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Sammy The Bull Rewrites Mafia History?

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UPDATED WITH LINKS The New York Daily News recently interviewed former Gambino underboss Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano, who talks about social media and New York mob history.... And broth(?) Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano Gravano, who is 75 and has spent 22 years of his life in prison, told the Daily News that he has returned to ... social media.... (We honestly didn't know he had left.) Gravano is now posting on Instagram and Facebook , but he also finds time to quaff broth brought to him by a neighbor in the sleepy Arizona town where the Bull now resides.  “I got a neighbor, and she comes over and she knocks. I open the door, and she’s giving me broth. I said, ‘What’s this?’ She says, ‘I know you’re living alone, and I don’t know if you’re eating right.’ So she gives me the broth.” Back in 1976, Carlo Gambino give him the gun, the knife—and more importantly, a button in the Gambino crime family—and Gravano was off to the races... He embraced mob life with a deep and ab

Feds Indict 15 Reputed Philadelphia Mafia Members, Associates For Racketeering

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A superseding indictment unsealed today (November 23) charges 15 alleged members and associates of the South Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey-based  La Cosa Nostra (LCN) family with multiple crimes (but no murders). Clockwise from l: Johnny Chang, Stevie Mazzone, Phil Narducci.  The charges—announced by William M. McSwain, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania—include mob mainstays such as illegal gambling, loansharking, extortion, and drug trafficking. The superseding indictment identifies  Stevie Mazzone  as the Philadelphia crime family's underboss and Dom Grande as a capo, and notes that in October 2015, while holding these positions, Mazzone and Grande, among others, participated in a Mafia induction ceremony in a South Philadelphia residence during which "several" associates became made members of the Philadelphia crime family. The defendants charged in the seven-count superseding indictment are: Steven Mazzone, aka “Stevie,” age 56;  Domenic

DEA Report on Carmine Galante Leaked To Media Was "Bullshit," FBI Agent Later Said

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UPDATED We're still finishing up that story we've referenced multiple times here, about Carmine Galante. We're publishing this piece separately. (To avoid repetition we don't include many details here. The Galante story that follows will have all the details you could imagine.) Intense media speculation followed Carmine Galante as he walked out of prison in 1974, and it followed him for the five years he had left on this earth. He was targeted by television cameras as well as newspapers and magazines (stories were even written about all the stories that had been written about him). He also had to deal with law enforcement seeking to violate him and send him back to prison, which happened more than once after his 1974 release, including months before he was brutally gunned down with two other men on the back patio of a Bushwick, Brooklyn restaurant  on Knickerbocker Avenue. Suspected of more than 80 homicides, Galante, pictured above, was a lifelong mobster who became a

Las Vegas Mob Museum Offers A Tour You Can't Refuse

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By Nick Christophers  I had the pleasure of visiting the Mob Museum not long ago and was floored by what it had to offer. As a mob historian the Museum offered me a journey that I will not soon forget.... The Las Vegas Mob Museum displays the bullet-riddled wall from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, among other things. Each floor offered a different layer of mob history that was exciting with surprising artifacts that only they could offer. From the bullet riddled wall of the St. Valentines Day Massacre to letters from Pablo Escobar it was wild to see. Of course, all the items go through a rigorous authentication process.  Geoff Schumacher the Museum’s vice president of exhibits and programs , plays a huge role in offering a memorable tour for the many visitors to the Museum.  Geoff first came to the Museum in 2014 only two years after it opened its doors. When he arrived, he worked on building the Museum’s internet presence (via social media platforms) and artifact acquisition

Colombo Wiseguy Greg Scarpa Jr. Nearly Beat Luchese Boss Vic Amuso To Death, Former Federal Prosecutor Writes

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Updated  Whenever we hear about an intriguing Mafia happening, we immediately wonder: Is it true, and how come we never heard it before?  The NYPD linked Greg Scarpa Junior to 24 gangland hits. In 1995, when their paths crossed inside Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), and after they traded insults, Greg Scarpa Junior nearly beat Luchese boss Vittorio (Vic) Amuso to death.  This is according to former Assistant US Attorney John Kroger, who includes details on the violent encounter in his memoir,  Convictions: A Prosecutor's Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves . We were only able to find passing reference to the incident on Gang Land News, though it seems the Feds successfully downplayed what happened, with  Jerry Capeci reporting in September 1998 that, "Scarpa (Jr.) has been kept away from other mobsters ever since he punched out Lucchese boss Vittorio (Vic) Amuso three years ago. Amuso had made some disparaging remarks about his f

ITALIANS ONLY: When Colombo Wiseguys Took Over Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center

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This would be one of the stories that belongs in the great big imaginary tome we envisage as The Greatest Mob Stories Never Told .....The book, we believe, will never be written, unless of course yours truly ever decided to take a shot at it.... The problem is that mainstream interest in the Mafia tends to focus on the same handful of topics, with the pecking order going something like: John Gotti, John Gotti, John Gotti, Al Capone, John Gotti, John Gotti, Sammy the Bull... Even the flurry of recent interest in figures like Jimmy Hoffa and Russell Bufalino (prompted by Martin Scorsese's The Irishman ) seems to have died already. William (Wild Bill) Cutolo and members of his Colombo crime family crew. From late 1993 through to September 1994, the Feds attempted what some characterized as a type of experiment that involved putting 21 members of the Colombo crime family close together in a prison.  The experiment failed miserably.  The wiseguys took over a wing of the Metropolitan Det

What Is The Current State Of The Mob

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Nick Christophers wrote the following, which is based on his reporting, research, and interviews with several former associates of organized crime, including former Gambino associates John Alite and Andrew DiDonato, former Outfit scion Frank Calabrese Jr., and ex Colombo associate Kenji Gallo. (More on Nick at the end.) By Nick Christophers  There is a saying that if you take one man out there are two in the wings to replace him and if you take out two there are four in the wings. This may be the case for some situations but when it comes to the life-line of the mafia that theory goes out the window. The once awesome and untouchable traditional mafia has lost its “talent pool” that was at once abundant. It is believed since the fall of John Gotti the mob has went underground and has attempted to stay out of the spotlight and the headlines. Frank Calabrese Sr. on right in surveillance image There are many rumors that they have been recruiting men from Sicily to replenish the ranks that

Tony Green, Former Bonanno Street Boss, Resides At Brooklyn Halfway House

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Former Bonanno street boss Anthony (Tony Green) Urso, 84, now resides at the Residential Reentry Management field office in Brooklyn, according to the BOP inmate locater. His release date is June 27, 2021. Anthony (Tony Green) Urso We looked Urso up after a longtime source told us that Tony Green had recently been spotted in Franklin Square, Long Island. Tony Green went away to serve a 20-year stretch for murder and racketeering while he was street boss, a promotion he got after the family's official boss, Joseph Massino, was indicted in 2003. Massino went on to flip, wear a wire, and testify against acting boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano. Newsday journalist  Anthony DeStefano has written two excellent books about both Massino and Basciano,  Vinny Gorgeous: The Ugly Rise And Fall Of A New York Mobster  and King of the Godfathers . Urso was tape-recorded calling for murdering the children of turncoats, arguing that it was the only way to stanch the seemingly endless flow of B