Saturday, August 31, 2013

Retired Camorrista Considers American Mafia's Sad Fate


Mr. DeLucca, who wrote a series of articles for me months ago, is back. He contacted me and to my surprise had no intention of writing, he was just being cordial, a lost art in America. I asked him if he'd write some more articles and told him that people had emailed me for some time after he'd stopped writing for this website. He was quite surprised, so he said he'd think about it. Then, this morning, I just got this story from him. I gave it a quick edit -- how I wish I had someone to give all my writing "a quick edit" -- and here it is, hot off the presses as they used to say. When reading DeLucca forget about what is truth and what is not - that's not a cop out; the point is you have to just give yourself over to an artist painting a picture for you of America's Cosa Nostra as seen through the eyes of an Italian steeped in the old world traditions and culture. I see DeLucca's work as a reflection of America itself, with echoes of both the good and the bad. Who is Mr. DeLucca? For one thing he is a writer. What else matters here?

My name is Carlo Salvatore Antonino DeLucca, a.k.a "Corazza" (Tank, as in an armored tank). Got this name because of my wide shoulders and strong back. I am Neapolitan, but a real Napolitano. Grew up in Casal Di Principe, got my button a long ts ime ago as a member of the powerful Casalesi clan. Currently, I am a "retired" Camorrista living somewhere in North America. Yes. I am real. I exist; others like me exist.

My dear friend, Eddie, has allowed me to write some articles about some past events. 

Roy DeMeo Mugshot: Colorized or in Real Color?

Something about this photo, which I came across while cruising the Internet.
caught my eye. It is Roy DeMeo, of course. Then it hit me: It's Roy's mugshot,
in color. For some reason, I have only seen it in black and white. Interesting...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Massino Shot One of the Three Rebel Capos? Galante Was Bonanno Boss?

Does anyone believe either of those things in the headline are true? I assume I don't even need to write this post about NatGeo's "ITAM" -- I assume my readers would know better...

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Replay! GFELLA Offers Hip Hop Ode to Linda Scarpa



I had watched a few episodes of GThing, G-Fella's 11pm Saturday night half-hour show on the FUSE network, before I noticed it. Then when I did notice it, I was like, holy crap. I didn't recognize him or something but all of a sudden I realized the dude that G was calling Uncle Ralph was Ralph Altro; I knew the guy! It was a lifetime ago, in Bayside, Queens.

Ralph, if you are reading this, salud, my friend!

Then, on the last episode, I saw Ralph's wife, who I also knew, for, like, years! So Ralph, tell Maria I said, salud! Maria is one tough broad; if anyone can keep a wiseguy like Ralph in line, it's Maria. She's Albanian, like Drita from Mob Wives. Nuff said!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Mob's Greatest Hits: Frankie Cheech Bomb Plot

The car bombing that wiped out Gambino big-shot Frank "Frankie Cheech" DeCicco was really collateral damage from the hit on Paul Castellano.

Who knows how close New York's Mafia came to shooting it out. Probably a lot closer than the public has believed.
Frank DeCicco surveillance photo.

Frank DeCicco (November 5, 1935 - April 13, 1986) was John Gotti’s underboss when he was slain at the behest of  Vincent“The Chin” Gigante, who seemed to have partially outsourced the job to Luchese bosses Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso and Vittorio Amuso. (A New Jersey based Genovese capo also was tasked with the job.)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Joe Massino, Last Godfather, First Rat


Joseph Charles Massino (born January 10, 1943) was boss of the Bonanno crime family after the death of his mentor, Phil “Rusty” Rastelli.

Massino is considered to be among the last of the clever, old-school dons, hence the "last Godfather" rubric. This only added to the shock that whirled through organized crime upon the revelation of Massino’s transition to government informer after losing a massive RICO trial in July 2004. He had been convicted of racketeering, seven murders, arson, extortion, loansharking, illegal gambling, conspiracy and money laundering and was told he would be a candidate for the death realty, which likely fueled his decision to become, in mafia parlance, a rat.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The 1970s Were the Mob's Golden Age?


Many believe this is a photo of the 
first Capo de tutti Capi, Salvatore
Maranzano. It is not. 


Sonny Girard, the retired gangster/working writer, has drafted a couple of interesting essays on how NatGeo got quite a bit wrong last week on its "Inside the American Mob" debut episodes.

Click here to read it; you should.

I had some notes I've been meaning to flesh out into a post, so I might as well do it now. I have to say one of my thoughts aligns perfectly with Sonny's -- which I take to mean I got it right.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Jimmy, We Hardly Knew Ya, Part 1


James Caan. Does the man really need an introduction? How many times have how many of us seen him in The Godfather, Sonny, getting ripped apart by machine gun fire at that Long Island Causeway toll booth, a scene that, supposedly, was staged by director Francis Ford Coppola to be reminiscent of the final death scene of Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) in the film Bonnie and Clyde.

Ah, Sonny. "The most impulsive and violent of [Godfather] Vito's children and, before Michael's rise to power, the most involved in his father's criminal operations," said IMDB.

Sonny was always my favorite character in the Corleone family saga, followed by Don Vito, followed by Don Michael. Scenes that will remain unblemished, playing ceaselessly on movie screens in my Memory Palace , include Sonny literally banging Lucy Mancini against the door at his sister's wedding; smashing a camera and spitting on the ground in front of the FBI agents sniffing around outside the Corleone's Long Island compound; biting his fist upon learning over the telephone of his sister's beating at the hands of her husband, Carlo Rizzi, one of the stupidest characters ever to populate a mafia movie; beating this brother-in-law under the spurting fountain created by a knocked-over fire hydrant.

Jimmy The Gent: Mastermind of Lufthansa Heist


James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke (July 5, 1931 – April 13, 1996), an Irish-American gangster with ties to the Lucchese family through his association with Lucchese capo Paul Vario, is probably better known as “Jimmy Conway.” That was the fictional name he was given in Martin Scorcese’s cinematic masterpiece Goodfellas, in which award-winning thespian Robert DeNiro took on the role of Burke. 

Rumor has it, Burke was so pleased that DeNiro was playing him that he phoned the actor from prison to give him a few pointers. Author and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi has denied this, although the scribe did admit that men who had known all of the key mobsters portrayed in the film spent time on the set. 

Luchese capo Paul Vario oversaw Burke's  criminal ventures, from which he profited as Burke's superior
Jimmy Burke gets taken away.
Burke needed much help on the publicity front. Burke was an interesting, colorful personality, a master criminal of a bygone age, when cops and businessmen could easily be bought off. Burke was also a sociopath, and probably a psychopath, who pulled off the biggest caper of his day, the notorious Lufthansa heist at JFK airport. The daring robbery on December 11, 1978, netted the outlaws about $5 million in cash and nearly another million in jewels.


Burke is believed to have murdered or orchestrated the murders of nearly all the people involved in heist, with the murdering beginning as soon as a week after the heist. Speculation would dictate this was done to protect himself from prosecution and also enlarge his portion of the enormous treasure, which was never recovered.
The fictional Jimmy Burke and Henry Hill from Goodfellas.

He is the father of small-time mobster and Lufthansa heist suspect Frankie, as well as Jesse James Burke (yes, it is true that he named his sons after the outlaw James brothers of the American West) He also was father to Catherine Burke and another unidentified daughter. In 1992 Catherine married made Bonanno soldier Anthony Indelicato.

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