Book Proposal: Silk

By Christopher Zoukis Silk will peel back the noise and mystique that have grown up around Wayne Perry.  Silk will expose the truth about the most infamous gangster to ever walk the streets of Washington D.C., which is also known as Drama City and/or Chocolate City.  Wayne ‘Silk’ Perry has been called by some the […]

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WAYNE ‘SILK’ PERRY (PART 2)

While Alpo was talking himself blue in the face to the feds, Silk was arrested for selling an illegal substance.  Which meant Silk had tried to sell cocaine to an undercover police officer, who arrested him.  The police tossed Silk into Prince George’s County Jail, where he awaited trial.  As Silk cooled his heels in jail, the feds were putting together an air-tight case against him.

When Silk walked into court on December 4, 1992, he expected to plead guilty to one count of selling an illegal substance.  He would receive a fine and a short sentence.  It didn’t happen that way.  Instead, Silk was arrested by the Safe Streets Task Force and charged with the October 23, 1991 murder of Garrett ‘Gary’ Terrell, “in furtherance of a continual criminal enterprise.”

They took Silk back to D.C. and tossed him into jail there. 

On December 5, 1992, the headline of the Washington Timesread ‘Suspected Hitman Arrested in ‘91 Killing.’  The article identified Wayne Perry as the top hitman for the Martinez Organization, a gang that operated in New York, Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.  Perry may have been personally responsible for six drug-related murders.  He had been officially charged with the murder of Garrett ‘Gary’ Terrell, who was an infamous drug lord in the D.C. area.

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WAYNE ‘SILK’ PERRY (PART 1)

Some people called it Chocolate City.  Others called it Drama City.  ‘It’ was Southwest Washington D.C.  The worst kind of ghetto, made up of tenement houses, fleabag motels, and rat-infested apartment buildings.  Slums didn’t even begin to describe the poverty and squalor of the area.

Chocolate City was where Wayne Anthony Perry was born on November 14, 1962.  He grew up on L Street, in the area called 203.  203 was one of the worst sections of Chocolate City.  It had the worst drug problem, the worst violence and the worst crime.  The people who lived there had two vocational choices:  sports or crime.  Either one might provide a way out of Chocolate City.  Lack of talent and poverty pushed most people to choose crime.

Wayne Perry was good at sports.  So good that he was smooth.  His smoothness earned him the nickname of ‘Silk.’  Bestowed upon him by his half-brother, who was called Lop, the nickname stuck.  From that moment on, everyone knew Wayne Perry as Silk.

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