December 7, 2017

This Week in Gang Land

Feds To Sic Latest Turncoat Wiseguy On Skinny Joey

Gang Land Exclusive!Peter LovaglioIn a surprise move, federal prosecutors in Manhattan will showcase their latest Mafia defector at the racketeering trial next month of Philadelphia mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino, Gang Land has learned.

The new cooperating witness is Peter (Pug) Lovaglio, a violent, hard-drinking Bonanno capo who blinded the owner of a Staten Island sushi restaurant in a vicious unprovoked barroom assault two years ago. Lovaglio is currently doing eight years for the incident in which he smashed a cocktail glass into his victim's eye.

In court papers, prosecutors say Lovaglio will team up with John (J.R.) Rubeo, another controversial mob turncoat who tape-recorded hundreds of talks with scores of gangsters, against Merlino and Genovese capo Eugene (Rooster) Onofrio, the only defendants who haven't copped guilty pleas in the 46-defendant case.

Vincent AsaroFeds Retract Plot To Kill Prosecutor; Still Want 15 Plus Years For Asaro

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have owned up to making a big mistake six months ago:  crediting a jailhouse snitch who fingered Bonanno wiseguy Vincent Asaro for plotting to kill a prosecutor who had failed to convict him for the spectacular $6 million Lufthansa Airlines robbery but was trying to put him behind bars for arson.

Henry SentnerAsk Andy: Manny Gambino Kidnap Fiasco

A rookie mistake by 81-year-old career criminal Henry Sentner 10 weeks ago – getting stopped for speeding on Interstate 80 in Wyoming in a rental car with 35 pounds of marijuana on board – brought to mind the murder of Jimmy McBratney that John Gotti is said to have committed for Carlo Gambino on May 22, 1973 to avenge the kidnap-murder of Don Carlo's nephew Emanuel.

 

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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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Joseph Massino
Joseph Massino
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
John "Sonny" Franzese
John "Sonny" Franzese
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Carmine "Junior" Persico
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