Posts byScott Burnstein

Lawyers For Chicago Mafia Button Man Hoping To Get Compassionate Release Amid COVID-19 Concerns

March 31, 2020 – Chicago mob soldier Paulie (The Indian) Schiro is seeking early-release from his federal prison sentence for racketeering on the basis of being at risk for contracting the Coronavirus (COVID 19). Schiro was the Outfit’s representative in Arizona before getting swept up in a high-end jewelry-theft ring bust and the landmark Operations
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Chuck Berry & The Mob: The Godfather Of Rock’N Roll Vs. The Godfather Of Milwaukee

March 29, 2020 – Music pioneer Chuck Berry got in hot water with the Milwaukee mafia in the 1960s after refusing to show up for a booked concert at a mob-owned nightclub in Wisconsin because he was angry for not being paid for previous appearances, per FBI records obtained and released by the Chicago Sun-Times
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King Cobra Confidential: The Real Scarface Can Be Seen In Netflix’s Tiger King

March 27, 2020 – Mario (The Cobra) Tabraue was the colorful Miami drug lord who inspired Al Pacino’s Tony Montana character in the iconic 1983 film Scarface. The 65-year old Tabraue appears in the Netflix docu-series Tiger King, a runaway streaming sensation and genuine pop-culture phenomenon that chronicles a business and legal war that erupted
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Swimming With Sharks: Hoffa Laid To Rest In NJ Mobsters Briguglio Bros. Swimming Pools, Per FBI Informants

March 24, 2020 – Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa’s body was possibly buried under one of the Briguglio brothers’ swimming pools, according to FBI records unearthed by Fox News. Slain New Jersey wiseguy Salvatore (Sally Bugs) Briguglio has always been considered one of the top suspects in the labor leader’s famed unsolved disappearance and murder. Many
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Windy City Mafia Hangout Received Visit From CPD For Allegedly Violating COVID-19 Restrictions

March 22, 2020 — Chicago mob hot spot, Richard’s Bar, was investigated by police for operating an open bar after the city ordered all bars and restaurants closed to the public amid the Corona Virus (COVID 19) virus outbreak. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a “shelter in place” order for the entire state Saturday. Residents
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Colombian Drug Kingpin Wants Out Of Prison To Protect Himself From The Corona Virus

March 20, 2020 – Attorneys for former Narcos crime lord Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela filed a brief in Miami’s U.S. District Court to have their client granted compassionate release based on a combination of the one-time Colombian cocaine kingpin’s fragile health and the outbreak of the Corona (COVID-19) virus , which is ravaging the American healthcare system
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No Brotherly Love: Philly Mob Don Murdered By His Own Consigliere 40 Years Ago

March 18, 2020 – Philadelphia mafia boss Angelo Bruno was assassinated 40 years ago this week, sending his crime family reeling into a decade-and-half of intermittent violence that destabilized a once cohesive organization and led to a series of rocky tenures for his successors. Nicknamed the Docile Don for his low-key, level-headed demeanor, Bruno, 69,
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Jersey Pagans MC’er “Miserable Freddy” Augello Took Issue With Famed Atty. To Philly Mafia Leaders

March 16, 2020 — In late 2017, New Jersey Pagans Motorcycle Club elder statesman Ferdinand (Miserable Freddy) Augello met with a Philadelphia mob figure to discuss his displeasure with superstar attorney Edwin Jacobs having offered up his name to authorities as a suspect in the murder of radio host April Kauffman, according to FBI records,
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GR Sources: Mob Chief Albie Vena Didn’t Have View To A Kill At Chicago Mafia HQ In Feb Bar Murder

March 15, 2020 — Reputed Chicago mob street boss Albert (Albie the Falcon) Vena was not present last month at his Richard’s Bar headquarters on the Windy City’s near westside when a murder occurred outside its doors, multiple sources say. He or someone working on his behalf, did however, according to two different sources, try
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Labor Of Love: K.C. Mafia Button Man “Johnny Labor” Dies, Buried By Civella Crew Leaders

March 12, 2020 — Kansas City mob soldier John (Johnny Labor) Caresio recently passed away and was laid to rest by a who’s-who of alleged Civella crime family figures. The 77-year old Caresio died of natural causes on February 23. Reputed Missouri mob chiefs John (Johnny Joe) Sciortino, Peter (Las Vegas Pete) Simone and Frank
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A Rage Up In The Raleigh House: Man Says He Watched Jimmy Hoffa’s Body Get Dumped At Detroit Disco

March 9, 2020 – Another person has come forward to say they believe they saw Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa’s body disposed of at the old Raleigh House disco and banquet hall in Southfield, Michigan, just four miles up the road from where Hoffa was last seen alive. The 62-year old Hoffa vanished from the parking
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No Longer In Charge: Detroit Drug Bosses “HNIC Pesh” & “HNIC Killa Ken” Sent Away To Federal Prison

March 8, 2020 — The leaders of Detroit’s HNIC Gang were sentenced to long federal prison terms last week. Antoine (HNIC Pesh) Woods was hit with a 31-year bid for heading the westside drug-dealing outfit and his brother Austin (HNIC Killa Ken) Woods, was slapped with a 14-year stint for being his No. 2 man.
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“Uncle Mick,” Urlacher’s Baby Bro, Plead Not Guilty In Federal Gambling Case Out Of ChiTown

March 5, 2020 — All eleven people charged in last month’s big-money gambling bust in Chicago pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court, including alleged ringleader Vincent (Uncle Mick) Delgiudice and Metawa, Illinois Mayor Casey Urlacher, brother of Chicago Bears’ all-time great Brian Urlacher. The 54-year old Delgiudice lives in Orland Park and according to
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Mob Hot Spot Was Being Watched By FBI As Homicide Unfolded On Chicago’s Westside

March 3, 2020 — The FBI had a Chicago bar and mob headquarters under surveillance last month when a murder occurred outside the establishment, according to exclusive Gangster Report sources. After the Chicago Police interviewed and released the suspect on February 24, the Feds pushed Cook County prosecutors for homicide charges to be filed, these
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In The Name Of The Father: Feds Snag Narcos Kingpin “El Mencho’s” Kids

March 1, 2020 — The son and daughter of The FBI Most Wanted Mexican drug lord Nemesio (El Mencho) Oseguera Cervantes are both in American custody. His son, Ruben (El Menchito) Oseguera Gonzales, 30, was extradited to the United States last month to face narcotics and racketeering charges. His daughter Jessica (La Negra) Oseguera Gonzales
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Windy City Gambling Ring Cracked Wide Open By Feds, Mayor & Cop Down For The Count

February 26, 2020 — The FBI broke up a Chicago sports gambling ring being run out of Orland Park last week, indicting 10 people for allegedly operating an off shore betting business on the internet. The lead defendant in the case is Vincent (Uncle Mick) Delgiudice. Sources claim the gambling ring paid protection to the
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The Bistro A-Go-Go Hit: Book Finally Closed On Famous Chicago Mafia Murder

February 23, 2020 — The Chicago Police cleared a 54-year old mob hit recently, officially putting to bed the gangland slaying of former Outfit loan shark Larry Stubitsch. The killing is steeped in Midwest mob lore but until late last year was still considered a cold case by the FBI and CPD. Although most of
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Motown Crime Boss “Polo” Temple Will Spend The Next 30 Years Behind Bars

February 20, 2020 — Detroit drug kingpin DeMarco (Polo) Temple was sentenced to 30 years in prison this week in federal court after being convicted in a widespread narcotics and racketeering case. The 31-year old Temple and a dozen underlings were indicted for pushing heroin, cocaine and Fentanyl in the summer of 2016. Authorities consider
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Drug Kingpin “Cesar The Abuser” Headed To South Florida Soon To Face Coke Case

February 16, 2020 — Federal authorities in Miami filed an extradition order last week looking to take custody of Dominican Republican drug lord Cesar (The Abuser) Peralta, currently jailed in Colombia after a flight from justice and alleged connections to Major League Baseball players. Peralta’s name surfaced in the Boston press last year in theories
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Westside Detroit Drug World Figures, “Evil & Pops,” Arrested For Running House Of Horrors

February 15, 2020 — The feds in Detroit took down a drug and prostitution ring on the city’s westside Friday morning, indicting reputed partners-in-crime, Erskin (Evil) Perryman and Elijah (Pops) Goodman. Both men are convicted felons with arrest records dating back decades. For at least the past four years, the pair have headed a racketeering
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Hoffa Foster Son, Chuckie O’Brien, Dies In Florida Never Officially Being Cleared Of Role In Hoffa Hit

February 14, 2020 — Former Teamsters delegate and Detroit mob associate Chuckie O’Brien died this week at 86 living in retirement in Florida and actively trying to clear his name after decades of most-likely wrongly being implicated in the crime of the century. O’Brien was iconic labor leader Jimmy Hoffa’s surrogate son, for years a
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Pagan’s MC Chief Walks From Prison, NJ Biker Power “Pita” Fowler Back For Club’s Expansion Push

February 13, 2020 — New Jersey Pagan’s Motorcycle Club boss Tim (Pita) Fowler was recently released from prison after a decade behind bars for plotting to kill rival Hells Angels club leaders. The 51-year old Fowler is a former U.S. Marine and served as president of the Pagan’s Trenton chapter in the 2000s. It’s unclear
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Back In A Flash: Phil Narducci Completes Short Prison Term, Philly Mob Capo Returns Home

February 11, 2020 — Philadelphia mob powerhouse Phil Narducci was released from prison this week after an eight-month stay for loan sharking. He was serving his time in New York and as of Monday was on home confinement back in South Philly, per newsbreaker Dave Schratwieser of Fox29, who first reported it on his social
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Chicago Mob Asset In Hollywood, Spilotro Bros.’ Buddy, Bob Conrad, Dead At 84

February 10, 2020 — Old-school television star Robert Conrad, a close friend of the Chicago mob’s famously-feared Spilotro brothers, died of natural causes in Malibu, California over the weekend. The 84-year old Conrad played U.S. Secret Serviceman James West, a 19th Century “James Bond on horseback,” on the hit show The Wild, Wild West for
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Riding With The Devil: Hells Angels Set Up Shop In Michigan For First Time

February 8, 2020 — Great Lakes dreaming became a reality for Sonny Barger and the boys last month. The Hells Angels, the world’s most infamous motorcycle club, have opened their first chapter in Michigan, establishing the Hells Angels Michigan Nomads somewhere between Lansing and Mount Pleasant. Based on the West Coast, the iconic Hells Angels
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Pablo’s Prized Pupil, Popeye Velasquez, Dies Of Cancer In Colombia, Narcos Legacy Endures

February 7, 2020 — Notorious “Narcos” hit man Jhon (Popeye) Velasquez died of stomach cancer in Bogota, Colombia this week at 57. The one-time right-hand man and top enforcer for Pablo Escobar, the world’s most wanted drug kingpin of the 1980s and early 1990s, Velasquez did 22 years in prison for the assassination of Colombian
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Appeals Court: Swindled Investors Can’t Recoup Money Lost At MGM Casino By Mob Associate In Motown

February 6, 2020 — The MGM Grand Casino in Detroit will not be held liable for millions of stolen dollars lost in gambling binges by a local wiseguy and con man, according to a ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals this week. MGM opened their Midwest flagship casino in Detroit in the summer of
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Time To Pay The Piper: Springfield (MA) Mobster Hit With Prison Time In Fraud Case

February 4, 2020 — Western Massachusetts mob-affiliate Talal (Big T) Soffan was sentenced this week to two and a half years in federal prison for credit card and bank fraud. More than a decade ago, the Lebanese wiseguy took a pinch in Springfield for racketeering-related offenses and received probation. Soffan, 46, pleaded guilty last year
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Providence Mafia Murder Meter: The Federal Hill Hit List (1932-1992)

Federal Hill is the heart of mob territory in Providence. The historic neighborhood has played host to a considerable amount of gangland violence through the years. Here’s a look back at the biggest Federal Hill mob hits of all-time. The Federal Hill Hit List (1932-1992): September 24, 1932 – African-American numbers boss Arthur (Daddy) Black
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From C-Town To Steeltown: State Supreme Court Orders New Trial In ’03 Pittsburgh Narcotics Murder

February 3, 2020 – Convicted murderer Michael (Cleveland Mike) Duncan was granted a new trial last week by the Pennsylvania Superior Court for a 2003 gangland slaying committed near Pittsburgh. The 43-year old Duncan hails from Cleveland but moved to the Pittsburgh area in the early 2000s and went to work for local drug boss
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Philly Mafia Figure Damion Canalichio Walks Free From Prison, Promotion On Table, Per Sources

January 30, 2020 — Philadelphia mobster Damion Canalichio was released from prison this week following 13 years in federal lock up for drug dealing, bookmaking and loansharking. Well-liked and trusted, his future in the underworld appears bright. The 50-year old Bruno-Scarfo crime family lieutenant was busted in his drug case in 2006 and then hit
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New England Outlaws MC’er “Little Jo Jo” Enters Not Guilty Plea In ’19 Parking Lot Murder

January 27, 2020 — Massachusetts Outlaws Motorcycle Club member Joseph (Little Jo Jo) Noe, Jr. pleaded not guilty to murder charges in state court at his arraignment last week. Denied bond, he’s being held in Bristol County Jail while awaiting trial. Noe, Jr., 25, was arrested in September for the fatal shooting of rival biker
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The Mob & The Beverly Hills Friars Club: Johnny Roselli Caught Cheating Hollywood In ’60s Card-Game Scam

January 25, 2020 – The mob-infused Beverly Hills Friars Club fixed card-game scandal rocked the L.A. entertainment scene as well as certain major sectors of the Midwest mob when it broke in the late 1960s. Storied mafia figure John (Handsome Johnny) Roselli and Las Vegas mob front man Maurice (Fat Maury) Friedman were busted in
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PA Boys Power Slim Brantley Back On The Outside, Detroit Drug Chief Checks Into Halfway House

January 24, 2020 — Detroit drug lord Dammone (Slim) Brantley was recently released to a halfway house in Atlanta after 17 years in federal prison. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Brantley, 48, served as second-in-charge of the infamous PA Boys gang, heading the organization’s expansion efforts down south in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.
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The San Francisco 49ers & The Mob: Super Bowl Team’s Ownership Group Has Alleged Dark History

January 24, 2020 – The DeBartolo name is synonymous with the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL, real estate wealth and in some circles, suspicion of mob ties. The 49ers will be making their seventh appearance in the Super Bowl next Sunday under the DeBartolo family ownership, currently one-point underdogs to the Kansas City Chiefs,
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Kansas City Chief’s Last Trip To Super Bowl In 1970 Plagued By Mob-Gambling Undertones

January 21, 2020 — The last time the Kansas City Chiefs made the Super Bowl a half-century ago, their star quarterback entered the showdown with the Minnesota Vikings hounded by questions of mob links. The turbo-charged Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24 back on Sunday to punch their first ticket to the big game in
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Detroit Feds Eager To Chat With Progeny Of Fmr. N.J. Wiseguys Offering Hoffa Tips

January 18, 2020 — The FBI in Detroit wants to talk to the sons of two deceased New Jersey underworld figures in relation to their recent claims of knowing where iconic slain Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is buried. Phil Moscato, Jr. and Frank Cappola did interviews last year with Fox News investigative reporter Eric Shawn
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Mongo & The Mafia: Hall Of Fame NFL Lineman Alex Karras Didn’t Play ’63 Season Due To Mob Dealings

January 17, 2020 — Alex Karras was sidelined for the entire 1963 NFL campaign because of gambling and mob ties, the only blemish on an otherwise immaculate pro football career where he was one of the most feared defensive linemen in the league. Karras was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week.
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The Full-Court Press Continues: Detroit Feds File Arson Case Against Another Rider

January 15, 2020 — If the feds can’t nail notorious Detroit street legend George (G.G.) Rider for arson, they seem content on settling for his brother. G.G. Rider was convicted in state court of being the middle man in a murder-for-hire plot back in the summer and is doing life in prison. That didn’t stop
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Hoffa Murder Suspect Tony Pal Also Eyed In ’85 Detroit Mafia Hit Of Harry Mack

January 11, 2020 — A decade after Detroit mobster Anthony (Tony Pal) Palazzolo might have killed Teamsters chief Jimmy Hoffa, he was allegedly involved in another, less publically scrutinized gangland murder conspiracy. Palazzolo lost his bout with stomach cancer last year at 76. He served as the Detroit mafia’s consigliere in the final years of
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Feds Pound “Pal Joey” With Additional Charges, NY Wiseguy Getting Punished For Friendship With Philly Boss

January 10, 2020 — The feds are coming after reputed low-level New York mob figure Pete Tuccio with a vengeance. Could the reason be his cozy relationship with Philadelphia mafia don Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino, Public Enemy No. 1 for east coast mob busters since the 1990s? Conventional wisdom would say yes. Tuccio saw even
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The Hoffa Dumped At Raleigh House Angle Got Play By Feds In Detroit Into 2000s

January 7, 2020 – Up until at least the late 2000s, the FBI was fielding tips that Jimmy Hoffa was killed and disposed of at the Raleigh House banquet hall in Southfield, Michigan. The iconic labor union boss was last seen less than five miles away at the Machus Red Fox restaurant parking lot, a
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Detroit Mafia Associate Says Jimmy Hoffa Had His Last Stand At Lenny Schultz’s House

January 4, 2020 – According to a mob associate in Michigan, famous Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa was killed at the house of Jewish racketeer and Teamster union-affiliate Leonard (Little Lenny) Schultz. Hoffa disappeared on the afternoon of July 30, 1975 on his way to meet Schultz, Detroit mob street boss Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone and
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The Magnolia Shorty Murder: New Orleans Rap Queen Killed By 3NG Gang In 2010

January 3, 2020 – The First Lady of Cash Money Records, Renetta (Magnolia Shorty) Lowe was killed by New Orleans’ notorious 3NG Gang in 2010, collateral damage from a longstanding feud dating back to the murder of former best-selling No Limit Records artist, James (Soulja Slim) Tapp, years earlier. 3NG lieutenant Chris (C-Boogie) McCann was
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New Years Day Chase, Shootout & Crash In New Orleans Claims 3NG Gang Lieutenant Boogie McCann

January 2, 2020 — New Orleans underworld figure Christopher (C-Boogie) McCann was killed in a New Years car wreck on South Claiborne Avenue where witnesses said they heard gunfire accompanying a vehicle chase. The 45-year old McCann was a member of the 3NG Gang, a feared criminal organization operating out of the Big Easy going
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Mayor Of Springfield (MA) Takes Aim At Shutting Down Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel Society Club Over Latin Kings Bust

December 28, 2019 — The city of Springfield (MA) is threatening to pull licensing for the historic Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society Social Club due to its alleged connection to the Latin Kings street gang. Springfield Latin King Michael (King Merlin) Cecchetelli and several dozens others were indicted in a federal racketeering indictment dubbed
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No More Drama: Staten Island Drug Boss Dealt Stiff Prison Sentence In State Court

December 27, 2019 – New York City drug lord Damien (Drama) Rice was sentenced to 16 years in state prison for narcotics trafficking and illegal weapon possession last week. Rice, 47, ran his drug business out of Staten Island and is a member of the United Blood Nation. He was indicted in November 2018 for
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