Recently released documents reveal members of the Wu-Tang Clan were investigated for allegedly ordering two 1999 murders.
The allegations have emerged from the federal trial of two Staten Island drug kingpins, brothers Anthony and Harvey Christian. The documents allege that two men may have been murdered in retaliation for robbing family members of Wu-Tang lynchpins RZA and Raekwon.
Last year, a federal jury found Anthony and Harvey Christian guilty of running a 20-year drug operation. Anthony Christian was also found guilty of orchestrating the murder of Jerome “Boo Boo” Estella in 1999. Christian’s lawyer Michael Gold requested all police files related to Estella’s murder be released, as well as files relating to the murder of another man, Corey “Shank Bank” Booker.
As Billboard reports, those documents reveal the FBI were investigating the Wu-Tang Clan’s involvement in the two murders. According to Gold, information in the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s FBI file alleges the murder was organised “at the instruction of members of the Wu-Tang Clan.” Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s FBI file was released in a heavily-redacted form in 2012.
“These reports seem to suggest someone else was liable for those murders. I’m not suggesting that Wu-Tang committed these crimes. The FBI did,” Gold told the Staten Island Advance. “What I’m trying to ascertain is their stated belief in an official file that Wu-Tang ordered this homicide.”
In response, federal prosecutors issued a filing last month disclosing what information they had sent in the trial’s discovery process. Federal prosecutors based their information on 1999 interviews with Brian Humphreys, a Bloods gang member who later turned federal informant. Humphreys was the gunman in Estella’s killing and testified against the kingpin Christian brothers.
“A couple of weeks before the Boo Boo [Estella］shooting, Uncles (the street name of drug supplier-turned-informant Paul Ford) told Humphreys about a Blood named Boo Boo who just came home from jail,” the filing reads. “He stated that Boo Boo had robbed RZA’s little brother and had also gotten into something with the Christian brothers.”
It continues, “Uncles was talking about Boo Boo and said that he had just come home and robbed RZA’s brother and that they would likely come after him for that. Humphreys believes Uncles was referring to members of Wu Tang.”
The filing later goes on to state that Ford accused RZA of issuing a $30,000 contract for Brooker’s murder.
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