Friday, April 27, 2012

New England Mob Boss DiNunzio Played 'Tough Guy' Act for Gambinos

US attorney (& Co.) reveals more news
about NE mob boss DiNunzio; the guy
in middle seems to have other things on
the brain at the moment.
Reputed mob boss DiNunzio showed tough side to member of New York's Gambino crime family - The Boston Globe:

The man owed him money, tens of thousands of dollars for the purchase of his cheese shop in the North End, and Anthony DiNunzio was furious and wanted to send a message.


“So I grabbed him,’’ DiNunzio, the reputed boss of the New England Mafia, allegedly told an associate last December.

“Twenty-five [thousand dollars] comes to me.’’

DiNunzio’s associate, a senior member of the Gambino family, was sympathetic. And he responded, “He’s going to pay the twenty-five.’’

“Oh, yeah,’’ DiNunzio said, laughing and insinuating that if the payment wasn’t made, “I’ll kill him.’’

The alleged exchange, at a meeting in Clifton, N.J., was laid out in court records this week as part of prosecutors’ arguments that DiNunzio has shown a propensity for violence and that he should be held without bail, pending a trial on extortion and racketeering charges in federal court in Rhode Island.

DiNunzio is the brother of convicted New England Mafia underboss Carmen “The Cheeseman’’ DiNunzio, who ran the cheese shop.

The conversation with the Gambino member and related exchanges outlined in court records describe DiNunzio’s unforgiving management style after taking over the New England Mafia, how he bragged that he would bury alive dissenters; how he demanded payments from underlings in Rhode Island; how he sought out and intimidated members of his organization he thought were cooperating with authorities....

Read full article at  The Boston Globe


Gambino Consiglieri Agrees to 'Global' Plea Deal: NYPOST.com Report

Reputed Mafia consigliere agrees to “global” plea deal: lawyer - NYPOST.com:

"The Gambino crime family’s reputed consigliere has agreed to settle all remaining charges against a group of mobsters busted last year, a lawyer revealed yesterday.

Joseph “Jo Jo” Corozzo and four co-defendants struck the “global” agreement late last Friday, lawyer Bruno Gioffre Jr. told a judge in Manhattan federal court.

Gioffre’s client, high-school dropout Sean Dunn, pleaded guilty to selling marijuana for the Mafia in exchange for a recommended sentence of up to seven-plus years in prison.

Neither Corozzo’s lawyers nor the Manhattan US Attorney’s Office would detail the pending deal."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Judge: FBI 'Must' Release More Scarpa Files



The FBI has been forced to release more records about its decades-long agreement with Colombo capo Gregory Scarpa Sr., one of its highest-level Mafia informants, a federal judge has ruled.

Scarpa expert Angela Clemente started the process leading up to this latest development years ago. Among her goals is locating evidence of illicit acts by the FBI agent handling Scarpa, as well as helping clear the name of shafted NYPD detective Joe Simone.

Formulated after Scarpa found himself arrested back in the early 1960s (J. Edgar himself is said to have approved the agreement), the deal between the Feds and Scarpa had been an uneven one, law enforcement sources have told me. One quipped: “The Feds didn’t flip Scarpa, he flipped them.”

Scarpa's information obviously helped the FBI in some ways – but it also hurt them, as, for example, when Scarpa was first unmasked as an informant after his death. Several Orena-faction mobsters, including two of Orena's sons, on trial for crimes related to the Colombo war were freed due to allegations that information  had been leaked to Scarpa by his FBI handler, Lindley DeVecchio, that helped out the wily mobster during the war. Orena himself, however, is still serving life, having been found guilty before the Scarpa revelations were uncovered. Jimmy Breslin comically covered Orena's efforts for a retrial in "The Good Rat."

In that inter-family war, actually the third Colombo war, which ran its bloody course in the early 1990s, Scarpa served as viceroy for family boss Carmine "The Snake" Persico. But he was just as loyal to his blood family. It is believed the war really began when a masked hit team (many believe sent by "Wild Bill" Cutolo, the top Orena warlord, who could've been among the hit men) went at Scarpa. They did so when Scarpa's daughter Linda, her baby with her, was driving a car right behind her father's. While the two cars were stopped before a stop sign, a white van raced up behind "Little Linda," as she is called, and the hit team streamed out. Standing behind and around her car, they opened fire on Greg Scarpa, in the car in front. No one was hurt -- physically -- thank God -- and afterward back at their house, Scarpa swore revenge and likely got it. (He was not called "The Grim Reaper" for nothing.)

The video clip above actually begins with a reenactment of Little Linda's version of the horrific event during which guns blazed all around her and her baby in what likely were the first shots fired in the third Colombo family war.


From  Courthouse News Service:

The FBI must release more records about one of its informants in the Mafia, Gregory Scarpa Sr., a federal judge ruled.

In the 1980s, Scarpa, known as "The Grim Reaper" or "The Mad Hatter," was a Colombo family capo, short for caporegime, which translates roughly to captain.

Though Scarpa's information helped the FBI take down several members of La Cosa Nostra, a New York federal judge found that Scarpa also benefitted from information leaked to him by his FBI handler, Lindley DeVecchio.

Prosecutors said DeVecchio's leaks led to four murders, but they dropped the charges midtrial when new evidence discredited the main witness.

Hoping to learn more about the case, self-described Scarpa expert Angela Clemente asked the FBI in 2008 to release the informant's unredacted file, and waive the copying and processing fees.

The FBI denied Clemente's fee-waiver application, but released 500 pages of redacted records that year, along with another 653 in March 2009, withholding some information under various exemptions.

Acting Head of New England Mob Nabbed

The alleged acting head of the New England mob was arrested Wednesday, and in a federal court appearance in Providence, R.I., later in the day, he pleaded not guilty to multiple counts including racketeering and conspiracy.       

Anthony DiNunzio, acting
boss of the New England
mob, was arrested.

"In a colorful indictment returned Tuesday and unsealed Wednesday, federal prosecutors allege that the man, Anthony DiNunzio, 53, became 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," reports the New York Times.

“Our indictment alleges that Mr. DiNunzio was an unscrupulous and intimidating leader of the New England L.C.N.,” said James Trusty, the head of the Justice Department’s organized crime unit, during a news conference.

"According to the indictment, Mr. DiNunzio was recorded bragging that he would remain the boss if he went to jail and telling a member of New York’s Gambino crime family that he would be willing to bury uncooperative insubordinates alive," the Times reports.

“You and I get to watch you die in the ground,” Mr. DiNunzio is alleged to have said.
 
Read full article here, on the New York Times.

Bruno Shooter Takes Stand in NY's Other Mob Trial

From masslive.com, we can read an article about the latest happenings in the ongoing Mafia murder trial now under way in New York City -- and it's not the one the aged, ill former Colombo boss is fighting through, though the last we've heard is Gioeli stopped leaving his cell -- an effort to stop the inevitable?

Longmeadow loan shark Emilio Fusco, a member of the Springfield faction of New York's Genovese crime family, is on trial in Manhattan for the murder of rival mobster Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno, among other things, including a second murder.

The prosecution in the Mafia murder trial "paraded its second self-confessed killer to the witness stand on Tuesday," masslive.com reports. Fusco hired a hit man in each of the murders he allegedly brought about.

Frankie Roche, admitted hitman in the 2003 contract killing of Springfield mob boss Bruno, "coolly told jurors of a criminal history that began when he was a boy in Westfield, Mass., with grand theft auto, armed robbery and a prison escape," masslive.com reports.

"The lanky, tattooed former fringe character" in Springfield's organized crime circles began testifying against Fusco, who is accused of a racketeering conspiracy that includes the Bruno hit, as well as the murder of police informant Gary D. Westerman, as well as sports-betting and drug dealing conspiracies.
040207 frankie roche mug.JPGFrankie Roche

Fusco has denied the charges. Prosecutors from the start have taken the stance that Fusco was a longtime rival of Bruno's and part of a clique of young, upstart gangsters looking to assume control from Bruno -- and from the Genovese family itself? These days, who knows for certain.

Roche pleaded guilty in 2008, having admitted to shooting Bruno six to seven times for $10,000. Is 10 large enough for you to sell your soul for?

Despite the grim details of the trial, there was at least one occasion for levity.

"Why did you break into a liquor store?" Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel S. Goldman asked Roche at one point during direct examination.

"Because it was closed," Roche responded.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Gioeli Witness Says Former Boss Approved Hit

Gioeli's plan to have his cousin testify on his
behalf backfired in the former mob boss's face.
A key witness meant to testify on behalf of accused murderer Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli caused a a stir in the courtroom when, on cross examination, he claimed that the former Colombo boss approved a killing.

Thomas McLaughlin, a cousin to Gioeli, told Brooklyn federal court that Gioeli had approved the 1991 revenge killing of Frank "Chestnut" Marasa, The New York Post reported. He was shot to death in front of his Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, home on June 12, 1991.

Gioeli lawyer Adam Perlmutter asked what role he, McLaughlin, had played in Marasa’s killing; the witness said he had driven Richie Greaves and Dino Calabro to the scene "where Greaves and Calabro fatally shot Marasa."

Under cross-examination, McLaughlin revealed that, right before the killing, Calabro told him that Gioeli had approved the hit and the men assigned to it.

Gioeli and alleged associate Dino "Little Dino" Saracino, 39, are on trial for a combined six murders -- including Marasa; John Minerva and Michael Imbergamo in 1992; Richard Greaves in 1995, and former Colombo underboss William (Wild Bill) Cutolo, whose corpse was unearthed last year not far from Gioeli’s home in Farmingdale, L.I. -- although they are believed to have committed more, including the Deep Throat murders.

"The courtroom erupted during McLaughlin's testimony, with one female supporter of Gioeli yelling at McLaughlin - who covered his face with his hand for much of his testimony - 'I have to keep my mouth covered when I lie!'" the  Mail Online reports.

"'How’s ‘Joey Caves’?' Gioeli shouted at McLaughlin after the latter’s cross-examination by prosecutors, referring to snitch Joseph Competiello, who had already testified against him.

"McLaughlin, 42, responded by saying 'Richie says hello!,' a reference to former Marine and Colombo crime associate Richard Greaves, who was rubbed out in 1995."

Gioeli, 59, also stands accused of telling his henchmen where to hide Marasa's body.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Former Colombo Mobsters Join G4G Ministry

Ministry founder Glenn Hovater
From the New York Daily News:

Meet the Godfellas.

In previous incarnations, mob rats Joe Campanella and William Cutolo Jr. were entrenched in the Colombo crime family.

Now they want deliverance from evil - as "ministers" in a flock of mob misfits known as Goodfellas4God.

"There are people who want to get out of that life and they talk to me," said ministry founder Glenn Hovater, a former pest control inspector who runs the operation from donated offices in Painesville, Ohio.

Hovater started the group two years ago; most members are ex-wiseguys from Cleveland and Pennsylvania.

A retired NYPD detective introduced him to Campanella; he and Cutolo Jr. are the only New Yorkers.

Hovater will send Campanella, a former made man and Cutolo Jr., son of underboss Wild Bill Cutolo, on speaking tours to rail against "the life."

Neither Mafia rat is in the witness protection program, so special security arrangements will be made to ensure their safety.


[Read the full article: From Godfather to God the father: Ex-Colombo mob goons are now ministers - New York Daily News]

Cosa Nostra News at one time was working on a post for this site regarding mobsters and religion; we never finished it.

We can't comment on the two former Colombos in the above News article. But we do know that William Cutolo Jr. is said to have certainly had an excellent role model to follow in terms of being a good Catholic: His father.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Little Linda Scarpa Speaks on Blog Talk Show

The below audio clip is taken from Blog Talk Radio.

Linda Scarpa is the daughter of deceased Colombo crime family capo Greg Scarpa, aka "The Grim Reaper." She has appeared in a season-one episode of the series "I Married a Mobster" and has suffered more than any person should ever have to suffer in a lifetime.

In the space of 10 months, her father died of complications caused by AIDs, which he got through a blood transfusion. Her brother was shot twice in the head.

Ms. Scarpa is also currently working on a book -- her life story, the foundation of which was growing up as the daughter of a high-profile gangster and an extremely complicated man of seemingly great contradictions, who lived in a subculture of our society that has more in common with much earlier centuries.

Read this article for a glimpse of the rarely seen side of the man, who was not a typical Mafioso by any means.

Greg Scarpa, master manipulator, mafioso
and civil rights... hero.
'Little Linda' Scarpa has
emerged from her father's
shadow.
Listen below to Linda speaking on the Boyd & Lucinda show, "The Streets Don't Love You Back."




Listen to internet radio with Boyd and Lucinda on Blog Talk Radio:



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

True Mob Wife Tina Franzese Dies at 77


Tina Franzese, wife of infamous Colombo mobster John "Sonny" Franzese, died on Easter Sunday. She was 77.

I knew Mrs. Franzese, had hours-long conversations with her when I did a story on Sonny.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Iconic Maranzano Photo a Fraud


This is a picture of Salvatore, but not Maranzano.
 Salvatore Messina.


Author David Critchley, Ph.D., made a compelling argument in an Informer article that the picture above, widely viewed for many decades as being a photograph of Salvatore Maranzano, is not actually him.

"An apparent photograph of 'Salvatore Maranzano' has appeared in varied venues, ranging from books to the Internet. What those who print it fail to mention [Ed. Note: I'd say they fail to mention because they fail to know!] is that it's not of Maranzano at all. The mistake made is a classic case of the much broader problem of inaccuracies plaguing accounts of the American Mafia, which spread myths and misunderstandings."

The history of the American Mafia is riddled with more holes than a 1920's-era Ford in Chicago during the Capone years. But this one about Maranzano likely has thrown quite a few of you for a loop....


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Comments, We Get Comments!!!

A reader left this comment which I deleted but saved regarding my post on Petey "Pasta" -- this one, (I think you need to look up the definition for "hoodwinked," pal):

Hoodwinked?!?! He's a nobody who still owes everyone money,he is a jerk off.I know him for years and FYI he had a white lexus not a benz.No matter he couldn't pay the payments anyway,my cousin beat the shit out of him.Wannabe douche bag!He knows who this is if he reads it.You punk.I cant believe this site writes this without fact checking because most of your info is wrong.Larry Z knocked peter out.I just want people to know the truth,I could tell you everything but he's barely worth the little I wrote already.I'm done here.

Posted by Anonymous to Cosa Nostra News at March 27, 2012 12:30 PM


Anonymous, here is Peter's response -- and, yes, I can vouch that it is from him...


TO ANONYMOUS....This is Peter...MY email is SEEMIAMI@aol.com...I will find out who you are, because you are such a gangster and authority on things that you post without your name...As far as an errand boy... Your COUSIN LARRY is what??? A bouncer in strip clubs that is such a GANGSTER that he sends my Sister 100 a week for his Son and relies on my elderly mother to support them..!...I could give a good f**K for you..Your cousin or anybody else...Write what you want about Gangsters...I am quite sure, I'd bet my LIFE that when I find out your real name & I will....You can't be anything more than a CLOWN to post on here about things you think you know...LMAO! You know what a Gangster is? A Toughguy is? A MAN who respects and takes care of his Family first and foremost...And if you are Larry's Cousin...His whole family are cops, co's , landscapers and town workers...So what do you know about being a COP???...Cause when I got pinched in Nassau County, The CO was a Cousin too!...Real Gangster Family...I usually would ignore a moron comment...But you wanna talk about a guy from day one, Who is & always was a part time husband and Father and you wanna brag about you're his cousin...LUCKY YOU!!! Maybe he can get you in a strip club and pimp a broad to you and than get pinched and use the PUBLIC DEFENDER...A REAL JOHN GOTTI HE IS.. I promise that I will reach out to you, when I find out who you are, You can tell me Man to Man, Just & You and FOR THE RECORD............ I could give a flying f;;k , who you are..Your cousin is, or anybody else...Tell your Cousin, I spend more than a 100 a week buying my Nephew Wii Games.@ that's what people should know about him...He sends his wife and son a 100 a week and you're bragging that's your Cousin..You sound like a real MEATBALL!




Gosling's ‘Gangster Squad’ Release Date Changed


Ryan Gosling: 'Gangster Squad' Release Date Moved
Gosling kicked ass in "Driver"; pushing
his flick back for Ben Affleck is just the
kind of thing a stuffed Hollywood shirt
would do.

From Just Jared:

Ryan Gosling, the 31-year-old actor, is starring in "The Gangster Squad," a chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s, which will be moving from its planned October 12 release date.

Warner Bros. Pictures has decided to move the Ben Affleck film Argo to that date and will push The Gangster Squad to a later date to avoid competition, according to Deadline.

"The Gangster Squad" also stars Emma Stone, Sean Penn, and Josh Brolin.

Perks of the Job


Diego Rodriguez

From NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth:

The agent who oversaw the largest Mafia bust in FBI history was named Monday as the new special agent in charge of the bureau’s Dallas
office.

Diego Rodriguez, who joined the FBI in 1990, replaces Robert Casey, who is retiring on April 30.

In New York, Rodriguez now supervises the criminal division, where he has overseen cases involving public corruption, violent gangs and financial crimes.

In January 2011, more than 800 agents fanned out across the Northeast and rounded up more than 100 accused mobsters on charges ranging from murder to loan sharking.

News reports in New York also indicate Rodriguez has sometimes used creative methods to go after wrongdoing -- even pleading with criminals to turn themselves in.

Read full story: FBI Announces New Head of Dallas Office
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'Mob Wives' Karen Gravano Thinks She's a Superstar

Phoenix Arts - Jackalope Ranch:

Mob Daughter COVER.JPG
When mob heiress Karen Gravano was in her late teens, her father Salvatore "Sammy The Bull" Gravano, who was second in command in the Gambino crime family, became an FBI informant and fed juicy bits of mafia info to hungry agents that eventually took down boss John Gotti.

And apart from Gravano's own brushes with the law (including involvement in her dad's Arizona ecstasy ring, for which he's now serving time in Colorado and Karen was put on probation), that scandal is what has defined her. And much like her father gave up mob secrets, Gravano gives up her own in her new memoir Mob Daughter.

Not that Gravano is a stranger to putting the spotlight on her family and its history.

Quite the contrary: Gravano is currently starring in the second season of Vh1's Mob Wives, a "Family"-friendly reality program that seems destined for a third season. In the vein of other spousal shows like Bravo's Real Housewives franchise and Vh1's Arizona-based Baseball Wives, the show features women with varying ties to organized crime including Renee Graziano, whose father is consigliere for the Bonanno family, and spinoff-worthy Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, a Staten Island bar owner whose late uncle was a high-ranking member of the Genovese family...




Former Colombo Boss Traded Social Club for Bowling Alley

NYPOST.com: "A Long Island bowling alley gave new meaning to “family” fun when a mob boss turned it into his criminal hangout.

Columbo crime-family street boss Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli set up shop at the County Line Bowling Center near his Farmingdale home because he wanted the sounds of falling pins and screaming kids to mask his underworld conversations from the prying ears of federal agents, according to testimony at his ongoing mob-slay trial in Brooklyn federal court."


Read full article: Colombo mobster used noisy bowling alley as a hangout to keep the feds from listening in

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bonanno Boss Vincent Badalamenti Pleads Out

Bonanno boss 'Vinny TV' copped to a deal, faces two years.
"The boss of the Bonanno crime family will plead guilty Monday to a felony charge, preventing his former mob associate from testifying against him," reports NY Daily News.

"Vincent (Vinny TV) Badalamenti and many of his Bonanno cohorts were indicted for racketeering earlier this year, largely due to secret recordings made by turncoat Hector Pagan, the ex-husband of “Mob Wives” star Rene Graziano."

Although Badalamenti’s lawyer wanted to go to trial, prosecutors offered to drop the racketeering and extortion charges, the article reports, meaning Badalamenti will plead guilty to the nonviolent collection of an unlawful debt, his lawyer tells the News.

"Badalamenti faces about two years in prison, far less than the 10 years he could have gotten if convicted after a trial. When he’s sprung, he can return to running his Brooklyn bagel shop," the story reports.

"The feds had already cut generous deals with other co-defendants, signaling they weren’t thrilled with the prospect of putting Pagan on the witness stand."

Pagan, who cut a deal with the feds, has committed at least one murder — the fatal robbery of Luchese associate James Donovan — "and may never have to play the role of rat," meaning testify publicly, although I doubt he will lose the sobriquet in any event.

"Badalamenti’s decision not to fight the charges will also benefit his co-defendants — they will all earn additional time off on their sentencing guidelines because everyone listed in the indictment opted for a plea deal," the News reports.


Read the full article: Bonanno crime boss Vincent Badalamenti pleads guilty to felony

Website: Ramona Rizzo Family Tree

From the website http://www.makemyfamilytree.com there is a posted piece titled Ramona Rizzo Family Tree Biography where is written:

"The new addition to the VHI Mob Wives cast sheds a spotlight on the Ramona Rizzo family. Born into a connected Italian mafia family, Ramona Rizzo led a colorful life from childhood to her dramatic marriage to a man of Arabian descent. In the late 1990s, Al Pacino portrayed her grandfather Benjamin Lefty Ruggiero in the film, Donnie Broscoe, that dramatizes her family problems telling the story of how an undercover FBI agent infultrated the mafia through his connection with her family. While the men in the family walked the mafia walk, the women pursued businesses in fashion, confections, and more.
Now, Ramona Danielle Rizzo enters the business of reality television acting as wing woman for original Mob Wife cast member, Karen Gravano while she battles her nemisis, Drita DaVanzo."

Click the link if you're interested in Ramona's family background, at least according to that website (the atrocious spelling, however, shows us we aren't dealing with major professionals here, please keep in mind): Ramona Rizzo Family Tree 

Radio Ramona: No Revelations, but Some Tidbits





All About The Real Housewives provides some insights gained from the above interview that "Mob Wives" star Ramona Rizzo gave to Hot 97.

Ramona of course reminds us again, who her grandfather is, and you already know that unless you've been hiding under a rock the past six months or so. She also admits that her family is the "real deal," which we already knew via this post Cosa Nostra News: AllAboutTRH Blog: ‘Mob Wives’ Ramona Rizzo’s Dad a Gambino Capo?, among other stories on the 'Net.

They will never be on the show, she explains, noting that they disapprove of the show, which is quote shocking. Not.

Let's get to the juicy stuff: "When asked if the feud between Drita and her [was for] real. She says it’s 'so real' and adds, 'I’m not into being a fraud. I don’t wear anything fake so why would I be fake.' Great comparison, Ramona LOL." The site is obviously alluding to previous lies that All About has caught her at, such as the above link, as well as one like this.  Ramona accuses Drita of "creating Drita," All About reports.

"The host brings up Drita being in a music video and Ramona says she is doing some rap but surprisingly says for the sake of her [Drita's] two children she wishes her the best and more ‘power to her.’"

"Ramona also talks Victoria Gotti and trashes her husband [Carmine Agnello], saying he’s a ‘liar’ and a ‘thief’."

"Ramona continues to bash the father of her four children, especially because he can easily come out and I’m sure share tons of stories that all of us would be interested in hearing about Ramona. If her husband is a ‘liar’ and ‘thief,’ she was married to him for quite some time, so it’s obvious she was involved in a lot."

When the Mafia Queen was asked “was your husband married for 10 years when you met him and... took him away from his wife?” Ramona answers, 'First off I don’t believe you can take away anyone. If someone's married, you need to talk to that person because they made a commitment to you. I didn’t make a commitment to you. That ain’t my problem. So yes, he was married, but he did come to paperwork with me and showed me he was divorced -- but was he shady? Yes, he was shady a 100% but it is what it is. I didn’t take no one from nobody.'

"She reveals she met her ex husband by working with him and says he was in the Mob."

All things considered I do agree with Ramona on that last part. You've all heard the saying: "All's fair in love and war." Or something like that.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Renee Graziano’s Home Scene of Burglary Attempt: NYPOST.com

The usually depressed and angst-ridden
Renee caught in a rare, toothy smile.
Page Six of the NYPOST.com reports that “Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano’s Staten Island home "was the site of an attempted robbery this week," according to sources who spoke with the New York tabloid. "A rep for Graziano confirmed that her house alarm was set off and police arrived to find some 'open windows.'"

The reality star is the daughter of a major Bonanno big shot, T.G. Graziano, who was arrested when her ex-husband, Hector "Junior" Pagan, flipped for the Feds.

Renee's rep told the NYPOST.com that "nothing was taken and no intruders were found inside. 'Everything’s fine. The police came. She’s worried to the degree that anyone would be [in this situation],' the rep said."

We are not conspiracy theorists by any stretch, but a few terms did cross our mind when reading this story, among them: "FBI" and "black-bag ops." Maybe Hector Pagan left something behind, something of value?

Or, it could've been a crazed fan seeking ebay fodder. Or a crack addict out looking for... and the theories continue.

See original article at “Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano’s home is the site of an attempted burglary - NYPOST.com

Big Ang of 'Mob Wives' May Get Own Reality Television Show: Wetpaint.com Reports

Wetpaint.com is reporting that Angela “Big Ang” Raoila   will soon be the star of her own reality television show.

Wetpaint Entertainment, owner of Wetpaint.com, reports: "[We] can exclusively confirm that the larger-than-life reality moll is getting her own spin-off series..."

However, further down in the story, we learn that this breaking news is based on a "deal" that is "in the works," and that nothing "has been signed" -- never good signs.

The mob moll broke onto the national stage via a supporting "role" in "Mob Wives" season two. A big-breasted lively gal with Cosa Nostra in her soul, she has the street credibility usually found in Mafiosi.

Big Ang is a convicted felon caught repeatedly selling cocaine during the course of an undercover DEA probe targeting a mob-tied drug ring operating in New York City, The Smoking Gun reported.
Big Ang was one of 15 defendants indicted -- and later convicted--for her role in the narcotics operation, which distributed crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, and marijuana in Brooklyn and Manhattan, according to court records.
She also has a proud attraction for mob guys, saying on one "Mob Wives" episode: "I like the wiseguys 'cause they know how to treat women. They bought me nice houses, gorgeous furs, diamonds, cars. They're very generous... and they're very good lookin'..."

This Brooklyn-born and -bred gal also is the niece of Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, a deceased captain of the Genovese crime family; and is also a single mother of two. Big Ang two sisters and four brothers.

Her "Mob Wives" turn has been met with a wellspring of applause and wide-scale media attention (one magazine did a shtick in which she dressed and posed as Marilyn Monroe). The media and fans are gobbling her up like catnip. At Cosa Nostra News, we find her immense popularity inexplicable.

Maybe Wetpaint has figured it out. "She’s become a welcome source of comic relief on the normally tension-charged series and an instant fan favorite," Wetpaint reports.

As for her own show, source close to Big Ang confirmed for  Wetpaint.com that a deal is in the works, though "nothing has been signed..."


Thursday, April 5, 2012

'Tumultuous' Times to Follow Rizzuto's Return

From Canada.com:

Former Montreal mob boss
Vito Rizzuto to leave U.S.
prison in six months.

In less than six months Vito Rizzuto, a man described in the past as ``the Godfather'' of the Mafia in Montreal, is expected to return to a city whose underworld has undergone a seismic change in his absence.

After serving five years in a U.S. prison, Rizzuto, 66, is expected to re-enter Canada a free man. And experts predict 2012 will be another tumultuous year for organized crime in Montreal, as the once untouchable criminal family Rizzuto headed moves to reassert its dominance against a shadowy enemy that has decimated its ranks.

The detention part of the sentence Rizzuto received in 2007 for his role in a plot to kill three mafia captains in 1981 - part of an internal struggle within the Bonanno crime family in New York - is expected to end on Oct. 6.

When Rizzuto pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge in 2007 that encapsulated the three murders, He was required to provide an allocution as part of the plea. He was reluctant to reveal his role in the now-infamous triple homicide, portrayed inaccurately in the 1997 film Donnie Brasco. The prosecution had a statement from an informant alleging Rizzuto took part in the ambush with other mobsters, his gun blazing. But in his allocution Rizzuto only admitted to being armed when Alphonse (Sonny Red) Indelicato, Philip (Phil Lucky) Giaccone and Dominick (Big Trin) Trinchera were invited to a club in Brooklyn, where they were murdered...


Read the full article: Vito Rizzuto to return to a Montreal with a changed underworld

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Gioeli's Crew Almost Tuned Up 'Goumba Johnny'

In today's coverage of the ongoing trial of former Colombo boss "Tommy Shots" Gioeli, there was an interesting nugget about "Goumba Johnny," a Brooklyn-based former-deejay now-talk show host. From The NY Daily News:

Capo Dino (Big Dino) Calabro and soldier Joseph (Joey Caves) Competiello joined Gioeli in discussing whether they should "tune up radio disc jockey Goumba Johnny for getting “fresh” with another Gioeli daughter, Competiello said.

"Competiello and Calabro were in a Queens restaurant when Gioeli called to tell them the deejay could be found at Club Mirage in Farmingdale, L.I. They raced out east, but their prey had already left, Competiello recalled.

"Goumba Johnny, an ex-bouncer whose real name is John Sialiano, did not return a call seeking comment. The former record spinner at WKTU now does an afternoon show at a Long Island radio station."


Read complete article here: Mob rat testifies Colombo boss Tommy Shots & goons wanted to quit

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

‘Mob Wives: Chicago’ to Premiere in June; the Protests Begin

'Mob Wives: Chicago' began shooting
months ago and is set to premiere
early this summer.
From Forest Leaves, a Chicago Sun-Times publication, we learn that "Mob Wives: Chicago," which revolves around five women who were either married to or are relatives of members of “The Outfit,” has been shooting since December. Read on, ‘Mob Wives’ in Elmwood Park stirs debate:


When the VH-1 reality television show “Mob Wives” premieres this June, it will include a stop in Elmwood Park.

But some Italian-Americans will not be greeting it with open arms.

“Mob Wives: Chicago” has been shooting since December in the Chicago area. One scene takes place inside Baciami! Restaurant and Bar, 18 W. Conti Parkway, in Elmwood Park.

Previously filmed in New York and New Jersey, the new season of “Mob Wives” revolves around five women who were either married to or are relatives of members of the legendary Chicago mob group “The Outfit.”

But some Italian-Americans are not happy about the new show, saying it reinforces negative stereotypes.

“I’ve been fighting this production of ‘Mob Wives ‘in New York, New Jersey and now Chicago,” said Louis Rago, president of Italian-American Human Relations Foundation of Chicago, “Our organization fights stereotypes through the performing arts.”

He said films and TV using broken English like “dem (them) and “dos” (those) and should be the exception, not the norm.

“It hurts even more when an Italian-American buys into this,” Rago said.”People understand all races have contributed positively to this country, and we (Italians) are a part of that great mosaic.”

Rago’s group is organizing a formal protest.

“Baciami! owner’s name is going to be placed on a list, and members will begin phoning the restaurant to tell him how unhappy we are about what he’s done,” he said.

Rago said other locations are being targeted as well....


Read complete article at  Forest Leaves


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'Tough Jews' Get a Museum in the City Bugsy Built

From the Forward.com we get a glimpse of the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, in Las Vegas, which opened this year and is considered "an American Jewish history museum by another name." I happen to be reading "Tough Jews," by Rich Cohen, and it is a great read. Quick factoid: One other thing Cosa Nostra can thank Arnold Rothstein for is the right to plead the Fifth, to not incriminate oneself. Rothstein's lawyer actually developed the defense, but Rothstein put him in the proper frame of mind conducive to such out-of-the-box thinking for that time.

In the mid-20th century, a cadre of tough Jews, shedding the bookish bearing of exile, went forth to create a new society in a forbidding desert. Armed to the teeth, they lived outside the law and built their outpost by any means necessary. Against all odds, despite implacable enemies, the desert bloomed. 
--Meyer Lansky

National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement 


Think you already know this history? Think again. This is an American tale told by the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, in downtown Las Vegas. Open since February, and already better known as “The Mob Museum,” it is essentially an American Jewish history museum by another name.

The museum tells the story of American organized crime, from its birth in the ethnic slums of established cities like Boston, New York and Chicago to the city the mafia itself begot, the Mojave metropolis of Las Vegas. The institution is the brainchild of Oscar Goodman, the flamboyant Philadelphia-born mafia attorney whose clients included Meyer Lansky, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein. Goodman went on to serve as mayor of Las Vegas from 1999 until 2011.

While the exhibit only breaks the code of omertà about Jewishness at the beginning of its chronological display — noting the Jewish immigration wave alongside the Irish and Italian — as visitors move through the 20th century they see a pantheon of mosaic Murder Inc. veterans, including Moe Dalitz, Gus Greenbaum and Moe Sedway, on a progression from street toughs to casino magnates to pillars of the community. The museum doesn’t pussyfoot around the brutality of Jewish mobsters’ methods; indeed, one 1930s photo shows the brutalized body of a Catskills resort slot machine operator on a gurney after he had been caught skimming profits. But it treats the mafia as an institution of immigrant social mobility, a shortcut to the American Dream.

The presentation makes it hard not to sympathize with Prohibition-era “Boys From Brooklyn” (as the Jewish goodfellas called themselves) as they are hounded by bigoted G-men and hard-drinking hypocrites in Congress. A 1939 FBI “Wanted” poster seeking fugitive Murder Inc. boss Louis Buchalter notes his “Jewish characteristics — nose large… eyes alert and shifty — has habit of passing change from one hand to another.”

Bootlegger Dalitz is celebrated for getting the best of a congressional anti-mafia probe with zingers like, “If you people wouldn’t have drunk it, I wouldn’t have bootlegged it.” And when asked about his illicit moonshine fortune, he said, “Well, I didn’t inherit any money, Senator.”...


Read more: Jewish Gangsters Get Their Day at Museum

Monday, April 2, 2012

Slow News Day: NY Times Publishes So-What Story About 'Mob Wives'

A slow news day is all we can figure for this excuse of a story by the NYTimes.com regarding "Mob Wives." The excerpt below is probably the only segment worth reading:


"... The big question about the characters on this show (unlike, say, those “Housewives,” and the various jewelry, fragrance, clothing-line and book projects they aggressively promote while sipping cocktails and back-stabbing their friends) is why do it? It is one thing to have a camera show you on a safari to Africa, a recent plot point of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and another to show you sharing a newspaper headline with a bartender about the mob bust that just ensnared your ex-husband.

"The answer may be as simple as the sheer need to make a living: Ms. D’avanzo, who said she is starting a cosmetics line, recalled explaining to her parents (who were opposed to her doing the show) that reality stars go on to other opportunities. “Everyone is under the assumption in this lifestyle you have money buried under the yard, and that is not the case,” she said.

"The show has changed the women’s lives. Ms. Raiola reported that business at her Staten Island bar, the Drunken Monkey, is booming, packed with people asking for her photo and autographs. The women are working their Twitter accounts and making personal appearances in clubs from East Meadow on Long Island to Norwalk, Conn., to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ms. D’avanzo has packed in close to a thousand people at clubs. Ms. Graziano, an occasional wardrobe stylist, revels in her new celebrity, attending Grammy-related parties at OK! magazine and the Playboy Mansion. “I was still trying to make sure everyone was O.K.,” Ms. Graziano said, referring to her previous job. “They said: ‘Stop. You’re the talent now.’ ”...

If you want, the whole article is here, at  NYTimes.com