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Rev. Sharpton Admits He Helped FBI: ‘I’m a Cat. I Chase Rats’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Rev. Al Sharpton lashed out at critics who are calling him a rat for helping the FBI go after Mafia figures in the 1980s.

At a news conference in Harlem, Sharpton said he “did what was right” when he helped an FBI task force – the “Genovese Squad” – pursue violent mafia members, the New York Daily News reports.

“I was not and am not a rat because I wasn’t with the rats,” he said. “I’m a cat. I chase rats.”

Sharpton said he approached the feds only because his life was threatened by mobsters and had no idea feds were referring to him as an informant.

I don’t know none of that,” Sharpton said. “I know I was threatened. I did what anybody would do…other than a thug. And I cooperated.”

FBI Helps Italian Authorities Crack Down on Suspected Mafia Members in New York

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An anti-mafia raid is targeting more than 40 people in the U.S. and Europe, CNN reports.

The operation, “New Bridge,” led to the arrests of 17 people in Italy and seven in New York. They are accused of international drug-trafficking and organized crime.

The operation was coordinated by the Italian national anti-mafia body.

One of the targets is the Calabria mafia, known as the Ndrangheta, which is responsible for drug trafficking between South and Central America, Canada, the United States and Italy.

Gang Land News: Dead Mobster Ignored FBI Warning

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sometimes it really does pay to listen to the FBI.

Jerry Capeci of the website Gang Land News, reports that mobster Anthony DiLapi was murdered by a Luchese family hit squad after ignoring warnings by an FBI agent that he was targeted for death.

Capeci writes:

 Anthony DiLapi, a short, stocky mobster was polite but firm when FBI agent Pat Marshall tracked down the transplanted wiseguy in California where he had relocated after fleeing New York where rivals had seized control of his crime family. “He said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about, but if I do have a problem, I’ll take care of it,’” Marshall told Gang Land.

Marshall wasn’t surpised by DiLapi’s reaction. It was similar to others the G-man had heard during 14 years as a mob-busting agent in New York. It’s what they always say, he told Andy Stefanak, who became his FBI partner after he transferred to the Los Angeles office a year earlier.

Gang Land News is a paid subscription site, but it’s worth it.

No Shortage of Conspiracy Theories As 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination Comes Friday

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the U.S. remembers the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination Friday, there is no shortage of conspiracy theories.

Depending on whom you ask, JFK was killed by the CIA, the mafia, Cuban exile groups, the FBI, southern segregationists or the Soviet Union.

The way author and attorney Craig Zirbel sees it, there are only two explanations for President John F. Kennedy’s assassination – either he was killed by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, with no motive, or there’s a more complex theory, the Arizona Republic reports.

The Scottsdale attorney has written two books on JFK’s death: “The Texas Connection” in 1991 and “The Final Chapter on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy” in 2010.

He believes Lyndon B. Johnson was behind the assassination 50 years ago Friday.

The Day the FBI Could No Longer Deny the Existence of the Mafia

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a breezy November day in 1957 when the FBI had no choice but to admit that the mafia not only existed, but it operated on a national level, Slate reports.

It was Nov. 14, 1957 – 56 years ago Thursday.

New York state troopers were alarmed by the number of out-of-state, expensive cars that gathered in Appalachia for a national summit meeting.

Before that meeting, the FBI refused to admit the mafia even existed, Slate reported. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was more focused on communists and so-called domestic subversives.

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Memorable Quotes from Murder, Racketeering Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Brutal mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was a colorful figure in the underground crime word.

So it’s no surprise his trial prompted some memorable quotes:

“After I heard that they were informants, it sort of broke my heart.”
– Ex-gangster and former Bulger partner John Martorano, who served just 12 years after admitting to murder 20 people.

“They hunted their targets. These men didn’t hunt animals, ladies and gentlemen, they hunted people.”
– Prosecutor Fred Wyshak, detailing the brutal details of Bulger’s murders.

“James Bulger is of Irish descent. And the worst thing an Irish person could consider doing is becoming an informant. That was the first and foremost reason why James Bulger was never an informant against people.”
– J.W. Carney Jr., defense lawyer for Bulger

“Bulger: “You suck.”
Weeks: “F— you, OK!”
Bulger: “F— you, too.”
Weeks: “What do you want to do?”
– Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, explaining on the stand his response to do nothing when Bulger strangled his girlfriend.

“It’s affected me and it’s going to affect me until the day I die.”
– Exchange between Bulger and his former associate Kevin Weeks, who was testifying at the time.

“We killed people that were rats, and I had the two biggest rats right next to me.”
– Weeks, referring to Bulger and Flemmi

“My thing is, as far as I’m concerned, I didn’t get a fair trial, and this is a sham. And do what yous want with me.”
–Bulger to Judge Denise Casper

Drug Dealer Says Accused Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Forced Him to Play Russian Roulette

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Accused Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger forced a former drug kingpin to play Russian roulette in the back room of a nightclub in 1983, according to testimony at the racketeering and murder trial, Reuters reports.

“The conversation wasn’t going too well… But I wasn’t going to pay him $1 million. I just wasn’t going to do it,” William David Lindholm testified.

Lindholm said Bulger, leader of the Winter Hill Gang, wanted $1 million in cash. Bulger lodged a bullet in the chamber and pulled the trigger with the gun pointing at Lindholm’s head.

Lindholm said he convinced Bulger that his marijuana dealing wasn’t as big as it was and only had to turn over $250,000, Reuters wrote.

High-Ranking Mobster Asks to Be Released for Helping FBI Arrest Mafia Members

Joseph Massino/gov photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Bonanno crime boss and FBI informant wants to be freed from jail in exchange for damaging testimony against the mafia, the New York Post reportsBon.

Joseph Massino, who will be re-sentenced toady, provided key testimony against former colleagues, including Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano.

“It is fair to say that not only is Mr. Massino the most prominent La Cosa Nostra leader ever to cooperate but also that seldom in the history of the war against organized crime has anyone contributed as much to the government,” Massino attorney Edward McDonald wrote to the court.

The 70-year-old career criminal is in poor health, his attorney said.