Share 'Nathan Barksdale, inspiration for The Wire, dead at 54'
By David Amoruso
Nathan Barksdale, the Baltimore drug boss who inspired one of the best, if not the best, television series, has died in federal prison, the Baltimore Sun confirmed yesterday. He was 54. Barksdale ran a violent heroin trafficking organization in the Murphy Homes public housing complex in Baltimore in the 1980s.
His criminal career caught the eye of David Simon, who tailor-made it…
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