WOMEN
12/26/2012 10:54 am ET Updated Feb 25, 2013

Vianna Roman, Alleged Queen Of L.A.'s Harpys Gang

With her curly brown hair pulled back in a bun, Vianna Roman looks like she might be one of the moms you might meet at a PTA meeting. But Los Angeles prosecutors believe the 37-year-old is the de facto leader of a deadly South Los Angeles street gang called the Harpys and controlled by her father, Danny Roman, from his perch at California's Pelican Bay State Prison.

Danny Roman was convicted of first-degree murder in 1984--when Vianna was just a 9-year-old girl--but still maintained his grip on the gang, rising through the ranks of the prison system to become a dreaded member of the Mexican Mafia, also known as La Eme, the Spanish word for the letter M. His daughter, prosecutors say, now does his bidding from a large business complex that she owns in South Los Angeles, which houses a dance hall, a meat market, and a number of small apartments.

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