Nicky Barnes, a notorious Harlem drug dealer who vanished into witness protection, died in 2012. But his death has gone unreported — until now.
A truly great obit. The opening anecdote of the former heroin kingpin with the salmon in the doggy bag is worth it alone.
'This week, one of his daughters and a former prosecutor, both speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that Mr. Barnes had died of cancer in 2012. He was 78, or possibly 79.'
Only Sam Roberts: he turns an obit into a scoop (or is it the other way around?). via
Favorite part of story about the just-reported 2012 death of protected-federal-witness Nicky Barnes: this fabulous 1977 cover by the brilliant Ruth Ansel, the first female art director.
Whatever happened to Nicky Barnes? ‘Mr. Untouchable’ of Heroin Dealers, Is Dead at 78
The untouchable heroin dealer NY Leroy Brown of the 70s Is now officially dead nearly ten years after he died in witness protection via ⁦
A dazzling obit. And it makes me say, “Yay, President Carter” (really).
Nicky Barnes, ‘Mr. Untouchable’ of Heroin Dealers, Is Dead at 78