Wednesday, December 6, 2017

THIS IS JOHN GOTTI.


I would really like to put a disclaimer here, but I don't feel like one is necessary.  That being said, let me just begin by saying this.  I don't owe anyone anything.  I don't have to say positive things or negative things.  Their will be those, who are going to invariably say I am bought and paid for.  It seems to be the common excuse when I write anything Pro-Gotti.  It's usually one particular group that does this, and they are all pile-ons who adore rats.  That's the truth. 

What I do, simply stated is cover the mafia.  All avenues.  For some reason their is an expectation that because I don't trash one person over another that somehow I''m jaded or I'm afraid.  Neither are the case.  I simply like many of you have my own thoughts and opinions, and despite the rants from less then honorable people, and those that are begging for anyone to hear their rat tales, I just write how I want to write.  That's the truth, and the bottom line.  I don't need a name to propel my career unlike the majority of people that leech off of a name for clicks and reads.

When many people think of New York, many things come to mind.  Mulberry Street, Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, food, drinks, and John Gotti.  While John Gotti may not be the first thing people associate with New York, it's often the second thing they mention.  We don't have to go back too far into history to draw a correlation to another infamous name, Al Capone.

While their may be differences between both men respectively, you cannot mention Chicago without some Al Capone reference and the same can be said for John Gotti.  While this article is not about John Gotti's life, or what the media has covered the last twenty plus years, we do have to mention a few things.

Their is often two sides to the myth and lore of John Gotti.  There are those who either love him or loathe him.  Many of the reasons for both are stained in misrepresentations and innuendo.  What perhaps is glowingly obvious is that John Gotti may be gone, but his aura is very much still alive. He represents many things.  Some may agree to disagree with the rest of this article, and that's fine.  It's my just one man's opinion.

I love John Gotti.  I always have.  I may not totally agree with some of the things that went down, but when I make a mold of what a man is, he is in every sense the very definition of what a man should be.  Take away the glitz and glamour of american's obsession with mafia figures, and your still left with one of the toughest men this world has ever made.

Charismatic, charming, witty, good looking, kind, considerate, humble, and insanely tough.  While those words may be just words, it's everything that exuded from John Gotti as a man that entrances so many. It's not just the dapper looks, but the swagger.  The way he snubbed his nose at the Government in a way that said "You know who I am, you know what I do, but I also know who you are and what you do, so do what you gotta do."  Everyone at some point in their lives has wanted to be emboldened enough to stick there finger up and tell someone where to go without any fear.  That was John Gotti. 

Pundits will argue, that John Gotti should have reeled it in and stayed out of the way, but what people never seem to get is that he didn't call them ahead of time and tell them where he would be.  The media's obsession was immense and still is.   At some point you just have to live your life, and that comes with the territory unfortunately.   Should he have learned to duck a bit? Sure, but this is John Gotti we are taking about and John didn't duck for anyone, and never would.

John Gotti stood for things that these young men today could take a lesson from.  He never turned, never bucked, never changed who he was.  I am me, and that's that.  Too many times these days we see these "men," who quickly run from trouble and give in and give up.  They aren't dedicated to the cause.  You are either a gangster 24-7 or your not even close.  John Gotti made a choice in his life, one that would have repercussions for himself, his children and entire family.  Their is something insanely tough about making a choice, sticking to it, and saying to hell with everyone this is who I am and never wavering, not even in the end when he was dying.  He made sacrifices that most men could never ever comprehend. 

Many years ago when discussing with my dad, who very much married into a family very similar to the Gotti's, would talk at length about what a man truly was at his essence.  My father was sick with cancer and time was closing in on him.  He served in Vietnam, and was a bronze star and silver star recipient.  He would often talk what it was like when he first met my mothers side of the family.  They literally scared the shit out of him.  He knew very well who they were, what they did.  My father hadn't come from a very touchy feely family.  His parents  were socialites.  My father wasn't comfortable with affection at all.  He was reserved, that was until he met my mothers family.  You had no choice but to be kissers and huggers with them.    Stay with me please....there is a point to this.

Early in his marriage to my mother he was asked to take a ride with my grandfather.  My grandfather had a truck like those UPS trucks, which had one of those sliding doors.  He used the truck to move swag.  If you don't know what swag is, it's "borrowed things from other trucks with no intention of giving back, in order to sell it for 100% profit."  Get it?  My father and him were driving to meet some people on Federal Hill in Providence, Rhode Island.  They talked about normal things.  My grandfather sadly made a huge left turn too quick and boxes of coins began to fall on my fathers head from inside the roof of the truck.  Gold coins.  My father reached down and picked a few up.  He inspected them and they were Spanish dabloons.  Not exactly normal currency.  Their were thousands of them. My father looked up at my grandfather and my grandfather chuckled and said "you hit the jackpot son."  My grandfather pulled over, my dad helped him box them back up and store them away.  It was obvious they were being delivered to someone.  My grandfather handed my dad a dabloon and said this is for you, you see nothing.   My father not only saw nothing, but his entire marriage to my mother he never saw anything, never repeated anything.

I never saw my dad cry.  I was too young when my sister died at age ten, to see if he cried or not.  I'm sure he did.  When my grandfather died, I told him, and he sighed and told me to go take a shower and pack.  Even though my parents split up he still adored my mom's side of the family.  That affection never ended.  As I got out of the shower, I heard a soft crying coming from the back yard.  I looked out the window and saw my father with his face in his hands sobbing uncontrollably. 

Fast forward to a few months before my father died.  We spoke at length about my grandfather, and it was no secret who he was or what he did.  Worst kept secret in the world.  However something my father said to me the last day where we could literally walk down the street together before he was too sick to move really hits home.  He lamented about his mistakes, but wouldn't change them for the world.  The most important thing he told me that day was that, no matter what my grandfather did, he was a man, he lived as he died.  He never changed who he was, took care of his children and did whatever he had to to ensure they were safe and had what he didn't growing up.  "A man is not defined by the things he does for others but rather what he does for his own.  You don't need to look far to see who a man is at his core.  Look in the smiles of his children and grandchildren, and that's the mark of a man. He's succeeded."

The reason I told this story is because John Gotti was a lot like my grandfather.  He stood by his laurels and never batted an eye.  He chose a lifestyle for himself that came with many consequences. Like my grandfather he came up in a time period where their wasn't the internet, where their wasn't hand out after hand out.  You could  work till  fingers bled for nothing in return.  You could work your ass off for peanuts and barely make it, or you could ensure your family would never ever want for anything.  This is not to say there wasn't a share of issues, because we know their was. Nothing is ever easy.  Some will say that's an easy way out, but I disagree.  It's not an easy way out at all. He made a choice, and he lived by that choice his entire life.  He paid for those choices.

He stood for something.  He stood for what he believed in, and with all do respect, you have to admire that resolve.  John's story is many of our stories.  You come from nothing, and made yourself something.  Their are dreamers and doers and John was a doer.  You can argue the morality with me if you want, but I've said it many times, you don't join the boy scouts then complain about having to build a tent.

History will often look back on John Gotti the way it wants, but for me, taking everything that is John Gotti, I will always marvel at him, respect him, and see him as a man's man.  Victoria Gotti was right when she said "they don't make men like my father anymore," and she was 100% right.  The days of honor and respect are gone.  It's an echo in the wind.  It's old tales of another time and place.

John Gotti is beloved for a million reasons.  His anarchy, his rebellion, a modern day Robin Hood, and people love stories like that. We always cheer for the underdog.  John Gotti was the scrappy bulldog in the corner who took on everyone and won.  He didn't bat an eye, didn't give an inch, and stood for what he believed in, and that's exactly why John is beloved. 

In final, If I ever openly and publicly spoke about John Gotti, which I will never do other than this forum, I would have to say just a few things, many of which I already have said.  Father, Grandfather, Husband, Uncle, Cousin, Friend are the things he was.  His exterior may have been crass, bull headed, stubborn and tough, but what he stood for, what exuded from him, is something most men would give anything to be.  It's easy to say what one might do in giving situations, but that's the very difference between John and everyone else.  He did it, rather than talk about it.

A man is judged by many things.  What should be proof for many is in John Gotti Jr's book.  To write about your father in any sense, when he's bigger than life, when he was shared with the entire world, cannot be an easy task for anyone.  To indulge others with personal feelings and anecdotes, to lift the veil in anyway is difficult. Perhaps though, everything John Gotti achieved in life, the greatest thing he ever achieved comes in the form of his children and grandchildren.  They have a respect and love for their father and grandfather that cannot be bought, cannot be tainted by a story or a tale.  They love unconditionally and without reservation.  They fight and scratch with anyone who attempts to ridicule or lie about their father.  A fathers job to protect his children at all cost, and John did that his entire life, and the mark of the truest form of love and honor and respect is when his children speak for him because he no longer can for himself, with few exceptions.

John Gotti was a hero to so many.  He represents the struggle and perseverance it takes to get to where you want in life, holding nothing back, accepting life on lifes terms and making zero excuses for your actions. The ends justified the means in every sense for John Gotti.  Whereas so many before him have gone unmentioned and forgotten, John Gotti will always stand for three things, at least for me--  HONOR, RESPECT, AND LOYALTY, and if he's given me anything to hang my hat on, it's a road map for how to behave and how to act, like a MAN.  You can say what you want about John Gotti, lament him any way you so choose, but you cannot deny, he was one of a kind, and the essence of what it is, to be gangster in a world full of wannabees.




Wednesday, November 29, 2017

MCGREGOR WANTED BY THE IRISH MOB FOR HITTING ELDERLY MAN ACCORDING TO REPORTS

If you are an MMA fan, surely you know who Connor McGregor is.  Like him or hate him, he's a star.  He may have embarrassed himself a bit in the boxing ring when
Floyd Mayweather beat the paint of his face, but perhaps his latest run in back in Crumlin, Ireland is a bigger problem for him.

Multiple reports have surfaced that the Irish Mob, the Kinahan Cartel have offered $900,000 to any man who kills McGregor.  Yes, you heard that right.  While a lot of reports have differing opinions and facts, I do believe I have tracked down what the real story is.  That being said what the hell happened?

One of the bigger issues that Connor McGregor has had, is his antics post drinking.  While fame and fortune put you into certain social groups I would assume it was a matter of time before he rubbed shoulders with some nefarious cats.  The problem is, he went too far this time, but there have  been many other instances where McGregor has gotten a little to big for his britches.


According to my source, who lives in Ireland and has more direct knowledge of the events that happened there a few days ago, is that McGregor has long been affiliated with smaller sub mob groups through childhood friendships.  As it was told to me, McGregor had a friend who was beaten up pretty badly by members of the Kinahan Cartel, one of Ireland's most ruthless mafia groups.  In response to this McGregor went to a bar, and a scuffle ensued over what happened to his friend.  The problem isn't that McGregor stood up for a friend, it's that he knocked the shit out of one of the Kinahan's members fathers, whose an elderly man.  It wasn't a one-off as they say, but more or less McGregor tuned this elderly man up big time.

Danny Kinahan-- Acting Boss
Christy Kinahan(Boss)
Daniel Kinahan(alleged boss) and Christy Kinahan(Dan's father and actual boss) were incensed at the incident, and officially put some sort of contract on his head valued at around $900,000.  Where this gets a little dicey is I have heard three stories all deal with the same amount, but I believe I have an opinion on what the truth is here.  I do believe they essentially told McGregor he had to pay a fine of $900,000 or else.  It would make more sense that way than to just put a contract directly out on the head of one of the most recognizable fighters around.  Where this does get interesting is that this is a group who will not relent and will not sit back.  They don't forget and won't, so if this entire story is accurate McGregor is in some real trouble.

The Kinahan's power doesn't just exploit Crumlin, as they have ties to the United States as well, as do many of these groups.  So the idea that McGregor can hide, just simply isn't going to be the case.  McGregor did aknowlege on social media he was as the said pub where all of this took place, and there is a lot of truth that has been backed up on social media in the form of photos and texts which further explain bits and pieces.

As far as police involvement, they are keeping an unofficial eye on it, but cannot really press the issue because McGregor won't speak to them about it, and nobody is willing to come forward.  What they have said however unofficially is that McGregor could very well be in danger, but without McGregor giving any information they can't specifically come out publicly and talk about the issue.

The Kinahan's have long been involved in boxing promotions, drug trafficking and other assorted crimes.  They have also been at war with the Hutch Crime Family,

WHO IS THE HUTCH CRIME FAMILY?
The Hutch crime family has been run for decades by Gary Hutch, a long time murderer and racketeer who used his finances from massive narcotics operations to funnel money into legitimate businesses and real estate.  He has spent a ton of time in prison over his career.
He was murdered in 2015, and speculation is that the Kinahan's were responsible.  Gary Hutch was a high lieutenant of of Kinahan Cartel, who was rumored to be planning on killing his boss, Daniel Kinahan  before staging a robbery worth $1 million dollars.  The robbery was to take place at the villa owned by Kinahan but was foiled before it could happen.  As a result Hutch offered $200,000 to have his life spared.  The Kinahan's accepted it, then attempted to shake down Hutch again for the same amount.  He refused, and he was killed.    A month later Hutch's brother Eddie was killed so that there could be no real retribution.    Both sides have traded bodies and bullets since.

What also makes the Kinahan's entirely strong is their affiliations with the Mexican Mafia, Mexican cartels, the Sinaloa Cartel, the Medellin cartel and the Russian mafia.  They control the major of trafficking routes through the United Kingdom and Ireland.  The group is said to be worth over a billion dollars at his point.  There has been over ten murders in the last two years between these two groups with the Kinahans at the top of the heap.

What makes this story entirely crazy, is that if McGregor was actually stupid enough to do what he did he had to realize the price he would have to pay for his actions, and from everything I have heard this group's intent is to collect it's money or dispatch McGregor.  I think mainstream American media doesn't understand how Irish gangs work ,and they probably suspected this was just some small subgroup with five or six guys, and the truth is, this is a monstrous group.  American's don't understand how Irish clans work, and sadly there isn't enough reporting on these groups here, but I can tell you from everything I know, these groups are not to be fucked with on any level.  The Irish mob is more organized and ruthless then say over here to the extent that our mafia doesn't commit terrorist type of activities.  In Ireland all bets are off.  It's car bombs, grenades and high powered machine guns.  There is a huge difference in the demeanor's between these groups in comparison to the Italian mafia here.
In final, if any of this is 100% accurate, which I believe it to be closer to 75%, then this is some serious stuff McGregor has landed on.  You can have all the Irish brogue you want, but at the end of the day I've never met a boxer who can stop bullets.  That's the truth.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

WITH THE DEATH OF TOTO RIINA, COSA NOSTRA IN SICILY ABOUT TO CHANGE

With the death of Sicilian Boss of Bosses  Salvatore "Toto" Riina , Sicily could erupt in violence very soon.  In case your unfamiliar with Toto Riina, he was the biggest and most violent mob boss in the history of Cosa Nostra.

Riina 87, died a week or so ago from cancer,  while serving 26 life sentences for murder and other crimes.  He reign lasted a brutal 20 years before he was captured and arrested in 1993.  During his reign he was able to keep control of the mafia by executing anyone who second guessed him, or anyone who dared speak against him.  In one instance he had the son of a man(no mob relation) murdered just to ensue he wouldn't talk to law enforcement.  His son, aged 13 was strangled.

"If he didn't kill you, he'd put enough fear in you, to force you to flee the country, and those who fled have not forgotten.  The vendetta is real, and it's just a matter of time before those he chased come back to try and take over now.  Sicily will be at war," Giuseppe Bianco would tell me via phone early this morning from Italy.

He would also tell me that those chased would return and go right after the Corleonesi.  The Corleonesi are a faction within the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, which were huge into the 80s and 90's and have a super grip on narcotics trafficking into the United States, and are currently fighting inside of Canada against the Calabrase.(N'Drangheta). The Corleonesi were controlled mainly by Riina for twenty years but also controlled by Luciano Leggio, then Riina's brother- in- law Bernardo Provenzano.

The Corleonesi came into power in the 80's after effectively winning the Second Mafia war which began in 1978 and last until 1983.  They were able to take control by slowly extinguishing anyone who presented a wall in front of them, effectively killing all the old bosses in a violent take over.

"Riina had no issues killing children, women, fathers, brothers to get his point across.  The man was a psychopath," according to Bianco.   While Bianco's assertions are completely accurate it's also widely assumed to Riina killed somewhere in the nature of 400-600 people during his reign and prior.    While murder was the ends to justify the means, the amount of political power and law enforcement corruption Riina controlled allowed his faction to surge.  He also wouldn't hesitate to kill attorney's, judges or politicians to get his point across.  Pio La Torre would learn the hard way.

La Torre was the secretary of the Italian Communist Party and introduced a bill into legislation that would essentially allow the Government to confiscate mob related money.  While the bill was supported by the Government and it stalled out of fear.  For two years it languished on the desk of parliament, however La Torre was murdered not long after.   Following that the Italian Government sent Carlo Cheisa, who was a general of the Italian Carabineri to Sicily with direct orders to do anything he could to destroy the Mafia.  He also was killed shortly after.  Just ten short days later La Torre's bill would pass into legislation.

Rinna was not above "creating a terrorist atmosphere."  In 1984 he was responsible for a Christmas bombing on a train which injured 267, and killed 17.  It was a message to the Italian Government to stop investigating the mafia and to mainly stop investigating Riina. 

Riina is also responsible for the death of Giovanni Falcone, and Salvatore Lima.  Falcone was a judge and  prosecuting magistrate who spent the majority of his career trying to destroy the mafia.   It wasn't until the MAXI TRIAL where Riina was convicted (along with 360 others) that the mob sought retribution.  Granted they had attempted to kill Falcone several times but failed.  In 1992 while traveling in a motorcade on the A29  near the town of Capaci when a huge explosion killed him.  400 pounds of explosives were planted underneath the overpass between the airport in Palermo and Capaci.   The bomb was remotely detonated and immediately Falcone, his wife Francesca and three police officers were killed.   57 Days later Falcone's mentor Paolo Borsellino was killed in a similar explosion.  Those acts alone would end up forcing the Government to put fear aside and to war against the mafia.  Eventually Riina would be caught, stand trial, but would still control the mafia from prison until his death a week ago.

What makes the death of Riina somewhat circumspect is the idea that now with Riina gone, and effectively not in control of the mafia, other subgroups recognizing that the powerbase will now have a vacuum effect, those very smaller subgroups of Puglia, and Rome may very likely join forces with those forced out of Sicily and returning for retribution and try and take over.  While the Corleonesi is still the supreme power in Sicily, the faction could splinter over infighting and racket control.  The main argument will be over narcotics distribution which is the main flow of commerce for the group.  They have long controlled the flow of opiates from the Afghanistan into Corsica, then through Canada into the United States.  It's a multi- billion dollar racket that likely won't slow anytime soon.  With other groups like the Sinola Cartel, MS-13 and N'Drangheta filling in, it will likely be harder for traffickers to import into the United States, especially when you consider that the Mexican Mafia and the Sinaloa cartel is in fact no longer importing, but effectively manufacturing. 

What happens from here, is really, a  huge guess but Italian authorities are acting steadfast in preparing for the eventuality of a war over rackets, leadership and turf.  As Bianco put it best, "It's not a matter of how, it's a matter of when.  Everyone can get along for long periods, but when there is a power base shaken by prison or prosecution or death, all bets are off.  Riina in many ways was the most evil of men, but perhaps the bigger evil awaits Italy.  Vendettas age, but never truly end."






Monday, November 13, 2017

FOR MERLINO, FBI HAS TO TURN ANOTHER RAT BESIDES RUBEO TO WIN


As the trial of Joey Merlino inches closer and closer(Jan. trial date) it seems like the FBI is releasing more and more information.  Maybe it's disinformation, but the truth is, the foundation of their racketeering/medicaid fraud case in the EAST COAST ENTERPRISE case versus Joey Merlino is fading and fast. 

There is an ongoing internal investigation on federal witness handling, and just how exactly the evidence was handled by mob rat John Rubeo.  This isn't the first time we have seen gross misconduct on behalf of the FBI and their ghouls.  If we go back to Whitey Bulger days and those lack of 302's on behalf of disgraced FBI agent John Connolly is fairly commonplace for the FBI.  This has happened a million times before, the difference is the FBI has been sloppy and are finally being called on the carpet about it.

In the case of John Rubeo, how the tapes were made, when, the full bulk of them, why some of them were half recorded are all questions being asked right now.  What we also know is that the FBI offered plea deals to all 46 defendants, and the four are left but the main two being  Joey Merlino and Eugene D'Nofrio, who asked to have his trial desperate from Merlino.


RUBEO HAD BEEN WEARING A WIRE FOR 5 YEARS
 What has come out recently is that John Rubeo has been recording everyone for five years now, with hundreds of hours of conversations and even video surveillance.  Making matters worse two FBI agents involved with Rubeo have been under investigation, one being cleared of any wrong doing and the other has been suspended by the FBI, and yet another is now under investigation and this one is an FBI supervisor.


RUBEO BAIL REVOKED
Rubeo's bail has been revoked and he sits in a jail cell as we speak.  His bail was revoked due to his illegal behavior during the investigation.   This further adds problems for the FBI's main witness in Rubeo.


ANTHONY NICODEMO IS A RAT OR NOT A RAT? 
I don't believe that Nicodemo(former mobster now serving 30 years for murder)is willing to become an informant.  In the many people I have talked to say the same thing. "He's a stand up guy, old school."  If we take that as gospel, then the only thing that can sidetrack us here is the mere fact that the FBI moved Nicodemo from one prison, to another prison very close to Philadelphia.  The Breau of Prisons said the move was made to accomodate Nicodemo so he could be closer to his family, and he had been a model prisoner. 

For starters I don't believe any of that.  The truth is the FBI never "accommodates," anyone.  This move was made for two reasons.   The first reason is to make it appear as if Nicodemo had offered up something in order to move closer.  It sends nervous thoughts to Merlino and company and gives the appearance that Nicodemo may be talking.  The second reason is in hopes that Nicodemo can be turned.  Nicodemo if he became an informant could put a lot of people away for the rest of their lives, including Joey Merlino.   With John Rubeo being an epic failure in every sense, the FBI may be hedging bets on Nicodemo to decided 30 years is too much and he can change his life by talking.

I doubt seriously Nicodemo will go that route, but one has to wonder why this move happened.  I think the reality is, it was done as a move to show versus actual action.  It puts doubt in the mind of those indicted.  Its really a dangerous move for Nicodemo too, just because it makes the move look highly suspicious.  However, if Nicodemo does turn informant, Merlino will be in a ton of shit.  That's just the truth.

The FBI desperately needs someone to step forward because the evidence they have currently at best is tainted and the words of Rubeo will fall on deaf ears especially with two internal investigations under way.  I would expect Joey to push towards trial regardless.  It may be too late in the game at this point for the FBI to corral another snitch, but the FBI always seems to have a stacked deck, even if in this case they look effectively lost .




Saturday, November 4, 2017

FIVE OF THE WEALTHIEST MOBSTERS MIGHT SURPRISE YOU


I seem to get this question on all the time.  Who was the most powerful gangster or mob boss ever.  It's a difficult question because the parameters are so wide.  Do we base it on longevity? Political power? Wealth? Staying off the radar?  Which one would you go by?  I have a tendency to like those who have been able to stay on the streets, out of jail, and help everyone prosper.  Sadly their are very few who were able to attain that status, but when researching this article, I know the five I wanted to pick, and only on of them would spent his life in prison, for being the "boss of a family," according to the FBI when in fact he wasn't.  That's a gripe I will share for another day, but here we go.  These are the five wealthiest mob guys to ever have lived.  While the dollar amounts are staggering, also taking into consideration inflation and the time periods they were active.


#5 MEYER LANKSY- $500 MILLION
The Godfather of shylocking and Vegas and Gambling rackets, he came up in a time with Lucky Luciano and so many others.  He was called the "mob's accountant," for a reason.  He made them all incredibly wealthy with his schemes and money making ability.  He had power where others didn't.  He was able to call for murders of made members of the Mafia, when he was Jewish.  He had money maker Benny Seigel whacked without hesitation and had know Benny his entire childhood.  If not for his money making abilities the mob would have no use for Lansky.  Lansky's abilities took him far and wide and was the genius behind the Cuban casinos.



#4 RUSSELL BUFALINO- $900 MILLION
In contract, Russell had massive power.  Not just political, but also had his hand in some of history's most notorious events.  John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Hoffa, CIA plot to kill Castro, just to name three.  Russell was a diplomat of the mob's bygone era, and was able to delegate and had the respect of the entire commission(including a seat on the commission.)  He was able to settle disputes and stay off the radar for the majority of his life.  Russell just didn't run rackets, but he was able to legitimize his profits into the steel and coal business.  He was powerful, and acted as a liaison in many regards with the Government when dealing with the mafia on covert operations.



#3 AL CAPONE- $1 BILLION
Al Capone is well known throughout the world.  Call him the John Gotti of the 20's,  He was ruthless, smart and deadly.  Under Johnny Torrio, he learned the rackets, and was able to take it to the Irish gangs in Chicago to ultimately take over.  While his political power was not necessarily strong, he relied on police payoffs to keep the heat away but he couldn't stay out of sight and refused to infiltrate himself and eventually would be arrested for tax evasion, and die from complications of syphilis. He will always be known in the press as the first AMERICAN GANGSTER, but what many people don't discuss is that Al Capone was very much controlled by New York.

#4 CARLO GAMBINO- $1.5 BILLION
He wasn't just boss and namesake of the Gambino Crime Family.  He was deadly, off the radar, and an incredible earner before he clipped Anastasia to take over.  Carlo Gambino was a man with insane initiative and didn't hesitate dispatching whomever got in his way.  He was respected and feared.  It was through his intelligence the Gambino's took over construction rackets, the entire eastern seaboard and the garment district without much hesitation.  He maintained a quiet life, while delegating to his underlings and only spent one day in jail in his entire life.  He would die at home watching his beloved New York Yankee's, without a care in the world.



#5  ANTHONY SALERNO- $3 BILLION
Anthony Salerno was perhaps one of the brightest of this bunch.  Not only did he control every single piece of the racket business in Harlem, but it was actually one hell of a move.  While whites and other Italians were moving the hell out of Harlem, he realized that the market was potentially greater for him financially. He could have moved from Harlem, but he refused.  He would end up running all the numbers(multi-million dollar racket alone) as well as loan shark, gambling, extortion and construction.  He not only cornered every single market in his area, but expanded into Manhattan taking over massive construction rackets, which he would share with other mob families.  Tony Salerno had a literal piece of everything going on in New York it seems.  He ultimately took the fall for his boss Vincent Gigante as Salerno was charged in the Commission Trial.  Salerno wasn't the boss, and the FBI realized it shortly after his indictment but weren't about to utter a peep because they didn't want to lose the case.  Never hesitating Tony didn't utter a word, and took his 100 year sentence like a man. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

DICEY SITUATION BREWING IN PHILADELPHIA

 Philadelphia has never been a city, especially mob wise that forgets the past.  Grudges are held, even if olive branches are extended.  We have discussed at length the various scenarios that could happen in the Philly underworld, depending on the outcome of the Joey Merlino case. 

That being said, there is something sort of new to discuss.  You can call this a conspiracy theory if you wish, but from my perspective it's a powder keg just waiting to explode.

We know the players but in case you don't know let's recap a bit.  Right now Philadelphia is using a three man panel.  Joey is sitting back while preparing for trial.  In the meantime the day to do day operations have fallen onto three people.  Philip Narducci, Joe Pungitore, and Joe Ligambi.   On the outside looking in is George Borgesi.  What makes this even more interesting now is that Frank Narducci is back on the streets after being released from prison. Why?

What many people may or may not know is this.  From grumblings I have heard that if Joey goes away Narducci is likely to take over, which is going to create a bit of havoc.  I say that because we have talked at length about a power vacuum.  That's still going to happen, but perhaps more so now than ever.

Joey Merlino
When Joey essentially allowed Philip Narducci to join the chaotic family, it was seen by others in that circle as an insulting move.  Insulting because Borgesi, Angelina and others who battled Nicky Scarfo Sr and John Stanfa didn't like anybody associated with Scarfo.  It's been an ongoing issue for over two decades.  What sparked that to begin with was Joey's father Salvatore "Chuckie" Merlino, had essentially been bumped from underboss to solider.  It infuriated Merlino and company, and from that day on it was Merlino vs. Scarfo.  There also was a split over leadership, and that's exactly why we saw it go from Scarfo vs. Merlino to Stanfa vs. Natale. 

Frank "Chickie" Narducci Sr.
So as Merlino "extended an olive branch" to Narducci, it upset the apple cart more than enough for Borgesi to begin his bellyaching.  We have talked at length about that, and there is no need to rehash that here.  The reason why Frank Narducci getting out could signal some issues is that it's long been rumored that Joe Pungitore had some involvement in  Frank and Philips father "Chickie Narducci," getting killed.  Ultimately it was Salvie Testa who killed Frank Narducci, but since Salvie was murdered himself, eyes could be on Pungitore.

Frank, who was a capo in the Philadelphia Crime Family, was responsible for the death of Philip Testa along with Peter Casella and Rocco Marinucci.  A nail bomb was placed underneath of Testa's front porch, and the rest as they say is history.  In 1
982, as Narducci was arriving home, he was shot and killed.  Neither Frank nor Philip have forgotten it, EVER.

Philip Narducci
Knowing all this, it makes it interesting to see how well things will play out in the leadership aspect of Philadelphia.  As stated a million times, if Merlino goes away, all hell could break loose in Philadelphia.  Off the record I was told that "Handsome" Steve Mazzone(current underboss) isn't going to stand in anybody's way.  "If others want to stand out in front, go right ahead."  None of those comments are earth shattering in any sense, because it's widely assumed at this point, that control of the family will directly go to Narducci.  His power base is big, and he likely has the support of those around him.

 We have played it out enough that Ligambi is likely going to want to stay away from anything leadership wise, and if he takes a role at all, it will likely be in a quasi-consigliere type of position as he has held for a while now.  Where the problem become visible is in Borgesi and Pungitore.  Naturally Joey can run things from behind the wall but I don't see it happening for very long.

 By all accounts, from what I hear, is that Narducci will likely not sit back if Joey goes away and will take over.  Add his brother Frank to that mix, and Pungitore will be out back.  Borgesi? Who knows, but it's really going to come down to Narducci vs. Borgesi vs. Pungitore.  Of the three Narducci is the ivy league gangster, and the other two are more or less supporting cast at least at this point. 

Joe Pungitore
One other scenario here could be if Pungitore and Narducci can let the past be the past, but once again by all account they don't like each other very much, and Borgesi isn't liked by many in Philadelphia, so what we could see is some Machiavellian moves coming.  What could happen is Pungitore and Narducci band together to take a run at the top, while essentially pushing Boregesi's mouth in the lake.  Their are a million different scenarios here, but if I had to truly guide you down a lit path here I would tell you to watch Narducci.  He's the guy, whether you want to believe it or not, but everything hinges on Merlino's trial. 



Friday, October 27, 2017

MERLINO NOT GIVING IN, WILL FIGHT FEDS

For months now, the main question for Joey Merlino was, would he accept  plea deal, or fight it out against the Federal Government.  Of the many defendants in this case, Joey Merlino is the only one left besides Eugene O'Nofrio has obviously moved to separate himself from Merlino, and wants a separate trial.

It's been back and forth from all aspects as far as whether Joey would or wouldn't.  At this point Joey Merlino is all in, and from my expertise, the scale is tipped in Joey's favor.  The only thing that can unhinge Joey's defense at this point, will be if someone steps up instead of John Rubeo.  At this point Rubeo is suspect at best.   Perhaps the main issue with the Government's case is Rubeo himself, who apparently has a lot more respect and like for Merlino than the Government
is comfortable with.

The evidence collected, the evidence handed in, is missing in many parts, and one of the problems is, Rubeo either intentionally removed parts of those "recorded conversations," or made sure that certain aspects were removed in an effort to lessen the blow for Merlino.  In either case, from what I have been told is that the FBI is putting pressure on other informants to come forward because the evidence they have against Merlino is fleeting at best.  They want a slam dunk, and at this point it really looks like Merlino could possibly walk from a 15-20 year sentence.  Whereas Rubeo might have been enough initially, it's looking more and more like he's become a liability, and in fact Rubeo is jailed as we speak, and not in some safe-house awaiting trial.  That perhaps speaks more about Rubeo than anything.

SO WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?

Simply, the honus is on the Government to present a clear cut case.  They just don't have it.  Ruebo is going to create a problem for the Government.  The other option the Government has is to force or co-hearse another informant to come into play.  That seems to be the monster in the closet at this point.  The FBI has gone to lengths to try and turn some Merlino associates and it hasn't worked.  It truly boils down to two things.  Either Rubeo falls flat on his ass and Merlino walks, or the Government finds another snitch who can corroborate facts.

INDICTMENTS GALORE COMING FOR PHILADELPHIA

Whether or not the FBI wants this out, or whether it's fully in operation at this point, it's my belief based on facts and what I've heard that the FBI and the Organized Crime Task Force has been monitoring the Philadelphia mafia for a while now.  They are looking into unsolved murders, racketeering and more.  From what I have heard, there are a lot of guys on the street taking to the FBI, but are refusing to testify.  They are simply supplying information and the FBI is taking note.  How long before indictments come down is anyone's guess, but it's an ongoing investigation and I speculated this almost a year ago.  It doesn't take rocket science to see why.


For some reason, Georgie Borgesi thought it was a bright move opening a social club on 11th and Jackson It's like planting a god damned flag in the middle of a corn field and expecting nobody to notice.  Within a month Borgesi was seen in a FOX 29 video sitting at a desk inside the social club.  Associates and made men were videotaped going in and out of the social club.  It's absolutely a stupid and absurd move to make.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

There are a million different scenarios here.  We have discussed them at length.  I believe at this point we have a few real scenarios playing out in Philly, and with the many different mob genre writers speculating let's get a few things factual here and now. Philadelphia was  split into four factions, at least prior to the indictment of Merlino.  Merlino, Ligambi, Narducci and Pungitore rounded out the leadership.  However now, I believe Merlino has insulted himself a bit, and what is probably more realistic at this point is a three headed leadership.  Joey is still de-facto boss, while Ligambi, Narducci and Pungitore operate the day to day operations.  Each one has a crew underneath of them.

What is going to be the end all for Philadelphia is this.  If Joey gets convicted, I don't think he will hold onto the family for very long.  He may delegate much like his predecessors and form an official three headed structure where Ligambi, Narducci and Pungitore rule together, but I don't think there is any way Ligambi will take over by himself.  It's just not going to happen.   So what you could see is this power vacuum we have talked about.

VACCUM, WHAT VACCUUM?

Not all is as simple as it seems.  You have some characters in Philadelphia, and not everyone is exactly happy with the way things are looking.  We can get into the petty stuff, but there is no point.  We all know the past between Borgesi and Merlino and Marty Angelina, and I don't want to rehash all that.  More importantly if Joey goes away, you will have two Scarfo era guys in leadership along with Joe Ligambi, who is a Merlino surrogate.  If Pungitore or Narducci see this as an opportunity to take over it won't be difficult.  If Borgesi steps up to create issues, you could see a war.  It's no secret Borgesi wants to be a leader, but how far is he willing to go?  Simply, it could be chaos in Philadelphia if a line is drawn in the sand between the players.   You have around 70 guys in Philadelphia all fighting over the same ten rackets.  They have been forced to go into legitimate housing rehab jobs to make ends meet.  At some point, one guy is going to want it all for himself, and it's going to create some massive friction. Greed breeds discontent, and it's a film coming to a movie near you very soon.


THE BOTTOM LINE, AND MY PROGNOSIS

The bottom line is this, if Joey walks, all will be quiet but not for very long, especially if you realize indictments are coming.  If Joey goes away, indictments will still come but there won't be such a great emphasis on behalf of the FBI to move quick on that.  They will allow time for this guys to realign and take stock of their surroundings.

What I do believe will happen, and you can mark this down, is that Joey likely will skate from the charges, but probably will be re indicted for something else down the road.  The odds are pretty good there.   I also believe Philadelphia is in big trouble.  Indictments aside could wipe them off the face of the earth if they aren't careful.  An indictment on say twenty guys doesn't and won't destroy a family especially when they have a membership of  200.  In the case of Philadelphia however you're talking 70 members here, and effectively done, every single one could be arrested.  I don't believe that will happen, but don't be surprised when 20 or so do get arrested.

I also think the split between factions could get bigger and lines will be drawn into the sand. I'm not saying there will be shootouts and murders, but it's not too far off when you consider the small amount of rackets and the personalities involved here.  Philadelphia has always had problems and they don't seem the learn from the past.