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State of The Family – The Bonanno Mob



When convicted murderer and Bronx wiseguy Michael (Mickey the Nose) Mancuso walks out of prison in a few years, he will be leaving the Federal Department of Corrections as the official boss of New York’s Bonanno Crime Family.

The New York press corps reported Mancuso’s promotion in the summer of 2013.

Mancuso, 59 and the one-time Bonanno “acting boss” and underboss, is serving time in a South Carolina federal penitentiary for ordering the 2004 gangland slaying of mob associate Randy Pizzolo. Pleading guilty in 2008, he is set for release in 2019. The Feds say he’s running the Bonannos from his prison cell.

Back in the 1970s and early 1980s, Mickey the Nose was a leader of a Bronx-based “mafia JV team” known as “The Purple Gang,” named after the Detroit’s murderous Prohibition Era Jewish mob.

In the early 2000s, he was imprisoned Bonanno boss Vincent (Vinnie Gorgeous) Basciano’s right-hand man and No. 2 in charge. Around Thanksgiving 2004, a week prior to the Pizzolo hit, he was named Basciano’s “acting boss.”

Prior to his conviction and jailing for the murder of Pizzolo, Mancuso had served a decade behind bars for shooting and killing his wife in 1984. When longtime Bonanno Godfather Joseph (Big Joey) Massino turned witness for the government in August of 2004, he implicated Mancuso in helping organize the March 1999 execution of syndicate captain Gerlando (George From Canada) Sciascia.aw

Mickey the Nose’s underboss and current “acting boss” is Thomas (Tommy D) Di Fiore of Long Island and his consigliere is 80-year old Bonanno vet Anthony (Fat Tony) Rabito, according to the FBI.

Di Fiore is in jail under indictment for an extortion sceme.

Top capos in the Family include former acting boss Vincent (Vinnie T.V.) Badalamenti, former acting underboss Nicholas (Nicky Mouth) Santora, former Massino consigliere Anthony (T.G.) Graziano, William (Willie Glasses) Rivello, Frank (Frankie the Fireman) Porco, Joseph (Little Joe Saunders) Cammerano, Jr., Anthony (Tony from Elmont) Mannone, Joseph (J.B.) Indelicato, Louis (Louie Electric) DeCicco , Joseph (Sammie) Sammerino, Jerry Chilli and Vinnie Asaro (under indictment with DiFiore).

A character based on Santora was portrayed by actor Bruno Kirby (The Godfather II, When Harry Met Sally) in the 1997 movie “Donnie Brasco,” starring Johnny Depp, Al Pacino and Michael Madsen.

The Bonanno Family has roughly 100 members and according to sources on the street and in law enforcement, has inducted a dozen or so new members in the past couple years, ceremonies presided over by Di Fiore and Rabito. Rocked by the infiltration of an FBI undercover agent in the early 1980s (Operation Donnie Brasco), an incident that temporarily cost the syndicate a seat on the mob’s national “Commission,” the Bonanno clan shot back to prominence in the 1990s under the guidance of Massino, at that point one of the most-revered mafia Dons in America. Massino’s defection and the arrest and convictions of several primary administrators in the 2000s, set the Bonannos back severely, seeing the Family lose respect and much of its’ overall luster once again.

Experts say the Family has faith in Mancuso and Di Fiore to put the pieces back together and return the New York City crime conglomerate back to prominence. Those same experts speculate that Brooklyn mob power Vinnie Badalamenti is currently looking after day-to-day affairs in Mancuso’s and Di Fiore’s absence.



MLB Legend Pete Rose Gambled With The Mob

Pete Rose and the Mafia

When iconic Major League Baseball star Pete Rose bet on sports, he bet with the mob.

Rose, who was hit with a lifetime ban from baseball after it was discovered he wagered on games he was involved in as a manager with the Cincinnati Reds in the late 1980s, placed bets with a series of mafia-backed bookmaking operations in various different regions of the country through his more than two-decade career in the Bigs, according to FBI files and the famous MLB-issued Dowd Report related to his expulsion.

Despite his statistics ranking up there with the best of all-time (most career-MLB hits), due to his ban, which came down in August 1989, Rose is not enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Playing from 1963-1986, he was a 17-time all-star, one-time league MVP (1973), three-time MLB  batting-champion and three-time World Series champion (’75 and ’76 with the Reds and 1980 with the Philadelphia Phillies).

While living on the East Coast, Rose bet through the Philly-based Bruno-Scarfo organized crime family and more than one New York mafia syndicate, while in the Midwest, he put his wagers down with the Chicago Outfit (local slang for the Windy City mob), per federal documents and the Dowd Report.

Rose’s main bookie when he was with the Reds was Ronnie Peters of Dayton, Ohio. who “kicked up” to Chicago mob crew leader Dominick Basso. A close friend of Outfit powers Ernest (Rocky) Infelice, Donald (The Wizard) Angelini and Dominic (Large Dom) Cortina, Basso was put in charge of all gambling operations in suburban DuPage County, Illinois until he died of natural causes in 2001.

The Dowd Report c

ited at least a half-dozen incidents where Rose bet directly with Basso, phoning him at his Chicago residence to call-in his wagers. Rose denied knowing Basso. Peters survived being shot in the head in 2002.

When he first arrived in Philadelphia in 1979, Rose began betting through bookies connected to area mob figures Ralph (Junior) Staino and Joseph (Joey Pung) Pungitore, FBI files and street sources in Pennsylvania confirm.

In the 1980s, Rose got hooked up with a Staten Island, New York-based bookie named Richard (Big Val) Troy and began betting significant chunks of cash on a number of different sports through him. Troy was linked to mobsters in the Bonanno, Colombo and Genovese Families. By mid-decade, Rose, according to the Dowd Report, owed Troy $200,000 in gambling debts.

Using his contacts in the underworld to finagle a labor union job, Troy was busted in 2003 for illegal union activity and organized crime ties. Also part of the 2003 bust were high-ranking New York Mafiosi John (Jackie Zambooka) DeRoss of the Colombos and Ernest (Ernie Boy) Muscarella and Pasquale (Scop) DeLuca of the Genoveses.

Today, Rose is 73  and still fighting to get reinstated into baseball. Following years of denying the accusations of his gambling on games he participated in, he finally came clean and admitted to betting on the Reds while managing them (1984-1989) in his 2004 autobiography entitled ‘My Prison Without Bars.’

UCLA Football Team Investigated For Point-Shaving, Mob Links In 90s

East Coast mob chief Donnie Shacks might have been shacking up with some West Coast college athletes back in the late 1990s…….on a point-shaving scheme to fix UCLA football games.

The UCLA Bruins football program was investigated by the FBI in 1998 and into 1999 related to allegations from informants that All-American quarterback and future NFL first-round draft pick, Cade McNown was shaving points on behalf of the Colombo Crime Family and New York gangster-turned wannabe L.A. impresario Dominick (Donnie Shacks) Montemarano.

Following a racketeering conviction in 1986 and 11-year prison sentence due to his role as a capo in the fractious Colombo clan, Montemarano, a close ally of longtime imprisoned Family boss Carmine (The Snake) Persico, relocated to California alas John Travolta’s “Chili Palmer” character in the 1997 film Get Shorty, at the exact same time the wry gangland comedy was playing in movie theatres around the world.

Was it art imitating life or life imitating art? Who knows. But the similarities are striking.

Donnie Shacks
Donnie Shacks

Like Palmer in the Get Shorty script, Donnie Shacks began dating a silver screen starlet in actress Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers franchise, EdTV), investing his money in the film industry and making the rounds on the Hollywood celebrity party circuit. He also began hosting a series of Monday Night Football-watching parties at his swank Beverly Hills home, which quickly started drawing a high-profile, “industry jet-set” crowd. FBI surveillance records indicate in addition to McNown and some of his Bruins teammates, NFL Hall of Famer and one-time UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman and former UCLA player and head coach Rick Neuheisel attended the get-togethers as well.

The FBI probed, but never brought charges regarding the relationship between Montemarano and McNown and the possibility they might have been teaming to try and manipulate the outcome of UCLA football games during the 1998-1999 campaign. Concerns within the L.A. FBI office began popping up, according to federal documents related to the Colombos, after a November 7, 1998 game where UCLA beat Oregon State 41-34 and McNown threw the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds, but the Bruins failed to cover the 12-point spread.

Further eyebrows were raised the next month when Donnie Shacks, accompanied McNown and his parents to the Heisman Trophy presentation at the New York Athletic Club (McNown was a finalist for the award) and then to the NFL Draft in April 1999 when he was selected 12th overall by the Chicago Bears.

Signing a 22 million dollar contract with Chicago, McNown’s pro career flamed out fast and he was out of the NFL within five years.

UCLA went 10-2 and won the PAC-10 championship in the 98-99 season, losing in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day to Wisconsin 38-31.

McNown UCLA point shaving scandal

Busted for domestic abuse in the early 2000s, Montemarano had to return behind bars for a brief stint on a parole violation (2004-2007). New York mob experts peg Donnie Shacks a current administrator in the Colombo Family, possibly as high up as Underboss.

Montemarano got his start in the 1960s under the infamous Joseph (Crazy Joe) Gallo  and his two brothers, Larry and Albert (aka “Kid Blast”) and received his nickname at a young age due to his being a ladies man and having a penchant for “shacking up” with multiple women at the same time.

D.C. Hitman Wayne ‘Silk’ Perry Furthest Thing From Soft

Washington DC Top Hitman

by Seth Ferranti, gorillaconvict.com

Wayne “Silk” Perry is the most infamous gangster to ever walk the streets of Washington D.C. aka Drama City. He’s been called the Michael Jordan of the murder game. A professional head hitter and alleged killer. The streets hold a definite respect, a curious awe and a healthy amount of fear for the man they called Silk. “Wayne was one of those niggas that lived by the code, but played by his own rules.” Says E, a gangsta who came up under Silk. In the Chocolate City it was by any means necessary and Silk took this attitude to new extremes with his boldness in the face of adversity and challenges. Nobody was off limits to Silk and nothing was undoable. According to police, Silk was legendary for his willingness to kill at will- in broad daylight, up close and personal, in front of the police- it didn’t matter if you were on his hit list you could be killed anywhere in front of anyone. There was nowhere to hide, it’s alleged that Silk would lay in wait for his prey all night until he got his opportunity to strike. Murder, robbery, drug dealing and extortion were said to be his business and he took it seriously. He prided himself as a man that could put his mind to whatever he wanted, as he conquered all aspects of the game.

Wayne Perry is the man who protected self-proclaimed Harlem drug lord and notorious snitch Alberto “Alpo” Martinez. Working as an enforcer for the so-called Martinez organization, a powerful DC-based drug ring, Silk acted as bodyguard and hitman for Alpo, who after he was apprehended by the law and arrested snitched on his too loyal right hand man, Wayne and countless others. But Silk didn’t get down like that. He took his on the chin and kept on fighting. He held true to the code of the streets that spawned him. He’s gone down in infamy, as one of the top soldiers from the Murder Capital. A true warrior and hustler who lives by the creed of death before dishonor. The Washington Post called him one of the District’s most heinous murderers, and almost fifteen years after his rise, the streets are still talking about him.

“Wayne was so smooth with that murder shit that when he first started killing for money in the city niggas didn’t even know who was knockin’ them heads. Niggas was talking about it was a hit man in town from Detroit somewhere,” a dude from the era says. And as Silk’s name took on the eminence of his actions, he quickly became one of the most feared dudes in the city. “Some niggas used to try to feed slim to keep him off they ass.” Manny says. “Rayful Edmond used to try to drop loads of shit down 203, but Wayne used to be like, ‘Nah, I’m cool. I don’t want nothing from you.’ He wanted to make his own way. He had a game plan.” It was said that when Wayne was on the streets, certain hustlers wouldn’t even drive nice cars because they didn’t want Wayne to think they were getting money. And weak dudes or those that were punks weren’t supposed to have shit as far as Wayne was concerned. Eighty percent of the dudes that fucked with him back then did so out of fear. When he started taking money for hits nobody was safe. If the price was right and the joker wasn’t in Wayne’s circle he had no problem killing them. There are stories of Silk sleeping in the yards of dudes that had money on their heads until he could get them. “I don’t play that across the street shit,” Wayne says. “I walk right up and put seven in the head like it ain’t shit.” The fear that he put in the hearts of some people was like no other.

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John Gotti as a child. Is that a dress or sailor suit?


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John Gotti old mug shot 1960’s


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Young John Gotti with his wife and baby


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Surveillance photo of John Gotti at a Brooklyn social club. Brother Peter Gotti in the front.


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John Gotti style – leaving court in the mid 80’s