Telling Tales

Mad, mad Leroy Barnes

Even the judge was shocked. After listening to hours of testimony about a multimillion-dollar drug-distribution network involving hired killers with a penchant for chain saws, U.S. District Judge Milton Pollack marveled that such iniquities "could be so coldbloodedly related." Yet the tales so coolly told in court helped indict 44 major traffickers and convict 16. The man doing the talking was Leroy ("Nicky") Barnes, a.k.a. "Mr. Untouchable." Barnes fingered Frank James, his ex-partner in drug dealing, for ordering his brother-in-law ice-picked to death. James, said Barnes, employed a four-man...

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