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August 9, 2018

This Week in Gang Land

'Perturbed' By 'Tarnished' Turncoat, Judge Grants Bail To Luchese Capo

Judge Cathy SeibelGang Land Exclusive!A federal judge ruled last week that Luchese capo Steven D. (Stevie Junior) Crea should be granted bail thanks to the tall tales told by the mob turncoat who linked him to the 2013 gangland-style slaying of former Purple Gang leader Michael Meldish.

Crea, who's been behind bars since May of last year, could be released on home detention as early as today. Crea's dad, Luchese family underboss Steve (Stevie Wonder) Crea, who's charged with the same murder and has been locked up during the same stretch, was in court to hear the good news about his son. But the elder Crea will remain behind bars until his trial in March.

In her ruling, White Plains Judge Cathy Seibel called the cooperator, Frank Pasqua III, a "tarnished" witness who said "things about that murder that turned out to be totally wrong."

Witness Protection LogoBreached And Booted, Ailing Witsec 'Rat' Hopes Mob Doesn't Find Him

Memo to wannabe mob turncoats: Before you flip, make sure you get everything in writing from the Witness Security Program, and your U.S. Attorney's Office. Also, make sure that you get a lawyer who's not going to forget about you when the Witsec Program cuts your funding, or worse — tells you you're on your own if the mob knocks on your door after you complain.

John TortoraGenovese Wiseguy Snared In 21-Year-Old Cold Case Murder

A second-generation Genovese crime family wiseguy has been charged in a 21-year-old cold case — ordering the murder of a Yonkers man who was stabbed to death following a barroom brawl in a neighborhood tavern.

 

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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
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Liborio "Barney" Bellomo
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