Law/Justice

FBI and Detroit police taught ‘White Boy Rick’ the drug game then double-crossed him, he says. Now, he wants $100 million

(CNN)Voice quavering, Rick Wershe Jr., who as a teen in 1980s Detroit was painted as a murderous drug kingpin, dabbed his eyes as he recalled one of the last conversations he had with his father, who he’d always looked up to as a strong man.

Suffering from brain cancer, his dad often moaned in pain over the phone. During this 2014 call, Rick Wershe Sr. told his imprisoned son he was “scheduled to die” that day, which the younger Wershe told him wasn’t true. His mind “playing tricks,” the ailing father insisted, Wershe Jr. recalled.
“I lost it, and it’s hard for me to talk about,” he tearily told CNN. “I broke down that day, and I happened to be in my counselor’s office. … I had a lot of pride, and I remember the counselor, he gave me a hug and he wouldn’t let me leave his office and I just wanted to get back to my cell to be alone. He said, ‘Rick, just stay here,’ and I’ll never forget that.”
Rick Wershe Sr. died about two weeks later, on October 2, 2014. Wershe Jr. wasn’t allowed to attend the funeral.

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