Monday, July 28, 2014

Spero Bred Racing Pigeons and Gangsters, Part One

Spero died in prison in 2008.
Anthony Spero, former consiglieri and acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, died nearly six years ago.

The once-supremely powerful "Old Man" of the American Mafia was 79 when he passed, a guest of the Federal Medical Center of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina.

Spero was a stone cold gangster who lived it, walked it, talked it, breathed it. The only thing that may have captivated him as much as "the life" were his pigeons. That and frying chicken cutlets in the back of his club on Bath Avenue in Bath Beach, Brooklyn. He also ran the Big Apple Car, a limo service.

He spent near-uninterrupted decades on the street before finally going away for life in 2002 on racketeering and murder charges in a case considered surprisingly circumstantial in that no direct testimony against him was ever offered.

While serving as acting boss of the Bonanno family, Spero made his now infamous remark on informants: "All the family members of those who become rats should be killed. Women, children, everything. Murder them."

Spero was given an opportunity to save himself and flip on his boss, Joe Massino. Spero turned it down, quickly. Not even considering it. Massino didn't return the favor, but by then it didn't matter, not for Spero.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Murderous Mob Turncoats Will Come to Light

Angela Clemente.
We are reprinting a story from Feb. 3 of this year because we have heard new information from a reliable source that a flood of previously classified FBI reports in the process of being made public will identify two high-level informants for the FBI. 

We can only assume that this information has to do with the classified FBI documents being sought by Angela Clemente, a forensic analyst who spent the past 15 years researching the FBI's relationship with mob turncoats. (ANGELA CLEMENT IS NOT OUR SOURCE REGARDING THE NEW INFORMATION.)

According to our source, who would only speak on the condition of anonymity, the documents will prove that two high-level mobsters, one with the Colombos and one with the Gambinos, were high-level informants for the FBI.

Who's the Luchese Boss? Still Vic Amuso

GangLandNews this week reports that Vittorio "Vic" Amuso, is the boss of the Luchese family.
Vic Amuso
The 79-year-old wiseguy has been behind bars [for 24 years now]. But while the feds can take a gangland chief out of circulation, they can't take his Mafia crown away from him. And from that day forward, even though he's been in federal custody for nearly a quarter century, Vic Amuso has remained the undisputed boss of his crime family. 

Joe Isgro Pinched in Los Angeles

Joe Isgro
UPDATED: Academy Award-nominated producer, Purple Heart veteran and reputed Gambino soldier Joseph Isgro was picked up in Los Angeles last week on gambling charges, sources in Los Angeles confirmed for this blog.

He was arrested on July 18 by LAPD detectives and was being held in the Valley jail in Van Nuys. He will be brought to New York to face gambling-related charges that are close to reaching the statute of limitations.

One source told us:

They're supposed to have two NY detectives pick up Joe in L.A tomorrow and transport him to NY by commercial airline. It was good of them because if they'd brought him to NY on Friday he would have had to spend the weekend in Rikers. Now he will stay overnight at the Tombs and post surety bond when he gets to court the next day.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mob Club or Just a Social Club?

Social club?
We don't see many members-only clubs these days and are wondering how many are still around.

This one on Hempstead Blvd. in Elmont is so blatant with the signs and old guys speaking Italian that we gotta admit, we're curious.

What the hell is it?

Jimmy Cosmo Gets Ready to Pay the Piper

Jimmy Cosmo
Back in mid-January of last year we reported about an alliance among the Canadian and American Mafia, outlaw bikers and a Mexican drug cartel that supplied New York City with nearly a billion dollars in marijuana.

Running the group was French Canadian drug kingpin Jimmy “Cosmo” Cournoyer, who was busted following a five-year probe by the DEA and police from Laval, Quebec, where Cournoyer once lived.

The drug alliance included a partnership between Bonanno associate John "Big Man" Venizelos and Jimmy “Cosmo” to form a $2 million “hit” fund so the group could quickly hire hitters to murder snitches.

Jimmy Cosmo faces sentencing in New York next month on charges of drug trafficking, money laundering and other crimes.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PBS Theory Links Hoffa, Giancana, Rosselli Hits

Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran
Did Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran kill Hoffa?

As one journalist noted: Sheeran's "deathbed confession" is still the most believable theory ever to come to light.

“History Detectives Special Investigations,” “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?” -- which ran recently this week -- purported to take a fresh look at the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa, the former head of the Teamsters union who vanished from the face of the earth on July 30, 1975.

It was the perfect mob hit and a high-profile public figure, too.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Judge's Call to Mother Marked Him for Mafia Hit

Judge Borsellino
The Sicilian Mafia listened to the telephone calls of judge Paolo Borsellino before slaying him, gaining vital intelligence that assisted them in committing the hit in July 1992.

This is based on a conversation mob boss Totò Riina had with a fellow prison inmate that was recorded by the authorities, Reuters sources said.

Borsellino and five of his security officers were killed by a car bomb near his mother's house.

"We knew he was meant to go there because he said, 'Mom, I'm coming tomorrow,'" said Riina, who was one of the most feared of Cosa Nostra bosses. He held power from the early 1980s until his 1993 arrest.

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