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One-Time Raiders Defensive End Anthony Smith May Be The NFL's First Sociopathic Serial Killer

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Anthony Smith was a defensive end for Alabama and Arizona for four years before being drafted 11th in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft (six spots behind Junior Seau, six ahead of Emmitt Smith). He played seven seasons for the Raiders—the first four in Los Angeles, the last three in Oakland—before signing with the Broncos and washing out of the NFL before playing a game in Denver. He recorded 57.5 sacks, 190 tackles, and, post-career, an arson charge (the jury deadlocked) and a murder arrest. GQ's profile suggests he's not your typical violent offender:

Certainly, Smith has always been ready to bewilder. During one of the many police searches done on his vehicles and residences over the years, detectives found badges and numerous identification cards-two were for Anthony Smith, "Intelligence Officer," one for Anthony Smith of "The Organized Crime Bureau," and the fourth was an American Press Association ID with Smith's address but bearing the slightly ridiculous name "Wayne Peartree," suggesting how he felt about reporters. Early on in his career, Smith told sportswriters incredible stories about his childhood. He said he'd been raised in New York and belonged to a street gang called the Black Spades. When he was 8, he said, he and three friends stole a car and crashed it, killing two of them. When it came to drug use, he really piled it on, telling a reporter that he'd started using heroin, cocaine, PCP, LSD, and speed when he was 9 years old and that his brother had died of a heroin overdose.

In fact, Anthony was raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Smith is currently on trial for four murders—one in 1999, two in 2001, and another in 2008. The rest of "Raider. QB Crusher. Murderer?" is here.


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