Monday, June 29, 2009

Mobster, Albert Anastacia Hit

Albert Anastasia, head of Murder Inc. and boss of what would become the Gambino crime family, was found on the barbershop floor of the Park-Sheraton Hotel on W. 55th St. The reputed chief executioner of Muder Inc. was slain by unknown assailants at 10:18 am on October 25, 1957. Following his death, Carlo Gambino took over as family boss. Read more:

Monday, June 22, 2009

Eugene Castelle aka Boopsie"

Eugene Castelle (born 1960), also known as "Boopsie" and "Bubsie", is a New York mobster who served as a caporegime and then an acting boss with the Lucchese crime family
A resident of Staten Island Castelle operated loansharking and number racket activities out of a small storefront in the Bath Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn. Castelle also managed a group of narcotics distributors in Brooklyn. Castelle was a close associate of Lucchese mobster Joseph Tangorra
In 1997, Castelle was charged with bribing jail guards to smuggle food and steroids to Lucchese family members who were incarcerated at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. However, the charges were eventually dismissed.
In 2001, Castelle pleaded guilt to racketeering charges and was sent to federal prison. On August 28, 2008, Castelle was released from prison.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

James "Jimmy Brown" Failla

James "Jimmy Brown" Failla (1919-1999) was a senior caporegime of the Gambino crime family who was a major power in the garbage hauling industry in New York City.
Failla was one of the most respected and feared racketeers in New York from from the early 1960s until 1995. Through his control of the Trade Waste Association of Greater New York and Teamsters Union Local 813, Failla was able to squeeze New York businesses out of hundreds of millions of dollars over several decades.

He earned the nickname "Jimmy Brown" for his fondness of wearing chocolate brown business suits when out in public. He has a close physical resemblance to American publisher and pornographer Larry Flynt. Failla had a close partnership with the Genovese crime family and it was rumored that the Genovese leadership wanted to install Failla as boss along with fellow captain Daniel "Danny" Marino after a failed assassination attempt on then Gambino boss John Gotti.

Avoiding prosecution for many years, Failla lived modestly and direct a large crew in loansharking, illegal gambling, and extortion. He had a reputation as being one of the most closed-mouthed of all mobsters, as well as one of the all-time top earners in La Cosa Nostra

. Although present for hundreds of hours at bugged meetings at Gambino boss Paul Castellano's residence, Failla barely spoke ten words on all the tapes combined. A resident of Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, Failla's nickname "Jimmy Brown" derived from his fondness for brown clothes
.In 1987, Failla was acquitted on federal racketeering charges. In 1989, Failla participated in the murder of Gambino mobster Thomas Spinelli. A member of Failla's crew, Spinelli had recently appeared before a grand jury. Sammy Gravano ordered Spinelli's murder to prevent any further testimony. In December 1990, when Gotti went to jail awaiting trial, he allegedly appointed Failla as acting boss of the family. After Gotti's conviction, Failla served on a three-man panel that ran the family.
In 1994, Failla pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in the Spinnelli death and was sentenced to seven years in prison. In 1999, James Failla died in federal prison.