September 20, 2018

This Week in Gang Land

40 Years Later, Mob Turncoat Teams Up With His Bank-Robbing Twin Brother Again  

Joseph CaponegroGang Land Exclusive!The key mob turncoat in the most successful waterfront racketeering case in decades –– is a violent Genovese crime family loanshark from New Jersey who is now allegedly terrorizing residents of the Garden State with his twin brother, Gang Land has learned.

Meet Joseph (Joey Waterbed) Caponegro, who helped the feds convict 21 gangsters and corrupt union officials of racketeering on the New Jersey piers. The charges were a featured piece of the FBI roundup of 127 mob-connected gangsters from six states on Mafia Takedown Day of 2011.

Caponegro's previously undisclosed performance as a snitch got him a sweet plea deal, when a federal prosecutor told his sentencing judge that "his cooperation was quite significant." The prosecutor didn't bring up at sentencing that he beat up his wife while working for the feds.

Steven CreaStevie Wonder Throws Mob Boss, The Book, At His Trial Judge

In a dramatic reversal of the usual roles, a mob defendant is literally throwing the book at the judge.

Carmine PersicoPartially Blind, Wheelchair-Bound and Wheezing from Emphysema: Junior Persico is Too Healthy to Get Out of Prison

Among the birthday missives that Carmine (Junior) Persico received last month was one dated August 8, 2018 – his 85th birthday – from Warden A. Mansukhani. He didn't care for it much as it invited him to spend the rest of his birthdays at the federal Bureau of Prisons hospital in Butner, North Carolina.

 

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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
Other Wiseguys …
 

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