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Joe Bruno on the Mob – 400-pound Hit Man Claims He Was Sent to Whack Sammy the Bull

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Is this what the mob has become; sending a calzone with feet to whack a top-echelon mob rat?

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Well, if 400-pound former Gambino crime family member Salvatore “Fat Sal” Mangiavillano can be believed (and that’s doubtful, since he’s now a government informant and known for telling a fib or two), the mob was so desperate to whack Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, in the early 1990’s they sent this blubbering whale Mangiavillano to Arizona to track down Gravano, and then kill him. (There was a rumor that the method of the proposed murder was for Mangiavillano to sit on Gravano until Gravano became a pancake.)

Editor’s note:  the first part of Mangiavillano’s name is “Mangia” which means “eat.” How ironic.

The skinny (no one has used that word in the same sentence with Mangiavillano before) on how this transpired started in Argentina where Mangiavillano was born. At the age of eight, Mangiavillano moved to Brooklyn and commenced a life of crime. He never did apply for American citizenship.

 After probably reading a bio on Willie Sutton (or more likely, someone read it to him), Mangiavillano decided to become a bank robber. This was not a very bright idea, since Mangiavillano was caught robbing a bank (imagine this whale trying to flee the scene of a crime) and sentenced to eight years in prison. After he did his stint in the can, Mangiavillano was deported back to Argentina.

However, Fat Sal longed for his old haunts back in Brooklyn.

Mangiavillano’s trip back to Brooklyn was a circuitous one. He somehow illegally made it into Canada, where he was met by a few fellow wiseguys, who snuck Mangiavillano back into the United States (no doubt in a very large tractor trailer). The next thing he knew, Fat Sal was back in Brooklyn, happy as a pig in slop and eating with both hands.

According to Fat Sal, in the early 1990’s he was assigned the Sammy the Bull hit. As a result, he made several trips to Arizona looking for Gravano, but was unsuccessful in finding him. (There is a good chance Gravano spotted Big Sal first and went into hiding, since spotting Mangiavillano could be done from the distance of the width of three American states).

Before this comedy of errors could reach the desired conclusion of the mob in Brooklyn, Gravano, along with his wife, son, and daughter Karen (of Mob Wives fame), was arrested for running an drug ring that specialized in the sale of Ecstasy. With Sammy the Bull back in the can, Big Sal went back to what he did best – shoveling food into his mouth.

Soon, Fat Sal was arrested (probably for felonious piggishness), and facing big time in the slammer, he decided to become a rat like Gravano; albeit a much heftier rat.

The moral to this story is this: If you want a person to find and kill someone, don’t send someone whose footsteps can be heard five miles mile away.

A 400-pound hitman!

What’s next; a 400-pound Olympic sprinter?

Makes just about as much sense.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Mob Wives – March 4th Show

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March 7, 2012

In a starling turn of developments, on Monday, March 5, I had an amazing 1104 hits (in one day) on my blog Joe Bruno on the Mob. And more than half of them came on previous articles I had written on the show “Mob Wives,” or on the characters in the show (and I do mean characters): Renee Graziano, her ex-husband-turned-government-informant Hector “Junior” Perez,” or on Karen Gravano, the daughter of mob turncoat Sammy “The Bull” Gravano. So in the interest of giving the public what it wants, your humble news correspondent (No, I don’t mean Bill O’Reilly) has voluntarily taken on the task of giving the public periodic updates on the going’s on of the show “Mob Wives, “ so infantile and annoying, it makes my nose hairs hurt.

I know; it’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Besides, let’s face it, I need the readership.

Because I’m a lucky guy, on Monday, March 5th, I was able to see a rerun of the last “Mob Wives” show, which aired on Sunday night, March 4th. The basic premise of the show was that two mob wives, who have severe animosities towards each other, have decided to throw separate Halloween parties on the same night, basically to annoy each other to death. Putting that aside, because it’s hardly newsworthy (if anything on the show is), I’ll get to the meat of the show, which is the interaction between Renee Graziano and her ex-husband Pagan, who when this show was shot last October, were inexplicably trying to get back together. Or at least Renee thought so, since Pagan was already a couple of months into being a mob informant, and was secretly taping every mob associate in sight, including Renee’s father Anthony Graziano, and reputed Bonanno capo Anthony “TV” Badalamenti.

As I’ve stated before, both the producer of the show and VH1 are being disingenuous by not giving the viewing audience a clue as to the present situation with Pagan now being a government informant (unknown then, but very known now). It’s obvious now that Renee was basically wasting her time in these episodes, trying to make a relationship work with a man who had no intention of ever getting back together with her. Unless of course, Pagan expected Renee, and their son A.J., to join him in the Witness Protection Program; which could never happen. But I’ve harped on this before, and still, there has been no attempt from the producer of the show, Jennifer Graziano (Renee’s sister) or VH1 to set the record straight. They proceed as if Pagan has never been arrested, and has never worn a wire, and is not presently in the Witness Protection Program.

Be that as it may, I continue…….

In the previous show, Renee and Pagan had been seeing a marriage counselor to see if they could make a second go-around on a marriage that didn’t work out so good the first time around. (Again, Pagan was just going through the motions because he was already in bed with Team America.) The March 4th show starts with Renee speaking to the camera and saying, “After seeing the marriage counselor, things are not getting better (between her and Pagan) they are getting worse!”

Then the cameras cut to a tender living room scene where Renee is sitting opposite Pagan, who looks like he rather be sitting in solitary confinement in Alcatraz Prison than in the same room with Renee.

Renee to Pagan – “You in a bad mood?”

Pagan to Renee – “You know I am.”

Renee- “OK. What can I do to make it better?”

Pagan – “Time.”

Now here is where it gets a little confusing. Does Pagan mean he wishes he was doing his time in prison already? Or does he mean he wishes Renee was doing time in prison instead? Or is he just uttering the generic term “time?”

Like it makes a difference.

So we continue……

Renee to the camera – “We go to the marriage counselor to talk about things from the past, and now he’s mad at me?”

Back to the living room with the two love birds.

Renee to Pagan – “If you are mad at me for what I said to the marriage counselor, you must be crazy!”

Pagan to Renee – “I’m crazy?”

Renee – “I said what I said on purpose to get you mad.”

Pagan (starting to stand) – “You want me to leave; I’ll go pack my bags and leave.”

Renee (in tears) – “I don’t want you to leave. (more tears) I apologize for what I said.”

Pagan (defiant) – An apology doesn’t change the way I feel.”

Cut to Renee back in the studio. She says to the camera, “He’s lucky I didn’t hit him in the head with a frying pan!”

By this time, I’d like to hit myself in the hand with a frying pan for watching this nonsense. But as your humble news correspondent, I force myself to continue viewing something that reminds me of the Titanic bashing into that darn iceberg.

Back to Renee and Pagan in the living room.

Renee to Pagan – “You’re making me crazy!”

Pagan puts his hands to his ears to drown out Renee’s shrill screams. Then, without saying a word, he gets up and exits the room, climbing the stairs to the upper floor.

Renee yells at his back – “You’re running from the truth again! You’re real good at that!”

The show is not half over, but I decide to tape the rest, so that I can take a few valium to calm my nerves from all the melodrama (I don’t have valium, so I guess a bottle of Scotch will have to do). There’s only so much your humble news correspondent can take in one sitting.

End of Part 1.

Stay tuned for part 2.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Anthony Graziano is Not Angry Anymore With His “Mob Wives” Daughters

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February 3, 2012

Even though his two daughters, Jennifer and Renee Graziano, are involved in the TV tell-all “Mob Wives,” reputed Bonnano crime family captain Anthony Graziano feels like it all water under the bridge. And despite the fact that Renee’s ex-husband Hector Pagan joined Team America and was instrumental in having Graziano arrested again, according to Graziano’s lawyer Patrick Parrotta, everything in hunky-dory in the Graziano household.

Parrotta told the press at Graziano’s arraignment in late January, “He (Graziano) does not hold what Hector did against his daughters.”

And that’s the way it should be. No matter what, blood is blood, and just because Pagan became a scumbag of the first order, does not mean Graziano’s daughters should be held responsible. Children make mistakes, and if every time a daughter or son pissed off a father he stopped talking to them, there would be stone silence throughout the world.

Parrotta also brought up an interesting point in his interview with the New York Daily News. Despite the fact that Pagan began wearing a wire in August 2011, at the same time he was appearing in an episode of Mob Wives, Parrotta said he was unsure if the government directed Pagan to go on the show as a way of “cozying up to the Grazianos.”

The more I think of it, the more it starts to make sense. I wouldn’t put it past the Feds to do anything legal they deemed necessary to put someone connected with organized crime behind bars. And where ordering Pagan to infiltrate the Graziano’s inner circle again is certainly legal, it still stinks to the high heavens.

Remember one thing for sure. High-profile arrests and convictions (and anyone associated with the Mafia is certainly high-profile) generates promotions and fame for the Feds — agents and prosecutors alike. And promotions mean more pay, and more pay means higher retirement benefits, or maybe a future in politics, or a future judgeship … and so forth and so on.

In the final analysis, it all comes down to cash and notoriety with the Feds. And putting away anyone whom the Feds perceive as “the bad guys,” is just an added bonus.

The only problem with that is, what if the Feds think you or I, unjustifiably, are the bad guys? Would they stop at anything to put us in prison?

It’s happened before that certain people were unjustly targeted by the law. Wall Street people were arrested in droves during Giuliani’s reign as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, only for it to emerge later that the charges against some of these people were dropped for lack of evidence. This was after these people were forced to do the embarrassing “perp walk” in front of the cameras.

Could the same thing happen to us?

I hope not. But I’m not so sure.

You can read the article below at:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/bonanno-big-anthony-graziano-a-mob-wives-daughter-married-a-rat-gangster-chipper-court-article-1.1014962

Bonanno big Anthony Graziano has a ‘Mob Wives’ daughter who was married to a rat, but gangster’s chipper in court

Wiseguy faces extortion trial based on wire worn by daughter’s ex-husband Hector Pagan

By John Marzulli / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 9:45 PM

HIS LIFE may be a soap opera, but a top Bonanno gangster whose daughters hit the big-time with the “Mob Wives” reality show was all smiles at his arraignment Tuesday.

Reputed capo Anthony (TG) Graziano pleaded not guilty to extortion charges based on secret tapes recorded last year by his turncoat ex-son-in-law Hector Pagan.

Pagan was married to Graziano’s daughter Renee, who stars in the VH1 show conceived by her sister Jennifer.

Graziano, 71, waved to wife Veronica and daughter Lana, then greeted Brooklyn Magistrate Marilyn Go in court Tuesday.

Good afternoon, ya honor,” Graziano said.

Can you talk a little louder, I’m deaf in one ear.”

You look pretty good,” Go said.

What I got left,” Graziano said.

Graziano was arrested last November while serving the last few months of a prior conviction in a Brooklyn halfway house. He is also named in the indictment unsealed last week against acting boss Vincent (Vinny TV) Badalamenti and fellow capo Nicholas Santoro.

Graziano’s lawyer Patrick Parrotta insisted all is well in the Graziano family despite Pagan’s treachery.

He does not hold what Hector did against his daughters,” Parrotta said outside court.

The mobster’s mouthpiece said reports that Graziano was upset about the TV show were old news.

There’s no estrangement, everybody’s talking,” Parrotta said.

While Graziano may be in plea negotiations, he would never ever consider cooperating with the government, Parrotta insisted.

Pagan began wearing a wire last August and also appeared in an episode of “Mob Wives” shot last summer, but Parrotta said he was unsure if the government directed him to go on the show as a way of cozying up to the Grazianos.

jmarzulli@nydailynews.com

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Anthony Graziano Is Back in Jail

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December 2, 2012

One thing for sure, if you’re a mobster these days, don’t talk to anyone without first checking if that person is wearing a wire. Or better yet, speak to people naked in a steam bath where they can’t wear a wire (but make sure they aren’t wearing a watch, where transmitters are hidden these days).

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Anthony Graziano, whose daughter Renee is one of the four principals in the TV program “Mob Wives,” is back in jail because he allegedly spoke to someone he trusted about collecting a loansharking debt dating back to at least 2005. In 2003, Graziano was sentenced to nine years in prison on tax evasion and racketeering charges. He was released to a halfway house in early summer to serve the end of that sentence, then to home confinement about a month later. But that didn’t stop him from talking to a longtime associate who had recently gone over to Team America.

According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Graziano was heard speaking to an unnamed informant saying things, maybe he shouldn’t have said to anyone.

According to the transcripts of the wired conversation on Aug. 16, Graziano allegedly said, “You remember this guy…? He owed me 150 thousand.”

The informant, a Bonanno soldier with a history of violence, told the 71-year-old Graziano that the debtor was “a panicky mess, worried about threats he had recently received.”

“I went to see the guy, the guy was crying hysterical on the boardwalk. I says, listen, you know Anthony would never do anything to you,” the informant said.

“Never,” Graziano said.

“And I’m not here to do anything to you either,” the informant said.

“Listen to me. Tell him … ‘Listen, Anthony says come to the house,” Graziano said.

On November 9th, Graziano, who is known by nicknames “TG” and “the Little Guy,” was recorded again speaking to the informant about a resolution to the old debt. Graziano allegedly said to the informant, “Let me see what he says. If he got $25k, I’ll take the $25k and call it even. You belong to me, anything you do, let me know, maybe I can make some money with you.”

Graziano’s lawyer Patrick Parrotta denies the recent allegations against his client.

“My client is going to finish serving out the rest of his previous sentence in 2012, and in the interim, we are preparing to fight the allegations by way of a trial shortly thereafter,” Parrotta said.

Sounds like typical lawyer-speak. But the only way Graziano will be able to beat this case is if his lawyer attacks the tapes as idle conversation pertaining to something other than loansharking. Unless there are more tape recordings then the ones mentioned in the Staten Island Advance article below, since there is no mention of “vig,”, or “points,” the conversation could apply to a straight loan given from one friend to another, which the last time I looked, isn’t against the law.

However, once the law gets their teeth into anyone associated with the Mafia, they dig in deep and don’t let go until the accused is in the slammer. But remember, an indictment is not a conviction, and this one could go either way.

It will be interesting to see how this case plays out.

The article below can be seen at:

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/mob_wives_dad_a_bonanno_big_is.html

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Anthony Graziano may not approve of his daughter’s “Mob Wives” reality show, but it looks as though he has given its producers fodder for another season of Mafia melodrama.

Graziano, 71, of Huguenot, a reputed one-time consigliere of the Bonanno crime family, has been tossed back in federal prison on extortion charges, just a few months after he was released from a halfway house and placed under house arrest.

He was busted earlier today for attempting to collect a years-old loansharking debt, federal prosecutors allege.

The Staten Island gangster, who has gone by the nicknames “TG” and “the Little Guy,” is the father of Renee Graziano, one of the four stars of VH1’s “Mob Wives,” which returns in January.

Anthony’s arrest comes just a day after Renee’s ex-husband, Hector Pagan Jr., and another Islander were charged with knocking over a mob-run card game in Travis in 2009.

All three arrests were made as part of a probe by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Graziano was caught twice on a wire talking about the old debt with a confidential informant, according to a federal warrant for his arrest, and ultimately agreed to cut the debtor some slack in exchange for a smaller payout and a promise of fealty.

The warrant lays out those conversations:

“You remember this guy…? He owed me 150 thousand,” Graziano said in an Aug. 16 conversation with the informant.

The informant, a Bonanno soldier who “has an extensive criminal history that includes crimes of violence,” was first directed to collect the debt in 2005, upon the informant’s own release from prison, court papers allege.

The informant told the aging mobster that the debtor was a panicky mess, worried about threats he had recently received.

“I went to see the guy, the guy was crying hysterical on the boardwalk. I says, listen, you know Anthony would never do anything to you,” the informant said.

“Never,” Graziano interjected.

“And I’m not here to do anything to you either,” the informant said.

“Listen to me. Tell him … ‘Listen, Anthony says come to the house,” Graziano said.

In a later conversation, with an unnamed co-conspirator, the informant described the loanshark debtor as a “peace officer.”

“He’s big with shackles, yeah?” the co-conspirator asked.

Finally, on Nov. 9, Graziano told the informant to cut the debtor some slack: “Let me see what he says. If he got $25k, I’ll take the $25k and call it even. You belong to me, anything you do, let me know, maybe I can make some money with you.”

Back in 2003, Graziano was sentenced to nine years in prison on tax evasion and racketeering charges that included a plot to kill two reputed Colombo crime family associates who’d shot a man in a former Charleston strip joint called Hipps, which was allegedly controlled by Graziano. The associates were not harmed.

After “Mob Wives” premiered, Graziano and his daughter reportedly stopped talking because he didn’t approve of her involvement with the show.

Graziano’s lawyer, Patrick Parrotta, said his client was released to a halfway house in early summer to serve the end of that sentence, then to home confinement about a month later. Graziano denies the most recent charges against him, Parrotta said.

“My client is going to finish serving out the rest of his previous sentence in 2012, and in the interim, we are preparing to fight the allegations by way of a trial shortly thereafter,” Parrotta said.

The DEA investigation also led to the arrest of Renee’s ex, Pagan Jr., 51, and Matthew Rinaldo, both Islanders. They were arraigned Monday on allegations they were part of a five-man crew that robbed a weekly card game run by the Bonanno crime family in the summer of 2009.

Two members of that crew have since become cooperating witnesses, court papers allege.

The game ran out of an illegal gambling club near the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Travis Avenue, according to law enforcement sources.

They were hoping to find “substantial sums of money” at the game, court papers allege, but the job turned out to be high-risk, low-reward — the take amounted only to about $5,000.

Pagan pointed a gun at one of the victim’s legs, and the robbers demanded the card players empty their pockets, according to the feds. A wall safe in the room turned out to be empty, though, as did an adjoining room, the feds allege.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Mob Rat Gets Out-of-Jail Card and Golden Parachute From the Feds

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It seems becoming a “mob informant” for the FBI can not only get you a get-out-of-jail-free card, but also put some bigtime money in your pockets.

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Former Gambino Crime Family member Michael “Mikey Scars” DiLeonardo joined Team America in 2002. But now, after admitting a life of crime that included three murders, and “extorting everybody I could,” DiLeonardo is a free man. DiLeonardo served only three years in prison, under the Witness Protection Program, which means DiLeonardo didn’t do any hard time, but was mostly housed in a country club environment, while waiting to be the FBI’s dancing monkey numerous times on the witness stand.

On September 11, 2011, in Manhattan Federal Court, U.S. District Judge John Koeltl awarded DiLeonardo a sentence of “time served,” and praised DiLeonardo for his help in 14 organized crime trials, which resulted in the conviction of over 20 organized crime figures.

At DeLeonardo’s sentencing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Elie Honig told Judge Koeltl that DiLeonardo’s cooperation with the government was “nothing short of historic.”

Historic – my Italian/American butt!

I can think of a lot of words to describe what DiLeonardo did, but none of them is “historic.”

And to add insult to injury, according to Jerry Capeci’s “Gangland” website, DiLeonardo is also being allowed to keep over $600,000, after he openly admitted, “Every dime of the money came from ‘criminal endeavors’ and could have been confiscated by the FBI.”

DiLionardo even bragged, “As a concession to him, the feds held onto the money while he awaited sentencing.”

What is going on here?

A guy becomes an informer against his closest friends. He is just as bad a criminal as they are, maybe even worse. And still, after the FBI uses his testimony (which may or not have been accurate) in 14 trials, they return to him his blood money, that he squeezed out of innocent people.

I can see the “time served” sentence. I don’t like it, but I understand why it happened. This is how the FBI gets people to turn state’s evidence. They promise bad people a light sentence, when they should be getting a life sentence, just so that they can imprison the “prize” mob figures they really want; in order to advance their law enforcement careers, of course.

But I don’t understand how a crook, murderer, extortion artist, and all around bad guy gets to waltz out of prison with $600,000 in his grimy pockets, which the FBI held safely for him while he was awaiting sentence. But I guess that was part of the dirty deal the FBI made with DiLeonardo.

Every minute, I’m losing more and more confidence in the integrity of our government.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

The article below appears at:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/09/12/curtis-sliwa-reacts-to-freeing-of-mob-rat-mikey-scars-dileonardo/

Curtis Sliwa Reacts To Freeing Of Mob Rat ‘Mikey Scars’ DiLeonardo
September 12, 2011 11:00 AM

NEW YORK (AP / WCBS 880) – A former close friend of John Gotti Jr. who confessed to conspiring to kill three people was freed from jail after earning praise at his sentencing Friday for helping law enforcement jail 80 members of organized crime.

Authorities described the cooperation of 56-year-old Michael “Mikey Scars” DiLeonardo as revolutionary in the annals of mob history, saying it led to convictions that included 20 high-level, dangerous mobsters. He testified at 14 trials, including Gotti’s, and investigators praised his encyclopedic knowledge of mob life. Gotti remains free after the government dropped its charges when juries repeatedly deadlocked at trials over several years.

U.S. District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan cited the praise as he sentenced DiLeonardo to time served, freeing him after three years in custody, though he is likely to remain in the federal witness protection program for now.

Prior to the announcement of the sentence, DiLeonardo addressed the court, calling La Cosa Nostra a “living, breathing beast.”

“I was born into an ideology. … I was not a victim of it. I created victims for it,” he said. DiLeonardo also apologized to society for himself and his forefathers, saying his family’s life in organized crime goes back hundreds of years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elie Honig told Koeltl that DiLeonardo’s cooperation was “nothing short of historic.”

He said it was instrumental in bringing to justice “dangerous mobsters who had spent decades dodging the bullet of imprisonment.”

He said those mobsters included many of organized crime’s most influential leaders, forcing the Gambino family to scramble to refill its ranks.

Afterward, DiLeonardo shook hands and hugged law enforcement personnel throughout the courtroom. But he got a cold reception from Curtis Sliwa, the radio personality and Guardian Angels founder who was shot in a mob hit in 1992. The assailant was a masked gunman crouched in the front seat of a cab that was rigged to keep Sliwa from escaping.

“He could see I was cold as ice,” Sliwa said of DiLeonardo’s effort to include Sliwa in his celebration. “This guy had no problem planning a hit on me. … He murdered three people. … I will never forgive. I will never forget.”

But Sliwa did give DiLeonardo some grudging credit when he spoke to WCBS 880 reporter Irene Cornell.

“Without ‘Mikey Scars,’ that would never have happened. The gunman would never be doing twenty years for shooting me on Gotti’s orders,” he told Cornell.

Authorities charged that Gotti ordered Sliwa’s kidnapping to silence his daily on-air verbal assaults on Gotti’s late father, Gambino boss John Gotti.

During one of the younger Gotti’s trials, DiLeonardo testified that the elder Gotti had a child with a mistress, causing Gotti’s widow to blame the testimony about the man known as the “Dapper Don” on “dirty government politics as usual.”

He compared his relationship with the younger Gotti to that of the most notorious Gambino cooperator, Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, who had been Gotti’s father’s confidant and his enforcer before he became a government witness.

The grandson of a gangster, DiLeonardo testified at trial that he committed three murders and “extorted everybody I could.”

Gotti was in prison on a 1999 racketeering conviction when DiLeonardo was arrested and jailed in 2002. He testified that he was shocked to learn the Gambinos cut off his income and stripped him of his rank as captain.

After agreeing to cooperate and entering the witness protection program, he testified that he became so distraught by the thought of betraying his “brother John” that he tried to kill himself by overdosing on sleeping pills.

“John and I had a special bond in this life, and I always said I’d have undying loyalty to that man,” he said. “I love that guy.”

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