Wednesday, September 28, 2016

DeCavalcante Associate Gets Sentence of Two-Plus Years

Charles Stango has yet to be charged following
the DeCavalcante bust of March 2015. 

A DeCavalcante crime family associate was sentenced to 30 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for selling more than a half-kilo of cocaine to an undercover FBI agent.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman noted this yesterday, when U.S. District Judge William H. Walls imposed the sentence in Newark federal court. (Press release is here.)

Last December, John "Johnny Balls" Capozzi, 36, of Union, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine (as did associate Mario Galli, of Toms River, New Jersey).

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Spotlights Gangster's Grizzly Hollywood Slaying

Lana Turner's daughter Cheryl Crane whacked Stompanato in 1958
Mickey Cohen's goodbye to Stompanato
This article first appeared in the Dec. 24, 2015 issue of Smashpipe; re-blogged via Tony's website of collected writings.

By Tony Sokol

Lana Turner, the daughter of a bootlegger, was discovered at a soda shop in Hollywood after she left home in the wake of her father’s gangland execution. The “Sweater Girl Judy” pinup girl became a Tinseltown legend, paired onscreen with the likes of John Garfield in the classic noir film The Postman Always Rings Twice, and off-screen with stars and mobsters. She became a notorious legend after the stabbing death of one of those mobsters.

A new book called Movie Star and the Mobster talks about the stabbing death of Lana Turner’s lover Johnny, a former marine known as “Handsome Harry” when he got a job as an enforcer for famous LA gangster Mickey Cohen.

It wasn’t Lana who whacked Stompanato in 1958, but her daughter Cheryl Crane, Turner’s child from her brief second marriage to restaurateur Stephen Crane. Crain was acquitted on the grounds that she was protecting her mother. By the time Cheryl was 10, Turner was on her fourth husband. Cheryl herself had been violently and repeatedly raped by Lana Turner’s fourth husband, actor Lex Barker. When Lana found out, Crane said in an interview, Turner held a gun to Barker’s head while he slept, decided not to spend the rest of her life in prison and kicked him out of the house instead.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

"We Don't Break Our Capos. We Kill Them," Said "Chin" Gigante

Mob associate Michael "Cookie" Durso flipped against the Genovese crime family and wore a wire hidden within a $3,000 Rolodex wristwatch
Frank "Farby" Serpico, former Genovese
acting boss, from Uptown crew.

Mob associate Michael "Cookie" Durso flipped against the Genovese crime family and wore a wire hidden within a $3,000 Rolex wristwatch for three years -- all the while recording thousands of hours of "privileged" conversations among high-ranking members of the Genovese crime family.

In the end he rode off into the sunset of the Witness Protection Program with wife Vanessa. Financially, the couple was not hurting, either; they were able to bring millions of dollars with them, as Gangland News reported on February 21, 2002. Durso and wife "built themselves a $4.5 million real estate portfolio as he brought the hierarchy of the most powerful Mafia family to its knees. ...(they) sold their Coral Springs, Florida place for $830,000... but they still own seven Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment buildings worth an estimated $3.7 million, according to court and real estate records."

Durso had been meeting with prosecutors to discuss flipping -- due to his longstanding beef over the murder of his cousin, a Genovese crime family loanshark. Durso was to meet with Mark Feldman, the head of the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's Organized Crime unit, and Paul Weinstein, a chief prosecutor, for a third time on June 17, 1998.