Postscript – “Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit!”
As of the date of this writing, the Hector “Junior” Pagan saga as a government informant has runs its course. All the men whom Pagan taped for the Feds have pleaded guilty, including Pagan’s ex-father-in-law Anthony Graziano, Nicky Santora, and Vinny (Vinny TV) Badalamenti. By taking their pleas deals, these men are all facing approximately three-five years in prison, which these hard men, who are used to these sorts of things, can do standing on their heads.
Pagan, now knowing he won’t have to testify in court, is in the wind somewhere in the Witness Protection Program, and you can bet the ranch he won’t set foot in the New York/ New Jersey area again. No more Renee Graziano for him(for sure), and if Pagan’s son A.J. is smart, if his father ever tries to contact him, A.J. should tell Dad to take a long walk off a short pier.
Cheap crooks like Pagan hardly ever change their stripes. Sammy “The Bull” Gravano got a slap on the wrist from the government after he helped them put away mob boss John Gotti for life. This was in spite of the fact Gravano admitted to taking part in 19 murders. The Feds relocated Gravano to Arizona, under the guise of him being a successful construction-business owner, and in no time, Gravano slithered back into a life of crime; selling drugs with his wife, his son, and his daughter Karen. And there are countless more stories like Gravano’s, where crooks in the Witness Protection Program have gone back to being crooks because it’s the only life they know.
The bottom line is this: criminal activities are in men like Pagan’s blood. And it’s naïve for the government to think Pagan will stay on the straight and narrow, after he does what little time the government awards him in prison, if Pagan gets any prison time at all.
You can be sure that within a month, a year, or maybe a few years after he splits the can, Pagan will get himself arrested for committing a crime – hopefully not a violent crime – which he is wont to commit. Pagan, being the vile and crooked creature that he is, will wind up back in prison, and when that happens, he better live with his back constantly against the wall.
Rats are hated in prison, more than they are hated in the streets; the reason being – most of the men in prison are there because somebody turned state’s evidence against them in order for the informant to get a better deal for themselves from the government. And these incarcerated men will take out their frustrations on guys like Pagan – men who violated the most sacred covenant of the streets; never tattle on your friends.
When Pagan gets what’s coming to him, and there’s no doubt that day will come, there will be more than a few smiles on the faces of people involved in organized crime, or any type of crime, for that matter.
Rats, canaries, stool-pigeons and informers always get their due.
That is the law of the streets since crime was invented and will remain so until the end of time.