Friday, August 26, 2016

Book "Lanza's Mob" a Myth-Shattering Landmark Work About Bay City Boss

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James "Jimmy the Hat" Lanza, one of the most successful mob bosses you've never heard of, is brought to vivid life in Lanza's Mob: The Mafia and San Francisco, written by Christina Ann-Marie DiEdoardo, Esq., a criminal defense lawyer from the Bay Area who is originally from Queens, New York.

Lanza's Mob, the first detailed biography of Jimmy the Hat is a solid, well-researched addition to the Mafia library.

The book, however, details a lot more than Lanza and his crime family. It provides an insightful history of San Francisco itself, as well its colorful, evolving underworld, initially populated by the Barbary Pirates. The book includes an overview of the formation of the Mafia in Sicily and in America, as well as how and when it first planted roots in the Bay City.

Reputed Bonanno Mobsters, Fearing Violation, Seek Parole Guideline Specifics

Alleged Bonanno mobster Vito  Badamo is a regular at Williamsburg's Fortunato Brothers Cafe.
This cafe may be mobbed up... Or not...

This has been quite a news-filled summer for the New York Mafia.

We were counting on writing an entirely different slate of stories this August, but then it started, the barrage of busts, sentencing hearings and what not.

Just as August steamed upon us, that trio of mob-linked bank burglars was busted. Law enforcement hinted strongly that the arrests were only the beginning, and that there would be more to come. (And they were correct, just not the way we thought.)

Gangsters Out: Exclusive Interview with Former Hells Angels President

George Christie talks about the Hells Angels, for which he founded and ran the Venture chapter
George Christie, former president and founder of Ventura chapter.

From Gangsters Out, an exclusive interview with a former Hells Angels president who was accused of cooperating with law enforcement, charges he denies....George Christie, a founder and president of the Hells Angels' Ventura Chapter (in California) wrote a book in response to those allegations. It will be released next month...

I recently found out that George Christie, long time President of the Hells Angels Ventura Chapter, was out in bad so I reached out to him and asked if he would do an interview. I can tell you one thing - this guy is the real deal. There have been other fly by night flashes in the pan that I refused to endorse. This guy I do endorse. Completely. He is what they meant when they made up the term old school. These new kids on the block have no idea what old school is simply because they've never been to school. We look forward to hearing more from him. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sopranos Based on Which Crime Family? Not DeCavalcantes...

The DeCavalcante crime family is not the source of HBO's The Sopranos

If you’ve ever wondered where David Chase got all those fantastical ideas for “The Sopranos,” maybe he, like the feds, had his own mob informants. Or maybe the feds were his informants.

Tonight’s special episode of “American Greed,” titled “Mob Money,” is the story of the rise and fall of New Jersey’s DeCavalcante crime family, New Jersey gangsters who bear more than a passing resemblance to “The Sops.”

The DeCavalcantes were always, by mob standards anyway, minor players in the estimated $50 to 90-billion-a-year, ah (what the hell do you call it?), industry. In fact, the five families of New York called them “the farmers” and thought of them as country bumpkins.

The Sopranos is based on New Jersey's DeCavalcante crime family has been written so many times, most viewers of the show probably agree with the statement. Yours truly even wrote: "Many crime families and crews were said to have inspired Chase's HBO series. But New Jersey's only homegrown Mafia family seems to best fill the bill."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mob "Banker" Film, Federico Castellucio's Directorial Debut, Is a Gem

The Brooklyn Banker review
By Nick Christophers

Federico Castelluccio may be better known as "Furio," the name of the character he played on the acclaimed HBO series The Sopranos, but he has come a long way since then.

He can now add to his resume the role of director of The Brooklyn Banker, a gem of a film that premiered last week at Manhattan's Cinema Village to a sold-out crowd. A national campaign also kicked off.

The project, first released as a trailer titled Lilly of The Feast, came together last year, and is the brainchild of Federico and Michael Ricigliano, a prolific writer who penned the screenplay. The title was changed when the film was completed.

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