July 17, 2014

This Week in Gang Land

College Educated Capo Well-Schooled In Wiseguy Way Of Life

Gang Land Exclusive!Conrad IannielloWhen they call the Genovese crime family the Ivy League of organized crime, they’re not talking about college diplomas. But Genovese capo Conrad Ianniello is the rare exception who actually did go on to higher education. Ianniello possesses a baccalaureate degree from Mercy College, the liberal arts college in Westchester that was founded by the Sisters of Mercy back in 1950.

But the 70-year-old mobster doesn’t appear to have ever put his sheepskin to work. He’s been a jack-of-all-trades guy, working blue collar jobs such as a steamfitter. He’s also dabbled in grand larceny and drug dealing, earning a state conviction in 1986 for possessing heroin with intent to sell and a sentence of 81/3 years to life.

And like his late, legendary wiseguy uncle, Matthew (Matty The Horse) Ianniello, the accomplished labor racketeer who rarely got his hands dirty while taking over unions, Conrad is well-schooled in the art of extortion. When faced with a feisty union leader whose father, Dennis (Fat Dennis) Delucia, was a capo with the beleaguered Colombo family, Conrad simply sent a burly 300 pound gangster to threaten the union leader who stood in his way.

Hector PaganEx-Hubby Of Mob Wives Star Is Ready For Sentencing; But Which Judge Will Get The Job?

Turncoat Bonanno gangster Hector (Junior) Pagan is such a popular guy in Brooklyn Federal Court that three different judges are in the running to sentence him for a slew of crimes, including murder. Pagan, however, doesn’t sound worried. He told his ex-wife, Mob Wives co-star Renee Graziano in a letter from prison, that he'll be released from prison this year and wants to hook up with her again.

Lawyer Rips Turncoat As Cold Blooded Killer; Asks Mercy For Gangster Who Planned Robbery, Not Murder

Richard RiccardiMob associate Richard Riccardi makes no bones about his responsibility in the crime that led to the shooting death of check casher James Donovan back in 2010. He instigated and helped plan the $200,000 robbery that ended with Donovan’s murder, his lawyer acknowledges. "He fully and unconditionally accepts responsibility for his conduct" and "accepts that there is a realistic possibility that he will spend the rest of his life in prison," attorney Susan Kellman says in a pre-sentence letter to the court.

 

 

Mob Boss: The BookGood news for Gang Land readers who'd prefer to listen to Mob Boss: The Story Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia rather than read the tell-all book about the most important mob defector since Joe Valachi. The Mob Boss audio book is out, and available online at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion. Listen in your car, or just about anywhere else.The folks at Tantor Media say you'll hear every word of the 406 page turner by Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins. But the authors make no promises about the narrator's pronunciation of all the Italian names in the book, including Little Al's. 

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