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Court Records: Mobbed-Up Drug Ring In Rhode Island Linked To Boxer “Big Bully” & N.E. Mafia Capo “Good Looking Matty” Guglielmetti

August 2, 2022 — New England mafia associate Dino (The Big Bully) Guilmette was busted for narcotics trafficking by state police in Rhode Island recently. The 43-year old Guilmette is a pro boxer and alleged to get his drugs from the Carribean.

The case against Guilmette was filed in July; it included seven counts of selling anti-anxiety pills (Lorazepan) and capped a two-year investigation. Court records tie Guilmette to New England mob capo Matthew (Good Looking Matty) Guglielmetti. Both Guilmette and Guglielmetti live in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Guglielmetti, 74, did a decade in federal prison for protecting cocaine shipments traveling through Rhode Island in the early 2000s. Guilmette is connected via phone records to several individuals known to law enforcement as wholesale drug offenders. Text messages found on his smartphone show him discussing drug deals.

Informants told investigators that Guilmette runs a cocaine business and reports directly to Good Looking Matty, a veteran of the New England mafia’s Providence faction. Guilmette has a child with Shayanna Jenkins, the former fiancee of one-time NFL tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez (New England Patriots), who committed suicide in 2017 behind bars serving a life prison sentence. State police made a number of control purchases of cocaine from Guilmette and his crew in the fall of 2021.

Started From The Bottom Now He’s In The Joint: S. GA. Gangster Disciples Boss “B.J” McMillan Gets 38 Years Stacked On Top Of Life

August 2, 2022 — What’s four decades in the slammer when you are already doing life?

Jackie (B.J.) McMillan, the boss of the South Georgia Gangster Disciples, was slapped with 38 years of drug and racketeering-related federal prison tim

e this week while in the middle of serving a life sentence in state prison for murder. McMillan, 41, was the No. 1 defendant in the 2021 Operation Sandy Bottom case out of Coffee County, Georgia. McMillan’s GD bases its affairs in an area known as “The Bottoms” in the Sandy Ridge section of town in Douglas.

In May 2001, McMillan beat a man to death with a pool cue inside a Douglas after-hours gambling den in a dispute over bets on games of billiards. The victim lay in a coma for six days before succumbing to his injuries.

The Gangster Disciples street gang is a Chicago-founded organization that has since spread across the country and boasts heavy activity in the state of Georgia. GD founder Larry Hoover has been behind bars for a half-century and according to the government still calls shots for the gang. The DEA and IRS have open investigations into Hoover and the multitude of defense-fund bank accounts and community-activist companies bearing his name.

Hoffa Murder Weapon Buried In MI Backyard Says Sources, New Angle In Investigation Emerges On 47th Anniversary Of Iconic Mob Hit

August 1, 2022 — According to sources linked to the Detroit mob, the gun used to kill Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa lies in a “murder-weapon” graveyard located in the backyard of a private residence in Franklin, Michigan. The house at 31079 McKinney once belonged to longtime Detroit mob associate Leonard (Little Lenny) Schultz and is a three-mile car ride from the shopping plaza parking lot Hoffa was last seen alive in on the afternoon of July 30, 1975. 

One source claims Hoffa was murdered at Schultz’s then residence. The FBI has long speculated the Tocco-Zerilli crime family in the Motor City used Schultz’s Franklin home for another gangland hit a year before Hoffa was slain; the March 1974 murder of Metro Detroit businessman Harvey Leach. Three of the top suspects in the Hoffa case were also the three main suspects in the still-unsolved Leach murder. An informant once told the FBI that the same gun used to kill Hoffa was used to kill Leach.

“There’s a patch of concrete……It’s in Lenny’s old backyard, it’s out of place and underneath it is a murder-weapon graveyard,” one source said. “They (the Detroit mob) used Lenny’s property to bury guns, knives, garrots, all kind of weapons used on hits. The whole Hoffa murder kit so to speak was ditched in Lenny’s backyard and paved over.”  

Little Lenny Schultz, a multi-time convicted felon and well-known labor racketeer, died in retirement in Florida in 2013 at age 96. He moved from the McKinney residence in the years after Hoffa disappeared and his name had faded from the headlines.

The “out of place” patch of concrete was confirmed to still be at the property in an interview with the property’s current owner.

“Lenny is kind of a lost player in the narrative surrounding the Hoffa case,” said retired U.S. Attorney Keith Corbett, the lead attorney in the federal Hoffa case task-force for two decades. “There was quite a bit of ruckus in the media with the big-name Italian mafia bosses and skippers hovering around this case and then you have this tiny Jewish labor fixer, jack of all trades type in the Detroit organized crime group. People forget about him. We looked at him as someone who knew more than most and that was significant especially considering he wasn’t Italian.” 

Drenched in mystery and mythology, the Hoffa murder is arguably the most notorious unsolved crime in American history. The case investigation is as active as ever (see the recent dig for Hoffa’s remains in Jersey City, New Jersey) and has become a staple of popular-culture curiosity in the almost half-century since the fiery Hoffa went missing. This weekend marks the 47th anniversary of Hoffa’s murder.

The diminutive and always dapper Schultz had ties to the old Purple Gang Jewish mob and was a valued confidant of Detroit mafia street boss Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone. Hoffa was on his way to meet Schultz, Giacalone and New Jersey mob captain Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano for a late lunch to discuss labor union business at the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Township, Michigan in the Bloomfield Plaza strip mall when he disappeared in the summer of 1975. Hoffa’s datebook denoted a lunch meeting with “Tony G, Tony P & Lenny S,” per investigation files.

Hoffa rode to power in the Teamsters union on the shoulders of the Detroit mob, taking the presidency in 1957 and lifting the union to mammoth levels of influence throughout the world. His contact in the local mafia was Giacalone and Schultz was the go-between for the pair, according to FBI records. 

Jailed in 1967 for bribery, fraud and jury tampering, Hoffa gave up his president’s post in 1970 in order to secure a sentence commutation by the Nixon White House. When he was released in late 1971, Hoffa wanted to reclaim the union’s No. 1 spot, however, his one-time allies in the mafia didn’t want him back in the fold. The mob preferred his replacement and former No. 2 man Frank Fitzsimmons, a pushover of a labor-union politician from Hoffa’s old powerbase on Motown’s Southwest side, who was considerably easier to puppet than the strong-minded and ferocious Hoffa. 

In the months preceding Hoffa’s disappearance, Hoffa was publicly threatening mobsters in Detroit, New York and Chicago and openly declaring his intention of running in the 1976 Teamsters Presidential Election. Just three weeks prior to Hoffa’s kidnapping, Fitzsimmons and his son survived a car-bombing attack outside a Southwest Detroit bar. Police suspected Hoffa or Hoffa loyalists for the bombing.   

Meanwhile, Giacalone and Schultz were sending messages to Hoffa to “stand down,” per FBI informants. Hard-headed Hoffa refused to yield.

Upon the murder contract being issued on Hoffa’s life by mob bosses in the Midwest and East Coast, Giacalone was assigned the responsibility of coordinating the details of the hit, according to sources and investigative reports. It was ultimately Giacalone, his younger brother Vito (Billy Jack) Giacalone — a formidable mob capo himself — and Lenny Schultz, who set up Hoffa to be killed, sources and investigative files from the case reveal. The Giacalones and Schultz brokered a purported sit-down between Hoffa and Tony Provenzano, a New Jersey mobster and labor-union leader, for the day Hoffa disappeared. 

Hoffa needed to settle a personal dispute with Provenzano in order to gain his support for his bid to take back power in the Teamsters. Provenzano, related to Tony Giacalone by marriage, was supposed to be in Detroit that week for a wedding. 

Tony and Billy Giacalone visited Hoffa at his summer cottage on Lake Orion on the evening of July 26, 1975 to finalize plans for Hoffa’s July 30 sit down with Tony Provenzano at the Machus Red Fox Restaurant, according to FBI records. Witnesses saw Hoffa get into a new-model maroon-colored Mercury Marquis owned by Tony Giacalone’s son, Joey, in the Red Fox parking lot at around 2:45 p.m. on July 30, 1975 and was never seen again. 

The Mercury Marquis was seized by the FBI in the weeks after Hoffa went missing and is the only piece of physical evidence ever recovered in the investigation. Joey Giacalone did not have possession of the vehicle the day Hoffa was killed and wasn’t considered a suspect in the case. Hoffa’s DNA was found in the car’s backseat and trunk.

Schultz and Tony Giacaone gave each other airtight alibis for the afternoon Hoffa vanished. They both spent most of July 30 at the Southfield Athletic Club, a fitness center and restaurant owned by Little Lenny and his two sons that served as Tony Giacalone’s day-to-day headquarters in the 1970s. Billy Giacalone, on the other hand, was unaccounted for by his FBI and Michigan State Police surveillance units that day and investigators theorize he was the “captain of the hit squad” and present in the car when Hoffa was kidnapped and minutes later when he was murdered, per sources and FBI records. Both Giacalone brothers were considered suspects in dozens of gangland homicides before and after the Hoffa slaying.

The Giacalones and Schultz were called in front of the federal grand jury probing the Hoffa murder and all pleaded the Fifth to most of the questions asked. Schultz sued Time Magazine for libel in its coverage of him in the Hoffa saga and lost.

The three sources providing information for this article are speaking on the condition of anonymity. They were all connected to the Capital Street Social Club crew, a group of Jewish and Middle-Eastern mob bookies, gamblers, hustlers and thieves based out of Oak Park, Michigan in the 1970s and 1980s. The Capital Street Social Club crew maintained close relations to Giacalone and Schultz and most were members of the Southfield Athletic Club in nearby Southfield, Michigan. 

“Lenny he did a lot for the Giacalones, he took a lot of heat for them but also put a great deal of money in their pockets,” said one source. “The guy knew how to grease wheels, smooth out rough edges for people for the right price. Anything you needed, he could get you. Remember the Cabbage Patch Kid craze in the 1980s? Lenny had the black market cornered. Any of those things fell off a truck, they ended up in warehouse he owned. He had real ones, fake ones. He made a fortune. And the money was flowing up. Tony and Billy were getting a taste. The Giacalones used Lenny as a tool in their arsenal. He had his hand in a lot of different worlds and they used that to their advantage.”  

Schultz was groomed in the ways of the underworld as a teenager in the 1930s working as a driver and gofer for Purple Gang lieutenant Abe (Abie the Agent) Zussman, according to his Detroit Police Department case jacket. As Prohibition came to an end, the “Purples” merged with Detroit’s Italian mafia and through Zussman and another Purple Ganger named Joseph (Monkey Joe) Holtzman, Schultz met many of the city’s biggest mob shot callers, earning their respect for his resourcefulness.

“The Italians thought Lenny was the golden Jew,” laughed one source of Jewish descent. “He knew how to make money, he knew how to keep his head low and follow instructions. That made him untouchable.” 

Monkey Joe Holtzman brought Schultz into the labor-union consulting business in the 1950s and got him in good with Hoffa, per Schultz’s DPD jacket. Tony Giacalone, at that time, a fast-rising mob figure in the Tocco-Zerilli crime family, became the Detroit mob’s liaison to the labor unions and the Jewish underworld simultaneously, putting him in close proximity to Schultz. The pair became particularly close, with Giacalone and his brother utilizing Schultz to troubleshoot in the Teamsters and identify Jewish businessmen and bookmakers to extort, according to federal records and informant debriefing statements.

One of these men was aspiring Metro Detroit furniture-store mogul Harvey Leach. On March 16, 1974, Leach, 34, was found shot and stabbed to death in the trunk of his Lincoln Continental in a Southfield office complex parking lot hours before he was supposed to get married.

“Tony and Billy liked Lenny because of his connections, saw him as a big asset” retired FBI agent Mike Carone said. “Lenny teed guys up for them to shakedown. Jewish guys they wouldn’t have had access to if it wasn’t for him. They could extort them, use them as fronts, launder money through them. These were channels and circles the Giacalones would not be able to loop into if not for someone like Lenny Schultz. The other side of that is Lenny can use Tony and Billy’s name in what he’s doing. He’s got muscle behind his name by way of them. He made plenty of union problem go away for people when the fee was right. There was definitely a two-way street there. But Tony and Billy were always going to have the upper hand.”  

Carone chased Schultz and the Giacalone brothers for three decades as a member of the Detroit FBI’s organized crime unit. 

“Look at Harvey Leach, he got into bed with the Giacalones from an introduction through Lenny and the ending wasn’t pretty,” Carone said. “It’s like the old saying, be careful what you wish for. Harvey Leach wanted their money to grow his business and it cost him his life.”

Per grand jury testimony, Leach secured a loan from the Giacalone brothers brokered by Schultz to expand his trendy Joshua Doore furniture chain and the Giacalones pushed Leach out of the business after stealing from it and laundering money through Leach investments out of Canada. Leach was last seen alive leaving to meet Schultz and Giacalone at Schultz’s home at 31079 McKinney in Franklin. Investigators believe Leach was murdered at Schultz’s residence, but no charges were ever brought in the case. 

“The reason Lenny was trusted more than the average (non-Italian mob) associate, was because he showed he could be,” Carone said.

Lenny Schultz was busted for cocaine trafficking in the 1980s.

“I put a photo of Jimmy Hoffa in front of him and said, ‘Lenny, all your troubles will melt away right now if you tell us what happened to this man’ and he talked around the issue and him cluing us in on anything important never materialized,” Corbett recalled of Schultz’s 1985 arrest.

Ten years prior, in February 1975, Schultz’s Franklin home was burglarized. Schultz accused the FBI of staging the break-in to illegally search for evidence linking him and the property to the Leach murder.

“They (the Giacalones) hit Leach and Hoffa and Lenny Schultz’s house,” proclaimed one source. “Hoffa was garroted. The Hoffa and Leach murder weapons are in Lenny’s old yard. Lenny was pouring fresh concrete every time they dumped a weapon down there.”

Carone dismisses the notion they killed Hoffa or buried his murder weapon on Schultz’s old property.

“Hoffa wouldn’t have felt comfortable going to Lenny’s house, especially knowing about what everyone thinks happened to Leach there,” he said. “The gun was probably incinerated with Hoffa’s body. The idea being, no body, no gun, no crime.”

Carone, Corbett and several other federal law enforcement officials familiar with the intimate details of the Hoffa investigation believe Hoffa was most likely murdered at Detroit mob soldier Carlo Licata’s house in Bloomfield Township, a two-mile car drive in the opposite direction of Schultz’s former home and his body incinerated at Central Sanitation in Hamtramck. Central Sanitation, owned by a trio of Detroit mob capos, burned down in 1976. Licata died under suspicious circumstances at his Bloomfield Township residence on the six-year anniversary of Hoffa’s disappearance on July 30, 1981 — shot in the chest, no fingerprints on the gun.

“Licata’s house was more secluded, Hoffa had been there to meet Tony before, he wouldn’t have thought anything was out of the ordinary until it was too late,” Carone said. 

Tony and Billy Giacalone passed away peacefully of natural causes and as free men, in 2001 and 2012, respectively. Tony Giacalone was under indictment for racketeering at the time of his death of kidney failure.

Tony Provenzano dropped dead of a massive heart attack in prison in 1988 serving a life sentence for an unrelated union-connected murder. He was playing cards at his union hall in New Jersey the entire afternoon of the day Hoffa was knocked off in Michigan. Provenzano and the Giacalones were related via marriage.

Digs for Hoffa’s body continue to be a hot topic in the news. Last month, the FBI excavated land underneath the Pulaski Skyway in Jersey City, New Jersey in search of Hoffa’s remains and once again failed to hit paydirt. The piece of land was once known as the PJP Landfill and belonged to Genovese crime family loan shark Phil (Brother) Moscato, a lieutenant of Tony Provenzano’s. Moscato confessed to having Hoffa buried in his landfill to author and Hoffa case expert Dan Moldea in a series of interviews before his passing in 2014.

The Last Two Usual Suspects: One More Andretta, One More Briguglio Left In Legendary Hoffa Murder Probe

August 1, 2022 — The only two people still alive the FBI believes could have first-hand information on the notorious kidnapping and killing of Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa are retired Genovese crime family soldiers Stevie Andretta and Gabe Briugulio.

The wildly popular 62-year old Hoffa disappeared 47 years ago this week from a Metro Detroit restaurant parking lot on July 30, 1975 en route to a mob sit down with Detroit mafia street boss Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone and New Jersey mob capo Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano to settle a union beef between Hoffa and Tony Pro. His body has never been recovered and nobody has ever faced charges in the case.

Stevie Andretta is 85. Gabe Briguglio is 83. They’re allegedly inactive button men in the New Jersey faction of New York’s Genovese borgata. Back in 1975, they were called in front of a federal grand jury in Detroit probing Hoffa’s disappearance.

The iconic Hoffa murder mystery remains an open and active investigation by the FBI office in Detroit, now going full-steam towards a half-century tracking a true-crime case that has transfixed the world since Day 1, yielding tens of thousands of tips and dozens of splashy digs and searches over the past five decades. As recently as two years ago, Andretta and Briguglio refused comment on their reputed involvement in Hoffa’s murder to hardnosed Fox News Channel anchor Eric Shawn, the creator of the Riddle docu-series on the Fox Nation streaming service examining the Hoffa disappearance and the rabid public interest surrounding it.

The FBI suspects Andretta and Briguglio were potentially part of a “clean-up crew” tasked with getting rid of Hoffa’s body after he was murdered a short distance from where he was last seen in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. Investigators believe Tommy Andretta, Stevie’s younger brother, was also a member of the clean-up crew and that Briguglio’s slain brother, Salvatore (Sally Bugs) Briguglio, was part of the “hit team” that murdered the firebrand labor chief over his refusal to retire from Teamsters politics.

Some theorize Hoffa’s body was incinerated at a Detroit sanitation company. Others, speculate that his body was shipped to New Jersey and buried in or near a trash dump in the Jersey City area. Just last month, the FBI searched the former site of the PJP Landfill — once owned by Genovese loan shark and now-deceased Provenzano crew lieutenant, Phil (Brother) Moscato — but didn’t find anything.

Both the Andretta brothers and Briguglio brothers belonged to Tony Pro’s New Jersey mob crew. Provenzano lorded over Local 560 in Union City, New Jersey.

Tommy Andretta died of natural causes in 2019 living out in Las Vegas. He did 16 years in federal prison for racketeering before retiring from mob affairs out West.

Gabe Briguglio, sometimes called “Gabe Bugs” or “Sideburns,” was nailed for racketeering in the same case that brought down Tony Pro and the Andrettas. Stevie Andretta and Gabe Briguglio each did six-year prison bids and went to work for the same New Jersey trucking firm following their respective releases in 1983.

Salvatore Briguglio was gunned down in front of a mob social club in Manhattan’s Little Italy on March 21, 1978 about to go on trial with Tony Pro for a cold-case murder from the 1960s tied to a then-upcoming Teamsters election in New Jersey. Informants have told the FBI the Hoffa hit team consisted of Sally Bugs and Detroit mob figures Vito (Billy Jack) Giacalone and Anthony (Tony Pal) Palazzolo.

Billy Giacalone was Tony Jack’s younger brother and a powerful mafia capo in the Tocco-Zerilli crime family in his own right. Palazzolo used his role in the Hoffa execution to gain status and advancement in the Detroit mob, rising from crew boss to capo and eventually to consigliere before he lost a battle with stomach cancer three years ago, per sources.

Tony Provenzano dropped dead of a massive heart attack behind bars in 1988 serving a life prison sentence for ordering the 1961 slaying of Anthony (Tony Three Fingers) Castellito. According to informants, Sally Bugs strangled Castellito to death and got rid of his body by running it through an industrial woodchipper. Like in the Hoffa investigation, Castellito’s remains were never recovered.

Tony Giacalone died of kidney failure in 2001 under indictment in a racketeering case out of Detroit. Giacalone, Hoffa’s longtime contact in the mob, coordinated the details of the Hoffa kidnapping and murder conspiracy, per investigation files and informant debriefings. Him and Tony Pro were related by marriage. Billy Giacalone succumbed to dementia in 2012, holding the Detroit mob’s underboss title in his final years.

Is Chicago Mob’s Famous Family Secrets Case On Verge Of A Reopening? Miceli Makes It In Front Of Federal Judge In Quest To Disrupt Historic Verdicts

July 30, 2022 — Former Chicago mafia associate Chuck Miceli made what could end up being a big stride towards disrupting the integrity of the Operation Family Secrets case convictions this past week, as U.S. District Court Judge John Robert Blakey granted him a pro se hearing on behalf of imprisoned Chicago Outfit boss James (Jimmy the Man) Marcello.

The hearing is set for August 10 to argue motions Miceli personally drafted and has been trying to get the court to hear for the past 17 years. Some of the murders resolved in the Family Secrets case were dramatized in the movie Casino.

The 78-year old Marcello was the No. 1 defendant in the landmark Family Secrets trial back in the summer of 2007. Miceli was denied the ability to testify in the trial by retired U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel. His testimony would have refuted the prosecution’s account of certain murders adjudicated in the case.

Blakey replaced Zagel upon Zagel leaving the bench in 2016. At the time of the widely-covered Family Secrets trial, Miceli, a one-time cop, was in prison down in Florida, serving a 10-year sentence for fraud. Zagel ruled Miceli’s claims unreliable, despite his documented cooperation and verified veracity in past state and federal criminal and corruption probes.

One of the murders Miceli says he can shed fresh light on is the 1974 killing of mob associate turned informant Danny Seifert.

Miceli says he watched on from the backseat of his uncle’s car when he was an eight-year old boy as dirty Chicago Police Department officer Rick Madeja shot Seifert, a future federal witness, to death on the morning of September 27, 1974. Madeja was booted from CPD in 1981 after he got busted selling guns and silencers on the black market. Two of the silencers authorities tied to Madeja’s operation were alleged to be linked to the 1975 assassination of deposed Chicago mob boss Sam (Momo) Giancana and the 1983 attempted murder of South Side Outfit gambling chief Ken (Tokyo Joe) Eto, per sources familiar with the Madeja cooperation agreement.

The Chicago Outfit’s then-consigliere Joey (The Clown) Lombardo was found guilty of heading a hit squad that viciously murdered Seifert, his former business partner, on the grounds of his Bensenville plastics factory in front of his wife and son, Joey, named after Lombardo.

Miceli, 56, alleges that Madeja played a role in Family Secrets more than just being the triggerman in the Seifert homicide. Madeja, today 83 years old, denies the accusations.

The lead prosecutor in the Family Secrets case, the distinguished courtroom terminator Mitch Mars, was the prosecutor on Madeja’s case in 1981 in which Madeja cut a deal to cooperate. Mars died of cancer shortly after capping his celebrated career with convictions across the board in Family Secrets.

The Operation Family Secrets case put to bed 18 previously uncharged Chicago mob murders, highlighted by the Seifert and Spilotro hits, stretching back more than three decades. Marcello and Lombardo were the highest profile of the 14 defendants in the case. It was the federal government’s biggest assault against organized crime in the U.S. since the Commission Case in the 1980s that took down the dons of all Five Families in the New York mafia.

Miceli grew up around Lombardo, the Godfather of Grand Avenue and longtime capo of Chicago’s West Side. Seifert was readying to take the stand against Joey the Clown, the legendary Tony (The Ant) Spilotro, the Outfit’s crew boss in Las Vegas, and insurance magnate Allen Dorfman in a Teamsters union pension-fund fraud case where Lombardo, Spilotro and Dorfman were accused of fleecing a work pail-manufacturing business in New Mexico being operated under Seifert’s name. Dorfman was in charge of the pension fund for the Teamsters.

The case was dropped after Seifert’s murder. Spilotro and Dorfman were both slain in mob hits in 1983 and 1986, respectively, that took place in the Chicagoland area and garnered national headlines. Jimmy Marcello was convicted of driving Spilotro and Spilotro’s baby brother Michael, to their slaughter inside a Bensenville basement. He was sentence to spend the rest of his life in prison.

The Spilotro brothers were gruesomely beaten, stomped and strangled to death in a double homicide depicted in Casino, Martin Scorsese’s 1995 opus chronicling the real-life mob drama of Tony the Ant’s reign in Vegas. Oscar-winner Joe Pesci portrayed Spilotro in the film.

Marcello became acting boss of the Chicago mob in 2003, according to court records. He hails from the Melrose Park wing of the Cicero crew, per Chicago Crime Commission files. The Bureau of Prisons currently has Marcello locked up in the SuperMax facility in Florence, Colorado, the prison tasked with housing the country’s worst of the worst federal convicts.

Lombardo’s defense attorney, Rick Halprin, failed to notify Lombardo of Miceli’s attempt to testify on his behalf back in 2005 — Joey the Clown was a fugitive of justice at the time. Lombardo didn’t become aware of Miceli’s story until he uncovered it in court records in the final years of his life. According to sources and BOP records, Lombardo was moved to the SuperMax prison in the final years of his life as punishment for trying to place a murder contract on Judge Zagel’s head from his prison hospital room in North Carolina.

Halprin committed suicide in 2013 at his Hyde Park apartment after falling in financial peril. The notoriously colorful yet lethal Lombardo died of throat cancer in October 2019 at age 90. Three months earlier, he hand-wrote a letter/motion to the court pleading for reconsideration of Miceli’s testimony. Besides the Seifert murder, Lombardo was considered a suspect in ordering or personally carrying out at least a dozen gangland slayings.

On the streets, Miceli was affiliated with The Outfit’s Northwest Side crew in the 1980s and 1990s. Miceli’s cooperation with the government began 13 years before the Family Secrets case was filed with the successful prosecution of former Cook County Chief Merrit Board Investigator Jack Novelli in 1992. He put a Gangster Disciples shot caller away for life with his testimony in the murder of Pamela Strauss in Rock Island in a 1996 drug deal gone wrong.

The Latin Kings street gang put a hit out on Miceli in December 1995 and he was subsequently the victim of a brutal home invasion and physical assault that landed him in the hospital for two weeks, per court filings. Part of Miceli’s cooperation included stopping a murder contract put out for New York mob princess and reality television star, Vickie Gotti Agnello, the daughter of the deceased Dapper Don, John Gotti, former celebrity boss of the Gambino crime family. Most of Miceli’s cooperation related to political corruption and dirty policemen.

Questions regarding the integrity of Family Secrets began to arise right away, with the government’s decision not to indict then Chicago mob don John (Johnny No Nose) DiFronzo, despite presenting evidence that placed him at the center of the Spilotro brothers’ execution, among other racketeering acts charged. DiFronzo, 89, succumbed to a battle with dementia in 2018 on the heels of ruling the Outfit in the shadows for almost 30 years from his Elmwood Park base.

Multiple sources claim the case’s star witness, South Side Outfit hit man Nick (Nicky Slim) Calabrese, lied or intentionally misled FBI agents and prosecutors about his participation in at least one of the murders he testified to. The remains of the oldest cold-case victim in the case, Chicago mob loan shark Mike (Hambone) Albergo, have never been recovered even though Calabrese says he helped bury him in 1970. Calabrese mis-identified one of the members of the hit team responsible for killing the Spilotros despite being on the job himself. He flipped in 2002 and became the linchpin to the Family Secrets indictment and subsequent convictions.