Saturday, April 27, 2013

'Mob Wives’ Ramona Slams Carla for Being a Racist

From Radar Online, we get another "Mob Wives" exclusive, courtesy of Ramona Rizzo, who picks up where Karen left off... This is a systematic attack by two members of the cast who are defending Love -- either a.) out of loyalty, b.) to boost their street "creds" or c.) to keep the drama alive between seasons -- we can't tell which.

Oh, and one of Jenn Graziano's useful idiots is saying that the creator/queen of the reality show is denying these stories (and that I should quit the "coattail-riding").

We give this useful idiot the single-finger salute!



VH1
Season three of Mob Wives ended with a drama-filled reunion show, but castmate Ramona Rizzo claims certain parts were “conveniently” edited out, and RadarOnline.com has all the exclusive details of what was missed — including accusations of racism and homophobia!

According to Ramona, Carla Facciolo — who got into it withLove Majewski, causing her to be fired from the show and uninvited from the reunion after threatening a lawsuit — is the last person who should be crying bully, because she’s spewed a fair share of hatred herself.

“All season long, we repeatedly heard racist and homophobic comments from Carla,” Ramona revealed in an exclusive interviewwith Radar.

“During the reunion, she made more racist comments and attacked my family, which were largely edited out.”

Ramona wanted to speak out about the bully accusations made by Carla on the show because she felt it was unfairly skewed with important parts left out.

“I was not being a bully,” she explained.

“I was putting a dog that doesn’t know how to behave back in its cage.”

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cleveland Capo Joe Gallo Dies in Prison

From Cleveland.com:

gallo.jpg
Joe Gallo at court in 1976 -- when else would someone be
wearing a jacket that looked like that???
From his small business in Orange, Joseph Gallo ascended to the top of the Cleveland Mafia family and helped oversee a $15 million-a-year drug ring that killed seven people.

Gallo, a mob captain to boss Angelo "Big Ange" Lonardo, died April 3 in a federal prison medical center in Springfield, Mo., a spokesman said. He was 75. A cause of death was not released, and Gallo's immediate family could not be reached.

Thirty years ago, the city's mob wars played out daily on the front page, as bombings, indictments and slayings became routine. Today, the mob's story is written in the obituaries of its soldiers who ordered the executions and demanded payment.

"He was a very strong person," said James Willis, an attorney who knew Gallo well but did not represent him. "He was definitely a standup guy. He was very well respected."

Love Was Fired Because Carla Threatened to Sue VH1

Well, the other shoe has finally dropped and we finally know what happened -- or at least what Karen Gravano told her pals at Radar Online in an "exclusive" interview.

Love Majewski was both fired and uninvited to the reunion show taping because Carla Facciolo threatened to sue the network over a cat fight the two women had -- according to the celebrity gossip site, which seems to be Karen's preferred venue of choice for scoops.

“I think Love wasn’t invited because Carla pretty much spoke to VH1 about not showing up if Love was invited,” Karen told Radar.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

RockMetalTalk Inc. Interviews Love Majewski

Real Talk with Love Majewski from Mob Wives (EXCLUSIVE interview)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Love Was the Largest Presence Not at the Reunion

Love Majewski wasn't there in body, but she was certainly there in spirit, hovering over the set like a shadow, growing and shrinking, whirling about to touch different mob wives as if tugging at their soul to gain purchase.

And she did a few times -- primarily with Karen and Ramona, and to a lesser degree, Renee. Love's dusky spirit wasn't able to get anywhere near Drita and Carla, and even Big Ang.

Some pretty basic deductions can be made about the behind the scenes machinations that led to Love being tossed out on her ass. Having finally watched the reunion late last night I was able to spend occasional idle moments at work mulling over who said what. ("Mob Wives" took the zest from my day; I stayed up so late watching it, I was exhausted at my workstation, gulping down vat after vat of espresso-laced coffee staring at the computer screen bleary-eyed, as I am doing now at my home office. I am going to slip into a coma as soon as I finish dinner.)

Glancing at the yellow legal pad on which I scratched a few pages of notes, I think I can see the rough outline of what happened among the cast.


Certain comments made by various cast members lead me to believe something like a small civil war -- not even; call it a minor verbal uprising -- broke out once Jenn announced the intent to fire Love. I believe this was done because of Carla -- perhaps she had taken out a restraining order against Love, which would've made it illegal for them to be in the same room. [Other bloggers have called this out already, I know -- I am trying to piece together my version, once and for all.]

What brought me in line to surmise there was legal activity involved was something one cast member shouted on the reunion show.

Ramona [to Carla]: You cop-caller!

I also think that maybe Karen and Ramona tried to stand up for Love, perhaps saying to Jenn something like: "Why don't you let Carla go? We'd rather have Love here than Carla!"


Sunday, April 21, 2013

"English" Shaun's Adventures in Maricopa County Jail Presented on NatGeo Show This Week

"English" Shaun
From Phoenix New Times: "Sammy the Bull had the name, and his ride on the ecstasy merry-go-round made headlines around the nation when the former hit man was arrested. The drug, and the rave scene that favored it, had sprung up seemingly out of nowhere. The quantities of pills he brought into the Valley at the time were unheard of. But law enforcement sources now agree that while Gravano had muscle and flash, he was no English Shaun. Gravano lacked Shaun's intelligence, organization, and diverse array of products, they say. They also claim that Attwood easily moved millions of dollars' worth of meth, ecstasy, pharmaceuticals and marijuana through parties and raves in the Valley over the past few years, and they are careful to qualify that estimate as conservative. English Shaun was bigger, in other words, than Sammy the Bull."

Fresh from NatGeo, we present the trailer for Locked-Up Abroad "Raving Arizona," which will air on April 24. It is about the "penal" experiences of one Shaun Attwood, a familiar character on this blog whom regular readers should recognize—and a good friend of mine. (I recommend reading the New Times article linked to above; it is filled with half-truths -- Shaun said he was never as rich or as powerful as the article makes him out to be -- but makes for fascinating reading.)

The episode, to air on National Geographic, cinematically showcases scenes from Shaun's book Hard Time (the prequel, Party Time, is due out in April but can be pre-ordered now; both books are available via links on Shaun's blog. I heartily recommend Hard Time, and even though I haven't been able to read it yet, I did pre-order Party Time, which I also strongly recommend).

Attwood is a Brit who came to America, Arizona specifically, to seek his fortune and ended up getting busted for selling drugs. He spent a couple of years in one of America’s toughest jails—the one run by who else but the self-described toughest sheriff in America, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County.

Mobsters, Aryan skinheads, bikers, transvestites and assorted other colorful criminals would soon count among Shaun's friends.As I wrote earlier, "True-crime buffs will eat Hard Time up like M&Ms," and no doubt will enjoy the television version of Shaun's experiences behind bars.


Self-described toughest sheriff
in America, Joe Arpaio. 




Sheriff Joe Says.....

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

With No Explanation, AG Holder Nixes Death Penalty for Former Colombo Boss Joe Waverly

Joe "Waverly" Cacace, back
in the day.
Joel “Joe Waverly” Cacace, former acting boss of the Colombo family, no longer need concern himself about being put to death by the state.

Cacace is charged with putting a contract on Officer Ralph Dols after the cop married his, Cacace's, ex-wife. Dols was off duty when he was gunned down outside his home in Brooklyn in 1997.

Earlier this week, the feds took the death penalty off the table, as per an announcement by US Attorney General Eric Holder, who "issued the course-reversing directive -- made public today -- without citing a rationale for his shift," according to the New York Post.

However, the decision may have something to do with the fact that Team America already tried to pin the murder of Dols on Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli and Dino Saracino in an earlier trial, and both men were cleared, a fact that Cacace's attorneys no doubt would get a lot of mileage out of during Cacace's upcoming trial.
Murder Inc. chief Lepke would
not be smiling so brightly in 1944,
when he was executed at Sing Sing.

From the beginning, the decision to include the death penalty struck many pundits as fortuitous. It is rare for 
the feds to seek the death penalty against a mafioso, but with Cacace, they had considered the lethal needle based on the premise that Dols was killed because he was a cop -- and not because he was involved in a mob dispute.

The last "mob boss," using the title loosely, to be executed was Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, who met the Grim Reaper (the real one, not Greg Scarpa!) on March 4, 1944, in the electric chair in Sing Sing, after two of his confederates met their own end in the chair.

As for Cacace, he has the distinction of allegedly ordering the hit of a police officer, as well as a prosecutor, although the latter hit was botched. The Colombo hit team had fired lethally upon a judge who happened to be the father of the intended target, a NYC prosecutor who Carmine Persico wanted hit.

Are We Watching the Sad Downfall of Dr. Drew?

Dr. Drew Pinsky is to host Mob Wives
reunion -- in the name of god, why?
Occasionally, I find a blog story and have to gasp -- it's like the author had read my mind and took the time to put my very own thoughts on paper. As I mentioned below, why the hell is Dr. Drew hosting the reality show Mob Wives' reunion? 

From Jezebel:

"Dr. Drew will be hosting the Mob Wives Season 3 reunion. Something about that just seems ridiculous. What purpose does it serve to have a board-certified internist rehash a season's worth of gossipy bullshit and infighting that occurs on shows like this? (The job was previously held by talk show host Wendy Williams and comedian Joy Behar.) Maybe Dr. Drew's increasingly ubiquitous presence in pop culture—which has always been rationalized by the pretense of medical expertise, however flimsy—has finally become inexcusable.

"Let's review how this was a long time coming... "


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Uh-oh: Does Carla 'Out' Ramona's Dad on Reunion?

Regarding the VH1 Sneak Peek video clip below: Right off the bat, Karen surrounds us with her sheer dimension as she sinks solidly into full-blown shock-and-awe psycho mode. She proclaims to Carla -- victim of her wrath -- from right out of the clear blue: "You should respect me."

These girls still don't know the meaning of the word "respect."

(And what the hell is Dr. Drew doing there? Ratings game that rough?)

From this brief clip, it appears Carla says something about Ramona's dad -- regular readers of this blog know how great the feud is between Ramona and her father, a Gambino capo; probably the only reason Ramona is on "Mob Wives" and still able to breathe sweet precious air is because she has cleverly managed to avoid mentioning her father in any way, shape or form. She was able to deflect attention away from daddy by using dear, departed grandpa -- Lefty Two-Guns, aka HorseCock, aka Benjamin Ruggiero -- to fill her personal mob quota.



According to Jerry Capeci, the Gambino family has in fact given kudos to her father for "keeping his name, as well as his crime family affiliation, off the show since [Ramona] joined the cast in its second season on VH1... " Capeci wrote in a ganglandews.com column.

An underworld source quoted in the same story said: “[Ramona's father] doesn’t have anything to do with his daughter, for years, but he laid the law down to her and told her 'don’t you dare mention my name on that show.' He probably didn’t have to. She knows better."


Thursday, April 18, 2013

$200G Walnut Theft Linked to Organized Crime Ring

"Blow it out yer ass... I didn't steal nothin!"
Where was Paulie Gaultieri when this happened?

From KTXL FOX40: BUTTE COUNTY- The Butte County Sheriff’s Office says a recent, $200,000 walnut theft is linked to an organized crime ring out of southern California.

Investigators say the walnuts were stolen Feb. 28 from the Gold State Nut Company in Biggs, Calif. The business were sending the nuts to a buyer, but say they were never delivered.

Throughout the investigation, detectives served warrants and followed up on leads in Glendale, Lodi and Van Nuys.

Investigators say they’ve learned the walnut theft is just one of several cargo thefts done by the same group.

Law enforcement and the Butte County Farm Bureau will meet May 15 to discuss how to prevent similar thefts in the future.

Read more: http://fox40.com/2013/04/17/200000-walnut-theft-linked-to-organized-crime-ring/#ixzz2QrXnyZQy

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Feds Say Gambling Ring Targeted NYC Celebs



Think la cosa nostra was involved somehow?

From NY1: FBI agents were seen searching a Madison Avenue art gallery Tuesday that authorities suspect may have been used to launder money linked to Russian organized crime.

The scheme was focused on high-stakes poker games attended by professional athletes, Hollywood celebrities and Wall Street titans, federal authorities say.

The FBI arrested people in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles as part of the investigation, but are looking for three more.

Authorities are now asking for the public's help tracking down 40-year-old Abraham Mosseri, 49-year-old William Edler and 45-year-old Donald McCalmont. They avoided arrest and are now wanted as fugitives.

"The charges stem from illegal gambling businesses to money laundering and extortion," said Belle Chen of the FBI Criminal Division. "This group, this organization conducted high-stakes poker games, which were attended by millionaires and billionaires internationally and domestically."

MORE DETAILS: http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/04/18/56839.htm

Monday, April 15, 2013

Prosecutors Nail 'Bobby Glasses' with Funeral Pics

From the NYPOST.com:

1999
1999  - COMMON MAN: Bartolomeo
Vernace (at left in each photo) was
snapped at multiple Mafia funerals.
The pix are evidence in his Brooklyn
double-murder trial.
Dozens of surveillance photos showing New York mobsters hobnobbing at a succession of funerals spanning two decades are key evidence in the Mafia double-murder trial of a Gambino capo in Brooklyn federal court.

The “15 Funerals and Two Stiffs” twist in the trial of Bartolomeo “Bobby Glasses” Vernace is intended to convince jurors the mob boss was not merely paying his respects — but also actively engaged in Mafia business when he consorted with other wiseguys at the send-offs.

The feds are trying to prove that the 1981 murder of Queens tavern owners Richard Godkin and John D’Agnese was part of the Gambinos’ racketeering activities — and not just a barroom shooting that began with a spilled drink.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Brit's Prison Memoir Details Run-In With Sammy Bull

"The first time I discussed business with members of Sammy the Bull’s crew, I brought along one of the notorious Rossetti Brothers, who also worked security for me."
--Shaun Attwood, "Hard Time" 

Shaun Attwood is a Brit who came to America, Arizona specifically, to seek his fortune and ended up getting busted for selling drugs. He spent a couple of years in one of America’s toughest jails—the one run by who else but the self-described toughest sheriff in America, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County.

Mobsters, Aryan skinheads, bikers, transvestites and assorted other colorful criminals would soon count among his friends. You probably don't know Shaun unless you have come across his superb blog, Jon's Jail Journal, where he detailed his experiences while on the inside.

May 1, 2011, marked the American debut of his book, "Hard Time: Life with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in America's Toughest Jail ." The excerpt below involves how he brushed up against the crew of Sammy Bull Gravano, who was out in the Midwest starting life over as a pill-pusher.


In the Ecstasy market, I had run-ins with gangsters such as Sammy the Bull, my main competitor

The first time I discussed business with members of Sammy the Bull’s crew, I brought along one of the notorious Rossetti Brothers, who also worked security for me. Outside of the meeting place, Heart 5 in Tucson, I drank some GHB, which had the effect of making me fearless. I said to Rossetti, “While I talk to Spaniard, make sure you’re always somewhere you can pull your gun in case they try to kidnap me. I’m not going to start any shit, but who knows how big a crew he’s with or what might happen.”

“No problem. If they try anything, I’ll open up on the motherfuckers.”

I was at the bar when a six-and-a-half-foot man with blond spiky hair and biceps as broad as my neck tapped me on the shoulder. “I’m Mark, Spaniard’s partner. He wants to see you in the VIP area.”


“OK, Mark.” I shook his hand and followed him.

“Glad you came, English Shaun,” said Spaniard, a well-groomed Hispanic. “Mark, clear that sofa so we can all sit down.”

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Jury, Don't Fear the Mafia: Federal Prosecutor

Barto Vernacet
From NY Daily News:

A FEDERAL prosecutor urged jurors to "stand up" against fear of the Mafia and convict Gambino capo Bartolomeo Vernace of gunning down two men in a Queens bar more than 30 years ago.

During closing arguments Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristin Mace reminded the panel that bartender Patrick Sullivan had feared for his life but finally came forward to help the feds to make a murder-in-aid of racketeering case against the longtime gangster.

"Nothing short of terror reigns in a community when three men walk into a bar, shoot two men over a spilled drink then walk out and continue their lives," Mace said. "The defendant believed he could get away with murder."

Vernace's accomplices also beat the rap after witnesses, including Sullivan, recanted their identifications of the killers.

"The violence, the fear, the lies must stop," Mace said Monday in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Creepy YouTube Video of Tommy 'Karate'



Not much to say about this... just check it out, if you like....



Posts about Tommy "Karate" Pitera:

Cosa Nostra News: Bonanno Mobster Pitera More Serial Killer than Goodfella

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Top 10 Likely Reasons Love's Leaving 'Mob Wives'

NOTE: A little birdie told me there's more to Love's mysterious busted hand than we were told... something about her going on a rampage at an event not part of the "Mob Wives" episode.

Well, Love Majewski is no longer on "Mob Wives," it seems. Unless there is an elaborate hoax going on, the season three finale is Love's swan song on the show.

She's been fired and based on tweets I have seen flowing on Twitter from the lady herself it would seem there is some sort of non-disclosure agreement which would prevent her from discussing too much about the split publicly... Still, this has become a social media event, as has so much of "Mob Wives"...

Love looks better in photos...
The big question is, why is she gone? I don't know why -- but I could guess. It could be as obvious as some of us think, or not. But based on my 20 years of experience in corporate America, I can say it is likely one of the following reasons:

1. She pissed the wrong person off on a personal level and was fired -- who she could've pissed off could be someone behind the scenes we have never heard of, and not necessarily Jennifer Graziano; VH1, I believe, owns the show, so there are lots of other egos involved in this (check out a great film called Overnight -- about a "Quentin Tarantino-type" in the making, who blew it with his own big mouth and super ego);

Did you play a role, Carla??
2. She pissed off one or more of the cast members, who then put pressure on someone behind the scenes with the bespoke power to fire. Carla is most likely the one to raise a holler about Love here, as apparently there is an altercation between the two on tonight's finale, which involves the police. But remember, this episode was filmed earlier -- how much earlier, I don't know. But it's not like we are watching the show in real time... Use this as your benchmark: When was Hurricane Sandy, and when did the episode in which Sandy struck air -- meaning, play on TV? That is the time lag... I'd say Sandy would give us a pretty good benchmark for the size of the time shift between filming and airing;

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sammy the Bull Looks Past His Prime

Prison, coupled with Graves' disease, appears to have taken its toll on the former Gambino underboss-turned-informant who helped put John Gotti away for the rest of the one-time Dapper Don's days...



Why Italian Mafiosi Bring Violence to a Deeper Level

And another dialogue from Mr. DeLucca, our foreign correspondent, in which he describes why the Italians tend to take violence to a far deeper level than is known to happen in the U.S. Is he writing fact or fiction? You decide...

Antonio Bardellino, first Casalesi boss.

An anonymous comment in my previous article questioned me about Roberto Saviano. Saviano is the infamous Italian journalist who revealed a lot about the power dynamics and economic capabilities of the Camorra. And, in particular, of the Casalesi Clan.

Anyway, in the book, camorristi are presented as brutal, blood-lovers, savage animals who would not have any old-fashioned Christian consideration for the life of women, children, senior citizens and pets. The anonymous reader of the blog asked me "what did I think about that?"

Well... honestly, our anonymous friend is on to something...

Roy DeMeo ran a workhorse
crew for the Gambino family.
Before I give my opinion I want to make clear that I don't try to judge or criticize anyone. I have no beef with Italian-Americans and America´s LCN. I'm Italian, so I won't attack my cousins. I´m just trying have an open dialogue from the perception of an Italian, born and raised in Naples, about the mafia in America.

That said, my opinion is that, in some ways, America's LCN has an element of glamour, or mystique, that other Italian criminal groups do not have. That element makes a big difference because it creates the perception that certain things are expected. Like, for example, the rule of not having facial hair for both associates and made members. I don't understand that. Many Sicilians I know, many camorristi and I myself have full black beards. Not a major thing, but a good example of what I am referring to.

Jodi Arias Had the Mettle of a Murder Inc. Hitman

Jodi the blond, before the first-degree murder of ex-boyfriend
Travis Alexander.

I have been following the case of that psycho Jodi Arias for some time -- those of you who don't know of her, she has nothing to do with the mob (although she would've had a great career as one of Anastasia's hitters back in the days of Murder Inc.), but is a figure whom I think many of you will find interesting nevertheless; she is now on trial for murdering her boyfriend on June 4, 2008, at his home in Mesa, Arizona, stabbing him 29 times, slitting his throat, and a shooting him in the head.

I found this story about Jodi on a blog I had never before heard of, Prinniefied.com -- and wanted to pass it on to you all to read. [Note: This is how you backlink to a story, Ms. Mob Wives Freeish Info!]

From Prinniefied.com, written by Paula Uruburu, author of American Eve:

Jodi's new look: a jury is watching now, you know.
Forgive me but I couldn’t resist. I borrowed my title from what was apparently a blog belonging to none other than Jody Arias, circa May 2008, written only a few months before she savagely murdered Travis Alexander, the man she continues to claim she loves? Or loved? I’m not sure which is correct, since her story shifts as often as her tenses — and her eyes while being cross-examined about what happened that terrible day five years ago. Even after finally admitting to having stabbed Alexander 29 times, to having slit his throat from ear to ear, to having shot him in the head, the persona that the former provocatively-dressed-bottle-blonde has adopted — a reinvented, buttoned-up, colorless mousy faux-Mormon martyr in ugly glasses, now claims that virtually all of her actions before, during, and after the butchery of Alexander, were done with his best interests at heart. Really? Does that include depicting him as being an abuser and a pedophile? And now, torturing his family with a story the dead man cannot defend himself against?


Monday, April 1, 2013

Mob Candy Gives Props to Jenn Graziano, Not Renee


From Mafialifeblog.com:

In the midst of all the bullshit going on with my family’s Mob Candy brand. Renee Graziano is still putting out, and promoting her own attempt at a Mob Candy line of jewelry, clothing, and shoes on VH1′s Mob Wives TV show. A while back before the episode aired, she did a few interviews on TV, radio, and the internet mentioning her plans to push a Mob Candy brand. Of course, I completely flew off my rocker, and had a lot to say on my blog. You could read what I wrote here. The problem is, while I was ranting about how fucked up Renee was, I threw Jenn Graziano in the mud, and said a few things that i need to stand corrected on.

Spoke to Jenn for a bit this week, when she texted me concerned about a few details in the blog I wrote. what i thought was going to turn into a heated argument actually was a very respectful constructive one. I called her so we could discus things further. Even though we disagreed on many issues, she managed to explain how she will not take sides on whether what her sister did was right or wrong, and she didn’t contact me for that discussion. We went over details and time frames of what really occurred before our meeting, why we met in the first place, and a step by step reenactment of what went down in that specific meeting, and other discussions.


When Is It Time to Pull the Plug?


Why do I write this blog? I have been asking myself that for some time now, truth be told. I love to write, have a deep interest in the mob. It seemed to make sense at the time... but I think, what if I had put all that time and effort into writing a novel or screenplay -- some kind of property I could try to sell. Instead I find myself a dartboard; any anonymous idiot can fling a dart at me, insult me, attack the messanger and not the message. What annoys me are the anonymous comments written by those who I believe I can identify... then I feel betrayal ... I don't know... this may well be the last post ever to appear on this blog. I don't know... Maybe not. Blogging is a compulsion -- almost an addiction, I guess you could say. So maybe I won't be able to stop. Guess we shall find out...

Actually, I made my decision...

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