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Genovese Capo Seeks Separation from Skinny Joey Merlino

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NOTE: The attorney for Michael Guidici contacted me in comments yesterday, as some of you probably noticed, and sent me the minutes of the court proceeding. After reviewing them, I don't find the case compelling enough to cover here. Although Guidici was indicted with Bonanno mobster Vincent Asaro, his case is not mob-related, obviously....


One co-defendant in the so-called East Coast LCN Enterprise case, alleged Genovese capo Eugene (Rooster) Onofrio, wants to be tried separately from Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino.

The reputed Genovese capo runs crews in Manhattan's Little Italy and in Springfield, Mass.


Apparently, he has deep concerns that Merlino’s "alleged misconduct could prejudice the jury against him at trial," the Daily News reported, citing court records.
Onofrio and Merlino were arrested last August as per United States v. Pasquale Parrello, et al.


Ex-Philly Mobster on East Coast LCN Enterprise Case; Hammonton Mafia History

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We spoke with a longtime Philadelphia source about our previous story, on why the Fed's sought to limit the scope of the FBI's investigation into the so-called East Coast LCN Enterprise (see indictment, here).

Was it out of hubris or incompetence, we wrote.



Our source noted that the FBI's local office in Philadelphia continues its investigation of the Philadelphia mob no matter what happens in New York's Southern District's case.

Potential Philadelphia Connection to East Coast LCN Case Never Pursued

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When, precisely, did the FBI's New York Field Office realize that it was screwed?

We refer here to the seemingly immense East Coast LCN Enterprise case, the investigation that resulted in last August's indictment of 46 mobsters, including mobsters from all five families and the alleged boss of the Philadelphia mob (who lives in Florida).


(NOTE: Reputed Philadelphia boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino is the only alleged "East Coast LCN crime syndicate" member from the Philadelphia Cosa Nostra.)

The answer to that question may shed light on a possible alternative reason for why the Fed's in New York were reluctant to share information with offices in Philadelphia and Florida. The word has been that New York's Southern District was too greedy and didn't want to share the credit on what certainly appeared to be a large, sprawling Mafia case.

Unless, of course, the Feds knew that said case had been mismanaged, poisoned, and due to crash headlong into the rocks to…

Seriously, We're Closing Up Shop

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It's with deep regret that I write the following announcement. It's something I never conceived would happen, and yet here we are....




I want it known that this is not a result of any decision made by me; it's simply an inevitable result of capitalism.
It's actually physically painful to make this kind of announcement, I'm realizing now, as I write this.
It's been years since we launched, but as the saying goes, All good things must come to an end...

A(nother) Real-life Wiseguy Played a Mobster on The Sopranos

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John (Cha Cha) Ciarcia, who played a brief but pivotal role on The Sopranos as the consiglieri of the New York-based Lupertazzi crime family, was a Genovese crime family associate in real life.

He allegedly "was involved in everything" regarding the San Gennaro feast, a Genovese capo reputedly told an undercover FBI agent.

Whether he was a former or active associate is open to interpretation, but it's suggested that he was active up until his death at age 75 of natural causes. This story, simple as it is, is unbelievable -- and maybe a decade or two ago, it would have been inconceivable, incomprehensible -- but it's true...

That makes two, so far. Tony Sirico, who played Peter Paul (Paulie Walnuts) Gualtieri, was once a Colombo crime family associate. Some mention Tony Darrow. The one and only... He was allegedly a Gambino associate, but he apparently got hooked up with a mob family after his Sopranos stint (or during) as Larry Boy Borgese.

Old Patriarca Famiglia: The Cheeseman Cometh?

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Who's the new boss of the New England Mafia (what's left of the once-powerful legendary Patriarca crime family, anyway)?


Seems Carmen (The Big Cheese) DiNunzio is among the seemingly very select few who fit the bill, as per a story by Gangster Report, a site we link to below.