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Boston Mobster Donato “Danny” Anguilo Dead at 86

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Slowly but surely the mobsters of the old days are passing away around the country. Sometimes their children have stepped in, but often times the kids like John Gotti Jr. haven’t been nearly as smart and have lived off the reputation of their street- smart dads.

By Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe
BOSTON — Former New England Mafia capo regime Donato “Danny” Angiulo, who was part of a powerful mob family that ruled Boston’s underworld from the 1960s through the mid-1980s, died Sunday night at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after a long illness. He was 86.

His brother, Gennaro “Jerry” Angiulo, was the underboss of the Patriarca crime family until an FBI bug planted in his North End headquarters in 1981 captured conversations about homicide, extortion, and loansharking, which led to Boston’s first sensational Mafia trial and the end of the Angiulos’ reign.

In 1986, a federal jury convicted Donato Angiulo and his brothers, Gennaro and Francesco, who was the mob’s accountant, of racketeering, and a third brother, Michele, of illegal gambling.

An Angiulo associate was caught on FBI tapes boasting that South Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger and his sidekick, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, were friends of the Mafia and would kill for them. More than a decade later it was disclosed that Bulger and Flemmi were longtime FBI informants who had provided information about the interior of Angiulo’s headquarters that assisted agents in planting the bug.

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Chicago Deputy U.S. Marshal Convicted of Leaking to the Mob

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His father, a Chicago cop, went off to jail many years ago. Now son John Ambrose is headed there. A sad legacy.

BY NATASHA KORECKI
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Deputy U.S. Marshal John Ambrose was convicted today (Tuesday) on charges that he leaked secret government information that made its way to the mob.

A federal jury found Ambrose guilty of one count of theft of information and one count of illegal disclosure of information but found him innocent on two counts of lying to federal agents.

Ambrose wiped away tears after the verdict and embraced his wife.

Ambrose, 42, is a decorated deputy marshal who has hunted down national and international fugitives. He was the second highest ranking member of a regional fugitive task force. The verdict delivers Ambrose a similar fate of that of his father, who was convicted in the 1980s with police corruption in a case known as the Marquette 10. The elder Ambrose died in prison.

Both Ambrose and his father had the same judge.

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Chicago U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald and FBI Chief Testify in Mob Witness Protection Leak

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Patrick Fitzgerald discussing a previous case

Things aren’t looking up for you when a high-profile U.S. Attorney and the special agent in charge of the local FBI testify against you in a federal trial. 

By Robert Mitchum
Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — When Deputy U.S. Marshal John Ambrose reported to Chicago FBI headquarters on Sept. 6, 2006, he thought he was receiving information on a terrorist fugitive authorities wanted him to pursue.

But when he opened the door of a conference room on the building’s 10th floor, he found the two most powerful men in Chicago federal law enforcement: U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald and Robert Grant, special agent-in-charge of the Chicago FBI office. There was a leak in the witness protection program, they told Ambrose, and investigators had traced the breach to him.

On Monday, Fitzgerald and Grant took turns on the witness stand at Ambrose’s trial, testifying about what happened on that morning 2½ years ago. After being confronted with evidence, Ambrose admitted to telling a family friend about the valuable witness he had protected twice, both officials testified.

“He said, ‘I bleeped up, I shot my mouth off … but it’s not what you think,'” Fitzgerald quoted Ambrose as saying that day.

 Fitzgerald’s nearly four hours of testimony was the centerpiece Monday as Ambrose’s trial entered its second week. Ambrose stands accused of an unprecedented leak of information from the highly confidential witness-protection program while he served on the security detail of hit man-turned-witness Nicholas Calabrese in 2002 and 2003.

Attorneys for Ambrose tried to block Fitzgerald’s and Grant’s testimony in pretrial hearings, arguing that he was not read his Miranda rights before the 2½-hour interview. But U.S. District Judge John Grady ruled that Ambrose’s admissions that day were valid evidence, clearing the way for Monday’s high-powered testimony.

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Former Dep. Marshal on Trial in Chicago For Allegedly Leaking Secrets to the Mob

chicagoLike father like son? Former deputy U.S. Marshal John Ambrose is accused of crimes in a Chicago trial. His father, a Chicago cop in the 1980s, was convicted of corruption. There’s something to be said about family tradition.

By MIKE ROBINSON
Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO  — A former deputy U.S. marshal accused of leaking secrets to the Chicago mob about a protected witness committed “a criminal betrayal of trust,” prosecutors said Monday.

John T. Ambrose, 42, took information from a secret file that “he knew was going back to an organized crime figure” and also lied about it when federal officials confronted him, said Assistant U.S. Attorney T. Markus Funk during opening statements.

Ambrose was charged in January 2007 with theft of Justice Department property, disclosing confidential information and lying to federal agents who questioned him about the leak. If convicted, he faces years in prison.

He has denied the allegations.

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FBI Agents Give Up Digging For Mob Victims on Long Island

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After getting lucky last year and digging up the body of a mobster in East Farmingdale on Long Island, the FBI recently returned with excavation equipment to try its luck again.

Apparently luck wasn’t on the agents’ side this time.

After three days of digging this past week, the FBI mid-week gave up on trying to recover the bodies of two men believed to be victims of mob hits.

Newsday reported that the digging was the result of an informant’s tip that the area was used by the Colombo crime family in the 1990s as a mob cemetery. The paper reported that the informant said  three bodies were buried in the area.

FBI spokesman James Margolin told the paper that because one of the three bodies was recovered in October in the area: “We believe that the information was accurate.”

Margolin said it was unclear if digging would resume.

FBI to Resume Digging in New York for Mobster Bodies

When you don’t succeed, dig dig again. Yes, the FBI is returning to East Farmingdale to dig again for mobster bodies. The FBI went digging at the site last year after getting information that the land was used as a mobster burial site. Agents ended up unearthing the body of Colombo family underboss William Cutolo.


BY ROBERT E. KESSLER
Newsday

FBI agents plan to return to an apparent mob cemetery in East Farmingdale on Monday to try to uncover two more bodies they believe were buried there by hit men, an FBI spokesman said late Friday.

The renewed excavation plans come after two leaders of the Colombo organized crime family were sentenced Friday to life in prison for the murder of a rival whose body was uncovered there in October.

Alphonse Persico, the acting boss of the Colombo family, and John DeRoss, a ranking capo, showed no emotion as federal Judge Joanna Seybert in Central Islip sentenced them for the 1999 murder of William Cutolo, once the family’s underboss.

Prosecutors said Persico and DeRoss had Cutolo murdered, because they feared he would take over.

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Mobster John Gotti Jr. Wants Out on Bail; Motion Says He Quit Mob Years Ago

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com

Attorneys for John Gotti Jr. filed a motion Monday saying their client quit the mob years ago and deserves to be free on bail pending trial in New York on allegations of cocaine trafficking, murder, extortion, jury tampering and kidnapping.
The 14-page motion filed in U.S. District Court said Gotti is not threat to the community and the government has ignored its own evidence on wiretaps which show “Gotti had in fact withdrawn from his former life”.
The motion, filed by attorneys Charles Carnesi and Seth Ginsberg, cites a  February 2004 government wiretap in which Gotti tells someone that he’s done with the mob.
“I’m a nobody,” Gotti says. ” I walked away from this six and half years ago. I’ve been doing nothing for six and a half years. I’ve been stranded on an island by myself.”
The motion also notes that there is no evidence, contrary to the government’s charges, that Gotti was involved in three murders between 1998 and 1991.
In other motions filed Monday, the government noted that it had a key informant John Alite, Gotti’s right hand man,  who along with others, provided solid information that lead to the Aug. 2008 indictment.
Gotti was arrested Aug. 5, 2008 at his Long Island home.

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Like Dad, Mobster John Gotti Jr. May Have His Own “Sammy the Bull” Snitch to Deal With

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John Gotti Jr./youtube photo

His father had “Sammy the Bull” as the snitch who put him away. John Gotti Jr. may have his own snitch that could sink him.

By Kevin Graham
St. Petersburg Times
TAMPA – Sixteen years ago, “Sammy the Bull” Gravano sent shock waves through a New York courtroom when he testified against his mob boss, John Gotti Sr.
Now another mob insider may prove key to convicting Gotti’s son on federal racketeering and murder charges that grew from a Clearwater FBI investigation.
When John E. Alite’s confession in a racketeering conspiracy charge became public this week, it confirmed what some attorneys already suspected – that Alite had flipped and is likely helping the government build its case against John Gotti Jr.
Prosecutors won’t reveal their witnesses, but three New York-area murders remain the common denominator between Alite, 46, and Gotti, 44.

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See Video After His Arrest Earlier This Year

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