Showing posts from August, 2019

Genovese Family Crew Still Running Springfield, Mass.?

A Springfield, Mass., man with a last name that harkens back to local mob royalty has been nailed for assaulting a wire-wearing informant described in court papers as a debtor.

Anthony J. Scibelli, 51, of Springfield, was arrested on July 2 and was held at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Rhode Island until his release to home confinement on Monday by a federal judge.

He is a “ruthless mobster,” federal prosecutors say, who used violence to collect debts for a loan shark. Scibelli faces one charge for extortionate loan collection from an incident during which he allegedly assaulted a debtor while he wore a wire for the Massachusetts State Police and FBI. (The debtor had been wearing the wire since May.)

Scibelli also allegedly used mace and a taser to collect debts, and spat on another man who reportedly died shortly after the incident, whatever that means (court documents don’t specify).
He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years, and his next scheduled court date is Sept. 16.


Gang Land News Reports Luchese Capo Stevie Junior Will Cop Plea Deal In Meldish Slay Case

In a standalone deal that extricates him from the long-running gangland murder case of Bronx -based mob associate Michael Meldish, reputed Luchese capo Steven (Stevie Junior) Crea has agreed to cop to racketeering and other charges, Gang Land News reported today.

Prosecutors will seek a prison term of 13 years.

The elder Crea and three other alleged Luchese wiseguys charged with the murder are still scheduled to go to trial on October 2.

"The younger Crea is slated to plead guilty in White Plains Federal Court to three separate charges next week that do not include the November 15, 2013 murder of Meldish," Gang Land reported.

"The mob scion could return home in 2028 at the age of 56. Crea Jr., who was granted bail a year ago, would get credit for the 14 months he spent behind bars before his release. Judge Seibel set bail at $1 million after stating that the account of the rubout by the key witness against him, the drug abusing mob associate Frank Pasqua III, who had &q…

Shooting Frank Costello In The Head And Missing; Losing Las Vegas...

On the evening of May 2, 1957, Frank Costello dined at Chandler’s Restaurant at 49 West 49th Street.

His companion may have been Philip Kennedy, a former semi-pro baseball player who was a sometime actor who managed a modeling agency.
Costello likely enjoyed Kennedy’s company because Kennedy moved nimbly and freely among Manhattan’s wealthiest denizens.

Costello, the insecure Don, was supposedly fixated on being accepted by those folks. The blue bloods made him self-conscious about his voice and is inability to lose the “deeze, doze, dem” East Harlem diction. (Bizarre stuff for the mob boss who filled Lucky Luciano’s shoes, but it is the insecurities that keep us interested in the guy, anyway.) Costello’s gravelly voice (which wasn’t as gravelly as you might think, as per the video below, which includes more of Frank talking than any other clip we’ve seen) was the stuff of legend, thanks to the Kefauver Committee and some decidedly crappy advice from attorney George Wolfe.


Found! Long-Lost Photo Of Prohibition Era Mob Boss Salvatore Maranzano

Thomas Hunt is among America's most preeminent mob historians, and anyone interested in anything Cosa Nostra-related should be familiar with his work, and that assortment would include Tom’s blog, his Informer journal, and his books (links to all follow below). We are popping this up belatedly (a mild health issue knocked us out of the game last week, but we’re poised to make up for lost time). Tom also is one of several who blog at The Writers Of site; Christian Cipollini, about whom we've written, and Patrick Downey, who's written great books, including on Legs Diamond, also blog there.

Researchers have long been bothered by the lack of a photograph of Prohibition Era Mafia "boss of bosses" Salvatore Maranzano. But an image of the underworld chief, lost for nearly 88 years, was recently rediscovered. The remarkable find will be featured in an August special issue of Informer: The History of American Crime and Law Enforcement.

The most powerful Americ…

Longtime Outfit Mobster Gets Six Months Behind Bars For Early Retirement Union Scam

John A. Matassa Jr.—a reputed Chicago mob figure and longtime union boss who earlier this year copped to a federal felony charge of embezzlement in an alleged scheme to fraudulently qualify for early retirement benefits— is going to federal prison.

Matassa, aka Pudgy, faced sentencing on July 22, more than two years after a 10-count federal indictment slapped him in the nads. His defense had been that the U.S. Department of Labor had targeted him, a viewpoint that didn't hold much water in the view of the judge.

In court recently, the two butted heads when Matassa stood before the judge and said,“The only reason I’m standing here today is because my name is John Matassa.” The judge retorted with: “You pled guilty to a felony to avoid going to trial. That’s why you’re here right now. Not because your name is John Matassa.”)

The case stemmed from Matassa’s job as the secretary-treasurer of the Independent Union of Amalgamated Workers Local 711.

While his plea agreement called for up…

Former Genovese Wiseguy Bingy Arillotta Was Arrested This Week For Pelting Someone With A Juice Carton

The former boss of the Genovese crime family's Springfield crew got himself in some hotmildly warm water this week. 

Anthony (Bingy) Arillotta once shot bullets at Mafioso --  but now apparently pelts relatives with juice cartons.
Bingy, who became the federal government’s star witness in two separate mob murder trials in New York City in 2011 and 2012 and who began cooperating in 2010, was arrested Sunday for assault and battery after he allegedly tossed a lemonade carton at a female relative, hitting her in the leg.

She’s okay however: there were no visible injuries, as per the police report. She also declined medical treatment.

As MassLive reported, the dispute was over a sick dog that Arillotta threatened to kill. (Bingy has allergies, and a family member supposedly left the dog at his home. He wanted it gone.)

Arillotta, 50, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday in Springfield District Court.

Assistant District Attorney Tyson Fung asked the judge to set bail at $2,500…