About

Cosa Nostra News, which launched in 2011, covers the Mafia, primarily in America, with heavy emphasis on New York's Five Families.

We offer original reporting and news and feature stories on current and historical topics and figures.

Are you a source or someone interested in the mob or possibly blogging, writing, etc.,? If you want to talk to Ed, then he wants to talk to you. 

Shoot him an email at cosanostranews@gmail.com.
 
Journalists (or students, etc.) seeking background or other information could email me at cosanostranews@gmail.com.

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Why Cosa Nostra News?
Because we provide objective coverage -- and have no hidden interests (unlike some blogs that most definitely have disclosures they should make).

This blog is written by an experienced reporter. 

Okay, while we hate bragging, tooting our own horn, etc., we figure the one place where it can possibly be appropriate (and maybe profitable) is on an About page. Anyone can write a blog and ask someone questions via a podcast. The cost of overcoming the barrier to entry these days is negligible, meaning writers can publish their work online or post a podcast on YouTube at no cost and with zero interference from the gatekeepers.... that's great for the content producer as well as the interested public. But it's not without its drawbacks. (Talent isn't equitably distributed.... )

Cosa Nostra News is written by a former journalist with decades of writing, reporting, and editing experience. A current corporate communications writer/editor under his own name, he writes and runs Cosa Nostra News using the pseudonym Ed Scarpo. 

This blog also knows and communicates with dozens of sources -- including actual made members and associates of organized crime families. We also have sources in law enforcement, including the FBI. A list of sources by name is below. 

I'm always looking for sources, including on background only, especially from law enforcement or people who have personal stories about how organized crime impacted their life....

Recent/previous sources 
Helping with stories but also informing my personal knowledge and perspective about contemporary mob life are ongoing discussions with various gangland figures. Many are identified in stories -- but some have never been identified and are background sources. 

I recently put together the following list of sources (some by name but some must be identified only generally) to offer perspective:

NYC law enforcement homicide detective

Larry Mazza, former Colombo associate

Frank Cullotta, former Chicago Outfit associate

Michael DiLeonardo, former Gambino wiseguy

Colombo wiseguy

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.

Phil Lucky Giaccone, Big Trin Trinchera, Sonny Red Indelicato
Doomed Bonanno caporegimes, from left: Phil Lucky Giaccone, Big Trin Trinchera, Sonny Red Indelicato.


The above is simply an intriguing tidbit -- that has colored my memories of my grandfather, and also fueled initial interest in organized crime. The interest was further nurtured by an obsession with the New York tabloids -- the Daily News, The Post, the once incredible New York Observer -- followed by Jerry Capeci's Gang Land News, followed by George Anastasia various writings about the Philadelphia crime family. Today there's many other journalists we follow closely including Larry McShane.

Roughly, after writing and covering beats professionally for years as a journalist,  we thought, why not do it at home, too, only focused on a topic of actual personal interest? 

One thing we didn't even remotely take into account back then was the "hidden learning curve" one faces when operating a persistent online pseudonym for years. (One day maybe we'll write about that.)

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I protect all sources and respect all agreements of confidentiality.

 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.

Cosa Nostra News launched in 2011.

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.



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