Sunday, August 31, 2014

With Friends Like Bobby Sasso, Who Needs Hit Men?

Sasso, gang banger...
It was not a mob hit; it was personal.

Robert Sasso, 33, the grandson of a Teamsters boss who worked for John Gotti, allegedly shot another man four times early on Friday. The victim, who was described as a "pal,"  called 911 as he lay dying.

Earlier, Sasso had picked up Dean Oku, 29, in a white Ford Fusion and drove him to the Whitestone jetty so the pair could smoke weed at close to 2:30 am. While parked, overlooking the water, Sasso pulled a gun and shot him in the chest and thigh. Sasso then drove off, leaving the man on the jetty.

Oku called 911 and when the police finally arrived, he was asked, “Why’d he shoot you?”

“An old beef,” Oku said.

He was taken to New York Hospital in Queens and nearly died, but reached surgery in time to have his condition upgraded to critical.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cosa Nostra Not Sicily's Only Mafia

La Stidda ("star")

Bet you didn't know there are two Mafias based in Sicily.

There's Cosa Nostra, of course. Then there's La Stidda (Sicilian for "the star"), a Sicilian-based Mafia group that's a direct rival to Cosa Nostra. All members reportedly wear the same star-shaped tattoo.

La Stidda was created by "Men of Honor" (members of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra) who broke apart following the murder of Mafia-boss Giuseppe Di Cristina during a major Mafia war of the early 1980s.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mafia Killer's Memoir Prompts Literary Critic's Resignation

From IBT: The autobiography of a jailed Mafia killer has been selected as finalist for a Sicilian literary award, prompting the resignation of a juror who claimed the choice offended the memory of the author's victims.

Literary critic Gaspare Agnello said that the decision to admit a book by Cosa Nostra affiliate Giuseppe Grassonelli (titled Malerba) to the final has soiled the name of the prize dedicated to Leonardo Sciascia, a late Sicilian writer who helped raise awareness on Mafia issues through his work.

Noting that the mobster never repented of his crimes, Agnello said that awarding him "would be an offence to his many victims, whose blood is still fresh".

To add to the controversy, one of the other selected finalists, Caterina Chinnici, is the daughter of a prosecutor killed by the Mafia in a 1983 bomb attack in Palermo.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stephen "Most Dangerous" of Basciano Sons, Says Ex-Bonanno Capo

Vinny Gorgeous
"Stephen has a nine millimeter handgun with a fitted silencer
that I had given him before my arrest in 2005.
That deadly weapon was mine."
--Dominick Cicale, former capo under Vinny Gorgeous

UPDATED: Former Bonanno capo Dominick Cicale, a key government witness against ex-acting boss Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano and other crime family cohorts in 2012, is calling for the judge to throw the book at his erstwhile boss's son, Stephen Basciano.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Video Offers Rare View of Ndrangheta's "Bizarre Rituals"

The Calabrian Ndrangheta held a small gathering in the Swiss town of Frauenfeld, outside Zurich.

The event was filmed by Swiss and Italian police as part of a two-year investigation.

Germany’s Der Spiegel was the latest to publish the video – released by Italian investigators – following the arrest last Friday of at least 16 Ndrangheta suspects by Italian and Swiss police. It marked the culmination of Operation Helvetia, launched in 2012.

The video [seen on the jump page] offers a rare insight into the secret world of the Calabrian Mafia and its bizarre rituals.

Toto Riina Admitted to Meeting PM Andreotti in the 1990s

Andreotti died having been
cleansed of Mafia-related crimes.
“Riina changed Cosa Nostra from having a democratic, federal organisation to an authoritarian management style – and that’s a euphemism given that he would murder colleagues for making the wrong hand gesture at meetings.” 

Toto Riina, the jailed 'boss of bosses' of the Sicilian Mafia, for the first time, claimed he met with seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti.

This revelation is released mere days before the Venice premier of La Trattativa, an Italian documentary about secret talks allegedly held between Cosa Nostra and the Italian government in the 1990s.

According to the Telegraph Riina has long been accused of meeting the former Christian Democrat leader.

Interesting Quotes from Michael Franzese's Reddit IAmA

"Where Hoffa at?"

"They will NEVER find Hoffa's body. trust me on that one."

--Michael Franzese, in a Reddit  IAmA subreddit

Early in 2014, Michael Franzese participated in Reddit's much vaunted IAmA -- basically a real time session in which those on Reddit, called redditors, ask questions of someone who is famous or noteworthy for some kind of achievement or notoriety or both.

Michael Franzese discusses the Mafia, Goodfellas and meatballs.

Reddit [reddit] is an entertainment, social networking service and news website where registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links. Also, registered users, called redditors, vote submissions "up" or "down" to organize the posts and determine their position on the site's pages.

When John Gotti and Sammy Bull Visited Brooklyn...

Gotti, left, Gravano, back in the good
old days of "La Cosa Nostra."
John Gotti and Salvatore "Sammy Bull" Gravano drove into Bath Beach in Brooklyn to visit Tommy "Karate" Pitera.

At a diner, the trio -- the Gambino boss and underboss, and a soldier in the Bonanno crime family -- discussed a mob hit. (Why they'd enjoy a meal in a diner in the midst of so many delectable Italian restaurants, this writer doesn't know. This writer does have a strong notion what the agenda was, however. Read on, please...) 

The Bath Ave. Crew noticed the three men seated at a table in the eatery and "showed their respect" with a bottle of bubbly."

Feds Want to Flip Galati To Nail Philly Mob Bosses

Galati's garage was a mob hangout, it is alleged.
"I will kill him myself. I will strangle him. I will poke his eyes out. I am going to stab him right in the forehead with this thing." 
 -- Ron Galati quoted in recent court filings talking to one of his employees while waving an ice pick.

Andrew Tuono was dating a raven-haired beauty named Tiffany, 33, when he was shot three times in the belly last year.

He'd been warned by acquaintances that the lovely young lady was connected, and that he very well could find himself on the receiving end of an aimed pistol. But, hey -- love is blind.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Meet Former Colombo Capo Michael Franzese

Michael Franzese

THIS POST IS OLD; the event closed.

Wanna meet a gangster?

An official inducted member of Cosa Nostra?

I just received an invitation to extend to all my readers, who are free to extend the invitation to anyone they want.

Readers of Cosa Nostra News (and anyone they care to extend this offer to) are personally invited to meet Michael Franzese and his wife Cammy in New Jersey to discuss the new movie about Michael's life and times in the Mafia, "God the Father," over breakfast.

To register click on this link: Attend Breakfast with Michael Franzese.

Watch the trailer on the continuation; looks pretty cool to me...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ndrangheta Raided as Part of Combined Law Enforcement Effort

Swiss and Italian police  joined forces two years ago to investigate the Calabrian ’Ndrangheta in Switzerland.
Old time Ndrangheta
boss Antonio Macri. 

The Calabrian Mafia is ramping up illegal activity in Switzerland.

Which says a lot, considering they have been operating in the Thurgau state of Switzerland for the past 40 years, with alleged involvement in cocaine, weapons dealing, extortion and trafficking.

A video shot near Zurich from a hidden-camera was released after police arrested 16 people in Italy, two of whom live in Frauenfeld, the capital of the member state of Thurgau in Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office is now expecting extradition requests from the Italian authorities.

Friday, August 22, 2014

FBI Ordered to Name Agent Tied to Mob Corruption

Lin Devecchio
Courthouse News Service: The FBI must give a terminally ill mafia expert the name of a special agent allegedly involved in agency corruption, and other related information, a federal judge ruled.

Forensic analyst Angela Clemente sued the FBI on July 21, 2008, alleging that Special Agent Lindley Devecchio and others helped cover up murders and other violent crimes committed by agency informants, like Colombo family capo Gregory Scarpa.

Clemente has spent the last decade researching the FBI's relationship with Scarpa, aka "The Grim Reaper" or "The Mad Hatter," who served as an FBI informant since 1961.

Devecchio was charged with aiding and abetting four murders in 2006, but the judge dismissed the case after finding that Scarpa's former mistress lacked witness credibility.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bath Ave. Crew Member "Crazy Joey" Wants Story Told

Joey Calco
Publishers Marketplace reports: "The Joey Calco Story (former Bonanno hitman) by Richard Cagan (out May 2014)."

Cagan is a published author of several books, including one mob book, Mafia Cop: The Two Families of Michael Palermo; Saints Only Live in Heaven. I've never read it or him.

Looks like former Bath Avenue Crew member Joey Calco wants to tell his story. It was supposed to have been released already -- only, where is it?

As many of you -- especially former and current residents of  Bath Beach -- no doubt recall, Calco — a turncoat with two murder convictions under his belt — had reinvented himself in the witness protection program as Joseph Milano, the owner of Goomba’s Pizza in Florida.

But that version of life imploded on him back in 2009, when he made that infamous videotaped leap over the counter seen 'round the world after two customers had the balls to complain and then demand their money back because Joey screwed up their calzone.

Calco proceeded to pistol whip the customers brutally, and the attack was caught on the pizzeria's own video camera. The pizzeria's own video camera, I repeat.

The former Bath Ave. Boy was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the calzone beatdown and possession of a gun. Maybe this screwed up the book plans? I searched and can't find any other mention of The Joey Calco Story.

Back in 2004, Calco, now 45, helped prosecutors put away former Bonanno consiglieri Anthony Spero in return for only nine years in prison.

Not bad for two murders. Frank Gangi did even better. He cooperated and got 10 years for five murders -- and even bitched at the judge that it was too much time. Tommy Pitera got a laugh out of that one.

Gangi found a hell of a way out of a drunk driving charge, though, you gotta admit. Cop to involvement in a large number of gangland homicides instead of accepting punishment for drunk driving.

That's what he was arrested for, drunk driving, after he brought police on a wild chase through Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, in April 1990.
Joey leaps across counter...

As Jerry Capeci noted:
He was taken to the 62nd Precinct and absolutely floored the cops, who were pissing and moaning about all the paperwork they had ahead of them. 
He told them he was a serial killer and wanted to confess his sins, tell authorities where the bodies were buried, cooperate and start a new life for himself. “The feds have already approached me. Now I’m ready,” Gangi said. 
Gangi made good on his promise. He served up Bonanno mobster Thomas (Tommy Karate) Pitera for a litany of brutal murders that landed Pitera in federal prison for life and earned Gangi a new lease on his.

Authorities, in the end, dug up the remains of five bodies -- all of which had been dismembered and buried in marshland on Staten Island by Pitera and Gangi, who admitted roles in five slayings, including a woman. Pitera believed it was a great burial ground because it was a federal nature preserve.

Judge Reena Raggi of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn told Gangi: “I still have hope for you; you still will have a chance for a life, which is more than those five people you killed will.”

She sentenced him to 10 years. Maybe it's me, but most gangsters in Gangi's shoes would likely consider that one hell of a break, considering the body count. But not Gangi.

His new life began in December [1998], when he got out of prison after serving eight and a half years and was given a new identity under the federal Witness Protection Program. A few months later, he'd been nabbed twice for drunk driving in his new hometown and jailed for violating parole.

He was brought back to Brooklyn on June 15 [1999] and made a personal plea to the same judge, back in her chambers.

She gave him another chance, releasing him as long as he agreed to start dealing with his problems with drinking and driving. He was also required to go to work and report once a week to parole officials. 

Capeci offered further insight:
Pitera, who berated Gangi after he appealed his sentence for “weeping and whimpering to the judge” instead of taking his punishment “like a man,” couldn’t be reached for comment at Leavenworth. But Pitera’s trial lawyer, Mathew Mari, had this reaction: “This slap on the wrist bolsters Tommy’s nine-year contention that Gangi was given a lifetime license to kill and can get away with anything and everything.”
Bet Pitera wishes Gangi had sought counseling for his abuse of alcohol prior to that police chase in Brooklyn. Tommy Karate might still be on the streets, which is a truly terrifying thought for many people, I bet.

Stallone to Play Greg "The Grim Reaper" Scarpa

Scarpa in his strong days as arch enforcer and
"special agent" for the Feds.
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that a film about Colombo capo/lifelong informant Gregory "The Grim Reaper" Scarpa is slated to start filming early next year.

Brad Furman will direct and Sylvester Stallone will play the lead role; it will be a Millennium Films production.
Stallone could probably play a decent street
guy. But can he play a decent Greg Scarpa?

The script was written by Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote the book and screenplay for the acclaimed mobster film Goodfellas, which was nominated for an Oscar. Pileggi also was the wordsmith for Casino, which won many kudos from critics but not much else. (I agree with many others: Pileggi was robbed -- he also should have been nominated for Casino, which he adapted from his own book.)

Both those films further benefitted from the immortal direction of Martin Scorsese, who is not involved with the Scarpa film, however.

According to Deadline: The "high-profile project [is] currently being pulled together and one they hope to put before the cameras next year, possibly in the first quarter."

Defamation Case Settled by "Undercover Cop" Publisher


We recently posted a story by Dan Goldberg that ran in the The Star-Ledger about the book "Undercover Cop" by Mike Russell. In the book Russell writes that he was an undercover New Jersey state trooper who infiltrated the mob and brought down dozens of wiseguys -- but only after taking a .32-caliber bullet to the head.

As noted in Goldberg's story:
Russell did infiltrate the mob and did pass on valuable information... But [retired State Police Capt. Nick Oriolo, whose name is misspelled in the book] estimates that only about 20 percent of the book is true. He does not recall Russell being shot in the head, which the book describes as a very emotional moment for the State Police sergeant, who was “blubbering” at Russell’s bedside. 

Anonymous Jury Sought for "Lufthansa" Bonanno Trial

Tommy D, Bonanno acting boss.
Prosecutors are asking the judge for an anonymous and partially sequestered jury for the trial involving reputed Bonanno acting boss Tommy "Tommy D" DiFiore, capo Vincent Asaro and other crime family members.

This is revealed in a court filing made last month by Loretta E. Lynch, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Specifically, the prosecutors requested that jurors' names, addresses and employment information not be revealed to the defendants or their attorneys. Also, it was requested that each juror be escorted by U.S. Marshals to and from court each day, and "at all times during recess."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Car Theft Isn't What It Used To Be for the Mob

Auto theft isn't the profit center it once was for Mafia families; the chop-shop would appear to be all but extinct today, too, according to a report in the New York Times. The bottom line as to why? "Stealing cars is harder than it used to be, less lucrative and more likely to land you in jail."

Auto theft isn’t much of a problem anymore in New York City. In 1990, the city had 147,000 reported auto thefts, one for every 50 residents; last year, there were just 7,400, or one per 1,100. That’s a 96 percent drop in the rate of car theft.

So, why did this happen? All crime has fallen, nationally and especially in New York. But there has also been a big shift in the economics of auto theft: Stealing cars is harder than it used to be, less lucrative and more likely to land you in jail. As such, people have found other things to do.

Bath Avenue Crew Rose High, Fell Hard

Linda Scarpa was one of my first "mob-related" sources. She, in turn, introduced me to Jimmy Calandra about five years ago.

Then through Jimmy I met John Alite, then Michael DiLeonardo. Several other sources I've since known have remained anonymous.

But my exclusive  content is the result primarily of Linda Scarpa and Jimmy Calandra, both of whom have earned my everlasting gratitude....

Members of the Bath Avenue Crew were as young as 8 years old and probably weren't even aware of what they were doing -- aligning themselves with the biggest, baddest gang in America: Cosa Nostra, specifically the Five Families.
Bath Avenue Crew founding members.

Anthony Spero, former Bonanno consiglieri, was the man for whom they would one day carry out orders that cost some their lives, others, their freedom and all, their souls. At least that's what they said in testimony; it was powerful testimony, however, and it helped put Spero away in an unbelievably circumstantial trial.

At the same time they saw the wiseguys on the street, pulling up to the curbs in their big shiny Cadillacs, loafing around social clubs wearing pricey suits and sporting hundred-dollar haircuts and manicured fingernails.

Video Teaser for Buccaneer: The Odyssey of Jack Reed

As previously noted, Jack Carlton Reed, (September 30, 1930 – October 12, 2009) was a drug smuggler and co-defendant of Carlos Enrique Lehder Rivas, Colombian drug baron and co-founder, with Pablo Escobar, of the Medellín Cartel.

Reed was a pilot for Lehder’s cocaine transport empire on Norman's Cay, an out island 210 miles away from the Florida coast, in the Bahamas. Reed flew the drugs for Lehder, who handled transport while Escobar handled production and supply.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Is There Even a Cosa Nostra in Philadelphia?

"Who knows him?"
Ralph Natale
--John Gotti, former boss of Gambino family, in response to Ralph Natale's question regarding if New York's families would support Sicilian-born John Stanfa as boss over Philadelphia. 

"If the mob was really the mob, I'd still be a mob guy."
--Big Ron Previte, former capo of the Philadelphia family.

As we noted in a recent post, mob memberships in Philadelphia were for sale around 10 years ago.

Someone could have made a cash payment to George Borgesi, supposedly the family's consiglieri, as late as 2003, as well as Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, in the 1990s.

Now we're learning that the problems go even deeper than that -- at least during the Philadelphia mob's Stanfa-Natale-Merlino period. In fact back then mobsters outside of Philadelphia questioned the bona fides of several members and the family hierarchy's legitimacy seems to have been a major issue.

At least until Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi began running the show. Only now he's supposedly retired...


Thursday, August 14, 2014

DiMichele Sobs Her Way to Probation, Not Jail Time

Alicia DiMichele cried at her embezzlement sentencing today -- and was given four years probation by a Brooklyn federal judge not known for Mafia sympathy.

The former "Mob Wives" star apologized for helping Edward “Tall Guy” Garofalo, her husband and a soldier in the Colombo crime family, steal union pension funds via a trucking company the couple owned and operated between 2003 and 2005.

“I was a bookkeeper for DM Trucking and prepared invoices and paperwork with the knowledge that they were false,” DiMichele said before tearing up.

Heartwarming Nostalgia: Ex-Mob Wife Talks About Her Arrest, Etc.

Another blog, which seems to either have an agenda or a very shallow editorial strategy (we wonder who is really behind the operation), inspired us to take a stroll down memory lane...

Mob Wives memory lane, specifically.

Alicia DiMichele joins Ricky to talk about what it was like to be a "Mob Wife" before she was arrested.

Watch Full Segment Here:
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While gauging the flora and fauna peppered beside the path, we noticed a couple more "updates" of sort...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hit Women: An Offer You Won't Want to Refuse

Revenge for hire is the concept behind the television series “Hit Women,” a dark comedy about four ruthless hit women  who carry out contracts for hire.

The program is the brainchild of Ranelle Golden, an accomplished writer and producer. A seasoned Indie Film Maker with credits, her films have been showcased in film festivals across the country.

In mid-2011 she began developing the first of two television concepts; one of which was Hit Women, which premiered at the international MIPCOM 2012 Event in Cannes, France. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Piromalli Ndrina of Gioia Tauro

The Calabrian port run by the Ndrangheta.
Steven Trotter is the guest blogger who wrote the following story. He also operates an organized crime news page on Facebook called Global Mafia News.

On a ridge above the Calabrian town of Gioia Tauro sits a house overlooking the coastal settlement and the surrounding area. Gioia Tauro is located in the middle of a long plain adjacent to the Tyrrhenian Sea in the deep south of Italy. The house occupies a position that feudal lords in medieval times would have envied as it dominates the local area.

And that is exactly the point.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sneak Peek: Ex-Mobster John Alite Speaks with Trevor McDonald

We now present a clip of John Alite talking to Sir Trevor McDonald for an ITV documentary about the Mafia titled "The Mafia with Trevor McDonald."

As we noted, the veteran broadcaster wants to show viewers the "reality" and not the "mythology" of the Mob in the show.

Trevor will look at the day-to-day lives of men within the secret crime organisation as well as undercover law enforcement figures, the Radio Times reported.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

In the Mob, Not Giving Credit Can Get Guys Whacked...

Punchy Illiano, RIP
I feel like Rodney Dangerfield these days.

I don't get no respect!

That's a catchy lede for a blog story, but to be perfectly frank, respect has nothing to do with this. Credit does come into play -- in terms of credibility, and here we could all take a page from the mob; they certainly know the importance of giving credit where credit is due. People can suddenly die otherwise.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Italy's Kinder, Gentler Mafia in Expansion Mode

Mafia violence is on the wane.
The Italian mafia is on the march, infiltrating new sectors of the country's economy, according to a new report.

Newspaper articles have been seeking to offset this news with word that the Mafia has been keeping a lid on violence -- as if taking a page from its American brethren, which no longer sanctions murder.

The report, by the government’s anti-mafia directorate (the Dia), adds that while Sicily’s Cosa Nostra faces a troublesome ongoing restructuring and the Naples-based Camorra is getting major attention from law enforcement, the Calabrian Ndrangheta has consolidated its position as the most powerful criminal organization in all of Italy, if not the world.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What's Going Rate for Mafia Membership?

Tired of being a mob associate and kicking up most of your earnings?

Tired of constantly lying to your superiors about how much you earn so you don't have to kick up as much? Face it -- you wanna be a made guy... 

Well, friends, now that dream can be yours! You can become a full member of the Philadelphia mob for only a one-time payment of $10,000! (Cash, of course.)

Chances are, you won't read an ad like that in 5,000 years. But believe it or not, for a time buying a button was possible--and membership for sale was offered, according to two government witnesses.
"No, I said $100,000...."

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Memoirs of Modern Day Buccaneer Jack Reed

Escobar earned the Mafia's respect.
"Italian-American Mafiosi, Sicilians and Neapolitans, we always thought that the Cartels were really nothing more than organized groups of nobodies.
Excluding Pablo Escobar, no Latin kingpin was considered equal to a Mafioso."

"I’m no goddamn rat!
I’m a player. I’m a pirate.
I’m a hedonist; and one hell of a good smuggler,
but I’m no rat!"
--Jack Carlton Reed
The man who brought the cocaine from Colombia to the U.S.

Jack Carlton Reed, (September 30, 1930 – October 12, 2009) was a drug smuggler and co-defendant of Carlos Enrique Lehder Rivas, Colombian drug baron and co-founder, with Pablo Escobar, of the Medellín Cartel.

Reed was a pilot for Lehder’s cocaine transport empire on Norman's Cay, an out island 210 miles away from the Florida coast, in the Bahamas. Reed flew the drugs for Lehder, who handled transport while Escobar handled production and supply.

OK, You're in Witness Protection... Now What?

What Happens When You Enter the Witness Protection Program?: Gerald Shur was struggling to convince his witness to testify. The year was 1961, and Shur, an attorney focused on organized crime at the Department of Justice, was talking to the owner of a New York trucking company who claimed that Johnny “Sonny” Franzese demanded half the profits of his business.

Protected witness...

Franzese’s men had vandalized his trucks and beaten him unconscious with baseball bats until he complied, and now the owner hoped that Shur could offer him a way out. But when Shur suggested testifying against Franzese, the witness responded, “Testify?”

He had good reason to be incredulous. For Franzese, a member of one of the “Five Families” of the New York mafia, extorting a small business owner represented low-level crime. An associate wearing a wire would later record Franzese discussing the best way to commit murder: he would cover his fingertips with nail polish, wear a hairnet, and dismember the body so that he could run it through the garbage disposal.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sicilian Mafia Meets Its Match in American Pop Culture

Domenico Palazzotto on the right?
It was bound to happen.

Once upon a time, Sicilian mobsters were known as "zips" and were imported to America for very specific reasons.

They were believed to be tougher than American Mafiosi; they had no police records here; they'd kill anyone -- including women and children; and for them, Omerta was not a word, it was a way of life.

Gangster Feared Vito Rizzuto, Then Died

Gang leader Ducarme Joseph was shot dead in St. Michel on Friday night.

A former gang leader with ties to the Canadian Mafia, Joseph allegedly was involved in the 2009 shooting death of Nick Rizzuto Jr., son of the deceased Vito Rizzuto, formerly the powerful head of the Mafia in Montreal.

Joseph, 41, was found bleeding in a parking lot at St. Michel Ange and Villeray Sts. from multiple wounds to his upper body.
Deceased Cosa Nostra boss Vito Rizzuto, middle, flanked by his
father and son, both named Nick.

Joseph, who'd gone into hiding, may have started raising his profile in the months following Vito's death. It was a fatal mistake.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Boston Mob Highlights Patriarca Mob's Violent Past

From the Providence Journal: BOSTON MOB: The Rise and Fall of the New England Mob and Its Most Notorious Killer,” by Marc Songini. St. Martin’s Press. 369 pages. $27.99.

This is a colorful, even gleeful, account of murder, mayhem and corruption during the heyday of the New England Mafia. As you can imagine, despite the title, a lot of it is about Rhode Island and Raymond L.S. Patriarca, who ran the “Office,” as it was called, from the Coin-O-Matic office on Atwells Avenue in Providence.

Three strains run through the book by Boston-area journalist Marc Songini. The fast-reading narrative begins and ends with the turbulent history of Joseph Barboza, or Joseph Barboza Baron after he changed his name. Of Portuguese descent and from New Bedford, he worked with many of the other figures in the book.