Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Carlo "Charlie Big Ears" Majuri ,DeCavalcante crime family

Carlo Majuri also known as "Charlie Big Ears" (born December 28, 1940) is a New Jersey mobster and Caporegime within the DeCavalcante crime family, which he attempted to gain control of in the 1990s.
Majuri became involved in the DeCavalcante crime family as a teenager.

His father, Frank Majuri, was once the Underboss of the DeCavalcantes, and later longtime Consigliere. The younger Majuri's criminal record would eventually include illegal gambling, larceny, stolen property, and bookmaking, in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

At some point between the early and late 1970s, Majuri is to have become inducted into the DeCavalcante crime family, but toward the early 1980s and longtime and infamous Mob boss, Simone "Sam the Plumber" DeCavalcante retired, Giovanni "John the Eagle" Riggi, the longtime Underboss, substantly promoted Majuri to the rank of Caporegime or Captain of the family in the Newark faction.

In 2000, Majuri was indicted on 19 counts of bookmaking, illegal gambling, loansharking, extortion, and labor racketeering, and on two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Following his indictment, Majuri was officially excluded by the State of New Jersey from any of its casinos. In 2006, Majuri was convicted and sent to prison. He was released around April 28, 2009.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Judge cuts Cheeseman DiNunzio some slack

A federal judge has gifted Boston Mafia godfather Carmen “The Cheeseman” DiNunzio another 30 days of freedom before he must report to the Federal Medical Center at Fort Devens on Oct. 22 and hunker down behind bars for the next six years. Read This Full story

U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young gave no reason yesterday for the stay, and assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Levitt didn’t balk - even after Young shot down his bid to ban DiNunzio from the North End for the next decade

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

John Alite ,Gotti Rat

Mob turncoat John Alite has had a lot to say about his old buddy John (Junior) Gotti -- but he's also found time to tell the feds some amazing stories about corrupt cops and detectives.Alite -- set to be a key witness at Gotti IV -- has given the FBI names and details regarding rogue cops who he claims helped him deal drugs and murder a possible dozen victims who dared to cross him over the years.
Since he began talking to the FBI in 2007, law enforcement sources say Alite has fingered more than a dozen men in blue for crimes ranging from bookmaking to murder. Two allegedly had roles in a drug-related Queens rubout -- one of three slayings that Gotti is charged with in the racketeering indictment that goes to trial today.Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jerry-capeci/gotti-turncoat-we-had-lot_b_292863.html

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Patriarca mafia family capo Robert "Bobby DeLuca" a free man

Federal authorities say he is a captain in the Patriarca crime family ... PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A reputed member of the Patriarca crime family plans to plead

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - For the first time in more than 14 years, reputed Patriarca Crime Family captain Robert “Bobby” DeLuca, is a free man.
Shortly before 11 a.m. Friday morning, DeLuca walked into a downtown federal building with his attorney Artin Coloian to officially end his federal probation. Minutes later, clutching what federal probation officials call “a letter of satisfaction” DeLuca strolled out without comment.
His probation will end one minute after midnight on September 20th.
DeLuca was arrested in 1995, caught up in a sweeping federal investigation that also accused mob enforcer Gerard Ouimette. The pair was found guilty of trying to extort $50,000 from Providence businessman Paulie Calenda.
The mid-90s were a tough stretch for DeLuca, legally speaking. He was also snared in a federal investigation out of Boston along with James J. "Whitey" Bulger , leader of Boston's Winter Hill Gang and notorious hit-man Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi. Read Full Story

Monday, September 14, 2009

Giacomo "Jimmy Legs", Episcopia, Bonanno crime family

Giacomo (James) Episcopia, also known as "Jimmy Legs", was a Italian-American Bonanno crime family mobster from Greenpoint, Brooklyn that served under capo Carmine Galante and later Dominick Napolitano

.During the intra-Family "Bananna Wars", Episcopia sided with rival Bonanno faction leader Gaspare DiGregorio. He was suspected of being one of the gunmen involved in the January 28, 1966 Troutman Street ambush, which started the civil war in the Bonanno crime family.

Over the years Episcopia was promoted to act as bodyguard and chauffeur for Bonanno crime family capo and acting boss Carmine Galante until his gangland slaying in 1979. While acting as a bodyguard for Galante, Episcopia allegedly traveled to Canada with the Capo to arrange heroin deals. During these extended business trips to Canada, Episcopia enrolled in a Canadian college and took courses on philosophy.

During the Bonanno Family's civil unrest in 1979 with Alphonse Indelicato, Phillip Giaccone and Dominick Trinchera, he at first joined their ranks when Dominick Napolitano transferred Giacomo to serve in the crews of Giaconne and Trinchera. Giacomo, who was a Phillip Rastelli loyalist, survived the Bonanno crime family civil war and re-aligned himself with Dominick Napolitano. He was a close friend of Joseph D. Pistone. Unlike Dominick Napolitano, Benjamin Ruggiero and Nicholas Forlano who were all murdered (Ruggiero was rescued en route to execution), Giacomo's life was spared even though he built a friendship with Pistone during his six years undercover in the Bonanno crime family


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

John Martorano Hitman

CBS) This segment was originally broadcast on Jan. 6, 2008. It was updated on July 25, 2008.There are few men alive today with the underworld credentials of John Martorano, and even fewer who are out of prison and walking the streets. For more than a decade, Martorano was the chief executioner for Boston's Winter Hill Gang, a loose confederation of Irish and Italian-American gangsters run by James "Whitey" Bulger.Martorano, a former Catholic altar boy and high school football star, became a cool and calculating killer. But as correspondent Steve Kroft first reported in January, he is perhaps best known as the government witness who helped expose a web of corruption and collusion involving the mob and the Boston office of the FBI.
For years, he was one of the most feared men in Boston, and this is why: Martorano says he never kept count of how many people he killed. "Until in the end, I never realized it was that many," he tells Kroft.Asked how many, Martorano says, "A lot. Too many.""Do you have a number?" Kroft asks."I confessed to 20 in court," Martorano replies."You sure you remembered 'em all?" Kroft asks."I hope so," Martorano says,Martorano had to remember them all. It was part of a deal he cut with the federal government that put him back on the streets of Boston after only 12 years in prison -- a little more than seven months served for each of the 20 people he killed, many of them fellow gangsters, and many of them at close range after looking into their eyes.Asked if he always killed people by shooting them, Martorano tells Kroft, "I think I stabbed one guy.""But you like guns," Kroft remarks. "Well, it's the easiest way I think," Martorano says.Martorano says he did not get any satisfaction out of the fact that people were afraid of him. "But everybody likes to be respected for one thing or another," he admits.His manner is unemotional and detached, and he speaks with the brevity of a professional witness, which he has become. His testimony helped wipe out one of the largest criminal enterprises in New England, for which he served as chief executioner. But Martorano is no psychopath, and he doesn't much like the term "hit man.""The hit man is…that sounds to me like somebody that's getting paid to a paid contract. I mean, you could never pay me to kill anybody," he says."A lot of people would say you're a serial killer," Kroft remarks."I might be a vigilante, but not a serial killer," Martorano says. "Serial killers, you have to stop them. They'll never stop. And they enjoy it. I never enjoyed it. I don't enjoy risking my life but if the cause was right I would."Martorano says he "always" felt like he was doing the right thing. "Even if it was wrong, I always tried to do the right thing."If you believe Martorano -- and the Justice Department does -- he killed out of a sense of loyalty and duty. He sees himself as a stand-up guy, a man of his word, which is why he decided to talk to 60 Minutes. It goes back 50 years, when Martorano was a star running back on the Mount St. Charles Academy football team in Rhode Island. One of his blockers was the late 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley.He promised Bradley he would sit down with him and tell his story, but Bradley died unexpectedly before Martorano got out of prison. "I never thought I'd be sitting here with you, I thought I'd be here with Ed. But I'm sitting here because Ed wanted me to sit here and I'm honoring that," Martorano explains."I know one of the questions that Ed wanted to ask you. In sort of the way that Ed asked those questions, I think he wanted to be sitting here and say, 'What happened Johnny?' Why was it do you think that you went in different directions?" Kroft asks."Well, I think it was mainly the influence of my father and his principles and his values that he pushed onto me," Martorano explains.His father owned an after hours club called Luigi's in a rough Boston neighborhood known as the "Combat Zone." It was a hangout for hoodlums who would become Martorano's role models, and many of them shared his father’s simple Sicilian values."He was the oldest son, and he taught me 'You're the oldest son and this is your heritage. You've got to take care of your family and be a man. I don't care what else you are, you’ve got to be a man,'" Martorano says.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci

Vincent Drucci also known as "The Schemer" (1898 - April 4, 1927) was a Chicago mobster during Chicago's Prohibition era who served as a lieutenant under Dean O'Banion's North Side Gang and later as gang boss. Drucci was one of the few mobsters to ever be killed by a law enforcement officer.

Drucci received a lavish funeral at Mount Carmel Cemetery, typical of gangland fashion at the time. Drucci's silver casket cost $10,000 and more than $30,000 in flowers adorned the funeral rooms.

The war between the North and South Side gangs would continue until the 1929 Saint Valentine's Day massacre, which effectively destroyed the North Side Gang. Capone and the South Side Gang, to be known as the Chicago Outfit, took over the North Side of Chicago and became the pre-eminent criminal organization in that city. Read More

Friday, September 4, 2009

Arnold "The Brain" Rothstein

Arnold "The Brain" Rothstein (January 17, 1882–November 4, 1928) was a New York businessman and gambler who became a famous kingpin of organized crime. Rothstein was also widely reputed to have been behind baseball's Black Sox Scandal, in which the 1919 World Series was fixed

. His notoriety inspired several fictional characters based on his life, including "Meyer Wolfsheim" in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, and "Nathan Detroit" in the Damon Runyon story The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown, which was made into the musical Guys and Dolls
.According to crime writer Leo Katcher, Rothstein "transformed organized crime from a thuggish activity by hoodlums into a big business, run like a corporation, with himself at the top."

According to Rich Cohen, Rothstein was the person who first saw in Prohibition a business opportunity, a means to enormous wealth, who "understood the truths of early century capitalism (hypocrisy, exclusion, greed) and came to dominate them".

Rothstein was the Moses of the Jewish gangsters, according to Cohen, the progenitor, a rich man's son who showed the young hoodlums of the Bowery how to have style; indeed, the man who, the Sicilian-American gangster Lucky Luciano would later say, "taught me how to dress."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Richard Cantarella aka Shellackhead", Bonanno crime family

Richard Cantarella, also known as "Shellackhead", was a New York mobster who became a caporegime for the Bonanno crime family and later a government witness..As a skinny kid with jet-black hair, Cantarella got the name "Shellackhead" from the hair oil that he used. In October 2002, Cantarella was indicted on racketeering charges that included , loansharking, extortion, illegal gambling, and money laundering and murder..Cantarella flipped and testified at the murder trial of Bonanno boss Joseph Massino.and he testified at the murder and racketeering trial of Bonanno mobster Vincent Basciano As of 2009, it is assumed that Canterella and his family are part of the Witness Protection Program.