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Kansas City Royals Drug Probe Accompanied Success in 1980s

The Kansas City Royals are in the World Series for the first time in almost three decades.

People in KC feel like it’s the 1980s all over again, back when the Royals were perennial contenders for the crown (eventually raising a Series banner in 1985 with the likes of Hall of Famer George Brett and Cy Young-winner Brett Saberhagen in the lineup).

One of the darker sides of that success experienced in the 1980s was the 1983 drug scandal that engulfed the organization in a firestorm of bad press.

Immediately following the conclusion of the ’83 campaign, four members of the Royals, centerfielder Willie Wilson, first baseman Willie Aikens, pitcher Vida Blue and outfielder Jerry Martin, were all arrested  and eventually convicted for attempting to purchase cocaine and forced to do time behind bars. During the final weeks of the season, they were part of a group of players called in front of a federal grand jury looking into drug use inside the Kansas City organization.

KC Royals 1983 world series

Their three-month incarceration stints in the offseason in a medium security correctional facility in Fort Worth, Texas made them the first MLB players to serve prison sentences while still active.

Originally suspended for the entire 1984 season by then-MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, they appealed the punishment and had their suspensions reduced to six weeks.

The Royals went on to cut ties with three of their flake-fiend foursome, choosing to keep longtime lead-off hitter Willie Wilson, who went on to star on the ’85 World Series club, but vanquish Aikens, Blue and Martin.

willie aikens crack cocaine conviction

Aikens became the first player in major league baseball history with two multi-homer games in the World Series and played with the Toronto Blue Jays for the next two seasons before retiring and spiraling into more drug-induced despair. Convicted of selling crack cocaine and firearm possession in 1994, he wound up doing 15 years in prison on the charges, finally gaining his freedom in 2008. “I was a tremendous junkie,” he says. “When you are in a state of mind like that, you don’t see yourself like that. You’re in denial. You don’t see that you have become selfish, and you only think about yourself.”

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Martin played one more season in the Bigs with the NY Mets.

Vida Blue, a six-time MLB All-Star and Cy Young-winner, two more with the San Francisco Giants.

Both Aikens and Blue testified at the 1985 “Pittsburgh Drug Trials,” a series of courtroom sagas that took place in the Steel City spawning from a massive federal investigation into the rampant narcotics culture that was festering in locker rooms around Major League Baseball in the late-1970s and early-1980s.

At these same hearings, Mets All-Star 1st baseman Keith Hernandez testified that cocaine was “a demon in me.” He said he had used “massive” amounts starting in 1980  and had  developed an “insatiable desire for more.” Hernandez concluded that there was a “love affair” between baseball players and cocaine in the early 1980s, a fact evidenced by the amount of forthcoming league suspensions and drug-related legal issues that followed the hearings .

The probe mainly focused on teams on the East Coast and in the Midwest and resulted in Philadelphia drug dealer Curtis Strong and six co-conspirators being convicted of supplying several different MLB squads with cocaine from his role as a clubhouse caterer with the Philadelphia Phillies. Eleven different players were nailed with suspensions in the wake of the investigation, including MLB All-Stars, Dave Parker, Lonnie Smith and Joaquin Andujar. Unfortunately, this was not the end of cocaine abuse in MLB, as evinced by the sad stories of Dwight Gooden, Darryl Stawberry and others to come afterward.

Willie Aikens, the biggest casualty from the semi-tainted Royals glory era, now works for the organization as a minor league coach.

Mafia Families | Colombo Family

Origins of Profaci Colombo Mafia Family

In September 1921, Joseph Profaci left Sicily, Italy for New York city.  Profaci initially tried his hand in Chicago, but couldn’t get a foothold in the Windy City: he returned to Brooklyn in 1925 and started an olive oil business. Profaci’s olive oil business was, of course, a front for the  the  small criminal gang that operated mainly in Brooklyn- ruled at the time by Frankie Ioele aka Frankie Yale, one of “Boardwalk Empire’s” main characters.

On July 1, 1928, Al Capone had Yale murdered for  refusing to give Capone, whose family hailed from Naples not Sicily, control over the Unione Siciliana fraternal association. Yale’s murder allowed Profaci and his brother in-law Joseph Magliocco to take over Yale’s former territory in Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Red Hook and Carroll Gardens.

1928 was an important year for the nascent La Cosa Nostra. In October, Brooklyn boss Salvatore “Toto” D’Aquila, was murdered. To prevent a gang war in Brooklyn, a Mafia meeting was called at Cleveland’s Statler hotel: neutral ground.  The order of business was to divide D’Aquila’s territory.; attendees included Profaci, Magliocco, Vincent Mangano, Joseph Bonanno , Chicago mobsters Joseph Guinta and Pasquale Lolordo, and Tampa mobster Ignazio Italiano. The result of this Mafia meeting about the Brooklyn territory was that Joe Profaci took over most of  D’Aqulia’s Brooklyn territory, with future boss Joe Magliocco as his underboss.

Profaci Colombo family founded

The Castellammarese War is the foundational event for Sicilian organized crime in America, you can read more about it above. When it was over, the Five Family structure of the American Mafia was in place and Joe Profaci was the boss of his own family, under Boss of Bosses Charles “Lucky” Luciano. Joe Profaci ruled his family for almost 30 years wit
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Colombo Boss Joe Profaci
Profaci Family Godfather Joe Profaci in 1959
By 1959, Joseph Profaci had become a wealthy Mafia boss and was known as “the olive-oil and tomato paste king of America”, but there was something rotten in Denmark. Profaci capo Frank “Frankie Shots” Abbatemarco decided he didn’t want to pay tribute on his lucrative policy game that earned $7,000 a day in Red Hook, Brooklyn. So Abbatemarco, with the support of Gallo brothers and the Garfield Boys, began refusing to pay tribute to Profaci. By late 1959, Abbatemarco’s debt had grown to $50,000. Profaci supposedly ordered Joe Gallo to kill the wayward capo Abbatemarco; other versions say that Gallo played no part in this murder. In return for Abbatemarco’s murder, told the Gallos they could have Abbatemarco’s policy business. The Gallos did the deed, but when Profaci ordered thm to hand over Abbatemaro’s son Anthony, the Gallos refused and  Profaci reneged on giving them the policy game. This was the start of the first family war, pitting the Gallo brothers and the Garfield boys (led by Carmine Persico)  against Profaci and the loyalists.

Crazy Joey Gallo and Profaci Family War

On February 27, 1961 the Gallos kidnapped four of Profaci’s top men: underboss Magliocco, Frank Profaci (Joe Profaci’s brother), capo Salvatore Musacchio and soldier John Scimone. Profaci himself fled to Florida. Profaci’s consigliere Charles “the Sidge” LoCicero negotiated with the Gallos and the hostages were released peacefully. But Joe Profaci had no intention of honoring this peace agreement;  In August of 1961 Profaci ordered the murder of Gallo faction members Joseph “Joe Jelly” Gioielli and Larry Gallo. The killers hit Gioilli after inviting him to go deep sea fishing. Gallo survived a strangulation attempt by Carmine Persico and Salvatore “Sally” D’Ambrosio after a police officer intervened.The Gallos then began calling Persico “The Snake” from his betrayal.  The war continued resulting in nine murders and three disappearances.

In late November 1961, Joe Gallo was sentenced to seven-to-fourteen years in prison for murder.In 1962, Joe Profaci died of cancer, leaving Joe Magliocco,  as the new boss, but the war went on. In 1963, Carmine Persico survived a car bombing and his enforcer Hugh McIntosh was shot in the groin while trying to kill Larry Gallo.  A Gallo hit team shot Carmine Persico multiple times, but “the Snake” lived.

In 1963, Magliocco and Bonanno family boss Joseph Bonanno hatched a plan to murder bosses Carlo Gambino, Tommy Lucchese, Stefano Magaddino and Frank DeSimone and take over the Mafia Commission. The murder contracts were given to Joseph Colombo. Colombo, sensing an opportunity, reported the plot to The Commission. The Commission, realizing that Bonanno was the real mastermind, ordered both Magliocco and Bonanno to appear in front of them. Joseph Bonanno went into hiding, but a fearful Magliocco appeared and confessed everything. He was fined $43,000 and forced into retirement.

Joe Colombo becomes the Boss and starts the Italian American Civil Rights League

The Commission rewarded Colombo for his loyalty by making him new boss of the Profaci family, which was rechristened the Colombo family. At just  41-years old, Colombo was the youngest boss in New York, and the first New York Mafia boss to have been born in the United States.

As boss, Colombo brought peace  the unstable crime family. Behind the scenes, however, other family bosses saw Colombo as Carlo Gambino’s puppet boss; Colombo’s leadership was never challenged due to  Carlo Gambino’s backing. In 1968, Gallo crew leader Larry Gallo died of cancer.

Italian American Civil Rights League Joe Colombo

In 1969, Colombo founded the Italian-American Civil Rights League, dedicated to fighting discrimination against Italian-Americans. This was a truly bizarre move by Colombo, despite Applachia and Valachi, the structure and form of the Mafia was still somewhat of a mystery to the public and law enforcement do to keeping a low profit. The other Bosses were lived at Colombo (who extorted the makers of (“The Godfather” when it shot scenes in Little Ital)  Colombo ignored the others bosses and carried a high profile national campaign PR campaign for the league and for his assertion that there was no such thing as “Mafia”.

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The White Boy Rick I Know

Upon hearing the breaking news this week that Universal Pictures has decided to make a White Boy Rick movie, I reflected on my own personal relationship with him.

And let me tell you, White Boy Rick is no longer alive. He died years ago. The person that inhabits his former body today is simply Rick Wershe, a 45-year old man, a political prisoner of war in some ways, fighting for his life from behind bars.

The nickname is his cross to bear and he knows it. If he was just Rick, he’d be a free man right now.

“White Boy Rick is who I was when I was 17-years old, I was a punk……who isn’t when they’re 17?,” he told me once. “I haven’t been White Boy Rick in 25 years, but that’s how people still see me.”

Hopefully this movie will ignite the flames of freedom and galvanize the public to apply enough pressure on the state of Michigan to let him out. It’s been way too long.

My heart and my soul sincerely ache for Rick and his plight. He is my dear friend and he is unlike anybody I have ever met before. His life has been unfair in so many ways, yet he is able to continually keep his spirits up and his faith never waivers. I admire him so much for that.

Our friendship began with me wanting to do an interview with him about his life in 2007. I ended up being the first journalist to crack the “second part” of the White Boy Rick story – the fact that White Boy Rick was actually the morally-corrupt creation of our own federal government, that he was actually recruited by a federal narcotics task force at the ripe age of 14 years old, told to drop out of his freshman year in high school, and put to work as a mole in the local drug world.

His innocence was literally stolen from him, his body and mind prostituted by the police and his own father (the man that introduced him to law enforcement). I would be bitter to the point of it driving me insane if I were him. He isn’t. That I admire even more.

In my line of work, I’ve met a lot of professional criminals, mobsters, gangsters, mafia dons, biker bosses, drug czars and hit men, to just name a few. Rick is as far away from these kind of people as humanly possible. He is a genuine, kind soul, with a giant heart. He was a victim of extreme circumstance, his crimes long since paid for and really, despite his reputation, quite minor in context (he was simply caught with cocaine at a traffic stop when he was 17, nothing else – that’s his only conviction).

After that first face-to-face meeting in a prison visiting room, I began building a trust and connection with him that I truly cherish. Our phone calls and visits, whether discussing his case, our families, the most recent Tigers or Lions game, or a great episode of reality tv, always inspire me.

Why so many people in the state and Wayne County establishment want to crucify him for our city being forced to endure an entire decade of drugs and destruction in the 1980s (ravished by literally hundreds of criminals bigger and more damage-inflicting than he ever was – most of whom have long since been released from their much more severe convictions), I will never know. Why they want to keep him in prison for the rest of his life based on his behavior as a juvenile that someone in this day and age would get maybe a year or two slap- on-the-wrist, I don’t understand.

If this movie does anything I just hope it puts enough eyes on this horrible injustice of a situation and those eyes lead to a key that unlocks the prison door for my friend Rick.

 

White Boy Rick Movie In The Works

The amazing and tragic true story of 1980s Detroit teen drug dealer, Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe is destined for the big screen.

This week Universal Pictures optioned New York writer Evan Hughes’ recently-released E-Book, entitled “The Trials of White Boy Rick,” for a movie, set to be directed by Joe Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron-Legacy) and produced by Scott Stuber (Ted, The Break Up) under Universal’s Bluegrass Films banner.

Hughes’ E-Book was released last week on The Atavist, a digital content provider that focuses on works of non-fiction.

Wershe, 45, is an icon and street legend from the annals of the Motor City underworld unmatched in terms of media attention during his reign (the late flashy and decadent 1980s) and the fact that he remarkably rose through the treacherous and almost-exclusively African-American local urban gangland scene as a fresh-faced, 15-year old Caucasian to achieve unprecedented heights of power and notoriety.

What nobody knew at the time was that he was a paid mole for the FBI, DEA and Detroit Police Dept. from the ages of 14-through-16, encouraged to drop out of ninth grade and illegally used as a gatherer of intelligence in the area’s narcotics industry on behalf of a federal task force formed in 1984 – claims supported by former federal and city personnel and FBI pay slips he kept.

Convicted of possession with intent to distribute over 650 grams of a controlled substance following a May 1987 traffic stop when he was 17 where police found 8 kilos of cocaine under a nearby porch, Wershe has been behind bars since January 1988, sentenced to a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole. The law he was convicted under was overturned in 1998 and he now has the chance for being paroled, however he’s been denied three times since his first hearing in 2003.

Kid Rock, who dropped White Boy Rick’s name in a 1993 song (“Back From The Dead”) and has admitted to using him as inspiration for his early-career on-stage image, appeared and spoke on Wershe’s behalf at his 2003 hearing.

Wershe is currently the only juvenile “lifer” left in the entire Michigan Department of Corrections prison system who remains locked up and isn’t scheduled to be up for parole again until 2017.

Previously, Eminem and Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential), who hemmed his box-office smash 8 Mile movie, had been in talks to turn Wershe’s life into a motion picture. Critically-acclaimed director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) and Hollywood leading-men Sean Penn and Mark Wahlberg also flirted with possibly getting involved with a White Boy Rick film in recent years as well.

New England Mob Don ‘Spucky’ Hit By Feds, Continues Region Trend

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Boston Godfather busted, Spucky’s turn on top yields similar results as predecessorsat

The FBI continued its relentless assault on the mafia in New England last week, indicting alleged acting Patriarca Family boss, Anthony (Spucky) Spagnolo on charges of extortion based on collecting thousands of dollars of protection money from Boston-area Constitution Vending and the Revere Moose Lodge, a local social club.

Spagnolo, 72, lives in suburban Revere and, according to the federal government, took the reins of the New England mafia on a day-to-day basis two years ago when his predecessor, Anthony DiNunzio, 55, was sent to prison for racketeering related to his extortion of a pair of Rhode Island strip clubs.

A convicted drug dealer and racketeer himself, Spagnolo’s current charges hold a sentence of up to two decades in prison. He is the most-recent of the over half-dozen leaders of the Patriarca clan to get jammed up with the law in the past five years, holding the distinction of being the seventh New England mob Don in a row to be indicted (the six before him were all convicted).

According to last week’s indictment, Spagnolo instructed fellow “made man” Pryce (Stretch) Quintina, 74, to shake down Constitution Vending and the Revere Moose Lodge, where Constitution had several video poker machines for, “at least $50,000 in an eight-year period from 2004 to 2012.” When one of the men that ran the Revere Moose Lodge decided to try to remove the machines provided by Constitution Vending and replace them with machines from another vending company, he was called to a meeting with Spagnolo and threatened with violence. After a rival vending company contacted the Revere Moose Lodge and attempting to persuade them to use their machines, instead of Constitution Vending’s, the owner of the company was approached by Spagnolo and also threatened, told to back off.

Getting his start in the East Boston faction of the New England mafia, Spucky Spagnolo, whose nickname derives from the mispronunciation of a previous moniker (“Spunky”) he had during adolescence, was a protégé of deceased syndicate consigliere, Joseph (J.R.) Russo. As a young Goodfella, Spagnolo was running buddies with Russo’s step brother, Robert (Bobby Russo) Corrozza. The two acted as a collection team on behalf of the East Boston mob czar.

Spucky is known as a character.

“He’s got a good sense of humor, the kind of guy that doesn’t make any apologies for being a wiseguy,” said one former FBI agent familiar with Spagnolo from his earlier days in the Boston underworld. “He’d joke around with us sometimes when we were trailing him around town. But he was as serious as cancer when it came to his business.”

Once when him, Corrozza and another Patriarca soldier named Frederick (Freddy the Neighbor) Simone were pulled over in his car shortly after they were reported to police for the beating up of a Revere nightclub owner refusing to pay street tax, the cops found a pair of guns wrapped in a towel under the passenger’s seat.

“How’d those get there?,” Spucky was quoted as asking the officers with a wry smile.

Sponsored by Russo, Spagnolo was inducted into La Cosa Nostra by the Family’s namesake Raymond Patriarca in an early-1980s ceremony, Patriarca’s first after being released from prison on a murder conspiracy conviction, per sources in Boston law enforcement.

His arrest record dates back to the late 1950s, with charges ranging from public drunkenness and disturbing the peace to narcotics trafficking, armed robbery and racketeering. FBI records allege that Spagnolo traveled to California with Russo to murder infamous New England mob strong-arm turned government witness Joseph (Joe the Animal) Barboza in 1976. Multiple informants told their FBI handlers that Spagnolo acted as the getaway driver and look-out on February 11, 1976 while Russo shot-gunned Barboza on a San Francisco street corner.

Throughout the 1980s, Spagnolo frequented “The Roma,” an East Boston Italian eatery owned by Biagio DiGiacomo, a Sicilian-born Patriarca Family captain. In 1985, DiGiacomo’s crew, which at that time was a sub-faction of J.R. Russo’s regime and included Spagnolo, was infiltrated by an undercover FBI agent named Vincent DelaMontaigne. A year and a half prior, DelaMontaigne had rented a hardware store next door to The Roma and began hanging around the restaurant’s bar, purporting to be a professional criminal and cocaine-dealer. Over the course of his undercover work, he became close with both DiGiacomo and Spagnolo. DelaMontaigne and Spagnolo ran illegal card games and sold drugs together throughout 1985, 1986 and parts of 1987. On one occasion in 1986, Spagnolo got into a verbal altercation with a patron at The Roma and DelaMontaigne had to stop him from stabbing the man with a 12-inch hunting knife he was brandishing.

Spucky’s name surfaced in the investigation into the October 28, 1985 slaying of Jimmy Limoli, a North End Boston wiseguy and close friend of another Russo protégé, Vincent (Vinnie the Animal) Ferrara. Limoli had allegedly angered his superiors in the mob by operating drug rip-off scams and was said to have stolen $100,000 worth of cocaine from Spagnolo in September of that year. Spagnolo went to Limoli’s capo and childhood pal, Ferrara and complained about Limoli boosting his coke and attended numerous sit-downs with syndicate administrators and Limoli himself to try to resolve the issue, according to police records.

Ferrara and Limoli had come up together in the North End, Boston’s Little Italy neighborhood, working for longtime Patriarca underboss Gerry Angiulo, allegedly both taking part in the 1977 murder of Jackie DiFronzo and the 1979 murder of Anthony (Dapper Tony) Corlito, a pair of rivals and bitter enemies of Ferrara that were robbing Angiulo-backed underground casinos.

Ferrara was inducted into La Cosa Nostra in 1983, eventually inheriting the crew of Danny Angiulo, Gerry’s brother and his former capo, and aligning with Russo crosstown in East Boston in an intra-Family war against Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme and Raymond (Ray Rubber Lips) Patriarca, Jr.

Vinnie the Animal and another of his associates Patsy Barone were both convicted of Limoli’s murder in 1991 and 1993 respectively, but released from their prison sentences early due to the main witness against them, a former gangster pal of theirs named Walter Jordan, recanting his testimony and the federal prosecutor not informing counsel for Ferrara or Barone of the development during plea-bargain negotiations.

Barone was the alleged shooter in the Limoli hit (which took place in front of a local restaurant), Vinnie the Animal allegedly ordered it. The Boston College-educated Ferrara, 65, once viewed as a certain future Godfather in the Patriarca Family, is currently retired from his life in the mob and running a series of legitimate businesses in the North End since being released from behind bars in 2005.

In January 1987, with the Beantown crime syndicate on the verge of erupting into violence and splitting into an all-out civil war, Spagnolo was tape-recorded telling the wired-for-sound DelaMontaigne, “Things are tough these days in the mafia…..I might have to go back to making money the old-fashioned way, pulling kids out of their sneakers and emptying their fucking pockets.”

The turmoil in the New England underworld temporarily ceased in the fall of 1989, months after Salemme survived an assassination attempt and Patriarca, Jr.’s underboss William (Billy the Wild Man) Grasso was killed, with a conciliatory “making” ceremony of Russo and Ferrara loyalists that was taped by the FBI with the help of Boston mob turncoat Angelo (Sonny) Mercurio.

Spagnolo and Quintina, members of the Russo-Ferrara faction of the conflict, were each present at the recorded induction that took place at a house in suburban Medford on October 29, 1989. Audio surveillance of the ceremony and the undercover work of DelaMontaigne were both included as part of a massive 1990 federal racketeering case levied against the Patriarca Family which ensnared, Spagnolo, Patriarca, Jr., Russo, Ferrara and DiGiacomo, among others.

With the entire leadership of the New England mob either dead or in jail, Cadillac Frank Salemme assumed control of the Family and began taking vengeance on those who had tried to kill him, a period of bloodshed in the early 1990s that resulted in at least another half-dozen casualties. Salemme was busted on racketeering offenses in 1995 and eventually became an informant.

Convicted in 1991, Spagnolo served nine years in prison and was released in 2000, almost immediately being named a capo upon hitting the street again as reward for keeping his mouth shut.

Quintina is the nephew of former Patriarca Family consigliere Charles (Q-Ball) Quintina (held the post in the 1990s) and took his first arrest in 1967 on a New Hampshire state assault charge, which he was found guilty of.

Stretch and his Uncle Q-Ball were indicted and convicted together on extortion and racketeering charges in the mid-1990s. The younger Quintina served an eight-year prison bit and was released in 2002. In his heyday, he was known as an eager enforcer.

“Let me bounce this guy off the fucking wall,” he was recorded asking Boston mobster and future Patriarca underboss Alexander (Sonny Boy) Rizzo at a wired-up apartment of a mutual acquaintance as the pair were trying to intimidate an indebted gambler in 1992.

Pryce Quintina is still considered a suspect in the 1981 gangland murder of mob associate and convicted felon Angelo Patrizzi, however has never been charged. Rizzo was tasked by Gerry Angiulo with organizing Patrizzi’s execution and put together a hit squad, that some say included Quintina. Patrizzi was kidnapped from outside his apartment on St. Patrick’s Day, strangled to death and left hogtied in the trunk of a stolen car for getting into a public spat with Angiulo over Patrizzi’s belief that Angiulo had ordered Freddy Simone and another Patriarca “button man,” Connie Frizi, to murder his half-brother Joe Porter in 1978 while he was away in prison. Anguilo and Rizzo were convicted in Patrizzi’s murder.

The Boston mob is currently in disarray, ravished by convictions and defections and the current indictment of “old guard-types” Spagnolo and Quintina appears to be another nail in the syndicate’s coffin.

Since Luigi (Baby Shacks) Manocchio, the man that had stabilized the New England mafia at the beginning of the New Millennium in the wake of the power struggle that enveloped the Family in the late-1980s and early 1990s, retired in 2009 (he was swooped up and sent to jail on extortion charges in 2011), the syndicate has seen powerful capos Robert (Bobby the Cigar) DeLuca of Rhode Island and Mark Rosetti of East Boston join Team U.S.A and all three of Manocchio’s direct successors hit with racketeering indictments.

Law enforcement sources in the area tab Peter (The Crazy Horse) Limone the official Boss of the Patriarcas right now, having taken the reins from Manocchio five years ago and desiring a hands-off approach to leadership, assigning an “acting boss,” first Anthony DiNunzio until 2012 and then Spagnolo to look after day-to-day affairs on his behalf.

Limone, 80, was wrongly convicted and imprisoned for the 1965 murder of Irish hoodlum Teddy Deegan, based on false information provided by Joe “The Animal” Barboza. Serving 33 years in prison for the crime, Limone was released in 2001 after his conviction was overturned, him and his co-defendants awarded 102 million dollars in damages. Pocketing a cool 26 million himself, he was nabbed on loansharking, extortion and sports gambling charges in 2010, pleading no contest and receiving five years of probation.

Following their bookings on their charges last week, Spagnolo and Quintina were both released on bond and fitted for ankle-bracelet monitors.

“I don’t know what it says about things in the Family these days that Spucky was the Boss,” questioned the former Fed. “I never took him to be Don-material. He’s a loyal soldier through-and-through, but for heading the whole ship, I don’t think he’s necessarily sharp enough or holds enough reverence to be the one that puts things back together.”