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Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s FBI File, By the Numbers


Everybody knows Wu-Tang Clan is nothing to fuck with, but the police were keeping tabs on Wu rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard like it was their job. Rich Jones of hacker-oriented site got his hands on the FBI’s massive file on the late Russell Jones by filing a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Although severely redacted, the report includes plenty of memorable tidbits about Dirty, who died in 2004 of what was ruled an accidental overdose.

“The detectives have documented, in their case files, that the WTC [Wu-Tang Clan] is heavily involved in the sale of drugs, illegal guns, weapons possession, murder, car jackings, and other types of violent crimes…” reads one key segment. “Once individuals have proved themselves as good and loyal members or associates of the WTC … they are offered record contracts to record Rap type music.”

You can read the whole thing here. In the meantime, SPIN has broken down the report by the numbers:

Total number of pages: 93

Date of FOIA request: Dec. 15, 2011

Date of FBI’s response: Dec. 21, 2011

Number of words that are unreadable due to redactions: Too many to count

Minimum number of murders to which ODB allegedly had some ties: Five (Robert “Pooh” Johnson, Jerome “Boo Boo” Estrella, Ishamael “Hoody” Kourma, Robert Johnson, and a redacted victim whose killing police evidently believed to have been ordered by the Wu-Tang Clan in retaliation for a robbery)

Number of times “Hoody” Kourma was shot: 6

Number of times another person allegedly linked to ODB was shot, though not killed: 2 (while being carjacked in an angel dust deal gone bad)

Date ODB was shot during an alleged jewelry robbery by two masked men: 07/01/98

Approximate total cash value of the stolen jewelry: $10,000

Number of occasions on which undercover New York police officers purchased jewelry believed to be linked to the alleged robbery: 3

Date on which the robbery investigation was requested to be closed: 05/05/05

Minimum number of occasions on which ODB was said to have been shot, as mentioned in the report: 3

Date ODB allegedly took part in a shootout with New York police: 01/15/99 (a Brooklyn grand jury chose not to indict him)

Date ODB was formally charged under a then-new California law banning convicted felons from possessing body armor: 03/11/99

Bail amount: $115,000

Number of alleged gang connections: 1 (Bloods)

Minimum number of times the report uses the phrase “Rap type music”: 2

Number of businesses or entities said to be controlled by the Wu Tang Clan: 16 (Wu Tang Inc. [Perrinville, N.J.], Wu Tang Management [Perrinville, N.J.], Wu Tang Productions [New York, N.Y.], Wu Tang Records Inc., Wu Manufacturing Co. [Whitinsville, Ma.], Wu Wear Inc. [New York, N.Y.], Wu Wear Inc. [Staten Island, N.Y.], Wu Wear Inc, [Norfolk, Va.], Wu Wear Inc. [Atlanta, Ga.], MHPG Inc. [Whitinsville, Ma.], Wise Guy Records [Stubenville, Ohio], Steel Valley Records [Scio, Ohio], Protect Ya Neck Productions Inc., Wu Tang Publishing Inc., Everglow Inc., Diggs Leasing Corp. [Clarksburg, N.J.]]

Minimum number of times police seized bags of money ODB was carrying: 3

Minimum total amount: $4,500

Number of possible matches in New York for a Russell Jones as of 02/03/99: 196

In New Jersey: 165

Out of these possible matches, number that came up with a date of birth in November 1968 (ODB was born on November 15, 1968): 0

ODB’s residence, as listed by police on 02/03/99: “member of the Wu Tang Clan”

ODB’s residence, as listed by police on 11/28/99: “member of the Wu Tang Clan”

Minimum total number of ODB’s arrests, as listed by police on 01/30/99: 10

Minimum total number of addresses ODB had in the records that point: 5

ODB’s reported height as of 01/30/99: 6′ 0″

His weight: 150

Minimum number of defense attorneys retained by ODB: 2 (Peter Frankel in New York and Robert Shapiro in Los Angeles)