In 2014, Staten Island drug kingpins and Bloods members Anthony “Nitty” and Harvey “Black” Christian were convicted for using murder and violence to maintain a crack enterprise in the Park Hill projects. “For 20 years Harvey and Anthony Christian ran a large crew that sold crack and other drugs. They used any means necessary, including murder, to protect their drug business,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Allon Lifshitz during his opening statements. sought a hearing to determine if there was a possible link between the rap group Wu-Tang Clan (also from Staten Island a.k.a. “Shaolin”) and two murders he was convicted of ordering. The brothers are accused of orchestrating the murders of rival dealers, 17-year-old Jerome “Boo Boo” Estella and Corey Brooker, in 1999. Nevertheless, Anthony Christian was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, but he reportedly went down swinging. According to the NY Daily News, Christian–who denies any responsibility in the deaths of Estella or Brooker– “sought a hearing to determine if there was a possible link between the rap group Wu-Tang Clan and two murders he was convicted of ordering.”
Though he never made any mention of Wu-Tang in Brooklyn Federal Court, Christian claimed, “May Jerome Estella and his mother know…I never killed nobody.” In 2015, SILive.co reported (“Gold refers to Christian’s lawyer Michael Gold):
In a filing last month, federal prosecutors described what they had sent Gold through the trial’s discovery process, based on interviews from 1999 with Brian Humphreys, a Bloods member who later turned federal informant.
Humphreys was the trigger-man in Estella’s killing, and testified against the Christian brothers.
“A couple of weeks before the Boo Boo 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. He stated that Boo Boo had robbed RZA’s little brother and had also gotten into something with the Christian brothers,” the filing reads.
RZA, or Robert Fitzergald Diggs, is one of Wu-Tang’s founding members.
“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 prosecutors’ filings read.
The documents also refer to conversations between Ford, Humphreys and Anthony Christian about Brooker, who was shot to death on June 22, 1999.
In those conversations, Ford said that Brooker robbed both RZA’s brother and the cousin of another Wu-Tang member, Raekwon (real name Corey Woods), leading to RZA issuing a $30,000 contract to kill Brooker.
“Ford stated that he had previously heard that Shank Bank was killed by Phife (ph). Ford believes that Phife collected money from RZA for executing the hit,” the filings read. It’s not clear who “Phife” refers to.
Federal prosecutors filed the documents to establish that they had, in fact, revealed the Wu-Tang Clan’s potential ties to Estella’s murder to defense attorneys before the trial began.
Gold challenges that contention, stating that he received thousands of pages from the government with “a few remote references to Wu-Tang, but nothing that went as far as the released FBI files.”
Nevertheless, the prosecution contended that Christian ordered the hits and Brooklyn Federal Judge Eric Vitaliano rejected the request for an investigation. “This is far from over,” Christian announced to family members in the courtroom. “I love you.”