Black Mafia Family, St. Louis: The Untold Story
List Price: 13.99
Category: Autobiography & Biography
Available: June 2014
Abandoned buildings and a gradual decline in the economic fortunes of St. Louis in the 1980s set the stage for the city’s reputation as a criminal playground rather than a manufacturing mecca. Danny “Dog Man” Jones, born and raised in the city, was among those eventually attracted to the criminal element, lured in thanks to an on-again, off-again railroad job. After selling American bulldogs to Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and his brother Terry “Pauley” Flenory, founders of the Black Mafia Family, he was recruited to join the BMF’s St. Louis operations. As time went by, Danny moved up in the organization, eventually being trusted to drop off hundreds of kilos of cocaine to BMF members and maintaining houses in St. Louis that held millions of dollars. Life changed quickly for Danny, however, when fellow gang members were sent to prison and he was gunned down, miraculously surviving seventeen gunshots spread throughout his body. After recovering from his ordeal, he was determined to get revenge. He shares his life in this forthrightly honest seventeen-chapter memoir, which mirrors the seventeen bullets that nearly ended his life.
This is the first book for Jerry Haymon, who 18 years ago transformed from a drug kingpin to a community activist. Now a successful businessman, Haymon is a member of the 2005 National Registry of Who’s Who and a longstanding board member for the Lake County (Ind.) Social Status of Black Males. He has a local television show and radio broadcast that he uses to spread his message to young people. The single father attributes his success to God, dedication, and positive thinking. Haymon is working on other books, including Government Gangsters: the Pre-planned Collapse of Middle Class America, Stand Your Ground: White Rights, Black Life (inspired by Trayvon Martin’s story) and the novel Dirty Waters.