‘Michelle Hell’: The Face of Baltimore’s Violent Female Gangbangers

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The Baltimore Sun profiles Michelle “Michelle Hell” Hebron, one of five women indicted as members of the Tree Top Piru gang, a set of Bloods that authorities say sold drugs in Baltimore, threatened and hurt those who opposed them and killed at least five people in the past two years. Hebron’s suspected criminal activities typify a new kind of fearlessness that investigators say they are seeing more and more in female gang members. She stands 5-foot-3, her hair thick with long twists, but it’s the scowl on her face and the swagger in her walk that the officers who have arrested her over the years remember most.

Of the 28 gang members under indictment, Hebron faces some of the most serious accusations. Authorities believe she killed a Hagerstown man because she suspected he betrayed the Bloods – and then wrote a poem about it. Months earlier, authorities allege, she shot a Tree Top member in Baltimore because she suspected he was cooperating with police. That man survived. “Murder is necessary, but positivity is powerful,” Hebron allegedly wrote in a May 30, 2007, letter to the gang leader. “I will chew a [racial slur] up then go to McDonald’s and eat a double cheeseburger like it’s nothing.”

Link: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/crime/bal-te.md.hebron06apr06,0,6687224.story

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