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February 23, 2011

Accused DMI leader held without bond

Perry Roark, the reputed leader of the growing prison gang Dead Man Inc., was transferred yesterday from state prison to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center to face murder charges in the beating death of fellow inmate in 1994. Though his file remains sealed, officials at the Jennifer Road Detention Center say he is being held without bond.

We wrote about Roark over the weekend, with authorities from across the state describing him as a violent leader of a white prison gang started in the late 1990s that has grown rapidly here and across the country. Roark, serving a 25-year prison sentence for a 1991 robbery, was set to be released Tuesday on mandatory release, but state police and Anne Arundel prosecutors turned back the clock on his sentence with the 17-year-old murder charge.

Court papers say little about the new charge, and news outlets didn't report the death of George Hartman in the House of Correction at the time. It may be some time before we get more information, as prosecutors are likely in no rush to try the case.

In a bit of irony, Dead Man Inc. reportedly has long prohibited members from being recruited in county detention centers, whose inmates they saw as inferior and softer than state prisoners. Now their reputed leader is housed in a county facility.

Read more from Sunday's story on Dead Man Inc here.

See a copy of an application for gang membership recovered by police in Roanoke, Va. 

Posted by Justin Fenton at 10:30 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Anne Arundel County, Gangs


Prosecutors are in no rush to try the case of the death of an inmate that went unreported. The whole thing sounds a little shaky and unethical to me.

Not to make light of crime, because its tragic, but there are 2 things about this story that sound like something out of Dan Rodrick's old "Guilty but Mostly Stupid." County prisoners are inferior to state prisoners??? If I was recruiting for a gang, I'd want the guys who didn't get caught!!! And who wants to join a gang called "Dead Man." I'd rather be in a gang that conveys a message that you are actually living.

All of this does sound shady right now. They are trying him for a murder when he is about to be released and they transferred him to county jail. Prosecutors are very sneaky.

"We wrote about Roark over the weekend, with authorities from across the state describing him as a violent leader of a white prison gang started in the late 1990s that has grown rapidly here and across the country"

As opposed to a "black" prison gang or latin prison gang? The Sun now will label all gangs by race? We shall see.

As for the county jail, it may or may not have softer prisoners, but are we to assume that AA county jail is more escape proof than federal or state max facilities. If this guy is the godfather of the skinhead/redneck set, shouldn't he be in SuperMax or Guantanamo? Big Egg on someone's face if Perry strolls out one day.

Read the article. The group was founded specifically as an outlet for white inmates who could not join up with the black gangs. They are currently spilt between simply a white brotherhood bent and white supremacist ideology. The race matters in the story because it matters to the gang. -JF

JF, your defense of the Sun's id of the gang here as white is quite interesting. I have actually heard of one or two whites who were in the Crips or Bloods, for "business reasons", I think. But in general, I would think the Sun which covers crime day by day, year by year in our region, would know if our "black" gangs recruit or welcome white members? After all these years, since crack and hip hop blessed our city and others, you must know the "admissions standards" of our local crews. You must admit that the vast majority, to understate the obvious, are of African American membership. Perhaps you can enlighten us. Furthermore, as we welcome New Americans who seek opportinities in our region, can you inform us of opportunities for Central and Northern European origin youth to participate in the "hottest" gangs around, MS13 or Latin Kings? If you don't know, you can call your colleagues at the Washington Post, which includes a region blessed with the achievements of these "immigrant' self-improvement groups.

The stories about the Black Guerrilla Family noted how the group pushed a book about black empowerment, the story about Dead Man Inc. notes their goals of uniting white prison members. We're playing it as it lies.

Prison gangs often divide by race, this is hardly the fault of The Sun...what's interesting about DMI is that they are a white, but not a white supremacist, gang which is rare, and they have all these ties to BGF. Glad the Crime section is staying with this story, I sought out the DMI gangland episode after reading the original article. Look forward to more information on DMI, BGF and other similar organizations in the area.

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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