October 8, 2015
This Week in Gang Land
Judge Gives Two Thumbs Down To GoodFellas Murders At Lufthansa Trial
Federal prosecutors seeking to nail an aging Bonanno wiseguy in a racketeering conspiracy case stemming from the Lufthansa Airlines robbery wanted to detail the gory murders committed by James (Jimmy the Gent) Burke and graphically depicted in GoodFellas, the film about the legendary $6 million heist. So they asked the judge for permission.
But Brooklyn Federal Judge Allyne Ross yesterday said that was a little much. In a 20-page ruling, Ross shot down prosecutors' request to tell the jury in the upcoming trial of Bonanno capo Vincent Asaro about several killings that Burke ordered in the wake of the robbery in an effort to thwart an ongoing federal probe.
Brooklyn Federal Judge Sterling Johnson, a former narcotics prosecutor, made it pretty clear at the recent sentencing of Gambino associate Franco Lupoi that the kingpins of lucrative mob-connected international drug rings — unlike cohorts who launder their illegal profits — should expect very little sympathy if they end up before him on sentencing day.
Joseph Coffey, a colorful, outspoken cop whose dogged detective work helped bring down some of the biggest players in the New York Mafia, died last week from complications from heart disease and lung cancer. He was 77.
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 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 in March, however, and 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.