September 22, 2016
This Week in Gang Land
Surveillance Video Fingers A Suspect In Michael Meldish Rubout; DNA Tags The Second
It took more than a year and a half for the Bronx District Attorney's Office to obtain a murder indictment of two suspects in the November 15, 2013 rubout of longtime mob associate Michael Meldish. But police had identified the accused killers of the onetime leader of the notorious Purple Gang within days of the classic gangland-style slaying, Gang Land has learned.
Meldish, 62, was killed with a single bullet fired into the right side of his head from very close range as he sat behind the wheel of his car in front of 1212 Ellsworth Avenue, near the corner of Baisely Avenue in the Throgs Neck section of The Bronx.
And while the state murder case has been in a state of virtual suspended animation since the duo was charged with the slaying last year, authorities were long aware of the identity of the alleged killers. Law enforcement sources say the NYPD quickly tabbed Luchese soldier Christopher Londonio and mob associate Terrence Caldwell as suspects in the slaying.
Tomorrow is an important day for Christopher Londonio, the Luchese soldier who's been sitting in a federal lockup on a federal weapons indictment while state and federal prosecutors in two boroughs were debating how to handle the prosecution of the Michael Meldish murder.
For the second time in three months, longtime Colombo crime family capo Luca DiMatteo has received an unusual furlough from the federal prison lockup in Brooklyn where he's been detained for more than a year.
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.