June 23, 2016

This Week in Gang Land

Heroin-Dealing John Gotti-Pal Hopes Illegal Sentence Shall Set Him Free

Gang Land Exclusive!Mark ReiterAs a major league drug dealer who hung out at the Bergin Hunt & Fish Club with John Gotti when the Dapper Don was a rising mob star, Mark Reiter earned a sentence of life in prison back in 1988.

That was supposed to be a prison term from which the only exit is in a body bag. Just to be absolutely sure Reiter never again saw Ozone Park, or any other place outside of prison walls, he was given two life sentences plus 60 years (that included 20 years for a racketeering conviction for the murders of two potential witnesses that Reiter was convicted of ordering back in Gotti Prime Time in 1982).

But a very smart lawyer has come up with an intriguing legal argument on the subject. He points out in a new court filing that, in their rush to judgment, both the sentencing judge and the government forgot to dot some very important i's and cross some equally vital t's. What the feds and the judge forgotti, says attorney Harlan Protass, was to get the jury to cite the amount of drugs Reiter was convicted of peddling. Why would that matter, you might ask?

Daniel PersicoDanny Persico, Nephew Of Colombo Boss, Succumbs To Cancer, At 54

Daniel (The General) Persico, a nephew of imprisoned Mafia boss Carmine (Junior) Persico, who largely stayed out of the family business, died at the age of 54 last week after fighting a losing seven-year battle with cancer.

Bridget RohdeFormer Mob-Busting Prosecutor Returns To The Fray

Former mob-busting prosecutor Bridget Rohde, who bested then-Luchese acting underboss Steven (Stevie Wonder) Crea on labor racketeering charges, and brought down Gambino mobster Carmine Agnello on a slew of charges involving his scrap metal businesses more than a decade ago, has returned to her old haunts at the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's office.

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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 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.


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John Gotti

John "Junior" Gotti
Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco
Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco

Salvatore "Bull" Gravano
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
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso
Liborio "Barney" Bellomo
Liborio "Barney" Bellomo
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