From the raging ‘Rhygin’ of yesteryear’s notoriety to ‘Duppy Film’ of modern-day infamy, over the decades, the narrative has changed, but the storyline remains the same.
Duppy Film is the latest to have commanded centre stage in the arena of the criminal underworld on which a long line of dangerous men dubbed ‘Public Enemy Number One’ has paraded with deadly ferocity for more than half a century.
Their stories are colourfully captivating, not unlike the riveting accounts of men who are not afraid to use the deadly weapons that they tote. And, in like manner, they invariably meet dreadful ends.
Ryghin twinned crime and entertainment in the 1960s to create a colourful image following his arrival in Kingston from St Catherine.
Others commanded superlative notoriety over the years, including ‘Copper’, ‘Sandokan’, and ‘Natty Morgan’.
For many seasoned crime fighters who have seen it all, ‘Copper’ has been voted the deadliest of the deadly and the shrewdest of the shrewd.
But there is no question that the likes of ‘Natty Morgan’ sparked untold fear.
ARMED AND DANGEROUS
The Public Enemies Number One have, in a sense, set themselves apart from the labelled ‘area dons’ such as Claudious ‘Claudie’ Massop; Lester Lloyd Coke aka Jim Brown; and his son, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
A frightening feature of the men who have made the Most Wanted list is the label “armed and extremely dangerous” – and for good reason. All have been accused of multiple serious criminal acts.
Evading determined crime fighters who have soldiered on in the face of adversity, by any means necessary, is another feature of the hoodlums – past and present.
The likes of Rhygin, Sandokan, and the now at-large Duppy Film have been accused of brutishly snuffing out the lives of crime-fighters, while others are in possession of their own peculiar styles.NATTY MORGANThe likes of Rhygin, Sandokan, and the now at-large Duppy Film have been accused of brutishly snuffing out the lives of crime-fighters, while others are in possession of their own peculiar styles.
Here’s a brief look at some of the most infamous.
9. Duppy Film
Duppy Film, whose given name is Marlon Perry, had been on the run since 2009. He had previously escaped several police dragnets and was even rumoured to have left the country by boat.
Acting on intelligence, the police went to the beach side property where a shoot-out ensued. Duppy Film was shot on the ground floor of the two-storey building and four guns recovered.