December 5, 2013
This Week in Gang Land
Vito Rizzuto Shoots His Way To The Top Of The Montreal Mafia, Again
It was 32 years ago, back on May 5, 1981, when a virtually unknown gangster named Vito Rizzuto shouted, "Don't move, this is a holdup," and burst out of a closet in a Brooklyn social club with both guns blazing. Actually, what followed was a lot worse than a holdup. In the legendary rubout that followed, Rizzuto helped gun down three Bonanno capos, a grisly slaughter that set the table for Joseph Massino to take over the crime family and for Rizzuto to establish himself as the Godfather of the Montreal Mafia.
Fast forward to today. Massino is just a 71-year-old roly poly turncoat who lives in hiding and is the boss of nothing. But after a six-year stretch in a U.S. prison, the 67-year-old Rizzuto is back on top of the heap in his hometown where he’s believed to be waging an old-world vendetta against those who did wrong by him while he was away. Law enforcement officials believe he is getting even with the gangsters who killed his son and his father while he was away, thus re-establishing himself as the top gun in town, while leaving the dirty work to others.
In the 14 months since his return to Montreal, there have been nine murders in what law enforcement officials and other sources in the U.S. and Canada describe as an unprecedented mob war for power with Rizzuto at its epicenter.
Judge: It's A Close Call But Little Angelo Is A Shoplifter
As his parents, his wife, and his three children looked on sadly, Angelo (Little Angelo) Spata, the son-in-law of imprisoned-for-life Colombo crime family boss Carmine (Junior) Persico suffered through a long, embarrassing hearing Monday at which prosecutors sought to revoke his bail. Brooklyn Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto pronounced Spata guilty of the very un-mobster-like petty crime of stealing $164 worth of lighting equipment from the Home Depot in Coney Island.
Union Official With $260,000 Salary Stands Alone In Mob Labor Racketeering Case
Robert Scalza, secretary treasurer of Local 173 of the International Brotherhood of Trade Unions has updated the old saw that there is no honor among thieves. The same rule now extends to allegedly corrupt union officials linked to the Genovese crime family. The 68-year-old Scalza is charged with trying to extort James (Jamie) Bernardone, a secretary treasurer for a rival union that like the IBOTU, is controlled by capo Conrad Ianniello.
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