July 9, 2020

This Week in Gang Land

Two Alleged Sopranos-Like Assaults By Jealous Ex-Hubby Of Former Reality TV Star Now Playing In Two New Jersey Courthouses

Gang Land Exclusive!Thomas ManzoWhat happens when you cross Real Housewives of New Jersey with The Sopranos? To find out, take a look at how a pair of pending criminal cases are playing out in two different New Jersey courthouses where the long-running reel-life episodes of the messy and violent private lives of mob-tied figures are under scrutiny.

In federal and state courts in the Garden State, Thomas Manzo, the ex-husband of former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo, has been tagged with charges that he had the Luchese family carry out two separate assaults against his ex-wife's current husband.

The feds arrested Thomas Manzo last week and charged him with enlisting a Luchese soldier to assault Dina Manzo's  then-boyfriend, David Cantin, in 2015. Prosecutors allege that Manzo, a Paterson, NJ banquet hall owner, hired Luchese wiseguy John Perna to carry out the assault. Manzo is also accused of obstructing justice by falsifying invoices for Perna's alleged payoff for the assault, a "free or discounted" wedding reception.

Martin GeduldigMarty Geduldig; Defense Lawyer, Mentor, All American 'Good Guy,' RIP 

Martin Geduldig, who was an indefatigable, hard-working defense attorney whether his client of the moment was a mafia boss, a low level mob associate or an immigrant from a third-world country during the 53 years that he toiled in New York's state and federal courts, cashed in his chips last month.

Vincent FyfeSomebody Up There Likes Vincent Fyfe

Vincent Fyfe, the turncoat grandson of the late Vincent (Chin) Gigante was a prized cooperating witness. His stint on the witness stand earned him some nasty Bronx cheers from two of Gigante's daughters who called him "a piece of shit" in open court. But unlike other prized cooperators, like Salvatore (Sammy Bull) Gravano, who fingered his Mafia boss, or even Michael Cohen, who gave up some info about his pal the President, we still don't know the crimes to which Fyfe pleaded guilty.

 

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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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Joseph Massino
Joseph Massino
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
John "Sonny" Franzese
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Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
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