Dead Man Incorporated

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Dead Man Inc.
Dead Man Incorporated.jpg
Gang's name tattooed on a member's back.
Founded by Perry Roark,Brian Jordan, and Jimmy Sweeney
Founding location Maryland Correctional System (has since expanded)
Years active Since 2000
Ethnicity Predominantly white.
Criminal activities Assault, Armed robbery, Attempted murder, extortion, Racketeering, Contract killing, drug trafficking, Murder, Prostitution.
Allies Black Guerrilla Family (certain factions) Crips (certain factions)

Dead Man Inc. or DMI is a predominantly white prison gang and now also a street gang and organized crime enterprise, with branches in many correctional facilities throughout the U.S. and streets of Baltimore.


DMI was founded by Perry Roark, James Sweeney and Brian Jordan in the late 1990s in the Maryland Department of Corrections. Roark was a close associate of the Black Guerrilla Family and received permission from them to start an organization to unite white inmates in the system. The group grew in size quickly due to infiltration by a man named Michael Quinn, who had joined to secure protection for himself. He recruited anybody who wanted to join in every location. Sweeney sought numbers as opposed to quality as he felt secure with numbers and thought numbers brought strength. Like the BGF, the organization adapted a political ideology. Dead Man Inc. is said to be anti-government, anti-religion, and against superstition, inspired by the Bavarian Illuminati.[citation needed]


  • Members often refer to each other as "Dawgs", an acronym meaning "DMI Against World Government"[citation needed]
  • Tattoos include the grim reaper, pit bulls, DMI, the numbers 4, 13, and 9 (4=D, 13=M, 9=I), and the pyramid with a severed eye of providence.[citation needed]
  • The mark of the dead man, an upside down cross for either stabbing or killing multiple people in the Maryland correctional system.
  • Skull tattoos with the eyes inked in red also identify a killer. These tattoos are worn strictly by O.G. members typically in high ranking status. Any member with red eyed skulls in a visible area, typically on the forearms or hands, denotes they killed a very high ranking member of a rival gang or a staff member of the prison system.
  • Although members usually don't fly colors, some have recently[when?] started to wear black and white bandanas in their left pocket[citation needed]


The gang hierarchy is divided into many sections, with the Supreme Commanders (SC) at the very top. These are the gang's founders Perry Roark, James Sweeney and Bryan Jordan.[1] DMI members in each facility are collectively called a "unit". Each unit is led by a commander, followed by lieutenant, field general, sergeant-at-arms, and a finance officer. Around 2007, a new position known as the "elders" has been established between the Supreme Commanders and the units, in order to help direct orders down the hierarchy.

Multiple subdivisions of the DMI are present throughout Maryland. Within these subdivisions, the members are usually associated with other widely known gangs, such as MS-13 or Black Guerrilla Family. The "Kings Krew" allows for "Young Thugs", new members seeking to join a larger part of a gang, to prove themselves worthy of becoming an "OG" (original gangster.) The Kings Krew consists of smaller divisions to take into account the different districts in each county. Examples are:

  • "Los Reys de Dinero"
  • "The Won Kings"
  • "Lil' Kings"
  • "Kings of PG"
  • "3rd District Kings"

Criminal activities[edit]

Initially, DMI worked for the BGF, but soon began offering those services to other gangs by targeting rivals and correctional staff. This led to entry into drug trafficking and other crimes to advance their own agendas as their size and power increased.[2]

The once tight-knit structure of the group has broken down with the explosion in numbers, as members compete with one another leading to violence between members. Fueling these internal divisions is the fact that leaders disagreed about the direction of the gang. Perry Roark wanted to return the gang to its former position alongside the BGF, while other leaders like James Sweeney, want to adopt a white supremacist ideology.[1]

A federal grand jury in Baltimore has charged 22 defendants with conspiracy to participate in a violent racketeering enterprise. All but one defendant are also charged with conspiring to distribute drugs. The indictment was returned on October 6, 2011 and unsealed upon the arrests of seven defendants and the execution of seven search warrants. Eleven defendants were previously in custody and four defendants are still at large.[3] The highly secret organization has began to recruit members on the streets of Baltimore city, Baltimore county, and AA county. Moving operations into small communities like Dundalk and Essex, MD, and taking advantage of the Drug trade and Murder for hire business where they are employed by other gangs for protection and "hits".

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  1. ^ a b Hermann, Peter (24 April 2009). "Dead Man Inc". Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on 7 September 2016.
  2. ^ Fenton, Justin (2013-01-07). "Leader of Dead Man Inc. gang renounces group at sentencing". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2016-07-04.
  3. ^ "Twenty-Two Alleged Members of Violent "Dead Man Incorporated" Gang Indicted on Federal Racketeering, Murder, and Drug Charges That May Bring Life in Federal Prison". FBI. November 2, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011.