Posts byScott Burnstein

In The Dog House Again: Outlaws MC Bigwig In Boston Burned For Parole Violation

November 18, 2019 — Boston Outlaws Motorcycle Club power Joseph (Joe Dogs) Noe was nailed last week for violating his parole restrictions. The 45-year old Noe was arrested for associating with known felons, specifically attending an Outlaws’ charity fundraiser back in the summer. Joe Dogs served as boss of the Taunton, Massachusetts chapter of the
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Mafia Movie Magic: First Jimmy Hoffa Film In The ‘90s Had Mob Links

November 19, 2019 — Reputed Gambino crime family soldier Joe Isgro, a powerful player in the music business for years dating back to the 1970s, gave Jimmy Hoffa the Hollywood treatment long before Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Netflix got into the game. The 72-year old Isgro produced the 1992 film Hoffa, starring
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Massachusetts Mobsters, Gardner Museum Robbery Suspect Get Out Of Prison Early

November 15, 2019 — Boston mob soldier Stevie Rossetti and Patriarca crime family associate David Turner were recently released from prison early. They were sentenced to nearly 40 years and but did just 20. Both were convicted for plotting to rob the Loomis-Fargo vault, an Easton, Massachusetts armored car way station. Turner is considered a
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Wheeling & Dealing In Steel Town: Pagan’s MC’er Pleads Out In Assault Case

November 13, 2019 — Pittsburgh Pagan’s Motorcycle Club heavy Brian (The Dude) Keruskin copped a plea in state court this week, pleading no contest to leading a beat down of a former associate back in the spring in exchange for a shortened prison term. The 57-year old Keruskin, a widely-respected club veteran nicknamed for his resemblance to
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The Face That Launched 1,000 Ships: SW Detroit Crime Lord Scarface Viramontez Returns Home From Prison

November 12, 2019 – Historic crime boss Tony (Scarface) Virmontez is back in the Motor City. The 49-year old leader of the Latin Counts was released to a halfway house last week after spending more than a decade in a federal prison in Pennsylvania for drugs and racketeering. Scarface Viramontez brought the Latin Counts to Michigan
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Making Amends, Flipping The Script: Prison Lifers In Michigan Look To Reinvent Themselves

Below is a guest piece written by Gangster Report correspondent Ricardo Ferrell telling the inspiring story of three men behind bars, including himself, trying to change their lives in a positive manner. These men are making their prison time work for them by building constructive skill sets and taking ownership of their past wrongs. November
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Born To Be Wild: Chicago Outfit Hit Squad Littered The Streets With Bodies Back In The Day

In the 1970s, the Chicago mob created an epically lethal enforcement unit known as the Wild Bunch. The group of heavy hitters was made up of a half-dozen young assassins led by Harry (The Hook) Aleman, the nephew of Cicero capo Joe Ferriola. Dubbed the Wild Bunch after the 1969 Sam Peckinpah-helmed movie about a
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The Hand That Rocks The Cradle: Famous Chicago Mob Duo Back On The Street

November 9, 2019 — Aging Chicago mafia soldier, Joseph (Jerry the Hand) Scalise and his best friend and longtime partner-in-crime Art (The Genius) Rachel were recently released from federal prison after serving seven years on burglary charges. Local mobologist Chuck Goudie, the leading reporter in the Windy City on Outfit affairs, broke the news of
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Cat Scratch Fever: Mafia War In Canada Claims Another Body, Commisso Clan Strong Arm Clipped

November 8, 2019 — Toronto mobster Antonio (Scratchy) Fiorda was gunned down this week in the suburb of Etobicoke, Ontario. The 50-year old Fiorda is the latest victim in the ongoing gangland war that has engulfed the Canadian underworld this past decade. He was murdered Thursday afternoon in broad daylight in the parking lot of
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Pagan’s MC Leader In Pittsburgh Picked Up For Directing Attack On Deserter

November 6, 2019 — High-ranking Pagan’s Motorcycle Club member Michael (Montana) Barringer was indicted for felony aggravated assault, attempted murder and witness intimidation last week in state court out of Pennsylvania. According to state prosecutors in Pittsburgh, the 59-year old Barringer ordered the beating of Troy Harris, a former Pagan’s full-patcher who left the club
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Doing The Hokey Pokey: Video Poker Proceeds Alleged Stolen By Fmr. Chicago Mafia Witness

November 4, 2019 — Chicago bar owner Vince Dublino, the star witness at the trial of jailed Windy City mob boss Michael (Fat Mike) Sarno in 2010, was arrested last week for felony theft. The 45-year old Dublino is alleged to have stolen money from Accel Entertainment Gaming, the state’s biggest joker poker machine distributor,
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Blood In, Blood Out: Detroit’s Seven Mile Bloods Get Sentenced In Federal Court

November 3, 2019 — Motor City drug lord Corey (Cocaine Sonny) Bailey, the second-in-command and co-founder of the Seven Mile Bloods street gang, and his lieutenant Arlantis (Grimy) Shy were both hit with heavy prison time for convictions they took over a year ago. Bailey, who has been incarcerated since 2014 on an unrelated gun
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The Monster Mash: Outlaws MC Chief From Beantown Busted By Feds For Gun Possession

November 2, 2019 — Boston biker gang boss Bruce (Monster) Sartwell, the president of the Brockton, Massachusetts chapter of the feared Outlaws Motorcycle Club, was arrested last week on federal weapons charges. Facing 10 years in prison, the convicted felon pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday. He was denied bond and will be cooling
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Up In Smoke: Bobby DeLuca Hoped Cooperation Deal Would Result In Promotion To Don Of New England, WPRI Reports

November 1, 2019 – In 2009, Providence mob captain Robert (Bobby the Cigar) DeLuca reached out to cooperate with the Rhode Island State Police and FBI as a way to eliminate his enemies and clear a path for himself to become boss of the Patriarca crime family, according to the brilliantly-crafted Channel 12 WPRI television
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Trick Or Treat Philly Mob Style: Aspiring Don “Skinny Joey” Made Presence Felt In ’89 Halloween Hit Attempt

October 31, 2019 — The Skinny Joey Era of the Philadelphia mafia began with a gun blast 30 years ago this week, when, according to FBI informants, Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino, pumped 8 shots from a MAC-10 machine pistol into friend-turned-rival Nicky Scarfo, Jr. as he ate spaghetti and clams at old-school South Philly dining-staple
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Drugs, Sex & Murder: Production Of Robert Evans’ ’84 Cotton Club Movie Was Rollercoaster Filled With Crime-Figure Financiers

October 30, 2019 — Legendary Hollywood producer and playboy Robert Evans sought help from the mob and a female drug kingpin he was romancing in rounding up the financing for the 1984 film The Cotton Club. Evans, who was famous for turning around the fortunes of Paramount Pictures and producing such American cinema classics like
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Body Count Continues To Rise In Montreal Mafia War, Add Scoppa Brothers To Growing List Of Casualties

Rizzuto crime family rivals Salvatore and Andrew Scoppa were both killed this year in the ongoing Montreal Mafia War, which started in Quebec in the 2000s and has since spread to Ontario mob hotbeds Toronto and Hamilton. Salvatore Scoppa was slain back in the spring in an audacious gangland hit carried out in a hotel
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The 6 In The Morning Crew: Feds Raid Springfield Businesses, Residences Owned By Bruno & Santaniello

October 24, 2019 — Former Springfield (MA) mob affiliates and local businessmen Jimmy Santaniello and Victor Bruno had their homes and offices raided by the IRS and FBI this week. The news broke Wednesday on MassLive, reported by the region’s resident mobologist Stephanie Barry. “I’ve got nothing to hide, they can take what they want,”
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Philly Mob’s Sicilian Phase Was Quite A Mess: The John Stanfa Era Hit List (1990-1994)

Sicilian-born Mafioso John Stanfa came to the United States in the 1970s and was placed by New York’s Gambino crime family in the Philadelphia mob under don Angelo Bruno. Stanfa was acting as Bruno’s driver on the night he was assassinated in March 1980. The Gambinos installed Stanfa as boss of the Bruno-Scarfo crime family
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The Godfather Of Grand Avenue Is Gone: Chicago Mafia Power Joey The Clown Dies In Prison At 90

October 21, 2019 – There hasn’t been much to laugh about for Chicago mob legend Joey (The Clown) Lombardo the last 15 years or so. Lombardo, 90, passed away in prison over the weekend, nearly a decade and a half into his life sentence for the 1974 gangland slaying of mafia associate Danny Seifert, a
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Mobster Ronnie Turchi Took Last Ride In October ’99, Turned Up Trunk Music In S. Philly Mafia Saga

October 20, 2019 — Deposed Philadelphia mob administrator Ronnie Turchi was killed 20 years ago this week, allegedly the first hit of the Joseph (Uncle Joe) Ligambi mafia era in the City of Brotherly Love. Turchi had been the Bruno-Scarfo crime family’s consigliere from 1994 to when he was demoted in 1997. Ligambi led the
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Killing The Competition: Washington D.C.’s “Murder Inc.” Hit List (1989-1999)

Kevin (K-Rock) Gray ran the menacing “Murder, Inc.” enforcement wing of the colossal Washington D.C. drug empire built by Rayful Edmond and then taken over by Rodney (The Great Rasoo) Moore in the late 1980s. Murder, Inc., named after the New York mafia’s notorious hit squad of the pre WWII era, painted the streets of
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A Homecoming Of Sorts: Notorious Drug Boss Rayful Edmond Returns To D.C. For Re-Sentencing Hearing

October 16, 2019 — Infamous former Washington D.C. drug tycoon Rayful Edmond began his cooperation by dismantling of the drug empire he had left behind when he was arrested and jailed in April 1989. Rodney (The Great Rasoo) Moore, Edmond’s protégé, took over the multi-million dollar organization and ran it for the next decade, with Edmond
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Mexican Mafia Boss “Alto” Ramos Gets Life In Racketeering Case

October 15, 2019 — The Texas Mexican Mafia’s “free world” boss Raul (Alto) Ramos will never be free again, sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for drug-trafficking, robbery and extortion, among other offenses, last week in a federal court in San Antonio. Ramos, 54, pleaded guilty to the racketeering conspiracy back
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Wedding Bells Ring In City Of Brotherly Love: Alleged Philly Mafia Capo Dom Grande Takes A Bride

October 13, 2019 – The wedding of the year in the Philadelphia mob went down over the weekend, as reputed Bruno-Scarfo crime family captain Domenic (Baby Dom) Grande got hitched. Grande, 40, is the youngest capo in the Philly mafia and someone people consider future boss material. He said “I do” to his beautiful bride
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Through The Looking Glass: Bid For New Casino In Chicago Suburb Might Be Marred By Mob Links

October 12, 2019 — Chicago video-poker mogul Rick Heidner is coming under scrutiny for his alleged ties to mob-connected businessmen as he seeks licensing to build a horse race track and adjoining casino in Tinley Park. The Chicago Tribune printed an expose this week on Heidner and his Gold Rush Gaming’s quest for the go-ahead
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The Outlaws MC Wants More Of New England, Murder In Massachusetts Ramps Up Violence

October 11, 2019 — The Outlaws Motorcycle Club is in the midst of an expansion effort in New England, according to an internal federal law enforcement memo circulated back in the summer obtained by Gangster Report. With the opening of a new handful of chapters across the region in recent years, the Outlaws have moved
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The Window Into His Soul: Philly Mobster “Windows” Narducci Dead Of Natural Causes At 66

October 10, 2019 — Philadelphia mafia soldier Frank (Frankie Windows) Narducci, Jr. died this week of liver failure. Narducci, Jr. is the older brother of reputed Philly mob faction leader Phil Narducci, currently in federal prison for loansharking. Their father was slain Bruno-Scarfo crime family capo Frank (Chickie) Narducci, killed in 1982 after playing a role in a
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Rapper’s Burgeoning TV Empire To Include Show About NYC Dope Baron Boy George

October 8, 2019 — The story of South Bronx drug lord George (Boy George) Rivera will be made into a television show produced by hip-hop superstar-turned TV mogul 50 Cent and called Obsession in honor of Rivera’s signature brand of heroin sold in the 1980s. The news broke late last week on 50 Cent’s social
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Chicago Mob Keeping Its Chin Up: What Does Future Hold For Fratto & Historic Elmwood Park Regime?

October 7, 2019 – The Chicago mob’s Elmwood Park crew is preparing for capo Rudy (The Chin) Fratto’s move into the Outfit’s administration, according to sources. Whether Elmwood Park will even remain its own regime or be rolled into the Cicero crew is still up for debate, per these sources. Fratto is expected to replace
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The Nose Stays In Neutral: Chicago Outfit Figure Gets More Prison Time

October 2, 2019 — Already doing 18 years in state prison, Chicago mobster Robert (Bobby Pinocchio) Panozzo had a decade-and-a-half tacked on in federal court last week tied to an extortion case out of Rockford, Illinois. Chicago mob soldier Robert (Bobby Pinocchio) Panozzo pleaded guilty to a single count of federal extortion this week out
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Don’t Call It A Comeback: Skinny Joey Set To Walk From Jail This Week, Philly GF Back On Scene

October 1, 2019 — Philadelphia mafia boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino returns to the streets this week after almost a year and a half in federal prison for a gambling conviction. The slick 57-year old mob chief was sprung Tuesday morning from a Florida correctional facility and will report to a halfway house in Miami
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Who Let The Dog Out?: The “Pooch” From Providence To Get Perjury Case Tossed

September 27, 2019 – Aging Providence mob associate Gaythorne (Poochie) Angell has completed a pre-trial diversion program and will have perjury charges against him dropped. Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island made the request in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. The feds and the “Pooch” agreed to go the diversion program route in late 2018. The
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Tying The Knot, Taking An Oath: DeNittis Wedding Doubled As First-Of-Its Kind Making Ceremony

September 26, 2019 — According to last week’s Mob Talk Sit Down posted on YouTube, the Philadelphia mafia’s recently-revealed pattern of using public functions for making ceremonies began at the wedding of the daughter of Philly mob associate and music impresario Tyrone DeNittis in the late 1990s. Mob Talk Sit Down is hosted by award-winning
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So Fresh & So Clean: Will Smith To Star As Harlem Heroin Kingpin Nicky Barnes In Netflix Film

September 25, 2019 — The story of New York drug baron Nicky Barnes will be the subject of an upcoming Netflix movie starring Academy Award-nominee Will Smith. The project will be directed by Peter Landesman (Concussion) and produced by Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. The title of the film is The Council, a reference to the mafia-like board of
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O’Brien Absolved Of Blame In Hoffa Hit, Det Mob’s Tony Pal Possibly Implicated As Shooter In New Book

September 25, 2019 — The FBI knows Chuckie O’Brien wasn’t involved in the disappearance and murder of his surrogate father, famed labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa and suspects a deceased Detroit mob button man was the triggerman in the iconic unsolved mystery, per a new book out this week penned by O’Brien’s stepson. Harvard University
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Behind The Scenes Of BMF TV Show Seems A Bit Chaotic To Say The Least

September 24, 2019 — The BMF television show is probably at least two years away from seeing the light of day on the screen and the behind-the-scenes drama is already raging at full tilt. Hip hop and Hollywood superstar 50 Cent, the creator of the show set to chronicle the life and times of the
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From 0 To 100 Real Quick: The BMF TV Series May Be Adding Drake As Producer

September 23, 2019 — Rap titan Drake is reportedly in negotiations to come on as a producer for the much-anticipated BMF television series alongside fellow hip-hop luminary 50 Cent. Two years ago this month, 50 Cent announced he had made a deal to follow up his smash-hit crime epic Power on the Starz Network with
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Making A Lot Of Noise: Talk Of Philly Mob Inductions Abound, Merlino Injects New Blood

September 22, 2019 — Per sources, Philadelphia mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino has personally “made” at least a dozen new members into the Bruno-Scarfo crime family since 2013. Late last week, resident Philly mafia experts Dave Schratwieser and George Anastasia broke news of up to 17 confirmed makings in the past 18 years on
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Opening Up The Books: Philly Mafia Figure’s 2010 Wedding Wasn’t What It Seemed Feds Suspect

September 21, 2019 — The FBI believes Philadelphia mobster Anthony Staino’s 2010 wedding doubled as an induction ceremony for new members of the Bruno-Scarfo crime family, part of a pattern by the organization in the past two decades of holding “making” rituals at public social gatherings, such as wedding nuptials, christenings and birthday and anniversary
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Bob Cousy & The Mob: NBA MVP Cozied Up To Massachusetts Mafia

September 19, 2019 — According to FBI records, retired Boston Celtics star point guard Bob Cousy had social relationships with powerful east coast mobsters Jerry Angiulo and Frank (Frankie Sky Ball) Scibelli during and after his playing days in the NBA and was eyed by the feds for possible wrongdoing. Cousy is considered one of
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Philly Mob Associate To Try His Luck At Trial, Merlino Pal Won’t Plead Out

September 18, 2019 — Philadelphia mafia bookie and reputed flim-flam man Stephen Sharkey will take his fraud case to trial, per Fox29’s Dave Schratwieser, a longtime leading authority on gangland affairs in the City of Brotherly Love. Schratwieser reported the news of Sharkey’s deciding to roll the dice in front of a jury on his
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Detroit Mobbing On The Water: Boat Rackets & Bad Bosses

Below is an excerpt from Detroit gangster-turned-author Alan (Gunner) Tocco Lindbloom’s popular Lindbloom Chronicles, a series of blogs about his life in the mob back in the 1990s and early 2000s. I am constantly remembering stories I’d love to share. Stories usually sparked into existence by someone or some thing. For example, I have this
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Last Of Four Corner Hustlers Pleads Out Of Trial In Chicago, Tito Sims Set To Do Two-Piece

September 16, 2019 – The feds scored a clean sweep last week in Chicago, as Four Corner Hustlers street gang lieutenant Stevon (Tito) Sims pleaded guilty to racketeering and drug charges, concluding the first phase of the government’s assault on the notoriously lethal drug crew based on the Windy City’s west and southwest sides. Next
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A Big Gesture From Behind Bars: BMF’s Big Meech Hosts Back-To-School Bash

September 15, 2019 — From his federal prison cell in Portland, former drug kingpin Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory organized a back-to-school giveaway for kids in his hometown of Detroit over the weekend, packing a local clothing store parking lot with hundreds of elementary and junior high school children and providing them thousands dollars of free
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“Supreme” McGriff Movie Starring Jamie Foxx In Pipeline For Former Murder, Inc. Music Crew

September 13, 2019 — Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx will play fabled New York drug kingpin Kenny (Supreme) McGriff in a future movie according to the Gotti brothers, Irv and Chris, former owners of the Murder, Inc. hip hop label prominent in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Last week, Chris Gotti said in an interview on
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D.C. Street Legend Looking For Time-Served Nod, Feds Want Him To Do Another Decade

September 11, 2019 — Federal prosecutors specified their sentence- reduction request for notorious Washington D.C. drug boss Rayful Edmond this week, asking U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan to change Edmond’s life sentence to a 40-year term. The 54-year old Edmond has already done three decades behind bars for a non-violent narcotics offense. He’s been
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Hoffa Tipster Dies, Detroit Dope Peddler Pointed Feds Towards Hidden Dreams Ranch In ‘06

September 10, 2019 — They never found Jimmy Hoffa on his tip, nonetheless it earned him his freedom. Convicted drug dealer Don Wells, 88, died of natural causes last week in Detroit, 13 years after his debriefing with the FBI sent agents scurrying to dig up the former farm of a Hoffa ally-turned-enemy in search
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