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Sex, Money and Murder

pistol pete ebook coverSex, Money and Murder was the name of the murderous drug gang that was started by Peter Rollock. But the name went way back. “That’s a Soundview thing,” the oldhead says. “They used to say we from that area where it’s about sex, money and murder. Dudes used to go to clubs, like T-Connection. ‘We from Soundview where it’s about sex, money, murder.’ That’s what they would say. ‘We about that sex, money, murder.’ It was a saying in Castle Hill and Soundview. He came about after us.” Back in the day the oldheads from the projects held it down. And Pistol Pete’s dad was one of them. “Soundview was known for sex, money, murder. When Pistol Pete was a kid all that shit was going on.” The oldhead says. “The original dude can’t even go in that area no more. Chicken Rob raised a lot of those guys. He was a street legend back then. He was the right hand man of the guy that ran that area back then. As time went on Pistol Pete’s era came on and he took on that mantle. But that shit was always about Soundview. It was bigger than Pistol Pete.”

The gang allegedly terrorized the Soundview and Castle Hill neighborhoods back in the day to maintain its grip on the lucrative crack business. “They had a nice little crew.” Money says. “A lot of young kids.” Sex, Money and Murder was founded by Pete in 1993. Its members and associates at various times included- George Wallace, Andre “Dula” Martin, Robinson “Mac 11” Lazala, Shawn “Suge” Stokes, Rufino “Roro” Turner, Jasmine “Total Package” Mansell, Michael “Mo” Gray, David Andino, Reginald “Big Boo” Harris, David “Twin” Mullins, Rafael “Scruffy” Moore, Savon “Yaro Pack” Codd and Emilio “Leadpipe” Romero. They were into slinging crack, robbing dudes and roughing shit off with strong arm tactics. Pete’s crew didn’t play. They were quick to bust their guns and Pistol Pete set the tone with his violent demeanor.

“There are three realities to this game- freedom, prison and death,” Pistol Pete said. “The odds are negatively stacked against all the participants of this life but this is something we know and accept before we even get into the game.” Pistol Pete set down the rules and had a “to do” list instructing fellow gang members not to use their real name and urging them to kill snitches. He told his crew to “keep the circle tight” and “to take care of all of the orders to kill.” As the gang grew in the Soundview section of the Bronx their reign of terror ensued. They killed indiscriminately and basically did what the fuck they wanted, when the fuck they wanted to with no repercussions to speak of.

bloods“They started making noise in the 90’s, like 93 or so,” Money says. “I first saw them in 94 when these kids came down to Hunt’s Point talking about they running with Pistol Pete, like this dude is some kind of street god or something.” In the early 90’s, as Pistol Pete built his rep he attracted others to his crew. Savon Codd also known as Yaro Pack, who’d known Pete all his young life was one of those who threw in with the clique. Rollock was the leader of the SMM crew but Yaro Pack was making a name for himself as a money getting dude who could move a lot of weight. He joined up with Pistol Pete’s gang and got Sex, Money and Murder even more engaged in distributing cocaine and crack cocaine.

“A lot of dudes were on the set with him,” Rock, another Bronx native from the era remembers. “His set was known for bikes and Uzi’s. They’d be flying through tearing shit up. You know Pistol Pete had the uwop on him. He stayed with an Uzi on him.” And Pete wasn’t one to shy away from beef. He courted it. “They’d beef with whoever. Pistol Pete didn’t care. It seemed like he liked that shit. They got three buildings down there bubbling crack. If someone around the way opened a spot they’d beef with the dudes across the street, lighting their asses up every time.” Money says. And if any strong opposition showed up, Pistol Pete had something for them too. One night the Sex, Money and Murder crew were outside of the Olympics Restaurant in the Bronx when they saw this local tough dude, BO. BO had a solid rep on the block and Pistol Pete knew he could get points for knocking dude off. Pistol Pete wanted to go in and kill him right then in front of all the people just on G.P. but his mans and them tried to talk him out of it. Pistol Pete wouldn’t listen though. He was adamant but finally his crew convinced him to wait for the dude to come outside. BO never came out though, so Pete told all his people, “No matter what,” if any of them saw BO anywhere they were to kill him. Twin ended up killing BO shortly thereafter in 1995. “When them niggas came through they was deep. They stayed strapped too.” Money says. The crew was armed and dangerous. Beware any who stood in their way.

“How many people jump into this life just wanting to enjoy the fast money, the cars, the women, the event and fail to prepare themselves mentally or just refused to accept the darker side of life?” Pete asked. He was the type of dude if you were all in, then you’d better be all in. There was no halfway with Pistol Pete. And he didn’t just talk it. He walked it. Rock explains, “There were times they’d be at the Tunnel, that’s the club in Manhattan where Pistol Pete and his guys would rob a lot of people. It was a known stick-up spot. But Pistol Pete would front on dudes. He in there and he got a chain but he knew that them dudes from Brooklyn were stick-up niggas looking for somebody to rob. But Pistol Pete told his mans and them to let him hold all of their chains and he put them all on. This is how brazen he was.”

Because in reality Pistol Pete didn’t give a fuck. He liked to flaunt shit in dudes faces. “He would walk dead amongst and in the center of all these stick-up niggas.” Rock says. “Just daring them to fuck with him. This was his character. This is how he carried it. This nigga got a bunch of jewelry on him. A bunch of chains. That was a brazen act. Daring these stick-up niggas to try him.” But that was Pistol Pete. He courted chaos. He lived for the drama. The turmoil and dangers of the street were his domain. It was where he had to prove himself again and again. And he made his presence known too. “Nothing moved in the Boogie Down without his say,” Rock says. “Dude was powerful.” And one time Pistol Pete even ended up busting off on a bunch of dudes in the club, just to prove a point. Allegedly someone was killed. “History repeated itself with the club murder because his father had a similar situation in a club 20 years before.” The oldhead says. Pistol Pete was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps.

This is an excerpt from Sex, Money, Murder – Peter “Pistol Pete” Rollock. Available on Amazon Kindle for $2.99.