June 22, 2017

This Week in Gang Land

Meldish Should Have Heeded Warnings From His Old Purple Gang Pal

Gang Land Exclusive!Michael MeldishMichael Meldish, the slain former leader of the Purple Gang, survived many gun fights and legal battles during his heyday. But he may have sealed his fate by fooling around with the girlfriend of an imprisoned top banana with the Bonanno crime family, Gang Land has learned.

A year before he was shot to death in the Bronx in 2013, Meldish, a longtime Luchese crime family associate, was the victim of a very public and very dramatic beating. The assault was doled out by a Bonanno soldier and took place in as high-profile a mob location as could be found – outside Rao's restaurant in the middle of the annual Pleasant Avenue Festival that honors Saint Anthony of Padua.

The beating, sources say, came after the head-strong Meldish refused to heed warnings to stop seeing the girlfriend of Michael (Mikey Nose)) Mancuso, a former Purple Gang member who had graduated to the top post in the Bonanno crime family.

Vincent AsaroFeds Made Vinny Asaro An Offer He Couldn't Refuse

Vincent Asaro didn't get a plea offer for murder and racketeering charges that stemmed from the storied Lufthansa heist, so he had no choice but to go to trial in 2015. And he was a big winner. But this time, the aging Bonanno capo got an offer he couldn't refuse, and has tentatively agreed to a pretty sweet plea deal in his pending arson case, Gang Land has learned.

Michael RosenGentleman Mob Lawyer Mike Rosen Checks Out At 78; RIP

Longtime defense lawyer Michael Rosen, who began his career as an assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn in the late 1960s and then spent the next five decades driving prosecutors crazy as he defended wiseguys and many other clients, died last week after losing a very short bout with cancer. He was 78.

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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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