May 17, 2018

This Week in Gang Land

Benny The Blade Rips His Lawyer; But Not Like He Menaced His Old One

Gang Land Exclusive!Battista GeritanoBattista (Benny the Blade) Geritano lived up to his hotheaded and nasty-tempered reputation last week by trying to fire his trial attorney, the long-suffering Walter Mack. The Odd Couple lawyer-and-client seemed to click last fall when the former top Mafia prosecutor was assigned to defend Geritano on charges of threatening to kill his former lawyer and his son. But these days the pair are in a forced marriage of sorts as Mack prepares to represent Benny even though The Blade denounces him in court and refuses to speak to the distinguished defense lawyer.

The volatile mob associate – whose alleged threats stem from Geritano's 2013 conviction for a barroom stabbing – objected numerous times to Mack's remarks on his behalf during the final pre-trial hearing before his expected two-day extortion trial is slated to begin on June 11.

But that's nothing compared to what Geritano threatened to do to his last lawyer. In a court filing yesterday, prosecutors detailed how last year Benny sent a letter to lawyer Al Brackley warning the 84-year-old attorney that even though he "may not be around" to suffer Benny's wrath when Geritano gets out of prison in 2025, Brackley's lawyer son Patrick will pay the price, stating: "I'm going to leave your son dead in front of the court house for his standing by as you sold me out!"

Ramona RizzoMob Wives Star Lost A Hubby To Coke Dealing, And Her Jewelry To The DEA

Bad enough that, seven years ago the feds squelched her wedding plans by jailing her mobster fiancé. Now prosecutors are telling former Mob Wives star Ramona Rizzo that she should forget about getting back any of the estimated $300,000 worth of jewelry that DEA agents seized when they busted her would-be husband, Gambino soldier Joseph (Joe Boy) Sclafani, for coke dealing on August 10, 2011.

Salvatore DeMeo$1.6 Million Tax Case Tied To Drug Deals And Bid-Rigging

Aging Genovese wiseguy Salvatore (Sallie D) DeMeo is slated to plead guilty next week to cheating the IRS out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes on $1.6 million he made selling several buildings in Downtown Brooklyn. The case gets even more intriguing, however, once you start following the money.

 

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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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