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Embattled ‘Storyteller’ returns
Published: Sunday | February 3, 2013 19 Comments

Richard ‘Storyteller’ Morrison – Ian Allen/Photographer
Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

Alleged former Shower Posse gang leader Richard ‘Storyteller’ Morrison
has returned to Jamaica bitter and ashamed of his political leaders
who he says “betrayed, abandoned and sold me”.

Back on local soil, after spending 22 years in a United States (US)
prison, a relaxed Morrison proclaimed that he was pleased to be home a
free man.

The prolonged embrace between Morrison and his mother minutes after he
was processed and released by local police last Thursday spoke volumes
of the relief of the man whose 1991 high-profile extradition generated
a near five-year-long diplomatic stand-off between Jamaica and the US.

Morrison was whisked away to the US, in 1991, through what local
officials described as “an administrative error” before his appeal
against his extradition was completed.

“I am past bitter. I am embarrassed for these people who claimed to be
scholars and claimed to have integrity,” declared Morrison in an
interview with The Sunday Gleaner immediately after he was deported to

“I have never dealt with a more corrupt set of people,” he charged.

Storyteller spoke easily as he described his case from the one-year
stay in custody in Jamaica to the prison bars in the US as an
“extraordinary prosecution for an ordinary man”.


He said: “I have been pursuing my due-diligence claim since 1991 to no
avail. I can say that I have regained my liberty, but justice has
eluded me to this day.”

Asked how he felt to be back in Jamaica, Morrison declared, “Getting
off the aircraft in Jamaica was entirely different from getting on
another 23 years ago.”

He added: “I was forcefully taken out of the country by multiple
police officers in violation of my due-process rights. Although I told
them that I had an appeal pending, nobody seemed to care.

“I was threatened with physical force, even the threat of death … if I
refused to comply with their order to go with the US federal

Morrison charged that while he has interfaced with dishonest men in
the streets, both in Jamaica and the US, nothing could be compared
with the treachery he discovered in high places.

“The reputations of the men in the streets precede them. If a person
is not a trustworthy person in the streets, someone will inform you
that that person is not to be trusted and you have the option of
avoiding them,” Morrison told The Sunday Gleaner.

“This is the first time I had to rely on the ‘trust’ of persons who I
did not choose to deal with,” said Morrison.

“I have never dealt with a more corrupt set of people. Supreme Court
case laws said it can’t be done, but they did it anyway.”

An obviously bitter Morrison had harsh words for the administration
that was in power when he was extradited.

“I lost my liberty on July 4, 1990 in Jamaica and I was incarcerated
until January 31, 2013 – unconstitutionally, I might add – by
governmental actions from certain members of the previous P.J.
Patterson administration.”

Morrison charged that the Government of the day acted “in collusion
with certain jurisdictional members of and executive branch members of
the United States”.


Morrison charged that his constitutional rights were breached on more
than five occasions within the jurisdictions of both the US and

He pointed to what he said was a breach of his constitutional rights
to due process in Jamaica, having been denied his right to appeal
before being carted off to the US, as well as a violation of the
extradition treaty.

Morrison complained that the US authorities also trampled on his
due-process rights under the Fifth Amendment.

Most significantly, he contended, the US officials blatantly violated
Article Three of that country’s constitution when his case was tried
in the wrong jurisdiction, despite the vehement protests by his legal

“In essence, I had been incarcerated on the judgment of a court that
lacked the constitutional power from June 14, 1991 to January 31,
2013, when I got off that aircraft in Jamaica,” said Morrison.

“What they did was not a mistake as case laws and the US constitution
says it cannot be done, but they just threw everything out the

While he has vowed to continue his fight for redress, Morrison
harbours other dreams.

Although the children he left behind are now adults, Morrison said he
would be trying to get back as much quality time with them after he
spent much of last Thursday being processed at Harman Barracks at Up
Park Camp then at the Denham Town Police Station before being allowed
to meet his family.

The ‘Storyteller’ story

Richard Orville ‘Storyteller’ Morrison, then 40, and his associate,
Lester Lloyd Coke, better known as ‘Jim Brown’, had been arrested on
extradition warrants after United States law-enforcement agencies
accused them of being the leaders of the notorious Shower Posse.
They were wanted for trial in south Florida, in connection with a
number of gruesome crimes committed by members of the Shower Posse,
which originated out of Tivoli Gardens in west Kingston.

Both were seeking leave to appeal their extradition orders to the
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

Jim Brown perished in a mysterious fire, which gutted his prison cell
on February 23, 1991.

On June 12, 1991, an admini-strative error in the registry of the
Jamaican Court of Appeal – the misplacing of a document confirming
Morrison’s intention to appeal – led to him being surrendered
prematurely to US law-enforcement agents.


The Jamaican Government made diplomatic and legal efforts to have the
Americans return him, since he had not been legally extradited, but
these failed.

In April 1992, he was tried in the Middle District Court, Fort Myers,
Florida, and sentenced to 241/2 years’ imprisonment without parole on
cocaine charges.

At the time, the Morrison case generated a lot of discussion in
Jamaica and in the US and escalated into an international dispute of
sorts between the two countries, with the Jamaican Government
complaining that there had been a breach of the extradition treaty.

Extraditions from Jamaica to the US were also suspended.

The stance of the US authorities then was that they were not going to
release someone once that accused person was in the country, even if
he had an appeal pending elsewhere and despite how he had got to
America in the first place.

In June 1995, K.D. Knight, then minister of national security and
justice, explained to Parliament Jamaica’s position on the Morrison
case and on the extradition treaty in general.

He said that on the instructions of Cabinet, the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs had sent two diplomatic notes to the US government.

The first note brought to the attention of the US the fact that
Morrison had been tried for an offence other than the offence for
which he had been extradited in circumstances which constituted a
breach of Article XIV of the extradition treaty.

The second diplomatic note proposed negotiations with the US to amend
the extradition treaty.


  • Anonymous says:

    Everybody deserves a fair trial under the law regardless. However, it remains on on what ground his appeal was based. Obviously the Shower Posse existed, and had committed numerous crimes. The questions are, was it on principles, or he is saying that he was innocent? It takes a lion or a strong animal to kill a bad lion. Wonder if in this case, that was what happen?

  • Foxy Lady says:

    The phrase “fair trial” is an oxymoron as the poor without the means to afford a high powered attorney are always forced to take a plea deal by the court appointed attorneys and are never given a fair trial and invariably overly lengthy prison sentences when compared to their white and wealthy counterparts.

    The rules of law are simply facade giving people the illusion of justice to keep things on an even keel. If there was any such thing as justice, all of congress would have been in prison. You can be boss on the streets and call all the shots you want for as long as they give you a free reign but when the true bosses have had enough, then sooner or later your sense of invincibility becomes shattered as you realize who is who and what is what.

    I hope him have a plan for re-assimilation in society.

  • No Sah! says:

    KMT! him need to go sit down and repent before his time expires. What about the rights of those he violated? He did the crime and paid the time so what’s all this complaining for? He has no remorse or regrets for what he did. They should have given him a life sentence for each life he took.

  • Anonymous says:

    Well, at that point in his life, forty years old, he should have known about all of the possible results that he could have faced based on his affiliation with the men he had surrounding him. He obviously stated that, in the streets you know who you were dealing with. So he should know also as he moved up in the criminal society that he would be dealig with more ruthless people. When you live those life he was living, you have to make up your mind for anything. You have to plan for death, going away for a long time or forever. Funny how the people who allegedly meted out street justice are the same ones who cry like babies when they are faced with the same thing on another level. Nothing is perfect. Not even justice. Just as we have black and white, same thing with justice. We all know from past how fair this world is. So whatever we do, we have to be prepared for the benefits. Broke back work will result in being tired and little pay. High risk things are based on luck and have big money ruturns. But if, or when you are caught, the treatment can be shabby. The thing is you are stepping up with the biggest crooks. And the bigger crooks don’t like seeing small fish on their turf. So if you get through be happy, and if u get caught, be prepared for anything. Even being treated unfairly. No crying when it comes to the real bigman’s game.

  • Met says:

    The first note brought to the attention of the US the fact that
    Morrison had been tried for an offence other than the offence for
    which he had been extradited in circumstances which constituted a
    breach of Article XIV of the extradition treaty.

    How was that possible??

  • Met says:

    Protocol a protocol and all the us haffi abide

  • Anonymous says:

    That is true, Met. However, we know from the past how US act. Nuff Mafiosos, thats how they get them. Come up with something else to wiggle away away from the law that is written in the books. When they want you, they will bend even steel to get you. Who knows, may be there were something else behind his case why they were so bent on getting him, even at the expense of circumventing the same laws that they so celebrates and cherish. The laws are written by powerful people; and power are in the hands of powerful people. When it comes to a regular person, worst if you are black. And even more compound when you are not a US born citizen, anything can happen. No surprises here. He is upset, and rightfully so regardless of all the things he allegedly did or was a part of. But nothing will come out of this. None of us will see the end of this. They tried him however and found him guilty. And as far as they are concerned, he is an ex-con. Period! All he can do now is try to focus on the rest of his life, however he does it. Such is life. somethigs we have no control over. The small fish will live in oblivion and the big will swim with sharks, always in danger of being eaten.

  • Nom de plume says:

    The US will do just what they like to whom they like regardless of protocol and just because they can. @Foxy ur so right, Justice is vanity.

  • Foxy Lady says:

    The Mafia has nothing on the US government. How many times they tried to kill Castro? Who put hit on Bob? Nuh government kill RFK, JFK and MLK?
    Please, rule of law and justice are just to keep people from anarchy and are merely words with selective meanings.

  • LUNDUN says:

    as much as i hate everything the shower posse stands for, right is right, this man was treated unfairly.

    i am sure some ppl on this blog will know by my comments, that i can’t stand the u.s or the u.k. they are the biggest bullies and just do whatever they feel like.

    they expect u to abide by their rules but they refuse to even recognize urs muchless abide by them.

    this man should be able to sue the jamaican government and the us government, he is a criminal, but it is better to convict him fairly rather than unfairly, because he still harbours bitter feelings and instead of seeing a reformed man released, we now have a bitter man who may decide to pick up his old ways as a way of exacting revenge.

  • PhantomPhoenix says:

    lolol…..story STFU! stop gwan like yu a lamb whey get led to de slaughta, and that fi all onu deeds a politicians sanction dem. Yu and yu comrades name only got associated with the crimes made available, but if people whey still a grieve fi dem dead ongle know onu deeds yu wouldn’t a chat. STFU! We should provide a cell fi yu to…it would only be temporary *wink*

  • 2cents says:

    he is on power 106 right now saying he will taking out a civil suit against the us and jamaica.

  • Met says:

    I dont know if he will get anywhere with that…he has a case but I dont think they will allow it to go anywhere

  • @no sah who trouble yu easy yuself yu dont understand this ting

  • Anonymous says:

    My guess is Storyteller forgot about all those Shower Posse deportees that end up dead in the streets of Jamaica at the hands of the Jamaican Police. I wonder if he knows which Party is in power now? Go ahead with your lawsuit my friend, they might just find your body along the roadside with a bullet to your head. Also, remember that some of the Spanglers and Payne Land Posse guys are still around and have long memories. If any of the drugs money is still there when you arrive, you should put it to good use. You can’t sue the US Government and win……What ediat……..

  • Hotstepper....formerly peeper says:

    and we suppose to feel sorry fi u, why? Go tell dat to the pickney dem whe u and u cronies dem leff fatherless…..

  • Little Willie says:

    Guh siddung an hug up yu Gran pickney dem….ole wikkid. Yu lucky yu marrow did safe inna cell bout sue. Ah suh dem get power drunk, and when Missa Law come fi dem, dem a shake like leaf anna try hide inna loophole.

  • don gorgon says:

    give thanks you are still alive

  • Anonymous says:

    dem need fi free chiney man a him a di original dons of all dons

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