Episode 085: Herman Groman – White Boy Rick, Cocaine Conspiracy

Retired agent Herman Groman served in the FBI for 25 years. While in the Bureau, he specialized in working deep long-term undercover operations as an undercover agent in the areas of organized crime and narcotics. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the case of FBI informant Richard Wershe Jr., also known as White Boy Rick, who, at the age of 17, was convicted of selling large quantities cocaine and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Later in his FBI career, Herman Groman was assigned to lead several high-profile public corruption investigations. He was also a team leader of one of the FBI Special Operations Groups (SOG). The specialized group conducted surveillances of major terrorist cell groups and their associates. Groman served as the director of security at a large Las Vegas casino/hotel for several years after retiring from the FBI. He is the author of Pigeon Spring, a crime novel featuring his fictionalized alter-ego former FBI agent Matt Steel, who coincidentally also takes a job as director of security at a major Las Vegas casino too.


Special Agent (Retired)

Herman Groman

1/7/1980 – 4/29/2005











The following are links to newspaper articles and TV clips about the case of FBI informant Richard Wershe Jr., aka White Boy Rick:

The Atavist Magazine – The Trials of White Boy Rick

Detroit Local 4 WDVI – The Story of White Boy Rick

IMDb.com – White Boy Rick Feature Film (2018)

Free Richard Wershe Jr. Facebook Page


1988 mug shot of Richard Wershe Jr., aka White Boy Rick. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Department of Corrections.













Herman Groman crime novel features agent Matt Steel. It can be purchased here.












Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for free subscription on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and other popular podcast apps. Her nonfiction book FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives and her FBI corruption squad police procedural series featuring Special Agent Kari Wheeler are available wherever books are sold.


  1. David majkowskiDecember 20, 2017

    “Detroit media coverage of the story of Richard Wershe, Jr., better known to the public as White Boy Rick thanks to relentless media use of that nickname, has been deplorable, shoddy and often wrong for close to 30 years. The inexcusable erroneous reporting calling him a “drug lord” and “kingpin” is one of the reasons Wershe has been in prison since age 18. Detroit’s news media owes it to this man to finally tell his story correctly.” http://www.thedimedroppers.com/2015/09/a-media-smear-that-has-lasted-nearly-30.html

  2. Wally barnetteOctober 27, 2017

    Enjoyed your podcast, on the of FBI AGENT Herman Gorman , and the story of whiteboy Rick , very compelling story, and career ,?good luck on your upcoming trip to Spain , big fan of your

    Continued success
    Wally barnette

    1. Jerri WilliamsOctober 31, 2017

      Thanks for listening!


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