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Adrian Schoolcraft: Now It's Getting Serious

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

Many people think that the worst scandal in today's NYPD concerns its alleged manipulation of crime numbers. They are wrong. Even worse is how the department retaliated against a whistleblower cop.

Junior Gotti Defense Witness Stabbed to Death in Prison

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

A tough, imprisoned-for-life Queens gangster who was a defense witness for John (Junior) Gotti last fall was savagely killed by a fellow inmate at a federal prison in Pennsylvania last week.

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.

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.

Greg DePalma, Pal Of Sinatra and Willie Mays, Dies In Prison

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

Gregory DePalma, a colorful, self-assured wiseguy, has died a lonely death behind bars. His biggest claim to Mafia fame was his presence in a snapshot with Big Paul, Carlo Gambino and Frank Sinatra.

Vito Pipitone: Alleged Mafia Associate Arrested While On Honeymoon In Honolulu

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

HONOLULU — An alleged Mafia associate was arrested on racketeering charges while on his honeymoon in Honolulu. Twenty-seven-year-old Vito Pipit...

Teflon John Hits The Airwaves With Gusto, Poise and Charm

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

Junior made clear that "Growing Up Gotti" was nothing like the drivel that was seen and heard for two seasons on his sister Victoria's defunct so-called reality show.

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.

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.

Junior Plays Hide and Seek as Gotti IV Goes to the Jury

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

If it's an acquittal, count on plenty of crowing from the Gotti clan. If not ... well ... some throwing could be involved.

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.

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.

NY Feds Tickled Pink About Eddie Boyle's Brooklyn Case

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

Over the years, as they've prosecuted mob associate Edmund (Eddie) Boyle in federal courts on both sides of the East River, the feds have changed the name of his crew several times.

Mama Gotti Blows Her Stack; Mob Big OK'd Hit On Junior

Jerry Capeci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Capeci

Gotti IV: Another week, another circus. Mama Gotti yelled at the judge. The judge bounced two jurors. And a former prosecutor testified that he had never heard of legendary capo Sonny Franzese.