January 17, 2019

This Week in Gang Land

Feds Pull Out 45 Years Of Racketeering Crimes Against The Meldish Murder Five

Matthew MadonnaGang Land Exclusive!The gangland-style slaying of former Purple Gang leader Michael Meldish took place in 2013 when his blood-splashed body was found behind the wheel of his girlfriend's car outside his Bronx home. But to convict five Luchese gangsters of that murder, the feds want to go back almost half a century in a bid to show the ties between Meldish and acting Luchese boss Matthew (Matty) Madonna, 83, who stands accused of ordering the killing.

In a 65-page filing, prosecutors asked White Plains Federal Court Judge Cathy Seibel to permit the dozen witnesses they have assembled – they include mobsters, a major builder, and several mob associates – to testify about crimes going back to when telephones still had rotary dials.

For starters, the feds want to detail Madonna's sordid back pages when he was a major heroin dealer, leading to a narcotics trafficking conviction in 1976. Prosecutors also want to tell jurors that Steven (Stevie Wonder) Crea, the 71-year-old underboss who is also accused in the murder, earned $200,000 in "labor peace" payments from one general contractor in the 1980s, and that he took part in lucrative shakedowns involving multi-million dollar government renovation projects in the 1980s – the Holland Tunnel and the Lenox Avenue subway station.

Judge Cathy SeibelJudge Rips Prosecutors And FBI In Meldish Murder Five Case Again, But Rules For Them, Again

Judge Cathy Seibel has again blasted prosecutors and the FBI for their misrepresentations to her and their mishandling of evidence in the case of the Meldish Murder Five. But once again, the judge stopped short of dismissing any criminal counts from the racketeering indictment.

Frank CotroniAsk Andy: Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

To this day, the late Francesco (Frank) Cotroni is known as a major Canada-based mobster who helped run the rackets in Montreal. In reality, though, he was a drug dealer who rode his brother's coattails into the Bonanno crime family and spent much of his life behind bars while logging arrests in all three North American countries.

 

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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. 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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