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Another Day, Another Body In The Desert: More Human Remains Found Near Lake Mead, The Ghost Of Tony Spilotro Still Felt

July 28, 2022 — The third body in as many months has been discovered off the shore of Lake Mead in Las Vegas. Lake Mead’s water level is in the midst of plummeting. The first set of human remains emerged in late April encased in a barrel. The second set, two weeks later.

On Monday, skeletal bones were uncovered emersed in mud near Hemenway Harbor’s Swim Beach. The water level at Lake Mead is expected to drop another 20-30 feet in the next 12-18 months.

Authorities in Nevada are examining the possibility that the bodies were victims of former Las Vegas mob boss Tony (The Ant) Spilotro, who ruled the rackets on The Strip and well beyond, from the 1970s until his own gory gangland-connected slaying in June 1986, a brutal double murder depicted in the classic gangster movie Casino.

Spilotro was sent to Vegas in 1971 by mafia dons in Chicago to look after the Midwest mob’s investments in the city’s hotel and gaming industry. Federal law enforcement credits Spilotro and his so-called “Hole In The Wall Gang” with more than two dozen killings. The three names getting the most glims from investigators as potential victims tied to the recently discovered remains are missing Chicago mob associates Jay Vandermark, John (Johnny Pappas) Panagiotakos and Billy (Bahama) Crespo.

Vandermark and Johnny Pappas both went missing in the same few weeks in August 1976. Crespo disappeared in the summer of 1983. Vandermark’s drug addled son was killed less than a year later. Spilotro’s blood-stained reign was dramatized in 1995’s Casino, with Oscar-winner Joe Pesci playing a memorable character based on Tony the Ant and another character inspired by Vandermark.

According to federal court records, Vandermark was placed in charge of the count rooms at four separate mob-owned casinos and tasked with overseeing the “skim. He disappeared on August 1, 1976 while being sought for questioning by the FBI.

The feds had raided the casinos he was running count rooms in three months earlier. Hours after the raid, Vandermark bolted town for Arizona, per Clark County Sheriffs Department records. The last public sighting of Vandermark was in Phoenix with members of Spilotro’s Arizona crew. Per multiple FBI informants, Vandermark’s killing was to prevent him from giving up the mob’s casino-skimming racket to save himself and his drug-addled son. Vandermark’s name is changed to John Nance in the Casino script.

Johnny Pappas managed a Teamster-funded, mafia-owned resort on Lake Mead. He vanished on the night of August 18, 1976 his way to a meeting at Jo Jo’s Restaurant to discuss selling his boat. Pappas’ abandoned car was found in the parking structure attached to Circus Circus casino on August 21. Las Vegas Police Department records linked the Windy City transplant to infamous Outfit fixer Gus (Slim) Alex.

From almost the day he landed in Las Vegas in the 1960s, Pappas was deeply involved in Nevada Democratic Party politics. In the 1970s, Pappas was employed at several mob-controlled casino-hotels. By 1974, he was given the plum job of running the Echo Bay Resort.

Crespo got busted with a shipment of cocaine on a flight going from Miami to Las Vegas. He was acting as a courier for mob skim money being invested into drug deals in South Florida. At the time of his disappearance, Crespo was scheduled to testify against Chicago mafia associates in a casino-rip off case.

Billy Crespo was busted in November 1982 at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas deplaning with $400,000 in cocaine stashed in a suitcase. His federal grand jury testimony led to the indictment of ten conspirators in a drug and money-laundering scheme, including Chicago mob associate Victor Greger. When Crespo went missing in June 1983, the prosecutor’s case fell apart and the charges against Greger and six co-defendants were dropped. Greger was found guilty of money laundering and extortion in another case tied to his work at a mobbed-up gambling palace on The Strip.

Was The Outlaws MC’s “Jo Jo” Noe Justified In Murder Of Eric Voshell? Video, GJ Testimony Shows Uncle Under Attack When Gun Was Shot

The real-life Jax Teller might be The Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s Joseph (Jo Jo) Noe Jr. He’s fighting for his freedom out of Massachusetts right now.

State prosecutors have charged Noe Jr. with murder in the 2019 killing of rival biker and firefighter Eric Voshell in a tavern parking-lot melee in Fall River. Noe Jr. has pleaded not guilty in the case and will be arguing justifiable homicide of a third party at his trial later this summer (he’s out on bond awaiting his time in front of a jury). A weapon-wielding mob of Sidewinders and Black Hand Motorcycle Club members were in the process of brutally beating Noe Jr.’s uncle Johnny with hammers and pipes at the time of the shooting that killed Voshell.

The 28-year old “Jo Jo” Noe Jr. is royalty of sorts in The Outlaws Motorcycle Club out of Massachusetts. He is the son of Joseph (Joe Dogs) Noe Sr., the former president of the club’s Taunton, Massachusetts chapter and one of the founding fathers of the club in the region. Noe Jr. is one of the leaders of the Fall River chapter.

Fall River is a hardscrabble mill town located in between Boston and Providence. Noe Jr. helped start the club’s chapter in the working-class, ethnically-diverse enclave. 

When discussing Jo Jo Noe Jr., people in both law enforcement and within the biker world itself, have drawn comparisons to the character Jax Teller of the hit FX tv show Sons Of Anarchy (2008-2014) played brilliantly by British actor Charlie Hunnam. Not only does Noe Jr. share a similar backstory with the fictional Teller, he physically resembles Hunnam with his blonde locks, broad shoulders and baby-face mug.

Using police reports, crime-scene analysis and court filings from the case, this is the story of what happened the night almost three years ago Noe Jr. shot Voshell to death in the parking lot of a Fall River bar and grill:

On the evening of September 13, 2019, Jo Jo Noe Jr. and seven others, including his fiancée Stephanie and his uncle Johnny, went to have a drink at J.C.’s Cafe in Fall River, located a short distance from The Outlaws’ Fall River clubhouse. Noe Jr. and his party arrived at 9:30 p.m. and were not wearing any colors or Outlaws MC gear due to a recently-enacted rule at J.C. Cafe’s to discourage factional dustups from occurring on its premises.

Already present at J.C.’s Cafe that night was a group of bikers that were members or associates of The Black Hand MC, which was a club affiliated with The Sidewinders MC, a well-established Hells Angels support club. The Outlaws and Hells Angels have been at war since the early 1970s.

According to statements from J.C.’s Cafe employees and testimony by the Massachusetts State Police at the grand jury, several members of the Black Hand MC were going outside and making a series of what appeared to be frantic cell phone calls. Two members of the Black Hand MC engaged in a shoving match in the outside smoking section of J.C.’s Cafe during the time Noe Jr. and his group of Outlaws were inside.

At around 10:15 p.m., Jo Jo Noe Jr. and his party paid their tab and began to exit the building but Noe Jr. was confronted by one of the Black Hand MC leaders in the hallway separating the bar and the parking lot. Words were exchanged, however members of both groups stepped in between Noe Jr. and the Black Hand MC leader and the altercation deescalated. Or at least that’s how it looked to The Outlaws.

As soon as Noe Jr. and his party reached the parking lot, a crew of 22 Sidewinders rolled up on the scene on their motorcycles. The Black Hand MC members from inside the bar quickly came out into the parking lot and were brandishing weapons.

Noe Jr retrieved his legally registered handgun before he and his fiancée Stephanie were backed into corner by a cluster of fencing near an industrial trash receptacle. Security-video surveillance of the incident shows Stephanie stepping forward between Noe Jr. and the ensuing mob and attempted to quell tensions. Her offer of peace was met by a violent swing of a hammer in her direction by a Sidewinder. Noe Jr. pulled his gun and the mob retreated, turning their malicious intentions at Johnny Noe, who immediately came under attack.

Johnny Noe suffered a cracked skull from being struck by a hammer. Voshell was shot to death as he was swinging a pipe at Noe’s head.

Don’t Believe The Hype: Oklahoma Outlaws MC Legend “Arlo” Nelson Not A Shot Caller Anymore, Says Multiple Sources

July 23, 2022 — Despite the government promoting the narrative that Virgil (Arlo) Nelson is the “OG” boss of The Outlaws Motorcycle Club in Oklahoma, three sources with close ties to the Oklahoma City Outlaws MC chapter claim Nelson is on retired status with the club and no longer holds any leadership role.

Nelson, 68, had murder charges against him dismissed this past week in state court. He was indicted in state court back in December for the September 12, 2021 killing of Danny Aaron, a U.S. Marine Corps vet and member of The Pagan’s Motorcycle Club. Aaron, 33, was gunned down riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Highway 62. Nelson was also shot in the incident.

OKC Outlaws Steve Roberts, Larry Ramirez and Connor Buntz remain under indictment in the Aaron homicide. Prosecutors allege Roberts was the triggerman. Ramirez and Buntz are charged as accessories-after-the-fact to the murder.

Per federal court records, Nelson is one of the founding fathers of the Outlaws MC in Oklahoma. Nelson and seven other men from the Oklahoma City area established the state’s first chapter in the early summer of 1979. The eight men were officially recognized as part of the Outlaws family at a ceremony that took place in Florida on Halloween night, according to court documents.

The government contends that Nelson came out of prison in April 2020 and became boss of The Outlaws’ Oklahoma City chapter after serving as the chapter’s vice president in the 1990s and 2000s. Sources refute this characterization and say Nelson isn’t a part of the chapter’s administration anymore.

Nelson was caught up in the sweeping 2003 federal case launched against the OKC Outlaws, charging drug, weapons and racketeering offenses. He did 17 years in prison for his role in the case.

The Great Mafia Telephone Game: Detroit Mob Disinformation Campaign Continues Into Year No. 47 Of Ongoing Jimmy Hoffa Murder Mystery

July 23, 2022 — With the recent FBI dig in New Jersey failing to hit paydirt despite seemingly solid evidence pointing to Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa’s remains lying beneath the Pulaski Skyway, the Detroit mafia is laughing. Some of that laughter is coming from the grave.

“Tony and Billy Jack are lying there with giant grins on their faces, they fooled everyone. It’s a half-century later and the joke is on everyone still running around looking for something that doesn’t even exist,” said one retired Detroit wiseguy.

Hoffa was feuding with the mob and disappeared on the afternoon of July 30, 1975 on his way to a purported sitdown with two high-ranking organized crime figures at a swanky restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Detroit mob street bosses Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone and Vito (Billy Jack) Giacalone both died free men and the two top suspects in the infamous Hoffa kidnapping and murder.

Hoffa went missing going to meet Tony Giacalone and New Jersey mob capo Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano at the Machus Red Fox restaurant, located in suburban Detroit halfway between Hoffa’s summer lake cottage and Giacalone’s Southfield Athletic Department headquarters. Provenzano was scheduled to be in town that week for a wedding.

According to FBI documents and first-hand sources, Tony Giacalone was tasked by the American mafia’s Commission in New York to coordinate the details of Hoffa’s slaying. Giacalone was related to Provenzano via marriage and Provenzano was in a bitter personal dispute with Hoffa at the time of Hoffa’s kidnapping and murder.

“Part of the brilliance in pulling off the perfect murder (the Hoffa hit) was the Giacalone brothers intentionally telling 100 people 100 different things,” the former Motor City Goodfella said. “People who would have been in position to know, were fed false information. Those people inevitably told other people they trusted who told other people in this world of ours and before you know it a bunch of what look like credible theories start filtering out and filling the air with what amounts to be 99 percent disinformation. This is how we got to where we are right now. Dead end after dead end. I swear, Tony and Billy just slapped a high five in the cemetery.”

Last month, the FBI didn’t uncover any signs of Hoffa’s body in a search of what used to be the mobbed-up PJP Landfill in Jersey City, New Jersey. The FBI’s 48-hour excavation of the land which is now a state park and nature preserve took place back in June under a veil of secrecy. U.S. Attorneys and federal law enforcement out of Detroit and New Jersey secured a search warrant for the property last October based on tips coming from sons of the landfill’s former owners generated by a prominent investigative reporter and the most watched cable news network in the world.

Hoffa’s murder is arguably the most notorious unsolved crime in our nation’s history. His remains have never been found and nobody has ever been arrested in the case that remains an active and open FBI investigation to this day.

“You can be looking for this guy until the end of universe and you’re not finding anything,” the ex-wiseguy said. “Why would they (the mob) keep a body intact, especially, Hoffa’s, when you have multiple ways to incinerate or cremate him and then you can legitimately say no body, no crime.”

The Detroit mob’s Tocco-Zerilli crime family owned at least four businesses in Southeast Michigan with in-house incinerators and crematoriums, per Michigan State Police intelligence files. One of those businesses, Central Sanitation (co-owned by three Detroit mafia captains), burned down in a suspected arson fire before the FBI could get a search warrant. Two of the owners of Central Sanitation were followed to New York in the days after Hoffa disappeared by an FBI surveillance squad and seen meeting with members of the Commission in a series of gatherings in Manhattan.

At the time Hoffa vanished, PJP Landfill was owned by Provenzano crew lieutenant Phil (Brother) Moscato and a mob associate and gambler named Paul Cappola. Provenzano was long-rumored to have used his access to Moscato and Cappola’s trash dump to dispose of bodies and victims of his brutal reign. Moscato was one of the biggest loan sharks on the East Coast and lorded over a vast juice-loan racket empire in Hudson County, New Jersey for decades.

Provenzano and Moscato were members of the Genovese crime family’s Garden State regime. The Genovese organization is based out of New York and is traditionally the most powerful of the Five Families. The Commission used to be comprised of all the leaders of the Five Families, with seats eventually added for other cities, including Detroit. Hoffa parlayed his ties in the Detroit mafia into the Teamsters top spot in the 1950s.

Before dying of cancer in 2014, Moscato told esteemed investigative reporter and author Dan Moldea that he was responsible for burying Hoffa’s body, which was transported in a moving truck from Metro Detroit to his trash dump in Jersey City and given over to Cappola to be placed in the ground. Sons of both Moscato and Cappola confirmed this theory and along with Moldea and Fox News, brought the theory and suspected burial spots to the authorities. The theory is based on the belief that Tony Pro wanted possession of Hoffa’s body for a trophy and as a potential bargaining chip with prosecutors.

“Moscato wasn’t lying, he thought what he was telling to Moldea was true……the thing was, Brother Moscato was lied to. Tony Pro was lied to. Nobody outside a select number of highly-trusted Detroit (mob) guys knows what actually happened. And those guys are all dead. Nobody in New Jersey was calling shots. I don’t care what Tony Pro might have wanted to do with the body, Tony Jack wasn’t going to let it leave Detroit. Tony Pro might have gotten a body shipped down to him in Jersey or what he thought was a body, it wasn’t Jimmy Hoffa though. Hoffa’s body was incinerated. There is no body.”

Moldea thinks it’s possible the FBI didn’t dig in the right spot. He points to his own GPR evidence claiming there is still reason to believe that Hoffa’s remains reside on the former PJP Landfill site.

The FBI originally searched the PJP Landfill property in the fall of 1975 on a tip from Provenzano’s driver, Ralph (Little Ralphie) Piccardo. Provenzano. Digs and searches around the country have dominated media headlines for the last 47 years. Experts speculate the U.S. government has spent tens of millions of dollars on the investigation to uncover no concrete results. Just conjecture and wild theories.

Per sources and thousands of pages of federal documents, Hoffa was murdered by his one-time allies in the mafia after a falling out regarding his desire to reclaim the Teamsters union presidency following a five-year prison stint. Investigators theorize Billy Giacalone served as his older brother’s “boots on the ground” in the conspiracy and captain of the hit squad dispatched to do away with Hoffa.

The Giacalone brothers acted as Hoffa’s go-between with the mob for years leading up to his killing — they were suspected of ordering or taking part personally in carrying out dozens of gangland slayings but neither were ever charged in any homicide cases. It was the Giacalones who brokered the “sitdown” Hoffa went missing from. Billy Giacalone was unaccounted for by both his FBI and Michigan State Police surveillance units in the hours around Hoffa’s disappearance.

Tony Giacalone died of kidney failure in 2001 under indictment in a racketeering case. Billy Giacalone died in 2012 after a battle with dementia in his final years. Provenzano dropped dead of a heart attack in prison in 1988 serving a life sentence for an unrelated labor union-connected mob homicide.

“The very notion that New Jersey, New York, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Delaware or wherever had to come into Detroit and help the Giacalones or direct the Giacalones on how to handle this job (Hoffa’s murder) is outright offensive to anyone who knows the reality of this entire situation or ever interacted with Tony or Billy,” the one-time Detroit mob figure concludes. “Yeah, like these two individuals weren’t the best at doing this specific thing? Right? Like they had to take orders from Tony Pro or anyone from that part of this thing, Let me be the first to tell you, they didn’t. So, whether Tony Pro wanted to brag about having Hoffa’s head on the wall or not, at the end of the day, he was blowing smoke, either because he was embarrassed by not being more influential in this job or because he didn’t know any better and was just a sucker. Tony Jack ran circles around Tony Pro. Don’t believe what you see in the movies or on Netflix.”

No Cigars In New Jersey: Hoffa’s Remains Not In Garden State, Most Recent FBI Dig Doesn’t Yield Any Results

July 22, 2022 — The FBI once again came up empty in a dig for long-missing Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa. Federal agents failed to find any human remains at the former site of the PJP Landfill in Jersey City, New Jersey directly underneath the Pulaski Skyway in a 48-hour excavation project that took place under a veil of secrecy back in June. U.S. Attorneys out of Detroit and New Jersey secured a search warrant for the property late last year based on tips coming from sons of the landfill’s former owners.

The 62-year old Hoffa disappeared on the afternoon of July 30, 1975 on his way to a lunch meeting with Detroit mob street boss Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone and New Jersey mafia capo Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano, scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Machus Red Fox in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and was never seen again. Hoffa’s murder is the most notorious unsolved crime in American history. His remains have never been found and nobody has ever been arrested in the case that remains an open FBI investigation to this day.

The PJP dig is the latest in a series of high-profile FBI and state police searches that have combined to capture the collective imagination of the world over the years, placing the crime and its alleged participants in pop-culture lore forever. PJP Landfill was owned by Provenzano crew lieutenant Phil (Brother) Moscato, one of the biggest loan sharks on the East Coast at the time, and mob associate Paul Cappola. Provenzano and Moscato were members of the Genovese crime family’s Jersey regime. The Genovese has traditionally been the most powerful of New York’s Five Families.

Before dying in 2014, Moscato told esteemed investigative reporter and author Dan Moldea that he was responsible for burying Hoffa’s body, which was transported in a moving truck from Metro Detroit to his trash dump in Jersey City and given over to Cappola to be placed in the ground. Sons of both Moscato and Cappola confirmed this theory and along with Moldea and Fox News, brought the theory and suspected burial spots to authorities. Paul Cappola is deceased.

The FBI originally searched the PJP Landfill property in the fall of 1975 on a tip from Provenzano’s driver, Ralph (Little Ralph) Piccardo. Today, the property is a state park and nature preserve. Hoffa was pronounced dead in 1982 on the seventh anniversary of his disappearance.

Per sources and thousands of pages of federal documents, Hoffa was murdered by his one-time allies in the mafia after a falling out regarding his desire to reclaim the Teamsters union presidency following a prison stint for bribery, jury tampering and fraud where he was forced to relinquish the position in order to get a sentence commutation from the Nixon White House in late 1971. Prior to his incarceration, Hoffa had been a rising star, leading the Teamsters to meteoric heights of power and influence while being propped up by the mafia in his hometown of Detroit.

Hoffa and Tony Provenzano were once close friends turned bitter rivals and Hoffa needed Provenzano’s support in order to take back his president’s post. Tony Giacalone was Hoffa’s go-between with the mob figures he was beholden to for his boss’ seat. It was Giacalone who brokered the “sitdown” Hoffa disappeared en route to. Provenzano and Giacalone were related by marriage.

Giacalone died of kidney failure in 2001 under indictment in a racketeering case. Provenzano passed away in prison in 1988 serving a life sentence for an unrelated labor union-connected mob homicide.