October 19, 2017

This Week in Gang Land

Coke-Snorting, Facebook-Loving Turncoat Flips On Ronnie G

Ricky KesslerGang Land Exclusive!Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have signed up a coke-snorting, Facebook-loving Howard Beach hoodlum named Ricky Kessler to help them with their monstrous racketeering case against Bonanno capo Ronald (Ronnie G) Giallanzo, Gang Land has learned.

The feds' case focuses on a massive loan sharking and extortion scheme that Ronnie G has allegedly run for the past 17 years, resulting in an estimated haul of some $26 million, according to the government.

Sources say Kessler, a 47-year-old childhood friend of Giallanzo, secretly began cooperating with the FBI in the summer of 2014. That was more than a year before a gun-toting one man crime wave from Howard Beach named Gene Borrello turned on Ronnie G and his capo uncle Vincent Asaro after the NYPD nailed Borrello for a slew of home invasions from New York to Florida.

Salvatore DeMeoSallie D's Not Running Away From Tax Fraud Charges

In 2001, Genovese mobster Salvatore (Sallie D) DeMeo had good reason to run – and did – when he was out for a stroll and spotted FBI agents near his home: They were set to arrest him for a $382,000 bank robbery. But those days are long since gone, his lawyer declared last week when DeMeo was hit with evading $367,000 in taxes, and the feds said he was a flight risk.

Vittorio AmusoLuchese Hierarchy Getting Battered By Family Relatives

Old-school mob tough guy Vittorio (Vic) Amuso, the 82-year-old Luchese chieftain, has to be shaking his head in disgust at the number of relatives of his wiseguys who have turned on the hierarchy of the crime family he left behind 26 plus years ago.

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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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Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
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John "Sonny" Franzese
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Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
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