Joe Bruno on the Mob: Sal The Ironworker; 'Mob Wives'

Joe Bruno, journalist and mob
A Vietnam veteran in the United States Navy, Joseph J. Bruno started out in the newspaper business in the mid 1970's as a sports columnist for the New York Tribune. During the 70's and 80's, Bruno was an associate editor for Boxing Illustrated and monthly contributor to Ring Magazine. In 1986-1987, Bruno wrote a sports column for the Times Herald Record in Middletown, New York. His articles have also appeared in Penthouse Magazine, Razor Magazine, Boxing Today, Boxing World, International Boxing Digest, Referee Magazine and Inside Boxing.  In 2000, Bruno's first novel Angel of Death was published by

Joe Bruno also has a blog, Joe Bruno On the Mob. Below are a couple of recent posts he has written about some timely mob subjects that we found interesting.

It seems like Canada is not such a safe place for reputed Mafiosos anymore.

The body of Salvatore Montagna, the alleged former boss of New York’s Bonanno Crime Family, was found dead in a river north of Montreal, Canada. Police in Canada are speculating that Montagna, who was called the “Bambino Boss” due to his rise to power in his mid-30s, was killed because he was forcing his way the leadership of the Mafia in Montreal, which had been decimated due to the recent killings of several of Montagna’s close Montreal associates, including the father and son of Vito Rizzuto, the reputed head of the Montreal Mafia who is currently imprisoned in the United States.

This might be a case of much ado about nothing. Or it might be the real McCoy.

In the past, the Feds have been accused of doing almost anything to take down a wiseguy, even if it means bending the rules just a little bit. Prosecuting Mafia guys, and winning a conviction, invariably leads to promotions within the department. So if it helps to use a mob guy’s wife as a pawn in building a big case against a wiseguy, well, it might be worth a shot.

The Feds are now claiming that April Saracino, wife of Colombo crime-family soldier Dino “Little Dino” Saracino, has been running her husband’s illegal loansharking business while her husband is awaiting trial on a variety of charges, including the allegation that he “helped murder an off-duty NYPD officer who had married a mobster’s ex-wife.”