Thursday, March 31, 2016

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

Nino De Bartolomeis could have large debts, amounting to perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"Nino Brown" -- the victim -- survived several attempts since 2013.

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 Montreal Mafia. The other is Stefano Sollecito.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Genovese Capo Got in Bed with Wrong Crooks

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.
From left, Ralph Perricelli Jr., Heidi Francavilla and Joseph Denti Jr.

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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

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 have spilled everything. So you understand, this book is not written by an informant who wants to look good now that he has cooperated with the government... ...I never cooperated."

Sunday, March 27, 2016

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

“There’s film dubbing in France, too, but the dubbers don’t have so much power that they run the show. There are the creators and the dubbers. The dubbers stick to the voice-overs. When there’s a dubbers’ strike, the cinemas don’t close.”
Vince Cassel may have thought he was joking. 

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

Alite was an associate of my crew, and you’d have to think, if he heard there were some guys on his property or he got into some kind of a shoot-out, don’t you think the first thing he would have done was get word back to us?

Today is a day of miracles.....We Christians believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead on this day -- well, not literally on this day, but on Easter Sunday. (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.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Onetime Montreal Boss Paolo Violi's Sicilian Sojourn

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.

Montreal's extensive array of port facilities made it the perfect platform from which to smuggle European-synthesized drugs into North America.
Port of Montreal

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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Gunmen Killed Man Tied to Hells Angels in Montreal Suburb

The victim, Yannick LaRose, is "believed to have links to the Hells Angels,"
Law enforcement investigates presumed gangland hit.

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.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Godfather Board Game: "Thugs on a Map"

 Winning the game depends on one's ability at henchmen placement. Five to 16 players are required and game sessiond can last up to 90 minutes.
Seem to be a couple of Godfather games going around....

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

I left Governor Cuomo’s office that day thinking what I had always thought about him — that he would have been a great president.

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 today than ever before.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Did Sicilian Mob Infiltrate Witness Protection Program?

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.

This witness, Luigi Ronsisvalle, said he had quit the Federal Witness Protection Program and had voluntarily sought out Catalano's lawyer so he could provide a sworn statement that declared as false his Pizza Connection trial testimony against Catalano.
Luigi Ronsisvalle, left, and Fisher at motel where an agreement was signed.
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.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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

Grasso said he was with “two other guys,” waiting to be delivered to the courtroom for a hearing on his 2012 gun charge. That's when he noticed someone "dangling."
Luigi Grasso, Big Ang's cousin.

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.'"

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Anthony Colombo Writes Book About His Father

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...

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
NYPD reorganized under a "unified investigations model."

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.

Monday, March 14, 2016

FBI Launches Major Probe Into Philadelphia Mob

One of the operation's key goals is reportedly to nail Philadelphia Cosa Nostra boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and his top associates
"Uncle Joe" in cross-hairs?

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.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

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

Drita D'Avanzo and Brittany Fogarty kick ass tomorrow night -- quite literally... Well, they try to, but security won't allow them.
Brittany Fogarty

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

The movie’s neophyte producers are John Gotti Jr. and ex-con Marc Fiore, who once pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar pump-and-dump stock scam
From New York magazine's We’re Going to Take Over F---ing Hollywood              Illustration by Ward Sutton

It was announced last September that the John Travolta Gotti biopic, which twice previously had collapsed, was back in production. Gangsters Inc. ran a story on December 3 of last year: Gotti movie starring John Travolta begins shooting in March. The lede reads: 

It’s official: The new Gotti movie Shadow of My Father will begin filming in March of 2016. Director Kevin Connolly shared a photo of the script on social media and the official Twitter page of the film posted the release date along with it.

But that was then. As has happened, now three times, the picture appears to be on hold. It hasn't begun filming. And the New York Post's Page Six reported that John Travolta’s publicist said that Travolta was still in negotiations for the role....

"Once negotiations are finalized, we will have a start date for you," the publicist told Page Six, which noted: "The movie’s neophyte producers are John Gotti Jr. and ex-con Marc Fiore, who once pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar pump-and-dump stock scam."

Colombo Turncoat Tied to 3 Hits Wins Big

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.
Mob turncoat Tommy McLaughlin flipped on a multitude of Colombo gangsters, including Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli, and was sentenced last Friday to no jail time.
Tommy McLaughlin has a secret

"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.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Long Island Mobster Buried Victims in Farmingdale

Colombo leader Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli was convicted in 2012 and sentenced to hard prison time for conspiracy.
A young Dino Calabro, left, with Tommy Shots.

High-ranking Colombo mobster Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli has always been of personal interest, perhaps owing to the fact that I was partly raised on Long Island, where Gioeli lived until his 2008 arrest and 2012 conviction in Brooklyn federal court. He is probably one of the most powerful mobsters to have lived full-time on Long Island.

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 was supposedly hit by gunfire in a Brooklyn shootout, though some sources say his wound was minor and he exaggerated it. Maybe a knowledgeable source out there would know about this.

An early tip-off that Gioeli was being targeted was quoted in a news story: “He’s got a crew of shooters who haven’t really gotten touched,” one police said.

The secret to Gioeli's importance for the Colombo family was allegedly his ability to serve as a link between the family's former factions. He was universally trusted by mobsters from each faction, who in the early 1990s were shooting at one another.

Gioeli was a sort of small-time version of Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, who held together the deadly Scarfo-Merlino factions.

His acting capo Paul “Paulie Guns” Bevacqua had been an Orena loyalist. So was Joel “Joe Waverly” Cacace, who supposedly paid Gioeli an historical compliment in 2000 when he told a Bonanno boss: “If you need to see me, tell Tommy. Talking to Tommy is just like talking to me.”

Gioeli advanced his mob career by supervising a crew of killers that included Calabro and Tommy Shots's co-defendant Dino "Little Dino" Saracino, prosecutors said during his trial.

Alphonse Persico, John “Jackie” DeRoss, Cacace and Andrew Russo, 70, a Persico cousin, all filled in as acting boss. Each was convicted and jailed when Gioeli rose in the ranks. (On an interesting sidenote, the U.S. Attorney General initially ordered prosecutors to seek the death penalty against Joe Waverly for ordering an NYPD cop's murder. But AG Eric Holder declined to seek the death penalty against Gioeli and soldier "Little Dino" Saracino, who also were charged in the shooting of officer Ralph Dols.)

His case still makes news. As reported last week Tommy McLaughlin, who also testified, was sentenced to no jail time.

Recounting his first murder — Bonanno associate Frank "Chestnut" Marasa in 1991 — Calabro said Gioeli gave him explicit advice.

“Tommy always said, ‘Shoot him in the body first. Then walk up and cap him,” he said.

Calabro recalled Gioeli ordering the death of Colombo associate Joe Miccio for stealing a Mercedes-Benz from a customer of the then-acclaimed Marco Polo Restaurant in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

A Gambino soldier had owned the car.

“Gioeli informed (the Gambinos) that he took care of the problem and no cars would ever be stolen out of that garage,” Calabro said.

Tommy Shots as he's arrested in 2008.

Long Island Gangster
Tommy Shots used a bowling alley, the County Line Bowling Center, near his Farmingdale residence as his headquarters. The noisy place, replete with the explosive crack of bowling balls smacking into pins, blended with screaming children and laughing adults, was perfect, Tommy Shots thought. What better natural buffers were there for his conversations with his crew.

Those discussions covered a host of criminal activities, including murders. Gioeli also met with Colombo crew members in the establishment's parking lot prior to going on night missions to hunt people as far away as Brooklyn. They also met there in the alley before burying bodies. Usually they were dead gangsters. Gioeli seemed to have a preference to bury bodies in a wooded area in Farmingdale, near the bowling alley and his home.

Gioeli was known to routinely frequent and  pray in the garden of a Massapequa-based Catholic Church on Long Island, where he also discussed mob business. He allegedly plotted murders there, too, and sometimes discussed his sins, there in the garden of the church, never identified in reports. It was located not far from Gioeli's Farmingdale home.

It was there Gioeli first mentioned the planned hit of the man serving as Colombo underboss, William "Wild Bill" Cutolo, who'd originally fought on the side of Vittorio "Little Vic" Orena. The young Persico was facing prison time and there was too much fear that their official underboss, Cutolo, as the highest-ranking Colombo on the street, would take over. (His daughters told me in an interview that their father had specifically said he had no intentions of making such a move.)

William Cutolo, former Colombo underboss

“He told me he had just left Pooch and Betty Boop,” said Calabro, using nicknames to refer to Persico and DeRoss.

Gioeli then made a hand gesture, covering up several fingers. Cutolo's other nickname, “Billy Fingers,” stems from the fact he was missing fingers on one hand.

“They wanted to kill him,” Calabro said of Cutolo, who was lured to “Little Dino” Saracino's house and killed.

Calabro testified, “I shot him in the head.”

Colombo turncoat Reynold Maragni wore a wire and recorded soldier Vincent Manzo Sr. telling him how Gioeli had showed him “where the hole was," then waited in a vehicle while the body of Wild Bill was carried to the grave and buried.

“Tommy didn’t even get out of the car,” Manzo quipped on the recording.

According to court testimony at the trial of Gioeli and Dino “Little Dino” Saracino, at least two mobsters — Colombo underboss Cutolo and associate Richard Greaves — were killed by Gioeli's crew and then dumped in graves in that wooded area in proximity to the bowling alley.

Greaves was shot dead on Aug. 3, 1995. Gioeli and other mobsters allegedly murdered the Colombo associate in Saracino's basement apartment. Greaves's fatal crime had been to ask the Colombo leadership for permission to leave the family; he'd wanted to move to the Midwest. However, the bosses feared that Greaves might become a government witness, so his death was ordered.

The body was driven to Farmingdale but never found.

Saracino’s cousin, “Big Dino” Calabro added that after meeting at the County Line, the crew then drove to Gioeli's ad-hoc graveyard to bury Greaves.

“[We] were in the lead car. We took the Belt Parkway to the bowling alley,” Calabro, testified.

“I took the pick and the shovel and the bag of lime, and then we carried the body over and started digging.”

Carmine Gargano was murdered in 1994 and buried on the grounds of a Brooklyn autobody shop located on McDonald Ave. Eventually, he too was buried in Farmingdale.

Gioeli sipped cocktails at the bowling alley while the body was reburied in the nearby wooded area.

The Gargano killing was particularly horrible in that he was only 21 and was attending Pace university. I have spoken with law enforcement sources who say he had no known mob ties. His body was never found.

"There was a lot of talk that he was supposedly an animal. But he wasn't connected," one NYPD source told me.

Carmine Gargano Jr. wouldn’t stay down even after he was shot twice, once in the eyeball.

Joseph "Joey Caves" Competiello eventually slammed Gargano's head with a sledgehammer to kill him, "Big Dino" Calabro testified.

The Sicilian-born Calabro's testimony "prompted sobs from a woman seated at the back of the courtroom — Gargano’s mother."

“I hope these people die burning in hell,” Rosa Gargano told the Daily News after hearing Calabro describe her son’s death. “They pierced my soul.”

Calabro said he had no clue why her son was killed.

"I don’t know. I just felt like it. I was upset," Calabro said Competiello told him.

Calabro said that, as was his practice, he told his mentor Gioeli about the murder.

“We dug a pretty deep hole and threw Carmine in there,” Calabro testified, explaining how he helped Competiello, another turncoat also was set to testify against Gioeli. They covered the remains with lime.

Gioeli's Counter-surveillance efforts
Gioeli was one of the more surveillance-conscious mobsters of modern times. He feared wiretaps and bugs like the plague -- and did all he could to avoid speaking anywhere near such devices.

He was known to go to great lengths to avoid all forms of surveillance, as prosecutors noted in court papers, explaining why Gioeli's voice was rarely caught on recordings.

“Members of organized crime tend to avoid talking about crimes over the telephone or in places that can be intercepted,” Brooklyn federal prosecutors wrote in a letter to the judge in Gioeli's 2012 case.

In previous testimony, prosecutors noted that Gioeli purposely spoke only on a Nextel cell phone via its walkie-talkie feature. (The model I linked to is only an example of the type of phones Gioeli may have used.) The Fed's explained the difficulty encountered while attempting to subpoena his Nextel records; Gioeli had obtained phones from a company "controlled by the son of co-conspirator.”

“In light of Gioeli’s close relationship with [the associate], it would have been futile for law enforcement to obtain such court authorization to intercept communications over such a device because Gioeli would likely learn of the authorization and alter his behavior,” prosecutors said.

Lucky turncoat had secret supporter
Dino Calabro was a lucky man, in more ways then one. The Fed's apparently weren't so certain they wanted him.

In Calabro's case, his wife, Andrea Calabro, helped to boost her husband's bid for a cooperation agreement with the Fed's by offering her own personal assistance.

She provided a detailed layout of the inside of Gioeli's colonial home in Farmingdale, L.I.

She also revealed that Gioeli's wife had a massive collection of photographs of both Gioeli's blood family as well as his crime family, which blended at some events, such as weddings, Sweet 16 parties and block parties.

Andrea told investigators how Tommy Shots's wife, Maureen, enjoyed photography and tended to bring her camera to these social events, where she'd snap to her heart's content. She'd store these photos in albums (as well as in bags kept in the basement.)

The Fed's love photographs, even more than authors and bloggers (and wannabes). These preserved moments in time, are a strong credible way to prove links between mobsters at racketeering trials.

It's been claimed that "FBI agent Scott Curtis said Calabro's wife was instructed to ask Maureen Gioeli if she could borrow some of the photographs - and she agreed."

The Fed's however didn't seem to turn down an address book that Andrea fortuitously snagged from a tabletop   when Maureen left her alone in a room.

But Maureen's largest faux pas was telling her friend how, upon arresting her husband, the foolish FBI agents hadn't found Tommy Shots' "man purse," where the mob boss kept cell phones and various assorted papers.

A former federal prosecutor said the tactic of flipping a mobster's wife was unusual and put her life in danger.

Calabro and his wife are in the witness protection program, sources said.

Deep Throat murders
Prosecutors claimed that Gioeli was involved in the 1982 murder of former Catholic nun. He wasn't charged with the killing however. That's because of the testimony of a jailhouse snitch who lied on the stand.

As noted, Colombo shooters lured a father and son into a trap to kill them. Their crime was skimming from the proceeds generated by Deep Throat, the famous porn film the Colombos had financed.

The porno film was one of the most successful of all time. The Colombos were not pleased when they learned that family soldier Joseph Peraino, Jr., and his father, Joseph, Sr., had stolen from them. The twist is another Peraino had tipped Carmine Persico off to the theft.

Accidentally marked for death that night was a former nun who lived in the Gravesend, Brooklyn house used to lure the Perainos. The large front porch offered a means to trap the two men when Colombo shooters opened fire.

Veronica Zuraw, 53 when murdered, was a social worker with the Italian Board of Guardians, though she'd been a nun for the Brooklyn Catholic Diocese before she married her husband in 1974. Zuraw, who was known as Sister Mary Adelaide, had run a Bensonhurst outlet that provided assistance to Italian immigrants.

Veronica and Louis Zuraw had moved into the house, their first as a married couple, only 10 weeks prior to the hit.

It's not known who actually fired the blast that killed Zuraw, but it bothered Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli to the extent that he implicated himself in the shooting, telling his confederates that he was going to hell for her death.

Salvatore "Fat Sal" Miciotta said he'd been ordered to hit the Perainos, who for years had been stealing from the Colombo administration's share of the growing piles of cash accumulating from Deep Throat, the x-rated classic that went from porno theaters to main street cinemas.

The story of Gioeli's involvement is primarily based on his confession to an informant as has been widely published, including by the U.K.'s Mail Online.

According to an FBI debriefing report, Miciotta, when he originally told law enforcement about the 1982 hit, named as members of the hit team Joseph "Jo Jo" Russo, John Minerva, Vincent "Jimmy" Angellino, Frank Sparaco, and Anthony "Chucky" Russo.

The murders were planned at Joseph "Joe T" Tomasello's Avenue U social club, where a pair of sawed-off shotguns had been delivered for use by Miciotta and Angellino.

Tommy Shots and several others weren't mentioned in testimony. Then in that church garden, Gioeli made his “I’m going to hell” confession to Calabro.

Tommy Shots was "definitely" at the house when the Peraino's were shotgunned, an NYPD homicide detective told me, adding that Joel "Joe Waverly" Cacace was likely to have been onsite as well. 

Gioeli beat the top-line murder charges in his case but was still slammed on other charges. He is now incarcerated at Butner Low FCI in North Carolina. His projected release date is September 9, 2024.

What Mob Boss Vito Rizzuto Did When Joe Massino Flipped

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, as originally written, members of the New York-based Bonanno crime family called 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).
Vito Rizzuto was boss of the Montreal Mafia and knew he faced possible imprisonment for an early 1980s triple homicide.
Former Montreal mob boss Vito Rizzuto and his wife promptly hopped
on a flight to Cuba when he learned Massino had flipped.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Prison Memoir Details Arizona Sitdown with Gravano's Crew

Shaun soon counted mobsters, Aryan skinheads, bikers, transvestites and assorted other colorful criminals as among his friends.
"English Shaun" awaits trial in Maricopa County jail.

"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

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.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Feds Have Bonanno Crime Family Under Heavy Surveillance

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."

Nicky Mouth's crew members when arrested couple years back

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)

It's called Reality Ashole.... as one journalist to another, I doff my hat to the talented young lady writing that blog.
Christ, they didn't have the money to take a season six cast photo?

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.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Last "Mob Wives" Blog, Part One

"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...)
In "College," Tony brutally murders a rat, Fabian Petrulio.

It is precisely this ambiguity which David Chase so wisely worked into the very fiber of the show, using it to provide justification for Tony's actions.

Well, he wanted to kill Tony -- and his daughter! The rat deserves what he got!  

David Chase played a game with us during the show's entire run.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

No Bail for Montreal Mafia's Two Bosses

Leonardo Rizzuto
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 writhing in pain several times during the proceedings," as the Montreal Gazette noted.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Key Rizzuto Loyalist Slain This Week

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.
Lorenzo Giordano was gunned down this past Tuesday.

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...

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
Gino Gabrielli and his lawyer departing Brooklyn Federal court.

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.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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

George Anastasia, Alite and Michelle Sigona, Crime Watch Daily reporter. 

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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