November 21, 2019

This Week in Gang Land

Hardball Tactics Against Wiseguy Steven Crea Secured Life Sentences In Meldish Murder Case

Gang Land Exclusive!Steven CreaThe jury found them guilty as charged. So now Luchese underboss Steven (Stevie Wonder) Crea and three codefendants are doomed to spend the rest of their lives behind bars for the 2013 gangland-style slaying of former Purple Gang Leader Michael Meldish.

But it didn't have to be that way.

Gang Land has learned that a difference of a mere three years caused a potential plea deal between Crea and the government to fall apart. Despite having very little evidence linking Stevie Wonder to the Meldish murder, sources say the government demanded that Crea accept an offer of 18 years in prison to resolve the case. As part of the deal, the two mobsters who were convicted with him at trial had agreed to lengthy terms.

Theodore OttoJudge Blocks Defense Move To Grill FBI Case Agent In Meldish Murder Case

Defense lawyer John Meringolo had a good plan. He would put veteran FBI agent Theodore Otto on the witness stand and grill him about creating a sensational story that he said the government had cooked up about the attempted jail escape of his client, mobster Christopher Londonio. Once he got Otto on the stand, he'd push him on the mistakes and misstatements he'd made.  He would get the jury looking askance at the government, instead of the defendants.

Judge Jed RakoffJudge Rakoff To Feds: Give DeNiro The Mob Ceremony Transcript — Not My Court

Robert DeNiro got a shout out this week from a judge presiding over a Mafia trial  in Manhattan Federal Court.

 

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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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John Gotti

John "Junior" Gotti
Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco
Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco

Salvatore "Bull" Gravano
Joseph Massino
Joseph Massino
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
John "Sonny" Franzese
John "Sonny" Franzese
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Carmine "Junior" Persico
Carmine "Junior" Persico
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso
Liborio "Barney" Bellomo
Liborio "Barney" Bellomo
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