Wednesday, March 4, 2015

VH1 Mob Wives Series Finale: Will There Be Blood?


Tonight is VH1's Mob Wives series finale.

We finally got a chance to watch last week's episode and came to a realization hypothesis: Renee's baptism plays out, then we cut to a restaurant scene where Natalie DiDonato is providing Drita with proof that supposedly will finish off Natalie Guercio.

Kind of like The Godfather's infamous baptism scene in which Michael Corleone is taking part in the ceremony in a Catholic Church, no? The scene is inter-cut with scenes of the enemies of the Corleone family getting whacked one by one, and is probably one of the most famous scenes in film history (if not history, period.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Onetime "Shooter and Gentleman" Gene Gotti Embittered by Prison

courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 

REVISED: "I was part of the 'Cowboy Case'," our source said. "We kidnapped people for ransom and murdered some of them. That was all mob connected, with the Gambino crime family."

The "cowboy crew" was notorious in 1991, 1992. They were featured on America's Most Wanted, newspapers ran stories about them. (We are posting this as part of a larger story we are writing about Gene Gotti; we are also, yes, still working on the Cowboy Crew story.)

Our source was born into the life. "When I was 16 years old I carried a .357 Magnum and worked as a bouncer at a mob nightclub.

"I'm 53 now. I just completed a sentence in another racketeering extortion case."

Perspective on Mob's Marijuana Business

Arthur Mondella

We're jealous! Jealous that we didn't think of this first -- to incorporate the feedback of a Mafia expert to give the story of the suicided Cherry King more juice... 

Also, all you hear about is the mob selling heroin and cocaine, but they also sold a lot of dope (meaning weed, grass, smoke, pot, etc.) and this article quotes an ex-gangster to provide insight... One of our longtime readers commented about the prices, saying: "His prices are right for '90s prices," as our "Larry Jefe" notes in this story's Featured Comment below. He adds: "Since the late 90's most MJ in NYC was shipped from Vancouver thru Monteal and later in the 00's California, with an exception for the best quality indoor which NYC has always been known for growing."

From the New York Daily News: “Cherry King” Arthur Mondella was likely making millions of dollars from his secret pot-growing farm, according to an expert in the city’s illicit ganja trade — former pot farmer and ex-Gambino gangster John Alite.

Cops say Mondella grew at least 100 plants at a time in the basement of the Dell’s Maraschino Cherries factory in Red Hook — which could have earned him $10 million a year, according to Alite.

What Does Today’s Mob Look Like?

A link to a NYT piece that provides a limited view of the below mentioned crew is here

NEWLY REVISED, 3/2: We talk to a lot of guys who were in the mob, did their time and decided enough was enough. They came home and went straight. Considering the backgrounds of some of these guys, it really makes you wonder about the state of the current mob. [The story that goes with the above headline follows this preamble.]

One source (we are still working on the story) reveals the goings on of a Mafia-affiliated crew that took its methods more from the crew in the film Heat than the one in Goodfellas. Crew members typically wore bulletproof vests, police shields and carried AK47s. They blasted people on the street, in broad daylight even.

When they went to hit or kidnap someone it was a paramilitary operation. Five cars were typically deployed. A street would be blocked off at both ends to keep the target from escaping.

Junior Gotti Punked Out in the Pod, Says Co-Defendant

"He abused everybody in his past. He didn't give anybody
a break in any realm."


In 1998, John A. "Junior" Gotti III was slapped with a wide-ranging RICO indictment (the "Christmas Tree RICO," so named because it includes people allegedly involved in different crimes packaged together for procedural purposes under the top name on the indictment. In this case, it was Junior.)

This was the "Scores Case," which occurred prior to the sweeping indictment linking him to three mob-related hits and a host of other felonies, initiated in Florida, that led to Junior's four RICO trials.

It also occurred prior to Junior's proffer session with the Feds, documented in an FBI 302. That meeting occurred at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in lower Manhattan on January 18, 2005.


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