October 15, 2020

This Week in Gang Land

 Mob Hitman Joe Watts, The Last Of The Big Time Spenders, Is Coming Back To Town

Gang Land Exclusive!Joseph WattsLongtime Gambino family associate Joseph Watts, a millionaire businessman-loanshark who served as a hitman for three Mafia bosses over the years and was a greatly underrated gangster according to his old colleagues, expects to be home soon, Gang Land has learned.

If so, Watts, will have survived a serious mistake he made back in 2011 by waiting too long to accept a plea offer of eight years for plotting to whack a Staten Island businessman for John Gotti back in 1989.

By the time Watts, then 69, finally agreed to take the deal — the intended victim, Fred Weiss, a former city editor of the Staten Island Advance, was actually killed by DeCavalcante mobsters — the eight year deal was off the table. Instead, he had to accept 13 years or else go to trial and likely be convicted and hammered with a life sentence.

Christopher CheirchioFeds Seize $10.4 Million Of $100 Million In Stolen Lottery Winners Loot

Federal prosecutors have seized $10.4 million from four defendants charged with swindling $100 million from Lottery winners, including $7.5 million from Genovese soldier Christopher Chierchio. But the quirky quartet has spent or squirreled away most of the other $90 million or so that they allegedly stole from their three victims over an 18-month period.

Benjamin BifalcoFailed College Hoops Fixer His Own Worst Enemy

Benjamin Bifalco should have his head examined for playing a dangerous game and boasting to a mob associate that he had fixed an NCAA college basketball game when he actually had done no such thing. Now, his lawyer is asking for a no-jail sentence, arguing that Bifalco has suffered more than enough already and doesn't deserve to go to prison since he is the only victim of his crime.

 

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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. 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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