In Rare Lecture, US Attorney Details Role in Whitey Bulger Case

He's the lawman who locks up corrupt lawmen, and he's investigated everyone from wiseguys to CIA and FBI agents.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford on Monday, March 5, 2018, gave a rare, candid speech about his role as a special prosecutor in the Whitey Bulger case.

Durham is among this country's most respected prosecutors and he's known for maintaining an extremely low profile. He's prosecuted mobsters, corrupt federal agents, and even a former Connecticut governor. He was empowered by United States attorneys general to investigate some of this nation's dirtiest laundry, inclucing CIA operations that allegedly involved torture and coverups.

He was nominated by President Donald Trump, and was endorsed by Republicans and Democrats alike, to be Connecticut's top federal prosecutor. "Perhaps realizing that his new role calls for higher visibility, (he) delivered a lecture at the University of St. Joseph…

John Gotti, Gambino Boss's Grandson & Namesake, Gets 2.5 Additional Years

On Wednesday, March 14, in Brooklyn Federal District Court, John J. Gotti, the grandson and namesake of the Gambino crime family boss, was sentenced to five years in prison.

Last June, Gotti pleaded guilty to torching the car of someone who'd had the audacity to cut off aging Bonnano capo Vincent Asaro on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, Queens.

Gotti also admitted that two weeks after the road-rage episode, he and two others — after presenting a note that said they had a bomb — robbed $6,000 from a Maspeth, Queens, bank.

Gotti was arrested in August 2016 --on the exact same day that the Fed's rounded up dozens of wiseguys in the East Coast LCN Enterprise case. The only trial that resulted from that case so far was the recent Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino mistrial.

Gotti's attorney, Charles Carnesi, who also defended his uncle, told the judge in his client's defense that just before the arson and bank robbery charges were filed, Gotti had been sentenced to eight yea…

Genovese Springfield Crew Associate Gets Two Years

Genovese crime family associate Gerald Daniele, 53, of Longmeadow, Mass., was sentenced Monday (March 12) in federal court in Worcester for loansharking.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman sent him to prison for two years, followed by three years of supervised release.

Daniele was arrested with four other men in the Genovese crime family's Springfield crew in 2016 for extorting legitimate and illegitimate businesses in western Massachusetts. He admitted that he gave loans and threatened an individual with physical violence while demanding repayment.

The extortions took place during a six-month period in 2015.
 In December 2017, Daniele pleaded guilty to one count of using extortion.

Daniele is ordered by U.S. District Judge Timothy Hilllman to report to jail by May 7.

Last December, Daniele pleaded guilty to one count of using extortionate means to collect an extension of credit.

Daniele and co-defendants Ralph Santaniello, John Calabrese, Francesco Depergola,…

Acting Boss of New England Mafia, Anthony DiNunzio, Released from Prison

Anthony L. DiNunzio, 58, of East Boston, Massachusetts, "the alleged leader of the New England organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra," was sentenced to six years in prison in 2012 on racketeering and extortion charges.

DiNunzio was released a few weeks ago, on February 22, 2018, as per the BOP inmate locator website.

In a colorful indictment, federal prosecutors alleged that DiNunzio had become the acting boss of New England’s Cosa Nostra crime family in late 2009 and oversaw the organization’s extortion of Rhode Island strip clubs and other such businesses, demanding payments of $2,000 to $6,000 per month.

DiNunzio was arrested in 2012 at the Gemini Social Club in Boston's North End. He was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for racketeering. He's the brother of Carmen “The Big Cheese” DiNunzio, who served a state sentence for bribery and was released in July of 2017.

DiNunzio and other members and associates were charged with extorting pro…

Nick Christophers, Cosa Nostra News Contributor, Debuts First Novel

Nick Christophers, Cosa Nostra News contributing blogger, has published a work of fiction called Destinies, which is available on now. The story centers on mob boss Santo Furri and a looming mob war.

I spoke with Nick about the book recently.

What inspired you to write -- and what inspired Destinies?
"My knowledge and fascination with the mob world. I loved writing since I was a kid and it all started after reading The Outsiders by SE Hinton (an excellent book, folks! Was life-changing for me too--ed note.) that got me to write as well. I used some of my own experiences in the book."
So far Destinies is getting positive reviews and has a five-star ranking. (Nick also recently was filmed for a  mob documentary shot by a UK production company.)

Nick, who I go way back with -- many years, actually (he lives blocks away from me) -- also is working on two other books, one on the Greek Mafia (in the US and abroad) and one on the life and times of Nicky "Slick" D…

Longtime Genovese Wiseguy Who Was Street Boss and Consiglieri Died, Sources Say

Longtime Genovese crime family capo Peter (Petey Red) DiChiara, who reputedly was the street boss, or front boss, for Liborio Bellomo, died Friday (March 2), two separate sources confirmed.

DiChiara, who allegedly also was the Genovese crime family's consiglieri, had diabetes and other medical problems associated with the disease.

DiChiara, 75, ran a social club in Lower Manhattan at 73 Market Street, which has been around since the 1990s. Except for the five-year period when DiChiara was serving time for a federal racketeering beef thanks to the associate with the funny Rolex, the club was known to have been a busy place, though the patrons reportedly had grown to ecompass more than members of Petey Red's crew, supposedly a sign of DiChiara's rise in the hierarchy to draw fire away from Bellomo, the official boss. (Bellomo was named to the acting slot in the 1980s by Vincent "Chin" Gigante himself.)

In January 2016, DiChiara, was relaying messages for …

Merlino's Mob: Running Philadelphia's Cosa Nostra

This continues on an earlier post, but first rewinds the story to provide the larger picture in terms of context and background.

The Philadelphia Cosa Nostra, at its zenith under Angelo Bruno, was an immense criminal empire in every sense of the word. The mob there held power far beyond what was the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's largest city, the sixth-most populous in the United States. Philadelphia, the economic (and cultural) heart of the Delaware Valley, is located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, within both the Mid-Atlantic region and the Northeast megalopolis. The "Bruno family" dominated the underworld throughout and beyond, for a time spilling into New Jersey and Boston, and as far away as Las Vegas to the west and Florida to the south, and overseas, in England.

The crime family wielded influence over (at least) four labor unions in the Delaware Valley alone. It ran the city’s largest illegal gambling operations and was a de-facto "bank&quo…

Sebastian Saracino, Who Testified Against Own Brother, Sentenced to Time Served

Former Colombo soldier Sebastian Saracino, who testified against his own brother, Dino (Little Dino) Saracino, and Colombo boss Thomas (Tommy Shots) Gioeli, was sentenced to time served on Monday, February 26.

That's according to a New York Daily New Exclusive report by Andrew Keshner.

Little Dino and Gioeli were acquitted of every murder they were charged with, despite testimony from four turncoats, including Sebastian, Dino (Big Dino) Calabro, who admitted his role in eight gangland hits and was sentenced last November to roughly two more years in prison, and Thomas McLaughlin, who was involved in three gangland hits and in March 2016 also was sentenced essentially to time served.

The split verdict in the Gioeli-Saracino trial stunned courtroom observers and is why Little Dino was hit with decades more prison time than Gioeli.

The charges included the murders of off-duty NYPD officer Ralph Dols, Colombo underboss William “Wild Bill” Cutolo, and Colombo associate Richard Greaves…

Lone Mob Gunman Shot Up Front of Mafia-Linked Brooklyn Restaurant

A mobbed-up lone gunman shot up the front of a mob-linked Brooklyn restaurant early Sunday in what law enforcement sources said was a “message” to the owners.

Carroll Gardens’ Marco Polo Ristorante was targeted before 8 a.m., when an employee noticed the eatery's front windows and doors were pocked with bullet holes.

The trattoria, which opened in 1983, is considered a Court Street institution, one with deep mob ties.

Co-owner Marco Chricio told The New York Post that the restaurant "was caught in the crossfire between battling gangs from neighboring Gowanus and Red Hook housing projects."

Not so fast... The cops disputed that assessment, noting that the restaurant itself was targeted. There's surveillance footage from a neighboring business that seems to bolster that claim.

Ten shell casings were discovered across the street in front of the Body Elite gym, which captured via its surveillance system footage of a lone hooded man creeping around on the street at 6 a.m.…