Roofers From Hell

Migrant construction workers following in the wake of Hurricane Andrew bring with them a violent crime wave

By day they rebuild homes wrecked by Hurricane Andrew. By night they drink, fight, smoke crack and sometimes kill. In the squalid roadside camps they call home, shotguns and 9-mm pistols abound, as do the tools of their trade: roofing knives. In one case a roofer's throat was cut so deeply he was nearly decapitated. In another a roofer shot and stabbed a drifter 100 times. Soldiers who patrolled the area say they saw a roofer bite off another man's ear, then spit it out.

The cops call them "the roofers from hell." Lured by the promise of quick money in...

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