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The Ravenite Transcripts PART 7: “I want guys that done more than killing.”

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Gambino boss John Gotti, not knowing he’s already living his last year of freedom ever, discusses potential candidates for membership in the Gambino crime family, and laments how difficult it was to find worthy contenders. 



He queries Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano about whether he would feel more comfortable with a different title: “So, I’m asking you how you feel. You wanna stay as consigliere? Or you want me to make you official “underboss”? “Acting boss”? How do you feel? What makes you feel better?” The future is so uncertain. You never know what fresh hell is waiting just around the corner. (At least these guys didn’t have to bother about wearing a goddamn facemask.)

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JANUARY 4, 1990
FILE NUMBER: 183A-3507
PLACE: Apartment above the Ravenite Social Club, located at 247 Mulberry Street in Little Italy, Manhattan
TIME: 7:15 …

Was Russell Bufalino Ever Interim Boss of the Genovese Crime Family?

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Was Russell Bufalino ever the boss of the Genovese family in a temporary fashion, we were recently asked via email. The following is our answer ...




By 1975, Russell Bufalino—the soft-spoken, eight-fingered Sicilian with the lazy eye who was called “McGee” by his closest associates —was at the height of his power in the American Cosa Nostra.

According to law enforcement and journalist sources, at around this time he was at the helm of no less than three crime families: In addition to his own crime family in Pittston, Pennsylvania, he had assumed control of (as well as absorbed) the Buffalo crime family after the July 1974 death of longtime boss Stefano Magaddino. Bufalino also reportedly had assumed temporary control of New York’s Genovese family, sometime after the July 1972 murder of front boss Thomas (Tommy Ryan Eboli) and before Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno took over.

Bufalino may have been arguably one of the most powerful mobsters in the nation in the 1970s, but he was never the bo…

Will Skinny Teddy Call The Shots for the Colombos? Or Joe Waverly?

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To have been a fly on the wall at the downtown Brooklyn halfway house where the leading contenders for the slot of Colombo family boss, Theodore (Skinny Teddy) Persico Jr. and Joel (Joe Waverly) Cacace, both cooled their heels for months....


Unless the COVID-19 pandemic changed anything, Joe Waverly departed the Brooklyn Residential Reentry facility last Friday, May 22. Skinny Teddy still has a few more days to go before his slated May 29 release.

For now, Andrew (Mush) Russo is once again acting Colombo family boss.

Skinny Teddy Persico, 56, has been the presumed heir apparent since cousin Alphonse (Allie Boy) Persico, went away for life after his 2008 conviction for the 1999 murder of William (Wild Bill) Cutolo. Skinny Teddy's father, who died in 2017, was a brother of Carmine (Junior) Persico, the legendary and unpredictable boss of the Colombo crime family who died last year at the age of 85 while serving a 139-year sentence.

Teddy Persico has the lineage and street experience to…

Most Depraved Mafia Hit? The Colombo Family And The Deep Throat Murders

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In 1982, mob shooters killed an innocent bystander while gunning down a father and son duo suspected of stealing from the Colombo family's proceeds from the classic porn flick Deep Throat.

The incident was later dubbed one of the New York underworld's most depraved acts. The victim, Veronica Zuraw, was a former Roman Catholic nun for the Brooklyn Diocese. The Colombos couldn't have picked a worse innocent bystander to shoot in the head if they'd deliberately tried.

Former Colombo shooter Salvatore (Big Sal) Miciotta discussed the gangland hit -- that ended the lives of both a mobbed-up pornographer and the former nun -- in a documentary that never disclosed certain details about Big Sal, including how his testimony had been so discredited, a judge ruled he could never testify again. Miciotta's false testimony got several gangsters off scott free on a host of mob charges, including murder, and destroyed an honest NYPD cop's career (and ultimately his life).

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