October 20, 2016
This Week in Gang Land
Jailed DeCavalcante Gangster: The Doctor Killed Joe Pitts
Joseph (Big Joey) Brideson, a gangster serving life behind bars, says the feds withheld crucial evidence that could have cleared him of the 1998 murder of Joseph (Joe Pitts) Conigliaro, his wheelchair-bound DeCavalcante family superior. The missing info, he claims, would have fingered the real culprit in the death of Joe Pitts, an inept Brooklyn surgeon known as "The Terminator" by his medical colleagues.
Brideson was convicted in 2002 of supplying the gun that a hitman used to shoot Conigliaro. The badly wounded DeCalvacante gangster survived the hit, only to fall into the hands of a bungling surgeon at Brooklyn's Methodist Hospital.
In his novel claim, Big Joey argues in court papers that he should have been able to inform jurors who convicted him in 2002 that Conigliaro was "in serious but stable condition and not likely to die" when he got to Methodist. Brideson notes that Joe Pitts died hours later, after a routine operation by Dr. Paul Maghazeh, a doctor whose license was revoked a year before Brideson's trial.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has folded his hand in a major mob bookmaking case that his office had vigorously pursued for years against Robert Stuart, an online sports betting guru who created the software allegedly used by mob bookies everywhere these days.
The feds say that 28 years after the fact, it's much too late for Mark Reiter, a drug-dealing pal pf John Gotti's, to contest two life sentences he got for heroin trafficking. But if it's not too late, prosecutors say, Reiter's claim that one sentence is "illegal" has no merits, and should be rejected. And even if the judge rules that Reiter's sentence was "illegal," he should still finish out the other life sentence he got for heroin trafficking and whacking two witnesses.
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.