Sunday, February 14, 2010

Honor among Thieves?

Vice magazine has an article about a Baltimore stick-up artist Donnie Andrews who was (largely) the inspiration for The Wire's character Omar Little.

Omar Little is an interesting example of a likable but violent thief.


Criminals form their own ecologies and in prisons it's common for inmates to dominate and rob each other based on power and physical force.

Australians use the word toe-cutter to describe thieves who rob other thieves.

It's strikes me as reasonable that criminals might develop their own "codes" but if there is no enforcement mechanism and no method to enforce these rules, then I think they're more whimsical than anything else.

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