Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bonanno Family Readying for War? Probably Not....

Was Palazzolo set to take control of the
Bonanno family's Queens action?

Arrested yesterday was mobster John Palazzolo, 77, a reputed street boss of the Bonanno crime family's Bronx faction -- or at least he was; it appears he's been knocked down in rank.

Apparently the Feds found him committing a serious crime: having coffee with other wiseguys.... Well, we take liberties here. He was found "suspiciously meeting" other mobsters in the parking lot of a diner.

When wiseguys meet in the parking lot of a diner wouldn't they naturally act suspiciously? What exactly defines "suspiciously"? We had a little chuckle over this one. It sounds to us like whatever is left of the FBI working OC in New York is crying out for attention...

Friday, March 27, 2015

Killing Alite (and Anyone in the Car With Him)

Alite was marked for death.

In 1995, a member of the Gambino crime family plotted the violent murder of John Alite and anybody in the car with him, according to a former Gambino associate directly involved in the conspiracy who was going to be one of the shooters.

Stephen Newell, about whom we've previously written, told us the hit was to be staged at a towing company/auto-body shop in Queens at the intersection of Crossbay Boulevard and Redding Street. Alite would pull up in his car to meet someone -- and two men would open fire from a passing van.

One of the gunmen, arrested on an unrelated charge, revealed the plot, prompting the FBI to visit Alite with a warning.  This is only one such plot; no doubt there were others. 

We caught up with Stephen Newell a few weeks ago. He'd seen our story and had some corrections and amendments. Newell is an interesting person. He is mentioned in both Gotti's Rules: The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the Demise of the American Mafia and Shadow of My Father.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In Danbury Prison, Albanians, Mobsters Fight It Out

Alex Rudaj, former boss of Albanian Mafia.

Jerry Capeci's GanglandNews today reports that "25 inmates — including five mobsters and two Albanian hoods whose names Gang Land has obtained," engaged in a "bloody jailhouse brawl"during leisure time in the rec room of the federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, on Saturday, March 14.

Danbury, the article noted, is a low-security facility that houses 750 sentenced inmates.

Following the violent confrontation, everyone involved was "thrown into "the hole" after receiving stitches or treated for cuts, bloody noses and other non-life-threatening injuries."

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