Monday, May 30, 2016

Slaughter of Rizzuto Loyalists Continues....

Sollecito was alone in the SUV during the attack and was declared dead after being taken to a hospital.
Rocco Sollecito was formerly part of Vito Rizzuto's inner circle.

Montreal Mafia Rizzuto loyalist Rocco Sollecito, seen above, was killed last Friday in a daring daytime shooting near Montreal's Laval police headquarters.

The suspected shooter, based on police evidence, was described as in his 30s and wearing black clothes. He apparently waited at a bus stop beside a stop sign. Around 8:30 am he fired several shots through the passenger-side window of Sollecito's white BMW SUV as it halted at the stop sign.

Sollecito was alone in the SUV during the attack and was declared dead at the hospital.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

There's a WITSEC Mafia, John A. Gotti Says

REVISE No. 2: A spokesperson for John A. Gotti responded with the following comment:
"First, I keep telling you movie is on. It's on, Ed!! Second, this is only a snippet of something much bigger. Yes, (John A. Gotti) is describing their next book and project but this video is part of something much bigger. It involves the whole family. Third, Witsec Mafia is not revenge against Alite, Gravano or Otto."
 I've sought some elaboration on the third point, then I will revise the entire story accordingly. That said, please note the second paragraph...

John A. Gotti is working on a new project, titled WITSEC Mafia (the above video is at 1,319 YouTube views as of this posting).

The recently announced project follows the 2015 release of his book, Shadow of My Father, which is set to be made into a film starring John Travolta.

The focus of WITSEC Mafia is to expose former mob turncoats who, Gotti alleges, are committing crimes following life in the Witness Protection Program. And, they are sometimes doing so under the watchful eyes of their FBI handlers. (I wrote a two-part series about the formation and evolution of the Witness Protection program, which from the beginning has had some people return to their former life of crime.)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Feds: Ex-Cop with Gambino Ties Ran Prostitution Empire

DEVELOPING: Michael Rizzi, a former NYPD officer who allegedly ran a massive prostitution operation that generated millions, was arrested yesterday morning at his home by Homeland Security agents.

He was freed on a bond when the NYPD promptly returned him to custody on a gun charge. Allegedly a stolen pistol was found in his residence, as was widely reported.

Rizzi is married to the daughter of Gambino crime family soldier Richard Juliano, whose older brother, Joseph "Sonny" Juliano, is a Brooklyn-based capo in the same family, reported DNA Info's Murray Weiss and William Mathis.

Michael Rizzi....

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Giannini Crew's Undoing Also Was Baldo Amato's

Ultimately, law enforcement said Baldo ran the Giannini Crew.

Joseph Galante, 49, a member of the Queens-based Giannini Crew, who assisted in the 1993 disposal of a murder victim, but then cooperated and wore a wire, was sentenced to 10 years in prison earlier this month for this "gruesome" crime.

Galante caught some major luck as he had apparently decided flipping wasn't for him. He "resumed committing crimes and prosecutors tore up his cooperation agreement," the Daily News reported.

Galante, who faced 30 to life, got away with 10 years. Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis was well aware of "the extraordinary length of time he served as an informant and making secret recordings of mobsters from the Bonanno, Colombo and Genovese crime families."

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Q&A With "Chin" Author Larry McShane

 Chin: The Life and Crimes of Mafia Boss Vincent Gigante is the first book dedicated solely to The Chin.
Click on image to see book's Amazon page.

Larry McShane covers the Mafia, among other things, for the New York Daily News; he has authored a book about Vincent "The Chin" Gigante.

Chin: The Life and Crimes of Mafia Boss Vincent Gigante will be available on May 31. (McShane also had a hand in writing Ralph Natale's memoirs, as noted, which is due for release next year but is already available for preorder in the U.K. The title, Lost Lives and Forgotten Vows: The Ralph Natale Story, may change, as the book's publisher noted.)

McShane's Gigante offering is a welcomed addition to Mafia-related nonfiction, and since it is the first book dedicated solely to The Chin, it fills a huge void as well. Previously, Selwyn Raab's Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires included details of Gigante's reign as part of its overview of the New York Mafia. Gigante's daughter also has written a memoir about her father, The Godfather's Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption.