April 17, 2014

This Week in Gang Land

Ex-Yuppie Don: Reverend Al Was Our Gun For Hire

Al SharptonGang Land Exclusive!Call It The Battle Of The Revs.

Like his former pal Al Sharpton, ex-Colombo crime family capo Michael Franzese is now a man of the cloth, a born-again Christian who spends his days preaching the gospel about how he turned his back on the Mafia's wicked ways.

But Franzese says Sharpton, who has been preaching since his teenage days on the streets of Brooklyn, has yet to truly confess his many sins. "He was a gun for hire, our gun for hire," recalled Franzese, the college educated wiseguy, in an exclusive Gang Land interview.

Franzese said that Sharpton often used his influence with black entertainers and others to earn cash payoffs from mobsters and mob-connected firms in legitimate ventures as well as scams.

"He built his reputation on defending the civil rights of blacks, but he would exploit them for money," said Franzese. The two were so friendly, the ex-mobster claimed, that the hustling would-be activist used the derogatory "N" word when he agreed to assist Franzese in a union organizing scam.

Feds Dropping Charges Against Three Defendants In Mob Garbage Case

Carmine FrancoThe government's garbage dump continues in the once-lauded Papa Smurf case.

Gang Land has learned that federal prosecutors have dropped labor racketeering charges against an underling of Genovese gangster Carmine (Papa Smurf) Franco, the main honcho in the mob's control over the private carting industry in New York and New Jersey. And they have also begun the process of dismissing all charges against two other Franco co-defendants.

Spry 88-Year-Young Jurist To 65-Year-Old Wiseguy: You're Not Old, Take Five Years

Arthur SpattYou'd think Central Islip Federal Judge Arthur Spatt would have seen it all by now. The venerable 88-year-old jurist has been on the bench for 46 years. Before that, he spent 29 years as a practicing attorney. But the criminal justice veteran announced himself nonetheless amazed the other day at the laundry list of crimes attributed to a 65-year-old mobster who has spent much of his career behind bars.

 

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. 

Traditional book readers can get Mob Boss at bookstores everywhere, or online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble for much less than the $27.99 list price. You can also get it from many independent book sellers.

Mob Boss is a "gripping, novelistic biography ... a bulls-eye," says The New York Times.


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ee why Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nick Pileggi, Mister District Attorney, Robert Morgenthau, and folks like you who've posted reviews at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble are raving about Mob Boss.

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