August 21, 2014
This Week in Gang Land
Feds Calling Mama's Boy From The Bronx To The Witness Stand In Manhattan
His TV career as a co-star of Mama's Boys Of The Bronx lasted only two weeks. But Anthony Zoccolillo's acting ability as a government stool pigeon was so good that he was able to snare a baker's dozen of mobsters, drug dealers and others during the two months he wore a wire for the feds. And every last one of them copped a plea deal rather than take his chances at trial.
"He pretended to be the best friend of everyone he talked to," said one attorney. "His every suggestion was always within the realm of friendship. He'd say, 'I know your family is dead broke. I know you a long time, I want to help you.' It's surprising he was such a failure as an actor. When you listen to these tapes, you can't not say to yourself, 'What an actor!' It's truly an amazing performance."
Zoccolillo, who was shipped to a secure out-of-town facility that houses mob turncoats as he awaits sentencing for his own drug crimes, will return to New York next month for a command performance. His special assignment, Gang Land has learned, will be to paint Genovese wiseguy Pasquale (Uncle Patty) Falcetti as a violent gangster from the witness stand.
An aging Colombo crime family captain facing sentencing for shaking down debris haulers from Ground Zero after 9/11 was "the unsung hero of the building of the World Trade Center," when the Twin Towers were first erected in 1970, according to a veteran steel contractor.
Seems that no one but his mobster son wants to go to trial with Vincent Asaro, the longtime Bonanno capo who is charged with taking part in the storied Lufthansa Airline heist as well as a 45-year-old murder with James (Jimmy The Gent) Burke, the suspected mastermind of the $6 million robbery.
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