|Richard J. Wershe, Jr. - Hoping for parole after 29 years. (MDOC photo)
Wershe was suddenly without a source of money and without a viable trade. He turned to the only trade he knew.
The media helped bury him behind bars by relentlessly calling him White Boy Rick. Gullible reporters bought the dubious prosecution tale that this white kid somehow ruled the roost in Detroit's murderous drug trade; that prison-hardened adult black men were taking orders from a white kid who couldn't even grow a decent moustache. Newspaper and TV reporters never questioned the evidence for the claim that Wershe was a "drug lord" and a "kingpin." The image of a white teen Godfather of drugs in the black ghetto was too sensational to ignore.
Maybe the legend of White Boy Rick is about to end.