May 28, 2015
This Week in Gang Land
One longtime hoodlum is already charged with the murder of Michael Meldish, the notorious former leader of the Purple Gang who died classic gangland-style with a bullet to the head while seated in his own car. And law enforcement officials say a second suspect will soon be indicted for the crime by a Bronx grand jury. But there is no shortage of potential suspects in the slaying. They even include a pair of top mobsters, Gang Land has learned.
In the months before Meldish was whacked, powerful high-ranked wiseguys from two rival crime families – Michael (Mikey Nose) Mancuso and Matthew (Matty) Madonna – each voiced their fury about the murderous Bronx-based drug dealer who was murdered in 2013, according to court papers and knowledgeable Gang Land sources.
There is no evidence either of the veteran mobsters had anything to do with it. As former NYPD detective Joe Coffey said right after the murder, Meldish "was a stone-cold killer" with many enemies "in the mob" who were happy that he was dead. But sources say imprisoned Bonanno boss Mancuso, as well as reputed Luchese underboss Madonna, both vented their anger at Meldish and his ways in the 15 months before he was shot to death in front of his home in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx on November 15, 2013 at the age of 62.
It's a good thing that the officials who worked up the Pre-Sentence Report for mob-connected drug dealer Franco Lupoi didn't send a copy of the PSR they prepared for him directly to him, rather than his lawyer. The 45-year-old Gambino associate already fired his first two lawyers for not meeting his high standards. And he was none too happy with what the third lawyer came up with – a plea deal calling for ten years behind bars. So there's no question that the drug-dealing kingpin would have been climbing the walls of his cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where Lupoi has been residing for the past 13 months if he'd seen it.
State prosecutors in Manhattan are playing hardball with aging and ailing Bonanno capo Nicholas (Nicky Mouth) Santora and three mob underlings who were arrested on a state racketeering indictment nearly two years ago and have been detained ever since as they await trial on charges that carry maximum prison stints up to 25 years behind bars.
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 last month, however, and is available online and at your favorite bookstores. 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.