Mob Turncoats by Crime Family

There are A LOT of rats out there -- and they range from associates to made men who held rank.

Made men are made until death; guys who flipped are considered to be shelved, according to a mobster's testimony, backed up by sources we've spoken with about this, including former Gambino crime family capo Michael DiLeonardo.
Nothing new here -- Gambino rat Sammy Bull, before a later reckoning.

Turncoats, my preferred nomenclature, is more accurate, I believe as a tax-paying citizen not affiliated with the Mafia. I also happen to believe in law and order; I write a blog about the Mafia because of personal interest and a journalism background.

As previously noted, the mob has not shown a proclivity to kill turncoats. We don't see this changing anytime soon.

But once upon a time the story very different.

As is widely known, shortly after JFK was elected president, his brother as Attorney General wanted to reinvigorate law enforcement's efforts to combat the Mafia.

Huge obstacles awaited them.

"The Mob had better sources than we did," Shur said in Witsec, which he cowrote. "Omerta was very, very real" at the time. Shur noted that law enforcement had proof of Omerta's strength in the form of a multitude of photographs of dead bodies.

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Shur was one of 45 attorneys hired by Robert Kennedy to revitalize organized crime investigations.

At the time some 25 various federal agencies were working OC cases, and not one showed a proclivity to cooperate.

The worst offender on this front was J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI.

Kennedy was determined to end the infighting and put the focus on prosecuting organized crime figures.

He formed a special unit, of which Shur was part, named the OCRS (Organized Crime and Racketeering Section). Attorneys such as Shur were to investigate and prosecute crimes against 40 high-ranking Mafiosi whom Kennedy himself identified.

Shur held the view that getting high-level informants to give solid information was the best way to combat the Mafia bosses.

His first target was Carmine Persico -- Shur actually thought Persico might flip. At the time "The Snake," as the Gallo brothers commenced derisively calling him for his duplicity in betraying them and attempting to garrot Larry Gallo, had been given a 15-year prison sentence. Shur believed Persico might flip to avoid the prison term.
Path to WITSEC Built on Omerta's Dead 
Many Ghosts Haunt Witness Protection Program

Some of the people mentioned on this list (as well as others, not on the list) I'd like to speak with. If you'd like to speak to me, we can begin the process via email -- starting with you writing to me at

I have spoken to quite a few guys from the life who are know just trying to get by...

I also am seeking law enforcement officials for on or off-the-record comments, primarily pertaining to historical information.

Bonanno Crime Family
Genoroso “Jimmy the General” Barbieri - Soldier/Former Acting Capo
Joseph "Jersey Joe/Joe the Rat" Bonanno - Soldier/Acting Capo
Paul Cantarella - Soldier
Richard "Shellackhead" Cantarella - Capo/Acting Underboss
Dominick Cicale - Soldier/Acting Capo
Frank Coppa - Capo
Joseph "Joey Mook" D'Amico - Soldier
Frank "Curly" Lino - Capo
Michael “Sonny” Maggio - Soldier
Joseph "Big Joey/The Ear" Massino - Boss
Nicholas “P.J.” Pisciotti - Soldier/Acting Capo
James "Jimmy Tag/Big Lou" Tartaglione - Capo
Salvatore "The Chief/Good Looking Sal" Vitale - Underboss
Peter Rosa - Soldier

Gambino Crime Family
Alfonse “Jim Carra” Attardi- Soldier (Dead)
Dominick "Fat Dom" Borghese- Soldier
Primo Cassarino- Soldier
Joseph "Little Joe" D'Angelo- Soldier
Craig DePalma- Soldier (Dead)
Michael "Mickey Scars" DiLeonardo- Capo
Frank "Frankie Fapp" Fappiano- Soldier
Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano- Underboss
Robert Mormando- Soldier
Alfredo “Freddie The Sidge” Santantonio- Soldier (Killed)
Nicholas “Nicky Skins” Stefanelli - Soldier (Suicide)
Name Not Revealed - Soldier

Colombo Crime Family
Paul “Paulie Guns” Bevacqua- Acting Capo
Reynold "Ren" Maragni - Capo
Rocco Cagno- Soldier
Dino “Big Dino” Calabro - Capo
Joseph "Joe Camp" Campanella- Capo
Joseph “Joey Caves” Compatiello- Soldier
Salvatore "Big Sal" Miciotta- Soldier/Acting Capo
John Pate- Capo
Alan Quatrache- Soldier
Michael "Mikey/Yuppie Don" Franzese - Soldier/Acting Capo (Left the life)
Anthony "Big Anthony" Russo- Acting Capo
Sebastiano “Sebby” Saracino- Soldier
Greg “The Grim Reaper” Scarpa Sr- Capo (Dead)
Gregory Scarpa Jr.- Capo
Carmine Sessa- Consigliere
Michael “Mikey” Souza- Soldier
Frank “Frankie Blue Eyes” Sparaco- Soldier

Genovese Crime Family 
Anthony “Bingy” Arilotta- Soldier
George Barone- Soldier
John “Futto” Biello- Capo (Killed)
Vincent "Fish" Cafaro- Soldier
Felix Tranghese- Capo
Joseph "Joe Cago" Valachi- Soldier (Dead)
Louis Moscatiello- Soldier/Acting Capo (Dead)
Renaldi “Ray” Ruggiero - Capo

Luchese Crime Family 
Anthony "Tumac" Accetturo- Capo
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso- Consigliere/Underboss/Acting Boss
Peter "Fat Pete" Chiodo- Capo
Alphonse "Little Al" D'Arco- Capo /Acting Boss
Joseph D'Arco- Soldier
Joseph "Little Joe/Joe D" Defede- Soldier/Acting Boss
Eugenio "Gene" Giannini- Soldier (Killed)
Frank Gioia Sr- Soldier
Frank Gioia Jr- Soldier
Steven LaPella- Soldier
Frank Lagano- Soldier (Killed)
Dominick “The Gap” Petrilli- Capo/Soldier (Killed)
Thomas “Tommy” Ricciardi- Soldier
Vincent "Vinny Baldy" Salanardi- Soldier
Frank "Goo Goo" Suppa- Soldier