The Women Who Love Them

Linda Schiro testifies in sketch by Chris CornellNot since wannabe Bonanno boss Carmine (Lilo) Galante was being chauffeured around by daughter Nina in the 1970's, has there been any serious talk about women playing key roles in the American Mafia. All talk ended when Galante was shot to death in July 1979 as he dined at an Italian restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

But women are often part of the gangland landscape. In the fall of 2007, for example, mob moll Linda Schiro was the linchpin of a sensational murder trial of an ex-FBI agent that ended midstream when she was discredited by 10-year-old tape recordings that put the lie to her courtroom testimony. Schiro is now being investigated for possible perjury charges.

Here are more examples:

Feds use testimony and pictures of slain gangster's comare as evidence at murder trial of mob chieftain. Read more …
Feds use testimony by widow and daughter of slain mobster at the murder trial of mob chieftain. Read more …
Mob moll Linda Schiro contacts Gang Land to dispute report that she gave FBI info about Wild Bill Cutolo. Read more …
Mob scion Alphonse Perisco had secret talks with mob moll Linda Schiro about smearing FBI agent R. Lindley DeVecchio. Read more …
DA Joe Hynes plays the blame game after dismissing murder charges against FBI agent indicted on testimony of mob moll. Read more …
Brooklyn DA Joe Hynes drops charges against ex-FBI agent after 10-year-old tapes discredit mob moll of late mobster. Read more …
Mob moll Linda Schiro is linchpin of sensational murder case against former FBI supervisor R. Lindley DeVecchio. Read more …
Mary Bari was dressed to kill when she was murdered by the mob in a Bensonhurst social club. Read more …
The daughter of a Mafia boss has her wedding plans dashed by the arrest of her wannabe husband. Read more …
Warden frustrated by her failures as top dog of a federal prison plays tough with the wife and daughter of a Colombo associate and bars them from visiting their man. Read more …
Longtime mob wife Camille Serpico decides to cop a plea as her fifth hubby goes to trial in Manhattan federal court on charges of running a chop shop. Read more …
Mob wife Lana Zancocchio brings her kids to court and uses them as get-out-of-jail free cards. Read more …
Lana Zancocchio, wife of a wiseguy and daughter of a Bonanno capo, got caught up in her hubby's problems with Uncle Sam and pleaded guilty to tax fraud. Read more …
Camille Colucci, a merry widow who married a Colombo associate after Sammy Bull Gravano killed her husband in 1970, was nabbed in September 2001 as part of a mob chop shop run by her fifth hubby, a Genovese family associate. Read more …
Leggy British lovely Elizabeth Hurley was in Beverly Hills canoodling with transplanted New York gangster Dominick (Donny Shacks) Montemarano in the summer of 2001. By the fall, Hurley was gone and Montemarano was in the slammer. Read more …
Dorothy Fiorenza, a willowy mob lawyer, had a torrid seven month affair with a top Colombo gangster. She dumped him and testified against him, planning to live happily ever after with a low level associate. Later, she dumped him too, and tried to get back her license to practice law. Read more …
The wife and daughter of Sammy Bull Gravano were charged with being part of an Ecstasy distribution ring operated by the turncoat underboss and his son. Read more …
Jennifer Graziano, a graduate student at New York University whose father is a Bonanno capo, was nabbed for drug dealing. Read more …
Rosemarie Uva, who should have known better, was the wheel-woman of a Bonnie and Clyde-like husband-and-wife stickup team that preyed on mob social clubs for a very short time. Read more …
Three women family members got a free ride as a Bonanno capo and his son-in-law — mob bookies who took bets from former Major League Baseball star Pete Rose — overruled their lawyer and took the weight on federal tax charges. Read more …
Rita Bologna, a grandmother who stood up for her man — A Genovese capo who dragged her into a drug case — when prosecutors jailed her and pressed her to testify against him. Read more …
Judy May, who gave a Valentine's Day gift to a Gambino capo on trial for a double homicide. Read more …
Lucinda Cassese, daughter of a Luchese associate, and Tina and Josephine Torlone, sisters of a Luchese wiseguy, were left to shift for themselves when they were implicated in a stolen car ring. Read more …
The case of the chivalrous mobster. Read more …
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