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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Joe Colombo Jr. Dies; His 1970 Arrest Launched His Father's Italian-American Crusade

Joe Colombo Jr  (picture from "Playboy's Illustrated History
of Organized Crime.")
Joseph A. Colombo Junior died yesterday, Cosa Nostra News has learned. He was 67. He's survived by his wife, Diane, and kids Dina, Denise, and Joey.

He died following a long battle with Neurological Lyme Disease, at his home in Newburgh surrounded by loved ones, according to one news report. Joe Junior was the oldest of Joseph Colombo Senior's five children, which also includes sons Christopher (the youngest), Anthony and Vincent.

The RecordOnline further noted: Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, November 3rd at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. William Scafidi at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 4th at St. Mary's Church, Newburgh. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

Gig Is Up for Gambino Associate Nailed for Murder

"Jerry" Bruno, Gambino associate
Earlier this week, an indictment was unsealed charging Gennaro “Jerry” Bruno, 41, an associate of the Gambino crime family under Joseph “JoJo” Corozzo, with racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, including predicate acts of murder, narcotics trafficking, extortion and obstruction of justice.

The murder of Martin Bosshart in 2002 garnered widespread media coverage. Bosshart himself was a notorious thug who was alleged to be involved in several murders and himself could be likened to a one-man crime wave.

Bruno was arrested on Tuesday in Las Vegas, where his initial appearance for removal proceedings to the Eastern District of New York commenced.

“Gennaro Bruno started his criminal career at a young age as a member of a street gang where he earned his criminal credentials. He then graduated to become an associate in the Gambino crime family, where he proved himself to be both an earner for the family and capable of murder,” stated United States Attorney Loretta E. Lynch.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Merlino Gets Four Months; Remains Focus of Investigation

Merlino, left; Ligambi
Last week "former" Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino was sentenced to four months in jail following several hours of testimony and debate during a probation violation hearing.

The 52-year-old convicted Mafioso lives in Florida and is to begin serving time in less than one month. Once though, Merlino's supervised release will have ended and he will be free to meet and associate with whomever he chooses, wherever he chooses.

Meeting with three friends for dinner and then a cigar was the cause of all his trouble in the first place.

At the same time, it's not all blue skies for Skinny Joey, who remains a person of interest--the focus of an ongoing investigation by a South Florida organized crime task force, which has kept Merlino squarely in its sights since he moved there.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Powerful Genovese Capo and His NJ Crew Nabbed This Week

Capo Charles Tuzzo
We republished a story about the Genovese crime family from a year ago--and on the same goddamn day the Feds busted a crew headed by one of three key capos mentioned in the re-post.

The Genovese crime family, the most powerful Mafia group in America saw a major bust earlier this week that centered on an 80-year-old capo and his New Jersey-based crew, which earned more than $12 million from various rackets, including loansharking, unlicensed check cashing, gambling and a money laundering operation that included drug trafficking proceeds.

A large portion of the revenue had been funneled to the New York-based bosses of the crime family, none of whom are part of this indictment.

New Jersey law enforcement authorities and the Waterfront Commission named longtime family caporegime Charles "Chuckie" Tuzzo, a resident of Bayside, Queens, as the boss of a 10-member crew that included one soldier who lived near Newark and oversaw the crew's operations. Also, the crew included two women.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Godfather of Pittsburgh" Set to Debut on A&E

A real, live Godfather?
The Godfather of Pittsburgh seems to be garnering interest among some readers.

One of A&E's four new reality series, “Godfather of Pittsburgh,” focuses on Vince Isoldi, an Italian-American who owns nightclubs and restaurants in the Steel City, where he has made friends and enemies, along the way. Eight one-hour episodes, are slated to premiere around now.

Here’s A&E’s Godfather of Pittsburgh announcement:

Pittsburgh is a town ruled by Vince Isoldi, a first-generation Italian American, who has built an empire of nightclubs and restaurants all in hopes of supporting his family. But getting to the top means making a lot of enemies and some of them are kin. While Vince is one of the most revered – and feared – men in the city, all bets are off when he comes home. Between his wife and sons, and his six brothers and sisters, the entire family relies on Vince for jobs, houses and everything in between. The “Godfather of Pittsburgh” takes a fascinating look at a truly original character who finds it hard to walk the ‘straight and narrow’ and still succeed in business.

CNN Transcript of 2006 Philip Carlo Interview

Writer Philip Carlo is on the right.
This transcript and a new page I posted tonight about the "Ice Man" Richard Kuklinski convey what I've always believed. Richard Kuklinski was full of shit. And, I have begun doubting my previous thinking about author Philip Carlo. There's a difference between making a mistake and concocting what you should know is false information. Carlo seemed to be working with a damaged filter. I'll leave it there. Enjoy this transcript and the new landing page, Last Word on Kuklinski - Transcripts: "Aired June 26, 2006 - 21:00   ET

JOHN ROBERTS, GUEST HOST: Tonight, exclusive, inside the chilling double life of a convicted killer who claimed to be a brutal Mafia hit man with more than 200 victims. Now in their first ever interview his own family, who he terrorized but didn't know about his deadly secret life until he was arrested next on LARRY KING LIVE.

And good evening, I'm John Roberts sitting in for Larry King tonight. Over the next hour we have a chilling story to tell you of a man who brutally murdered as many as 200 people. His name was Richard Kuklinski, also known as the "Ice Man." Here's his story.

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