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Death Before Dishonor: Major Mob Hits

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Another story by Marla Eggar. This appeared yesterday on Newzbreaker, and site owner Brad kindly allowed me to publish it here.


Murder in the mob often comes in the form of those you trust. Its necessity helps to maintain control and reinforce a strong mandate… “Death before Dishonor.”


Protecting the pride of its members and maintaining the integrity of the organization is a key component to the mob’s reputation and survival. Upholding the code of honor sometimes comes at a high cost. Listed below are my picks for the most shocking and appalling murders committed by the mob.

FINALLY: Scrutinizing Donald Trump's Alleged Mafia Ties

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A decade ago, an impetuous real estate mogul was compelled to answer a series of questions under oath, a result of his own legal maneuverings.

He had filed a libel lawsuit against a writer for authoring a biography of the mogul.
And the wealthy developer who's been part of Manhattan's landscape longer than I have been alive is of course today's President of the United States. The book he filed the lawsuit over was TrumpNation.



Trump lost the case in 2011 -- free speech and all makes winning frivolous libel suits rather cumbersome -- but the deposition remains -- a relic of a dead legal case. Contained within it is an acknowledgment that, in more than 30 instances, Tump lied extensively and proficiently on a range of issues.

Was John Gotti The "Last of the Mohicans"?

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Marla Eggar (bio at end) wrote the following, which originally appeared  on NewzBreaker herePublished with kind permission of NewzBreaker owner Brad. We previously published How a Midwest Pizzeria Put the Fed's Onto Mob's Las Vegas Skim from Newzbreaker, and have additional stories slated....


John Gotti has been a controversial figure in the mob world since he stepped on the scene. Known for his vitality and brazen attitude, John Gotti was (and still is) loved, hated, respected and loathed.



It’s hard to have a conversation about La Cosa Nostra and not include the name Gotti. To some, Gotti’s character embodies the very definition of a gangster. To others he’s the very reason for its downfall.

Genovese Wiseguy Cops to Illegal Gambling; Was Once Tied to Fritzy

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A reputed Genovese crime family member from Staten Island who was among the 46 alleged wiseguys arrested and charged with racketeering and other crimes in last August's "big bust," has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of running an illegal gambling business.



Alex Conigliaro, 56, was accused of attempting to extort a man who allegedly put him in the hole for nearly a half-million dollars in February 2012. The man, a bookmaker, had accounts with codefendant John (Tugboat) Tognino, who allegedly worked for Conigliaro.

Conigliaro suspected the bookmaker had allowed professional bettors to place wages, which put Conigliaro on the hook for nearly half a million -- the amount he owed the winning bettors, the Feds alleged.

The bookmaker was summoned to a Bronx restaurant (Pasquale’s Rigoletto?), where Conigliaro, a capo, and another alleged mobster confronted him in the basement and threatened him.

Queens DA Organized Crime & Rackets Bureau Statement

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The following was released last month by the Queens District Attorney's Office.

It highlights numerous mob-related investigations, including one that resulted in the arrest of more than 80 who'd robbed around $14 million in property from facilities in and around JFK Airport.



Auto theft also is highlighted in the form of, among other things, the bust of Gambino mobsters operating a scrap metal enterprise in Willets Point.

Court Tosses Killer's Defamation Suit Over Russell Bufalino Bio

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A federal appeals court dismissed a defamation lawsuit last Monday filed by a convicted murderer serving life in prison.

The lawsuit, over the book The Quiet Don, about the late Cosa Nostra boss Russell Bufalino, had caused the defendant depression, and supposedly made other inmates target him for violence.


In its order, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Louis Coviello, the convict who filed the lawsuit, had failed to pay the fee on time to have his case heard.

Coviello was challenging a lower court ruling that had thrown out the $1 million defamation suit against the book's author and publishers: The Berkley Publishing Group and the Penguin Group.

Genovese Wiseguy Sammy Meatballs, RIP

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Includes Correction
I will toast Salvatore (Sammy Meatballs) Aparo this weekend, probably tonight. The 87-year-old Genovese mobster died last month, as per this week's Gang Land News.

Sammy Meatballs, for many years, provided me with an important talisman of sorts, a representation of the physical embodiment of what the Mafia is, a relic I never tire of looking at. I'm referring, of course, to his face....

Sunday Times Profiles Patriarca Mobster in Special Section

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REVISED WITH NEW PHOTOS
In May, the Sunday New York Times ran a special section profile about a largely unknown Boston gangster with ties to a legendary Cosa Nostra boss.

For those of us interested in the mob, this is a good thing....



Reporter Dan Barry's lengthy piece detailed the story of Ralph DeMasi, an aging New England mobster who specialized in robbing armored trucks.

DeMasi was known as a dedicated family man for whom crime was a 9-to-5 job, with the odd late night occasionally thrown in.

Like Gambino capo Joe Piney Armone, in his later years...



Both DeMasi and Armone reportedly NEVER stepped out on their wives.....

 "The police routinely watched him drive off in the morning to lay the groundwork for a planned robbery, then return home in the evening, leaving the carousing to others."

“That was not like the other wiseguys I knew,” a former Rhode Island law enforcement official told Barry. “Ralph was all about work.”

But the thing is, the story is not really a profi…

Now Ex-Mob Boss Ralph Natale Wants to Whack Terrorists

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EXPANDED:
Ralph Natale, former Philadelphia mob boss turned government witness, offered to help the Fed's once again, only this time he wants to do more than testify.





Natale wants to fight terrorists. At least that is what the 82-year-old said on Fox News Insider. Natale appeared on the show to hawk his book, Last Don Standing, this past weekend. During his appearance, he informed host Eric Shawn that "we're pussycats on terrorism" and that he, Natale,"would kill them all."

When Mob Boss Eddie McGrath Ran the West Side

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Neil G. Clark is the author of Dock Boss: Eddie McGrath and the West Side Waterfront; the real-life story of the preeminent racketeer on Manhattan's lucrative waterfront and the bloodshed that long haunted the ports of New York City. The book is available now at all major retailers.

And Neil is getting some strong kudos, too, for Dock Boss -- including from TJ ENGLISH! In addition to Scott Deitche, who has written quite a few books about the Mafia, including Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld, and The Silent Don: The World of Santo Trafficante Jr., and our old friend Dennis Griffin, who wrote Andrew DiDonato's book on life as a Gambino associate under Little Nicky Corozzo, Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family, a must-read for anyone interested in the New York Mafia in the 1990s, a period of incredible violence.



Before becoming a waterfront power, Eddie McGrath started out as a low-level bootlegger during Prohib…

Former Gambino Capo Carmine Agnello Gets No Prison

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Carmine "The Bull" Agnello accepted a plea deal on June 1 to avoid prison time, but he must pay the $180,000 tab for the investigation by law enforcement.

It was called originally enough "Operation Goodfella."


Agnello, a former member of the Gambino crime family, was arrested nearly two years ago during a raid of his Cleveland auto body shop. He faced more than a dozen charges, including racketeering and conspiracy. He was charged with running an illegal $4.2 million car-scrapping scheme.


How a Midwest Pizzeria Put the Fed's Onto Mob's Las Vegas Skim

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This story originally appeared on Newzbreaker and was written by Larry Henry. (Want to guest blog or write for Cosa Nostra News? Please email me. Very willing to work with new writers, too.)
“Stayin’ Alive.”

That Bee Gee’s disco song could have been the anthem — or at least the goal — of the mob hitmen and car-bombing killers at war in Kansas City in the 1970s.



Much of the mayhem was centered on a now-defunct but then-lucrative downtown entertainment district, the River Quay (pronounced River Key).

Mob Podcast on Raymond Patriarca Concludes in Brooklyn

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The murder rate in the U.S. has fallen dramatically in the past 25 years -- the FBI pegged the decline from 1993 to 2015 at 50% while the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported a 77% drop.

Still, the glut of daily television fare seems to suggest that there's nothing like murder.



As a New York Times story recently noted of true-crime television: "it seems as if this genre has no saturation point." And the trend shows no signs of abating, considering the recent launch of Beyond Reasonable Doubt last Friday, which focused on the story of the Green River Killer, the most prolific serial killer in American history. Debuting this week are Sin City Justice and #Murder.


Feds Bust 19 Luchese Mobsters Who "Operated with Seeming Impunity"

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Updated: A superseding indictment charged 19 members and associates of the Luchese crime family with racketeering, murder, narcotics and firearms offenses.

As noted previously, the indictment's centerpiece is the murder of former Purple Gang boss Michael Meldish. However, three additional sanctioned hits (all of which were unsuccessful) are detailed in the indictment, which includes the odd (as in weird) shooting of one Bonanno member known as The Baker.Story here. A Bonanno associate also was targeted.

Fifteen Luchese mobsters were arrested yesterday; four others were in prison on other crimes.
The Luchese crime family's street boss, underboss and consiglieri were among the arrested. The indictment confirms that the official boss serves a life sentence presently.


Dumb and Dumber: Wannabe on Trial in NJ for "Ordering" Axe Murder

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What happens when two morons watch too many Sopranos episodes and one of them orders a murder?

An innocent man dies an unimaginably brutal death, and one moron gets 30 years in prison and agrees to testify against the other moron at a trial to resume today in New Jersey.


We don't mean to make light of a murder, we are simply forever dumbfounded by the breathtaking stupidity of some people.


Skinny Joey Merlino Forces Fed's Hands

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Last year, the Fed's invited Skinny Joey Merlino to what they said was gonna be one helluva party.  Only now they wanna cancel. 

Well, too bad for them, Joey says. He's gonna force them to throw it. And we, for some reason, can't help but feel: Good for you....


Bradley Sirkin, one of the East Coast LCN Enterprise case's wild cards, was a former driver for Philadelphia Mafia boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino.

He had extensive ties to the Mafia -- was associated with several crime families. He seems to have been one of the key threads running from New York to Florida. This mean anything?


Roger Moore Dies; Didn't Know Sinatra Once Considered for Honorary Mob Membership

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REVISED
Our first version of this story was posted in 2014 to some outrage. I was asked to delete it, etc. I understand the unusual animosity but have stuck to my guns. I wish I could tell you my source for this, but I promised him I wouldn't. 

I will add here and now that the Commission boss my source references in the story was none other than John Riggi, boss of the DeCavalcante crime family. Here's a story about Riggi you should read: John Riggi, Mafia's "Last Legitimate Boss."



So the first story was about an excerpt from Roger Moore's memoir that mentioned Frank Sinatra and blasted the notion that he had mob ties. I posted it and made a new friend... So ironically, thanks to "James Bond," I got one of my hottest scoops ever. (As for my source, he can contact me anytime he wants. Hope all is well -- thank you so much for the information.)
I'm updating and reposting due to Moore's  recent death 
Sir Roger Moore, the British actor who gave Jam…

Potential Power Shift in Gambino Family Circa 2002

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COSA NOSTRA NEWS EXCLUSIVE The next installment of our Michael DiLeonardo-Salvatore Romano saga....



"Willie Moretti was nuts, that's why they killed him. That's a fcking lie. They killed him because he could've been a boss. Whenever they kill someone, he's suddenly a rat, or was gonna be a rat or he was losing his mind.

The guys in power can do that. They can kill anyone and call him a rat." 
A source speaking in confidence



The Corozzos were a faction of the Gambino crime family from Canarsie.

After John Gotti went down courtesy of Sammy the Bull, Peter Gotti was named boss. (Arnold "Zeke" Squitieri would be named acting boss in time). Jo Jo Corozzo was named consiglieri, and with that move it seemed that, for the first time in Mafia history, the power in the Gambino crime family was going to move to Canarsie.

Trump's Alleged Mob Ties; Fox News Founder's Death

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FINAL: Stories about Donald Trump and his alleged Mafia ties continue to proliferate.

This nation may well be entering a period of historical importance unprecedented in recent decades. There's no time for unwarranted speculation so we will cut to the chase.


Trump may have done a lot of things but did he actually knowingly work with the New York Mafia, as many continue to allege? Is there a there there? (To use the parlance of our times.)


Our Inaugural Podcast: John Alite Unfiltered....

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I could write a story using his information -- I have been doing it that way forever. Thing is, you can't hear him. I mean him, not the guy being interviewed on television, but the guy himself....

This is a podcast I filmed. It's a voicemail from John Alite, one of three he left me, consecutively while I was attending a birthday party.





You can hear the beep cutting him off. In part two, he picks up right where he left off. You will hear parts two and three, as well.John was reacting to a story I'd written. Since I hadn't written anything about John in some time, I wasn't certain what he was reacting to. In time, I realized it was a story I'd promoted on Facebook -- somehow, someone alerted John to the story -- and he was angry after he read it.

Penetrating the Mafia with a Bulls--t Story

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So how do you crack open the Mafia and penetrate it in a deep-undercover investigation?

In the words of an ace undercover operator (and former FBI agent), "You need to know your source.”

Joseph D. Pistone, formerly Donnie Brasco of the Bonanno crime family, gave the keynote address before a gathering of senior case management and investigation professionals at Polonious World 2017, some kind of trade show held recently in Australia.

 "You have to know the organization that you’re trying to infiltrate. You have to know your enemy. Because if you don’t know your enemy, you aren’t going to defeat them. By knowing your enemy, it will help you infiltrate and help you stay alive,” Pistone said.

Bensonhurst's Most Ruthless Mobsters, Allegedly

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NOTE: We will update this -- again, we post it as it includes some questionable assertions. Let us know what you find correct or not, in the comments....We also hear that a friend of ours is sick -- we want to wish him well....  Get better, guy!
Many high-profile organized crime figures reportedly hail from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

The list includes Anthony Casso, Paul Castellano, Michael DiLeonardo, Anthony Gaggi, Carlo Gambino, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, Gregory Scarpa and Carmine Sessa.


Many Bensonhurst wiseguys are gone today, dead, in prison or Witness Protection -- or in New Jersey.... Unless of course, they are in another part of Brooklyn or another borough or Long Island, or somewhere else (to cover all bases).

President Trump Fires FBI Director Over "Handling" of Clinton Email Investigation

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Lord knows, we have enough political blogs in the world, especially on the Internet, and though my view of the current political situation in this country has evolved (extremely), and I find myself with an awful lot to say, just like many of you, I'm sure, I'm not going to say it. I'm not about to lose readers over political opinions. I write this story because the FBI, since the 1957 Apalachin meeting, has been the lead law enforcement agency in the land probing the Mafia (though the DEA has ramped up considerably its efforts). The FBI co-opted the job, so to speak, from the longtime defunct FBN. 

The FBI is the lens through which the majority of Americans understand crime and criminals, including the Mafia.  

President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the White House said today.


Comey was fired as he lead an investigation into whether President Trump's associates may have coordinated with Rus…

Sports Podcaster Turns to Mafia with "The Life" Podcast

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Jim Cooley (and BIG MF Matt Freeman) together host The Last Round, a major sports podcast that features interviews with fighters, athletes, wrestlers and more. It garners nearly a half-million monthly listeners.

Jim also is a former MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. So Jim can kick serious ass, in other words. In fact, he kicks ass in this interview by being remarkably candid and honest.

 He graciously and generously provided heartfelt answers to every question I asked. Thanks, man....

Jim recently started another show, called The Life, about the Mafia. Up to 30,000 folks listen in on each episode. And he counts guys like Carmine Persico and Thomas (Tommy Karate) Pitera as his personal friends. (Jim hooked us up, too. Some may recall my shout out.)

In fact, Pitera, as you'll read, told Jim: "I trust you with my life."

And what's really interesting about The Life podcast is that Carmine Persico, alleged boss of the Colombo crime family,  gave Jim the idea for the show.…

Musitano Ndrangheta Clan's Power Play for Hamilton

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Ken Murdock once played a pivotal role in mob politics in Hamilton, a tough town on Ontario's Great Lakes waterfront.
He was sentenced to "life" for killing mob boss Johnny "Pops" Papalia and was a suspect in the killings of two close Papalia associates on the orders of his longtime employers, the Musitano crime family, one of three key crime families in the Hamilton region. The other two were the Luppinos and Papalias.


Does Musitano Hit Have Decades-Old Links to Rizzuto Alliance?

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Who killed Angelo Musitano yesterday, shooting him numerous times as he sat in his pickup truck in the driveway of his home?

The answer might have something to do with someone shot to death 20 years ago this very month, specifically, a mob boss named Johnny Pops.


That could mean the shooter worked for the same group responsible for gunning down the remnants of the Sicilian Mafia clan formerly run by Vito Rizzuto.

"East Coast LCN Enterprise" Mobsters Consider Plea Deals

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Most defendants charged in the East Coast LCN Enterprise indictment were offered extra-sweet plea deals last Tuesday thanks to revelations about a whacky turncoat and alleged criminality of one of the FBI's mob squads.

Indicted last August were 46 alleged members and associates of four of New York's Five Families, and the alleged boss of the Philadelphia crime family in Florida. (John Gotti's grandson was busted on the same day; who'd have believed of the two busts, Gotti's would ultimately be the more consequential.)

Around 10 of the defendants apparently voiced intent to reject the offer. Additionally, the two "bosses" with the biggest reasons to cop deals are supposedly still mulling the prospect of going to trial.

From Alter Boy to Boss of New York's Irish Mafia: Eddie McGrath

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I was flattered to hear from Neil G. Clark, a fan of this site, who contacted me about his book on a former boss of the Irish Mob. It sounds fascinating, and I personally can't wait to read it....

"At a time when the Port of New York was ruled by lawless criminals, one hoodlum towered above the rest and secretly controlled the piers for over thirty years," notes Neil G. Clark, author of Dock Boss: Eddie McGrath and the West Side Waterfront.

Dock Boss: Eddie McGrath and the West Side Waterfront is the fascinating true account of one gangster's ascension from altar boy to the leader of New York City's violent Irish Mob.


Court Rules No Dice: Alleged Colombo Boss's 100-Year Prison Sentence Stands

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has made its ruling, and the 100-year sentence will stand.
Carmine Persico, 83, alleged boss of the Colombo crime family, will continue serving the long and unusually punishing prison sentence doled out to him in the historic Mafia Commission case.

The court ignored all the evidence based on former Bonanno boss Joseph Massino's 302s, which supported the allegation that Carmine Galante was not slain as per the orders of the Mafia Commission (the murder was the Commission Case's centerpiece). The court also ignored all the evidence that showed the large, previously unknown extent of former Colombo captain/high-ranking snitch Gregory Scarpa's influence over the case.

Rizzuto Family-Linked Funeral Parlor Burned

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A funeral home with known links to the Rizzuto family was hit by an arson attack yesterday.


No one was injured, and the damage to the Loreto Funeral Complex on Grandes Prairies Blvd., in St-Léonard, Montreal, appears to be minimal.

A gasoline can was discovered behind the building. Such an open attack would've been unthinkable only a few short years ago.

Street Beefs Put Gambino Associate Sal Romano With Capo Mikie Scars

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So John Gammarano went to prison.
Salvatore Romano was on edge, so he went to see if he could talk to Michael DiLeonardo.
NOTE: I decided to make this an ongoing series. Expect two, three more segments as the material is too good not to delve into. I want to thank our two protagonists for agreeing to participate in this. A writer is nothing without his sources. As noted, one underlying theme of this is to highlight a schism in the Gambino crime family in the 1990s.

But we also will cast new light on details surrounding why Mikie Scars flipped, including why certain people lined up against him when he was arrested for racketeering and murder; how they leveraged the situation to steal Michael's money and shelve him and, essentially, leave him to die in prison.


Last Don Standing Pisses Off Philadelphia Cosa Nostra

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Even an outlawed, unnamed secret society must observe certain formalities.

It must perpetuate itself, and its members must know one another in order to create an infrastructure to assist them as they embark on their life of crime.


Mobsters don't operate in a vacuum, and the Mafia, in addition to being a criminal brotherhood, also provides a milieu where members can share one another's company.

If you can't break bread with another man who understands the world you live in, you will probably go insane. Mob guys tend to want to operate and prosper.

What East Coast LCN Enterprise?!?! Another Mob Case Bites the Dust

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The biggest crook in the so-called East Coast LCN Enterprise case just may have been turncoat John (J.R.) Rubeo Jr.

In the end, he stole the Feds' case.

Now they've had to drop the most serious charges in the indictment and are on bent knee  begging defendants to cop to plea deals.


Rubeo wore a wire against many defendants in the case, including the two alleged highest-ranking ones, Pasquale (Patsy) Parrello and Joseph Merlino.

Rubeo was a Genovese crime family associate who became a cooperating witness because he had major legal problems of his own and wanted to avoid a lengthy prison sentence.

When the Gambinos Dominated the Mafia's Infiltration of Wall Street

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COSA NOSTRA NEWS EXCLUSIVE
FINAL
Salvatore Romano and family were featured on Mafia Women with Trevor McDonald this past February.

Romano was spotlighted as the Gambino associate who set up shop on Wall Street and became one of the wealthiest mobsters in organized crime's history.

Picture The Wolf of Wall Street, only with the Mafia. In fact, Romano and Jordan Belfort did cross paths early in their careers, or rather their respective paths to infamy.

There's more to Romano's story, however, than the show highlighted. The story includes a large list of notorious mobsters from the Gambino crime family -- as well as an infamous DeCavalcante capo known as the King of Wall Street.

Mafia on the Waterfront: "So Foul It is Hard to Believe"

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Following is an episode of a1950s radio news program called "The Nation's Nightmare," which spotlights the Mafia's then-growing infiltration of the New York and New Jersey waterfronts.

Narrated by veteran correspondent Bill Downs, one of the so-called (Edward R.) Morrow's Boys, he sounds the alarm about "the greatest concentration of Mafia power in the world."


And he does it using that tinny, clipped 1950s tone called Transatlantic speech, a specific speaking style taught to broadcasters in the mass media's early days in an attempt to offset America's thousands of rich regional dialects.

Albert Anastasia, "Socks" Lanza, and just about every mobster of notoriety in the 1950s is mentioned in the broadcast, which also describes everything from the dockworker "shakeup" in the mornings to how various mobsters came to dominate certain sections of the ports, as well as related unions.
This particular episode aired when the media fir…

Snitch in Gotti-Asaro Federal Racketeering Indictment

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The main snitch in the Vinny Asaro-John Gotti federal racketeering case is a Bonanno crime family associate, 32, whose criminal career began when he was 19 years old.

Today Gang Land News reported that the turncoat, Gene Borrello, "is the key witness in three major mob roundups pulled by the feds last month..."



"These include the automobile arson case against mob capo Vincent Asaro and John J. Gotti, grandson of the late Dapper Don. Another is The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight racketeering indictment against Asaro's wiseguy nephew, Ronald (Ronnie G) Giallanzo.

Former Goomah Gunning for Philadelphia's Ex-Mafia Don?

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At least one person is hopping mad at former Philadelphia mob boss Ralph Natale – reputedly the first Cosa Nostra boss to flip and testify against his own crime family, and the first since Joseph Bonanno to write a memoir,  Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale.


"Sprinkled throughout the book" are anecdotes about Natale’s violent tendencies --"like Locatelli cheese atop a plate of spaghetti,” Philly Mag reviewer David Gambacorta noted.

Two Mob Associates Stole $250K from Franklin Square Jeweler

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Two reputed mobsters indicted last week with Vinny Asaro and John Gotti, grandson of the former Gambino crime family boss, allegedly robbed a Franklin Square jewelry store -- and attempted to rob two other jewelry stores in the same Long Island Nassau County town six years ago, the Feds revealed today.

Your fearless blogger grew up in Elmont, a town adjacent to Franklin Square.



The two alleged mob associates, Darren Elliot, 30, and Matthew (Mack) Hattley, 26, both of Queens, were arrested on robbery, attempted robbery and firearms offenses, among other charges and arraigned last week at Brooklyn federal court with seven other Bonanno crime family members and associates, including Gotti and Asaro.

10 Bonannos Busted for Racketeering, Kidnapping, Other Charges

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Bonanno mobster Vincent Asaro's nephew, acting capo Ronald Giallanzo, was nabbed Tuesday along with nine other reputed Bonanno crime family members and associates.

As reported last December, Joseph Desimone, Anthony Pipitone and Giallanzo were arrested and charged with violating the terms of their federal release by attending the Bonanno holiday fest. They were denied bail.

Those busted this week face a broad swath of criminal charges, some of which go back 20 years.  Specifically Giallanzo and the others were arraigned on racketeering, kidnapping, robbery, attempted murder and other charges in Brooklyn federal court.

John Gotti at His Rhetorical Greatest

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UPDATED: "This is stupidity from down the line... I can't even identify two people in the indictment -- uh, uh, the Sea , Sigmund the Sea Monster. I'm not away 100 years. I'm only away seven years. Where do these creatures emerge from?"

"All I know is one thing. I don't think I'll ever find myself in a position where I'll put my wedding money, 380 thous ... whatever it is, in the basement near a broken safe, with a bunch of old jewelry."

The Scores case, arguably, revealed John J. Gotti at his rhetorical greatest.