August 17, 2017

This Week in Gang Land

Carmine PersisoParole Commission OKs Parole For Mob Boss – When He's 118

The moribund U.S. Parole Commission seems determined to make sure that mob boss Carmine (Junior) Persico does what then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani famously declared most of the mobsters convicted in the historic Mafia Commission case would do after they were hit in 1987 with unprecedented 100-year prison terms for labor racketeering: "Die in prison."

The Parole Commission, Gang Land has learned, made that pretty clear this month when the 84-year-old Persico showed up for a scheduled "mandatory parole" hearing and was told that, unlike any other inmate in the history of the federal prison system, he would need to serve 66 years behind bars – not 30, as the Commission's guidelines state – before he gets his hearing.

Persico and his lawyers appeared on August 2 for a hearing that would have required his parole, his lawyers say, because there was no "reasonable probability" he would commit a crime if released and because he had committed no serious or frequent rules violations since he was imprisoned in February of 1985. Federal parole was abolished in 1987, but the Parole Commission still holds sway over Persico and 955 other inmates convicted before then.

Salvatore BattagliaWaterfront Watchdog Chases Mob-Connected Workers Off The Docks

The Waterfront Commission has been busy policing the New York and New Jersey docks. This week, it prevented two relatives of convicted labor racketeers with one mob family from getting high-paying jobs, and it bounced a veteran longshoreman off the piers for his close ties to mobsters from two other crime families.

Robert SpinelliFeds Used Undercover G-Men In Takedown Of Luchese Family Leaders

Robert Spinelli, a mob associate who once plotted with others to murder a turncoat capo's sister to send a message about the peril of working with prosecutors, isn't the only cooperating witness in a racketeering and murder case against 19 Luchese family gangsters, Gang Land has learned.

 

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Mob Boss: The BookUnless 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 2015, 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.


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Joseph Massino
Joseph Massino
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
John "Sonny" Franzese
John "Sonny" Franzese
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Carmine "Junior" Persico
Carmine "Junior" Persico
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