December 1, 2016
This Week in Gang Land
Aging Capo To Admit Rubout Plot Against Mobster Who Didn't Respect His Elders
Charles (Charlie The Hat) Stango, a DeCavalcante capo who was tape-recorded plotting to whack a rival gangster using the kind of colorful lingo uttered by Paulie Walnuts in a Sopranos episode, has agreed to a plea deal calling for 10 years in prison, Gang Land has learned.
Sources say Stango, 73, is set to plead guilty to murder-for-hire charges next week for telling an undercover FBI agent that a mob rival "had to meet death," be "maimed" or "put in a wheelchair for the rest of his life." The threats were recorded during a three-year long sting that led to murder conspiracy and other charges for 10 members and associates of the DeCavalcante crew, the often dysfunctional New Jersey-based crime family that helped inspire the cable TV series.
But the case, which Gang Land selected as the Best Mob Prosecution of 2015, was not a complete victory. In August, prosecutors quietly dropped all charges against consigliere Frank (Shipe) Nigro and a longtime, key family associate, Paul (Knuckles) Colella, who were both charged as Stango's accomplices in the murder plot back in March of last year.
Federal prosecutors say Israel (Buddy) Torres is a violent, oft-convicted gangster who was tape-recorded espousing the use of guns, knives and baseball bats, and who should remain behind bars for his role in a massive 46-defendant mob racketeering case in Manhattan Federal Court.
The great comedian, WC Fields, once said, "Dentists, lawyers, and doctors are all a bunch of thieving bastards." Field's opinion was accurate about more than a few attorneys who have been associated with the mob.
Unless 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 a year ago, 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.