Born A Gangster: Beannca “Bebe” Catherine

Bebe Catherine was born & raised in Saint Catherine Parish. Also known as “Spanish Town”, St Catherine is a town located in the south east of Jamaica.

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Born to a family of powerful gangsters, Bebe was introduced to the street lifestyle before she was born. Her mother, “Sandy” was 6 months pregnant with Bebe when she was sentenced to 6 years in Riker’s Island, New York city’s most dangerous prison on drug charges due to her alleged affiliation to Jamaica’s most feared criminal organization, The Shower Posse. Sandy’s charges were later overturned and she was extradited back to her homeland of Jamaica as a condition of her release.

Bebe grew up a privileged child due to her family’s power and wealth. She was raised with the most elite & influential and attended some of the best schools the island had to offer. Though Jamaica is known for its tropical blue skies and waters, beyond the breathtaking tourist attractions brews deadly street wars in which gangs battle to control the country’s drug trades. When she was a teenager, her mother sent her to the Untied States to live with family members in hopes of protecting her from  the extreme violence and dangerous conditions on the island.

As Bebe grew into adulthood the very same vices that her mother had hoped to protect her from, captivated her. She too began dating (and eventually married) an alleged high ranking member of The Shower Posse and had 2 children. Her story would be anything but a fairytale as her husband was later indicted on drug and gun charges in the much publicized raids of the international organization, then ran by Jamaican druglord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. Bebe’s husband was sentenced to 14 years for his alleged involvement with the “Posse” which left her to fend for herself and her children. As many wives and girlfriends of gangsters often find themselves abandoned due to the repercussions of the streets, Bebe began making her rounds by collecting on debts owed to her husband. She eventually found herself knee-deep in the game, a choice that would cost her drastically.

Eventually she was indicted on her own charges and found herself back on Riker’s Island, this time as a mother herself. After spending almost 2 years in jail she was released on one condition, that she return to Jamaica –and never return to the United States.

Since arriving back in Jamaica, Bebe has made a choice not only change her lifestyle but to shield her children from the same pitfalls both she and her mother suffered from the streets. She now works with various charitable organizations such as The Prettie Committee, which supplies women of the island with trendy clothes, shoes, accessories, food, and household items. She also spends her spare pursing what she calls her “first tru love”, writing.

Check out the blog dedicated to Christopher Coke: www.thejamaicandon.blog.com.

Follow Bebe on Twitter:

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Written By: Bailey Manhattan