Rayful Edmond: The Babe Ruth of Crack Dealing

If you don’t remember or know who Rayful Edmond was, you need to watch this full-length movie. He was the king of the crack-fueled, drug-dealing days of the 1980s.

If you don’t have time for the whole thing (you probably don’t, because it’s long), here’s a brief bio. He was a notorious drug dealer during the days when D.C. was the murder capital. In his heyday, it was reported that his drug organization was raking in $300 million in revenue, while employing 150 people (they were also responsible for at least 30 murders annually). So, pretty much, this was not a guy you would want to piss off.

Interestingly, he was a huge Georgetown Hoyas basketball fan, frequently attending games and befriending the players like Alonzo Mourning and John Turner. Coach John Thompson was not pleased with his players associating with known drug dealers and murderers. Thompson went as far as to have a meeting with Rayful and tell him he was not to hang out with his players, or he’d face “serious consequences.”

It’s unclear what consequences John Thompson could bring down on Rayful, but it worked. Not only that, Thompson lived to tell the story, and he was reputedly the only person to speak to Edmond in that manner. On another note, Rayful is also the reason Georgetown jersey and caps were popular in the gangster culture of the late 80s and early 90s.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Billy

    Careful with the rayful was the reason georgetown caps were popular in gangstar culture bit…georgetown was the local team adopted by dcs black youth for positive reasons, namely coach thompsons philosophy and personality. Black youth do not equal gangstars.

  • Cherisse

    I’d love to see then and now street photos from around the 80s. Great post

    • Freeway

      They are hard to find. I know some people have photos and video footage of DC streets from 80’s and 90’s and may not be aware there are many people who would really like to see them. This is especially true for people from the DC area.

  • alohaloaha

    Awesome article! Great story, so funny that Raymond was told to behave himself by the Hoyas coach, and he listened to him without killing him. He must have really respected the Hoyas coach!

  • Paul Wahler

    I know that the Ghost loves baseball but I think you do Babe Ruth an injustice with that headline. “Rayful Edmund: The Al Capone of crack dealing in D.C.” would be more accurate.

    • Fair point, but it’s actually quoting what the prosecutors at the time dubbed him: “the Babe Ruth of crack”