Posts byScott Burnstein

The Italian Job: New Motive For Unsolved Philly Mob Murder Emerges From Podcast Interview

June 4, 2020 – The Philadelphia mob’s leadership feared veteran button man Raymond (Long John) Martorano was loading up for war and importing “zip” shooters from Sicily when they decided to kill him, according to an interview with Long John’s son on the most-recent episode of the Philly Prime podcast. Long John Martorano, 75, was
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BMF Soldier & Puff Daddy Bodyguard P.J. Buford Wants Out Of Prison After COVID-19 Diagnosis

June 4, 2020 — Former Bad Boy Records security chief Paul (P.J.) Buford is seeking a get-out-of-jail free card from a federal judge in Detroit based on his contracting the Coronavirus in prison serving a 20-year prison term for narcotics trafficking activity as a member of the notorious Black Mafia Family. Buford, 50, is one
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Colorful Windy City Mob Soldier, “Mickey The Gorilla” Gone At 82, Hailed For Safecracking Ability

June 4, 2020 – Gregarious Chicago mobster Michael (Mickey the Gorilla) Gurgone died recently at 82 surrounded by his loved ones. Gurgone was a noted thief and collector for the Outfit’s Southside crew also referred to as the 26th Street or Chinatown crew. He was known for his big personality, brute strength and skill as
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Living On The Wild Side: The Chicago Outfit’s “Wild Bunch” Murder Timeline (1971-1981)

The Chicago mob’s Wild Bunch, a sub-unit of the Outfit’s historic Cicero crew, ran roughshod over the Windy City underworld in the 1970s and early 1980s. Cicero capo Joe Ferriola put the crew together as a special personal enforcement team that would be assigned the crew’s toughest murder assignments. Ferriola’s nephew Harry (The Hook) Aleman
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Once Upon A Time In The D: The BMF History Book & Big Meech Timeline (1985-2020)

Black Mafia Family (BMF) was a movement on the street unparalleled in American history. The “BMF era” in the dope game was defined by previously unheard of wealth and influence. Drug lords and BMF co-founders Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory and Terry (Southwest T) Flenory became the definitions of what a New Millennium crime boss looks
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Four Corner Hustlers Take Another Hit, Chicago Gang Member Can’t Get His Murder Conviction Reversed

June 1, 2020 – The Illinois State Supreme Court has declined to overturn a 2010 Lake County jury verdict of first-degree murder against Four Corner Hustlers gang member Donnell (D-Light) Green on the grounds of conflict of interest related to his defense. Green’s attorney, Robert Ritacca, had once served as legal counsel to Green’s intended
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Trial Date Set For Cartel Boss El Mencho’s Daughter, “La Negra”, Judge Still Won’t Grant Bond

May 30, 2020 — Narcos princess Jessica (La Negra) Oseguero will go to trial in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. in December for five counts of money laundering related to her father, notorious Mexican drug kingpin Nemesio (El Mencho) Oseguera’s Jalisco “New Generation” Cartel. Per her indictment filed in February, the 33-year old La
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Junior Flores Will Have To Wait Until Fall To See Freedom, Compassionate Release Motion Denied

May 28, 2020 — The feds are saying not-so-fast to famous DEA informant Margarito (Junior) Flores. Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman rejected Flores’ bid for a compassionate release on grounds of him being susceptible to the COVID-19 virus due to a recent a blood infection contracted during oral surgery. He’s scheduled
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Street Lord Juan Looking For Compassionate Release, Motor City Rap God Hopes To Continue Trend

May 27, 2020 – Beloved Detroit rapper DaJuan (Street Lord Juan) Wren is trying to fight his way out of prison early on the crest of the Coronavirus pandemic many non-violent offenders in his same situation are successfully leveraging for their freedom. Wren, 43, was found guilty at a federal drug and weapons trial in
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Infamous Canadian Gangland Figure “Picasso” Woolley Won’t Be Released From Prison Early

May 26, 2020 – Well-known Montreal mob associate Gregory (Picasso) Woolley was recently denied his request for parole and the opportunity to walk free more than a year early from a drug-dealing conviction due to Coronavirus concerns. Woolley was busted for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana inside the Montreal Detention Center two years ago awaiting
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Toronto Mafia Chief Jimmy DeMaria Has No-Contact Order For Operation Canadian ‘Ndranghetta 2 Crew

May 24, 2020 – The men Toronto mob boss Jimmy DeMaria must stay away from on home confinement awaiting deportation proceedings were all indicted in “Operation Canadian ‘Ndranghetta Connection 2” out of Italy last year. DeMaria, 66, had been in prison for six years on a parole violation until his release last month and detainment
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Toronto Mob Don Jimmy DeMaria Allowed To Await Decision On Deportation From Home

May 23, 2020 — Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board granted Toronto mafia boss Jimmy DeMaria his request for release to home confinement this week as it decides whether he will be deported back to Italy. DeMaria, 66, was released from an Ontario prison last month after doing 6 years for a parole violation, only to
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Jesse In The Sky With Diamonds: Ex Pagans MC VP Dies With Reputation For Being Against Drugs

May 22, 2020 – Former Pagans Motorcycle Club chief Floyd (Diamond Jesse) Moore died this spring at 75 in Charleston, West Virginia. Moore was the club’s national vice president for much of the 2000s. DEA records note Diamond Jesse’s anti-drug stance in the club, a rarity in outlaw biker circles. Moore pleaded guilty to racketeering
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Jailhouse Lawyer’s Conference Didn’t Go As Planned In Philly Mob Saga, Tommy Horsehead Wasn’t Swayed

May 21, 2020 — In the weeks before a federal murder and racketeering indictment dropped in the City of Brotherly Love back in 2000, prominent criminal defense attorney Joe Santaguida arrived at the Bucks County Prison with a message for Philadelphia mobster Gaetano (Tommy Horsehead) Scafidi: his childhood pals weren’t planning to kill him when
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The Long Arm Of The Law: Chi. Outfit Figure Mario Rainone Looking For Compassionate Release

May 21, 2020 – Chicago mob soldier Mario (The Arm) Rainone is seeking a compassionate release from his federal prison sentence for a gun charge due to health concerns related to the Coronavirus. Famed Windy City mob lawyer Joe (The Shark) Lopez filed the motion with U.S. District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber Tuesday on behalf
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El Chapo’s Top Two Guys In The U.S. Are Hiding Money While They Fight For Early Release, Feds Claim

May 19, 2020 — Federal prosecutors are finally admitting that the Flores brothers, the two twins that took down world-famous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, may have hidden assets waiting for them when they return from prison. Pedro (Little Pete) Flores and Margarito (Junior) Flores, 38, were the Sinaloa Cartel’s top distribution lieutenants
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Coronavirus Claims Detroit Mafia Figure, Hoffa Case Knowledge Possibly Goes With Him To The Grave

May 19, 2020 – Detroit mob soldier Antonio (Toto) Ruggirello died of COVID-19 this week at 83 years old. He was the last of the four nails-tough Ruggirello brothers who once ran a crew that controlled rackets in Washtenaw and Genesee Counties. The Ruggirellos have appeared on government investigative reports as “persons of interest” in
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“El Chino Antrax” Found Slain In Mexico, Cartel Hit Man Lived By Sword, Died By It

May 17, 2020 — Feared Sinaloa Cartel assassin Jose Rodrigo (El Chino Antrax) Gamboa was killed Friday in Mexico along with his sister and brother-in-law after being reported missing by his parole officer in the United States late last week. The 39-year old Gamboa served six years in a federal correctional facility in California before
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Off The Map, In The Wind: Sinaloa Cartel Enforcer “El Chino Antrax” Vanishes

May 17, 2020 – Mexican drug cartel hit man Jose Rodrigo (El Chino Antrax) Gamboa, 39, was released from a U.S. Federal Penitentiary on parole in early March and has disappeared. Authorities speculate he is either dead or has fled back to Mexico. Gamboa’s sister was found slain in Mexico over the weekend.  Before his
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Still Scrapping On Socials: 50 Cent Not Buying Irv Gotti’s Excuses In Failing To Pay Back BMF Alleged Debt

May 16, 2020 — New York music mogul Irv Gotti needs more time to repay a debt owed to Black Mafia Family boss Terry (Southwest T) Flenory, according to a post rapper and actor 50 Cent made on his Instagram Thursday. Earlier this week, Gotti denied owing Flenory any money after a series of social
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Blue Thunder Drug Crew Boss Dies From COVID-19, Found Redemption Later In Life

May 15, 2020 – Retired New York drug lord Myles Coker died of the Coronavirus this week at 69. The gentlemanly former heroin baron was co-founder of the Blue Thunder narcotics organization, affiliated with the Italian mob’s Bonanno crime family in the 1980s and early 1990s. Coker stood trial in 1994 in federal court alongside
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Longtime Philly Mafia Mouthpiece Joe Santaguida Dies, Repped String Of Crime Family Chieftains

May 15, 2020 — Philadelphia mob lawyer Joe Santaguida passed away this week at 81 from Parkinson’s disease. Santaguida was an esteemed member of the Philly and North Jersey legal community and represented Bruno-Scarfo crime family leaders Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino, Joseph (Uncle Joe) Ligambi and Joseph (Joe Mousie) Massimino, among others. Local mob expert
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Uncle Joe Has Nine Lives: Philly Mob Leader Dodged Bullet In ’83 Murder Case, Set Tone For Career

May 13, 2020 — Philadelphia mafia elder statesman Joseph (Uncle Joe) Ligambi was indicted for disposing the dead body of a Gambino soldier in 1985, but had the case dropped before trial. The 80-year old Ligambi, who reportedly retired from his acting boss post last August and may be serving in some consigliere-type capacity these
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Rapper’s Delight: Irv Gotti Gets More Call-Outs From 50 Cent Over Alleged BMF Debt

May 12, 2020 — The social-media assault launched by 50 Cent on alleged Black Mafia Family debtors continued this week, with the rapper and actor throwing more shade at Irv Gotti. Legal experts speculate the public threats could potentially cause legal problems for him and the former leaders of the fabled cocaine dynasty. “Boy, you
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The Homecoming Brigade: Springfield Mob Figures Returning To Changing Landscape

May 11, 2020 – The Springfield (MA) mob is welcoming two of its own back to town: convicted bookmaker David (Fat Chicky) Cecchetelli was released from federal lock-up late last month and wiseguy Ralphie Santaniello is walking out of a Pennsylvania federal prison this week after four years behind bars on extortion and gambling pinches.
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Chicago Mafia Bids Farewell To “Joey Pooch,” Cicero Crew Bookie Cashes In His Chips

May 10, 2020 – Chicago mob figure Joe (Joey Pooch) Pascucci died at 87 this week following a long career as an Outfit gambling boss. The Pooch belonged to the Outfit’s Cicero crew. For decades, Pascucci ran gambling rackets in the Windy City’s Northwest suburbs. His last bust came in the summer of 2004 for
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Historic Drug Lord Big Meech Has Bid For Prison Release Rejected By Federal Judge In Detroit

May 8, 2020 — United States District Court Judge David Lawson denied high-profile drug kingpin Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory’s request for a compassionate release due to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, one day after his little brother and co-defendant Terry (Southwest T) Flenory walked free. Lawson told attorneys for Big Meech that the order of operation
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All Bets Are Off: 50 Cent Goes After BMF Debtors On The Gram As Southwest T Leaves Prison

May 7, 2020 — Rapper and actor 50 Cent is doing a victory lap this week with his friend, Black Mafia Family boss Terry (Southwest T) Flenory, walking out of prison on a compassionate release order. He immediately began trolling hip-hop moguls Sean (Puff Daddy) Combs and Irv Gotti, who he claims owe Flenory and
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A Killing At Club Chaos: Big Meech, BMF & The Murder Of “Wolf” Jones

May 7, 2020 — The federal government appears to be threatening to charge Black Mafia Family founder Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory with a cold-case murder from 2003. In a response brief filed last Friday, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Matthew Schneider requested U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson reject the legendary
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Feds Hoping To Keep Big Meech Locked Up, Iconic Drug Boss Has “Pending Murder Charge” Per Court Filing

May 6, 2020 – The United States Attorneys Office in Detroit is objecting to the early release of revered drug baron Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory from his 30-year prison term. Flenory, 51 years old and ubiquitous in hip-hop culture, is seeking a compassionate release because of the COVID-19 health crisis like his little brother and
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MJ Cut Charlotte Drug Dealer A Check For Bets Lost On Golf Course, Lied To Police

May 5, 2020 — Michael Jordan paid a gambling debt to a drug dealer in North Carolina and then lied about it to authorities back in the 1990s at the peak of his NBA stardom and standing as the best basketball player in the world. Jordan, a North Carolina native, wrote infamous Charlotte narcotics trafficker,
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Fast-Track To Freedom: BMF Boss Man Blows The Coop, Drug Lord “Southwest T” Let Out Of Prison

May 4, 2020 – Black Mafia Family co-founder Terry (Southwest T) Flenory was released early from prison Monday morning. The gangster gods shined brightly in Southwest T’s direction last week when he was granted sentence-relief and ordered to be let loose 6 years earlier than expected. The 50-year old Flenory and his more well-known older
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Coke Baron Can’t Catch A Break With Federal Judge, Cali Cartel Boss Has Bid For Release Blocked

May 2, 2020 – United States District Court Judge Federico Moreno out of Miami denied Colombian drug kingpin Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela’s petition for a compassionate release this week. The 81-year old founder of the Cali Cartel filed a brief with Moreno last month seeking relief from a 30-year prison sentence on the grounds of bad health
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Griselda Blanco Movie Is A Go, J-Lo Jumpstarts Passion Project Amid Hot Streak

May 1, 2020 — Jennifer Lopez’s “Godmother” film project is finally getting off the ground. She’s in “J-Lo mode” and calling shots like its 2002 all over again. The superstar actress and pop singer announced her plans to make a movie based on the life of Colombian queenpin Griselda (The Godmother) Blanco back in 2016.
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Freedom Says Not So Fast: Canadian Govt. Seeks To Deport Godfather Of Toronto Mafia….Again

April 30, 2020 — Toronto mob don Jimmy DeMaria was released on parole from a Kingston, Ontario prison and picked up by Canadian Border Service Agents for deportation to Italy the same day. The 66-year old DeMaria was locked up in 2014 on a parole violation for attending a pair of weddings where there were
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Detroit’s “Felix the Cat” Released From Prison, One-Time Drug Chief Free At 78

April 29, 2020 — Former Detroit drug kingpin Felix (The Cat) Walls walked out of prison over the weekend, tasting freedom for the first time in 26 years. He’d been serving his time in a federal correctional facility in Arkansas and is expected to live with family members in Milwaukee to finish off his parole.
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The Postman Always Rings Twice: Springfield (MA) Mobster Trying To Get In Front Of Supreme Court

April 27, 2020 — Springfield (MA.) mob enforcer Richie (The Postman) Valentini is appealing his 2017 federal extortion conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. Valentini, 55, got out of prison late last year after serving 20 months for shaking down a Western Massachusetts tow-truck company owner for $20,000. Attorneys for the tall, thick-necked Valentini claim
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Windy City Mob Says Goodbye To Marco D’Amico, Elmwood Park Power Dead At 84

April 24, 2020 — Chicago mafia elder statesman Marco (The Mover) D’Amico died this week at the age of 84. D’Amico served as a top advisor and official consigliere to longtime Outfit don John (Johnny No Nose) DiFronzo, who passed two years ago of a dementia-related illness. DiFronzo took power in the Chicago mafia in
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Rooster Flies The Coup: Genovese Capo, Springfield (MA) Mob Overseer, Gets Out Of The Can

April 23, 2020 — Genovese crime family captain Eugene (Rooster) Onofrio was released from prison this week after serving almost two years on a racketeering conviction stemming from the 2016 “East Coast LCN” enterprise case. The 77-year old Onofrio is in charge of Genovese affairs in Springfield, Massachusetts, a longtime outpost for the New York
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Steadying Influence: Motown Mob’s Fix-It Man, “Steady Eddie” Karam, Succumbs To Coronavirus

April 22, 2020 – Detroit mafia associate and talented gangland fixer Mitchell (Steady Eddie) Karam died of COVID-19 this week at 87. The consummate hustler, Karam was famous in Motor City mob circles for his craftsmanship. Karam recently did federal prison time for fixing college football and basketball games at the University of Toledo and
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How Cleveland Mafioso Allie Calabrese Died In ’99 Might Have Gone To The Grave With Joe Loose

April 20, 2020 — The mystery surrounding the 1999 death of Cleveland mobster Alfred (Allie Con) Calabrese is an intriguing part of Joseph (Joe Loose) Iacobacci’s legacy as mafia don of Ohio. Iacobacci, 70, died of natural causes in retirement last Thursday. He headed the Cleveland mafia from the early 1990s until he voluntarily walked
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Gangster’s Paradise: GD Boss Larry Hoover Looking For Help From Federal Judge In Seeing Free World Again

April 15, 2020 — Legendary Chicago gangland leader Larry Hoover is hoping that the First Step Act, championed by Windy City rap god Kanye West and signed into law by President Donald Trump a year ago, opens up the prison gates for him. A pair of his top lieutenants were set free in recent months
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Good Guys Wear Black: Biker Big Shot In Europe Doing His Best To Combat The Coronavirus

April 14, 2020 — The Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s European boss Stuart (Dink) Dawson is running a free-food campaign out of his Chicago 1935 American Diner in North Wales to help in the world’s fight against the COVID-19 virus. Dawson, 56, is giving away meals every day but Sunday, between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. The
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Lights, Camera, Action: Starz Gives 50 Cent Go-Ahead For Black Mafia Family Project

April 12, 2020 — The much-hyped BMF television show was green-lit by the Starz network last week, officially giving hip hop mogul 50 Cent the okay to begin shooting his new show about the Flenory brothers and their colossal Black Mafia Family drug organization which reigned supreme in the 1990s and first half of the
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Angelesco Cops To Extortion Beef In Boston, Mob Soldier Staring Down Two Decades In The Can

April 9, 2020 — New England mob figure Billy (The Angel) Angelesco recently pleaded guilty to extortion in U.S. District Court out of Boston. Angelesco, 49, is a reputed member of the Patriarca crime family. Along with two associates, he beat up and robbed a drug dealer in Abington, Massachusetts in September 2018. They pummeled
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FBI Knows Motives Of Info Given On Junior Gotti, No Charges Expected In His Connection To Latin Kings

April 8, 2020 – Rivals of retired New York mafia don John (Junior) Gotti had informants plant false tips with the FBI and the feds are aware of the intelligence gleaned regarding accusations of Gotti middling relations between the Italian mob and the Latin Kings being compromised, per GR sources. Last week, both Gangland News
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