“Big Joey” Massino Was the Biggest Rat of All


So the big boss, the BIG-BIG BOSS, turned out to be the biggest rat of them all. How could this be? What would entice a man who was head of the Bonnano Crime Family to turn canary against his second in command Vinnie “Gorgeous” Basciano, when he was already sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole?


Ah, but there was a method to Joe Massino’s madness. It seemed Big Joey owned several houses, some under his wife’s name and some under his mother’s name. And the rumor is that the government, would not seize those houses, if Big Joey wore a wire when he met with his pal “Gorgeous”Basciano in prison. So the government, for whatever reason their convoluted minds justified, let Big Joey keep his houses, as if he were playing a spirited game of Monopoly.

“Do not pass go and do not collect $200”


Read the article below which appeared on the website Mafia Today. Re-printed from the New York Post. Trynot to puke like I did.

Mob boss confirms hit while wearing wire during prison workout

Former Bonnano boss Joseph “Big Joey” Massino wore a wire and got his successor, Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano to talk, while the two stood in separate prison exercise cages six inches apart.
Prosecutors read transcripts of the recordings today during continued questioning of Massino — the first Mafia boss ever to turn rat on the stand.
“Randy — you OK’d it?” Massino asked Basciano, referring to the murder of Bonnano associate Randy Pizzolo, for which Basciano faces the death penalty.
“I gave the order,” Basciano replies. “Randy was a f—-ing jerkoff.”
Massino then pushed him further.
“Did it warrant the clip?”
Basciano then explained that Pizzolo went to meet a made man while carrying a pistol – a major Cosa Nostra no-no.
Basciano said rather than just shun him from the family he had him whacked to set an example.
“He’s a a f——ing dangerous kid, who don’t listen. He’s just an annoying kid,” Basciano said.
“These guys were out there doing whatever the f—- they want,” he added, referring to the behavior of other Bonnano members. “I thought this kid would be a good wake up call for everybody.”



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