SOME 46%, OR 26 PEOPLE, BELIEVE SHEERAN TOOK HOFFA OUT; 35%, OR 20 RESPONDENTS, DON'T THINK THE IRISHMAN DID THE DEED, AND 17%, OR 10 PEOPLE, SAID THEY DIDN'T KNOW.The survey would be more meaningful if we knew which of the respondents were familiar with Sheeran's admission to killing Hoffa in the book, "I heard You Paint Houses," written by Sheeran and his lawyer/crime writer Charles Brandt. It would also be more meaningful if we had had 500 or 5,000 respondents instead of only less than 60, but hopefully going forward, more people will partake in the polls we will be publishing.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
|Marilyn Monroe, RIP|
Did Marilyn Monroe take a mystery trip aboard Frank Sinatra's private jet the very weekend she died -- in the company of mobster Sam Giancana? That is the gist of an article on AOLNews.com written by Chris Epting, who has authored a book about Monroe.
That's one theory based on recently disclosed tape recordings featuring a close confidante of Monroe's, who was also one of the most famous hair stylists in history.
His name was George Masters and his nephew had audiocassette recordings of phone conversations with his famous uncle shortly before his death in 1998. "I haven't listened to the tapes since they were recorded so I don't remember exactly what's on them, but I thought you might be interested in checking them out," he wrote in a note to Epting, to whom he gave the tapes.
In one of the stories, the nephew told Eptingin the note, George picked Marilyn up at her house and they flew together on Frank Sinatra's private plane to Lake Tahoe. Marilyn spent the evening in the casino with Sam Giancana, the gangster. Early the next morning they flew back to LAX and George drove her home, dropping her off about 9 a.m. It was that night that Marilyn died.
The legendary screen star's passing on Aug. 5, 1962, remains, arguably, the most mysterious and controversial death in Hollywood history.
Read the rest: Bombshell Tapes Reveal New Marilyn Monroe Mystery.
No clue what he was talking about.
"Bobby at the Post never lived in Knickerbocker Village. Sally killed him because he found out he was a cop."
Ahhh.... okay, I knew.... I said, "I heard Vitale was a cop too."
|Sal Vitale ordered Perrino's murder. The skeletal remains weren't found|
until Vitale himself flipped.
"Exactly. One cop killed the other. In the Mob. Take that shit down. I'm gonna tell you what really happened because you obviously don't know what the fuck happened."
He started with:
"Baldo was scared shitless that night. You know how fucking hard it is to dig a hole in February?"
Read this while you can. (This was solidly sourced, too, five years ago .... but I wouldn't have it any other way. And remember the truth is always stranger....)
A Mafia associate/New York Post supervisor was murdered by the mob for being too religious, said a Bonanno turncoat at the trial of Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano..
Robert Perrino was shot in the head and stabbed in the ear with an ice pick by Bonanno mobsters after they allegedly learned that he'd been attending mass on a daily basis and was even telling his cohorts in crime about the growing role Catholicism was playing in his life.
At Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano's trial, James Tartaglione, known as "Big Louie," for the first time gave an alternative reason for Perrino's horrific murder. Historically, it was believed Perrino was slain because the Bonanno bosses thought he would expose their infiltration of the The New York Post's delivery operations.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
The old Manhattanstorefront that was once a Genovese
family social club and is now an upscale tea shop.
Among the latest to disappear into oblivion is the Triangle Social Club, once located in Greenwich Village in lower Manhattan, according to the AP. The unmarked storefront was run by legendary Genovese family boss Vincent 'Chin' Gigante.
It now is an upscale shop that sells organic tea.
The social club closed after Gigante died in prison in 2005. The space is now occupied by the Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Co.
According to Wikipedia, the Triangle was not the Chin's only hangout, though it was arguably his most famous: "Gigante's crew was based out of the Triangle Social Club, located at 208 Sullivan Street, but [the Chin] also met with fellow crew members at the Dante Social Club at 81 McDougal Street, and the Panel Social Club at 208 Thompson Street. Besides those locations, Gigante met with gangsters and business associates at his mother's apartment."
Friday, April 22, 2011
The 24-year-old actress is now set to star in the highly anticipated movie about the late New York mafia boss, John Gotti.
It comes after she personally called Marc Fiore, the producer of Gotti: Three Generations, to thrash out a deal.
However, she will not play the role of the Mobster's daughter Victoria Gotti - which she was initially set to play.
Instead she will portray Kim Gotti, the wife of John Gotti Jr., in the flick which also stars John Travolta.
Fiore described it as a very 'important role', adding that Lohan was very excited about it.
Monday, April 18, 2011
"If left alone for any length of time, the mob will make a comeback. It is a sickness of capitalism. Free markets and black markets breed it."
--G. Robert Blakey
|G. Robert Blakey drafted the RICO act and believes JFK's assassination|
was the result of a conspiracy that included the American Mafia.
In addition, the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations were of great interest to Blakey, who served as chief counsel and staff director to the House Select Committee on Assassinations from 1977 to 1979. In this role he investigated the assassinations, leveraging new developments in forensic science to reexamine evidence.
Blakey is also the co-author of The Plot to Kill the President (with Richard Billings) in which the two state their belief that JFK was murdered as part of a conspiracy that included Lee Harvey Oswald as well as "at least one gunman firing from the Grassy Knoll. Blakey came to the conclusion that the Mafia boss Carlos Marcello organized the assassination. The book was since reissued in paperback as Fatal Hour: The Assassination of President Kennedy by Organized Crime.
On the witness stand during the Basciano murder trial, Joe Massino casually imparted information that changes Mafia history, putting to rest two storied killings believed for decades to have resulted from the Joe Pistone/Donnie Brasco investigation. This is according to his court testimony.
It has been believed and written about for decades that Dominick (Sonny Black) Napolitano, who wanted to "make" the undercover Fed, was slain because of his role in bringing "Donnie Brasco" into Bonanno family business.
"Massino's word will be the gospel, true or not," said Sonny Girard, former mobster.
|"Sonny Black" Napolitano was not slain for his role|
in the Brasco fiasco, according to Massino testimony.
Knowing he would be killed, Napolitano reportedly gave his jewelry to his favorite bartender who worked below his apartment at the Motion Lounge, along with the keys to his apartment, so his pet pigeons could be cared for.
Since the formation of the modern mob back in the 1930s following the end of the Castellammarese War, the leaders of New York City's five crime families -- plus a couple of other families -- held occasional summits to lay down rules and settle disputes. This is something Luciano supposedly put in place back at the very beginning.
But these Commission meetings stopped happening after Gambino boss Paul Castellano was assassinated outside a Manhattan restaurant in 1985, and the heads of the other families went to prison for racketeering, Massino said.
VH1 has picked up "Mob Wives," a new reality series created by Jennifer Graziano, a daughter of Bonanno capo Anthony (T.G.) Graziano (according to Reality Wives). This is Ms. Graziano's first producer/writer credit, according to IMDB.com.
So "Mob Wives & Daughters" would be a better title, no?
Sunday, April 17, 2011
|Drita D'avanzo, the "hot tempered Albanian"|
married to Lee, a member of the New
Springville Boys gang, currently incarcerated.
Mob Wives is a docu-soap that follows the lives of four struggling, "allegedly" associated women who have to pick up the pieces and carry on after their husbands or fathers do time for Mob-related activities. The women are long time friends who live in New York City's "forgotten borough", Staten Island. Along the way they battle their friends, families and each other as they try to do what's best for themselves and their children. It's not easy to maintain the lifestyle they were accustomed to when the family's primary bread winner is in lock up.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Stories about the trial, starring the testimony of Joe Massino, former Bonanno boss, have been filling enough newspapers to sink a cruise liner, indicating that interest in the mob remains at an all-time high even though David Chase screwed all the fans of his Sopranos with that cheap-shot ending he used to terminate the popular HBO series.
One reporter has queried about how Vinny has managed to retain his sharp appearance even after spending years behind bars. He mentions his neatly gelled hair for one thing, noting that, since hair gel is not allowed in prison, how does Vinny do it?
Well, it is quite easy, as anyone who watches such reality prison shows as Lockup or Lockdown. I remembered one woman demonstrating how she made her own hair gel on one such show, and I found the recipe on the web, on the site Addicted to All Things Pretty.
Here, it is folks, how to make hair gel in prison:
Strawberry jelly and cocoa butter lotion makes once hell of a hair gel – You heard it right. The female inmate would mix a packet of strawberry jelly (yes like the type at fast food joints) with cocoa butter body lotion and run it through her hair while it was still wet, then use towel to remove the excess moisture. She even said that she may keep up with it once she’s released because it worked so well and her hair smelled great. The producers even said her hair smelled delicious.
Joe Massino, the former Bonanno boss who turned informant and is testifying against Vinny Basciano, claims a crooked FBI agent gave him a tip that he was going to be arrested in 1982, according to an AP report.
Massino told jurors at the Brooklyn murder trial on Thursday that the tip allowed him to "go on the lamb" in the Poconos and avoid prosecution for two years.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
The U.S. national debt now stands at $14 trillion, ($14,000,000,000,000). The famous U.S. stimulus package was only $787 billion ($787,000,000,000), and the sales turnover of Apple Inc. is $65.23 billion ($65,230,000,000).
In other words, the amount of dirty money that is being laundered every year through Organised Crime Worldwide Ltd. is much bigger than one of the most successful companies in the world. Exaggerated you may say, but probably not. Remember that criminals do not file tax returns, and they do not produce audited accounts, so at a guess the figures quoted are lower than reality, and the problem is much bigger and probably rising.
Dense reading, but here it is -- the inside out of money laundering, from the distant past to the present, as reported in a blog entry for Turks and Caicos-- or fptci.com.
|It has not been reported who is going|
to play Sammy Bull in Fiore Films Gotti
The founder of the Guardian Angels has been claiming for years that Junior Gotti tried to have him clipped.
“…To think that he will now be able to profit from his lifetime worth of crimes is beyond the pale. To add insult to injury (literally in my case), to allow him to use the streets and locations of our fair city to line his blood laden pockets is absolutely unconscionable,” Sliwa wrote in a letter delivered to the mayor’s office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting Thursday morning.
Sliwa claims the movie may be a whitewash of Gotti's alleged criminal history. Sliwa also said the movie is a glorification of the “murderous reign” of John Gotti Sr. Read the rest -- Curtis Sliwa Wants ‘Gotti’ Movie Filmed Outside Of New York City--CBS New York.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
|Biggie Smalls had ties to the Genovese crime family?|
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The accused is Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano, charged in U.S. District Court with murdering Mafia associate Randolph Pizzolo in Brooklyn in 2004.
Massino testified he secretly recorded Basciano discussing the murder when both men were behind bars.
"He told me that he killed him (Pizzolo)" Massino said. "He said he was a scumbag, a rat, a troublemaker."
John Travolta said his upcoming performance as the infamous Gambino boss will offer audiences "a movie they can’t refuse," at a press conference today in New York.
The star joined director Nick Cassavetes and Gotti’s son John “Junior” Gotti to reveal details about the film “Gotti: Three Generations.” The film, due for release in 2012, will co-star Joe Pesci as Gotti’s deputy Angelo Ruggiero, and possibly also Lindsay Lohan, who attended the press conference alongside a row of Gotti family members.
“I’m in talks to have Lindsay in the movie. Nothing has been finalized, but we are in talks,” said producer Marc Fiore.
Read story: Travolta relishes ‘untold’ mob story.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Former Bonanno boss-turned
informant Joe Massino during
The New York Times puts Joe Massino's transformation from boss to informer into historical context: In a First, Mafia Boss Will Testify for Government.
Mob-related rapper, Tony Testa, recently has been asked that his latest music video be pulled from websites -- and considering where the request came from, incarcerated mafia members, as well as those still on the street --
he should probably consider it a Papal Bull. And he seems to have: at press time, the video had been removed, according to an article on the website BallerStatus Daily Urban Lifestyle
The Italian rapper, who hails from Brooklyn, had filmed a music video for his track, "Paper Chaser," which he has been advised includes too much "family" information, the article added.
"Paper Chaser" is based on a fictitious mobster (played by Testa) being inducted into a crime family. Some "unknown rituals" that crime families still perform during induction ceremonies are supposedly revealed in the video.
According to past published reports on a variety of websites and newspapers, including the New York Post, Tony Testa said he was working on a film based on Testa's Brooklyn family connection to notorious Gambino crime-family members the DeMeo Crew. The story will be based on Testa's Uncle Patty, who transferred to the Lucchese family and was murdered in 1992. Last we heard, "Sopranos" star Joe Gannascoli and Chuck Zito were in talks for roles in the movie, which also may star Armand Assante.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
|Joe Massino walked alone.|
Massino largely has been out of the media spotlight since pleading guilty to racketeering and a host of gangland murders in a Brooklyn Federal Court, then cutting a deal that allowed his wife to retain some of his assets. As for Massino himself, he was allowed to retain his life and the hope of one day getting out of prison.
Basicano. on the other hand, faces the death penalty for the crime of ordering the murder of mob associate Randolph Pizzolo.
Some 450 police officers conducted 39 raids on and around Montreal Island on Thursday, seizing 150,000 pills of ecstasy, $1 million in cash and $300,000 U.S. in cash, Montreal police police Commander Denis Mainville said Friday. They also seized one firearm, two kilograms of cocaine and 1.3 kilos of marijuana. Two pot grow ops were also raided, one in St. Colombian in the Laurentians another in the Mirabel area.
Fifteen people were arrested, including 12 men and three women. On Friday 10 people, ages 21 to 55, were arraigned at the Montreal courthouse on charges including drug trafficking, conspiracy, possession for the purposes of trafficking, producing cannabis and possession of a prohibited weapon.
Two men charged were already being detained on unrelated charges.
Five were released on promises to appear on future dates.
Two Supreme Judicial Court justices urged legislators to change state wiretap laws by primarily deleting the sentence fragment quoted above so police can use the evidence-gathering technique beyond the realm of the Mafia to include murderous street crimes, according to Boston.com.
The full bench said that state law, enacted in 1968, allows law enforcement to use wiretaps only when the investigative targets are engaged in organized crime. The SJC said the language of the law spells out the type of lawbreakers police can target: those in “a continuing conspiracy among highly organized and disciplined groups to engage in supplying illegal goods and services.’’
Justices Ralph D. Gants and Judith Cowin suggested that lawmakers must delete those five words from state law.
“The legislative inclusion of five words, ‘in connection with organized crime,’ means that electronic surveillance is unavailable to investigate and prosecute the hundreds of shootings and killings committed by street gangs in Massachusetts, which are among the most difficult crimes to solve and prosecute using more traditional means of investigation,’’ Gants wrote.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Now the veteran character actor -- he of the thick silver hair and black eyebrows -- is getting top billing.
Vincent stars in “Chicago Overcoat,” a movie shot in 2009 in The Windy City and being released April 20 on DVD.
At 71 years old, Vincent plays Lou Marazano, an aging hitman for the Chicago mob. Worn down by The Life, Lou seeks redemption with one last Big Job, trying to secure the future for his daughter and grandson. Lou’s weapon of choice is a Thompson submachine gun (which he calls a “Chicago typewriter”), though he’s not above blowing people away with a pump shotgun or pistol.
Whatever he has Lou’s trigger finger on, Frank Vincent must carry “Chicago Overcoat.”
“I think it has a great story,” Vincent said April 6 from his winter home in Florida. “I like the way it ended and everything. And I liked the aspect of the older guy wanting to come back and do something for his children, his daughter and his grandson.
“It had a lot of cute turns and twists to it. It was cliche in some ways, but I think the way they cut it up and the way we shot it. The photography was brilliant. And the locations were all great.”
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Chicagoans are still taunted in far-flung locales with a mock trigger pulling and the words, “Al Capone — bang, bang, shoot-’em-up,” wrote Jeff Johnson in his review of a new biography about the famous gangster in the Chicago Sun-Times.
But we’re the Second City when it comes to the notorious underworld boss known as “Scarface.” He’s a product of the hardscrabble streets of Brooklyn. In Young Al Capone: The Untold Story of Scarface in New York, 1899-1925 , Staten Island’s William and John Balsamo explore those formative years, which ended in a beef with the Irish White Hand gang that sent the hotheaded young Italian mob enforcer scurrying to safety in the Windy City.
The Balsamo brothers, whose great-uncle has been described as “the first godfather of Brooklyn,” claim to have researched their subject for a quarter century. Either they got off on a tangent, though, or were disregarding the advice of higher-ups to make the book about Capone for marketability, rather than a more general tale of the early 20th century New York mob. Scarface disappears for key sections of Young Al Capone, and the book keeps its New York state of mind even after Capone lams it.
FBI files on the unsolved murder of rapper The Notorious B.I.G. reveal that a rare type of armour-piercing bullet was used in the hit, throwing further suspicion on a corrupt former police officer, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Another fresh piece of information in the FBI file claims Wallace had connections with New York's Genovese mafia family and that the rapper was being surveilled by LAPD for that reason before his death.
The 1997 murder of Christopher Wallace - aka Biggie Smalls - is a high-profile case not just in Los Angeles, but across the world, given the victim's fame.
Lindsay is on the verge of signing
on to play John Gotti's daughter.
"Sources close to the production say producers were considering both Blake Lively and Sienna Miller for the role - but John Gotti's famously blonde daughter wasn't having it, insisting Lindsay get the role instead... and producers loved the idea,” TMZ also reported, according to Music Rooms.
Victoria is reported to be a close friend of Lindsay’s family and is convinced she will do a great job of portraying her in the film, which will see John Travolta play the lead role.
As we previously reported, John Travolta is working out a deal to play Gotti Senior. According to various published sources, the film's budget is surprisingly large: $75 million. Most of it is probably going into Travolta's pockets - we await to see what size check Lindsay gets, if she signs on...
We also await confirmation of speculation that James Franco was going to play Junior and Kim Kardashian, Kim Gotti (which would mean Kim and Lindsay would be playing sisters).
In any event, Junior doesn't even know who James Franco is.
"To be honest, I'm not familliar with James Franco or his work," admitted Junior, being honest, in a Village Voice blog by Michael Musto.
|D.A. Richard A. Brown|
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
And why not? Every day the selection process drags on is another day away from his solitary confinement in prison.
Monday, April 4, 2011
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has distinguished 3 main crime syndicates in the world: the Italian Mafia, the Russian Mob and the Mexican Cartel.
The Italian Mafia has five distinct branches:
• Sicilian Branch which mainly deals with arms trading and heroin smuggling
• Camorra Branch, the largest group, that specializes in blackmail and money laundering
• Calabrian Branch, known for bombings and kidnappings
• Saca Coronoa Unita which deals in human trafficking and extortion
• La Cosa Nostra, or the American Mafia, is the smallest group of the Italian Mafia. 80% of American Mafia members reside in New York City.
A new book by Corrado de Rosa shows how some of Italy's most notorious gangsters have faked everything from mental illness to blindness with the help of bent medics.
Mob doctors have trained their clients to mimic illnesses and even given them drugs to create the right symptoms. The book tells how physicians supply jailed mobsters with appetite suppressants to help convince judges they are suffering from depression or even anorexia.
One Naples mobster, Ettore Russo, was allowed out of prison for special treatment after it was claimed he had depression. He exploited the reduced security by popping out between treatment sessions to assassinate someone.
Perhaps the most shocking case concerns the brutal Camorra boss Giuseppe Setola, who, while on trial accused of being the Casalesi clan's killing machine, received a dubious diagnosis of macular degeneration blindness. In 2008, while attending an eye clinic in Pavia, Setola, who featured in Gomorrah, the best-selling Mob exposé by Roberto Saviano, promptly fled to Campania to lead a killing spree that saw 18 perish, including innocent bystanders caught in the cross-fire. The eye specialist who diagnosed his condition had declared that Setola was "little less than blind".
This article specifies organized-crime rings based in Italy, but it's not much of a leap to believe that this same stuff goes on in the U.S. of A.
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Pistone said he wants to give local FBI agents an inside look at some of most sensitive work the bureau does and how his work positioned it to be what it is today.
"It (his infiltration of the Bonnanos) was the main case that enhanced the undercover program and also that helped take down the American mafia to what it is today," Pistone said.
Pistone's undercover work produced 235 criminal convictions.
"The FBI and the agents do a lot to protect the citizens that the citizens do not know about, especially in the terrorist field," Pistone said.
But Pistone said undercover work is not rocket science, but it's all about sacrifice. Until now, Pistone still uses aliases and he said not even his next-door neighbors truly know who he is because the mafia still has a $500,000 contract out on him.
After one quick joke that the 50-something Shim looks a bit old, the film moves into letting him just do what one might expect from a man-child character based around his high-water, high-waisted pants, bumbling antics and odd predilection for gags involving his shoes.
Rather than make a fuss over the storytelling, Shim prefers to keep it simple — two crime families are at war — and just let the performers carry the movie with mugging and banter.
For that task Shim has assembled a real wrecking crew of characters actors, including Michael Rispoli, John Pinette, Blake Clark, Jon Polito and erstwhile Kevin Smith sidekickJason Mewes. For an ingénue love interest he has cast Jocelin Donahue from "The House of the Devil" and as the don/father no less than Harvey Keitel (who has to hold a straight face when another character uses the phrase "Mean Streets").
Actually, for his part Keitel is neither as embarrassing nor as detached as Robert De Niro in some of his comedic-paycheck parts, and he seems to be enjoying himself, at least, and in one moment gamely rolls on the floor in mock grief.
Friday, April 1, 2011
From The New York Times -- original report on the "final" verdict:
Published: April 03, 1992
To win that verdict, the Justice Department stretched its plea-bargaining, eavesdropping and courtroom advocacy powers to new and necessary lengths. Yesterday's judgment in a Federal court in New York City was a major achievement, a community and national service.
Three times in recent years Mr. Gotti defeated Federal and state prosecutors, leaving them with only complaints of jury-tampering and witness intimidation. This time the United States Attorney's office in Brooklyn produced devastating evidence from the defendant's bugged conversations and the turncoat testimony of his trusted associate Salvatore (Sammy Bull) Gravano.
How ironic that Mr. Gotti, now convicted of arranging the murder of his predecessor, Paul Castellano, at the curb of a Manhattan steakhouse, was overheard on F.B.I. tapes deriding Mr. Castellano for carelessly letting himself be bugged. And how careless of Mr. Gotti to trust his consigliere, Mr. Gravano, so profoundly as to designate him to take over the family in the event of a long prison term for Mr. Gotti.
Nigro, of the Bronx, N.Y., stood trial with enforcers Fotios "Freddy" Geas, of West Springfield, Mass., and his brother Ty Geas, of Westfield, Mass.
They all face mandatory life sentences.
"The jury's swift verdict in this case takes some very dangerous men off the streets -- men who clearly did not think twice about killing anyone who got in their way," said Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a statement.
He also told how the "violent men who ruled the street with intimidation" "put out an order to kill him" when he decided to leave the mob and dedicate his life to Christ.
Michael made it up the ladder to boss?
|Jen Mascia, journalist and author.|
I came across that sentence, written by New York Times reporter William K. Rashbaum, while reading an interview with Jennifer Mascia on Never Tell Our Business to Strangers.
"Connie Corleone I’m not," she said in the interview. "That’s what I have to remind people whenever I tell them that my father worked for the Mafia and their eyes light up. Because, while my father may have been a freelancer of sorts for the Gambino clan, he was more of a brokester than a mobster."