September 12, 2019

This Week in Gang Land

Cardboard Thief: Wiseguys From Two Crime Families Beat Me Up

Neil DevitoGang Land Exclusive!If you managed to catch any of Made In Staten Island, the short-lived reality TV show featuring the granddaughter of Salvatore (Sammy Bull) Gravano, you may have spotted Neil Devito, a little-known Luchese associate. Devito was "Uncle Neil" to co-star Kayla Gonzalez, who had a reputation for "never backing down from a good Staten Island fight" and was often in the middle of the action.  

But Uncle Neil Devito was seen but never heard on the show. And he never got a chance to relate some of his best stories: About the brutal beatings he endured from wiseguys and their underlings, or about how he swiped cardboard from Walmart and Sam's Club stores and then made a killing selling it for more than $100,000.

Devito was all set to tell those tales to a different audience — as a government witness at the racketeering and assault trial of Bonanno soldier Albert (Al Muscles) Armetta in Manhattan this year. But the case never made it to a court room, so Gang Land will fill you in.

Damiano ZummoThe Movie Was Better: Last U.S. Gangster Snared By Stool Pigeon In Videotaped Induction Pleads Guilty

The video that captured a 2015 Mafia initiation rite was pretty sensational. The resulting prosecutions? Not so much.

Vincenzo RandazzoAs A Mechanic On the Docks, He's Tops; But He's Got Lousy Taste In Pals, Says Judge

Vincenzo Randazzo, a longshoreman who has had a nice job on the Staten Island docks for 15 years as a mechanic with a special talent for fixing and maintaining refrigerated containers and other cooling equipment, was ordered bounced from the waterfront this week. His problem? Lack of talent in picking friends, along with some sticky-fingered shopping episodes.

 

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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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