January 18, 2018

This Week in Gang Land

Robert DeBelloBaldy And The Old Man Cave; Take 5 Years In Crips Murder-For-Hire Case

Two Genovese gangsters copped sweet plea deals last week calling for prison terms of five years rather than contest murder conspiracy charges at trial and face possible life sentences if convicted in the 2014 rubout plot.

Robert (Old Man) DeBello and 36-year old associate Ryan (Baldy) Ellis pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge stemming from a bizarre murder-for-hire plot in which Genovese gangsters from Queens hired Crips gangstas from the Bronx to whack tough guy mob associate Joseph Bonelli in his Whitestone, Queens home.

For Old Man DeBello it's a welcome relief: Last month the 75-year-old wiseguy from Queens had his bail rudely revoked by Manhattan Federal Judge Katherine Forrest, an act which helped win her last year's Grinch Who Stole Christmas Award.

Joseph Cammarano Jr.Feds: Turncoat Capo's Blinding Of Restaurant Owner Was A Bonanno Family Affair

Acting Bonanno family boss Joseph (Joe C) Cammarano Jr. and nine other mobsters were hit with racketeering and extortion charges last week in the first prosecution based on information supplied by Peter (Pug) Lovaglio, the violent, hard-drinking, turncoat capo who blinded the owner of a sushi restaurant in 2015 while he was serving as a paid informer for the NYPD.

Joseph MerlinoSkinny Joey's Aching Heart Postpones Trial For Two Weeks

A pair of aching hearts have now sidelined two mob bigs facing trial on racketeering conspiracy charges in the monstrous case involving 46-defendants tied to five different crime families.

 

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Mob Boss: The BookUnless 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 2015, however, and it 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.


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