May 18, 2017

This Week in Gang Land

Accused Labor Racketeer: My Goons Are Ex-Military Men, And I Use Coke Only On Weekends

Gang Land Exclusive!Roland BedwellRoland Bedwell is a business agent for a small union that claims to represent landscapers and asphalt workers. But, as court records in his pending labor racketeering case indicate, Bedwell is cut from the Johnny Friendly mold – the corrupt waterfront union boss indelibly portrayed by Lee J. Cobb in the classic film On The Waterfront.

In Bedwell's own words, he's "an asshole" whose union organizing is done through a goon squad of ex-U.S. armed forces vets who have "about 95 years of military service" behind them. The strong-arm gang, Bedwell openly brags, specializes in forcing employers to sign contracts with his local independent union, one that is controlled by Gambino soldier Anthony Franco.

Don't take Gang Land's word for that. We'll give you a good sampling of what Bedwell, who pulls down a cool $190K a year from Local 175 of the United Plant and Production Workers, told a contractor in a tape recorded talk that was detailed in a Brooklyn Federal Court filing last week – a week that was a decidedly bad one for the 57-year-old union official.

Anthony CamisaPatsy, The Kid, 35 Others, Agree To Plea Deals In Huge Five Family Mob Case

 With his worried mom and his wide-eyed younger brother looking on, Anthony (The Kid) Camisa, the youngest defendant in the controversial five-family racketeering indictment of 46 wiseguys and mob associates, copped a plea deal last week to greatly reduced charges that were triggered by an internal probe of alleged FBI misconduct in the case.

Janet RuggieroWaterfront Commission Keeps Wiseguy Kin Off The Waterfront

They may not be Johnny Friendly characters in the making, but Mark Caruso Jr. and Angelo Ruggiero just joined Joseph Gorgone, Janet Ruggiero and dozens of others on a growing list of friends and relatives of wiseguys and mob associates whom the Waterfront Commission has deemed not suited to work on the New York or New Jersey docks.

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Mob Boss: The BookUnless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.  

Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."

The mass market, paperback version was published in 2015, however, and it is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.

See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.

Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.


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John "Junior" Gotti
Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco
Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco

Salvatore "Bull" Gravano
Joseph Massino
Joseph Massino
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
John "Sonny" Franzese
John "Sonny" Franzese
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Carmine "Junior" Persico
Carmine "Junior" Persico
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso
Liborio "Barney" Bellomo
Liborio "Barney" Bellomo
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