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  • U.S. Politician Armed Himself Against The Mafia

    04/01/2012 7:14:33 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/01/12 | Friends of Ours
    Former Congressman Maurice Hinchey from upstate New York was a target of the mob during the 1980s when he was a State Assembly member investigating its "illegal dumping of toxic waste at landfills," and the politician resorted to his Second Amendment remedy to protect himself as reported by Brian Tumulty for the Ithaca Journal: "Hinchey began carrying a pistol because he was advised by law enforcement authorities they couldn't guarantee round-the-clock protection from a possible hit by organized crime. "My life was being threatened and the operation in Albany told me I should begin carrying my own gun," Hinchey recalled....
  • Mobster Gives Himself Away On Facebook

    04/01/2012 4:50:26 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/01/12 | Friends of Ours
    A fugitive mobster left a trail on Facebook for authorities to follow. Vito Roberto Palazzolo, convicted in absentia by an Italian court in 2009 for laundering money for "boss of bosses" Toto Riina and Bernardo Provenzano from Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia, has been arrested in Bangkok, Thailand after a long international chase to apprehend him as reported by AGI: he "had been convicted to a nine-year sentence for Mafia-style criminal conspiracy and had traveled from South Africa - a Country that has always denied extradition - to Hong Kong and subsequently to Thailand." Palazzolo was found from clues...
  • Federal Judge Spares Reputed Mobsters From Prison Time To Save Employee Jobs

    03/31/2012 3:53:57 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 3/31/12 | Friends of Ours
    That Jack Weinstein, what a mensch. The Brooklyn federal judge sentenced reputed Genovese associate and food caterer Frank DiMattina to six years in prison on extortion and gun convictions but otherwise will allow him to remain free pending the lengthy appeals process as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "the judge was concerned that ordering DiMattina to begin serving the sentence immediately might jeopardize the jobs of 60 employees of DiMattina’s catering hall, Ariana’s Grand, in Woodbridge, N.J." Weinstein pulled a similar stunt in 2008 when he spared reputed Gambino soldier and Brooklyn restaurateur Joseph Chirico from prison...
  • Vatican: "Mafia Is Anti-human And Anti-religious"

    03/31/2012 4:16:05 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/31/12 | Friends of Ours
    The Vatican has announced a harder line against the Mafia whose sociopathic members often wrongly assume their nominal Catholicism will save them from eternal damnation. This week during a 2-day conference in Palermo, Sicily -- the belly of the beast for Cosa Nostra -- church officials met with Italian authorities and Mafia experts in order to coordinate a stronger role for the Vatican in taking on organized crime as reported byAlessandro Speciale for Religion News Service: Bishop Antonino Raspanti admitted that the church "has not condemned strongly enough" the mafia in the past. But "things have changed," he said, and...
  • Credible Witness: Big Dino Admits To Bad Acts

    03/30/2012 5:10:53 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/30/12 | Friends of Ours
    Yes, Dino "Big Dino" Calabro was a bad boy, a very bad boy, during his years with the Colombo family. The mob-killer-turned-government-witness was on the stand for a fourth day at the racketeering trial against reputed street boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli and reputed soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino, and under cross-examination he readily admitted with full candor to a role in eight murders as reported by the New York Post, and sleeping with the girlfriends of two mob associates he had killed as reported by the Daily News. If defense lawyers want to paint Big Dino as a bad...
  • Link Grows Between Terrorism, Organized Crime, Officials Say

    03/28/2012 8:22:03 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 03/28/12 | Karen Parrish
    The two missions of fighting terrorism and combating global organized crime are increasingly linked, senior Defense Department officials told Congress yesterday. * * * Fighting terrorism increasingly includes targeting the global drug trade, he said. “Nowhere is the link between transnational organized crime, insurgency and terrorism more apparent than in Afghanistan, where the Taliban continues to receive a large percentage of its revenue through heroin trade,” he added.
  • Mob Hitman At Racketeering Trial: Tommy Shots Issued Kill Order From A Church Garden

    03/28/2012 4:32:30 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/28/12 | Friends of Ours
    Colombo-killer-turned-government-witness Dino "Big Dino" Calabro testified for a second day against former reputed street boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli and reputed soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino, and his testimony made it clear that the mob is populated with sociopaths who have no respect for the laws of man or God. The feds accuse Tommy Shots of six murders, and Little Dino of three. Calabro provided a "chilling account" on the murder of NYPD cop Ralph Dols as reported by Mitchel Maddux and Dan Mangan for the New York Post: "Dols, 28, was targeted because he had married Kim Kennaugh, whose...
  • Milberg Gets Sloppy Seconds In Facebook Case

    03/26/2012 3:15:16 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/26/12 | Friends of Ours
    Actually, make that sloppy fifths or something. Earlier this month plaintiffs firm Milberg LLP became the latest in a long series of lawyers to hitch its wagon to Paul Ceglia "who claims that a 2003 contract with Facebook Inc. (FB) co-founder Mark Zuckerberg gave him half the company" as reported by Bloomberg: "'we took a good hard look at all of the information available, including evidence in Mr. Ceglia's favor, and we believe he deserves to have his day in court,' said Sanford P. Dumain, chairman of Milberg’s executive committee." It's uncertain whether Ceglia will get "his day in court."...
  • New Jersey law enforcement group gives citizenship award to reputed mobster Frank DiMattina

    03/26/2012 8:26:40 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies · 1+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/26/12 | John Marzulli
    He's a convicted gun-toting extortionist and a reputed mobster, but that didn’t stop a New Jersey statewide law enforcement group from saluting a local caterer as “honored citizen of the month.” Frank (Frankie D) DiMattina was nominated for the award from the New Jersey Honor Legion — a nonprofit with more than 6,000 members in law enforcement — on Feb. 1, three weeks after his Jan. 6 conviction for using a gun to shake down a rival bidder for a Staten Island school lunch contract. * * * DiMattina, who denies he’s a mob associate, has filed a motion to...
  • Grim Reaper Suggests The Mob Hit Joe Colombo

    03/25/2012 4:10:58 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/24/12 | Friends of Ours
    Gregory Scarpa Sr., the Colombo enforcer who did double-duty as an FBI informant, suggests that the mob was behind the 1971 hit on his boss Joe Colombo according to the Bureau's recently-released file on the Grim Reaper. Colombo was shot by Jerome Johnson, a black wannabe mobster, during the June 28, 1971 rally for the Italian American Civil Rights League which served as a public relations front for the mob boss. The investigation into the Colombo hit was little more than perfunctory, and law enforcement quickly concluded Johnson was a lone madman. However, Scarpa said that Johnson was not a...
  • 9 charged in connection with gang rape of 14-year-old girl at party in St. Paul, Minn.

    03/24/2012 4:12:19 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 17 replies · 4+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 03/24/12
    Nine suspected gang members and associates were charged Friday in a sexual attack on a 14-year-old girl who was forced back inside an abandoned St. Paul house and raped after trying to leave a party last November, authorities said. The girl and her friend were picked up at school by one of the men and lured to a party with suspected members of the TB22, or True Blood 22, street gang, prosecutors said.
  • Supergrass: Mob Boss Into Humiliation Games

    03/23/2012 5:16:02 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/23/12 | Friends of Ours
    Colombo-capo-turned-government-witness Reynold Maragni continued his testimony yesterday in a Brooklyn federal courtroom against former reputed street boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli and reputed soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino. Maragni testified that Tommy Shots behaved like a control queen who publicly humiliated or "de-pantsed" an alleged mob associate claiming to be a made guy by ordering the supposed wannabe to stand in the corner as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "(Gioeli's) exact words were he was told to, 'Go in the corner and stay there and don't come out. I want you to behave.'" "That's enough to embarrass...
  • Yummy: Mobster On The Menu

    03/22/2012 4:00:33 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/22/12 | Friends of Ours
    It's one thing when mobsters whack a traitor; it's another thing to eat him. Apparently Milan Jurisic, a fugitive gangster convicted for the assassination of Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic in 2003, was on the menu for the Zemun clan after he stole from the crime group as reported by Sky News: "his remains were ground up with a meat grinder, cooked, and eaten, according to a confession by another Zemun Clan member, Sretko Kalinic, nicknamed 'The Butcher.'" The mobster allegedly was served up at a 2009 dinner party for the Zemun clan in Madrid, Spain upon the initiative of...
  • Indicted Union Boss Gets Jersey Shore Relief

    03/22/2012 12:41:43 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/22/12 | Friends of Ours
    A union boss charged last October with shaking down businesses by threatening labor unrest "will get to enjoy some fun in the sun while he awaits trial" as reported by Bruce Golding for the New York Post: "Anthony Fazio Jr. won permission today for weekend trips to New Jersey, where his lawyer said 'he frequently sees friends, shops and visits the Jersey Shore.'" Fazio is President of Local 348-s of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in Brooklyn, NY which was founded by his father Anthony Fazio Sr. According to court papers the FBI has uncovered suspected ties between...
  • FDA panel: Dissolvable tobacco could reduce risks

    03/22/2012 6:27:23 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies · 1+ views
    A Food and Drug Administration scientific advisory panel says dissolvable tobacco products could reduce health risks compared with smoking cigarettes but also have the potential to increase the overall number of tobacco users. Dissolvable tobacco is finely milled tobacco pressed into shapes like tablets that slowly dissolve in a user's mouth. It is gaining the attention of tobacco companies looking to make up for a decline in cigarette use as smokers face tax hikes, growing health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma.
  • FBI: John Gotti Was "Public Enemy Number 1"

    03/21/2012 12:26:11 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/21/12 | Friends of Ours
    Gambino boss John Gotti's "reputation as a fierce and dangerous mafia kingpin . . . established him in the public's conscience as 'public enemy number 1" according to recently released FBI documents, and an Oct. 4, 1990 memo from the New York field office directly to the Bureau's Director explains why the Dapper Don and his administration had become its investigative priority: "The present structure of the family's heirarchy developed as a result of the notoriously violent deaths of PAUL CASTELLANO and THOMAS BILOTTI in December, 1985. These murders combined with the successful prosecutions in NY's investigation entitled Operation Castaway...
  • Opening Statements In Colombo Trial

    03/20/2012 10:35:01 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/20/12 | Friends of Ours
    Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers made their opening arguments yesterday at the racketeering trial in Brooklyn, NY against former Colombo street boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli and reputed soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino as reported by Mosi Secret for The New York Times. Tommy Shots is accussed of six murders, and Little Dino of three. The government described Gioeli as a brown-nosing careerist who climbed the Colombo ladder by whacking those who betrayed or otherwise displeased the bosses as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "Gioeli ascended to the top of the Colombo crime family as a reward...
  • Feds Released Fast And Furious Target

    03/19/2012 8:53:38 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/19/12 | Friends of Ours
    Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta, the main target of the Obama Administration's gun walking operation known as Fast and Furious, was apprehended for questioning in May 2010 -- seven months into the disasterous program -- but released after a day when "he pledged to cooperate and keep in touch with investigators" as reported by Richard A. Serrano for the Los Angeles Times: Then Celis-Acosta disappeared into Mexico. He never called. Had they arrested him red-handed trying to smuggle ammunition into Mexico, Fast and Furious might have ended quickly. Instead, the program dragged on for another eight months, spiraling out of control. Celis-Acosta...
  • Trial Starts For Accused Cop Killers

    03/19/2012 4:37:08 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/19/12 | Friends of Ours
    Trial begins today in a Brooklyn federal courtroom against former Colombo street boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli and reputed soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News. Tommy Shots and Little Dino are accused -- among multiple other murders -- of carrying out a hit fifteen years ago against NYPD cop Ralph Dolls under the orders of former Colombo acting boss Joel "Joe Waverly" Cacace who "felt disrespected that his ex-wife [Kimberly Kennaugh] had married a police officer." Dolls was Kennaugh's fourth husband, and Cacace her third. Kennaugh's second husband, Colombo soldier Enrico "Eddie"...
  • Report: Vito Rizzuto Plots His Return

    03/18/2012 4:25:49 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/18/12 | Friends of Ours
    Reputed Montreal Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto will avenge the murders of son Nicola and father Nick upon his release from prison in October 2012 according to a jailhouse source as reported by Brad Hamilton for the New York Post: "he's been eating vegetarian, staying fit, sharpening his mind with games of pinochle — and plotting his coup, the source said." Vito Rizzuto currently is serving time at the supermax facility in Florence, CO on a 2007 racketeering conviction involving the 1981 New York City murders of three Bonanno capos during an internal power struggle, and during his incarceration all hell...