May 19, 2016
This Week in Gang Land
Feds: Genovese Old-Timer Teamed Up With Crips Gangstas In Mob Murder Plot
The feds finally got around to making it official. Last week, they announced what Gang Land reported several months ago: Two years ago, Nassau County detectives investigating a mob gambling ring happened upon, and busted, a very unorthodox murder plot in which the powerful, sophisticated Genovese family allegedly hired members of a street gang aligned with the Crips to do their dirty work.
An expanded eight-count indictment identified a little-known, but influential, 74-year-old wiseguy named Robert Debello, who has two fitting nicknames, Grandpa and Old Man, as the main player in the case. Debello and seven others were hit with various racketeering charges stemming from the arrest of a carload of hired guns who were on their way to whack a hot-headed gangster at his Whitestone, Queens home in June of 2014.
Sources say Debello has close ties to the crime family's current "street boss," Peter (Petey Red) DiChiara. Back in 2001, he was indicted on racketeering charges along with DiChiara and dozens of other Genovese gangsters. A year later, Debello copped a plea deal to a racketeering assault charge and served four months of home detention.
The six-year-long quest by former Gambino consigliere Frank (Frankie Loc) Locascio to obtain a 26-year-old tape recording that might prove he is innocent of committing a mob rubout with John Gotti has turned into a Keystone Kops-like comedy of errors involving FBI officials in New York, New Jersey and Washington.
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office might want to rethink its strategy regarding the re-trial of four accused Bonanno crime family members on state racketeering charges. That's according to one version of the jury's deliberations that emerged following the three-month-long trial that ended in a mistrial last week.
Unless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.
Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."
The mass market, paperback version was published a year ago, however, and it is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.
See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.
Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.