I read that article last year, it was definitely one of the most well written ones, a full year ago. You have to big up the New Yorker Magazine for sure. At work, I have quite a compilation of articles on the Dudus biz, which I can post tomorrow if anyone is interested.
Now, back many years ago I lived full time in Jamaica in the early 1970's to late 1970's and "WHAT A TRIP" the politics were back then. It was a really totally exciting and a sort of a dangerous time -- all OVER the place, slogans like (for Seaga) "CIA-ga" ... and so many of Fidel Castro's workers all OVER the place, building schools, building hospitals, doing GOOD WORKS. And Michael Manley seemed like such a really DECENT potential leader, who wasn't so appreciated by US politicians because of his close ties and respect for Fidel Castro. And there was so much HOPE going on within the community of people who "had nuttin."
So much violence started in Kingston! ?? Like where were all the guns coming from ?? And the whole story of Dudus's father -- and his obvious murder while in prison !!! Definitely worthy of a novel for sure.
Tons of amazing graffitti during the 1970's.. I wish I had photographed some of the slogans. Dudus is now in prison in my state. He has lots of relatives in the NY area and there are (in the NYS prison facilities) tons of Jamaicans imprisoned, mostly on marijuana related offenses. So I'm sure he is being taken care of, or at least comfortable, in his environment. From all reports that I have heard, he was a decent and caring and sharing man in a very very poor area of have nots. He would pay a lot of school fees, uniform fees for children and quite a bit of good for the people who needed help.