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"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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See added Note:
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
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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.

Israeli Crime Boss Refuses to Testify Against Rival

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"I'm not afraid of anyone. Only God."--Israeli crime boss Ze'ev Rosenstein yesterday.

Amid heavy security, the bosses of two of the most powerful crime families in Israel met in Tel Aviv District Court yesterday in what was slated to be witness testimony.

Incarcerated Israeli crime boss Ze'ev Rosenstein, who is serving a 12-year prison sentence for ecstasy distribution, was there to testify against Yitzhak Abergil, who allegedly attempted to murder Rosenstein "multiple times."

Abergil is on trial for murder and global drug smuggling.
Rosenstein took the stand Sunday morning and, in what's been termed a stunning twist, he abruptly refused to answer the prosecutor.

Snitch Inside Gotti Grandson's Federal Indictment

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SLIGHTLY REVISED: John Gotti's grandson and namesake thought he was en route to an eight-year prison sentence at a correctional facility in upstate New York called Fishkill.

Instead, he was ferried to Brooklyn Federal court and brought before a judge alongside reputed Bonanno mobster Vincent Asaro, 82, and five alleged Bonanno associates to face a new indictment on arson and bank burglary charges.


If everything is what it seems, this is could be a difficult case for the defendants as the Feds have a turncoat intimately involved.
In addition, John Gotti's girlfriend allegedly was involved in the bank job though her status in the Fed's case is unclear. Apparently she hasn't been charged in the indictment. Fed's have in the past braced wives and girlfriends allegedly involved in criminal activity to pressure defendants to cop pleas, if not flip.
All defendants pleaded not guilty.

Scores Excerpt: Mafia for Dummies

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The following is excerpted from Michael Blutrich's memoir, Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History.


EARLY 1991 
Mike Sergio invited me to dinner at his restaurant. I was tickled when I arrived because “Grampa” Al Lewis was dining with us that night, and he’d invited Fred Gwynne, the famous Herman Munster himself, for the meal. Just pleased to be a fly on the wall, I listened with interest to these veteran actors discussing their memories from and their roles in the 50s television hit Car 54 Where Are You?—along with Lewis’s plans for a Munster-esque Halloween reunion bash that would include Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster), but not Yvonne De Carlo (Lily Munster) because her ballooning weight was causing her to avoid public appearances.

This Week in Cosa Nostra News....

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The following items are independent news briefs dished up in no particular order.

But first this brief note: Quite a few stories are in the "hopper" and will come out in due time. This week we expect to publish a dynamite excerpt direct from Michael Blutrich, former owner of Scores who copartnered with the Gambino crime family before flipping. 



Former Colombo capo -- or boss?
If given a long enough timeline, we honestly believe Michael Franzese, former Colombo capo, could do pretty much anything he wanted to do.

And that includes not only running for President of the United States but winning, too.

Nation's Most Powerful Prosecutor, Preet Bharara, Fired by Trump

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The United States Attorney for New York's Southern District, Preet Bharara, the most powerful prosecutor in the country, was fired by the Trump administration after he refused to resign on Friday.

Bharara tweeted the news on Saturday, March 11th:

The Trump administration, in one fell swoop, wiped out all remaining Obama administration prosecutors at the Justice Department. A total of 46 holdover United States attorneys, including Bharara, was asked to resign immediately.

Gone... just... like... that....

Gambino Mobster Dies Serving Life for Notorious Double Homicide

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Bartolomeo (Bobby Glasses) Vernace, the Gambino mobster convicted of participating in the 1981 murders of John D’Angese and Richard Godkin -- reputedly over a spilled drink and in full view of dozens of patrons of the Shamrock Bar in Woodhaven, Queens -- died on March 2, 2017, notes the BOP site.

Vernace, 67, was at Allenwood Penitentiary when he died of natural causes.

On April 17, 2013, after a five-week trial, with the Hon. Sandra L. Townes presiding, Vernace was found guilty of a racketeering conspiracy that spanned from 1978 through to 2011, when Bobby Glasses was arrested. At the time he'd been a member of the Gambino crime family's ruling panel. (He was actually arrested on Mafia Takedown Day.)

FBI Group Seeks Release of Agent Who Vanished in Iran 10 Years Ago

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We publish this as per the request of a dear friend....

The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), representing more than 13,000 active and former FBI Special Agents, marked the 10th anniversary of former FBI Agent Robert Levinson’s disappearance and called on the Trump Administration and the international community to increase efforts to gain his release.

"It’s time to bring Bob home to his family,” said FBIAA President Tom O’Connor. “FBIAA urges the Trump Administration and the international community to press Iran for information on his disappearance. We are encouraged by the recent statement by a White House National Security spokesperson that Bob’s case is a priority and that the U.S. will never cease in its efforts to bring Bob home. We ask anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to come forward to help reunite Bob with his loved ones.”

Acting Luchese Boss Faces Meldish Murder Charge, Gang Land Reports

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UPDATED: Federal prosecutors in Manhattan say they've got the goods to nail Luchese crime family leaders for racketeering crimes as well as the murder of former Purple Gang boss Michael Meldish.

Meldish, 62, was shot to death in 2013 while seated in his car. Alleged shooter Terence Caldwell was sitting in the passenger seat when he fired one bullet into the right side of Meldish's head at close range.


Based on evidence, including DNA and surveillance footage, alleged getaway driver Christopher Londonio, who'd tailed Meldish's dark blue Lincoln Town Car to the scene of the hit, in the Bronx's Throgs Neck section on Ellsworth Ave., then drove off with Caldwell in his Hyundai.

Today, Gang Land News reported, as per sources:
Prosecutors will ask the grand jury to indict (Matthew "Matty") Madonna, 81, for ordering the Meldish rubout that defendants Christopher Londonio and Terrence Caldwell allegedly carried out on November 15, 2013."

Sal Romano Was Among the Gambino's Wealthiest Mobsters

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PREVIEW: We are writing a profile of former Mafia associate Salvatore Romano who practically invented Wall Street racketeering. Not only was he among the wealthiest mobsters ever, he also was intimately involved in a period of Gambino history during which the crime family seemed close to splitting apart into a violent factional dispute.

 In 2014, The Mafia and Trevor McDonald told the stories of several former members of the American Mafia.

Trevor McDonald interviewed these men, who once lived in the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia area -- and had since scattered to various locations around the country following their departure from "the life."


This year's followup, Mafia Women and Trevor McDonald, aired on February 16 and February 23 in the U.K. It never aired in the U.S. but is available online. You can view it here.

Using the same format as the 2014 show -- two hourlong episodes -- the aim of this sequel was to offer a detailed look at the lives of women who married …

Netflix Pays $105 Million for New Scorsese Mob Flick

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Netflix has expanded beyond its original business model as a rental service of prerecorded entertainment.

In addition to offering DVDs and streaming services for rent, it also has crossed over to the production side of the entertainment industry, producing and distributing its own television shows, documentaries and feature films, in addition to acquiring such programs from production companies.


Late last month, IndieWire broke the news that Netflix had nabbed the rights to Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating gangster epic, The Irishman, the acclaimed director's ninth outing with Robert DeNiro. Also starring: Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, and Bobby Cannavale (who turned out a stellar performance as Boardwalk Empire's desperately needed villian, Gyp Rosetti.)


Bologna Court Acknowledges Mafia's Existence for First Time

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Northern Italy's Emilia-Romagna region is widely known for its medieval cities and seaside resorts.

It also has the distinction of being the birthplace of some of the world's premier delicacies, including Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and Balsamic Vinegar.

And, up until a few years ago, it was one of the few places in Italy not typically known to have a Mafia presence. Historically, Italy's various organized crime groups tended to keep away from Emilia-Romagna, either by chance or by design.
That was then.

Did Luchese Mobster's Son Die at Rikers Island Under Mysterious Circumstances?

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UPDATED: A Staten Island man who died at Rikers Island last November under what his family considers questionable circumstances is the son of a powerful chief of the Luchese crime family's Brooklyn faction.


Rikers, New York City's main jail complex, sits on a 413.17-acre island on the East River (between Queens and the Bronx). The jailhouse is one of the world's largest institutions in both the correctional and mental health sectors.

Originally only one-fourth its present size, it was artificially expanded via the use of (perhaps fittingly, in this case) ash for landfill. Inmates made up the labor force.

VIEW NOW: Mafia Women with Trevor McDonald

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Ex-Bonanno Capo Richard "Shellackhead" Cantarella's Reality Show Slated

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There's a busload of former Bonanno wiseguys somewhere out there in America these days. Ya all know what one of them (Dom Cicale) has been up to -- and now we can catch up with one of Dom's ex-cohorts....

We love the way Oxygen wrote up the news release, though all things considered, we're not sure how Richard "Shellackhead" Cantarella's old pals will feel about this reality television series. One old-school Bonanno wiseguy told us: "That scumbag!" when we told him about the show. (He refrained from further comment). Anyhoo, we decided, hey, we'll post the frigging thing as is:

Going from a life of crime to life in the suburbs proves to be the ultimate challenge in Oxygen Media's quirky new half-hour docu-comedy series UNPROTECTED, premiering Tuesday, April 11 at 9pm ET/PT. (See trailer below.)


The series follows the Cantarellas, a boisterous, old-school family that participated in the Federal Witness Protection Program after their testimony …

WHACKED REDUX: Inside the 2013 Luchese Associate Murder Probe

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Michael Meldish, 62, was a Luchese associate who once ran the Purple Gang, a violent crew based in Harlem and the Bronx.

He was shot in the head in 2013 while he sat behind the wheel of his car. One bullet had been fired into the right side of his head at close range as if the shooter were seated in the front passenger seat. And he likely was sitting beside Meldish as a getaway car tailed them. (Ironically, the front passenger seat is usually referred to as the "death seat" in mob parlance.)

Police found Luchese associate Meldish within a very short timeframe following the shooting. He was bleeding from both ears, and his body was still warm when police arrived on the scene, summoned by a 911 call from a neighbor.


Sicilian Mobsters Went to Great Lengths to Foil Cops -- Unsuccessfully

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An unassuming fruit and vegetable shop in western Sicily near Trapani included a massive refrigerator attached to it.
Located in the middle of mob boss Matteo Messina Denaro's home turf, the refrigerator did more than it was intended to. In fact, the cooling unit served double duty as a meeting place for six alleged members of Denaro's Mafia clan.

The alleged mobsters believed that the refrigerator's thick insulation served as an effective buffer against Sicilian law enforcement, otherwise referred to as the anti-mafia police.

Shooting Gotti: Scene with John Travolta Filmed in Brooklyn This Week

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John Gotti and Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano were spotted in Brooklyn, New York, this past Tuesday chatting like it was 1989...

Well, not really...

John Travolta and William DeMeo -- who play the former Gambino crime family boss and underboss -- were seen in Brooklyn filming scenes for The Life And Death of John Gotti.



Two Charged with Meldish Hit, Plus Shooting Bonanno Mobster

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UPDATED: Two men arrested in May 2015 have been formally charged with carrying out one of New York's last confirmed gangland hits in nearly four years -- plus the shooting of another Mafia member in New York.

Christopher Londonio, 43, and Terrance Caldwell, 58, were indicted last week on charges related to the 2013 murder of Luchese associate Michael Meldish.


In addition, Caldwell has been charged with the attempted murder of a Bonanno crime family member also in 2013. The shooting that wounded the mobster occurred near the intersection of First Avenue and 111th Street in Manhattan.

The Bonanno mobster's name was withheld. However, based on news reports (shoutout to D-C4 in the comments) it seems Enzo "The Baker" Stagno is the Bonanno mobster in question.

We wrote about the shooting when it occurred. 

Happy St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Folks

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Chicago during Prohibition was as lawless and violent as the Wild West.

The underworld was fighting its own civil war between north and south. Only the North Siders were the Irish-Americans represented by Bugs Moran. Fighting them were the South Siders, the Italian syndicate led by Al Capone. So to speak.


The war reached its climax on February 14, 1929, St. Valentine’s Day, when a devious trap was set for Moran.

Police Seize Olive Companies Allegedly Owned by Sicilian Boss of Bosses

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Police in Sicily seized four olive companies, including farmland and villas allegedly owned by Matteo Messina Denaro, the powerful Cosa Nostra boss on the run since 1993.

Prosecutors allege that a Denaro confidant was listed as the owner of the businesses -- as well as 108 properties, plus vehicles and bank accounts.


The property, based in western Sicily, was confiscated yesterday and is believed to be Denaro’s power base. It has an estimated worth of around $14 million.

Matteo Messina Denaro is Italy’s most-wanted fugitive. He's been on the lam for nearly 25 years and is considered one of the most powerful bosses in the Sicilian Cosa Nostra.


Gotti Grandson Cops to Eight-Year Plea Deal

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Former Gambino crime family boss John Gotti's grandson copped to a plea deal in a drug-dealing case.

He will serve eight years in prison. He faced a pretty strong case. He was recorded on a wiretap stating that he sold more than 4,200 pills a month for a $100,000 return.


Undercover cops allegedly made 11 buys from Gotti, purchasing $46,000 worth of Oxycodone. He faced up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
At Queens Supreme Court today, Gotti, 23, pleaded guilty to three charges stemming from the Operation Beach Party investigation that focused on him and a Queens-based drug operation he reportedly headed up.
Once he serves the sentence, he has five years of supervised release; he also will forfeit $259,996, under terms of the agreement.

The sentencing was slated for March 2.

Bonnano Informant's Lawsuit Alleging FBI Misdeeds Tossed

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A Mafia informant who "flipped" against the FBI and tried to sue them got the judge's thumb's down this week.

Ex-Bonanno crime family soldier Joseph Barone Jr., who previously exposed a Mafia plot to murder a Brooklyn federal court judge, has been alleging that the FBI deliberately leaked his informant status and arrested him as "punishment."

This past Monday, Judge Andrew J. Peck ruled that allegations in a lawsuit filed by Barone Jr., who informed on his criminal cohorts for 18 years, were unfounded.


How Fictional Depictions of the Mob Reveal the True Story of Substance Abuse

If you ever watched a single episode of the series The Sopranos, you would know that it centered on the life and times of a fictional Italian American family out of New Jersey who had close ties to the mob. While it is easy to be drawn into the sordid tales detailing how underground operations can control the drug trade, politicians and even the waste management industry, one might easily overlook how substance abuse was also an underlying theme. Various characters in the show checked themselves into substance abuse programs and fought to keep their plights with drug use a secret from their friends and family. Although completely based on fictional characters, The Sopranos did manage to address many of the preconceived notions that people have about what substance abusers truly look like and how some are able to hide their addictions from those closest to them.



Documentary About Women of the Mafia Slated

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In 2015, one of the best documentaries about the American Mafia in years ran on television.

It aired in the U.K. and was never seen on television in this country, though it's available online. (It is truly baffling that the best modern American Mafia documentaries are no longer being made in America.)



Now the same group out of Britain is airing a follow-up to the 2015 show. The new program, two hourlong episodes, is called Mafia Women with Trevor McDonald, which is slated to debut on February 16 of this year.

This time, Trevor McDonald interviews the wives, girlfriends, sisters and daughters of members of the Mafia.

Among the women appearing on the show are ToniMarie Ricci, ex-wife of Michael DiLeonardo, aka Mikie Scars, former Gambino capo, and Linda Scarpa, Gregory Scarpa Senior's daughter.


Appeal Questions Validity of Mafia Commission Case

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COSA NOSTRA NEWS EXCLUSIVE
First we need to give a shoutout to Jim "Jay" Cooley, who emailed us a copy of a new talk show he'd done with longtime gangland attorney Mathew Mari. (Jim Cooley hosts The Last Roundup sports show and recently debuted The Life, an organized crime-focused show. Attorney Mat Mari has a website and his own talk show, which can be viewed here.)

Carmine Persico is 83 years old and has served more than 32 years of a 136-year prison sentence following his conviction in the "Mafia Commission Case."
His attorneys are seeking to get him resentenced under the grounds that the FBI may have played some covert hanky-panky during the investigation prior to the high-profile trial of the so-called leadership of New York's Five Families.

Who Killed Joe Colombo? We Asked His Son

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Anthony Colombo died on January 6 in San Diego of complications from diabetes.Anthony was Joseph Colombo's son.When Joseph Colombo learned a boss was planning to take out other New York bosses in order to take control of the Mafia's Commission, Colombo showed fealty to Carlo Gambino and Tommy Lucchese, two of the key targets of the plotting. As a reward for his loyalty, Colombo was then named boss of one of New York's Five Families -- the Profaci family, which was rechristened the Colombo family.
I've been working on a story about Anthony but meanwhile I thought it appropriate to republish a previous story we did with Anthony, a Q&A about a book he'd recently written about his father's shooting at the second Italian-American unity day.We want to thank Anthony Jr. for assisting Cosa Nostra News in getting the interview; we offer him and the Colombo family our solemn condolences.
Anthony Colombo recently took the time to answer some questions for the following …

Gotti Grandson "Considering" Plea Deal

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John Gotti's namesake and grandson is considering a plea deal, his attorney said, after the 23-year-old appeared in court this past Wednesday.

(See video at end of story with NYPD Police Chief.)

"We’re just ironing out some details," lawyer Gerard Marrone told The New York Post. 


John Gotti "plans to remain behind bars as a “good faith” gesture," the Post reported as well. In a previous hearing the judge had ordered bail of $2 million.

Tony Muscles' Love Life More Violent Than His Mob Life

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As noted in a previous post about the mob and labor racketeering, in December 2006, a jury found Anthony (Tony Muscles) Guardino, boss of New York City’s Brooklyn-based Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 8, guilty of enterprise corruption crimes.

Guardino, connected to the Genovese crime family, was part of the union's corrupt leadership, which shook down contractors at construction sites all over New York City to the tune of more than $2 million.

Prosecutors used Guardino's Mafia link as a lynchpin of the case against him.

Brooklyn-based Local 8 represents about 700 roofing and waterproofing workers in New York City.


Double Execution on Staten Island: Was It a Mob Hit? Story Continues to Develop...

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UPDATED JAN. 26
A person of interest in the double murders on Staten Island is being grilled by police, according to an NYPD spokesman, who declined to provide further details.

The suspect, questioned at the 69th Precinct stationhouse, has not yet been charged, according to published reports.

Community advocate Tony Herbert is offering a $2,500 reward.


The double murders committed this past Tuesday evening on Staten Island at Universal Merchant Funding's storefront initially was reported to have been the work of a "disgruntled ex-employee," according to the New York Post, which noted that the suspect was taken into custody on another charge, violating his supervised release from federal prison.

Sources revealed that the shooter walked into the storefront on Buel Ave. near Zoe St., after closing hours and entered a rear office at that location where he killed both the owner and an employee who is known to have been an SEC whistleblower at a previous employer.

Nothing appar…

Mafia Seized Union Locals to Reach Apogee of Labor Racketeering

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First of two parts (the second is better)
Shoutout to Puff -- thank you!



In December 2006, a jury found Anthony “Tony Muscles” Guardino, boss of New York City’s Brooklyn-based Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 8, guilty of enterprise corruption crimes.


The 2004 indictment that named Guardino was historical; it was only the second time ever that a union itself was charged with racketeering under New York's Organized Crime Control Act of 1986.
While Federal RICO laws typically target larger operations spanning multiple states, state versions typically target regional criminal enterprises. New York's law specifically criminalizes "enterprise corruption," and is described as New York's version of the federal RICO Act. Read more about federal and state RICO laws.

Criminal Justice? Separate Verdicts in Gangland Hit

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One evening in November 1994, mob associate Michael (Cookie) Durso stopped by the San Giuseppe Social Club in Brooklyn's Williamsburg -- and quite literally all hell broke loose.

A ticking time bomb also was set in motion that night, and while the detonation wasn't as deadly, the reverberations were extensive enough to knock down more than 70 Genovese wiseguys, and for the first time, substantially wound the crime family's boss.



The San Giuseppe, located on Graham Ave., was frequented by Genovese crime family members, associates and knock-around guys. (The San Giuseppe seems to have been located where the Motion Lounge once stood. The Motion Lounge was formerly owned by Dominick "Sonny Black" Napolitano, a Bonanno crime family capo killed decades ago over the Donnie Brasco case.)