August 27, 2015
This Week in Gang Land
More than five years later, Mob Wives, that offbeat, occasionally raunchy, so-called cable TV reality show featuring much on-air yelling and screaming by mob-connected women with big hair and big mouths, still packs a powerful punch – literally.
The FBI and federal prosecutors are investigating an allegation that Gambino associate Albert (Albee) Crisci was beaten nearly to death at a New Jersey federal prison last month by mob-connected fellow inmates after rumors spread that Crisci's wife had accepted a role in the upcoming Season Six of Mob Wives.
Sources tell Gang Land that authorities suspect that Crisci was attacked by mobsters who believed that Danielle Crisci, who is separated from the imprisoned 41-year-old gangster, was one of two new women who were added to the cast for the coming season. Crisci suffered severe, life-threatening injuries in a brutal assault that took place in a prison recreation area at the Fairton, N.J. federal prison on July 14.
Mob associate Anthony (Whitey) Stango pleaded guilty in Newark Federal Court last week to selling about $75,000 worth of cocaine to FBI agents, and planning to open a top-shelf prostitution business for high-rollers in Toms River on the Jersey Shore. He also admitted the illegal ownership of an H&R Pardner 12-gauge shotgun five years ago.
Last week's Gang Land announcement that the Gambino crime family has settled on a new boss – Frank Cali, a low profile, old-school member of the family's Sicilian wing – brought vigorous disagreement from other knowledgeable sources.
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 in March, however, and 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.