Body Wearing Cement Shoes Found In Brooklyn

A body wearing cement shoes washed up onto the Manhattan Beach shoreline in Brooklyn on Monday morning.

The victim, with the arms tied behind the back, had been wrapped in black plastic bags and then  his feet were buried in concrete.

The body was found on Monday morning along a Brooklyn beach, according to news reports.

The body wearing cement shoes was found on Monday morning along a Brooklyn beach.
This is not the picture of the man found.

The body's description comes straight from the mouth of the Brooklyn Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce.

DNA News reported that the victim has been "tentatively" identified via fingerprints and tattoos, law enforcement sources said. His identity is being withheld pending family notification, the report added. Also the victim was killed recently as he survived a shooting earlier this year, sources said. Also, the man had a criminal history for fraud and narcotics, sources said.

It was reported that the victim has a "substantial" tattoo of the Virgin Mary holding a rose, Boyce said Tuesday at the NYPD's monthly crime briefing, DNA News reported.

One report suggested he "had several tattoos on his back, including one of the Virgin Mary and a rose."

The body was first spotted near Oriental Boulevard at around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning. The witness was a student at Kingsborough Community College.

It was learned that the body had washed up onto the Manhattan Beach shoreline off Sheepshead Bay on Monday morning.

An autopsy is being performed to determine how long the man wearing cement shoes had been in the water.
Manhattan Beach

Boyce reported that the case "was obviously a homicide and officials were investigating," one report noted.

The body washed up from a bay near Kingsborough Community College.

An autopsy is being performed to determine how long the man wearing cement shoes had been in the water. Obviously if a tattoo is visible it probably isn't, say, a Murder Inc. victim. But the cold water likely could've preserved the body for some time. Still, the Daily News added that, based on police sources, the unidentified body was not "badly decomposed," and that the bags had been wrapped around the body with duct tape.

Anyone with information is asked to call NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

It has long been a gangland cliche, a threat uttered in countless old-time gangster flicks. But it has happened in real life though decades back -- and usually when someone was foolish enough to have crossed a Cosa Nostra boss.

In 1941, Philadelphia racketeer Johnnie "Chink" Goodman's corpse was discovered in a New Jersey creek. His body was weighted down with a 40-pound concrete block.

Another instance, in New York, involved Ernest "the Hawk" Rupolo, a notorious hit man back in the day. His body was found in Jamaica Bay in 1964 wearing a pair of concrete blocks. Then Colombo powerhouse John Sonny Franzese went on trial for the Rupolo murder and was acquitted.


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