The Forgotten Story of Robert Yummy Sandifer

Topics: Gang, Crime, Abuse Pages: 3 (759 words) Published: August 6, 2012


Morgana Stave

BCOM/275, Dr. Mago
July 23, 2012

The Forgotten Story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer

The article I chose to write about was written by John Muller for the Washington Syndicate (January 21, 2011) and published in the February edition of Suspense Magazine. This article appeared under the title “ True Crime: The Forgotten Story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer”. I believe the author was reliable and credible because this story has appeared in numerous other sources: Time magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. Additionally, these publications state the same basic facts providing further validation to the article. The article is about an eleven-year-old child, who was a member of the “Black Disciples gang” (J. Muller) that was ultimately murdered by members of his own gang. After committing several shootings and a murder for the benefit of the gang, he became a liability to the safety of the gang and it’s heirarchy. My issue is not with the article per say, but with the following statement. “If authorities’ suspicions are born out, the boy could prove to be a classic case of a victim-turned-victimizer, all compressed into a hard 11-year life,” (Chicago Tribune, August 31, 1994). My belief is that the system failed him in numerous ways, ultimately making him a victim of his environment. My reason for making this statement is the article states, “At 22 months old Robert Sandifer was introduced to the authorities. In 1985 he was admitted to Jackson Park Hospital covered with scratches and bruises. On the afternoon of January 19, 1986 police found Yummy home alone with his two older brothers, ages 3 and 5. Due to severe neglect, the Sandifers were brought to the attention of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) who intervened in August of 1986”. (J. Muller). However, these children were then placed with their maternal grandmother, Jannie Fields, despite previous...
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