Apparently “cement shoes” are back in style. Earlier this week, a Kingsborough Community College student discovered a body floating near a Brooklyn beach in NYC. The dead man’s body was with duct tape on his face, wrapped in a plastic bag, and his feet were coated in 100 pounds of cement. His feet had been “submerged in poured concrete,” according to Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. The death has been ruled a homicide, obviously.
In an added twist, the victim has been identified as Peter Martinez, from Brooklyn. According to DNAInfo, police sources say that Martinez has been identified as a “high ranking member” of the G Stone Crips (GSC). The GSC is affiliated with GS9, the rap group headed by incarcerated rap star, Bobby Shmurda.
Martinez had been ghost for three weeks and allegedly owed people money. He was identified by a large tattoo of the Virgin Mary on his back and another tattoo of an 8-ball. DNAInfo detailed Martinez’s background as a career criminal with 31 prior arrests:
The purported gang member had been arrested before for reckless endangerment, weapons possession and filling a false instrument. Martinez had also suffered a gunshot wound to his leg from a previous incident, sources said.
At the start of this post, saying that cement shoes were “back in style” was written in sarcasm. The practice is fictitiously tied to La Cosa Nostra, but according to organized crime expert Christian Cipollini, there has never been such an account in Mob history. VICE reports:
Christian Cipollini, a self-styled organized crime expert, insists there’s never been a credible recorded instance of a mobster being fitted with cement shoes, and calls the trope a “twisted-over-time variation of something that did actually happen.” He explains that, in the early 30s, the power players of organized crime had a rolodex of hitmen, and the Brooklyn trademark was to truss victims with ropes or puncture repeatedly them with icepicks. The bodies were then put in the trunk of a car that might be lit on fire, or else tied to cinderblocks and thrown in the water.
The cement shoes in this current case has been deemed faulty by the authorities. They claim that whomever did it “botched” the job by letting air in, which led to the body floating to the surface.
By the way, we are in no way implying that Bobby Shmurda or any of his GS9 comrades are involved in this case.