Sammy the Bull Gravano Free from Prison


Salvatore "Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano, 72, the former Gambino underboss who flipped against one of the most infamous mob bosses ever, Gambino boss John Gotti, was released from an Arizona prison Monday.

He served nearly 18 years after his 2000 arrest for distributing and possessing Ecstasy after departing the witness protection program.

Ready? Longtime Gotti Confidant John Carneglia Back in Brooklyn


Longtime Gambino mobster/Gotti confidant John Carneglia, 73, gets out of prison next year, specifically on June 11.

He already has one foot out the door, though, having been moved to a halfway house in Brooklyn, a source told Cosa Nostra News. The BOP inmate locator site confirms this.

His partner in crime, Gene Gotti, 70 (brother of the one and only) is slated for release, on September 15, but hasn't been moved yet from Pollock FCI.

Hear the One About the Cop Who Infiltrated Two Crime Families?


There once was a New York mobster named Vincent Spinelli.

He was considered a dangerous man. A truck hijacker and gun-runner, he was tied to two crime families (the Bonannos and Lucheses) and operated a swag-filled warehouse.

He was known for his nice gold watches and good suits. He also preferred driving around in a Mercedes.

In reality, his name was not Vincent Spinelli, and he was far from being a criminal; in fact, he was an NYPD officer working undercover. The operation lasted three years and led to 42 arrests (21 were reputed Bonanno mobsters, the rest presumably were Luchese members, plus assorted associates -- plus there was at least one grandmother who lived in a social club in The Bronx).

Martin Scorsese on Frank Vincent: "He Made It Look Easy"

"He made it look easy in all respects. He was genuine," Martin Scorsese wrote in a tribute to his friend Frank Vincent.

"Frank Vincent was someone I could count on. He was a natural who was at ease in front of the camera — on a set or on a stage."

Vincent died Wednesday of complications from heart surgery. He was 80. 
Scorsese directed him in three films, all classics: Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995). Vincent's screen debut, The Death Collector, is also a must-see for fans. (Mikie Scars highly recommends it too.)

Vincent's career probably reached its pinnacle with his turn as Phil Leotardo, boss of a New York crime family on The Sopranos.

FOILED: Feds Uncover Reputed Luchese Killer's Plan to Escape Jail

Alleged Luchese crime family soldier Christopher Londonio, who's awaiting trial for the Michael Meldish murder, among other charges, crafted an escape plan to bust himself out of Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center, federal prosecutors revealed.

The plan involved dental floss, a priest, and lots of sheets and blankets.

Londonio, 43, planned to use the dental floss as a cutting tool. Meanwhile, he'd solicited a priest to smuggle a blade into the facility and had begun to secretly amass sheets and blankets to use as a rope, according to prosecutors.

What NYPD Found on Frank Costello Could've Ended Las Vegas in 1957

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Apalachin, which has always been of great interest to me....

Apalachin, NY, the infamous location of the November 14, 1957, Mafia Summit, changed everything by finally bringing the full resources of the FBI onto the nation's crime families.

That ill-fated meeting in upstate New York left two legacies in place:
The enormous free reign with which the wiseguys operated for so long was coming to a close as the FBI launched a full-court investigative press against the mob that wouldn't let up -- ever.....(Law enforcement's mob investigations may have periodically waned, but the efforts were forever renewed....)And, never again could J. Edgar Hoover deny Cosa Nostra's existence without looking like a fool.

How Did Vito Genovese's Painting Wind Up in a New Jersey Trattoria?

"Do you see the devil in the tree picking his nails with his mouth trying to figure out which one he wants a rape?"
Since last night we've heard from additional folks about Trama's Trattoria, the New Jersey restaurant where the painting once owned by Vito Genovese hangs.

Not all knew about the painting, but they certainly remember the food. "The Garganelli pasta is out of this world. Don Vito would certainly have approved," said one. (They prefer I identify them as "friends." You can figure out the rest. The fact is, they are friends.)

 The painting, of a group of fair maidens being spied on by a demon or something, once apparently hung in Genovese's mansion in the Atlantic Highlands. And I'm hoping someone reading this can shed more light on that painting.