Friday, July 31, 2009

Louis Tuzzio, Bonanno Crime Family

Bonnano crime family associate, Louis Tuzzio, lies slumped in the driver's seat of his Chevrolet Camero. He was murdered by the Bonanno family on January 3,
Bonanno Crime Family associate Louis Tuzzio, set out to suck up to his boss by whacking mobster Gus Farace -- a Prince's Bay gangster hunted by all five New York crime families and federal investigators for killing federal drug enforcement agent Everett Hatcher in Charleston during an undercover drug buy. But Tuzzio and his cohorts made the grave mistake of wounding the son of a Gambino soldier in the process.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Anthony DiLapi , Lucchese crime family

The late Anthony DiLapi was found in the garage of his apartment building outside Los Angeles on February 4, 1990. The Lucchese family soldier had moved out to the West Coast to get away from the mob, but was found and murdered on the orders of Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso.
Mob cops Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa obtained information of DiLapi's whereabouts from California police.Lucchese crime family will be merged with am Eastern crime investigative police with the Gambino and Genovese crews

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Anthony Fiato , Los Angeles Crime Family,

Anthony Fiato aka “The Animal” aka “Tony Rome.” Anthony fiato was a feared and vicious street boss in the Los Angeles Crime Family. Fiato’s crew was the enforcing arm of the Family.

Anthony Fiato was a predominant force in the Los Angeles Underworld. Fiato had strong ties to Patriarca Crime Family leaders, Nick Bianco, and JR Russo.

Fiato’s wealthy Jewish partner Puggy Zeichick bankrolled a seven figure juice loan operation that was backed by Anthony Fiato’s Mafia muscle. Fiato flipped to FBI informant, and wore a wire on many of his close Mafia Cohorts..

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ralph Natale Philly Mob

Philadelphia Crime Family boss Ralph Natale, was the highest ranking American Mafia figure to become a mob rat. . Natale took the stand for 14 grueling days. He gave testimony against other high ranking Mobster Skinny Joey Merlino and crew. Natale was a dismal failure as a witness He got hammered on tough cross examination and folded under the pressure.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi Mobster

- The transcripts read like the script from a mob movie, but today the testimony in a Boston courtroom was very real, and a chilling reminder of the city's once violent underworld.
Convicted killer Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi spent a second day on the stand in a Boston wrongful death lawsuit.
75-year-old Flemmi showed no emotion as he described the 1981 killing of Debra Davis, who he had previously dated.
Flemmi testified Thursday that James "Whitey" Bulger, the leader of the Winter Hill Gang, wanted to kill Davis after he learned Flemmi had told her that they were both working as FBI informants. He also said Bulger resented the amount of time Flemmi was spending with her.
He said he agreed to lure Davis to a vacant home he owned in South Boston, where Bulger was waiting. Bulger, he said, "grabbed her by the throat and strangled her."
Flemmi said he watched and did nothing as Bulger killed Davis.
"This happened very quickly, a very traumatic moment in my life," Flemmi said.
He said Bulger carried her down the stairs while continuing to strangle her.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Joseph Valachi, Genovese Crime Family

JOE VALACHI--The first major Mafia turncoat, this drug-dealing soldier in the family of Vito Genovese introduced the term ‘la cosa nostra’ (meaning ‘this thing of ours’) to the English lexicon. He turned informant after learning that his boss had decided he had to go, and signaled his decision with an infamous “kiss of death” in the federal pen in Atlanta, Georgia.
Attorney General Robert Kennedy called his testimony “the biggest intelligence breakthrough yet in combating organized crime.” His evidence never directly convicted a single mobster, but his 1963 televised appearance at a Senate committee investigating organized crime lifted the veil on the Mafia in America.
He tried but failed to hang himself in his cell and ultimately died of a heart attack in 1971, at the age of 67

. Genovese Soldier: The subject of Hollywood Mafia movies on rats. George Barone. ... Goodfellas, the Godfather, Donnie Brasco, The Sopranos-

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mafia Son, Greg Scarpa jr.

Harmon's interest was initially sparked by a television programme on the Scarpa dynasty. On a whim, she wrote a letter to Scarpa Jr and was astonished to receive a reply. "It was a nice, sweet letter," she recalls. "He writes with smiley faces on the page. He's not at all tough. He would talk about his children and how much he loved his grandchildren, how much he missed Italian food like lasagne and his mother's cookies."
Harmon went on to become one of Scarpa's most trusted confidantes and yet the two of them have never met. Scarpa lives in a 7ft by 9ft foot cell in a maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado and spends 23 hours a day in solitary confinement. He is not allowed visitors and is due for release in 2033, by which time he will be 84 years old.
Mafia Son tells the extraordinary story of Scarpa's betrayal at the hands of his father, Gregory Scarpa Sr, a brutal mafioso godfather nicknamed "the Grim Reaper" who led a double life as an FBI informant. Scarpa Sr was an enforcer for the notorious Colombo family, one of five Mafia families that controlled organised crime in New York through the 1970s and 80s. Stockily built and 6ft tall, Scarpa Sr ruled by fear: he took such delight in killing that he once expressed the desire to dig up one of his murder victims "and shoot him again". Yet he was also passing information to federal agents.
"He was a horrible, Machiavellian man who murdered over 50 people," says Harmon. "If anyone got too close, he murdered them. He was vicious."
His eldest son, Greg Jr, was raised in a similar mould. "He didn't know any different," says Harmon. "It was the family business and Greg Jr idolised his father. He loved him so blindly. He told me that he didn't like the violence at first, that it made him feel sick but it was a job he had to do because if he'd wanted out, his father would have killed him.
"When I spoke to his mother, she said Greg Jr used to help her in the kitchen and was a sweet little boy who wanted to make everybody happy."
In 1987, Gregory Sr was tipped off that the authorities were closing in on his expanding narcotics operation. Worried that he would die in prison after having contracted HIV from a blood transfusion the previous year, he persuaded his son to take the rap for him.
"He told him 'You're young, you'll only get a couple of years,'" says Harmon. "Greg Jr told me he didn't want to do it because he had a wife and a baby and was happy with his life, but he couldn't say no to his father. He took the fall and the sentence was 20 years [he later had his sentence increased on racketeering charges]. His father had made it look like his son was the boss and Greg Jr never got over the betrayal. He goes over it in his mind all the time. He remembers how his father used to coach him in Little League and he still can't understand it."
Over the five years of their correspondence Harmon got very close to Scarpa Jr. "Ultimately, I sent him my picture and I think he fell a little in love with me," she admits. "He said he had my photograph on top of his TV."
Does she feel her own objectivity was threatened? "Yes. It was challenged. For a long time, I believed him when he said he'd never killed anyone [it later transpired that Scarpa Jr was responsible for 26 murders]. But he's still a human being. I can't say what he did was evil. He needed to prove he was his father's son."
In jail, Greg Jr's story took an even stranger twist when he found himself in a cell alongside the al-Qaida terrorist Ramzi Yousef and befriended him, believing that any valuable information he gleaned could be passed on to the authorities in the hope of reducing his sentence. Scarpa claims that Yousef told him in 1996 - five years before 9/11 - about an al-Qaida plan "to bring New York to its knees" by blowing up the World Trade Centre. Although there are official FBI memos that confirm Scarpa's intelligence, says Harmon the information was buried. "They chose what was easiest. They said 'He's a scumbag, he's no good. Why would we believe him?'"
Harmon admits that her relationship with Scarpa started to dominate her life. During the writing of Mafia Son, she was subpoenaed in the highly publicised 2007 trial of Lindley DeVecchio, a former FBI agent accused of plotting four gangland murders with Scarpa Sr. "I've got no regrets [about the book]," she says. "But would I do it again? Probably not. These have been very hard years."
Greg Scarpa Jr has not yet seen a copy of the book he helped to write. "But I sent him the cover and some of the reviews." What did he think? Harmon laughs. "Oh, he thought it was dynamite."

Sunday, July 5, 2009

nicholas "Nicky Black" Grancio Colombo Crime Family

Crime scene detectives examine Nicholas "Nicky Black" Grancio, a Colombo soldier shot behind the wheel of a car at Avenue U and McDonald Avenue in Gravesend, Brooklyn on January 7, 1992.
Grancio was killed during the Colombo crime family internal war by murderous Greg Scarpa Sr.'s crew in a dispute between two factions vying for control of the family .