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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Danny Wolfe, Manitoba's role model for gangbangers

Danny Wolfe is dead.


We can't think of a better way to start the new year that with this good news.

At 33, Daniel Richard Wolfe was a career criminal, a self-proclaimed 'gangsta', a remorseless killer, and a threat to innocent people everywhere as long as he was alive. Danny got killed in a brawl involving 10 gang members at Prince Albert Penitentiary where he was serving a double life sentence. It was pure poetic justice.

The gang mob did the job of the judicial system. It got rid of Daniel Wolfe for good, and it reduced the number of aboriginals in prison by one. Good on you, boys.

Wolfe is being called the co-founder of the Indian Posse street gang. That's giving him more credit than he deserves. The 'honour' really belongs to his brother Richard Daniel Wolfe (yes, they have the same name but reversed) whose article for the Winnipeg Free Press glorifying native gangs as a measure of Indian pride presaged the creation of the Indian Posse.

"When you see Red, you see a proud Indian stand tall for what he or she believes in...We all have to remember we're all in it together & will die together & sometime down the road we will be remember[ed] as proud Indians" (30 September 1994 Winnipeg Free Press).

"If a brother or sister dies, it's not because he or she was in a gang, it's because they had pride for themself & wanted to prove to everyone else they were worriors (sic),"

Violence, he said, is a necessary part of life and nothing to apologize for. He wrote:

"But if we have to kill (an)other brother or sister, then let it be, we will survive the war path in the future. We will join the great Spirit in the sky and we don't mean to disrespect are (sic, our) people but we all have something to prove for one other and it will be done if there is no other way to do it,"

Richard Daniel, by the way, is in prison himself, doing 19 ½ years for another infamous crime, the 1995 shotgun shooting of a 44-year-old Winnipeg pizza delivery man, a crime which electrified the city in its day for setting a new low in criminal depravity.

News stories about the dead Danny gloss over the crime that sent him to prison. We had the details in The Black Rod in May, 2008, when Wolfe was recaptured after escaping from jail before his trial and hiding out in Manitoba with the help of willing and eager accomplices.

Read how he participated in the cold-blooded murder of two innocent people, and the attempted murder of a desparate woman phoning for help.

"Shoot the old lady," shouted Wolfe or one of his cohorts. Her husband leaped to protect her and died from the gunblast meant to kill her. "That will teach you to mess with the IP,'' yelled Wolfe or one of his pals.

We can only pray that Greg Selinger's social-worker justice department won't drop the charges against Wolfe's Manitoba accomplices just because he's dead.

The happy news of Wolfe's demise came the same week as Winnipeg is debating the actions of one of his progeny. We call him Sixteen because that's how old he was two years ago when he was charged with beating a man to death with a baseball bat. He's since grown up into technical adult-hood and today he's charged with stabbing a man almost to death on New Year's Eve. He's growing into Danny Wolfe right before our eyes.

He brags about his allegiance to the Manitoba Warriors street gang. His propensity for violent attacks is undiminished. His contempt for the law is clear.

We wrote about Sixteen in May, 2008, after he was charged with murder.

At the time we examined the non-existent provisions of the Youth Justice Act to sanction crimes up to an including murder and we predicted Sixteen would quickly strike a plea bargain.

"Given the love of Manitoba judges for double time, Sixteen will be home for Christmas, home to a rousing welcome by his gang buddies for whom a murder charge is the equivalent of an Oscar."

We were wrong. Sixteen was out of jail two months later on bail. He has never stood trial for murder, even today, 20 months later.

Of course, none of the MSM reporters has asked the obvious question---why?

We're now predicting he will plea bargain the killing and the attempted killing into one sentence---time served because we know how judges hate to inconvenience violent gang members.

But there are a few loose ends that must be followed. Under his bail conditions, he had to provide a $10,000 surety. If convicted on the stabbing charges, the government must seize the surety in full to "reward" those who had faith in Sixteen.

He had an absolute curfew and had to promise to abstain from alcohol. Yet he's apparently posted pictures of himself on the internet waving around bottles of liquor. Didn't that attract the attention of the Youth Bail management program?

Best of all, he was released in the custody of his father, who, we're informed, is a guidance councillor.

We'll pause here until you stop choking.

His dad is a guidance councillor? How can he retain his job when he has absolutely no credibility given his abject failure at home. Who the hell is dumb enough to take his counsel?

We can hardly wait to hear his excuses when the government tries to collect the $10,000 he put up for bail.

Of course, he might need it for a coffin, if Danny Wolfe is a trailblazer for Sixteen's future.

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