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New York Mafia

The Godfather's Daughter

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.28.2013 | Books
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

The recent release of the film Anna Karenina has reminded many of Tolstoy's wry comment, "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." So it is for the infamous family whose tale is told in The Godfather's Daughter.

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'Mob Wives' Star Wears FBI Wire, Gets Gangsters Sentenced

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Sanders | Posted 08.20.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- Stars of the television show "Mob Wives" experienced a harsh dose of off-screen reality Monday when cast member Renee Graziano's father wa...

Sal Polisi's Journey: From Racketeer to Raconteur

Ellen Sterling | Posted 09.18.2012 | Books
Ellen Sterling

Talk to Sal Polisi today and, as I did, you may find it difficult to reconcile this man with the person he describes in his autobiography, The Sinatra Club.

'Mob Wives' Get Whacked And Make Up

Posted 04.23.2012 | TV

The "Mob Wives" (Sun., 8 p.m. ET on VH1) were in the festive spirit Sunday night, as Angela "Big Ang" Raiola prepped for her Christmas party. “I ...

More Good Fellas, One Lucky Lo Fan, and Two Cool Cops

Binky Philips | Posted 10.21.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

As he lay in his Cardiac ICU room, with his doctor hovering over him, my father opened his eyes, looked up at his gerontologist and declared in a Jame...

President Trump? You're Kidding, Right?

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

What explanation can there be for taking Donald Trump's presidential "candidacy" seriously? Not to talk out of school, but this is a marketing thing, people

Feds Set Sights On Three Mafia Families

AP | DAVID PORTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Three of New York's five organized crime families came under the microscope for alleged illegal gambling activities Monday, t...

Songbird Son Slams Sonny; Mom: It's Redemption For Both

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

A big hurdle the feds have to overcome in their prosecution of legendary gangster John (Sonny) Franzese is getting jurors to look past whatever disdain they acquired for the mobster's spoiled-rotten son.

Tino Looks For Chrismas Past

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

After biding his time for several years, powerful waterfront racketeer Tino Fiumara has been flexing his prison-hardened muscles in recent months and reasserting himself as the Genovese family's go-to guy.

Feds: Oust Lawyer Corozzo, Check Out All Lawyer Fees in Gambino Case

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

As they do virtually every time he picks up a client in a Gambino family case, the feds have moved to oust mob lawyer Joseph Corozzo from the case of an alleged Manhattan sex-trafficking operation.

Genovese Hood Flees MCC Cage Like a Stool Pigeon

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

The Genovese boss of Springfield, MA was arraigned here on March 24 for the mob murder of Arillotta's predecessor as chief of the crime family's Bay State rackets. But we didn't even have a chance to say hello.

Trusted Pal Nets 'Tall Guy' and Persico Cousins for FBI

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

Edward (Tall Guy) Garofalo Jr. has been around long enough to know that there is no free lunch -- especially in Gang Land. More than likely, someone -- somewhere -- is setting you up.

Feds Probe Mob Prince in Vending Machines Scam

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

The son of legendary Colombo crime boss Carmine (Junior) Persico is the focus of a federal grand jury probe into one of the oldest of mob scams: the placement of candy and soda machines.

Feds: Mob Prince a Sweet-Talking Racketeer; Wiseguy Cousin a Violent Thug

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

Say this for Michael Persico, the handsome, smooth as silk 53-year-old heir to a legendary mob family: He managed to stay out of trouble for a very long time.

34 Reputed Mobsters Indicted In New Jersey

AP | BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

TRENTON, N.J. — Thirty-four alleged members and associates of the New York-based Lucchese crime family – including two high-ranking leader...

Mafia Arrests By FBI In New York, Miami & Italy

AP | TOM HAYS and CURT ANDERSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The FBI arrested a reputed U.S. mobster Wednesday on charges he provided protection for a Sicilian counterpart mapping out criminal t...

Feds Want Jury to Hear Sonny Talk About Mob Murders

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

The feds say the nonagenarian wiseguy John (Sonny) Franzese is so well-versed in the art of the modern day mob hit that they want jurors at his upcoming racketeering trial to hear him expound on his style.

Gotti Feared a Guilty Verdict

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

Gotti IV was a total disaster for the feds. But they sure had John (Junior) Gotti fooled. The mob prince was utterly convinced that he was going to be found guilty.

Feds Line Up Tough One-Two Punch For Colombo Top Guns

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

The feds have just lined up a one-two punch against two top Colombo family mobsters awaiting trial for six mob murders, including the 1997 execution slaying of New York police officer Ralph Dols.

Feds Stack the Deck Against a Junior Gambino Hoodlum

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

As they did against Gotti, prosecutors have added new charges to a racketeering case involving murder and the mob to better their chances of convicting a long-targeted defendant.

DEA Grinches Spoil Bonanno Family Christmas Party

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

Just as the holiday crowd at the Banner Social Club in Brooklyn -- it included three Bonanno wiseguys -- began to unwind, shotgun-toting party poopers with search warrants arrived.

Loose Lips Sink Ships, But Should John Gotti Jr. Have Testified In Order To Avoid Another Hung Jury?

Joseph DiBenedetto | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joseph DiBenedetto

As a defense attorney who has followed the case and once represented Peter Gotti, I can't help but wonder, "Would there have been a different result if John Gotti testified on his own behalf?"

30 Years Later, Waterfront Racketeer Todo Anastasio Is Still At It

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

Words currently being spoken about Todo Anastasio in Brooklyn Federal Court can be quite costly for him. If convicted at an ongoing racketeering trial, Anastasio, now 80, faces up to 20 years behind bars.

Teflon John Does It Again! Feds to Do the Right Thing?

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

Unless the feds stumble across some new and disturbing behavior on the part of Junior Gotti, last week's mistrial should be the final racketeering prosecution against the embattled mob prince.

Intrigue at Gotti IV; Sammy Bull for the Defense?

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

In a mind-boggling turn of events, Sammy "Bull" Gravano is one of three mob turncoats that the onetime Junior Don may call to rebut testimony that that he supervised the murder of a Gambino mobster.