Cement Shoes Were an Urban Crime Myth—Until Now
A Brooklyn street gang member got a mob flick sendoff.
Cement overshoes have long figured in Mafia mythology, but until this week no cop in New York—or seemingly anywhere else in America—had seen them actually used to ensure a victim sleeps with the fishes.
Around 10:20 a.m. Monday, police learned via 911 that a Kingsborough Community College student had spied a body washed up on the Brooklyn shoreline. The body was that of was a 6-foot-1 male wrapped in black plastic contractors bags. His head was entirely covered with grey duct tape. His arms were bound behind him with rope.
And both his feet were embedded in a five-gallon black plastic bucket filled with hardened concrete up to mid-shin.