How The CIA Created The Jamaican Shower Posse (thumbnail)

The Shower Posse's roots lie in the West Kingston neighbourhood of Tivoli Gardens.

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  • Christopher “Dudus” Coke’s father was was Lester Coke, also known as Jim Brown, one of the founders of the Shower Posse and a fellow champion and protector of the impoverished Tivoli Gardens neighborhood in Kingston. Coke was a political enforcer and bodyguard to Edward Seaga, the leader of the Jamaican Labour Party.

    Shower Posse — like many other gangs in Jamaica — played a unique role in society, often serving as unofficial community leaders ruling barricaded neighbourhoods guarded by gunmen.

  • Federal prosecutors in New York are seeking the extradition of Christopher Coke, the current Shower Posse leader, on charges of drug distribution and firearms trafficking.

    Infamous Shower Posse founder Vivian Blake is set to be released from prison in the United States and deported to Jamaica early next year.

    Mark Anthony (Jah-T) Coke
    The oldest of three sons born to Tivoli Shower Posse leader Lester Llyod Coke. Mark Anthony rose to prominence as the voice of his father after his arrest. An aggressive figure, Jah-T quickly made some serious enemies and paid with his life. Unidentified gunmen riddled the aspiring Posse leader as he rode a motor bike through Kingston on February 2. The murder of Jah-T was believed to have been a message to his father who was facing extradition to the U.S.

  • Maxwell Bogle
    The capture of Maxwell Bogle brought to close one of the most intense manhunts for a member of the Shower Posse not considered to be an upper echelon leader. Bogle served as a collector and enforcer for the Shower Posse in the New York area.

    Absolutely one of the most vicious criminals to come along in a good while, Bogle was known to use the tactic of kidnapping family members (children in particular) and raping them while waiting for the debt owed to the group to be paid. Bogle was added to the FBI's most wanted list after fleeing his usual haunts in New York after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest in 1998.

    Bogle was convicted in absentia and sentenced to 68 years to life. He began serving that sentence after he was caught at a Brooklyn apartment in March of 2001. The 38 year old Bogle had been listed as one of the worlds 100 most dangerous men in January of 2001.

    Ryfcogle "Kirk" Bruce
    Another of the extremely violent lower ranking members of the Shower Posse arrested in 2001 for murder. Bruce was charged with the murder of Jamaican DJ Peter Forgie at a Shower Posse party in Miami in 1985. Bruce shot Forgie as he played records at the party on Third Avenue in Miami. The crime remained unsolved until Vivian Blake identified Bruce as the shooter as a part of his plea agreement which netted him a paroleable 28 year federal prison sentence.

    Inspite of his prescense on the FBI's most wanted list for more than 5 years, Bruce was not charged with Forgie's murder until authorities learned he was already serving a life sentence for yet another murder in Maryland. According to eye witness reports of the Forgie Murder, Bruce blazed away at the DJ from the dance floor with an uzi in one hand and a large calibur pistol in the other.

    It is interesting that the USA is indicting Christopher “Dudus” Coke, the current leader of the Shower Posse for drug and gun trafficking, given that the CIA was accused of smuggling guns into Jamaica and facilitating the cocaine trade from Jamaica to America in the 70s and 80s. In many ways Dudus was only carrying on a tradition of political corruption, drug running, guns and violence that was started with the help of the CIA.

Back In Jamaica, The Former Shower Posse Boss Is Making Movies.

The opportunity was ripe for Lester Coke and his cronies who formed themselves into the Shower Posse and exploited the cocaine trade to amass great wealth and opulence. The gang got its name from the JLP election slogan 'Shower', which was a response to the PNP's 'Power' that was coined from Manley's 'Power for the people' slogan in the 1970s.