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A True Tough Guy: The Mafia, Gays, and Michael Samís Boyfriend
The Daily Beast ^ | 05/15/2014 | Michael Daly

Posted on 05/15/2014 7:09:36 AM PDT by safetysign

When Vito Cammisano kissed his boyfriend in front of the ESPN cameras, he must have known the world would find out his grandfather was a notorious mob boss—but he wasn’t afraid.

If the late mob boss William “Willie the Rat” Cammisano was like other Mafiosi—and by all accounts he most emphatically was—he would have been apoplectic had he been told his grandson was dating an African American.

But a Mafioso such as Willie the Rat would have taken that as the good news by comparison when he heard the rest. For his grandson’s African-American lover also happens to be a man, as the whole world came to learn when Vito Cammisano kissed football draft pick Michael Sam in front of the ESPN cameras.

In doing so, Vito must have known that the press would quickly reveal him to be the grandson of a notorious Mafia boss whose nickname was once explained by a witness before a U.S. Senate Committee.

“Because he killed people and stuck them in the sewers so the rats could eat them,” said the witness, Fred Bonadonna.

The spontaneity and genuine affection of the kiss on ESPN made clear that Vito was not at all afraid of what others might say about him or his family. And however much some part of Willie the Rat might have wanted to stick his own grandson in a sewer, the lifelong gangster also might have felt a grudging respect for Vito.

With a loving embrace rather than a vicious beating, the Cammisanos had a true tough guy. And rather than be shamed by his family, he had brought honor to it.

Here were the virtues of the grandson being visited upon the grandfather, along with the father and the uncle.

Vito’s uncle William Cammisano Jr. is said to have taken over as the Mafia boss of Kansas City when Willie the Rat died of lung cancer in 1995. The uncle did time after a 2011 conviction for overseeing a multimillion-dollar Internet gambling ring that used a server in Costa Rica. He had previously been convicted in 1978 of obstruction of justice after a wiretap caught him counseling his 17-year-old girlfriend to lie about money being passed under a table to pay off a bet on a Las Vegas golf tournament.

Vito’s father, Gerlarmo (Jerry) Cammisano, proved to be a standup guy in the traditional sense back in 1992, when he spent eight months behind bars for refusing to testify in a money-laundering case.

“I’d do it all again,” Gerlarmo was quoted saying upon his release. “The punishment that I’ve been through was useless, because I would not in any way, shape, or form change my beliefs.”

He sounded altogether old school and added, “I’ve seen them do it to nine other people of our neighborhood. In my opinion, if they want to indict or investigate, I think they should use their own resources and not use friends or family to testify against other family.”

Gerlarmo also was convicted in the Internet gambling case. But he was out of jail in time to attend Vito’s graduation from the University of Missouri in 2013. A Facebook photo from the event shows the manifestly proud papa beaming beside his son. The son looks equally proud to be with his dad.

The happiest conclusion you could draw from this image is that Gerlarmo knew his son’s sexual orientation and accepted it as an integral part of a magnificent young man.

But even if Gerlarmo was not yet aware that his son was gay, he is now. And there have been no rumblings that Vito is anything but completely comfortable with himself and with his lover.

A true tough guy showed the whole world the virtues of the grandson. Whatever the personal repercussions for Vito, the revelation that he is Willie the Rat’s grandson is not without historical significance. Willie the Rat operated out of a bar he named the El Reno Tavern after his favorite prison, but the Kansas City mob also ran most of the city’s gay bars back in the benighted time when being gay was considered a crime.

The same was true of the mob in New York and Chicago and a dozen other cities. The mob was able to pay off the cops to keep gay bars from being raided. The patrons repaid the mob by buying cheap liquor at premium prices, along with bootleg cigarettes and sometimes drugs.

In the 1970s, Willie the Rat sought to establish some new gay bars, along with strip clubs and peep shows, in an area called River Quay that a rival mob associate hoped to develop into a place of legitimate restaurants and shops.

The dispute was settled with so many bombs and bullets that both plans were scuttled. The dead included David Bonadonna, whose son had declined to help Willie the Rat secure liquor licenses for his new gay bars and strip joints.

“[Willie the Rat] told my father that he would kill me. My father said he’d have to kill him first,” Fred Bonadonna told the U.S. Senate the same day he explained the derivation of the elder Cammisano’s nickname.

By then, a revolution had begun with the 1969 riot at the mob-owned Stonewall Inn in New York. The place was owned by the Genovese crime family. And in staging the raid, the cops seem to have been at least as intent on punishing the mob as they were on hassling the gay patrons.

The mob itself remained resolutely resistant to the gay rights movement. John D’Amato, one-time boss of the DeCavalcante crime family, was murdered in 1992 after his girlfriend told other gangsters that he also had sex with men.

“Nobody’s going to respect us if we have a gay homosexual boss sitting down discussing La Cosa Nostra business,” the triggerman, Anthony Capo, later testified.

In 2009, former Gambino family hitman Robert Mormando came out to a Brooklyn federal judge through his lawyer, making clear the danger of being gay in the Mafia.

“He was living in hiding, not from law enforcement, but from La Cosa Nostra,” the lawyer told the court. “He has been openly gay since he left the mob.”

Mormando agreed to cooperate with the government but declined to go into the witness protection program, reportedly because his lover declined to sign on.

The crime family that once ran the Stonewall Inn felt the forces of change in 2012, when the daughter of the late Genovese boss Vincent Gigante came out in a book. Rita Gigante said she had never explicitly discussed her sexuality with her father before his death in 2006 but that he had known she was a lesbian. She felt sure his sprit approved when she married her lover last year. She continued to bristle at being associated with the Mafia because of her father.

“I’m not a princess! I work for a living; my father’s dead, and we’re not in the mob anymore,” she said.

Now we have Vito Cammisano and that perfect kiss with which he braved being similarly branded with the sins of the grandfather and father.

A true tough guy showed the whole world the virtues of the grandson.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: gay; mafia; murder; nfl

1 posted on 05/15/2014 7:09:36 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: safetysign

A friend of mine recently remarked that the Italian mafia has turned into “a bunch of pussies” since they failed to whack Al Sharpton for snitching on them. I didn’t realize he was speaking literally until I read this article about young Mr. Cammisano!

2 posted on 05/15/2014 7:16:19 AM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: safetysign

More approbation and accolades of perversion from the left.

Sickening, really.

3 posted on 05/15/2014 7:17:29 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: safetysign

Add TRIPLE BARF ALERT to the headline!

4 posted on 05/15/2014 7:17:36 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (What Mormons say: "We're Christian!" What they mean: "We're the only REAL Christians!")
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To: safetysign

No barf alert?

5 posted on 05/15/2014 7:21:56 AM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: safetysign

Phil Leotardo would have known what to do.

6 posted on 05/15/2014 7:22:12 AM PDT by AU72
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To: safetysign

Sam the Ram is a 7th round draft pick, his “significant other” comes from a fine bloodline of ruthless mobsters who were “pillars of the community”. I know I know, the sins of the father should not be visited upon their offspring, tell that the PC stormtroopers who whine about “White privilege”. Is Vito Cammisato the, ahem, fairy godfather? (ta da DUM!) So apparently, quite a few mobsters were “down low”. Rudy Giuliani went after the mob with a vengeance back in his crime fighting days, does that make him a homophobe?

7 posted on 05/15/2014 7:24:52 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: safetysign

“We’re gonna make the Rams an offer they can’t refuse.”

8 posted on 05/15/2014 7:26:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AU72
Phil Leotardo would have known what to do.

9 posted on 05/15/2014 7:26:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: safetysign

So, now there really is a “pink mafia”.

10 posted on 05/15/2014 7:31:39 AM PDT by dragonblustar ( Psalm 103, Psalm 37:7, Ephesians 6:12)
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To: safetysign

All along, I have wondered where minority pastors are on all this.

Not a peep!

11 posted on 05/15/2014 7:31:46 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: safetysign
Why am I reminded of the movie Victor Victoria?.................
12 posted on 05/15/2014 7:40:22 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: safetysign

Gays can be sadistic killers so I still wouldn’t cross a made mobster.

13 posted on 05/15/2014 7:47:26 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: safetysign

So the mafia is going queer, that’s good to know. I hope the media reminds them at every opportunity that the queer boyfriend is one of their own.

Not to wish him any bad luck.

14 posted on 05/15/2014 7:48:12 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: dragonblustar
So, now there really is a “pink mafia”.

"Say hello to my little friend."

15 posted on 05/15/2014 7:50:16 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: safetysign

What a strange article to write.

16 posted on 05/15/2014 7:52:37 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: greyfoxx39

Bears repeating.

17 posted on 05/15/2014 8:09:17 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: safetysign

...The spontaneity and genuine affection of the kiss
...With a loving embrace
...a magnificent young man.
...A true tough guy
...that perfect kiss
...he braved

OK OK geez enough already. We get it.
You approve of two grown men kissing. You approve of two biologically same individuals going against what they were biologically designed to do.
You approve of two grown men “in love” and being passionate.
You approve of grown men playing in each others’ fecal matter.
We get it! You’re cool! You’re hipster!
The only thing better would be if they had dropped trou right then and there and made “beautiful, passionate, magnificent love” for you to gush over even more.
Hey maybe even invite your kids in there to watch them sodomize each other since its such “wonderful, natural, beautiful love”. Yeah, lets let the kids watch!

If this disgusting fag didn’t come out as gay, the football world wouldn’t even know his name.
If this didn’t have the national attention it did, his little fancy queer boyfriend would be dead dead DEAD.
These guys would take a baseball bat to him until he was dead... only they would not hit him with it, if you know what I mean.

18 posted on 05/15/2014 8:16:07 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: safetysign

Oh sure, it’s all rainbows and unicorns until the rectal wall tears and the genital warts show up.

19 posted on 05/15/2014 8:45:02 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Hillary may have brain damage, but what difference does it make?)
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To: Always A Marine

“a bunch of pussies” indeed the reason they didn’t go after Sharpton because he’s one of them.
Ever wonder how many honest members are in congress and senate?.

20 posted on 05/15/2014 8:54:33 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: safetysign

I see pretzel logic.

21 posted on 05/15/2014 9:52:28 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: safetysign

A tough gun? More like an arrogant slob! These are two men who refuse to live the gender that was assigned to them by nature. All that is necessary for them is that they drop the facade and live the life of a man. Think about it; all that is necessary is that they drop that arrogance and live like men.

22 posted on 05/15/2014 10:22:57 AM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: Always A Marine
The Rev Al is alive probably because there is an agreement between the drug importers and their street merchants on the executive level.

Also you don't know how many sides of the street the Reverend Al was playing. He may well have let his people know he was on the wire. I one recalls correctly, this was the era when Whitey Bulger had the FBI on the pad and used them to eliminate Mafia rivals.

Bit of a three-way toss-up as to who is guilty of what when you are working with the DEA, the FBI, and various Mob factions. All dirty.

23 posted on 05/15/2014 2:18:40 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (A gay Muslim foreigner as POTUS? Sure. What could go wrong?)
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24 posted on 05/15/2014 2:21:17 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Kenny Bunk

I suggest the Mob simply can’t compete successfully any more with government, at any level. They’ve PERFECTED extortion, racketeering, etc.

25 posted on 05/15/2014 2:22:58 PM PDT by abb
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