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Montreal's 3rd Mob-related Hit in One Month?

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UPDATED: Montreal police are currently investigating what seems likely to be the latest attack on the Montreal Mafia crime family formerly run by Vito Rizzuto. The victim has been the target of several previous unsuccessful hits and one report seems to indicate the shootings may be over debts.

This past Monday the wounded man, allegedly an MC member associated with the Rizzutos, was shot inside his Riviere des Prairies home. His name is Nino De Bartolomeis, 44, (he is also known as Nino Brown). Officially, his identity remains unconfirmed.
The report seems to indicate he may have had something to do with the launching last year of Projects Magot and Mastiff, which led to the arrests of several members of a drug-trafficking triumvirurate that involved the Montreal Mafia, Hells Angels MC and street gangs. Among those arrested and held without bail are Leonardo Rizzuto, Vito Rizzuto’s son and a practicing lawyer who was identified last November by police as one of the two rulers of the M…

Genovese Capo Got in Bed with Wrong Crooks

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It'd be interesting to know how they met one another.....

Genovese crime family mobster Joseph Denti Jr. was arrested and charged with several others for stealing $350,000 from investors who believed they were funding medical ventures.

The money, however, only filled the defendants’ pockets, prosecutors allege. Now all four face charges of conspiracy, theft by deception and money laundering, which could lend them five to 10 years in prison and some hefty fines.

This case is linked to an earlier investment scam also in the medical sector. It is quite possible that New Jersey detectives had no clue at first that a Genovese capo was part of this crew of financial fraudsters.

Who Wrote Bugs, Bull & Rats? I Think I Know...

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It was surprising enough that Gangland News hawked a nonfiction book about the mob's doings written under a pen name, but now the New York Daily News went and interviewed this fella too.

"Frank Palmeri" is the pseudonymous author of Bugs, Bull, & Rats, which the Daily News describes as "an anecdotal recounting of some of the mob’s most notorious hits and hit men." (Note to Daily News: you misspelled the guy's name -- it's Palmeri not Palmieri. I am seeking work if you need a proofreader...)

As for the inducted mobster who wrote the book:
Palmeri is not my real name because even though I make my living now by legitimate means, I'm still a member of the Mafia. I always will be. As I said, I swore the oath. The Mafia is more than a crime organization; it's the life you live. I served time because of a wire-wearing rat. Now I'm writing this book and sharing information about a secret organization that is no longer secret because the rats ha…

Any Truth to Vince Cassel's "Mafia Dubber" Claims?

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The Italian voice-over industry acts like the Mafia, French actor Vincent Cassel said.

Now, he's probably using hyperbole to draw attention to an issue that annoys him. I am not for one minute suggesting what he said is true! Not at all.....

But if one considers what he says in light of what we know about the mob's infiltration of labor, then the Italian film dubbing industry is actually the perfect example of how the Mafia takes over entire industries by controlling the labor force via unions.

Still, I am not saying this is the case. Not at all. Consider this an educational exercise -- and that only. I mean nothing more or less.... 

Finally "Junior" Gotti Addresses Alite

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Today is a day of miracles.....We Christians believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

(Which reminds me, to all my readers (and supporters): Happy Easter! Enjoy this or whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year.)

I'm absolutely flabbergasted by something I read this morning.

John A. Gotti, aka "Junior" Gotti, the former mob boss said something of interest -- finally. He discussed associates, sitdowns and Mafia protocol.

Onetime Montreal Boss Paolo Violi's Sicilian Sojourn

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The so-called mental dullard Carmine Galante swiftly perceived Montreal's strategic importance for large-scale narcotics trafficking.

First off is the Quebec province's proximity to New York, the world's premier market for anything of value, including illegal products, such as narcotics.


Then there's Montreal's extensive array of port facilities, which made it the perfect platform from which to smuggle European-synthesized drugs into North America. (It was a lot easier to smuggle drugs into Montreal than into New York.) And from the Empire State, the drugs easily could be brought to cities across the continental United States.

Gunmen Killed Man Tied to Hells Angels in Montreal Suburb

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A shooting this week in Terrebonne, a Montreal suburb in western Quebec, Canada, has "all the markings of an organized crime hit" and is not far from the location of the Lorenzo Giordano shooting in southwestern Quebec, north of Montreal, three weeks ago.

The victim, Yannick LaRose, is "believed to have links to the Hells Angels," The Journal de Montreal and La Presse reported. (This likely means it was a move by 'Ndrangheta factions against what is left of the Rizzuto organization in Montreal.)

Unlike typical gangland shootings, however, this one had a twist. The target survived the initial barrage and sought to escape the shooters inside a pool equipment storefront. The two masked gunmen, however, found him and shot him up some more.

Godfather Board Game: "Thugs on a Map"

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Eric Lang, game designer and "self-styled  'disciple of fun,'" recently posted an image of his Bloodborne card game box, about which he commenced tweeting last November.

He'd dubbed it "Project Dream," which he said is the code name for the Bloodborne game, which is "based on the Chalice dungeon runs, where players compete to kill monsters and take their blood. But don't die," Lang tweeted
Lang also revealed what another codename he's been tweeting means:  Project Suitcase is a board game based on "The Godfather."

Mafia Targeted Mario Cuomo, Thrice Elected NY's Governor

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Mario Cuomo was one of the greatest orators in modern political history. He was formally a democrat, but his goals and accomplishments made him too complex a politician to be so easily defined by such a label.

He's been back in the news recently due to reports that the Sicilian Mafia marked him for death to send a message to Americans calling for nothing less than the destruction of the witness protection program. (They also wanted to whack New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The brutish Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina, allegedly planned the hit when Giuliani was a state prosecutor in the 1980s. The American mob told him not to even try such a caper; Giuliani would wipe them out.)

Cuomo's July 16, 1984 Keynote Address to the Democratic National Convention tops many lists as one of the 20th Century's most inspirational speeches. I'd delete the qualifier and say it's one of the most inspirational and powerful in American history. Listening to it again, it sounds even more relevant…

Did Sicilian Mob Infiltrate Witness Protection Program?

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The bizarre story of a Sicilian Mafia killer/turncoat who disavowed his own "Pizza Connection" testimony in an effort to facilitate the release of"Toto" Catalano, onetime Bonanno street boss, from prison.



In 1987 law enforcement officials around the world were shocked when a former Mafia killer emerged from the safety of the Federal witness protection program to recant his testimony.

Said testimony had helped put away one of New York's most ruthless mobsters, a Bonanno member who'd been elevated to "street boss" of the Zips. A burly man with enigmatic links to the Sicilian Cosa Nostra he was a convicted for playing a major role in a global drug trafficking venture called The Pizza Connection Case.
His name was Salvatore "Toto" Catalano, and he'd been sentenced to 45 years in prison for his role in the ''Pizza Connection" case.

Big Ang's Cousin Saved Inmate's Life, Gets 20 Yrs

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It was about about six months ago when newspapers were reporting that Luigi Grasso, cousin of ‘Mob Wives’ star Big Ang, had saved a suicidal inmate's life in a courthouse holding cell before Grasso’s appearance on a weapons rap. 
Grasso's actions were lauded by no less than a Manhattan judge. 
The distressed suicidal inmate, who was never identified by officials, had fashioned a noose from a T-shirt and was hanging from the top bar in the pens of Manhattan Criminal Court at 111 Centre St. on Oct. 7 when the brawny mobster literally leaped into the air to save him, according to witnesses.

Dying for a Good Mob Read? Here's One, But....

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Gangland News recently recommended a book, a rarity for the website renowned for being the repository for the nation's no. 1 mob scribe, Jerry Capeci.

"There are no spectacular revelations in it. There's no hint of the excitement that Man of Honor created when legendary Mafia boss Joseph Bonanno wrote his autobiography in 1984. And some of the author's facts are clearly wrong. ...," Capeci writes.

But Bugs, Bull, & Rats: An Insider's account of how the Mob Self-destructed (the full title) "is an intriguing new book about 'the last 40 years of the Mafia' by a New York wiseguy who's bummed out by 'the life' he found when he hit the streets after a long prison stretch that was caused by a 'wire-wearing rat.'"

Anthony Colombo Writes Book About His Father

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One of several YouTube videos posted by Anthony Colombo, son of deceased mob boss Joe Colombo.

Colombo: The Unsolved Murder by Don Capria and Anthony Colombo is available now, priced at $4.99 for the Kindle version and $16.95 for the paperback.

The book essentially "reopens" the investigation into Joe Colombo's death, offering what the authors describe as "compelling evidence that contradicts the popular belief behind Colombo’s death."

Co-authored by Joe Colombo’s eldest son, Anthony, the book tells the story of how young Joe Colombo rose from Brooklyn's streets to become one of New York Magazine’s “Top Ten Most Powerful Men” in 1971, alongside Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor John Lindsay.

NYPD Dismantles OC Control Bureau... But...

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First it was the FBI -- and now it seems it's the NYPD that is reducing its focus on organized crime

As recently reported, the NYPD unit responsible for investigating the Mafia, the Organized Crime Control Bureau, has been officially gone since March 1. 
It disappeared as part of the department’s reorganization, officials told the New York Post.
In its place, the NYPD has implemented "a unified investigations model,” the NYPD's Chief of Department, James O’Neill, said in remarks during a briefing at NYPD headquarters at One Police Plaza in lower Manhattan.

FBI Launches Major Probe Into Philadelphia Mob

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Cosa Nostra News Exclusive
The FBI has tripled the size of its squad in Philadelphia and has brought in a well-seasoned supervisory agent from New York to oversee what appears to be the formation of a new Organized Crime Strike Force, reliable sources have told Cosa Nostra News.

One of the operation's key goals is reportedly to nail Philadelphia Cosa Nostra boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and his top associates for three unsolved gangland hits in the city. Those murders were committed while Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, reputed official boss, and former consiglieri/Ligambi nephew George Borgesi were in prison.

The Fed's also are aggressively investigating a mobster considered Ligambi's chief shooter from back when "Uncle Joe" was tasked with holding together a badly battered and fractured Cosa Nostra family. That was the backdrop against which the three murders, now intensely being scrutinized, were committed.

Drita, Brittany "Own" Rest of Cast in MW Finale

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In the past year, I've talked to a few mob wives -- by that I mean woman married to made guys.

The general consensus about VH1's Mob Wives is that the women are a disgrace and an embarrassment to all Italian-Americans. Some are even "frauds," "rats" and "whores."

One source said something that resonated:

Why Earlier Versions of Gotti Biopic Failed

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Colombo Turncoat Tied to 3 Hits Wins Big

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A mob turncoat who flipped on a multitude of Colombo gangsters, including Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli, and whose cooperation was described as "historic" was sentenced last Friday to no jail time.

Thomas McLaughlin, the turncoat, was himself involved in three gangland hits, two of which were tied to the 1990s Colombo civil war. He also was a member of the Bay Parkway Boys, a farm team for the mob. In McLaughlin's case, it gave him entry into the Colombo crime family, one of the youngest and most violent of New York's Five Families.

"I just want to apologize for my past and look forward to the future," McLaughlin, 46, told Judge Brian Cogan last week in Brooklyn Federal Court. One year after he'd finished serving a long prison term for a drug conviction, McLaughlin voluntarily began informing in 2009, and secretly recorded thousands of hours of conversations with mobsters.

Long Island Mobster Buried Victims in Farmingdale

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High-ranking mobster Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli lived on Long Island until his 2012 conviction in Brooklyn federal court.

He is probably one of the most powerful mobsters to have lived full-time on Long Island. (Powerful meaning his role as the Colombo crime family's muscle.)

He and his wife Maureen raised a family in a modest house in Farmingdale. Tommy Shots' one-time right-hand man, Dino Calabro, moved next door with his family as well.

The former Colombo capo later testified against Tommy Shots, who taught him how to kill while also dazzling him with the "glamour" of the Mafia lifestyle, as "Big Dino" said on the stand. "I wanted what (Gioeli) had,” Calabro told Assistant U.S. Attorney James Gatta. “He had the power to get me in the family.”

“Tommy Shots” Gioeli was a staunch Persico ally during the 1991–93 war. He ran a crew of shooters who played a key role in the streets fights against the larger Orena faction.

On March 27, 1992, he …

What Mob Boss Vito Rizzuto Did When Joe Massino Flipped

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Police used a Canadian comedian to infiltrate Vito Rizzuto's Montreal Mafia organization, the Montreal Journal reported tonight.

The effort occurred in Cuba. Though the comedian, Michel Courtemanche, was allegedly unaware of the role he'd played, Fidel Castro's Communist regime eagerly participated in the operation.

In 2003, members of the New York-based Bonanno crime family phoned Rizzuto and told him that the crime family's boss, Joseph Massino, had flipped (two calls were placed; the first apparently told Rizzuto to go to a restaurant on Montreal's South Shore, where he got the news).

Prison Memoir Details Arizona Sitdown with Gravano's Crew

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"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

UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL INFO
Shaun Attwood is a Brit who came to America, Arizona specifically, to seek his fortune -- he accomplished that and a whole lot more, but his story didn't end there.

Busted via a predawn SWAT raid as if he were a cartel boss, he spent years in one of America’s toughest jails—the one run by the self-described toughest sheriff in America, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County.

Feds Have Bonanno Crime Family Under Heavy Surveillance

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Kenji Gallo has a great story posted about the Bonanno crime family, which apparently has so many informants that if "four guys get together there is a good chance one or two has flipped and is giving intel to law enforcement."

Still, "the Bonannos have come back a few times after they were written off as finished."


In the story (which disagrees with mine about who is the official boss) he notes that the family's new street boss, Joseph Cammarano, is trying to consolidate power under the watchful eyes of FBI agents (who do work on Sundays; apparently, the Bonannos thought otherwise, according to Breakshot Blog.)

Final Mob Wives Thoughts....(Really, This Is It)

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I decided to pull the plug on my previously announced "Mob Wives" endeavor.

I'm not to going to inflict my readers with anymore of my Mob Wives hysterics.... I know they don't appreciate it.

As you'll see, there's far too much Cosa Nostra news piling up that needs covering. Scars called me with an excellent idea.... I need to jump on that quickly.

The Last "Mob Wives" Blog, Part One

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"One thing about us wiseguys, the hustle never ends...."

Tony Soprano whispers those words to Fabian Petrulio (aka Frederick Peters, a former member of the fictional New Jersey mob family, who flipped.)

The two -- Tony and Fred -- had been effectively hunting each other for the past day. Fabian blew his chance to kill Tony the night before at the motel where the New Jersey mob boss was staying with his tiny young daughter. Too many witnesses.

The next morning however he was still trying. Petrulio (or Peters) tries to hire a junkie to kill both Tony and his daughter. "Gray Lincoln town car. New model." But not even a junkie and his girlfriend will cross that line. They are not going to commit murder. Fred Peters then begins to work the phone (our rat hasn't changed much since Witness Protection. He deals drugs and participated in an arson...)

It is precisely this ambiguity which David Chase so wisely worked into the very fiber of the show, using it to provide j…

No Bail for Montreal Mafia's Two Bosses

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Leonardo Rizzuto, son of deceased Montreal Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto, and Stefano Sollecito, who together helmed the powerful Canadian Cosa Nostra clan, will not be released on bail, a Quebec court ruled last Friday, noting that releasing them risked undermining the justice system and also jeopardized public safety.

The Rizzuto organization is currently engaged in a war against elements of the Ndrangheta and former members of the Rizzuto clan who turned while Vito was imprisoned. Only last week, one of the Rizzuto family's key members was whacked -- which certainly wouldn't have helped the Cosa Nostra co-bosses in their effort to obtain release on bail.

The ruling must be particularly difficult for the 48-year-old Sollecito — Vito Rizzuto’s former lieutenant — who had to appear before the Quebec judge via video conferencing. He suffers from cancer and was making his appearance from another location, a detention center. "Sollecito is battling cancer and could be heard writh…

Key Rizzuto Loyalist Slain This Week

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A member of the Montreal Mafia formerly headed by deceased mob boss Vito Rizzuto was murdered this week -- indicating the Rizzuto clan may be on the defensive following the loss of its historic boss and more recently, a takedown that targeted the group's new hierarchy.

Lorenzo Giordano, 52, was gunned down in a Laval parking lot Tuesday morning and died in the hospital from his injuries, a Montreal Gazette source confirmed.

The Sûreté du Québec, which wouldn't confirm the victim's name, said he'd been shot "at least once" in Carrefour Multisports's parking lot early Tuesday morning. Due to the alleged ties to organized crime, the Sûreté du Québec took over the case from the Laval police department, the Gazette reported.

Feds Harrassing Gotti Grandson? Possibly...

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CONTENT ADDED TO ENDING: John Gotti, 22, grandson of Peter Gotti, who has no Mafia ties and is the brother of former Gambino acting boss John A. Gotti, was subpoenaed to testify about an arson case involving a Queens pizzeria, the Daily News reported in an early-morning exclusive today.
Gotti will not talk, his lawyer told the News. Gotti's connection to the case seems tenuous; he was dating the sister of the alleged criminal in the matter, an arsonist apparently not very skilled in that trade.
Last December Gino Gabrielli, 22, burned himself up along with a luxury vehicle he was torching. Surveillance video shows him committing the crime.

John "Junior" Gotti: John Alite Reported "Directly To Me"

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Last month John Alite and George Anastasia appeared on Crime Watch Daily on WPIX, channel 11, aka the CW, a major network in New York City and on Long Island, to promote Gotti's Rules: The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the Demise of the American Mafia.

John A. "Junior" Gotti is quoted on the show admitting, essentially, what John Alite has been saying all along since Gotti's Rules was published -- that Alite reported directly to him and also served as his muscle.

John Junior didn't appear or speak on the show, but was quoted, his words posted on the screen for everyone to see.
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