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Friday, February 12, 2016

Massino "Key" in Manhattan Bonanno Trial?

federal prosecutors this past week rolled out the long-brewing enterprise corruption trial of Bonanno capo Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora and three crew members in Manhattan Supreme Court.
From Left, Vito Badamo, Anthony Santoro, Ernest Aiello, Nicholas Santora.

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On the heels of longtime Bonanno mobster Vinny Asaro's stunning acquittal in Brooklyn last November, federal prosecutors this past week rolled out the long-brewing enterprise corruption trial of Bonanno capo Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora and three crew members in Manhattan Supreme Court.

And it seems that none other than Joseph "Big Joey" Massino is the prosecution's star witness. According to defense attorneys, he fits the description of the "key" turncoat, who reportedly had seven kills under his prodigious belt. The former Bonanno family's official boss faced seven murder charges. It also makes sense that it'd be Massino considering the lead defendant, Nicky Santora, has held a leadership role since the 1970s. Who else would have the institutional knowledge to finally pin enough on Nicky Mouth to possibly put him away for the rest of his life (and faced seven murder charges)?

I'm digging into this in a follow-up but Massino doesn't seem to have done much on the witness stand to justify the Fed's allowing him to flip in the first place. He's failed lie detector tests and has made some bizarre statements on the witness stand, some having to do with the Donnie Brasco fallout. In the 1970s, an associate in former capo Dominick "Sonny Black" Napolitano's crew was identified as FBI agent Joe Pistone. Shortly afterward Sonny Black and Anthony "Tony" Mirra were reportedly slain over Brasco, only Massino later said they weren't.

Alleged Mobster "Took Pleasure in Fear of Others"

Reputed Outfit associate Paul Carparelli was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison based on a racketeering scheme that involved extorting deadbeat businessmen around the country.

Alleged mobster Paul Carparelli (see him above in 2010 photo looking all wacky) wants a button in the Chicago Outfit -- probably as much as I want a full-time job with benefits.

And most likely Paul will attain his goal before me... 

Last week, he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison, as the Chicago Tribune reported.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Mob Wife Drita D'Avanzo Arrested for Beating Chef

Drita D'Avanzo, a cast member of VH1's Mob Wives, was arrested on Tuesday, the NYPD confirmed.
Drita D'Avanzo

UPDATE #2: Drita D'Avanzo, a cast member of VH1's Mob Wives, was arrested on Tuesday, the NYPD confirmed.

Reportedly, she had engaged in a "verbal dispute" with a woman on Staten Island. D'Avanzo "attacked" the woman and punched her repeatedly, then fled, police said.

Of course "the woman" -- a former chef on Staten Island -- wants money before she'll even respond to press inquiries.... 

And it seems she found a buyer! See below for details....how much do they apparently pay, I wonder...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

No Respect for Merlino: "Corrupt and Dead" Director


This trailer packs a wallop...


Tigre Hill's new documentary on organized crime features real-life South Philly wiseguys, including Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino and Angelo Bruno.

On Feb. 2, the "Shame of a City" and "Barrel of a Gun" director released the trailer for "The Corrupt and The Dead," his latest film.

Hill described the forthcoming documentary as focusing on the detrimental effect of organized crime on society, as well as its impact on the economies of its host cities. The film covers the mob's influence in cities across the country, but tightens its focus specifically on the mob's impact on Hill's native city of Philadelphia, Philly.com noted.

Cop Joined Violent Albanian Crew, Will Pay Piper

NYPD Officer Besnik Llakatura faces sentencing later this month for his role in an Albanian crime ring.
Former NYPD officer/Albanian thug Besnik Llakatura during his 2013 arrest.

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The NYPD Officer who copped to a guilty plea last December over his involvement in an Albanian crime ring focused on shaking down a couple of Queens-based business owners faces sentencing later this month.

Besnik Llakatura would have faced life in prison, but federal sentencing guidelines limit his term to anywhere from 12 years and nine months to 14 years and three  months. Brooklyn Federal Judge Eric Vitaliano is slated to pronounce the man's fate on Feb. 26.  Since his December 2013 arrest on extortion and gun-brandishing charges, Llakatura, 36, has been suspended without pay.

"Through his participation in these extortion schemes, Besnik Llakatura turned his back on his badge and his community, choosing [to] break the laws he was sworn to uphold, rather than enforce them, and to thereafter extort members of the community he had sworn to protect," U.S. Attorney Robert Capers said in a statement.

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