Bloods Member Indicted For Conspiracy In Bonanno Associate's Murder Last Month

Reputed Bloods member Bushawn “Shelz” Shelton was indicted by a grand jury for murder for hire conspiracy and other charges in the October 4 murder of Bonanno crime family associate Sylvester Zottola, 71.

Zottola was gunned down in his car, picture below, while waiting at a McDonald's drive through window in the Bronx.

An unidentified cooperating witness testified that Shelton had paid him to kill Zottola and Zottola’s son, Salvatore Zottola, 41. The younger Zottola was shot outside his Locust Point home in July, but survived.

Law enforcement sources have alleged that the hit was ordered by Albanian mobsters seeking to control Zottola's “Joker Poker” video game racket.

One federal prosecutor estimated in court that the video game machines bring in as much as $7,000 a week. 
Shelton, 34, a reputed high-ranking member of the Bloods allegedly paid another man to try to kill Sylvester and Salvatore Zottola.

He also furnished the contract killer with drivers and …

The Donnie Brasco Days: Belinda Rossetti Q&A

We present here a Q&A with longtime friend Belinda Rossetti, who knew former Bonanno capo Nicky Santora intimately...

Santora, as noted, died recently. And we've written about Belinda previously...

July 26, 1981, was D-Day for Dominick “Sonny Black” Napolitano, and he probably knew it. He and his crew had learned that a small time burglar and jewelry thief who'd been hanging around with them for years -- Donnie Brasco—a man Napolitano had put up for membership, was actually FBI Agent Joe Pistone.

Pistone had fooled them all since 1976. He had popped up in Little Italy one day in New York City as a stranger and outsider, a man claiming to have been an orphan. He  started meeting a series of mobsters, gaining their trust by appearing to be a part of their life. All the while he was secretly gathering vital intelligence.

Pistone had to be sharper than sharp to do what he'd done for six long years. The most difficult part of his con was having to lie, convincingly and repeated…

Suspect #2: Member Of Patriarca "DeCologero Crew" Suspected Of Participating in Whitey Bulger Slaying

A second suspect has emerged in the killing of James (Whitey) Bulger -- Paul J. DeCologero, a member of a violent Patriarca crime family crew in Boston that robbed and kidnapped rivals, and murdered and dismembered a teenage girl.

More details in the Whitey Bulger murder Tuesday morning at Hazelton federal penitentiary in West Virginia also have come to light -- and Fotios “Freddy” Geas confessed to committing the brutal murder by himself.

Law enforcement sources say suspect Paul J. DeCologero also participated in the vicious murder of Whitey Bulger, according to the Boston Globe.

DeCologero is serving a 25-year sentence for racketeering and conspiracy.

(Some Boston officials believe prison guards allowed the inmates to attack Bulger.)

Law enforcement officials “with knowledge of the matter” said that DeCologero and Geas attacked Bulger less than 12 hours after he arrived at the prison.

The two men allegedly beat Bulger to death inside his cell with a padlock stuffed inside a sock. Bu…

Feds: They Tried To Slice Off Whitey Bulger's Tongue

If they weren't trying to gouge out his eyes, they definitely tried to cut out his tongue. That's the latest news from a federal source speaking on condition of anonymity.

The attackers who killed notorious mob boss/FBI informant James "Whitey" Bulger at a West Virginia federal prison tried to cut his tongue off, a federal law enforcement official said.

Bulger, 89, was beaten beyond recognition in the fatal attack Tuesday, one day after he was transferred there from another facility. Officials have said that federal investigators are eyeing several potential suspects in the murder, including Fotios “Freddy” Geas who is currently in solitary

The New York Times reported that "At least two inmates were quickly sent to solitary confinement after Mr. Bulger was found, according to three employees of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, who requested anonymity because the investigation was not public. Mr. Geas was among those sent to solitary, according to prison d…

Whitey Bulger: "One Less Scumbag On This Earth"

Flipping on the street is supposed to be the end of a gangster's story, but for Whitey Bulger, it was only the start....

He ratted out rivals -- he murdered, he extorted, and he double-crossed, time and again. He (and partner Stephen Flemmi) killed women -- at least two.

When a tipoff told him it was time to face the music, he ran and hid and stole 16 more years, as a pretend human being. He'd certainly had lots of success pretending to be a gangster. And in the end, even after he was caught, Bulger strenuously denied ever being a federal informant.

Those who followed his exploits back in South Boston were not surprised at how this story ended.

“Anyone in criminal activity with him feels grossly betrayed that he was informing on them while he was supposedly their comrade and friend,” Michael Kendall, a former federal prosecutor from Boston who also once represented the family of one of Mr. Bulger’s murder victims, said. “And anyone committed to law enforcement wouldn’t…

Suspect In Bulger Slay Didn’t Deny Role, Whacked Genovese Capo, Serving Life Because Of Informant

Fotios “Freddy” Geas may have "played an integral role" in the killing of James (Whitey Bulger) one of America’s most notorious gangsters, the Boston Globe is reporting.

Geas, who is serving a life sentence in USP Hazelton, reportedly did not dispute his role in Bulger’s slaying, the Globe reports.

Anthony (Bingy) Arillotta flipped on Freddy Geas, his brother, and a former Genovese boss for the 2003 hit on Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno, who had been the boss of the Genovese crime family's Springfield crew.
“Freddy hated rats,” private investigator Ted McDonough told the Globe.

“Freddy hated guys who abused women. Whitey was a rat who killed women. It’s probably that simple.”
Geas, Genovese boss Arthur “Artie” Nigro, and Fotios's brother Ty Geas were tried and convicted for the murder.

Bulger -- who is wheelchair bound -- was in general population Tuesday morning when he was reportedly approached by three other inmates who wheeled him into a corner that could not be seen by …

Gouge His Eyes Out: Organized Crime Figure Allegedly Behind Brutal Slaying Of Whitey Bulger

UPDATE 2, Oct 31, 11:23 am
Former Genovese Springfield crew associate Fotios “Freddy” Geas is currently in solitary with one other inmate after surveillance video caught the two, and probably others, killing James (Whitey Bulger), the South Boston mobster and FBI informer, hours after he was moved to US Penitentiary Hazelton in West Virginia.

Bulger, 89, was found unresponsive at 8:20 this morning, according to a BOP statement. Life-saving measures were initiated but he was pronounced dead.

Bulger -- who was wheelchair bound -- was in general population Tuesday morning when he was approached by two or more inmates, one of them Geas, who wheeled him into a corner that could not be seen by surveillance cameras.

The inmates beat Bulger -- one used a lock in a sock as a weapon -- until he was unconscious. He was beaten unrecognizable and it's unclear if there was an attempt to gouge his eyes out or if his eyes had popped out due to the viciousness of the beating.

Three people briefed …

Riches To Rags To Riches: Profile Of Longtime Bonanno Mobster Nicky Cigars Santora

Nicholas (Nicky Cigars) Santora spent decades of his life in the Mob and had the criminal record to show for it, having been arrested roughly two-dozen times, with a rap sheet dating back to 1966.

A prosecutor once noted how Santora had an "extensive, serious, substantial criminal record.”

He was a mobster to his core, a second-generation wiseguy. (His father, Modesto, was allegedly a Colombo soldier.) Made in the 1970s, he gained unwanted recognition in the early 1980s when he was caught up in the Donnie Brasco fiasco. For a time he was a force to be reckoned with, rising to underboss under Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano. Still, Santora had mixed luck. Joseph Massino wasn't a fan. After the Last Don flipped, he recorded himself calling Santora a brokester while in a rigged conversation with Basciano.

He "ain't got any money," Massino griped. Santora would "borrow from people" but he "forgets to pay."

That argument doesn't appe…