Posts byScott Burnstein

On The River: Fmr. Elder Statesman In Springfield Mob Linked To ’72 Slaying According To Unearthed Police File

August 9, 2020 – It hasn’t been a great few years for longtime Springfield (MA) mob figure Amedeo Santaniello. A shelving by Genovese crime family bosses in New York due to a photo that surfaced on-line of him posing beside black-listed mob soldier and informant Felix Tranghese, a beef with his nephew, reputed Springfield mafia
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Philly Mobster “Danny D” Indicted For Fraud, Dad Once Forked Over Cash To Block Contract On His Head

August 9, 2020 – South Philly’s biggest bookmaker of the late 1990s, Daniel (Danny D) D’Ambrosia, a high-level mafia associate in the Natale era of the Bruno-Scarfo crime family, is back in trouble with the law. Not so long ago, he was in trouble with the mob and, according to sources, his father paid a
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Big Meech Won’t Be Coming Home Anytime Soon, Federal Judge In Detroit Denies Him An Early Release

August 9, 2020 – The silence was deafening. Black Mafia Family boss Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory was quietly denied his motion for compassionate release last week by U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson in Detroit. A non-violent offender, Flenory, 51, argued he was in danger of contracting the COVID-19 virus due to underlining health issues
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Chicago Mafia Bigwig Fat Mike Sarno Gunning For Early Release From Prison On COVID-19 Concerns

August 5, 2020 – Jailed Chicago mob boss Michael (Fat Mike) Sarno is seeking a reprieve from his 25-year federal prison sentence for extortion because of the Coronavirus. Sarno, 62, has an array of physical ailments and wants to come home 12 years early on a compassionate release. His attorney filed the motion Monday. Last
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Ponytail Tony Parrillo Can’t Find Relief From R.I. High Court, Providence Mafia Figure’s Assault Case Stands

August 2, 2020 — The Supreme Court of Rhode Island recently upheld Providence mobster Anthony (Ponytail Tony) Parrillo’s 2015 assault conviction. Parrillo, 69, was found guilty at a bench trial for ordering the December 2011 beatdown of a man in a case of mistaken identity at Club 295 in Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood. He’s serving
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Stanfa Era Bomb Maker In Philly Mob Won’t Be Receiving Early Release From 40-Yr. Bid On RICO Case

August 2, 2020 – Mob explosives expert Salvatore Brunetti was denied his request for compassionate release by U.S. District Court Judge Mark Kearney in Philadelphia last week, ruling Brunetti’s violent history outweighs his health risk to the COVID-19 virus in deciding to keep him locked up. The 73-year old Brunetti was a bomb-maker in the
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An Ailing “Lefty” Partee Takes Shot At Freedom, Motown Street Legend Files For Compassionate Release

August 1, 2020 – Superfly era Detroit gangland figure Robert (Lefty) Partee, one of the oldest inmates in the Michigan Department of Corrections and most respected names on the streets of the Motor City even to this day despite having spent for the last four decades behind bars, is filing a motion for compassionate release.
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Streets Of Detroit Lose A Legend, Former Black Mob Boss Big Frank Nitti Usher Succumbs To Stroke

August 1, 2020 – Storied Detroit crime lord Francis (Big Frank Nitti) Usher died of a stroke this week at 78. Big Frank Nitti ran the city’s Black mob in the late 1970s and saw his infamy and both his reputation on the street and in the local media soar to meteoric heights. He was
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Hairspray Homicide: Buffalo Salon Owner Ran Afoul Of Magaddino Crime Family, Paid With His Life

July 27, 2020 – The Buffalo Police Department is looking for new tips in the cold-case gangland slaying of celebrity hairstylist and reputed drug dealer Peter (Pixie Stix Pete) Piccolo 41 years ago. The Buffalo News printed a story on the high-profile homicide from the disco era Monday. Piccolo, who was the hairdresser to the
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BMF’s Head Of Security P.J. Buford Won’t Be Coming Home Early, Judge 86s Plea For Compassionate Release

July 26, 2020 – A federal judge in Detroit rejected Black Mafia Family soldier Paul (P.J.) Buford’s compassionate release motion last week, undeterred by the fact that the 50-year old former head of security for both BMF and the then-fledgling  rap label, Bad Boy Records, battled the Coronavirus and won. U.S. District Court Judge David
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Throwing Hands In Honolulu: The Night The NFL Pro Bowler Brawled With The Big Island Mob Boss

July 25, 2020 – NFL star offensive lineman Trent Williams went toe-to-toe with alleged Hawaiian crime boss Michael (Brother Mike) Miske and ended up in the emergency room and then on the sidelines for his first Pro Bowl back in 2013. Williams, 32, is arguably the best right tackle in the game and has made
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Farming For Answers: Theories On Why BMF’s Pig Triplett Was Murdered Run The Gamut

July 24, 2020 – Speculation on motive varies in the recent murder of Black Mafia Family soldier Chris (Pig) Triplett. Several people close to Triplett believe he was killed over a woman. Others point to a message slaying aimed at BMF bosses Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory and Terry (Southwest T) Flenory, who have found themselves
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Going Back In Time: Murder Of Rochester Mafia Muscle “Big Norm” Huck Back In The Headlines

July 23, 2020 – The Monroe County Sherriff’s Department is reexamining the cold-case mob murder of Rochester mob enforcer Norman (Big Norm) Huck 53 years ago this Christmas season. Huck was found face down on the side of Ballantyne Road in Chili, New York on December 20, 1967, less than a month removed from walking
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Musitano Mafia Family Takes Another Hit, Fat Pat’s Pal Joins Him At The Morgue

July 23, 2020 – Canadian mob associate Grant Norton was murdered in London, Ontario, around the same time Hamilton mafia boss Pasquale (Fat Pat) Musitano was slain in Burlington. Norton and Musitano were both connected to Havana Group Supplies, a sketchy construction firm in Hamilton. Norton was a co-owner of the company, while Musitano allegedly
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Props From One D Boy To Another: White Boy Rick Shows Support For Big Meech While Leaving Prison

July 22, 2020 – It was one Detroit street legend looking out and giving props to another when Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe finally walked out of prison Monday after 32 years wearing a Free Big Meech t-shirt. Although they’re infamy in Motown and beyond, each symbolize different eras in time, they are both 51
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Final Step To Freedom: White Boy Rick Finally Kicks Loose Prison Shackles, Heads Home To Detroit

July 20, 2020 – The gates couldn’t swing open soon enough. Former Detroit teenage drug boss and illegal underage FBI mole Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe walked free from 32 and a half years in prison this week. He was the longest-serving non-violent juvenile offender in American history. A Hollywood film starring Matthew McConaughey depicting
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RCMP Probing Gravel Co. Shakedown Scam As Possible Motive In Fat Pat Musitano Hit

July 18, 2020 – In the years before his violent passing, Canadian mafia don Pasquale (Fat Pat) Musitano perpetrated a shakedown of Hamilton, Ontario commercial builders and construction magnates, pocketing millions of dollars of purported investment capital for a gravel company that didn’t exist, per sources. His reign as the celebrity mob boss of Hamilton
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Fat Pat Musitano Made Pact With Rizzutos In Montreal, It Ultimately Led To His Murder

July 15, 2020 – Slain Hamilton (ON) mafia don Pasquale (Fat Pat) Musitano got backing from the Montreal mob in his climb to power back in the late 1990s, according to RCMP records related to Montreal’s Rizzuto crime family, and the Rizzutos supported his desire to bump off all local gangland players loyal to Buffalo’s
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“Pig” Triplett Killed In Detroit Drive-By, BMF Set To Bury Fallen Soldier

July 15, 2020 — Black Mafia Family lieutenant Chris (Pig) Triplett was murdered this week, becoming the second BMF soldier slain since members of the goliath organization began filtering out of prison in recent years. Triplett, 49, was gunned down on Detroit’s Westside early Monday morning in a hail of bullets shot from a passing
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Airing Of The Grievances: Big Meech, Southwest T Upset With Fmr. BMF Lieutenant

July 13, 2020 – The notorious Flenory brothers are not so happy with their former Black Mafia Family compatriot, Dexter (Sosa) Hussey, telling stories on YouTube about their historic reign in the dope game. Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory has voiced his displeasure in private, per sources, as he waits patiently in an Oregon federal prison
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Syracuse Hoopsters Boogied Down With Boogie Down Boys & Handsome Ty At Hip-Hop Concerts In 90s

July 12, 2020 – The NCAA and DEA contacted the Syracuse University basketball program back in the early 1990s because of players attending social events hosted by local drug kingpin Tyrone (Handsome Ty) Hines and his Boogie Down Boys crew, according to federal records. Hines often commandeered The Gardenia nightclub near campus on the weekends
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Hamilton (ON) Mafia Don Fat Pat Musitano Shot Dead In Furniture Store Parking Lot

July 11, 2020 – Canadian mob boss Pasquale (Fat Pat) Musitano was killed Friday afternoon in front of the Pro Patio Furniture in Burlington, Ontario, just outside the Musitano crime family home base in Hamilton. Musitano, 59, is the latest fatality in an ongoing mob war that has left scorched earth throughout the Canadian provinces
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Chicago’s “Bookie Butcher” Busted For Operating Sports Gambling Business Out Of Suburban Market

July 10, 2020 – Reputed Chicago bookmaker Dominic (The Bookie Butcher) Poeta was indicted by the feds for running a sports betting operation and filing a false tax return this week, 12 years removed from being named in a federal civil lawsuit which claiming he accepted close to a million bucks in gambling debts owed
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Skinny Joey’s South Florida Driver Darts Back To Freedom, Sirkin Released From Prison

July 9, 2020 – Drivers for Philadelphia mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino usually run into trouble with the law. Merlino has been a magnet for federal law enforcement the past 30 years and some of his closest associates have had the misfortune of often getting caught in the undertow. On Wednesday, Merlino’s Florida driver,
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Possible Hoffa Case Linchpin Dead, Moldea Spills Details On ’19 Affidavit

July 9, 2020 — Acclaimed author and veteran investigative journalist Dan Moldea revealed what retired New Jersey wiseguy Frank Cappola said in his October 2019 affidavit regarding his knowledge of the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance and murder. According to Cappola, his father Paul, was responsible for burying Hoffa’s body 45 years ago this month at the
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“HoJo” Ferraiolo’s Slaying Remains Unsolved In Conn., Feds Worry Repeat Of Biker Turf War In N.E. Brewing

July 4, 2020 – The murder of reputed Connecticut biker boss Joseph (HoJo) Ferraiolo a little more than 10 years ago concluded the first major flare up in New England in the ongoing war between The Outlaws Motorcycle Club and the Hells Angels, per sources. Federal authorities fear violence could be on the horizon again.
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Nothing But A G Thing: Latin Kings Power Pleads Guilty In Operation Throne Down Case

July 3, 2020 — The No. 2 co-defendant in the feds’ Operation Throne Down, targeting the east coast leadership of the Latin Kings gang, pleaded guilty to drug and racketeering charges this week. Jorge (King G) Rodriguez, lives in New Bedford, Massachusetts and is the region’s “Inca,” or “underboss.” Rodriguez entered his plea in federal
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Hollywood Actor, Bond Villain Survived Brush With Boston Mob, Recounts Saga

July 2, 2020 – Velvet-voiced actor Robert Davi (Die Hard, The Goonies, James Bond franchise) had no idea he was considering going into business with a young buck mob psychopath and his mafia don dad and lucky for him, the endeavor stalled before it ever really got started. The father-and-son tandem of mafiosi killed a
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Rhode Island State Judge’s ’19 Ruling To Throw Out Wiretaps In Pagan’s MC Boss’ Case Appealed

June 31, 2020 – Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha is seeking a reversal by the state Supreme Court from last summer’s decision at the Superior Court level to exclude DEA wiretap evidence in a pending drug and gun case against alleged Providence Pagan’s Motorcycle Club boss Deric (Big Tuna) McGuire Last July, Rhode Island
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First Step To Freedom: Gangster Disciples In Chicago Benefiting From White House Bill

June 27, 2020 – The White House’s First Step Act has been kind to Chicago’s Gangster Disciples gang. President Donald Trump signed the act into effect in 2018 in an effort to provide sentencing reductions to non-violent drug offenders serving life. Since last summer, three former high-ranking GDs have walked free. In August 2019, William
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Operation DramEx: Cadillac Frank’s West Coast Expansion Plan Resulted In FBI Sting

June 27, 2020 – Resting at the center of New England mafia don Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme’s mandate as a freshly-minted Godfather was expansion. Salemme took power in the Patriarca crime family 30 years ago and sent his son, wildcard mob aspirant Francis (Frankie Boy) Salemme, Jr. and several other lieutenants to the west coast
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Gangster Health Plan Never Kicked In As Promised For Cadillac Frank, Led To Fallout In Patriarca Family

June 26, 2020 – Tensions began to rise between New England mob figures Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme and Raymond (Ray Rubber Lips) Patriarca, Jr. after Salemme survived an assassination attempt in the late 1980s and Patriarca, Jr. failed to follow through on a promise to pick up the tab for his hospital stay, per FBI
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Imprisoned Chicago Mob Chief Looks To Lady Luck, Jimmy Marcello Throws Hail Mary In Re-Sentencing Bid

June 25, 2020 — A little luck of the Irish wouldn’t hurt right about now for a Windy City mafia power hoping for a break and a possible re-sentencing on the horizon. Former Chicago mob boss James (Jimmy the Man) Marcello, half Irish on his mother’s side, has filed an appeal of his federal racketeering
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Cadillac Frank Secretly Attended Son’s ’95 Funeral While In Hiding, Final Days Of Salemme N.E. Mob Regime Somber In Tone

June 24, 2020 – With the full force of the federal government aimed at finding and arresting him, then-New England mob boss Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme sneaked back into Boston to attend his son’s funeral 25 years ago this week, per exclusive Gangster Report sources. Hot-tempered Boston wiseguy Francis (Frankie Boy) Salemme, Jr. died of
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“La Barbie” Helped DEA Hunt Down Cartel Boss, Beltran-Leyva In ’09, War Ensued Court Records Claim

June 23, 2020 — According to U.S. federal court documents, American-born Mexican drug cartel don, Edgar (La Barbie) Valdez, gave information to the FBI and DEA that led to his boss’ death in a shootout with authorities. Mexican magazine Aristegui Noticias ran a story last week about Valdez’s dealings with the U.S. government prior to
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Isiah’s Good Guy Image Began To Crack Before Jordan Beef, News Of GJ Appearance Broke 30 Years Ago

June 22, 2020 – The news of NBA superstar Isiah Thomas’ alleged mob ties came to light 30 years ago this week when the CBS television affiliate in Detroit broke a story about the Detroit Pistons Hall of Fame point guard being called to testify in front of a federal grand jury investigating a mafia
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Dead Man Walking: Prosecutor Played Trick On Lucchese Boss In Lead Up To ’19 Murder Trial

June 20, 2020 — Uncle Sam tried to pull a fast one on Lucchese crime family power Matty Madonna last year, but the New York Times put a wrench in his plans. United States Attorney Scott Hartman included former Harlem heroin boss Nicky (Mr. Untouchable) Barnes on his list of potential witnesses for Madonna’s 2019
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