. But, man, after we stayed
in that motherfucker for three months,
motherfuckers start quitting, getting fired from the plants. Then, the shit just
turned into an epidemic, where motherfuckers was
getting money every day. 85% of ’em was from the plant. Them sucker ass motherfuckers
Ready for the World, we just sit up in a hotel
room with them suckers and sell them the dope. ♫ Oh, oh, Sheila, let me love
you till the morning comes ♫ Man, you know what I’m saying, them bitches was smoked out. – Toledo was the first stop. Then we went down to Lyman, then, we spread it out even father. Pulled right on in and
started doing business, breaking off and so forth. – In every state across
the United States, man, you got a set of Detroit
guys set up in they town, you understand what I’m saying? Now, I learned this from
being in the fed joint in every state, man. I got 188 months, I did 10 years, man, for them suckers, man.
(R&B music) – [Voiceover] The Young Boys Inc., and those that followed
after didn’t make the streets fill up with drugs, they were just there at the right time to profit
off the average citizen’s desire to get high. And that’s why no sooner than the police sent a so-called kingpin off to prison, another rose up to take his place. – Demetrius Holloway walked in my office in 19, I want to say 85. He walked in, I was still
in the Lafayette building, he said he had a fit
case, felon possession. And he just got out of
jail, out of prison, came in, and he said look,
“I’ve got to try this case, “I’ve got a defense,” which he did. “I don’t have any money, hardly.” “I’ve got some $500,”
whatever it was he had, “but, my word’s good.” He says, “You tell me the
fee, it’ll take me some time, “but, I’ll pay the fee.” And he was at the time, literally, had just gotten out of
jail on federal parole. And there was something about the guy, I thought he was telling the truth. And it was a tryable case,
and I’m a sucker for trials. And I said, “Okay, we got a deal.” And we tried the case, and
he was found not guilty. Demetrius Holloway had he wanted to be, could’ve been a CEO of
a major corporation. He never drank, he never smoked, he laughed at people who used drugs. He was smart as hell, and he was cunning. And he was a leader. He was a big, big whale is
what the cops used to call him. Demetrius Holloway and Rick Carter, even though they were friends, were as different as to
human beings could ever be. (suspenseful music) Anybody in the streets’ll tell you that. – [Voiceover] Soon after
getting out of prison, Boone crossed paths with Maserati Rick in an east side pizza parlor. After one of Rick’s underlings
started an argument with him, Boone flashed his gun,
and Maserati stepped in to diffuse the situation. – He said, “Man, dig this,
man, we can work together “if you just give me
time to speak with you.” We went and got into his Benz. We talked and he was
telling me about himself, about what he do and so forth. (R&B music) But, he said, “You might’ve heard of me, “they call me ‘Maserati.’ ” – Rick was cheap and petty. I mean he was all right to deal with, but, he wasn’t all right to deal with, he was a pain in the ass is what he was. And he liked to flaunt stuff, you know, and walk around like he was a big shot, which in a sense, he was a guess. – “But, I wonder would you be willing “to be my bodyguard?” I said, “How much you talking?” He said, “Man, I’ll give you
a couple thousand dollars. “Just hang with me, make sure
nobody do anything to me.” Thought about it, and I said, “Okay, cool, but when I’m
supposed to get this money?” He pulled out $2,000 and gave it to me. – Just a case outside the skating rink over there on the east side,
’cause he was an east side guy. He owed me money, I won the case. And that’s why I say he was cheap, I mean it was a pistol case, he probably owed like three
grand or something like that. And the damn guy would not pay. And it was always, “I’ll
see you next week.” So, I typed up a motion to withdraw, he had another case pending. And I typed up a motion to
withdraw and I called the guy in from the east side, I
said, “Take this thing,” I wasn’t filing it. Taped this thing to the
walls and the windows like at the bars,
everywhere on the east side so people can see what
a cheapskate Rick is. And the guy went out,
and about two days later, “Man, what are you doing?” I said, “Well, shit, you won’t come in “and bring me the money,” so, he brought me a leather coat instead. – I had just got out of prison, so, I had a lot of
anger and tension in me. I’m trying to find some way to release it. The best way to release it
without going back to prison and so forth was Tough Man contest. So, I went and fought in that. Cobo Hall, Bruiser brought
some of his friends down there, which was the Brown brothers. (suspenseful music) – [Voiceover] Best
Friends, an ironic name for what the FBI once called
the most murderous drug ring in United States history. – I didn’t really know much of anything about the Best Friends
other than they were supposed to be a bunch of
killers on the east side. But, I didn’t know they were
called the “Best Friends,” I just knew they were
some evil-looking guys. – When the fight was over,
and I stepped out the ring to go back to the back, Bruiser stepped up and told me that, “Reggie want
to meet you,” Rocking Reg. They approached me like, “Damn, man, “we also hear that you supposed to be “working with Maserati Rick.” – [Voiceover] Suspected of 80-plus murders across multiple states,
Best Friends started on Detroit’s east side as
a murder-for-hire ring run by the four Brown brothers. – I did things for people, for
Bruiser, before I met them. – [Voiceover] By 1985,
the Brown brothers were doing hits on the east
side for various dealers. – Rick boy, long as he got
the money was anybody boys, and long as you got the money to pay us. You ain’t got the money
to pay us, basically, we would take you out and
take over your operation, that’s when it started happening that way. But, a lot of people
didn’t want to sell to us because we had the reputation of killing. Maserati Rick did sell to us. He didn’t mind, because he assumed that we was all friends now.
(R&B music) That’s why, anybody
would see us, they’d say, “Those are Maserati Rick’s boys,” ’cause we was basically
hanging with him because, hey, he would sell us the drugs cheaper. – I knew that I represented
Reggie Brown twice, represented him on an assault
with attempted murder. We won that case. It was in the middle of Eastland, they were looking for the guy, and they found him, and
they start shooting. I think they were shooting
in the mall itself, not in the store, but,
yeah, right in the mall, people were going crazy. – Rocking Reg would get, like I said, he’d get a little drink
in him and so forth, and then, he want to
go on a killing binge. you know, we’re in shootouts. Goddamn, man! Is it anybody here you
don’t want to shoot? – Then I represented him on a
homicide case where he shot, he killed one person and the other person he thought he killed, but, the guy lived. – We consider ourselves hitmen, murder-for-hire incorporated. You know, you got the
money, we got the gun. – Reggie was driving down
the street on the east side, he saw that he’d been
looking for (indistinct). Reggie Brown started
chasing him in the car, jumped out of the car, ran in the house, shot (indistinct) dead,
shot the other guy, thought he was dead, and the guy lived. And I can tell you from
experience, not just this case, the hardest case there
is is when you think you killed somebody and the guy lives and identifies you. So, he got convicted and
Judge Crocker gave him life. They were cold guys. I don’t know, it’s one of
those things where you wonder, I met the father, I met the mother. The father worked in the
factory his whole life. Mother was regular, normal citizen. (suspenseful music) – [Voiceover] In December
of ’86, unknown assailants shot Ezra and Terrance Brown in the head as they sat in a car near
the Seventh Precinct. Ezra died, but Terrance
“Book” Brown survived by throwing a brick through
the precinct’s front window to alert the police of the shooting before he collapsed on the sidewalk. A week later, Gregory “Ghost” Brown is gunned down on Peter Hunt Street, still wearing the suit he’d just worn to his brother’s funeral. Having added trained
killer, Nate “Boone” Craft to their team of shooters,
the surviving Brown brothers, Terrance and Rocking Reg,
decided to exact revenge for their brother’s death
by taking over the city one kingpin at a time. First up was their so-called
partner, Maserati Rick. – That was his problem. At the apartment, Maserati
Rick introduced Boo to his Columbian connect, Mike. I’m watching Boo and
I’m saying, “Oh, shit.” Basically, I had to stay
with him because at that time Ed was running around trying to find him. Ed done already shot up a white van that looked like Maserati, but, it wasn’t. It was some white company’s that would be driving down that street and got shot at. Boo calls me and tells me, “Man, they just shot
Rick on the west side, “where the hell was you at?” Then, rode around the car wash looking, we rode up and down the streets, we stopped at the fish shop. We listened to what people
saying, and so forth. So, we went to the
hospital and talked to him. By that time, Boo was pissed off like, “Hey, man, word on the
street that we bitches.” I said, “What you talking about?” “They shot Rick, man. “The word is that we ain’t
doing nothing to protect him, “and Rick talking about
don’t go after the people.” Boo pulls up. He steps over, he said, “Man, what’s up?” I said, “No, what’s up on you?” He said, “Man, I thought was
gonna stay away from Rick.” I said, “No, Rick’s still paying me.” “Man, he can’t be paying you
laying up in the hospital. “And plus the guy said that
long as we pay his bills, “he don’t care what happen to Rick.” (R&B music) Yeah, the Columbian said long as somebody pay that bill, he don’t
care what happen to Rick. I was like, “Basically,
the Columbian’s saying that “he don’t give a fuck if you
do something to him dead.” He said, “Who you down with, us or him?” “I’m down with whoever got the money, “and you should know that.” – [Voiceover] Officials
say two men were seen near his room when the
shooting was discovered. – Really, we don’t have
a whole lot of details other than the fact that
some people saw two men. – [Voiceover] Maserati Rick’s
beef with Big Ed Hansert supposedly was at the heart of his murder, but, no one has ever been convicted. – “Mas, is dead, man. “We want you down with us, Boone. “We want you down with us.” I said, “Man, I’m down with
whoever got the money.” He said, “Okay, that’s all
I wanted to hear, baby.” Everybody’s gonna think
that Jerk did it, man. So, we clean on this. But, we got to go to the funeral though, make sure, you know, let
people know that we there, we still backing up
Maserati even life or death. – Maserati, all those
names, those names were as big as Mike Tyson and
Tommy Hearns and so forth. White Boy Rick, I mean
White Boy was legendary. – [Voiceover] If not one
of the biggest drug dealers in Detroit’s history, Richard
“White Boy Rick” Wershe is certainly one of the most well-known. – If Rick Wershe would have
been anything other than white, nobody’d ever have heard of him. The fact of the matter was it was so novel to the media, to the public,
that here was this white kid that was in Detroit and was supposed to be this big, huge kingpin. Well, I mean, he was 17 years old. There’s no damn way White
Boy Rick or Rick Wershe was the biggest drug guy in
Detroit at the age of 17, it’s ridiculous. – From January ’87 to late
’87, that whole kinda year, he was it in Detroit in
terms of media gangster, and the newspapers followed him. He was eventually charged
with possession of eight kilos of cocaine. – One day we following him,
he went to Cathy’s house. We sitting there watching
him waiting for him to come back out, then, all
of a sudden, a car pulled up, two guys stepped out. (imitates gunfire) We checked around and from what we get, it was the Curry brothers
that sent somebody to do that. ‘Cause he in there screwing one
of the Curry brothers’ wife. – At the same time, he
was walking around with Johnny Curry’s wife. Not only the fact that she was attractive, but, the fact that she
was the mayor’s niece. – There was a federal indictment. I represented Johnny before
the federal indictment. Again, pistol case. And they had the usual, it
was the usual federal case; they had wiretaps, good
wiretaps, it killed us. – You know, just having her on his arm gave him a lot of weight. It came out in court
documents that Mayor Young had actually told Hart to
assign an entire secruity detail to follow Wershe and Volson
around on a daily basis. But, to in no way make any arrests or stop any criminal activity,
but, to simply be there in case gunfire was to
break out to go corral Cathy and take her away from harm. – Then, we followed him from over on, I think it was Hayes Street,
that he had a spot over there. By the time we pulled up on the side of White Boy Rick at the light
at Dickerson and Outer Drive, slid back that door, sprayed him, but the Mac go stuck. Boo was like, “Man, don’t let
this motherfucker get away!” He took off. – [Voiceover] Wershe became
linked to the Best Friends in the media when members
showed up at his trial. – Well, we went down there to make sure that he didn’t get off. We down there in (indistinct)
pretending that we his crew. – When he went to trial, this whole entourage of assholes show up, you know, with their pants on backwards. – [Voiceover] Their plan was
for Wershe to get convicted, (suspenseful music) So the Best Friends could
assassinate him in state prison. – We just wanted to make
sure that that boy didn’t get out from underneath what he got. – Trial lasts a couple
weeks, jury’s out for, I believe four or five
days, comes back guilty, Rick gets life in prison
without possibility of parole. He had recently just turned 18 years old. His run is over, and his life
is over in a lot of ways. (R&B music) – [Voiceover] After finding
himself in danger from both Rocking Reg and Boone in
Michigan state prison, White Boy Rick called the feds,
entered witness protection, and helped initiate a massive
police corruption case. – It eventually came out,
the fact that Rick then helped them build a case
against Cathy’s father, Willie. And Jimmy Harris who was
Mayor Coleman Young’s chief of security, indicted for… And Rick helped them build a case for running a protection
ring for a drug dealer. – And the fact that he’s
still in jail is obscene. Having nothing to do with
I understand he cooperated, whether he did or he didn’t. The fact that the kid is still in jail, lo these 25 years later is obscene. ‘Cause whatever he was, he was a kid. He was just a kid. – Keeping him locked up
somehow is in the public good in their perception because
he represents that era. – He knew a lot of information. The contract was on him
for $100,000 at that point. I ain’t mention no name,
but, the political figures, they offered half of it to get that boy. (R&B music) We damn near killed every goddamn body there was to be killed. Those that we didn’t kill
ran and left the state. Those that didn’t leave
the state went to prison. Rick James and them was already dead. Curry brothers, Chamber brothers. – [Voiceover] October,
’88, the Chambers brothers are convicted in federal
court for running dozens of crackhouses across the city, generating millions of dollars a month. – It was all about money-hungry
power at that time. Everybody wanted the power. – [Voiceover] Also in October of ’88, Best Friends hitman,
Nathaniel “Boone” Craft is sentenced to a short stint
in prison for drug possession. – I go to prison. While I’m in prison, my
little brother gets killed. (suspenseful music) I come home to the funeral,
people telling me this and telling me that, that Boo was behind it and this and that. Bruiser told me exactly
what went down and how. He said, “Man, Andre went
to Boo and got some dope.” He was over on 12th and Calvin selling out that apartment there. Boo brought the dope by. He had told Andre, “Man,
that’s a bad idea that, man, “they keep getting from Boo.” I decided to sit there
and sat with the DEA. So, I went to the DEA and
told them the situation. “Dig this, man, this
dude was responsible for “my little brother’s death and
I want to help y’all get him ” ’cause I know y’all looking for him.” So, they prefer to have Boo and let me go for my participation. – [Voiceover] Despite
working with the DEA, Nate “Boone” Craft went to do one last hit with the Best Friends. – Well, I had no choice;
either go with them, or they would’ve killed
me right then and there. So, they shoot him to stop him from going so they can finish the guy in the back. They opened the door of the cab, Luck did, emptied the M-16 in his ass. Then, a few seconds later, I felt like somebody was pushing me. (suspenseful music) – [Voiceover] After killing
the target and the cab driver, Chuck Wilkes and Lucky shot Boone in an assassination attempt. – That’s me getting hit,
in the back, chest, arm, leg, and so forth. But, they say that, “Oh,
it was an accident.” – [Voiceover] Boone lived,
but, was charged and convicted for second-degree murder
in the cab driver’s death. – That fucked my deal. – [Voiceover] Terrance
“Book” Brown never made it to the Best Friends trial. He was killed in Atlanta and
wrapped in his Polo bedsheets by other members of the
inner circle of Best Friends on the eve of making a
$600,000 cocaine purchase. – Because they felt that, hey, Boo have enough knockoff
for everybody in the group. You can’t be Best Friends if
you’re doing your own friends, and that’s what Boo was doing. Boo was knocking off his own people. – [Voiceover] Steve Fishman
defended Thomas “KO” Carr in the Best Friends trial. – Best Friends got
indicted in federal court. I represented Thomas Carr. They had about 45 or 50
dead people in this trial. The most dead bodies I’ve ever had where they actually charged it and tried to… They only tried to prove,
I think, and did prove ’cause the jury found them guilty of ’em. Maybe seven or eight. But, when you would
cross-examine the witnesses. “Well, that was when
so-and-so, Walter Daniels “got killed on (indistinct)” Talking about murder
was like talking about your dog ran in front of a car. Nathaniel Craft testified
in the Best Friends case. He really needed to be
on TV in one of those Detective or police movies because he played the role of the
tough guy and the big hitman. He scared the shit out of
a couple of the lawyers. He claimed he was a hitman
for the Best Friends and he killed this guy
or he killed that guy. And he was smart, he’s a smart guy. Look, he basically was advertising, “If you want someone killed, call me.” I mean that’s basically
what his testimony was. He got convicted of everything, and then, the next thing I heard, he
cooperated and he’s out. He got a sentence reduction,
he got Rule 35, they call it, and he cooperated and I know he’s out. – So far, I don’t know one
that hasn’t cooperated, that’s why they just get life
in prison without parole. – They brought it at the Charles Wilkes, and he admitted to 15 homicides. And they gave him like
a 15-year cop, he’s out. Lock your doors and windows, he’s out. But, yeah, it was a murder case, it was a mass murder case is what it was. – If they wouldn’t have
killed my little brother, none of this would’ve happened. We’d all still been out
there doing our thing. But, that brought down Best Friends. – [Voiceover] After
the Best Friends trial, Boone entered witness protection. – The D got a badass rep
man, you know what I mean? It’s only a few of us out here, man, that not went in and ain’t
never ratted on nobody. – But, they put them in a
position where they don’t have any choice other than to
make deals with people. And I found over time that very often, guys whose reputation in the
street is they never tell, they’ll do life, they’ll walk
on nails with no shoes on, they have been, but,
they don’t really tell, they don’t come in and testify, they just give information, let’s say, about people they don’t like,
or people they’re at war with. And it’s one of the
vagaries of being involved in these kinds of cases. – Sammy the Bull all them
motherfuckers was in there. I was in there with Sammy
the Bull, White Boy Rick. – How the fuck do you tell on
a motherfucker and go to jail? Like the motherfuckers who ratted on me. Them dumb bitches was
sitting up in jail with me. What was the point of telling? – When I got there, White
Boy Rick had signed me in, and next morning, I met with him and told him what the deal was. I said, “Man, dig this, man, “I know what happened at the state prison, “you thought I was coming in
to hit you, which was true. “But, here, I’m not
down like that no more, “I’m just like you. “I”m a snitch, a turncoat, a fink, “or whatever people want to call me.” But, I called it getting
back at the niggas that killed my brother. (hip hop music) ♫ Cereal no milk, dishes in the sink ♫ Older brother running ’round
getting money, wearing minks, ♫ Won’t by nothing to
eat, always buy drinks ♫ Get the whole house
drunk, then shit pop off ♫ Mama boyfriend trippin’
’bout a dime got lost ♫ Mine is lost, smoke a blunt ♫ – Detroit, police there were
called in to break up scuffles after tens of thousands of
people turned out to apply for grants from the federal government for housing and utilities. As the desperate crowd got larger, some people fainted, others fought. – [Voiceover] The city
got enough federal money to help 3,500 families
pay rent and utilities. But, police say 35,000 showed up instead. – This is a travesty, I’ve never seen anything
like this in my life. – [Voiceover] And then,
tempers started to flare. – This is ridiculous. People falling out,
fighting, this is crazy. – [Voiceover] At least five
people were hurt in scuffles, some fainted. More than 100 police
officers tried to calm an anxious crowd faced with too much desperation and too few resources. – I am Pastor Spencer T. Ellis. I pastor the charge on the
northwest side of Detroit in the Brightmoor community,
called “Citadel of Praise.” Brightmoor is a very
impoverished neighborhood in the city of Detroit. (slow, melancholy music) The majority of the people in this city were employed by the automobile industry or one of its subsidiaries, and of course, we began to experience
these massive layoffs. So, depression began to sink in. Anytime you have a person that
is dealing with depression, the first thing they’re
looking for is a way out. First thing, how can I alleviate my pain, alleviate my fear? I got laid off, I don’t know
which way I’m going to go. Now, with the economy being so bad, we all feel like it’s a dog-eat-dog world. You get yours, I get mine. – [Voiceover] More than 20
years after the height of the drug era in Detroit, the
city presents a bleak visage. The Big Three hangs on in
a few scattered factories, and the streets that generated
the hundreds of millions in drug money are shadows
of their former selves. For the kids that grew up
in the aftermath of YBI, Best Friends, as the rest,
selling drugs has become just another low-wage job. – Man, I first started at 12, man. I just skip school and
go set up with them boys, them Chamber boys. My auntie’s boyfriend
was messing with ’em. I remember real vividly, man. I get up, go and brush my teeth, I hit the door, my grandma
think I’m going to school, I’m on my way to the (indistinct). Get to the spot, you know what I’m saying, lock the doors down,
they drop the hoop off. Nothing but nickels in
that mother, so big, boy, you could cut them boys in
half and sell ’em for $20. – Money was just flowing everywhere, when you’re talking about crack cocaine. Money was just, I mean it
was just an easy way out. So now, young people start
looking at this and saying instead of working at
McDonald’s making $4.50 an hour, hey, I can sell crack because crack is the biggest thing going, cocaine is the biggest thing going. – It’ll never be another YBI,
it’ll never be another BMF, it’ll never be another nothing, man. All that shit is over with. – The streets is dead, man. These young motherfuckers out
here ain’t doing nothing, man. You know, we was cashing out for cars, niggas riding in cars
they paying notes on, man. – It’s fucked up out here now, compared to the way it used to be. – Man, I helped tear this community up, so, I helped try to put
something back, man. In 2010, we got to keep
going forward, man, take advantage of all
our opportunities, man, to make this shit right. – They used to say, “It takes a village to
raise the children.” It ain’t no village left to
raise, you know what I’m saying, they done tore it all down. – So, of course, all of us at
12 and 13 and 14 years old, like “Yeah, that’s what I want to do, “I want to drive a drop-top Benz.” (suspenseful music) And I had a personal
friend, that actually, somehow got caught up into that drug war making simple runs for whoever
he was making runs for. Drop-delivering drugs. And even to this day, we
never knew who did it, never found the guy, and we
buried him at 14 years old, a great wonderful young man. My friend was actually gunned down at Seven Mile and Greenfield
right behind a store. It’s a CVS now, it used
to be a gas station there. – I think it’s unfair for the
society to hold young people as if they are insane. – The drug economy is
mainstream in this city. Young kids who are in the dope game are talked about almost
like disease vectors. They’re talked about almost like you hear people talking about rats. You know, “What we need to do is “clean our communities of this scourge.” I’m Luke Bergmann, I’m
director of research at the City of Detroit Health Department. Most of what I’m involved in has to do in some form or fashion with
substance abuse treatment and substance abuse prevention services. It’s powerful to watch
the impact that alcohol has on them actually, because very few young black folks in
Detroit do hard drugs. (suspenseful music) The hardest of the hard living
that they’re doing I think is because they are
drinking at insane levels. And I’m motivated by the fact that they are profoundly depressed. They sort of lose any
sense of focus or purpose for the most part whatsoever. They’re not engaged in any institution; they’re not in high school,
they’re not in college, they’re not employed, they’ve
just become totally wayward. – [Voiceover] Dr. Luke
Bergmann wrote the book, “Getting Ghost,” after working
with young drug dealers in Detroit’s juvenile detention facility. – That is a book that grew out
of my PhD thesis that I wrote while I was at the University of Michigan, which is about the experiences of young African-American drug
dealers working in Detroit. And I spent most of that time living on the west side of Detroit,
just off of Linwood Avenue, in what’s usually called the
“Sir Dexter Linwood” area. And I was living on a little
street called “Pingree.” It doesn’t make sense to move around the Linwood-Dexter area if
you don’t understand that something catastrophic
has happened there. – [Voiceover] “Rodney” was
the alias Bergmann used for the young Detroiter from
the Dexter-Collingwood area that he grew closest to. – And Rodney was kind of
this extremely active, extremely charismatic, rowdy young kid. He was 17 at that time, you know. His reputation definitely preceded him, which is really saying something, ’cause there’s some
crazy cats out on Dexter. I would drive them to
schools in the morning, I would to do them in reading afterwords. And then, they would be chopping up rocks and selling on the front
porch steps after tutoring. – To change your attitude
and to change your demeanor, I got to change your culture
and change your environment. So, just like in church,
I can preach to a guy, and we can shout and wave
our hands and get happy. At the end of the day,
guess where you go back? To the same place, and
everybody in your community is doing the same thing. You call your boys up,
guess where they going? They going to the strip
club, they going to get high, they going to rob a liquor store. – The drug that was
being sold the most was heroin in paper packs. Certainly, it was the drug that was bringing in the most money. And then, a lot of weed was being sold. We’d walk in a liquor store, and the weed man would say,
“Trees,” when you walked in. It what sort of like
being offered a coupon, when you’re going shopping or something. – There is another way of life, and that’s the challenge that we have. I don’t know if I have the answer to that because that’s what it’s going to take, not only Pres. Obama,
but, it’s going to take everybody up under him to now, we got to change our neighborhood, because I can change you. but, if I send you back,
you’re gonna get the same dirt back on you after I cleaned you up. – And there was this
Coney Island restaurant on one of the corners. Turned into an absolutely
blazing heroin spot. (suspenseful music) Probably about $5,000 a day. The only confrontations
I would see is when white people would park in the parking lot and tried to come into the store because there was a very
clear, but, also kind of tacit understanding that if you were white and coming onto Dexter to buy dope, you could not get out of your car. You know, you could see
the sort of pleasure that young, black drug dealers would have in setting these sorts of rules and constraints on white people. – Man, we had neighborhood people, but, our clientele was the white people. They used to come down
in the Shamrock cabs. East McNichol and Strasburg,
by the time you get to Strasburg and Findlay,
you been about everything from prostitution to penny candy, because we got a penny candy store right there on the corner. We was selling dope out of there, man, the whole stroll did
like $17,000 a day, man. – We say we love the city. We don’t love the city,
we love getting over, allowing the city to become a
stepping stone to our success. Because of what we have experienced with political corruption
with a former mayor, former City Council,
all the staff that has just been indicted for various crimes, the morale in the city
of Detroit is very low. Even as a pastor, when I’m
approached by politicians, I don’t know who to trust. This is not the first time
we’ve been in a crisis, it will not be the last time. And those of us that endure and maintain our integrity through
this, we’re gonna make it. – Everyone is desperate. The people copping are
desperate in those areas, the people selling were desperate. When I would drive down the street, literally in waves, young people
coming out of their houses and running down their porch
steps, and they would just be, “Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo,
whoo,” and waving stuff for me. You know, if they didn’t have money from the drugs that they were
selling, for the most part, on their front porch,
they didn’t have shit. – [Voiceover] During the
course of Bergmann’s research, Rodney was suspected in a homicide at the All-Star strip club on Eight Mile. – They had contacted a Police Department, you could get them the
crime report for $2,400. So, they got $2,400
together, drove it down, it was a sunny afternoon,
drove it down to (indistinct), and got this police report. And within a couple of
months, he had managed to make about $30,000 selling weed in Jackson, and retained a lawyer. As soon as he had retained this lawyer, he turned himself in, and managed to beat the case in pre-trial. – My entire body is covered with scars. (suspenseful music) My back has bullet holes
running all through it. My legs, my thighs, I
can’t even walk properly without getting cold, my
legs locking up on me. My arm is no good. An AK-47 went in here and blew
out all this bone, tore up. They had poles in it. My hands, my fingers,
they don’t even work, my hand is just here. – Fuck the gang, man. That was some of the dumbest shit I could’ve ever got involved in. It’s only so many turnouts;
death, penitentiary, you gonna be on drugs like, you’re saying. I never thought I would use drugs. – The snowball effect of there not being the real economy in this city, it drives kids who are
smart and who are leaders, and who could’ve made
something of themselves. And by the time in they’re 19 or 20, they’ve ruined their life. That’s the overriding
legacy of a drug culture in the city of Detroit, in my opinion. – Don’t let them see you doing that. My brother seen me doing
it, he wanted to do it. He got killed. My nephew’s the same way. – He, at that point, was
really extracting himself from the dope game, and had bought a space in which he was building a
car wash, right on Dexter. He was wearing a Kevlar
vest the whole time he was working on this space. And one day, he finished
work, took off his vest, hopped in his car, went up the street to CVS or something to get some beer. Somebody stepped out from
a couple of buildings, right around Payless shoe
store that used to be there, and just filled his car up with the AK. You know, the corner where he had lived so much of his life,
that also was the corner where he was killed. It’s I think, powerful
for anybody who knows him. – I’m just hoping that people take heed and understand they need to build Detroit and not tear it down anymore. It’s been torn down enough from us. Don’t follow in us fools’
ways of the old times, because now this is a new time. Build this city. – [Voiceover] What happens when the American system breaks down? When the politicians and CEOs
fail in their decision-making? It’s called “Detroit.” And as the future rolls upon us, remember that Detroit was once the seat of the greatest economic engine
the world has ever seen, and now, it’s just a memory. (R&B music) – Let me go back; in the
’70s, they had a McDonald’s restaurant had a little spoon. It was a coffee stirrer, and
it had a little indentation, it was a little minor plastic spoon. And it became so famous
in Detroit. (laughs) But, you could dip it into a heroin thing, and they were selling grams of heroin, and they’d call it a “McDonald’s spoon.” So, because of the notoriety
that that spoon was used in the drug trade,
today McDonald’s has changed that spoon to a flat spatula. – [Voiceover] Because of Detroit? – Because of Detroit.

Gangs of Detroit: White Boy Rick, YBI, Best Friends, Nate Boone Craft

100 thoughts on “Gangs of Detroit: White Boy Rick, YBI, Best Friends, Nate Boone Craft

  • February 25, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    13:43 new drug…?

  • February 26, 2019 at 4:19 am

    It’s crazy sitting here 2019 and Barack Obama did not do a damn thing for that Detroit city nor did he do anything for anybody.

  • February 27, 2019 at 3:58 am

    That lawyer is fucking hilarious. Thank god for skilled professionals like him. You may think dudes like that are sleazy, but it’s your right as an American citizen to purchase that counsel. You may not like, but if you have any integrity, you should defend that right to the death.

  • May 24, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Was it worse than new york

  • May 25, 2019 at 4:10 am

    There was a dude called Gaylord LMAO how u gonna go get ya gear of Gaylord lol …. Yo Gaylord I'll have that p next week haha

  • May 26, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    RIP B Skeeter

  • May 27, 2019 at 5:29 am

    That was truly sad watching that old dude, still glorifying, and acting like a pos thug. You'd think he would have gotten smarter as he got older, but apparently that wasn't possible. Old enough to be a grandfather, and he's still acting like tekashi007. Damn shame..

  • May 27, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Nigga wasn’t shit slow abt the stl dude hella disrespectful to the Mfs who given them they money

  • May 27, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Boone on some bullshit why didn’t he jus kill them he was a hitman right but he told because they killed his bro Lie he told not to get life in prison.

  • May 29, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Detroit i love it,ain't no city like it,ain't nowhere as game tight as the D.as detroiters we got this,this our city if you don't like Detroit bye!get the fuck on.

  • May 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Al crackkker Profit and his white pedophile crackkker fathers FLEW the drugs in. Blacks dont fly planes.

  • May 30, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    See they guy at 47:38 drop the dope walking to the wall after being handcuffed

  • May 31, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Notice how excited these idiots are to talk about the murders and dope and then complain about how their city is vacant and destroyed .Yeah because YOU did it morons

  • May 31, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Yeah we did not know any better ? Wow thats odd because most teenagers know better than to deal dope or be a look out for criminals .I think you are just a fucking moron and a criminal

  • May 31, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Al you gotta do a doc on peanut that’s a must

  • June 1, 2019 at 8:39 am

    This was heartfelt and upsetting that as a society, we failed to protect our children. And a system that help create tangible conditions, to fail us as parents. The industries we have supported also have sold the future of our youth for a corner of comfort. Our ancestors, families and predecessors fought wars for this country. And build our communities. It's now devastating to see them destroyed.
    To our African American youth,
    I am truly sorry for being too old. Not knowing-
    I once was a child growing! At 5 I thought I was 5o.
    A character that learned from pain.
    Plz live again and again not i n vain!

  • June 1, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    36:17 we took care of the block nobody was gettin robbed it wasn't like now…10 mins ago ..they was shootin 2 to a head ..robbin ..steadlin..we was gettin money lmfao

  • June 1, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Steve fishy loves him some dark meat…he has a tantrum when white boy gets brung up

  • June 2, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Love you work man keep it up love crime documentaries

  • June 2, 2019 at 5:53 am

    If you thought this documentary was good watch the ones on the New York crews! Yellow,Purple,Red Top crews!

  • June 2, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Dude wit the tan hat is on dope

  • June 2, 2019 at 9:27 am

    I just love to hear him talk

  • June 2, 2019 at 11:56 am

    The truth is it was not the dope or a fall in the economy it is when you take God out of every equation the people become people of the earth just as Satan is the god of this world we follow his ways and become evil and corrupt and follow the ways of the world as disciples and followers of Satan… he is the drug lord he is the fall of the economy this is who the king pens work for and the rulers of the economy follow after.

  • June 3, 2019 at 2:35 am

    My grandfather worked in the plant, my grandmother worked at the plant, my mother, my father, me and now my son 🤷🏽‍♀️ wow #Detroit

  • June 3, 2019 at 3:41 am

    Write the movie!!!!

  • June 3, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Shmuk lawer made money off of all of em.

  • June 3, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    👏👏👏good job on glorifying a bunch of scared, ignit, fuckboys who click baited the government's intentional demise of your own ppl! Great job… Thanks for contributing to the killing of your ppl through drugs, violence and disrespect… Fucking heroes, u gotta be crazy, y'all emulating ppl who hate you and taught u how to hate yourself and your own!!! They were monsters…Fuckboy ass cops, dealers, and DA's … Wanna be clear… And fuck Obama and Oprah, Biggie, Jay, Bey and all the other sellouts… This shyt should be buried in a vault forEva! Y'all still sleeping… All y'all was disrespectful as fuck!!! Nobody getting killed and robbed… Dumb ass check y'all records and murder stats! I tried to sit through this shyt, I'm 50 yrs old… It was stupid then and dumber now

  • June 4, 2019 at 7:58 am

    I grew up in the Suburbs of Detroit in the 80’s as a teenager. I remember White Boy Rick. A lot of the other stuff occurred before I paid attention to the news. Without question the government of Detroit was corrupt then and most likely still is. The fault of all this misery is the public servants who swore to protect the people and did nothing while the economy declined. It didn’t matter that the residents were black, just that they were shoved into immediate poverty. You can’t expect anything less than what happened. There were so many options that were never enacted to improve the quality of life for Detroiters. It’s a shame to see so many corrupt and greedy people destroy a city. Even to this day local politicians continue the cycle of misery.

  • June 4, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Still a shit hole

  • June 5, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    don't know what AL Profits real name is but he is an incredible narrator.I never thought that anyone could keep you interested in a crime documentary like Bill Kurtis .it took 20 years,but AL has the voice and the knowledge. u r easily the best on youtube.if Spike tv or another company doesn't pick up American Dope they are crazy. but they need to let him narrate and have creative control.

  • June 5, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    My dad got beat up by the Big Four…WHILE HAND CUFFED! They were some punks!

  • June 6, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    A lot of cities now are falling apart and to tell you people the honest truth, it’s because of the blacks

  • June 7, 2019 at 12:02 am

    The light skin Boy tell a good story, but now he has the mannerisms of the people he used to sell heroin to! I don't give a fuk, can't nobody tell me that that dude ain't on some s***! If you from the hood you definitely see that from him

  • June 9, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    al….what about doing something on the gangster from buffalo new york sly green?

  • June 11, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Same old docs just re edit and rename 🤔

  • June 13, 2019 at 9:24 am


  • June 13, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    The riots wrecked Detroit forever more.

  • June 13, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I need V Y.B.I. was CAPTURED by New York Most wanted TELEVISION Show Around 94 95 96 he was safe until my brother sent another dude wit a murder 2 where V was on da low in New York dey wud air his case & he was never given up until he left from where he was safe @

  • June 13, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    E & Foo V

  • June 13, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    V was a old Mack Pimpish Gee wit a Jerry curl wore a lot of Platinum back then motherphuhckqersz didn't even kno wat Platinum was back then

  • June 13, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Pretty Boy V

  • June 14, 2019 at 6:56 am

    White Boy Rick worked directly for law enforcement as a paid snitch. White Boy Rick was king rat.

  • June 14, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Is it me or this lawyer represented everybody😂

  • June 14, 2019 at 1:36 pm


  • June 14, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    "Boone Craft: Convicted Killer"
    A correct description would be…
    "Boone Craft: Sociopathic, disloyal snake, that ended up snitching when others decided to be just as disloyal to him."

  • June 15, 2019 at 6:57 am

    How come you don't talk about the Chaldean mob.

  • June 15, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Great video but….. that SAVAGE "B" fro the "Original Young Boys"… what a total POS typical ignat stupid savage… only thi g hes missing is a "bone through the nose"… I'd beat his ass lmao

  • June 15, 2019 at 7:10 am

    "B" is exactly what makes people racist towards black folk….

    "B" is one of the most ignat bastards I've ever heard…

  • June 15, 2019 at 9:47 am

    At 23 minutes that dude dragging about the destruction they did.DAMN.

  • June 15, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    lub dem gangsta ass niggaz u interviewed. Boone got played by his bodyguards. See

  • June 16, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Al, I'm curious if Troy Reed was an early influence on your projects. Troy was really the first to produce these street esque documentaries.

  • June 17, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Dexter Linwood!

  • June 17, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    I have mad respect for Demetrius Flanory but I have to put a check on him saying he invented the jewelry game, believe these dudes had the chains on lock.

  • June 18, 2019 at 5:24 am

    The saddest part is all these killers free and Rick is still rotting in a cell

  • June 18, 2019 at 8:18 am

    It looks like the only thing that survived Detroit in the 70's was that brown paisley shirt

  • June 18, 2019 at 6:26 pm


  • June 18, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    I’ll take Prof. Carl Taylor,Steven Fishmen or John Suttons way to the good life.Prof Taylor also owns a security business and Steve Fishmen a wealthy attorney,I’m sure Mr Sutton is either well off or comfortable and all three have never spent a day in the grey bar motel or been shot.Prof. Taylor of MSU is from the black bottom section of Detroit from what I get from the posts. The guy is fascinatinatng. Like Al said he’s the only one puts these great role models in his posts.

  • June 19, 2019 at 5:34 am

    One Question:


  • June 19, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Interesting 🤔 https://youtu.be/D_PpYuSrVjY

  • June 19, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Let's gather round and read comments along the lines: "black people this, black people that…" Hahahaha

  • June 19, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    The movie was better

  • June 20, 2019 at 12:29 am

    These guys are speaking neither Spanish nor English , nor any other language. I am out of here. Cant stand this bullshit talk.

  • June 20, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    'B' 😂😂😂. Son of the streets.

  • June 20, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    damn good documentary

  • June 21, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Damn good documentary

  • June 21, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Check out the dude dropping his stash after getting hand cuffed at 47:40 🙂

  • June 21, 2019 at 9:28 pm


  • June 22, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Black man proud of causing his community, or another, to fall into poverty

  • June 22, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Why G W Jr narrating this?

  • June 23, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Those gangs are gone just like in gta vice city stories and vice city game

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:14 am

    sad…. they sound so proud smh

  • June 25, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    You make some brutal documentaries!
    Really great!
    Thank you!

    Some of these dudes are funny as hell too when they're reminiscing and telling their stories. LMAO! 😆😝

  • June 25, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Lawyers are such scumbags. If this guy was a da he'd be on the news giving speeches on how these guys are terrorizing the community but once hes on their payroll murder and dealing slow death is a joke. Their opinion and morals are for sale to the highest bidder

  • July 5, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    The "good looking, young little, guys" at 28:40 look like the idiot thugs they are…sullen, antagonistic eyes with their hats on sideways/backwards/sitting on the top of their heads. pants on backwards and waist bands under their rears. What a bunch of clowns hiding like cowards behind their knives, guns and numerical advantage (i.e. they done't take people on, one on one, they do it in two or more on one person). 'Know wha ah mean? Ya unnerstan wha I sayin, Man'? M#%^&@# F^*$% @, punk?! . Yeeesh! Thank you for the documentary, though.

  • July 13, 2019 at 11:58 am

    B's neck still snapping with his eyes constantly shifting left and right. Never not on the look out.

  • July 13, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    If there was ever a people that were the perfect example of cutting your nose off to spite your face.

  • July 14, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    How come boone goes to the feds to get revenge for his brothers death? He's a bad ass killer, why not kill those fuckers
    Best friends my ass!

  • July 17, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Detroit represent!!

  • July 20, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Snitchin the downfall of everything

  • July 22, 2019 at 5:28 am

    What they did to rick was criminal from start to release

  • July 24, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    1:13:30 it’s the do-gooder logic of liberal pussies like this pathetic weakling that help make Detroit a murderous shit hole.

  • July 28, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    One generation complaining about the next Stupid boys. Dumb as fuck.

  • July 28, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    State map with diamonds where they did business thats crazy

  • July 31, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Then the White Man caught on and decided to invade Afghanistan to take over the poppy fields and open up global distribution networks under the guise of Freedom

  • August 3, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Everything was good in all black communities until the feds flooded our communities with drugs gangs n liquor stores fcked the entire communities up smdh that shit ain’t get here outta no where

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    An interesting documentary. I was sad at then end when he said it's up to Obama and his people to help the struggling communities. Obama is said to have done nothing.

  • August 8, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I guess not all people in Detroit are doing bad, Red Wings and Pistons games seem to have lots of audience. A lot.

  • August 10, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    R.i.p. B (YBI) orginal

  • August 11, 2019 at 5:31 am

    @Alprofit your the GOAT BRO

  • August 13, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Another Al Profit Classic!!!

  • August 14, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I dont get it if he kindy cancer why would he kill his hit man wtf

  • August 17, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Who U down with? I'm down with who ever got the money 💰😆 😎. #Detroithitman

  • August 19, 2019 at 3:52 am

    That's horrible man. Smh.
    Great job as usual Al P💯🎆

  • August 19, 2019 at 4:06 am

    14:37…"stop dick eatin……& in that case…."😂

  • August 25, 2019 at 11:40 am

    34:58 "they weren't monsters" ahhhhh, yes they were. And you a fool to believe otherwise.

  • August 28, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Al I love your shit man!!!

  • September 2, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Only a crackhead would know what ring my bells mean and I only know bc I sold the shit in my day as a kid

  • September 2, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Those YBI boyz..were very intelligent to be so young & knew a lot about the law too

  • September 6, 2019 at 1:31 am

    @Al Profit……your work is greatly appreciated.

  • September 7, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Please tell me the song that starts at 9.40 https://youtu.be/RjMXFOMhbeQ?t=581


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