Sunday, September 20, 2015

Gotti Biopic Returns with John Travolta

The John Gotti biopic is on again, with a new set of Hollywood backers joining the original producer.

John Travolta remains tied to the project and is ready, once again, to step into the shoes of mob boss John Gotti in the long-gestating film, which Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Fiore Films and Herrick Entertainment are together producing.

John Travolta remains attached to Gotti biopic to play John Senior
The two Johns:  Gotti and Travolta
Travolta met with buyers and glad-handed the press at a Toronto event Sept. 11 where he discussed how the Gotti project had become a family project. His wife, Kelly Preston, and daughter, Ella Bleu Travolta, have signed on to play Gotti’s real-life wife and daughter in the Lionsgate project.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton Held Fundraiser at Castellano's "White House"

Hillary Clinton visited the home of the Gambino crime family's former boss.
Paul Castellano's White House, on Todt Hill.

Buzzfeed, among other newspapers and websites, reported that Hillary Clinton made an unannounced visit yesterday to Staten Island -- specifically to the White House, "a sprawling estate that earned the name during its time as a legendary mob palace in the 1980s."

Clinton was at Gambino boss Paul Castellano's old home to collect checks from supporters.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Mob Museum Spotlights John Alite

John Alite recently took to the podium at Las Vegas's Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement.

He offered an Author Talk spotlighted on his collaboration with acclaimed Philadelphia-based journalist George Anastasia, who wrote Gotti’s Rules: The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti and the Demise of the American Mafia. In an even, somber tone, he voiced his experiences and perceptions as an associate of the Gambino crime family during John Gotti's reign.

John Alite speaks at the Las Vegas Mob Museum.
Alite's presentation was provided free of charge with museum admission (and for museum members). A video of the presentation can be viewed on this story's jump page.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Franzese Discusses Adoption, Champagne

Michael Franzese, while still in the bosom of the Colombo family.

Thought this would interest you as I continue researching South Beach's history to finish writing the conclusion to How the Gambinos lost a fortune in Florida (as well as the followup story based on your questions in the comments section of another story.) In this article, Michael Franzese addresses key topics I was hoping to discuss with him....

The Sydney Morning Herald interviewed Michael Franzese who addressed a couple of compelling topics, one of which is the murder of Larry "Champagne" Carrozza, supposedly over a married Carrozza having the audacity to date the also-married daughter of Colombo powerhouse John "Sonny" Franzese."

Michael also reveals that he learned in recent years that he was not adopted.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Scarfo Junior Gets 30 Years for FirstPlus Looting

Scarfo Junior faces 360 months in prison over the FirstPlus looting
The judge slammed Scarfo Jr. in court.

EXPANDED, SEE NICKY JR.'s PLANE: Nicodemo Scarfo Junior, a member of the Luchese crime family, was sentenced to serve 360 months in prison for participating in a racketeering conspiracy and other offenses related to the looting of FirstPlus Financial Group, a Texas-based mortgage company. Scarfo and a partner used the publicly traded company to buy shell companies from which they could steal assets.

FirstPlus is now defunct. He was sentenced in July.

“Nicodemo Scarfo and his associates tried to take La Cosa Nostra corporate, using traditional, strong-arm mob tactics to take over a publicly traded company and loot it like a personal piggy bank,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Justice Department will fight organized crime wherever it may surface—from back alleys to public board rooms—to ensure that crime does not pay.”

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Colombo Crime Family and the Deep Throat Murders

An episode of the now-cancelled television series "Nothing Personal," titled Money Shot highlighted a notorious hit related to the classic porn film Deep Throat.

Joseph Peraino Sr. was the true target in the "Deep Throat" hit
Peraino Sr. survived the hit, but was paralyzed.

It's been dubbed "one of the New York underworld's more depraved acts" in that it claimed the life of an innocent bystander who'd previously been a nun.

The Colombo crime family was behind a double murder that went sideways one night in Brooklyn in the early 1980s.

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