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

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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.

Accused Gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Is Heard Bragging About Murder

 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Voice recordings of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger were played at his murder and racketeering trial Tuesday, showing a different side than the relatively quiet defendant that the juror has so far seen, the Boston Globe reports.

The recordings capture Bulger talking about murder, guns and funneling cash.

“Pa-pa-pa-pa-pow,” whispered Bulger, during the recorded conversation on Oct. 13, as he mimicked the sound of machine gun fire.

Bulger was referring to a tavern owner gunned down in a Dorchester phone booth in 1975.

Bulger’s jail conversation with his niece and nephew occurred through a glass partition at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility, the Boston Globe wrote.

Reputed Mob Boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Attorneys Grill Disgraced Ex-FBI Agent John Connolly

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawyers for accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger continued to hammer the FBI’s claims that Bulger secretly ratted out the Italian Mafia and other criminals, The Associated Press reports.

For the second straight day, Bulger attorney Hank Brennan continued to grill James Marra, a special agent in the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, in an attempt to invalidate a 700-page informant file on Bulger, who is accused of murder and racketeering while running the Winter Hill Gang. 

The defense claims that disgraced ex-FBI Agent John Connolly, who is in prison for helping Bulger during his alleged reign of terror, fabricated Bulger’s file to cover up his own misdeeds, The AP wrote.

NY FBI Cuts Back on Mob Investigators, Prosecutor Calls Cutbacks ‘Devastating’

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s  is dedicating  less and less resources to battle the New York mob these days.

Mob expert Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News reports:

There are fewer agents on mobster squads than there were two years ago, following the mobapalooza roundup of more than 120 defendants on Mafia Takedown Day when FBI and Justice Department big shots vowed that they were going to keep a sharp eye on organized crime.

Until recently, the FBI had one squad assigned to each New York crime family. No more. The Bureau has decided it now needs only two New York City-based squads to monitor, investigate, and make cases against the 700 or so members and estimated 7000 associates of the infamous Five Families, Gang Land has learned.

He reports that the number of mob-fighting FBI agents is down 60 percent since 2008.

“It’s devastating,”  one veteran organized crime prosecutor told Capeci. “When you had five squads doing five families, it was hard, covering all the different crews in the different neighborhoods all over the city; now you want to have two squads covering five families? The cutbacks are just devastating.”

To read more go to Gang Land News. The website is a subscription-based website, but worth it.

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Detroit Mob

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Possible Human Remains Found at Former Home of Mobster Who Inspired ‘Goodfellas’

 

James Burke

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents searching for evidence of a 30-year-old mob murder said they found possible human remains in a New York home once occupied by a famous gangster, the Associated Press reports.

The Queens house was once home to James Burke, a Lucchese crime family associate known as “Jimmy the Gent” and who inspired the character Jimmy Conway in the movie “Goodfellas.”

The FBI didn’t divulge details but said agents have gathered evidence that may be related to the decades-old murder.

Burke, who masterminded a nearly $6 million robbery at New York’s Kennedy Airport, died in Jail in 1996.

The home that was searched is still owned by Burke’s wife, the AP wrote.

‘Whitey’ Bulger Accomplice And Hit Man Describes Murders in Alarming Detail at Trial

 

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Martorano, a star witness in the prosecutor’s murder and racketeering case against mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, described chilling details of killing people, sometimes the wrong ones, The Boston Globe reports.

Martorano, a friend-turned-foe of Bulger’s, implicated the mob boss in six slayings in the 1970s on Wednesday and is expected to reveal more today.

“I went in and shot him . . . in the heart,” said Martorano, recounting how he wore a white meat cutter’s coat and yellow construction hat to ambush one victim in 1973.

It was the first time Martorano, 72, testified against Bulger, 83, who sat nearby in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Bulger is charged with participating in 19 murder in the 1970s and ’80s.

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