Tuesday, August 15, 2017


We have talked about this before.  In fact, many people have, but there is a bit of the story that somehow gets lost in translation.  I'm not going to repeat what others before me have said.  I can simply give my opinion here based on one undeniable fact.

There has been so much talk, about the Castellano hit, and everything that encompassed that.  I'm not here to rehash that, but it's a side note to something bigger that was going on.  Many mob writers, and personalities have always sorta pushed the finger at John Gotti Sr in one way or another as the "vulture sitting in the corner just waiting.," and while I admit that's a pretty funny description, it's not really accurate what so ever.

In the mob, the ends always justify the means.  Sometimes, it can be over money, and turf, but you had better believe that in almost every single situation, someone gets killed to benefit a lot of other people, with exceptions. Salvatore Gravano had people killed over greed, and if you believe anything otherwise, then well....

So what exactly was the problem between Castellano, Gotti, Ruggiero and Dellacroce.  Well prior to Roy Demeo getting Castellano indicted?  Nothing.  It was business as usual.  The idea that somehow Paul was irate about drugs being sold is laughable.  Why?  He had his own cousins selling smack in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  He was collecting drug profits.  So based on that, take that off the shelf.

It is true, Angelo Ruggiero was caught on wiretaps, and refused to give up "them tapes, because good people are on them tapes."  The issue really was Castellano was afraid those tapes would be used in his indictment.  The commission case.  The other issue is, Castellano wanted to see if Dellacroce was loyal to him or Gotti.  Need proof?  Castellano kept bellyaching about them tapes, but he already had copies of them, knowing what was on them.  It was a simple do as I say thing.  Dellacroce stalled, and we know how the rest of those events went down.  Castellano could have just had Ruggiero killed, but he didn't. He feared Gotti and Dellacroce.

Roy DeMeo was a bigger problem for Paul than anyone else.  Sure, a drug conviction would have given him a likely life sentence, but for everything Roy was up to, on Paul's orders, and permission, the drug issue was truly a moot point.  From the car thefts, to a ton of bodies, and drug use by butchers Anthony Senter and Joey Testa, and then the loose lips of Dominick Montiglio, it was all rolling downhill and quick.

That's why DeMeo was killed.  He was a loose end, and Castellano felt that if Roy was gone, perhaps he could push himself away from those crimes and he was getting nervous.  He forced Nino Gaggi to kill Roy.  Lots of people have speculated it was someone else, but believe me when I tell you it was Nino, Anthony, and Joey who shot and killed DeMeo.  They lured him to a garage and put a bunch in his head, face and hands.  To make matters worse, Anthony and Joey went after Roy DeMeo's son Albert in an effort to take his black book which contained the list of money and names of who owed Roy.

In the end, Castellano would have gone to prison for the rest of his life anyway, but at the time there needed to be a statement, and it was made.  Ends justified the means.  Gotti stuck up for a friend, and and his conglomerate. Everyone was on board, I don't care what authors say about Gigante and Casso wanting revenge(untrue) The idea that somehow Gotti went against all rules and protocol is a joke.  We have seen this stuff happen repeatedly over the years.  This is not an isolated incident and these mob pundits who claim otherwise obviously don't know the history of the mob.  How many times did Carlo Gambino have bosses killed, or have direct responsibility?  Try at least four.  So somehow Gotti is different?  Nope.

Mob writers try to weave in Gotti, and while I readily admit I used it here today, it's because in order to truly understand what happened you have to mention the players.  The only victim in this whole scenario is Angelo Ruggiero.  He was shelved and put aside.  Not because he was a bad guy, or didn't do what he was asked, but because he had been incredibly sloppy, and his own mouth was his undoing.  Many have asked me if I thought that it was justified, and I believe it was. The damage had been done, and believe me it was easier to shelve the guy than kill him.  Sometimes getting shelved is worse in that life.

History is always going to the point the finger at one, we all should know that by now, however now that you know that Castellano was in effect hammered by DeMeo, and had those tapes already, then does that change your mind?  Does it make you feel any different about the perspective?

Dellacroce was loyal to Gotti, and Gotti to Dellacroce.  We can argue that logic all day, but Castellano was loyal to nobody but his own pockets, and while murder in any case shouldn't be justified, in this case, it was, at least from the street perspective.


Crea, Madonna, DiNapoli

Robert Spinelli is a glorified associate.  Yet, according to multiple sources he is the guy who handed the FBI all the information it needed to arrest 19 members and associates from the Lucchese Crime Family, most notably the acting street boss Matty Madonna, and un
Michael Meldish
derboss Steven Crea, along with consigliere Joe Di Napoli.

The charges which range from racketeering to murder.  The murder charge revolves around the hit of the former Purple Gang leader Michael Meldish.  The court paperwork claims that Steven Crea Sr, and his son Steven Crea Jr ordered the killing of Meldish in 2013.  Meldish was once a messenger boy for Vic Amuso, which enabled him access to the higher ups in the family.The problem for Meldish, was his drug habit.  Ignored at first, the eventuality of his use led to his own demise.

Crea Jr is a captain in the Lucchese Crime family, and assigned and supervised the killing of Meldish. 

Without the information provided by Spinelli, it's unlikely the the FBI would have had enough to indict.  According to multiple sources he can verify the leadership, detail the crimes, put names with faces, and has been an informant likely since early 2011.

Spinelli's hands are certainly not clean in this case.  The guys an attempted murderer himself.  Back in 1992 he was handed the job of killing Big Pete Chiodo's sister in an effort to shut him up and force him not to testify against Vic Amuso.  Maybe it was the drugs, but he essentially botched the hit and ended up really making the entire mob look bad.

This is just another glowing example of the Government taking a snitch's word, over the actual truth. We've seen this before, and while there supposedly are hundreds of tapes involved in the indictment, how the Government can actually allow a guy who tried to kill a civilian to get a pass is beyond egregious

Thursday, August 10, 2017


It's been a busy two years for John Gotti Jr.  Not only has he released an exemplary book in "Shadow Of My Father," but has also seen a film made based on his book, which will hit theaters sometime in December.  Add to that, and all inclusive A&E documentary with the Gotti family, and you can expect big things coming your way in the form of everything Gotti.

The other project getting underway is a project called "WITSEC MAFIA."  A little over a year ago John Gotti Jr posted a short blurb on Youtube, detailing his next project. The project will details informants, sweet plea deals, and everything that is wrong with WITSEC in general.   If you are unfamiliar with WITSEC, let's discuss some basics.

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"The United States Federal Witness Protection Program, also known as the
Witness Security Program or WITSEC, is a witness protection program 
administered by the United States Department of Justice and operated by 
the United States Marshals Service that is designed to protect 
threatened witnesses before, during, and after a trial. A few states, 
including California, Illinois, New York, and Texas, have their own 
witness protection programs for crimes not covered by the federal 

WITSEC has a long history of rewarding those who inform, and often times said witnesses are given new identities, a Government check, and relocated.  In many instances, said informants often sign themselves out of the WITSEC program which forces them to cut all ties from their former lives, and they end up with little or no oversight from the feds.

In some other cases, we have seen informants leave WITSEC, and embark on another criminal career.  Salvatore Gravano ring any bells?  The pattern here, becomes these informants spill lies in court, weaving more bullshit than truths, get a pass, then with the help of the federal Government go right back out and associate with old cohorts and miscreants, and do it openly in front of the FBI and their handlers.

Let me make one thing clear here, just so this sort makes more sense. Let me give you  glowing example.  I know of  a guy, who is a rat.  Admitted to curving a story about former friends to appease the FBI.  He gets out, goes right back to the streets.  Is pictured with every single miscreant from his past, the parole division gets a letter regarding his criminal acts, or alleged ones, and they bury the letter.  Nothing is done. Nothing.  This guy continues to make money off of lies, criminal acts, and it's all done in the FBI's face.  They do nothing.  While this is just an example here, one only has to look further to see this is NOT an isolated incident.  Greg Scarpa anyone?  Whitey Bulger?  This is something that has repeatedly happened, and while the Government calls it isolated the fact is this.  Between 1989-2004 nine agents a year were either fired, or charged with crimes for helping informants, or allowing them to re offend with impunity, while they buried it.  Hardly isolated.

What John Gotti Jr's WITSEC documentary will do is show that none of this is ISOLATED.  It's been done and still continues to occur.  I readily admit I don't know a lot about this project, but I do know that many people will be stunned at the revelations.  It's going to call a spade a spade, and I have to admit, it takes balls to make it front and center.  The truth always speaks louder than lies, and it's going to be another fantastic project for John Gotti Jr. 


Monday, August 7, 2017


The FBI, at least in different jurisdictions has always had issues playing in the sandbox together.  We've seen this many times before.  A case gets developed in New York, but based in another city, in another state, and one agency doesn't tell the other, and the next thing you know, two different FBI locales are fighting over whose case it is.  We've seen that scenario play out in movies too. Usually in the end one jurisdiction wins out and they get what they wanted.  The amount of ego and padded stats play into that more often then not.  Everyone wants that notch on their belt.

In the case of Joey Merlino, it's actually helped him a great deal.  That and with some serious misconduct and no oversight on the FBI's behalf.  Open and shut cases, at least in the past are simply that.  The majority of mob cases usually involve some sort of sewer rat, and sometimes the informant is so unbelievable(John Alite comes to mind) that they hurt the Governments case more than they help.

As far as Merlino goes, the way that mob snitch John Rubio was handled by the FBI, and the bickering between Florida and New York, it's played out pretty well for Merlino.  What was considered a strong case against Merlino has all but evaporated, and Merlino likely will walk away from this without doing a second in jail.  Why?

It's pretty easy, the FBI has already gotten guilty pleas from everyone but two(Merlino, D'Nofrio). Merlino was smart enough to hold out, and it's playing out well for him.  Recently Joey's attorney asked for the venue to be changed back to Philadelphia, but I doubt that will happen.  The issue, is that their was zero oversight into how John Rubio was handled.  Tapes were not handed in after being recorded, large chunks of the tapes disappeared, and some may have been edited by Rubio himself.

When the FBI over the years has handled some informants, there are rules.  Take Donnie Brasco for example.  When he was done taping various members, he would turn in the tapes that day or the day after to his handlers.  In the case of Rubio, he was left for weeks with the evidence, and held on to them.  It's a big issue for the FBI and for Rubio.

The other issue that will come up, is the cross examination of Rubio himself, if this goes to trial.  He's going to get beat up all over the stand about his life, his associates, his reasons for ratting, and just how video and audio disappeared accidentally or intentionally from the cell phone device which was given to him by the FBI.

With the FBI getting plea deals from essentially everyone, it will likely be, that they let Merlino walk being able to say "we won this case in effect, got 43 of 45 defendants locked up."  Stats speak volumes, and they will hold on to whatever evidence they do have, to possibly use down the road.  It's looking better for Merlino every day, and we will have to wait and see what the Government does,  but in the case for Merlino I would imagine they will likely drop the charges.  They don't want to risk the embarrassment of how they handled Rubio.

Philadelphia "know-it-all" George Anastasia mentioned recently that Joey is possibly not the boss.  He also mentioned that the Scarfo era guys and the new guys don't get along.  I don't know where George gets his information, but in this case, he's wrong.  While I have always respected George Anastasia, I have found that he has consistently padded stories, and anyone can overtly get it right in a round about way, but in this case, he's not right.

I said months ago, that Philadelphia very much is using a front boss structure.  It is likely Joey Merlino is the boss of Philadelphia, but right now they are all trying to lay low.  They are very much using a three boss structure, in order to evade surveillance.

As far as the Scarfo era guys not playing well with others, it's simply not true.  There is only a few who have issues with Scarfo era guys and one of them is Georgie Borgesi.  We have talked at length about Borgesi and some of the issues he and Merlino have had.  Remember it was Merlino who extended an olive branch to guys like Philip Narducci as a way of saying let bygones be bygones.  So the idea that there is all kinds of issues is sort of ridiculous.  Does everyone get along? No.  I wouldn't expect them to, but the way Anastasia described it, it just adding more drama where there is none.  Also remember it was Borgesi who created waves because he wanted Marty Angelina dead, and Joey said no.

He also stated that there are three names who are likely in the leadership in this family.  Well, duh.  It's a front boss, three pronged structure designed to throw caution to the wind, so of course there could be three guys leading, at least appearance wise.  Philadelphia has always been a chaotic bunch and I don't expect the run to last very long.  I said it before and I will say it again, if Merlino at any point goes away, that's when you will see the rise of gunfire again.  Scarfo guys are playing together right now, but if the leadership in any way gets disorganized we could very well see a war or sorts.  You might say it lends itself to what Anastasia said, but it doesn't.  Things are quiet, everyone is making money, and the majority is content but weary of the FBI.  It's not a matter of how, but when.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


There is a large contingent of historians who believe there should be a landmark to Jewish gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, on a plaque somewhere in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The plaque would symbolize his contribution to what Las Vegas has become.  They often believe that Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel is the one man who is responsible for Las Vegas.

They also believe for some reason or another that Las Vegas was solely his idea. They are all wrong.  What they fail to understand is
history.  The mafia's inclusion into the gaming industry really became prevalent in Cuba.  They wanted a land-lock on legal gambling way before Las Vegas was introduced.  To say that Bugsy Siegel was the sole man behind the idea is pretty laughable.  Poor Meyer Lanksy can't get any respect even today. But before we get into the details we have to know who Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was, and just how he and Lansky came together.

Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was born February28, 1906 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to Russian Jewish parents. He was the second of five children.  He grew up poor and like many of  of his predecessors
and vowed to himself that he would not live his entire life poor.  When he had the chance, he quit school, and joined his first gang.  He began to run with some street hoodlums off Lafayette street on the lower east side of Manhattan. They mainly stole goods and would intimidate store owners for small protection money.  Along the way Siegel was charged with theft, rape, armed robbery, and murder.

It was during his teenage years that he met Meyer Lansky. Together they formed more protection rackets, auto theft rings and more.  It was through Meyer Lansky that Benjamin met Charles "Lucky" Luciano, who at the time believed that all gangsters should profit from activities and rather than exclude the "Jews from Williamsburg," allowing them to form their own groups.  It was a two fold reason for Luciano to go with that idea.  On one hand it made more sense for everyone to get along and prosper, and two Luciano could essentially control them, and use their skill set to his advantage. Luciano was impressed with Siegel's willingness to kill, and brought him on board into his crew.

Siegel put his hands into bootlegging, and ended up controlling some cities along the eastern seaboard.  He also would lend his skill set to murdering people on behest of the five mob families in New York City.  Meyer Lansky would avail Siegel's skills to anyone who needed some "work" done.  Among some of Siegel's  contemporaries were Abner "Longie" Zwillman, Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, Jake Lansky(Meyer's brother).

Perhaps another reason for Siegels rise, had to do with a childhood friend he protected from getting arrested.  You may know him by the nickname Scarface.  Al Capone.  There had been an arrest warrant for murder for  Al Capone, and Siegel hid Capone out until the heat died down.  He was considered by everyone to be a "stand up guy."

It wasn't until 1929, that a peace accord between the Italian's and Jews began.  At a sit down in Atlantic City, attended by Johnny Torrio, Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano,  and Benjamin Siegel it was officially decreed that any violence against one another would end and they even discussed a new organized structure that would eventually become the commission.

One of the bigger mob hits that Siegel was directly involved with was the hit on Joe "The Boss" Masseria.  He was one of four gunmen(the other three were Albert Anastasia, Vito Genovese, Joe Adonis) that ended the life of Masseria and the Castellammarese War.   That hit was followed a few weeks later by the assassination of Salvatore Maranzano which Siegel was also a shooter.  Shortly after Lanksy and Luciano would form the National Syndicate, which was followed in turn by the commission.

Siegel was the architect for Murder, Inc.  He was the one who put that together and it wasn't until after his rise that he and Lansky handed off the reigns of Murder, Inc to Louis Buchalter and Albert Anastasia, and we know what Anastasia did with that crew. Mayhem.


It was business usual for Lansky and Siegel, when Benjamin Siegel fucked up.  Between 1931-32 Siegel had a beef with associates of Waxey Gordon, those being the Fabrizzo brothers.  Gordon hired the Fabrizzo brothers from prison after Lansky and Siegel handed the IRS information which led to Gordon's arrest and imprisonment.  In turn the Fabrizzo brothers attempted to kill Lansky and Siegel and failed. In turn Siegel killed them both.  It was after the death of his two brothers that the 3rd sibling Tony began to write a memoir.   His plan was to out Siegel as the director of Murder, Inc.  Siegel was tipped off, checked himself into a hospital and later that night snuck out, and with two associated posed as detectives and knocked on the door of Tony Fabrizzo.  As he opened the door he was shot and killed.  Siegel's alibi for the night was that he was in the hospital, but it wouldn't hold up very long.

The alibi wasn't holding and Siegel knew he was in trouble.  Rivals wanted retribution.  In an effort to save him he was sent to California.  Benny was familiar with California as he had been out there multiple times to help devise a way to make money gambling in the state with then boss Jack Dragna. Almost as soon as Siegel arrived he brought on Mickey Cohen as his underboss, and essentially overtook Jack Dragna's position as boss.  It was only because of Luciano and Lansky's power that Siegel could do this.  Soon after arriving in Los Angeles, he took over the numbers rackets and funneled money to help the mob establish a drug trafficking route from the United States, to Mexico and back to Chicago.  Even if Dragna had sat back, he wouldn't for long.

In 1942, half a million was coming in from bookmaking wire operations.  Everything seemed good.  However by 1946, people were growing tired of Siegel.  In fact the Outfit(Chicago) felt that giving money to "a jew boss, in an Italian organization was sickening.," so they ended up taking over the very lucrative Continental Press and funneled the percentage of the money(from racing wire) to Jack Dragna, infuriating Benny Siegel.    While aggravating,
Siegel still controlled off shore gambling and still was a valuable asset to the mob as his incredible earning capacity outweighed any small disagreements.

Perhaps the bigger problem with Siegel was his ego.  He began to cavort in Hollywood circles and could be seen nightly enjoying the spotlight with Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra, Louis B. Mayer, Jack L. Warner, Jean Harlow, and many others. Through his associations he began to believe he could begin to extort the movie studios.  He took over the unions, and even went as far as to borrow large sums of money from celebrities without any intention of paying them back.

In 1939, on the behest of Louis Buchalter, Siegel killed Harry "Big Greenie" Greenberg. Greenberg had threatened to rat out Buchalter as the boss of Murder, Inc.  Those involved in the murder of Greenberg were Frankie Carbo, Ben Seigel, Whitey Krakower, and Albert Tannenbaum.   The problem was when questioned Tannenbaum folded like a tent and confessed.  He also agreed to testify against Siegel and others.  Both Siegel and Carbo were indicted for murder.  Krakower was whacked before he could be indicted.

What made matter worse for Siegel was that he was given special treatment in prison. He would only eat food they brought in and call girls were brought in to service Siegel.  It began to draw the ire of the mob.  Siegel couldn't stay out of trouble or out of the limelight. During the trial two of the state's witnesses disappeared.  Without anyone else willing to step forward both Carbo and Siegel were acquitted.

What is told inaccurately is that somehow at that point Siegel decided to go to Vegas.  The problem was the mob wanted Siegel out of Los Angeles and away from the limelight and problems he seemed to keep having.  Back in the 30's Lansky had sent Siegel to Las Vegas to look around and see if there was a way to establish a legitimate gambling operation.  Lanksy had already had been bid rigging and controlling contracts for the Hoover Dam.

William R. Wilkerson had ownership of the Flamingo Hotel.  Siegel saw it as an opportunity and joined forces.  Shortly after Siegel realized what it could be and forced Wilkerson to hand over complete control of the hotel.

 Siegel believed with a core business plan of the finest dining, booze, celebrities and gambling they could make s substantial amount of money.

He also realized it was close to Los Angeles and he could draw from vacationers as well as celebrities. Where he might have had the idea, he needed the backing of his friends back east.

Lansky was satisfied with the idea, and the mob began to funnel Siegel money.  He began to spend as if the money would never end.  Delays, and overspending the Flamingo Hotel and Casino was way behind schedule.  What was supposed to be a $4 million dollar revamp turned into a $6 plus million dollar project(close to $80 million today)  As costs began to rise, and rumors of Siegel pilfering money off the top began to rise suspicions.

The Flamingo would eventually be opened in December of 1946.  However only the lounge, theater and restaurant were completed, much to the anger of the mafia.  They had been pouring money into the casino, knew Siegel still had massive amounts coming in from controlled rackets in Los Angeles.  The other issue was opening night, nobody showed up.  It looked like n epic failure.  While the mob expected a huge profit that first night, they took a huge loss.  By the end of the second week the tables were losing.  They found themselves -$275,000.  It infuriated the mob, and the casino was shut down.

Siegel was given a second chance, and with a few upgrades and some decent press, the Casino began making a profit.  The problem was Siegel wouldn't stop gallivanting in Hollywood circles.  He wouldn't stop telling others he ran Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.  His ego would get the better of him.

On the night of June 20, 1947, Siegel was sitting on the couch of his paramour Virginia Hill with Allan Smiley. An assailant opened up with M1 Carbine, killing Siegel where he sat.  To this day nobody has ever been charged with that murder.  It ended the reign of Siegel, and ended any issues the mob had in Vegas.

Lansky is the one who made the call. Lansky realized  few things.  He knew that Siegel was getting to big for his britches, and he knew his cohorts would only tolerate so much more bad press and agitation.  He also knew, that Siegel wouldn't stop creating headlines and that his childhood friend has become too greedy and visible.

The fact that Siegel was pilfering funds, making waves, was enough to get him killed.  The fact that while in Cuba his assassination was openly discussed with Luciano and others, is very telling.  While Siegel had once been an asset, his ego and greed took over.

One facet that isn't often discussed is that Lansky was afraid that if it came down to Las Vegas becoming big, he knew Siegel would likely become a big problem, and didn't want to risk a war with him.  Easier to get rid of him, take over Vegas(which is exactly what he did) and move on.

Conspiracy theorists often come up with different scenarios including a lovers spat, Virginia Hill being complicit, and the list goes on and on and on.  The pure fact is, Siegel reached the end of his road with the mob, and was no longer as asset but a huge problem for them.  If you believe that Lansky didn't consider money as a reason, you'd be wrong.

While Siegel couldn't exactly be controlled this had more to do with money than anything.  The mob doesn't like sharing, and there was no way that Lansky was going to share with Siegel.  In fact, I will go so far to say that Lansky was a coward.

Why a coward?  He didn't do any dirty work.  He was the grandfather of earning, and was responsible for Vegas completely.  The ONLY reason why Lansky survived is because he made money.  It wasn't respect, or fear of physical violence, because Lansky would never get his hands dirty.  If he didn't make the mob a dime, believe me he would have been killed.  Lansky didn't do the hard work, but because of his earning capacity and friendships he was able to control Siegel, and the minute he saw he lost control and the second it looked as if Vegas was going to be a huge money maker, he swiftly asked for permission to hack Siegel whacked.  Money, nothing more nothing less.

History will look back on Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel as a Hollywood goodfella, however he was a killer, a money machine, exactly what the mob in those days was.  However, like those after him, he courted the press, and it eventually led to his demise.  Even if he had been a shut in, and stayed out of the camera's lenses, his mouth, and greed would be his undoing.  Even if he hadn't of stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars, he still would have been killed.  Why?  The amount of money Vegas could and would produce was reason enough.  Don't believe me?  They ask yourself who took over Vegas as soon as Siegel was whacked.  Meyer Lansky.

Friday, July 28, 2017


By Scott Williams-Collier.

1) Murder Inc. The enforcement arm of the Italian American Mafia (Cosa Nostra) which was the first and last of its kind. Thought to be responsible for over 900 murders throughout the 1930s and 1940s, this group of highly efficient killers would wipe out anyone who was a problem for the mob. The group comprised mainly of Jewish and Italian mobsters from Brownsville, East New York and Ocean Hill. They would kill in many different and brutal ways; multiple gun shot wounds, ice picks, strangulation, meat cleavers, ropes and torture and the list goes on. These guys had absolutely no compunction and would kill anyone at the drop of a hat. The most prolific hit squad in mob history. Notable members, Louis Lepke Buchalter, Albert Anastasia, Abe Reles and Harry Strauss.

2)  Roy DeMeo and the DeMeo crew. Roy DeMeo was a solider in the Gambino crime family and the leader of the DeMeo crew, which he ran from his bar the Gemini Lounge. Roy was a feared member in the family and a high earner. He made money in auto theft, porn, loan sharking, extortion, fraud, drugs and most notably murder for hire. Its estimated that the crew killed up to 200 people between 1973 and 1983, most of which have never been found. The crew would usually lure victims to the back of the Gemini Lounge, upon entering the building the target would immediately be shot in the head then stabbed in the heart. A towel would be wrapped around the head and the body would be thrown in the bathtub while the blood was drained. The Body would then be dismembered and disposed of never to be seen again. If any target was unfortunate to have a companion with them at the time; they would also suffer the same fate, nobody would be spared! Things started to unravel for Roy in the early 80's, his crew activities were drawing a lot of attention from the authorities and there was also a pending car theft ring case against him. Roy DeMeo was eventually killed in 1983 by fellow DeMeo crew members Anthony Senter and Joseph Testa along with Gambino Capo Nino Gaggi. His body was found 20th of January 1983 in the trunk of his own car with multiple gunshot wounds. His career will go down as one of the bloodiest in mob history.

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3) Thomas "Tommy Karate" Pitera. A hitman and made guy in the Bonanno crime family. Pitera is suspected by law enforcement agencies of being involved in up to 60 murders.  Pitera was sadistic and took enjoyment out of killing people. He even kept souvenirs from his victims, something more akin to the actions of a serial killer than a mob hitman. In fact there are many that believe if Tommy hadn't  been involved in organised crime, he would have probably been a serial killer instead. Piteria would dismember some of his victims after killing them and decapitated them and buried the heads elsewhere to hinder identification. Dismemberment was something that he really enjoyed; he even had books on the subject. In 1992 one of Pitera's crew members, Frank Gangi started to have a crisis of conscience. Reliving some of the terrible things he had seen Tommy do, he decided to rat on Tommy. Pitera is now serving a life sentence for multiple murder and supervising a drug ring.

 4) Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso. Former underboss of the Lucchese crime family Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso was a tough, ruthless guy. Thought to be responsible for up to 40 to 50 murders from his own hand and ordering the killings of many more. Law enforcement described him as a homicidal maniac and a killing machine with no soul. in 1986 Casso went to war with Gambino Boss John Gotti. Casso wanted to avenge the killing of Paul Castellano who was assassinated in December 1985 in a coup to take over the leadership of the Gambino crime family by Gotti and his supporters. later the following year Casso plotted to kill Gotti by having a bomb planted on his car. A Genovese associate by the name of Herbert Pate was selected to plant a bomb under Gambino underboss Frankie DeCicco's car, where DeCicco and John Gotti were thought to be having a meeting. Pate waited for the mobsters to return to their car. Once DeCicco had returned to his car, Pate mistook Lucchese solider Frank Bellino who was stood next to the vehicle for John Gotti and detonated the bomb. The Blast injured Bellino and killed Gambino underboss DeCicco. Luckily for Gotti he decided not to attend the meeting that day, something that probably saved his life. The Gambinos retaliated by having Casso shot while sat in his car later that year. A group of men pulled up beside his car and shot Casso multiple times. Unfortunately for them he survived the attack. Casso outraged by the attempt on his life went on a rampage looking for the people involved in the hit and killed them, including an innocent man. Later on in his mob career, Casso became the underboss of the family then eventually the acting boss. By this time in his life he'd made a lot of enemies and became very paranoid. Casso ordered the killings of anyone he thought was a threat and effectively started cleaning house in the ranks of the Lucchese crime family and their associates. In the early 1990s corrupt polices officers on Casso's payroll (Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa) informed Casso he was about to be indicted in the windows racket. He fled and went on the lamb but was eventually caught a year later and sent to prison. Casso turned government witness to try and get a more lenient sentence but after offering up information, the authorities decided to pull out of the agreed deal due to the amount of heinous crimes he had been involved with. Anthony Gaspipe Casso is now serving a 455 year sentence in prison.

5) Sammy "Sammy the Bull" Gravano. Sammy the bull was the mobs perfect killer, no questions, no mistakes and no remorse. He originally started his life in the mob in the Colombo crime family under the tutelage of  capo Thomas "shorty" Spero.  It was under Spero that Sammy committed his first murder,  he was ordered by Spero to kill fellow associate and friend Joseph Colucci. Shorty's nephew was having an affair with Colucci's wife and wanted to marry her so Colucci needed to go. Sammy made his bones in the mob without any remorse or complaints, a hit that helped raise his stock in the Colombo family. Later on Gravano got into a dispute with Shorty's brother, there was some jealousy that Sammy would become a made man before his own son. To resolve the issue Tommy Shorty Spero had Gravano transferred to the Gambino crime family. He eventually became a made guy by his godfather Paul Castellano in 1976. Nearly 10 years later Gravano would be recruited by John Gotti and they would conspire together to kill Castellano and his underboss Tommy Bilotti in a power coup to take over the Gambino Family. The hit went down December 16th 1985. It would be one of the most spectacular hits in mob history and marked the rise of John Gotti and Sammy the Bull in Cosa Nostra. Sammy would eventually become the underboss of the family and made a lot of money in the construction business. During the 1980s and 1990s law enforcement agencies stepped up their pursuit of the mob. By the early 1990's the noose had started to tighten around the hierarchy in the Gambino family. In December 1990 Gravano and John Gotti were arrested at the Ravenite Social Club on racketeering charges that included Murder, conspiracy to murder, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion.  Based on tapes from FBI bugs the mobsters were denied bail. Its these tapes that caused a rift between Gotti and Gravano. Gravano requested to listen to the tapes in which he heard his boss bad mouth him and blame him for murders. Gravano decided to turn government witness. He Testified against Gotti and other high-ranking mobsters in exchange for a reduced sentence. Gravano's testimony helped send John Gotti down for life. In his statement he admitted to 19 murders and all the other criminal activity he had been involved with. For his cooperation Gravano was given a 5 year sentence but had already served 4 years so the sentence amounted to less than a year in prison. In February 2000 showed that old habits die hard. Gravano was in hot water again, this time for running a major drug ring selling ecstasy. The Bull was sent back to prison for 20 years. He is due to be released in 2017. Out of all the murders Gravano was involved in the most callous was the murder of his own brother in-law Nicholas Scibetta. Scibetta's drugs and alcoholism along with his homosexuality had become an embarrassment to the underworld. There was concerns that Scibetta could become an informant. Sammy ask for permission from Paul Castellano to kill his brother in-law, permission was given. Gravano's crew killed Nick and as a sign of disrespect dismembered his body. The only trace left of Nicholas Scibetta was a hand, after this murder Sammy went on as normal sleeping next to his wife knowing that he had murdered her brother; cold blooded as hell! Sammy the Bull Gravano will go down as one the most treacherous cold blooded killers in mob history.


There has been this widespread notion at least put out there by Michael Franzese that he was the biggest money maker the mob has ever seen.  That's not accurate.  In fact a lot of what Franzese says is inaccurate.

For starters, and this article isn't about Michael Franzese, it's about Tony Salerno, but considering Franzese brags about his money making abilities, and that he's likely one of the biggest money makers ever, let's really look at this objectively.

For starte
rs Michael Franzese is a rat.  Now, where this goes adrift is that many people consider that because he didn't squeal on the mob, that he's somehow not a rat.  Code for rat, is anyone who testifies against anyone else to get a light sentence, or to give themselves better options.  That's exactly what Franzese did.  It's public record.

Franzese snitched out Norby Walters whom he considered a "close friend, and uncle."  Michael signed a cooperation agreement with the FBI in May of 1989.  That agreement compelled him to testify against others through April of 1990.  In fact he was released after signing the cooperation agreement.  Who was Norby Walters?  He was a racketeer from Chicago who essentially was extorting the Jackson Five.    As  result of Michael's testimony, Walters served five years in prison for racketeering.  But he didn't stop there.

He also testified against a lowly janitor, whom used to work for his father Sonny.  Did he stop there? No.  He also provided made members names in other mob families to the FBI.   So the idea that he can sit there and say he wasn't a rat, is laughable at best. 

I included that because when you try and avail yourself as someone who was the biggest money maker, and someone who walked away from the life, well, you're lying it's as simple as that.  Franzese at the end of the day did make serious money, but he was a rat, and that's the long end of it.

Tony Salerno on the other hand, made a killing financially, and even took it on the chin and got sentenced in the Commission Trial to 100 years for being the "front boss" of the Genovese Crime Family.  See Salerno wasn't the boss, Vincent Gigante was, but at the time the Genovese's were using a front boss system, and Salerno got convicted for being something he wasn't.  Did he rat? Nope.  He accepted his fate and went away for the rest of his life.  It wasn't until a month or so after the conviction that the Government realized, or at least admitted they were wrong, but at that point, it was a moot point.  The FBI was satisfied with the result and that was that.

So who was Tony Salerno?  He was perhaps the biggest loanshark, gambling and numbers racket guy there ever was.  Tony grew up in East Harlem and got his start with the Luciano Crime Family, which would later be renamed the Genovese Crime Family.  He was  a member of the 116th Street Crew, headed by Michael "Trigger Mike" Coppola.

Salerno rose to power by controlling a million dollar a year numbers racket in Harlem alone.  He also provided one of the biggest loan sharking operations the mob has ever seen.  In 1959 Salerno was the financial backer of the pro boxing match between Ingemar Johansson and Floyd Patterson which was held at famed Yankee Stadium. He also had one of the biggest concrete companies in all of New York in S&A Concrete.

By the early 60's Salerno's numbers racket was pulling in $50 million dollars a year.  His bookmaking and loansharking operations were pulling in over $2 million dollars a year. Salerno led a quiet life, didn't attend parties, stayed out of the social scene and continued to split time between Florida, Manhattan and Harlem.  He never left where he grew up.

In 1978 he was sentenced to federal prison(six months) for tax evasion and gambling related charges. in 1981 Salerno suffered a stroke, and was essentially shelved by Vincent Gigante.  It was more because of his health than say abilities.   Gigante had taken over the family from retired boss Philip Lombardo, and had effectively reduced Salerno to a soldier.  Salerno became morose with the boredom of retired life and asked for permission to return to the rackets which Gigante accepted and allowed.

The trouble began for Salerno in 1985 when Fortune Magazine named Salerno as "America's Top Gangster in Power, Wealth and Influence."  It essentially put Salerno on the FBI's radar.  This was perhaps the sole reason why he was indicted in the Commission Trial, and ultimately sentenced to 100 years.

In 1985, Salerno was indicted in the Commission Trial, and while awaiting trial for that case, he was indicted in a second racketeering case in 1986. The second indictment was for federal racketeering. Salerno was accused of infiltrating concrete companies which controlled the building of the Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and multiple high rise projects throughout Manhattan.  He was also accused of illegally funding the election of Roy Lee Williams, to the national presidency of the Teamsters Union.  He plead "not guilty," was found guilty and sentenced to 70 years.  Salerno also was a member of the Concrete Club which effectively owned NYC.  You couldn't get concrete poured without paying Salerno and Company.

Taking charges aside for one second, the 70 year sentence would have rendered Salerno null in void.  He would have still died in prison, however one has to look deeper.  The FBI thought, at the time, which I believe was more "guess work," then actual proof, that Salerno was the boss of the Genovese Crime Family.  In 1986 shortly after Salerno's conviction in the Commission Trial, the Government was informed by Vincent "The fish" Cafaro, that Salerno was not the boss, but only an illusion, as Gigante was really the man behind the curtain since 1969.  In fact a wiretap picked up by the FBI prior to the trial proved that Salerno wasn't the boss.  There was a disagreement between Matthew Ianniello and Salerno over a list of prospects which were to be inducted into the mafia by other families.  Confused by the nicknames Salerno told Ianniello that he would "let the boss figure it out."  So the FBI essentially knew then Salerno wasn't the leader of the family, but still named him anyway.  The same type of bullshit was done by the Government when it came to Carmine "the snake" Persico.  While racketeering charges aside both these men where charged with controlling a family, getting 100 years for a "position" they didn't even have or hold.  

Salerno would head to prison and die in 1992 due to complications from a stroke and other medical issues.

Anthony Salerno was a money making machine.  Just looking at the numbers $50 million back in the 1960's is approximately $400 million per year today.  Franzese only wishes he made that kind of money.  Anthony Salerno truly was the epitome of what an earner is.  Sadly, we cannot calculate how much money he made from construction and everything else, but just taking his numbers and gambling rackets, one could safely assume he made a billion dollars a year for the mob. Not only was he highly regarded and respected, but when it came time to take a death sentence pinch for his family, he said nothing.  He accepted his fate, and he didn't have to.  Better than Franzese.  He was a man's man, the other was a punk.