He started doing drugs at age 12 and was an accessory to murder at 14. By 17, he was fighting turf wars with Molotov cocktails. No fewer than 50 Edina businesses had their safes cracked and computers removed. Nursing home residents were relieved of their heirloom diamonds.

While in jail, Turnipseed established a prison gang, as well as loan-sharking and drug-dealing operations. Dice games were rigged. Tens of thousands of dollars were lost to local casinos. Drugs were hoovered. Children were abandoned.

John was living proof of just how bad a bad guy in Minneapolis really could be. But, in 1994, he was inspired by a rival gang’s assassination attempt against his son.