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We've chatted with various gangland figures over the years -- many of them are identified in stories -- but some, for various reasons, have been background sources who have never been identified. We recently put together the following list of sources  by name but also including sources we can't name but have identified more generally:*

NYC law enforcement (homicide detective)
Larry Mazza, former Colombo associate
Frank Cullotta, former Chicago Outfit
Michael DiLeonardo, former Gambino wiseguy
Colombo guy
Billy Cutolo, former Colombo associate
Andrew Didonato, former Gambino associate
Kenji Gallo, former Colombo associate
John Alite, former Gambino associate
Anthony Ruggiano, former Gambino associate
Frank Calabrese, former Chicago Outfit
Chicago guy
Longtime Bonanno wiseguy
Longtime ex-Bonanno wiseguy
Former Gambino associate
Former Genovese mobster
Dom Cicale, former Bonanno acting capo
Gene Borello, former Bonanno associate
Former Gambino associate
Joaquin Garcia, former FBI agent
Another former FBI agent
Florida Gambino wiseguy
* We will update list and add hyperlinks to stories ....

Why The Mafia?
One evening in the 1970s, my grandparents held a dinner party at their condominium in Bayside, Queens. It was a social event with some kind of business component related to a concessions business at JFK airport. My parents were there. I was there, though I have no personal recollections of the event (I was a toddler at the time). Also there were perhaps the most notorious trio of Mafia capos in organized crime's history, or at least Bonanno crime family history: Sonny Red, Phil Lucky, and Big Trin. No, I don't think my grandfather was a criminal, nor do I believe anything related to criminal activity was even discussed.

That should answer the why I'm interested in this stuff question. It's an intriguing tidbit -- that has colored my memories of my grandfather (Dominick) -- where I think it began. It was further nurtured by a lifelong obsession with New York's two tabloids -- the Daily News and The Post -- followed by the launch of Jerry Capeci's Gang Land News, followed years later by George Anastasia. Then there's numerous other writers I try to follow regularly. On a separate background track was my "career" (which truthfully never really gave me any satisfaction. There was some initially, but it never really built into anything even remotely worth fondly recalling. Yours truly has been decidedly unlucky in business (and love; quite honestly I'm probably the loneliest man in America. Oddly enough, my first attempt to type "loneliest" in that previous sentence autocorrected to "kinkiest" -- is that some kind of hint from the beyond, lol? Anyway I numb myself with work because there's not much else going on these days with this endless fcking quarantine.)

I graduated Hofstra with a BA in print communications specializing in journalism, and that right there dates me. I doubt anyone these days could even get (nor want) a degree in print communications. I worked mostly in business journalism.

Roughly, after doing it at work for a while I thought, why not do it at home, too, only focused on a topic of actual personal interest? After all, I thought, I knew how to write and the internet Google gave me all the tools I needed to publish an online newspaper. Hell I could even make a few extra bucks doing it.

Of course the above is about launching a blog about the mafia...  One thing I didn't even remotely take into account back then is the "hidden learning curve" one faces when operating a persistent online pseudonym for years. (One day maybe I'll write about it.)

We're especially interested in hearing from law enforcement or people who have personal stories .... If you're in the Long Island -New York City tristate  area, perhaps we could meet....

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 I'm always looking for story tips and leads to follow-up on. Have anything interesting? Please email me. Find research that addresses some questions I once raised in a story? Please email me. Come across an interesting piece of mob news? Please email me. Find information that contradicts anything I've written? Please email me. Do you have a personal experience that you'd like to share? Please email me.

If I were to try to differentiate Cosa Nostra News from other mob blogs (there are some first-rate ones out there) I'd probably note that: I focus more on New York's Five Families and have sources from many of them -- sources who are, or were, involved in organized crime. Many have gone on record in stories, but some have never gone on record.

Cosa Nostra News launched in 2011.

I founded this blog during a freelance writing phase. I've been working as a journalist since graduating with a BA in print journalism.

"Ed Scarpo" has been writing and editing his entire career, which includes journalism, content marketing, and corporate communications. I've spent most of my professional life as a beat reporter covering a wide range of beats, from Hollywood filmmaking to the textiles industry.

“Journalism—unlike, say, medicine, law, or architecture—is a profession that any person can practice. There are no licensing or education requirements, and we journalists generally think that this is a good thing: the public can decide which journalists are worth reading or watching, and the law can intervene in those rare cases when journalism causes harm. The last thing we want the U.S. government, or any government, to do is to start deciding who is and who is not a journalist.”

I live in Nassau county on Long Island...

Ed Scarpo is a pseudonym, not an identity. Understand the difference? I don't walk around wearing expensive suits and talking like I'm Marlon Brando or Joe Pesci, though I can do a pretty damn good impression of both.

 Basically I'm not a "wannabe" .... I'm trying to be serious, but instantly that line brings to mind what Gregory Caponegro once said while attempting to shake someone down:

I don't pretend I'm in the mob. I don't act like I'm in the mob. Gotta problem with that? I'll put your fcking head through the wall. (I also have a dry sense of humor.)

I invented the name. I'm not trying to confuse people into thinking that I'm a Scarpa or a Scarfo. Gabeesh?

Anyone bashing me on social media? It's probably because I didn't write about them -- or they don't like something I've written. In reality they should just contact me to discuss what's bothering them. If facts upset them, they have our sincerest empathy because that probably means that they've had traumatic experiences in their past. But if my facts are incorrect, I want to know about it.

I'm always interested in corresponding with other writers and creative professionals.

Anyone can always reach me at cosanostranews at gmail dotcom.

So what is a blog anyway?

David Carr, an important chronicler of the digital domain, sadly now deceased, once mused in his New York Times column that the idea of a “little digital boutique (aka, a blog) flies in the face of all manner of conventional wisdom, chief of which is that scale is all that matters in an era of commoditized advertising sales.”

Jia Tolentino, a staff writer at The New Yorker, wrote that the economics of online publishing in 2018 "are running everyone off the map" and noted that:

"Blogs were a one-man-band situation: if you were a blog editor, as I was, you were also a blogger, and many other things besides, so you would spend your days not just writing and editing pieces but formatting and tagging them, finding art, scheduling and publishing, posting everything on social media yourself."

"Blogs are necessarily idiosyncratic, entirely about sensibility: they can only be run by workhorses who are creative enough to amuse themselves and distinct enough to hook an audience, and they tend to publish like-minded writers, who work more on the principle of personal obsession than pay. The result is editorial latitude to be obscure and silly and particular, but the finances are increasingly hard to sustain; media consumption is controlled these days by centralized tech platforms—Facebook, Twitter—whose algorithms favor what is viral, newsy, reactionary, easily decontextualized, and of general appeal."...


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