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The American Mafia Today

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The new Mafia is wising up and keeping quiet

Meet the new mob — same as the old mob. Thirty-three years after John Gotti carried out his audacious hit on crime boss Paul Castellano, which flouted Mafia rules and brought a wave of devastating prosecutions under the Dapper Don’s brash reign, New York’s five crime families have reverted to their old-guard ways. They’re keeping quiet. No more press conferences or TV appearances. No more weekly meetings with capos at favorite restaurants or social clubs. No more shootouts between warring factions. No more wire rooms for taking wagers.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/09/29/the-new-mafia-is-wising-up-and-keeping-quiet/

 

How the mafia uses violence to control politics

Italy is not the only country with an organized crime problem. But movies and TV shows like “Scarface,” “The Godfather” and “Gomorrah” have made the Italian mobs – in both their southern Italian and American incarnations – world-famous. Such pop culture portrayals tend to romanticize a dangerous phenomenon that’s all too real for those whose lives it affects. What TV and movies have often gotten right, however, is the idea that Italy’s criminal networks are powerful enough to threaten the government.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/how-the-mafia-uses-violence-to-control-politics-103031

 

The story of Chicago residents fighting against mountain of debris 

In the spring of 1990, Gladys Woodson and her neighbors in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood started to notice dump trucks rolling down their streets—some sporting mismatched license plates and arriving as late as two or three a.m. Woodson had lived in a historic greystone since 1970. She was president of her street’s block club, a tight-knit community of neighbors who looked out for each other. So other residents would come to her with questions and concerns.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2018/09/24/city-new-podcast-usa-today/1403927002/

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Staten Island mobster admits to trying to whack federal witness

A Staten Island man who is a reputed soldier in the Lucchese crime family admitted Monday to trying to whack a federal witness, authorities said. Joseph (Big Joe, Joey Glasses) Datello, 67, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering, including the attempted murder of the witness, narcotics trafficking, and collecting debts through the threat of violence, according to federal court records. The wise guy faces life in prison. Prosecutors said the witness used to work in the organization, and helped the feds build a case against Datello and Steven L. Crea, the alleged Lucchese crime boss.

Read more: https://www.silive.com/news/2018/09/staten-island-mobster-admits-to-trying-to-whack-federal-witness.html

 

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Reputed mobster gunned down at McDonald’s drive thru

A reputed mobster — whose son was injured during an attempted hit job three months ago — was blasted to death at a McDonald’s drive thru in the Bronx on Thursday, sources said. Sylvester Zottola, 71, a Bonanno crime family associate, was shot in the head and chest and shoulder while sitting in his car outside the fast food restaurant at Webster Avenue and Belmont Street at around 4:45 p.m., according to law enforcement sources.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/10/04/reputed-mobster-gunned-down-at-mcdonalds-drive-thru/

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Wow, an old-school mafia ambush and execution! :o

You see the close grouping of the bullet holes? Careful aim. This was someone with some experience.

Now let the Godfather references begin. "Leave the gun. Take the McChicken."

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How the humble lemon helped grow the Sicilian mafia

It's one of the most infamous criminal organisations in the world, responsible for murders, torture, drug and arms trafficking, and political corruption.

But the Sicilian mafia, or Cosa Nostra, may have had a fairly innocuous starting point: lemons.

It all began in the 1700s, when the value of the fruit exploded and Sicilian growers suddenly needed to protect their plants.

"These people who had citrus groves mainly for decorative purposes suddenly found themselves with something of a goldmine," says Ola Olsson, an economics professor who has written about lemons and the Sicilian mafia.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-06/how-the-sicilian-mafia-grew-from-the-humble-lemon/10337922

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The Sad Story Of Sonny D, The Mob, And Some Missing $Millions

As president and CEO of the gigantic Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, Sonny DiCrecchio, AKA "Sonny D," was always doing good deeds for those in need. Like sending a boy stricken with cancer to the Super Bowl. Or taking 135 homeless kids from a shelter out on a shopping spree to buy Christmas presents. "A Person Never Stands So Tall As When They Kneel To Help A Child -- Sonny D." That's the quote that volunteers wore on the backs of their matching purple jerseys when they chaperoned the annual "Sonny D's Holiday Shopping Party," sponsored by Sonny and his wife, Michelle.

Read more at http://www.bigtrial.net/2018/10/the-sad-story-of-sonny-d-mob-and-some.html#duBdyb4Rt0WLsFuC.99

 

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New details about the man arrested in connection with the murder of mobster Angelo Musitano

Hamilton police say 27-year-old Jabril Abdalla was arrested without incident at his Hamilton home. CHCH has learned that Jabril Abdalla was a student at Mohawk College and had finished one year of a three-year marketing course in the business school. He also worked part time this past summer in the David Braley athletic centre for summer camps for kids.

Read more: https://www.chch.com/new-details-man-arrested-connection-murder-mobster-angelo-musitano/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

 

Guilty plea in Woodbridge cafe bombing

A Durham Region man has pleaded guilty in the bombing a Woodbridge café but did not tell court why he did it. Spencer Isenor, 29, showed no emotion Tuesday as he admitted in Newmarket court that he used gasoline to blast out an entire wall of the Café Corretto at 121 Winges Road in an industrial plaza near Hwy. 7 and Weston Rd. around 4 a.m. on June 29, 2017.

Read more: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/10/09/guilty-plea-in-woodbridge-cafe-bombing.html

 

CHICAGO MAFIA’S GRAND AVE. & CICERO CREWS GETTING GLIMPSES FROM FEDS FOR OLD OUTFIT MURDERS

Federal authorities in Illinois are probing cold-case Chicago mob murders, including the 1977 Chuckie Nicoletti hit and the 1983 Allen Dorfman hit, according to sources in Windy City law enforcement. The fresh look at the unsolved gangland slayings is part of a multi-agency investigation into the Chicago Outfit’s West Side and Cicero regimes, per these sources.

Read more: http://gangsterreport.com/gr-exclusive-chicago-mafias-grand-ave-cicero-crews-getting-glimpses-from-feds-for-old-outfit-murders/

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Brooklyn ex-con arrested in connection with Bronx McDonald's mob hit

A Brooklyn man was arrested Thursday for his alleged role in a plot to rub out Sylvester Zottola, who was gunned down in a Bronx drive-through while waiting to get coffee. Authorities said Bushawn Shelton’s voice is on a trove of recorded phone calls conspiring to kill Zottola, 71, and his son, Salvatore, and that Shelton’s vehicle was placed near the targets’ residences more than 20 times in the months before Zottola’s death. Court records don’t put Shelton’s finger on the trigger of the gun that killed Zottola, but officials said the suspect had a significant role in the planning, and even gave an associate cash and a gun to get the job done.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-metro-mob-murder-arrest-20181011-story.html

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SUPER COP & CLEVELAND MOB NEMESIS ED KOVACIC DIES AT 88, LEAVES BEHIND SPARKLING BODY OF WORK

Famous Midwest mob buster Ed Kovacic, the man who spearheaded the dismantling of the Cleveland mafia in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died of natural causes last week when he suffered a stroke. Actor Val Kilmer played a role based on Kovacic in the 2011 Hollywood film Kill The Irishman. The notoriously hard-nosed Kovacic was 88 years old and served as the city of Cleveland’s police chief from 1990 until 1993. He left the department briefly in the 1980s to be the chief of detectives for the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

Read more: http://gangsterreport.com/super-cop-cleveland-mob-nemesis-ed-kovacic-dies-at-88-leaves-behind-sparkling-body-of-work/

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Philly Mob boss 'Skinny Joey' Merlino asks judge to seal 'sensitive' letters

Philly Mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 17 after pleading guilty in April to a gambling charge. On Friday, Merlino requested permission to file two letters under seal from his cardiologist, Dr. Barry S. Merrill of Boca Raton, Florida, with U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Sullivan. In a letter Friday to the judge, Merlino's attorney, Edwin J. Jacobs Jr. of Atlantic City, requested that the cardiologist's letters, which comprise "Exhibit C" of Merlino's sentencing memorandum, be sealed because they contain "protected, sensitive and confidential medical information of the defendant."

Read more: https://www.phillyvoice.com/philly-mob-boss-skinny-joey-merlino-sensitive-cardiologist-letters-under-seal-sentencing/

 

JAILED CHICAGO MAFIA BOSS’ NEPHEW SAMMY GALIOTO GOES DOWN FOR THE COUNT, DIES YOUNG IN ’18

Chicago wiseguy Sammy Galioto, the nephew of an Outfit don, died of natural causes this week at just 57. Galioto’s uncle was James (Jimmy the Man) Marcello, the Chicago mafia’s acting boss in the early-to-mid 2000s who is currently serving a life prison sentence. His father Billy Galioto, a bookie and former Chicago Police officer, used to occasionally drive for Marcello’s mentor, Sam (Wings) Carlisi, the Outfit’s Godfather from the late 1980s into the early 1990s. His brother Johnny was forced to relinquish a labor union post due to his organized crime ties two decades ago.

Read more: http://gangsterreport.com/jailed-chicago-mafia-boss-nephew-sammy-galioto-goes-down-for-count-dies-young-in-18/

 

Former Mafia don ‘Cadillac Frank’ Salemme files appeal in mob slaying

As expected, former New England mob boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme is appealing his murder conviction and life sentence for killing a South Boston club owner in 1993. Salemme, 85, submitted a formal notice of appeal through his lawyer Wednesday, court records show. He and a codefendant, Paul Weadick, 63, were both convicted in federal court in Boston in June of killing Steven DiSarro, a 43-year-old father of five, to prevent him from cooperating with federal authorities in an investigation targeting Salemme and his son.

Read more: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/27/former-mafia-don-cadillac-frank-files-appeal-mob-slaying-southie-club-owner/nTDwhJhCwAuhsDobHoypZM/story.html

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2-year sentence for ‘Skinny Joey’ Merlino, reputed longtime Philly mob boss

Joey Merlino is headed back to prison. "Skinny Joey," the onetime boss of the Philadelphia mob, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison for a gambling-related count to which he pleaded guilty in April. The sentence, imposed by a federal judge in Manhattan, marks just the latest stint of incarceration for a mouthy celebrity gangster who has survived assassination attempts, beaten murder charges in court, and spent at least a decade locked up for prior convictions on counts of racketeering, conspiracy, assault, or related offenses.

Merlino, for his part, said afterward that he planned to use the time behind bars to get into shape. And, in an apparent reference to witnesses who cooperated with the government against him, he quipped: "President Trump is right — they've got to outlaw the flippers."

Read more: http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/joey-merlino-philadelphia-mob-boss-sentenced-federal-prison-gambling-20181017.html

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