January 29, 2015
This Week in Gang Land
'Secret' FBI Memo: Junior Fingered His Dad And Two Gambinos In Murders
A long-buried FBI memo confirms that John A. (Junior) Gotti fingered his late father and two Gambino gangsters – who are still alive and kicking – in murders during a "proffer session" he had with the feds before his first racketeering trial in 2005.
The memo is one of the revelations in a sensational new book, Gotti's Rules, by award winning author (and occasional Gang Land contributor) George Anastasia. The book is based on stories by former Gotti ally turned nemesis, John Alite. And while Alite failed miserably as a trial witness, credit him with providing the FBI document as well as a trove of intriguing tales in this riveting book about the two Queens gangsters who each lived in the shadow of John Gotti, the late Mafia boss.
Using insight about the mob that he gleaned while reporting for more than 30 years about the violent and truly dysfunctional Philadelphia crime family, Anastasia pulled few punches while writing about Alite, the Dapper Don, the erstwhile Junior Don, and the current state of the American Mafia in Gotti's Rules.
The attorney for John A. Gotti yesterday called on Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to investigate how mob turncoat John Alite obtained a "supposed-to-be-secret" official FBI document about the "proffer session" that Gotti had with the feds back in 2005.
There are books, paintings, a movie, a 25-year-old song by Deep Purple, and even a Latin phrase by the renowned Roman poet Virgil that goes back more than 2000 years which states, "Love conquers all." But it didn't help Seth Dolled keep his $150,000 a year job on the New Jersey piers.
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 plenty of 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 is due out in March, but you can still 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.