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Mob sweep! Feds round up 30 suspected Wise-Guys in Garbage-Hauling Industry Probe

BY LARRY MCSHANE AND ROBERT GEARTY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

NEW YORK –Thirty mobbed-up suspects – including a ringleader known as “Papa Smurf” – were arrested Wednesday in a probe of the garbage-hauling industry, authorities said.

The purported wise guys – members of the Gambino, Lucchese and Genovese organized crime families – were busted in a federal racketeering investigation, officials said.

The suspects were due in Manhattan Federal Court later Wednesday. Two additional suspects are expected to surrender.

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Detroit Mobster Tony Zerilli Claims He Has Info On Jimmy Hoffa’s Whereabouts

Tony Zerilli/ from WDIV video

 
By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

For decades now we’ve heard of endless tips about the whereabouts of Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa, who vanished in 1975: a stadium, a freeway, an incinerator. And most recently, a driveway in Roseville.

Now comes the latest.

WDIV aired an exclusive interview Sunday night with the Tony Zerilli, 85, described in the past as the Detroit Mafia’s underboss.

Zerilli claims he knows what happened to Hoffa and where he’s buried: About 30 miles away from the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills where he was abducted on July 30, 1975.

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FBI Busts Menacing Trio in Loan-Sharking Ring in Brooklyn

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An unlikely alliance between gangsters and the mafia was discovered by the FBI during an investigation of a loan-sharking ring, the New York Post reports.

The newspaper wrote that the Brooklyn-based FBI arrested purported Gambino crime family member James Ferrara, alleged Westies gang member Daniel Hanley and reputed Demon Knights motorcycle gangster Peter Kanakis.

The FBI says the trifecta were running a menacing, illegal outfit.

“Allegedly members of three different organized crime enterprises, these defendants nevertheless banded together and spoke the same language of violence, threats and intimidation to their victims. Such tactics will always be met with the full force of the law,” US Attorney Loretta Lynch said.

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Ex-FBI Agent Joseph Pistone, AKA Donnie Brasco, Warns Canadian Officials of Mafia Dangers

The Movie "Donnie Brasco"

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Agent Joseph Pistone, better known by his alias Donnie Brasco, told a commission in Canada that the mafia is a menacing “plague on our society,” the Montreal Gazette reports.

During the highly anticipating testimony, Pistone said the structures and traditions of the mafia are identical around the globe.

“That’s why the Mafia has survived so long, because they have stayed the same as far as their rules and regulations,” Pistone testified. “They keep their members in line by fear and intimidation. If you get caught breaking one of these rules, you’re gonna die.”

Pistone, who is wanted dead by the mafia, was shielded from cameras and protected by enhanced security, reported.

Pistone sought to erase the public’s romanticized image of the mafia, saying the mob is deadly and disruptive.

Mafia Expert “Donnie Brasco” to Speak to Montreal Officials About the Criminal Underworld

Joseph Pistone

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mafia expert and former undercover FBI agent Joseph Pistone, better known as Donnie Brasco, is expected to share knowledge of the criminal underworld to Montreal officials as early as Monday, the Montreal Gazette reports.

Pistone is known for bringing down members of two of New York City’s most notorious mobs – the Bonanno and Colombo crime families – by earning their trust during a six-year sting operation in the late 1970s.

But don’t expect Pistone to reveal much about the mafia in Canada, the Montreal Gazette reported.

According to an author who has spoken with Pistone, the former agent doesn’t have specific information on the mafia in Montreal.

Feds: Mobster Conducts Business from Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Accused mobster Joseph “Mousie” Massimino is suspected of conducting Mafia business from behind closed bars, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Among the evidence is a letter that Massimino sent to a friend in 2005 while locked up in New Jersey’s South Woods State Prison.

The letter advises a friend to “get in touch with Michael and tell him to tell his mother to tell her husband that he better get my f—in money.”

Federal prosecutors plan to argue their case at an upcoming mob-racketeering trial.

Massimino’s attorney, Joseph Santaguida, hopes to convince a judge to keep the letter from the jury.

FBI In Early 1960s Mistakenly Referred to Mob as “La Causa Nostra”

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

How unsophisticated was the FBI when dealing with the mob in the early 1960s?

So unsophisticated that the bureau referred to the La Cosa Nostra as the La Causa Nostra, according to Jerry Capeci, the mob expert who runs the site Gang Land News.

Capeci writes that for near two years, from September 1961 until July of 1963, the FBI had the name wrong.

Capeci writes:

The lack of agents familiar with the Italian language probably didn’t help matters, but the incorrect term originated with two confidential informants who were developed by FBI agents under the Top Hoodlum program that Hoover put into play to gather intelligence about the Mafia in the 1950s, according to FBI documents obtained by Gang Land.

“According to (informer) NY T-2,” stated one FBI report, “during  September, 1961, in the Italian underworld, the overall organization or group is referred to as ‘La Causa Nostra,’ literally translated, ‘our Cause.’ This term, in his opinion,” the report continued, “could be readily interchangeable with the word Mafia.”

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Hoover Had His Agents in the 1950s Asking Mobsters if the Mafia Existed

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There doesn’t seem to be any doubt these days that the Mafia exists. In fact, that goes without saying.

But in the 1950s, not everyone subscribed to that assumption.

Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News, the premiere website on the Mafia, has unearthed documents which show that J. Edgar Hoover’s agents in the late 1950s were asking mobsters if the Mafia existed.

Capeci writes:

On March 24, 1958, Mafia boss Joe Profaci, a charter member of the Mafia’s Commission that was established in 1931, told two agents who stopped at the gangster’s offic e at the Carmela Mia Packing Company in Brooklyn that he knew “nothing of the Mafia organization” but “assumed it was just a term used in referring to Italians.”

Agents got more of the same on October 15, 1958 when they stopped by to chat with Anthony (Tony Bender) Strollo, the powerful Genovese family capo who would fall out of favor with his mob superiors and disappear four years later in a still-unsolved murder.

“Strollo claimed that the Mafia was a fantasy created by newspapers,” said the report. In an August 22, 1958 interview, Michael Genovese, a brother of the “top underworld leader” Vito Genovese, (right) “ridiculed the idea that the Mafia ever existed outside the nation of Italy or that the criminals in the United States of Italian extraction are members of such an organization,” the report stated.

Well, as we’ve learned , The Godfather, the Sopranos and Goodfellas were based on something more than someone’s imagination. And Sammy “The Bull” Gravano was more than just a hoodlum wannabe.