Saturday, July 23, 2016

Mongols MC Reports Ex-President "Doc" Cavazos FLIPPED  for Feds

The Mongols MC reports the following on its website, that its national president, Ruben “Doc” Cavazos, is a government informant:
Doc Cavazos (SOURCE)

The Mongols MC reports that its former national president, Ruben “Doc” Cavazos, is a government informant:
He has been blamed for turning the club into one of the largest criminal organizations on the West Coast of the United States during his time as President. In order to bolster the gang's ranks, he also recruited members of street gangs into the club, much to the disgust of the old school bikers. He was voted out of the club on August 30, 2008 during a meeting in Vernon, California, due to the majority of the membership believing that he was stealing from the club and provoking a war with the Mexican Mafia. 
On October 21, 2008, Cavazos and 79 other Mongols were arrested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after an investigation into the club, known as Operation Black Rain. Police raided his 2,760 square foot home in South Hills, West Covina, California, where he lived with his son, Ruben "Lil Rubes" Cavazos Jr, and brother, Al "the Suit" Cavazos, and seized firearms and bulletproof vests. After his arrest during the Operation Black Rain, he pleaded guilty to the racketeering charge and faces up to 20 years in prison.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Indicted: Gambino Capo, Associates of Four Mafia Families

The defendants were charged in multiple New York State Supreme Court indictments with crimes including selling a controlled substance as well as marijuana.
Marijuana sales were a key racket detailed in the indictment.

Gambino capo Michael "Mickey Boy" Paradiso, whose mob roots predate the tumultuous John Gotti reign (though his current rank as capo does not), and some two dozen associates from four of New York's five crime families were indicted for a grab-bag of mob mainstay crimes.

Two women were also indicted with the mobsters, of whom only Paradiso is a made Mafia member. All those named in the indictment face drug, illegal online gambling and tax-fraud charges resulting from a two-year probe that was part of a Waterfront Commission investigation regarding drug trafficking on New York's piers.

Paradiso has been a made member since before the first Gotti administration.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Set DVR for AMC's Making of the Mob: Chicago

The Making of the Mob: Chicago, premiered earlier this month on AMC and airs weekly on Monday
Christopher Valente, standing on left, plays "The Waiter." With other members
of The Making of the Mob: Chicago.

The Making of the Mob: Chicago premiered earlier this month on AMC and airs weekly on Monday evenings at 10/9 p.m. (EDT), including tonight.

The show, which this year focuses on Chicago boss Al Capone, among other Outfit bosses and heavyweights, was produced by Stephen David Entertainment, which produced the first installment, last year's The Making of the Mob: New York.

Last year's Making of the Mob was criticized for featuring actors who played mobsters -- instead of only emphasizing people with expert knowledge, such as former mobsters, authors, reporters and historians. Still, it received high ratings based on Neilson data.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

What You Didn't Know About Mobster Frankie Yale

Frankie Yale, AKA Frankie Uale was born Francesco Ioele in Longobucco, Calabria, Italy, in 1893.
Frankie Yale

Yes, the John Gotti movie is the big news of the day, which is why I bring you the following.... (but seriously I hope to have some interesting news later today / tonight about the film. What I'd previously heard included some scenes will be shot in New York (Queens and Manhattan) and that the film is focused on Gotti Senior -- it's called The Life and Death of John Gotti, note. Some newspapers have incorrectly reported that filming has begun. It hasn't. While John Travolta and real-life wife Kelly Preston were slated to play Gotti Senior and his real-life wife, Victoria, there's no word regarding rest of cast.)

The following arrives here courtesy of Tony Sokol, who wrote this story originally as part of a package of Boardwalk Empire-related stories for Den of Geek... Tony also writes for The Chiseler,, and His stories also can be seen on Altvariety,, Daily Offbeat, Dark Media Press, Wicked Mystic and other magazines. Tony also is a musician and is a playwright who has had more than 20 plays produced in NYC, including Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera “AssassiNation: We Killed JFK.” He also appeared on the Joan Rivers (TV) Show, Strange Universe and Britain’s “The Girlie Show.”

The story of the real Frankie Yale is crazy and bloody, as Tony writes, noting:

I’m starting with Frankie Yale because I happen to know something about him almost no one knows...

Friday, July 15, 2016

In A Wiser Guy, Louis DiVita Walks Fine Line

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Louis DiVita, as noted, is advertising on this blog. So this story normally would fall under the rubric of what is today called "Sponsored Content." But, rather than do that, I will just come out and say:  I write about whatever topic I want on this blog, anyway -- and  I probably would've found his book and written this story even if I'd never spoken to him (although that would've been difficult; I wouldn't have been able to ask him the questions I did below).

A Wiser Guy, by Louis DiVita, is the work of a man with an interesting background. His grandfather was a high-ranking mobster who was associated with Stefano Magaddino, the Mafia overlord of Buffalo, New York, whose dominion extended into Canada.

But unlike his brother, Benedetto Angelo, who stayed in Niagara Falls,where he was partnered with Joseph DiCarlo, Paolo "Paul" Palmeri moved to New Jersey and started enterprising with Willie Moretti, who is perhaps best known today for what he didn't do -- namely, he was not around to hunt down Vito Genovese after he sent a young shooter to kill Frank Costello. However, the boss of what became the Genovese crime family survived. Smart enough to retire, he lived out his life puttering around in his garden. Or did he? According to Louis DiVita it was none other than the Prime Minister himself who showed up at his grandmother's doorstep one day with an envelope. Invited inside, theyhe shared a cup of coffee and Costello eventually with regret informed her that the "younger guys" no longer wanted to continue paying her.

It was 12 years after Paul Palmeri's death of natural causes.