Thursday, May 7, 2015

Michael DiLeonardo On the Gotti Reign

COSA NOSTRA NEWS EXCLUSIVE
After reading Michael "Mikie Scars" DiLeonardo's testimony and watching him on the Trevor McDonald show, we wanted to know more about his story.

Mikie Scars, recently taken.

We reached out and initially asked for his opinion about the ongoing media feud (GangLand News even wrote about it in Tweets Not Bullets: Mob War in CyberSpace).

We got what we sought from "Scars" -- that and a whole lot more. DiLeonardo knows Cosa Nostra, and we spent most of this week working with him. We thank Michael for generously spending his time with us.

Michael DiLeonardo's story certainly warrants a full-length book. When we asked Michael if he was working on getting his life story onto the page, he told us only that he's received many requests.

"Mikie Scars" beat the Feds when he was tried in Georgia for extorting some $70 million from Georgia's Gold Club and $100,000 from the Manhattan-based high-end Scores strip club.

The trial ran from mid-March to August 30, 200.

DiLeonardo was acquitted.

John Gotti Senior died around 10 months later, on June 10, 2002. "Mikie Scars" was filmed by the Feds attending the Dapper Don's wake.

Days after Gotti's burial, Michael and others were arrested based on Craig DePalma's sealed Grand Jury testimony.

"Fat Dom" Borghese, Anthony Rotondo, Anthony Capo and "Vinny Ocean" Palermo were set to testify against Michael for his role in the Fred Weiss murder.

While sitting in jail, DiLeonardo learned that Joseph "Jo Jo" Corozzo, consiglieri, speaking for Peter Gotti and Nicholas "Little Nicky" Corozzo, had "stopped all my income, all my money, mob and non mob-related," Michael said.


"Now this is not an excuse for flipping. There are no excuses for flipping if you are in the life."


(The irony here is that John Gotti Senior sent a message through Peter Gotti to offer DiLeonardo the consiglieri position circa late-1998-1999. “I turned him down,” Michael said, allowing Jo Jo the opportunity.)

DiLeonardo had nothing coming to him, he was informed. Angered, Michael sent a message back to the administration:

"I don't remember dying or getting life yet. I may come home one day."

Soon after, an associate named Noel Modica sent a message to Michael through Madalina that he'd been shelved.

"She had no clue what it meant," Michael said. "I couldn't believe what she had said.

"Now this is not an excuse for flipping. There are no excuses for flipping if you are in the life.

"So it crushed me. Broke my heart. In that state of mind I made the choice to flip. It obviously was not a good time to make a huge, life-changing decision, but I did, to my chagrin."

Ironically, DiLeonardo got his big break in the Mafia when another man flipped, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano.

"After Gravano and others went away, there was a power vacuum in the Gambino crime family. Senior and Junior put me in charge of construction. I was in position to earn a lot of money," said DiLeonardo.


Born into the Mafia
DiLeonardo was born and raised in Bath Beach, Brooklyn.

"I came up in that life under Jerry D’Aquila, whose father [Salvatore "Toto" D'Aquila] was the first boss of bosses. Paul Zaccaria [whose father was a brother-in-law to "Toto" D'Aquila] also schooled me."

The D'Aquila name is prominent in early American Mafia history.

Salvatore "Toto" D'Aquila (November 1877 – October 10, 1928) was the first boss of what, in 1957, became the Gambino crime family. In 1910, Giuseppe "the Clutch Hand" Morello, known as the first "boss of bosses," was imprisoned. D'Aquila broke from the Morello crime family in which he'd been a captain and formed his own family.

DiLeonardo's grandfather, Vincenzo DiLeonardo, was a capo in D'Aquila's Brooklyn faction.


"We started going back and forth over things. He's not supposed to get pinched for Scores, I'm supposed to be pinched for Scores. I'm supposed to be pinched for Scores."


"My grandfather and great grandfather were sent here by Vito Cascioferro. They were paesans from Bisacquino, Sicily. My grandfather was a captain early on with D'Aquila. Jerry was a captain too but was taken down for misusing money.

"Paul Zaccaria drove Carlo Gambino around for a time.

"My father was Sal D'Aquila's godchild.

"I came up under both those guys. We called each other cousins. D'Aquila was in control of everyone in New York for a period, with some resistance. He had Cleveland, Buffalo and Pittsburgh come into him.

"D'Aquila was betrayed by Mineo. A war was happening for years leading up to his death and beyond until Mineo was killed and that made the peace," DiLeonardo said.

The Sicilians, back then, were based on Elizabeth Street, First Avenue and Harlem in New York City, DiLeonardo said.


Holiday Buttons on Christmas Eve 1988
Michael and John Junior were both made on Christmas Eve 1988. Sammy the Bull ran the ceremony.

Michael noticed that Junior underwent an instant change following their induction.

"It happens with a lot of  guys," DiLeonardo said. "As soon as they get their finger pinched they wake up the next day and get hit with all this information and knowledge. The think: This is royalty. Most guys get dumber instead of smarter" after getting their button.

He admits the two men had good times together. John Senior had wanted DiLeonardo close to his son. "John Senior saw something in me that he thought would be good medicine for his son."

Real difficulties between the two didn't commence until years later, in 1996 and 1997, DiLeonardo said.

"We started going back and forth over things. He's not supposed to get pinched for Scores, I'm supposed to be pinched for Scores. I'm supposed to be pinched for Scores."

DiLeonardo said that greed, a major trait of Junior Gotti, was a major problem for the Gambino crime family. Long before the Scores indictments landed, "I told John we're going to jail for this because he involved Greg DePalma."

"What is he, a rat?" Junior asked Michael.

No, but Greg DePalma constantly said incriminating things on wiretaps. He was caught, put away and reclaimed what was his on the street several times owing to his words being caught on tape.

It was no secret that DePalma was a blabbermouth.

For all the trouble it caused him, Michael had nothing to show for his involvement in Scores. He was supposed to be paid $10,000 for his role. "The payment from Scores came from Craig to Junior at a wedding. Then Junior gives it to me, then takes it back saying it was for appeal lawyers for Tony Morrelli  and Ozzie Santini, which was fine by me."

Junior liked to hang around with fellow weightlifters. Many injected a daily diet of steroids to bulk up. Muscles were common ground for Junior, Mikie Scars said. "Junior had Willie Marshall around him. Junior knew he was a corrections officer. I'd break his balls over this."

Michael explained: "His father was charismatic. When Junior put the suit on, he knew he wasn't his father. That's why he felt more comfortable in the baseball cap and the sweatsuit. His persona was his muscles. He looked in mirrors, walked down 101st Avenue getting his picture taken. That was his armor, his muscles.

"He didn't understand this is Cosa Nostra. You could be an old man and live off a lifetime of respect." Rather, his mentality was: "'I'm Gotti, I have muscles," DiLeonardo said. "He'd sit at the table in a restaurant and take a deep breath and flex his pecs, with just me sitting there."

Junior also gave Michael pause with the way he spoke of his father. "Junior referred to his father as a god," DiLeonardo said.

Mikie Scars still in the life.
"He also called his father the "chief" during meetings with the administrations of other families.

"I spoke to [Jackie] D'Amico and told him to also speak to Junior about calling John Senior chief to other families. Each family has its own chief, they don't wanna hear that."

On this point, Junior did take the advice, and stopped referring to Senior as the chief in front of other families.

DiLeonardo said that Junior was a "power" and that the belief that some crime families didn't recognize him is totally false.


"When we were in the street, we met many times with [the administration of the Genovese family]," as well as the administrations of other families.

"We did business with the West Side all the time."

DiLeonardo said that he had Junior's ear their first few years together on the street.

"Early on he was not greedy," DiLeonardo said.."After Senior went to prison, I was influential."

John Gotti Senior had wanted it that way. "Junior tells me 'my father wants me to be close to you.' I became acting captain and then capo."

Junior (and DiLeonardo) Banned Sanctioned Hits
Asked what Junior's largest contribution to the Gambino crime family was as its acting boss, DiLeonardo said that it was issuing a ban on sanctioned hits in the Gambino family.

"I'd been telling him that we had to stop the murders and the drug dealing. I also told him he had to let the family earn." Michael was referring to old timers especially, who wanted to generate revenue.

So Junior banned all sanctioned hits in the Gambino family, a proclamation that held up from 1991 until 2002, DiLeonardo said.


"They weren't supposed to bring a gun," he added. "In different times he could've been killed for what he did. That's the reason you don't bring a gun to a meeting. That is why on a sanctioned hit you have backup, crash cars -- you plan it out. You don't shoot a guy in broad daylight like that."


"There is no sanctioned murders for a 10-year period. We put a moratorium on killing, except in certain instances, such as if someone was an informant."

He referred to specific killings that happened within the period as off-the-record hits, such as the case of Frank Hydell, who knew about a murder and was suspected of cooperating.

As for the Uvas, the married couple that robbed social clubs -- one movie was made about them, now another one is in production -- Michael referred to what they did as suicide by mobster. "That was an open contract. Our guys did it. You rob a social club -- you commit suicide."

There was no plot to murder Curtis Sliwa, the outspoken radio personality who insulted and ridiculed John Gotti Senior murder, DiLeonardo said. "He was supposed to be kidnapped and baseball-batted. Hospital job.

"They weren't supposed to bring a gun," he added. "In different times he could've been killed for what he did. That's the reason you don't bring a gun to a meeting. That is why on a sanctioned hit you have backup, crash cars -- you plan it out. You don't shoot a guy in broad daylight like that."

DiLeonardo said a "dozen guys would be gone now" if not for the ban.

"Everybody wants to kill everybody. I had decided years earlier that when I got into position, I was going to stop that."

Junior mentions the ban on killing in Shadow of My Father but doesn't include the fact that "Mikie Scars" had pushed for it.


The Gotti Monarchy
"John Senior wanted to take over the Commission and be the "boss of bosses." He wanted to run all five families - that was his main goal. So his son must have known that.

"For them, it was a monarchy - the Gottis tried to hold on like the Persicos. It doesn't work through bloodlines."

The Persicos led the Colombo family through a bloody civil war to maintain their power. Carmine Persico is still the boss, DiLeonardo said.

John Gotti Senior was unique in that he had no family member to give him admittance to Cosa Nostra.

"He took over by violence. Junior felt entitled, even though he had no lineage. The Gottis had no lineage when it came to Cosa Nostra. It started and stopped with John Senior."

Gotti Senior was "a street guy from Fulton-Rockaways. He was a tough fucking guy. That is how he got around, through Angelo Ruggiero, then through Neil [Aniello "Neil" Dellacroce], who rose to the position of underboss after Carlo Gambino removed "Joe the Blonde" from the position."

"He blasted his way into the mob -- he came the tough guy way in," Michael added.

"Whatever his father had" in terms of charisma and street smarts, Junior didn't have.
Still, Junior "was a smart guy, well read."


Mikie Scar's Drug Policy
Michael's own brother was killed in a gangland hit. "They put my brother in the drug business and that was their excuse for killing him," he remarked dryly.

He was against taking drug money, though he was well aware of the "don't get caught" loophole. He also knew "some guys paid the price of getting caught."

When he learned his former brother-in-law was taking drug money, Michael confronted him.

"The Gottis are in the drug business, everybody is in that business, don’t brown nose Junior," his brother-in-law said. "Fuck them."

"My response was, 'Frank, let them be in that business. It's not us. Let's not give anyone excuses to fuck with us. I lost a brother already, we are making huge money -- why risk this?' I ordered him to stop. Of course he never stopped until he got pinched, then lies about taking drug money."

As for Junior, was he in the drug business? Junior himself certainly says he's not.

But Mikie Scars mentioned two specific instances that makes him doubt Junior's truthfulness.

One instance involved Junior using Michael as a messenger. He was told to inform a member of the Gambino crime family that if a certain person, Danny Fama carried out a certain drug deal, he'd be killed. DiLeonardo was told to pass the message on to Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano.

By admitting to this knowledge, Junior was saying that he had special knowledge of a facet of the drug business, DiLeonardo said. Either that, or someone about to be killed "had a very good friend giving him a tip."

"That was one of the hints Junior may have been taking drug money -- not selling drugs himself. But if you pick up money from drugs, you are in the drug business. Once you accept that money, you are a drug dealer."

Another hint occurred at the wedding of Pasquale "Patsy" Conte's son on Great Neck, Long Island.

"Junior tells me that Jackie [D'Amico] is gonna talk to me."

Jackie approached Michael. "He tells me, what do you think? Patsy Conte wants to give us $800,000 as a gift."

Conte was known to be in the drug business, so the money Jackie references is "junk money," Michael said.

Then Conte himself approached to greet Michael.

"Patsy never said hello or goodbye to me. Now he knows where the power is. He walks away and Junior walks up to me and says what you think?"

"Now I gotta think of answer for this guy.I didn't know the right anwer to give him. Then I threw at him:"By our rule we're supposed to kill this guy."

Then "Junior puts his finger in my face, not in a threatening way, but in a why like he's trying to educate me. He says "I want you to think about that."

"In my head, I thought, I guess we're in the drug business."


Junior Never Sought Advice
Junior's problem in Cosa Nostra was that he didn't appreciate the knowledge that could have been easily passed down to him, according to DiLeonardo. Junior went to military school and "thought he was running a battalion. He didn't realize the dynamic of what Cosa Nostra was.

"John Junior thought he was in the army. He didn't know how to be the boss of anything. He thought his guys were his troops.

"Because his name was Gotti he knows everything."

Rather, DiLeonardo was surprised to see that Junior Gotti had a habit of stealing Michael's words and using them as if they were his own.

Some of "Mikie Scars" advice to Junior would be parroted by Junior to others, including DiLeonardo himself, as if Junior was telling him something he didn't already know.

In fact, DiLeonardo says some of the things he told Junior are in Shadow of My Father -- "certain things that I told him that he never gave me credit for."

That's how Junior was. "We'd talk and a week later during conversation he'd use something I had told him like he was telling me." When he did this, "he'd lift one eyebrow up. I was like "What are you saying? You had an epiphany there?"




Michael eagerly sought the viewpoints of others. He was schooled by men who grew up with fathers who were part of the founding of the American Mafia. DiLeonardo believed the family elders had wisdom -- and that it was worth the effort to talk to them.

"Junior didn't exercise his learning skills by listening to older men in the family.

"I would tell him all the time -- I know two old timers - one's father was first boss of bosses..."

"He'd say 'Yeah, yeah, yeah..."

During a visit to Arizona, DiLeonardo met John "Johnny Mash" Mascia, who had a house there.

Through Johnny Mash, DiLeonardo met Frank Valenti, who at the time was in video gambling machines.

Valenti (September 14, 1911 - September 20, 2008) was a legendary boss and founder of the Rochester crime family, which he headed from 1964 until 1972. The Pittsburgh crime family had assisted Valenti in forming the borgata, which operated in the Buffalo crime family's turf..

Valenti was one of the last living attendees of the 1957 Apalachin Conference.

"Frankie Valenti starts talking history with me," Michael said.

When he returned to New York, DiLeonardo told John Junior: "We should buy this guy a ticket and have dinner with him. We could learn."

"Yeah, yeah, yeah..."

"He knew too much. Old timers, that's how you learn, talking to the old timers.

"He felt like he knew it all.

"When you die in your bed like Carlo Gambino, that's when you can say you know it all."




Did Junior Quit the Mob?
"This is what I think happened. He went to see his father and watched his father get progressively worse at Marion (frustration over the life sentence, then cancer was the cause of Gotti Senior's change)."

Initially, John Senior wanted to know what was happening in the streets. He told John Junior to send him photographs.

So they started taking photographs.

"Junior said, my father wants us to take pictures. So we'd go to dinner with 15 guys and take pictures.

"Senior wanted to know what was going on. He'd get frustrated because he had no control. For a guy with John's ego - that must be super frustrating."

"The frustration was building up in him during family visits. He'd take it out on his family, including his grandson.

"He had no control and he wanted to keep control -- and how he kept control was through the use of extreme violence and extreme fear."

"Junior was visibly upset seeing how his father had deteriorated. He knew the guy was withering away. You could see it on Junior's face.

"There came a point he said, 'Michael, do me a favor you handle all the captains in Brooklyn. Anybody wants to see me, tell them I'm tied up. I'll have my uncle Pete handle other skippers. I just wanna back up a little bit.'

"I said to myself: what is he doing, a Paul Castellano?

"Junior must have seen the digression in his father. He didn't want to die that death. I think he started to get fearful. I would never have hurt Junior or betray him while we were in the street. He was my compare and my boss. I was with him till our ends."

So Junior pulled away from the crime family.

"He's hanging out with Dr Klein, going to see Riverdance. I don't know what the fuck happened. Dr. Klein would see Junior after midnight at Northshore hospital. Then he started getting pains in his head.

"We both cooperated, John Alite and myself -- he can say we're punks etc. But I could have crushed him. If I wanted to lie, I could have put him in numerous murders, which I did not.

"I did not. I could have and I did not.

"People can't see it or don't want to see it. They wanna champion the Gotti cause when they see him" in the media and on the Internet. "People are enamored with it. But unless you were inside, you can't know what it truly means."


Johnny Alite touched a nerve, Michael said.

"When the 302 came out, there is no way John Junior could spin and get away from it.

In the 302, "he blames two separate murders on two separate guys. And now he says he lied about it. To me, that is less than rat."

"Junior will never convince the street guys that what he did was right -- meaning how he fought his trials and how he tried to explain away the 302. He’s done in the street.

"It's the public -- his fan club.

"He has to keep up the image. He will never ever forgive John Alite -- because of what he, John Junior, did to himself.

"I understand and have already forgiven John Junior," Mikie Scars added.

On that note we include a personal message to the Johns, Junior and Alite, from Michael DiLeonardo...

To John A. Gotti and John Alite:
John Junior, pack up your family and move to South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida -- live up to what you promised during your trials. If you love and care for your family, take them out of that environment.

Because there is no question this is having an impact on them.

You have the women and children in your family fighting this poison with John Alite in the press.

John Junior and John Alite -- you both need to stop it, remember WHO and WHAT you were.
Your family is more important than the "Gotti Legend." That is done, no saving it.

You and John Alite have a long history with each other. You also have children that are involved in this mess. Sooner or later your kids -- both of your kids -- will be going after each other to defend their dads.

Do you want that for your kids? Violence and prison?

Intervene now. You both have a lot of dirt on each other. Leave dirt where it belongs, on the ground. Stop kicking it into each other's faces.

Here is an offering from me -- I will personally mediate a truce between the two of you if you want.

Respectfully,
Michael DiLeonardo


We can be contacted on Michael's behalf at eddie2843@gmail.com




45 comments:

  1. Wow what a great interview and clearly from a very wise man. The statement at the end is very true to life. If these two parties don't listen then clearly what he says will happen. its happening already it needs to stop and laid to rest.

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  2. That's was a great read. He sounds like a very knowledgeable and tactile bloke. Can imagine him being very successful had he got the big seat.

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  3. kudos, great read, would love to hear more from him! good job ed

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  4. When i first heard about DiLeonardo i thought he was a typical cooperator that you hear about trying to save his own ass. After reading his testimony and more about him its obvious he was the real deal. All for the family, loyal to his people, and comes across as a sharp guy. Certain things he said shows he knows how to read between the lines and definitely sounds like he knew how to play the Cosa Nostra game.

    Being put in a similar situation, putting the family first and always doing right by them for as long as he did, only to have them cut You off while your locked up? To have people you consider "family", saying your wife should go on welfare? Fuck outta here, they asked for what they got in my opinion. wheres the loyalty to a lifetime member who didnt just coast but put in real work? Ill never understand that as close as these guys were or were supposed to be, especially as becoming a member doesnt seem easy, how could ALL these guys leave someone they were that tight with high and dry in his time of need? I Get that not everyone in a family is close, but in your crew how could you just turn your back on someone especially a guy like mikey. Crazy.

    Good story, not sure if mikey reads this but just wanted to say i dont think cooperating is as black and white as i used to after reading and hearing his story. If you wanna call it ratting i guess you can, but why would you protect the guys who turned their backs on you after everything you did for them. I think hes a genuine guy and if not for the fact they screwed him, i dont believe he'd have ever rolled no matter what the stakes. I think realizing his family was full of fair weather friends hurt him the most - enough to go against everything you once believed.

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  5. Some wild shit. I enjoyed this.

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  6. He looks like such a douchebag leaving that court in Georgia, of course he looks like a douche in all his pictures.Tough guys, tough guys.

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  7. mommy letting you use her computer again? i guess your in between beating off too gay porn, hands tired?

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  8. so what did mike get shelved for did pete gotti and nick catch him stealing or holding back? why do that to such a long time member. and was nick the boss or peter?

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  9. Mikie is thus far the most believable of the whole 'Gotti Era'. Thanks for sharing Mikie, thanks for writing Ed.
    p.s. I got the clarification about the Silwa attempt. Been wondering all these years why they'd try something stupid like that. Thanks Ed.

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  10. Good story.... very interesting guy, this Mikie Scars.....

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  11. Does he know the real story and who stabbed john junior?

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  12. Good article - so who was the decision maker on taking away Scars' profits and stripes - Nicky or Peter Gotti? Did they even bother to give a reason or was it just outright grabbing his money and pushing him aside?

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  13. Ed ,if John JR accepts the offer will you tell us?

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  14. Of course, TbT.... judging by his son's greeting to me on Twitter, don't think we'll hear anything very soon...

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  15. by your statement looks like JR is still using his family to fight with everyone, what is wrong with him, if he did not want to make peace he should of just told them don't answer any more. let things cool off.like mikey said jr loves the myth more than his family.. Ed it was very nice of you to try to broker a peace,usually scribes like to print the negative and feed off of that.. mikie said of JR, he is a very smart man, not in this case.. thanks for the great read.maybe you can convince mike to do a book..maybe JR put a keyboard "hit" on mike now..

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  16. What a bunch of idiots for thinking they could put a member facing big jail time on the shelf. How the hell is that an incentive to keep his mouth shut?
    Great read Ed, I've said how well he came across on the Trevor doc, and I also read his testimony in full a few weeks ago, which was fascinating. I really like this fella and love hearing his tales.
    Interesting that the families DIDN'T turn their backs on the Gambinos because of Gotti Jr.

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  17. So did Jr actually retire? Mikie seems to talk around this point and not say anything conclusive ... is he still in it somehow? I thought he was shelved?

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  18. Michael says Junior is finished on the street, that news of the 302 as well as his book release are his end. Mobsters know what a 302 is and they don't buy his spin and never will. He's pandering to "his public" now. But you're right, Michael was very circumspect ... he doesn't directly say, he only spoke of what he knew. He didn't speculate.

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  19. I got involved in the back and forth between Alite and Junior. The thing is, I know and like John Alite a lot. And frankly I don't see Junior as being in a position to write a truthful book because he can be charged with crimes. Alite gave me stories and hooked me up with guys for other stories. He's truly a good friend to Cosa Nostra News. I figure maybe I can balance the scales a little by including Scars' offer. The truth is, I tried very hard to get Junior involved in this article. But he won't deal with me directly and I don't know how sincere he was about the whole thing. But he knows I wanted him in this article, he knew I was writing about Mikie Scars' insight into his administration.

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  20. I'm gonna address this and other questions very soon.

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  21. Mike was always a gentleman..It's a shame what happens to good friends, like Brothers from what I remember. Hopefully Mike, they take your advice and leave it on the floor and move on. Take care of yourself ..Richie Tux.. (Bianco Jewelers..rings a bell)

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  22. This still is going on..shelving , taking street earnings and even crews away from jailed members..no good. It's not the old ways unfortunately. Where's the honor.?

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  23. He's a sharp guy and knows the life extremely well.

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  24. I know one thing, no matter how close u are to a made guy, theirs a big difference on what is said to a fellow mob member n a associate, for as close as Alite was with JR n that crew he didn't know half the shit JR n Scars talked about, I never heard or read Alite talk about Gotti putting a ban on mob hits, it's also intresting that JR really was a power house in the eyes of other families, to hear Alite tell it he was looked at as a joke, I respect Scars for the simple fact that even though he soured on JR he did give him credit where it was due, Alite on the other hand comes off like if it wasn't for him JR wouldn't of never survived.

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  25. Very good article. Didn't care for the letter, though. I feel safe in betting my savings that his mediation is not wanted. Would've rathered he didn't talk of their kids. Glass houses....

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  26. michael di is the real deal ,he grew up in the life and was taught old school ways ,to go to jail and to have all his rackets taken away was wrong and told to have his wife go on welfare did it for him,no more loyalty in this thing of ours

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  27. They said he stole around $15,000 a month from a steel company in New Jersey. Peter Gotti and Nicky were in jail at the time -- JoJo was only one on the street and from what I heard had been promoted above his natural pay grade.... They wanted to take everything Michael had. So they did, but they needed an excuse. Like Joe Valachi said in 1963: "They tell you he was a rat, he was this or that, they tell you anything they want to tell you." Michael copped to a murder but not a NJ steel company scam?

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  28. From what I hear talking to all these guys, Junior segmented everything, Alite was his drug guy in Queens, Michael was a white collar racketeer in Brooklyn. The fact is, Junior and Alite were close and Junior says he chase Alite out of Queens in 91-92, but I know that the Gambinos still used Alite's name to keep guys in line. This is fact. I have very little personal experience with the mob but in the case of Alite and the Gambinos in the 1990s, I do have some personal experience...

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  29. Michael asked me to say hello to you. He remembers you indeed and hopes all is well with you and your family....

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  30. Richie, I was curious if you had any person stories involving the mob you could share. I know you can't name anyone.... Maybe, since "Scars" talked to us, you could tell us something about him that you can recall. I asked him to keep checking out the comments so he'll see it.....

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  31. I think he's concerned the kids may take this fight out of the internet realm and into the real world. I'll say this -- he was completely sincere about the offer. A mediator certainly could help too.

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  32. Intresting! So your saying it was set up like big paul n delacroce where Scars handled one area for JR n Alite another with really neither those two talking details about what they did to each other?

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  33. Intresting! So your saying it was set up like big paul n delacroce where Scars handled one area for JR n Alite another with really neither those two talking details to each other about what they were doing for JR?

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  34. He definitely sounds genuine and sincere. Sounds like he actually cares about them.

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  35. interesting. i guess they were hoping he would just take it for what it was and not make a big stink about it. Big miscalculation on their part.

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  36. Only Truth Sets One FreeMay 10, 2015, 12:26:00 PM

    Was he sleeping with Carla Facciolo from Mob Wives when he was married to ToniMarie Ricci?

    Some people don't believe Carla knew he was married when Michael was with her -- and Carla never admitted it of course.


    Since you cover Mob Wives and have access to Michael you could finally put this to bed.....

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  37. when will they learn? if flipping is more common than ever, why give someone a reason to turn on you? Paulie on the Sopranos says to Feech "in my book you get points for staying out of the can" - shouldn't those in jail be treated with respect while they're inside? Didn't Massino use extortion funds to help guys facing time?

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  38. Do we know the size of the Gambinos after the Gotti debacle? Gravano said they had 21 captains (although the FBI listed 28) in the late 80s ... I wonder what that was in the late 90s / 00s and now?

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  39. Thank you ed. I would like you to tell Mr scars thank you for the chance to hear his side of the story. A stand up guy.

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  40. is there are pun intended? lol

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  41. Carla just said he was an older guy her & friends hung out with. But, nothing was going on. Karen accused her of it on MOBWIVES Reunion Season 3! Later, that's when Carla said he was someone they hung out with!

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  42. I have spoken to Michael. Will answer when I get home......

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  43. Scars is a natural born mediator.... whaddya expect? Was offered consiglieri position by Gotti Senior......

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  44. I'd bed Carla . she a foxy momma....

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