Posts byScott Burnstein

Flying The Chicken Coup…..Right To The Big Screen: Philly Mafia’s ‘Chicken Man’ Testa To See Face Time In New Scorsese Mob Flick

Slain Philadelphia mob boss Phil (The Chicken Man) Testa was memorialized in song by Bruce Springsteen back in the 1980s. Now, he’ll get the Hollywood treatment and appear on the silver screen. Seasoned character actor Larry Romano will play Testa in The Irishman, the much-anticipated upcoming Martin Scorsese-helmed movie about the relationship between mob hit man, Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran
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Motown Biker Takes One On The Chin In Court, Highwaymen’s ‘Junior’ Ball Sees Appeal Kicked Loose

United States District Judge Nancy Edmunds nullified efforts by imprisoned Highwaymen Motorcycle Club member Gary (Junior) Ball to get a new trial last week, ruling the uncovering of a co-defendant’s prior work as an informant wasn’t enough grounds to assume that co-defendant had worked with federal authorities to subvert the overall defense of the case. Ball, 52, was one of
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Motor City Mob Homecoming: The Detroit Mafia’s Tocco Crew Gets One Of Its Own Back, Tommy Mackey Out Of The Can

Trusted Detroit mob associate Tommy Mackey was released from federal prison this week after doing 14 months behind bars for running an internet sports gambling ring based out of a popular eastside suburban pasta place. The 60-year old Mackey is a top lieutenant under reputed Detroit mob street boss Pete Tocco. Mackey and eight others were indicted in 2014 for
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Like A Bull In A China Shop: Jake LaMotta Landed On Law Enforcement Radar In Detroit As Champ In 1950s

Rugged prize fighter Jake LaMotta, who died of pneumonia in a Florida nursing home this week at 95, had his name appear on numerous FBI and Michigan State Police surveillance reports for his mingling with the mob on his trips to Detroit in the 1940s and 50s during his pro boxing heyday. The subject of the
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‘White Boy Rick’s’ Right-Hand Man ‘Freaky Steve’ Roussell Met An Unhappy Ending 30 Years Ago, Casualty Of Menacing ‘Best Friends’

Former Detroit drug world figure Stephen (Freaky Steve) Roussell was slain 30 years ago this week in the fall of 1987, a victim of romance-gone-wrong amid the city’s bullets-and-brawn charged crack wars. The 20-year old Roussell had been high-profile teenage drug dealer Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe’s right-hand man and closest friend. Wershe, 48 and the nation’s
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‘Righteous Mike’ Ramsey Brought Sons Of Silence MC To Midwest In 1970s, Challenged The Outlaws For Power In Indy

The Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club established its foothold in the Midwest in the 1970s when Michael (Righteous Mike) Ramsey brought the Sons of Silence to the heartland, setting up a chapter in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ramsey rose to become a revered SOS national president and dropped dead of a heart attack in March 1991 at the age of
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The Irishman Movie Gets Its ‘Fat Tony’ Salerno, Familiar Face Domenick Lombardozzi Cast As NYC Mob Boss

Veteran character actor Domenick Lombardozzi is slated to portray portly 20th Century New York mafia don Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno in The Irishman, the much-anticipated upcoming Martin Scorsese-helmed movie about the relationship between hit man Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran and iconic labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa. The 41-year old Lombardozzi has been appearing in gangster-centered movies and television shows for
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Stephen Graham Comes On Board Scorsese’s New Mob Flick ‘The Irishman’ As N.J. Gangster ‘Tony Pro’

Well acclimated to portraying high-profile American gangsters of the past, British actor Stephen Graham has been hired to play deceased east coast mob captain Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano in The Irishman, the much-anticipated upcoming Martin Scorsese-helmed movie about the relationship between hit man Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran and iconic labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa. Graham, 44, was
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The Rochester Mob Wars Scorecard Gets A Boost From In-Depth New Book: Alphabet Decoder Cheat Sheet

Former Rochester, New York Teamsters union member and east coast labor and mob historian Blair T. Kenny recently put out his second book, The Rochester Mob Wars (purchase a copy here) , chronicling the now-defunct crime family’s turbulent turf battles of the 1970s and early 1980s. The conflict became known in the media as the Alphabet Wars for its confusing alliances
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New England Mafia Leader “Little Cheese” DiNunzio Let Loose By Feds, Mob Don’s Baby Bro Returns To Beantown Following 6 Yrs. In Fed Custody

Boston mob bigwig Anthony (The Little Cheese) DiNunzio is a free man once again. Welcome to the Trump Era, Cheeseman No. 2! DiNunzio, the 58-year old former acting boss of the New England mafia and baby brother of the Patriarca crime family’s current reputed Godfather, Carmen (The Big Cheese) DiNunzio, was released from federal prison this month,
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To The Heart Of The Matter: “Moe Heart” Gibbs, Once Of Detroit’s Iconic YBI Drug Gang, Speaks On Darryl Terrell Indictment

An infamous inactive former Detroit drug gang lieutenant has taken time to do an interview with the media regarding a lesser-known one-time contemporary caught up in trouble again with the law. On the heels of Darryl Terrell’s recent federal indictment on cocaine-trafficking and money-laundering charges, his former fellow Young Boys, Incorporated henchman Maurice (Moe Heart)
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The D12 Murders: Rap Superstar Eminem Lost Two Close Friends, Group Members To Streets Of Detroit

When rap superstar Eminem shot to international fame in the late 1990s, he did so with his group D12 at his side. Sadly, two of the original six founding members of D12, Karnail (Bugz) Pitts and DeShaun (Proof) Holton, were killed in heated exchanges with rivals in 1999 and 2006, respectively, in their hometown of
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Kid Rock Rubbed Elbows With Gangsters, Greek Mobster In His Past, Will Tip-Off Music Bill At Little Caesars Arena Amidst Protests

Multi-platinum recording artist Kid Rock was known to pal around with a notorious Detroit mobster and once dealt drugs for the city’s most dangerous urban narcotics syndicate according to sources. Kid Rock, a proud native Detroiter born Robert Ritchie, has sold $25,000,000 albums and will be opening the city’s sparkling new Little Caesars Arena next week
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Detroiter, One-Time Drug Dealer “Jaguar Nick” Saved From Deportation Just In The Nick Of Time

Former Detroit Iraqi mob lieutenant Najah (Jaguar Nick) Konja recently secured a reprieve from deportation back to Baghdad with proof of a permanent Green Card that awarded him amnesty via a court filing known as a “212” motion. Konja has been a vocal leader for those targeted by the Trump administration’s hardline immigration enforcement push,
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Florida Outlaws MC Clubhouse Burns To The Ground In Suspected Arson, Ends Tough Summer For Bikers In St. Pete

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida was destroyed by a fire last week amid undergoing renovations. Authorities believe arson was involved in the blaze which occurred on August 25. Responders allegedly recovered traces of an accelerant, according to television news reports out of Tampa. Based and founded in the Midwest, the Outlaws have always
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Springfield (MA) Mob News Update: One Santaniello Pleads Guilty In NY Fed Case, Another Not Getting Along W/ The Boys Back Home

News out of Western Massachusetts this week is that Springfield mafia crew leader Ralphie Santaniello has pled guilty to financing loansharking operations as part of a federal racketeering indictment filed in U.S. District Court in New York and his father and crew advisor Amedeo Santaniello is allegedly on the outs with crew management, according to area mobologist Stephanie
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Breaking Down Bumpy’s Boys: NYC Black Mob Boss Of Old Surrounded Himself With Cagey Crew

New York City’s Black Godfather of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Ellsworth (Bumpy) Johnson ran the rackets in Harlem for almost three decades, forging an alliance with the area’s Italian mafia, also known as the Five Families. Johnson was groomed by legendary lady crime lord, Stephanie (Madam Queen) St. Clair, Harlem’s “numbers” boss for most
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The Ultimate Bad Girl: Historic Harlem Lady Gangster, ‘Madam Queen’ St. Clair Set To Receive Hollywood Movie Treatment

The legend of east coast female crime lord Stephanie (Madame Queen) St. Clair, the most powerful woman in the history of the New York underworld, will only grow when it’s the focus of an upcoming film. HBO, Zero Gravity Management and celebrated director Tim Story announced last week they were teaming up to adapt Shirley
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The Boston Irish Mob Wars Murder Timeline: Godfather Actor Had Gangster Past, His Actions Spurred Mass Bloodshed

After making a crude drunken pass at the girlfriend of Somerville Gang member Alex (Bobo) Petricone at a Salisbury Beach bar on Labor Day, September 4, 1961, Charleston Gang member Georgie McLaughlin was beaten unconscious starting over a decade of volatile unrest in Boston’s Irish underworld. There was a brief reprieve from the violence in
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Big Ron Previte Passes Peacefully Having Never Left New Jersey, Savvy NJ-Philly Mob Figure, Govt. Snitch Defied Odds

Former Philadelphia mob soldier and handsomely-paid FBI informant Ronnie (Big Ron) Previte died of natural causes this week at 73, steadfastly refusing to uproot and leave his New Jersey digs even after his cooperation and testimony put several high-ranking mafia leaders behind bars. Known as an “earner” on the street throughout his career in the
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Jerry Lewis & The Mafia: All-Time Classic Comedy Duo Narrowly Missed Witnessing Notorious N.J. Mob Execution

Entertainment industry legends Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin avoided being witnesses and possibly unintended collateral damage in the infamous mob murder of Genovese crime family underboss Willie Moretti in the fall of 1951. Moretti was assassinated as he ate lunch at his favorite restaurant, Joe’s Elbow Room in Cliffside Park, New Jersey on October 4, 1951, a meal
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The White Supremacist Movement & The Mob In Michigan: Hate-Group Leader Looked At In ’71 Shindel Murder

A white supremacist and reputed hitman-for-hire was a top suspect in the December 6, 1971 gangland slaying of Detroit mob associate Sol (Good Looking Solly) Shindel, gunned down inside his suburban home on the heels of a reckless gambling spree in Las Vegas and under indictment in a pair of racketeering cases . The Shindel
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The Mob & The American Nazi Party: N.E. Mafia Don Did Business With The ‘Alt Right,’ Let Louie The Fox Do His Talking

The New England mafia worked closely with the American Nazi Party in the 1960s, as Providence mob don Raymond Patriarca and American Nazi Party founder George Lincoln Rockwell forged a mutually-beneficial relationship via an introduction by an unnamed member of the national mafia “Commission,” per a new article posted on GoLocalProv.com (read the article here).
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The Montreal Mob War Keeps Kicking: Rizzuto Syndicate Hit List Updated & Revisited

The bloodshed continued in the Montreal mafia this week with another in a long line of gangland slayings dating back to the late 2000s and related to a seismic clash for power in the Canadian mob underworld. On Thursday, Rizzuto crime family soldier Antonio De Blasio was killed in a suburb of Montreal, shot to death
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Biker War By The Bay: The Outlaws & Devils Diciples Tangled In Michigan’s Tri-Cities Back In The ’70s

The Bay City, Michigan chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club was birthed in blood. In 1977, chapter founders Ron (Runner) Wiltse, Don (Trigger) Hall, David (Frenchy) Wells and Rusty (Wishbone) Miller were convicted in the triple murder of three rival Devils Diciples as the pair of infamous biker gangs tussled for power in Michigan’s Tri-City region
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The Outlaws MC’s ‘Black Region’ Blasted By Bust A Decade Ago, Michigan & Indiana Bikers Burned In ’07 Fed Takedown

Outlaws Motorcycle Club boss Leroy (Black Region Roy) Frasier, who has looked after biker gang affairs in the states of Michigan and Indiana since the early 2000s, and several of his lieutenants were indicted for racketeering, weapons and narcotics offenses ten years ago this week on August 16, 2007. The 59-year old Frasier pled guilty to conspiracy charges and did
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Chitown Mafia Figure Rocky LaMantia Passes Away Prior To 60th Birthday, Lived Life Fast & Loose On Windy City’s Southside

Chicago wiseguy Rocky LaMantia died at 59 years old last week, his name forever tied to the killing of his high school sweetheart Martha DiCaro in 1979 and just a few years removed from serving a prison sentence for being the wheelman in the armed robbery of a pawn shop. LaMantia, a multiple-time convicted felon
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Midwest Motorcycle Club Invasion? Fourth of July Biker Rally Brings Mongols MC To Michigan

The Mongols Motorcycle Club might be trying to make inroads into Michigan. According to sources in law enforcement, members of the Mongols showed up at a July 4th biker rally held in southern Michigan. The state of Michigan has long been a hub of Midwest biker gang activity and successful in keeping west coast clubs
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Tale Of Patriarca Clan’s Bonded Vault Heist Headed To Hollywood, ‘The Last Good Heist’ Gets Movie Option

The story of the notorious Bonded Vault Heist is going to the big screen with a big name attached to shepherd the project to multiplexes nationwide. Earlier this week, scorching-hot novelist Don Winslow and The Story Factory production company optioned The Last Good Heist, a 2016 book chronicling the largest bank robbery in American history
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The Outfit’s ‘Karate Kid’ Gets A Break, Chicago Mob Turncoat Georgie Brown Gets Sentence Reduced

Former Chicago mafia associate and highly-feared enforcer George (Georgie Karate) Brown will be getting out of prison more than two years before scheduled. Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Edmond Chang ordered Brown’s sentenced reduced, chopping off the final two and a half years of an original three and a half year bid imposed last fall
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Affairs Of The Heart led To Taco Bowman’s Apprehension, Outlaws MC Boss’ Girl Problems Got Him Caught

Historic Outlaws Motorcycle Club president Harry (Taco) Bowman had a love life that ultimately interfered with his life as a fugitive. Bowman was arrested for racketeering and murder after almost two years of avoiding capture when one of his girlfriends turned him in because of her anger over his romantic dalliances while away from his
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Former Outlaws MC President Taco Bowman & The Detroit Mob Squared Off In ’90s Dice Game Dispute

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club and the mafia in Detroit almost went to war in the early 1990s when Outlaws boss Harry (Taco) Bowman began muscling in on a series of dice games belonging to the notorious Giacalone crew. Bowman eventually backed off and soon both sides of the feud were in handcuffs and had more
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The Legend Of Taco Bowman: Beloved Outlaws MC Leader’s Biker Empire Began Crumbling In Summer Of ’97

The beginning of the end for dynamic Outlaws Motorcycle Club boss Harry (Taco) Bowman came 20 years ago this week, in August 1997, via a federal racketeering and murder indictment out of Tampa, Florida. Bowman, today 67 and serving a life prison sentence, went on the run from the law for the next 22 months,
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The Domino Effect: Providence Pot Grower Pulls Probation In Return For Leading Feds To DiSarro’s Remains

New England mafia associate Billy Ricci was the first domino to fall in the shocking cold-case murder revelations that have rocked the Patriarca crime family in the past year and a half. He flipped in early 2016 and by that spring the FBI descended on his Providence, Rhode Island property off Branch Avenue and dug
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Underling Of Alleged Philly Drug Lord ‘Thaddy Ock’ Townsend Bumped Off Minutes Following Walking Away With Probation

Philadelphia drug world figure Anthony Reaves was slain this week less than an hour after he received a suspiciously lenient sentence in state court for his role in a large narcotics ring being run out of the Bennett Homes housing projects in Chester, Pennsylvania. Reaves, 41, had been cooperating with prosecutors in Delaware County in
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No Love Lost: Jimmy Hoffa & Chuckie O’ Brien’s Relationship Hit Rock Bottom In Months Preceding Hoffa’s Murder

Whether former mob associate Chuckie O’Brien was involved in the kidnaping and murder of iconic Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa in 1975 is uncertain. What is certain is that O’Brien, Hoffa’s adopted son and the basis for the Tom Hagen character in The Godfather book and film, was at odds with his surrogate father at
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Time After Time: The Hoffa Investigation Timeline – 42 Years Of Looking For Answers

Legendary labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa was kidnapped and killed 42 years ago this week. The historic crime remains unsolved and Hoffa’s body has never been discovered. The question of what really happened to Jimmy Hoffa is eternally embedded in pop-culture lore as the quintessential American unsolved mystery and continues to intrigue the masses and stir
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The Dramatics, Fast Eddie & The Algiers Motel Massacre: Detroit’s ’67 Riots Blended Civil Unrest With Motown & The Black Mob

R&B Hall of Famers and all-time classic soul-music crooners the Dramatics got their start with the help of notorious Detroit black racketeer Edward (Fast Eddie) Wingate and were connected to the infamous Algiers Motel Massacre, which occurred 50 years ago this week, July 26, 1967, amid a raging race riot in the Motor City. Oscar-winning
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Real-To-Reel: New Movie Details Motown’s Shame 50 Yrs. Ago – The Detroit ’67 Riots Timeline (Days 4 & 5)

Next month, Academy Award-winning film director Kathryn Bigelow will release Detroit, a recounting of the city’s devastating 1967 race riot, the most destructive period of civil unrest in American history. The riot marks its 50th anniversary this week. Lasting for a total of five days (July 23 through July 27), the riot literally tore the
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Jimmy Hoffa & The Mayor: Storied Slain Union Chief Had Quid Pro Quo Deal On Table W/ City Of Detroit When He Died

The day before he disappeared, legendary labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa had lunch with then Mayor of Detroit Coleman A. Young at the fabled Book Cadillac Hotel. The beloved and blustery former Teamsters union president was in the process of trying to reclaim his throne atop the empire of truckers and cartage-hauling workers he once led
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Real-To-Reel: New Movie Details Motown’s Shame 50 Yrs. Ago – The Detroit ’67 Riots Timeline (Day 3)

Next month, Academy Award-winning film director Kathryn Bigelow will release Detroit, a recounting of the city’s devastating 1967 race riot, the most destructive period of civil unrest in American history. The riot marks its 50th anniversary this week. Lasting for a total of five days (July 23 through July 27), the riot literally tore the
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Real-To-Reel: New Movie Details Motown’s Shame 50 Yrs. Ago – The Detroit ’67 Riots Timeline (Day 2)

Next month, Academy Award-winning film director Kathryn Bigelow will release Detroit, a recounting of the city’s devastating 1967 race riot, the most destructive period of civil unrest in American history. The riot marks its 50th anniversary this week. Lasting for a total of five days (July 23 through July 27), the riot literally tore the
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The Smell Of Steel: Outlaws MC Member ‘Stinky’ Umphress Finally Behind Bars, Summer On The Run Ends In Collier County, FLA

Florida biker gang lieutenant Greg (Stinky) Umphress can no longer dodge the stench of a jail cell. Umphress, a member of the Ocala, Florida chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, was taken into custody by state authorities over the weekend after dodging arrest in connection with a first-degree murder indictment for the past two months. He was caught in East
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Real-To-Reel: New Movie Details Motown’s Shame 50 Yrs. Ago -The Detroit ’67 Riots Timeline (Day 1)

Next month, Academy Award-winning film director Kathryn Bigelow will release Detroit, a recounting of the city’s devastating 1967 race riot, the most destructive period of civil unrest in American history. The riot marks its 50th anniversary this week. Lasting for a total of five days (July 23 through July 27), the riot literally tore the
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How The Cookie Crumbled: Genovese Mobster ‘Cookie’ Faugno & Jimmy Hoffa May Have Met The Same Fate At N.J. Trash Dump

The remains of Genovese crime family figure Armand (Cookie) Faugno could have been disposed of in the same New Jersey toxic-waste landfill that possibly wound up being the final resting place of iconic slain labor union chief and mafia associate Jimmy Hoffa. Cookie Faugno, a member of Genovese mob captain Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano’s Jersey
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‘Godfather’ Of Hoffa Research Moldea Sheds New Light On Labor Union Leader’s Unsolved Murder, Brings Fmr. NJ Wiseguy Into Picture

Deceased east coast mobster Vinnie Ravo may have played a role in the disappearance of labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa, according to brand new reporting by best-selling author and world-renowned investigative journalist Dan Moldea, the preeminent authority and expert on the historic Hoffa case. A source of Moldea’s names Ravo as one of those who helped
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The Skinny Joey Tapes: Philly Mob Chief Making Old Impressions New Once Again, Per Recent Response Motion

This week’s 67-page response motion filed by the U.S. Attorneys Office in New York gave us our first tiny glimpse at the hundreds of hours of audio surveillance evidence the government has compiled on alleged Philadelphia mob don Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino over the last five years. Besides his now already-famous opining on the ease of murdering those close to him, released in a brief
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Analyzing Skinny Joey Merlino’s Statement On Murder: Lone Philly Mob Rubout To Match Boss’ Boast Is Spring ’96 Clipping

The only murder reputed Philadelphia mafia boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino is suspected of carrying out that possibly matches the method he was recorded bragging of favoring on an FBI wire three years ago is the 1996 Michael (Dutchie) Avicolli hit. Merlino, 55, was taped telling mobsters in New York’s Genovese crime family in 2014 “It’s easy to kill
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Real-To-Reel: Old School Detroit Drug Dons ‘A.D.’ & ‘Big Ed’ Go To Big Screen In 2018 White Boy Rick Movie

Former crack-era Detroit drug czars Art Derrick and Edward (Big Ed) Hanserd will appear as characters in the upcoming White Boy Rick movie set to unspool the crazy tale of one-time illegal juvenile federal informant and Southeast Michigan teenage cocaine dealer Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe. Derrick will be played by Eddie Marsan of Ray Donovan fame and
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Ray Romano Tapped To Play Famous Detroit Mob Lawyer Bill Bufalino In Star-Studded Hoffa Movie

Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian Ray Romano has been cast as legendary mafia mouthpiece and Detroit labor-union leader Bill Bufalino, Sr. in the new Martin Scorsese 100-million dollar film entitled The Irishman, starring a who’s who of iconic mob-movie actors. The film will detail how historic Teamsters union president and mob associate Jimmy Hoffa was
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