Showing posts from October, 2020

Philadelphia Wiseguy Joey Electric Servidio Gets 15 Years For Dealing Drugs In Atlantic City Area

South Jersey resident Joseph (Joey Electric) Servidio, 60, a reputed soldier in the Philadelphia crime family, was sentenced last Thursday to 15 years (three years more than he reportedly faced) in Federal prison for pushing crystal methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl-laced pills.

 In June 2019, in Camden, NJ, Federal court, he copped to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including more than 200 grams of fentanyl and heroin, and about 300 grams of crystal meth.
He was arrested in March 2018 with two South Jersey associates of the Philadelphia mob family: Carl Chianese and Michael Gallicchio. The FBI described the case as a dismantling of a drug pipeline running nearly the length of the Garden State Parkway. Initially the FBI indicated that elements of the Boston Mafia also were involved in this case.

Among the charges outlined in the indictment: Servidio and Chianese plotted the revenge killing of a drug-dealing associate because the associate, identified as “Individual 3,…

Q&A #3 With Former Luchese Wiseguy John Pennisi

This is the third round of Q&As. Please email any additional questions or post them in the comment section of this story. Also, former Luchese wiseguy John Pennisi has started a blog, Sitdown News so be sure and visit. 

Question: I'm Paul from Italy. Do you know something about the active families outside New York (not only the Decavalcante family and Philly)???

John Pennisi: Paul, piacere, I had some dealing with and met a few Ndrangheta I believe they were from Canada. What impressed me with them was we were once in a restaurant and I was brought over to a table where about 12 of their people were sitting. I sat and talked for a while and then went back to my table. When they left in a line from young to old, with their boss being last, they came over to say goodbye. Very disciplined and full of respect.

Q: Why continue to follow Vic Amuso as boss? The Lucchese Family must recognize his poor leadership during the 90’s and his inability to control Casso so why continue to follow…

Q&A #2 With Former Luchese Wiseguy John Pennisi

The way ex-Luchese mobster John Pennisi tells it, he'd still be a true-blue wiseguy today if his capo and others had not wrongly suspected him of being a "rat." .... The following Q&A is part of our continuing coverage of John Pennisi's side of the story about what happened between him and the Luchese crime family. Some questions were lightly edited ...

Q: To an outsider today (today meaning pre-COVID) the mob seems smaller, better hidden, and less of a factor in daily life. In say 1988, if one night I went to a weekly poker game (and won BIG), then bought some blow and went to a strip club, then stopped by a guy to borrow money, it’d be a safe bet that the mob profited off every one of those activities. If I did that same “circuit” last week say what are the chances that the mob got a piece of all those activities?

JOHN PENNISI: The mob has learned from past mistakes, exposure is its enemy. Low key is about survival. I was always labeled paranoid but it paid off…

New Wise Guys Inc. Podcast Features Son Of Former Colombo Underboss Wild Bill

UPDATEDBill Cutolo, former Mob Candy editor Nick Christophers, and John DeSalvo have launched a new podcast called Wise Guys Inc.

The podcast available now features special guest Ronnie Kerner, "a bad ass mobster who was under mob boss Sonny Franzese of the Colombo family," according to the podcast's webpage on Soundcloud.
See the Wise Guys Inc. Facebook page.

Nick Christophers was the editor of Mob Candy magazine. He has authored several books, including the novels Destinies Vol II - No Honor Among Thieves and Destinies, and the non-fiction works, Mafia Ties - The Greek Syndicates, and Prison Rules (with John Alite).
John DeSalvo is a former University Professor and Dean, an author, and a TV and radio personality.
Billy Cutolo is the son of former Colombo underboss William (Wild Bill) Cutolo.
Wild Bill had been promoted to underboss of the Colombo crime family following the third Colombo war. In 1999, Cutolo was last seen en route to that meeting (ironically, Feds had been ta…

Q&A #1 With Former Luchese Wiseguy John Pennisi

The first Q&A with former Luchese wiseguy John Pennisi...These are the first few questions, followed by John's answers.
QUESTION: The prevailing thought on mafia hits is that they no longer happen. The 2013 Meldish rubout was seen as brazen and uncommon and of course Caldwell, Londonio and the entire administration paid dearly for it. However, in John's story there are at least two instances which suggest hits are still a viable option. 1) When Big John tells John two family members are wearing wires John immediately suggests whacking them without hesitation. 2) John eventually walks into the Federal Building when he becomes convinced the Lucchese family was planning to kill him.

So, my question is - how prevalent are mafia hits? Was the Meldish rubout in 2013 really the only one in modern mafia history (or at least since the mid-2000s)? Or does the mafia still carry out hits but either A) conceal the bodies and destroy the evidence so we don't hear about them or B) whe…

How Big John Got Brooklyn Crew, Why Bonannos Crashed Luchese Clubhouse, Other Secrets From An Ex-Wiseguy, Including About Skinny Joey

COSA NOSTRA NEWS EXCLUSIVE In April 2013 in a house on Staten Island, acting Luchese boss Matty Madonna inducted John Pennisi and two other Italian American men into the Luchese crime family. Pennisi -- a member of Big John Castellucci's "Brooklyn" crew, which is now based on Staten Island -- was a loyal wiseguy and a hardcore believer in The Life.

But after a few years as a wiseguy, Pennisi realized that being a member of Big John's crew wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. By 2017, Big John and others started to wrongly suspect him of being a "rat."

After Pennisi spotted two men sitting in a car suspiciously parked outside his home on Long Island, he realized the rift between him and his crime family had become insurmountable. Pennisi armed himself and after a couple of close encounters grew increasingly concerned about innocents getting caught on the cross fire.

He tried to resolve the "problem" in less lethal ways, including by driving fa…

Where Is Former Luchese Acting Boss Matty Madonna? At Westchester County Medical Center Recovering From COVID-19

COSA NOSTRA NEWS EXCLUSIVE UPDATE TWOMatthew (Matty) Madonna is 84 and would be prime fodder for COVID-19, but he's also a longtime mobster who made it to the pinnacle of organized crime in New York City -- and in July of this year he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder.

Yet only two months later and he's not in prison, according to the BOP inmate locator site.

But a letter (see below) dated July 14 from Madonna's representatives at the law firm Dratel & Lewis (originally posted in the comment section courtesy of the New York Mafia website staff) reports that Madonna is at the Westchester County Medical Center continuing to recover from a "serious" bout of COVID-19 that caused him to lose 40 pounds in a two-week period.

Former Luchese mobster John Pennisi, who we've been writing about, told us, "I heard he had COVID--hope he didn’t pass away?" (No, John, apparently he's hanging in there....)

As previously noted, imprisoned w…

Reputed Luchese Soldier Joey Glasses Has Dementia, His Lawyer Tells Judge

US District Judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York Cathy Seibel recently received an update on the health of reputed Luchese crime family soldier Joseph (Joey Glasses) Datello, who will make an appearance in an upcoming story written with information from Luchese defector John Pennisi.

Datello, 69, was hit with a 14-year prison sentence in 2019 after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering, including the attempted murder of a witness.

In the letter to Judge Seibel, defense attorney Theodore S. Green wrote:

“Yesterday, Mr. Datello’s family was advised by email from a social worker at FCI Hazleton that Mr. Datello has been transferred to a hospital pending his transfer to a BOP medical facility. The family was advised in the email that the transfer was “because of his dementia” and that Mr. Datello does not have an active case of COVID-19. I have informed AUSA Scott Hartman of this development.

“In the September 21, 2020, order with respect to ou…