The FBI Investigated Wu-Tang Clan For Murder In 1999
Members RZA and Raekwon were suspected of being involved in a murder plot in 1999.
"Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit." That's arguably one of Wu-Tang's most famous songs, and apparently they weren't lying when they came up with it. Newly-released court documents have just revealed that members of the legendary rap group were investigated for murder in 1999.
The documents were revealed during the federal trial of two Staten Island drug lords, Anthony and Harvey Christian. Last year, the two brothers were found guilty of running a 20-year-old drug ring, with Anthony being found guilty of orchestrating a murder in 1999, the Staten Island Advance reports. All police files related to the murder of 17-year old Jerome (Boo Boo) Estrella have been released, and the new information implicates two Wu-Tang members: RZA and Raekwon.
A 1999 interview with Brian Humphreys, an FBI informant and the former gang-member who was the gunman in Estella's killing, implies that the murder was orchestrated as revenge: Estrella had robbed RZA's little brother.
"A couple of weeks before the Boo Boo shooting, Uncles (the street name of drug supplier-turned-informant) told Humphreys about a Blood named Boo Boo who just came home from jail. He stated that Boo Boo had robbed RZA's little brother and had also gotten into something with the Christian brothers," the prosecutors' filings reads. "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."
Three days after Estrella's murder, Corey (Shank Bank) Brooker was also killed. Apparently, Brooker had robbed RZA's little brother as well as Raekwon's cousin, which lead to RZA placing a $30,000 hit on Brooker.
"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 said in a statement to the Staten Island Advance. "What I'm trying to ascertain is their stated belief in an official file that Wu-Tang ordered this homicide."
Prosecutors on the case maintain that Anthony Christian is the one who ordered the 1999 murders, partly because Brooker was a rival drug dealer. Brooker's murder is still unsolved.