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Black Friday Weekend Sale alert!! – Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Eight Volume Set” is on sale for only $2.99

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The Head of the Gambino Crime Family from 1976-85.

Paul Castellamo  – The Head of the Gambino Crime Family from 1976-85.

 

The Prime Minister of the Underworld.

Frank Costello  -The Prime Minister of the Underworld.

 

Mug Shot - Lucky Luciano

Mug Shot – Lucky Luciano

 

Whitey Bulger - The Biggest Rat

The boss of the Mafia in Brooklyn in the Roaring 20's.

FRankie – Yale – The boss of the Mafia in Brooklyn in the Roaring 20’s.

 

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Book Reviews – “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 4”

Posted in Australia, Camorra, Canada, Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooked cops, crooks, Drug dealers, Drugs, Dublin, England, FBI, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, Ireland, Italian Americans, Italy, mafia, Mexico, mobs, Mobsters, murder, New York City murder, organized crime, police, Sicily, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2013 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

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5.0 out of 5 stars BRUNO DOES IT AGAIN, February 20, 2013

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Just when you think you’ve read everything there is about NYC mobsters and gangs, Bruno comes up with more. Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 4 is another must have for the true crime collector. Bruno is the real deal when it comes to historical crime in the big apple.

 

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to spend 99 cents…, January 17, 2013

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“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 4” is a great way to spend 99 cents. Bruno makes some great points about the Feds going after the decimated Italian Mob in America, when they should be concentrating on terrorists.

Also, I didn’t realize there were so many crooked cops in New York City, but I know that tradition goes all the way back to the late 1800’s.

All in all this book is a fun read. But maybe not so much, if you are a NY City cop.

 

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mobsters, gangs .crooks Vol.4, January 27, 2013

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The book was informative and fast reading, Joe Bruno did a great job. Read volums 1,2,and 3 already and looking forward to his next vol.

 

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4.0 out of 5 stars Palermo, Godfathers, and the Squadra Antimafia, February 24, 2013

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This is the history extention of crimes and criminals tied to the mafia. A detailed synopsis of the brotherhood of the Costra Nostra is not an engaging subject. Brought before the turn of the twentieth century into the United States from Sicily and Italy, the tentacles built of bones and blood were extremely fertile and ever greedy, able to entice and incorporate new members and victims.
We have learned of Castellano, Gambino, Genovese, Valachi, Riesel, DeLuca, Colombo, Franzese, Soprano, Johnny Dio, Jimmy Hoffa, Thomas Farese, Whitey Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. These are only a few names attached to heinous crimes. Many became involved because of intimidation, threats, pitiful living conditions, pride, need and greed.
The twin desires of money and power overshadowed and trapped men who finally realize that the Blood Oath lasts a lifetime. And, the Secrecy Oath meant no talking ever, to law officials or anyone not associated with the brotherhood under penalty of death. Death for self, wife, daughters, sons, parents, cousins, uncles or even aunts. No one receives a “get-out-of-jail” pass.
The brotherhood would back and protect their own, but the price, after warnings of broken bones, was the ultimate. The web spread to incorporate much of the United States. The Capos and Godfathers could not be lenient. If they detected weakness, it was labeled as being traitorous. Originally, this life carried glamorous overtones. To penniless waifs, the seduction was irresistible. But, insatiable greed fosters cruel repercussions. The monsters maim, then slaughter weaker subjects. This fact has been verified many times in many horrific ways.
This book by Joe Bruno, and his insightful forerunner books, should act as clear preventive warnings. These are cutting edge, real life horror stories, not inventive fantasies. Swallow bitters, take the medicinal pill, go to bed, and try to ignore the fact, that evil does exist, and vendettas destroy everyone.

 

Joe Bruno on the Mob – British Police Accused of Corruption

Posted in criminals, crooks, England, Ireland, police, Scotland, Uncategorized, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

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Well I guess the police departments of New York and Chicago don’t have a monopoly on police corruption.

Former British army intelligence officer Ian Hurst made allegations at the Leveson Inquiry that there is corruption in the Metropolitan Police Force “at the highest levels.”

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And that’s not all.

Hurst also claimed that the police corruption goes hand in hand with the corruption of certain British journalists. The journalist that Hurst explicitly mentioned was Andy Coulson, former editor of The News of the World, who has been accused of having his reporters hack into the computer and phone files of prominent people, in addition to the files of newsworthy people. Unfortunately, Hurst was not able to give the exact details of these corruption charges at the Leveson Inquiry due to a “gagging” order from the courts.

Earlier this year, Hurst said in an interview with BBC’s Panorama that one of his own computers was hacked into by Coulson’s underlings. Hurst also said that in April 2009, following the arrest of an man who possessed hacked documents, it was proven that the security of Hurst’s wife had been compromised.

Hurst said at the Leveson Inquiry, “Andy Coulson was the editor of the News of the World and he is (expletive) big pals with a lot of powerful people including police officers. It is there, it is at the highest level and out there with journalists today. There’s copious amounts of knowledge that the police had (concerning the journalists). That is exactly what you are dealing with here ladies and gentlemen – corruption.”

Hurst added in court that it’s time for the Metropolitan police to come clean. He said the Metropolitan police, “Has let society down, and they should be making a full disclosure.”

What’s baffling is why, when Hurst obviously has the goods on some people, police and journalists included, he is not allowed to divulge the exact details at the Leveson Inquiry. I don’t know how the court system works in Great Britain, but in America when someone appears in court to give evidence, they are compelled to tell all they know. I don’t understand how this “gagging order” comes into play, and why it was instituted concerning Hurst in the first place.

In America, when we appear in court to give testimony, or appear before an investigating committee, we promise “to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

I guess British law differs from American law in more ways than one.

Someone please enlighten me on this.

You can read the article below at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/11/28/ian-hurst-corruption-metropolitan-police-leveson_n_1115935.html

Ian Hurst Describes ‘Corruption At The Highest Levels’ Of Metropolitan Police At Leveson

Former British army intelligence officer Ian Hurst has made strong allegations against the Metropolitan Police, claiming there is “corruption at the highest levels”.

Giving evidence at the Leveson Inquiry on Monday he said the MPS should provide the probe into press ethics “with all intelligence of police corruption including that at very highest level.

“It is there, it is at the highest level and out there with journalists today,” he said.

The remarkable claims came following a tense session at the London court, in which Hurst was unable to reveal full details of his evidence due to a “gagging” order.

Hurst previously worked in Northern Ireland where he was one of the British army’s contacts for IRA spies.

Earlier this year he gave an interview to BBC’s Panorama into computer hacking and he told the programme he believed one of his computers was hacked by the News of the World.

Hurst says that in April 2009 following the arrest of an unnamed man documents showed that the security of his wife had been compromised.

“There’s copious amount of knowledge that the police had,” Hurst claimed at the inquiry.

He added that the Met “has let society down they should be making a full disclosure”.

He also read out a statement that was made during the filming of a Panorama programme into computer hacking.

“Andy Coulson was the editor [of the News of the World] and he is f*****g big pals with a lot of powerful people including police officers.”

He then added: “That is exactly what you are dealing with here ladies and gentlemen – corruption.”

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Mob Boss Terry Adams Back in Jail

Posted in criminals, crooks, Drug dealers, Drugs, England, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, murder, organized crime, police, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs


Reputed London crime lord Terry Adams got himself a £7,000 facelift, and it landed Adams back in the slammer. The £7,000 stem-cell facelift was performed at the Harley Street Skin Clinic in January.

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Adams, boss of the Adams Family, or “A-Team,” had been on parole after serving four years for a 2007 conviction on money laundering. But as part of his parole, Adams was ordered to file a Financial Reporting Orders, in which he is supposed to list any expenditures he makes while he is on parole. The Financial Reporting Orders was designed to prevent convicted convicts from living the king’s lifestyle while out on parole.

Besides not reporting the facelift, Adams also neglected to report a membership in the five-star Grove Spa Hotel in Hertfordshire, and the purchase of a gold Cartier watch, which Adams bought for more than £2,000.

When the Westminster magistrate’s court found out about Adams’ non-admissions, they sentenced him to an extra eight weeks in jail, “On top of whatever a parole hearing decides he should serve for breaking the terms of his license since his release from custody last year.”

Adams, one of 11 brothers, some of whom are alleged London organized criminals themselves, is said to be responsible for more that 25 murders. And according to the magistrates court, Adams has accumulated more than £200m from his ill-gotten gains garnered in 30 years in a life of crime.

When police raided Adams’ home near Barnet, north London, in 2003 the found, “antiques worth £500,000 and tens of thousands of pounds hidden in a shoe box in the attic.” They also believe that Adams has more money stashed away all over the world (like Whitey Bulger?), as well as several luxury cars, stupendous yachts, and a glorious home in Cyprus.

So the question that begs to be asked is why a man of Adams’ means would risk his freedom to get an expensive face lift, join a swanky health club, and buy a £2,000 gold Cartier watch, which he probably has many of already. All this is a blatant smack in the face to the London court order, and you’d think a man of Adams obvious superior intellect would know better than to rock the boat, if it might land him in jail.

I guess some people just have to have it all, including a new face.

Me — I’m happy with the one I have already.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/gangland-boss-back-in-jail-after-his-7000-facelift-6268228.html?origin=internalSearch

Gangland boss back in jail after his £7,000 facelift

Head of the London crime family is jailed again for covering up return to big-spending lifestyle

Running the country’s most notorious criminal gang must take its toll on a man’s complexion.

But when Terry Adams, head of the Adams Family, or “A-Team”, checked into the Harley Street Skin Clinic in January for a £7,000 stem cell facelift he could hardly have expected it would land him back in jail.

Adams, now 57, was sentenced yesterday at Westminster magistrate’s court to an additional eight weeks, on top of whatever a parole hearing decides he should serve for breaking the terms of his license since his release from custody last year.

The pioneering non-surgical treatment was among a number of large expenditures Adams failed to declare on the Financial Reporting Orders imposed on him after he was released halfway through a seven-year sentence for money laundering. They are designed to prevent convicted criminals leading an exuberant lifestyle while on parole. Among his other expenses were membership of the five-star Grove Spa Hotel in Hertfordshire and a gold Cartier watch, bought for more than £2,000, the court heard.

Adams, considered a king among crime royalty, has been back in custody since this August, when the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) investigated his Financial Reporting Orders. The parole board will decide next week how much more of this three and a half year sentence he will serve.

Many feel it is a remarkably lenient sentence for a man whose organisation is said by some to be implicated in more than 25 gangland murders, and rich to the tune of £200m – but for decades Adams was thought to be “untouchable”. The prosecuting barrister in his 2007 case spoke of his “ability to keep his evidential distance from any of the violence and other crime from which he undoubtedly profited.”

It started with bullying and petty extortion of market traders in north London more than 30 years ago, before blossoming into a vast racketeering and drug trafficking empire, throughout London, Lincolnshire and Spain. When police went to Adams’ home near Barnet, north London, in 2003, they found antiques worth £500,000 and tens of thousands of pounds hidden in a shoebox in the attic. Authorities believed more money was salted away in other accounts to go with the cars, yachts and a home in Cyprus.

The riches came with a reputation. The so-called A-Team made it to the top of the criminal underworld on the back of ruthlessness against anyone, or any group, who stood in their way.

The syndicate is rumoured to have killed about 25 people and the legacy of that violence rumbles on. Scotland Yard announced this year that, following the advance of forensic science, it was resuming inquiries into the deaths of Adams’s financial manager, Solly Nahome, in 1998 and Gilbert Wynter, an enforcer for the gang, who was once charged with murdering the former British high jump champion Claude Moseley and who disappeared in 1998.

When Adams was finally jailed in 2007, few were left in doubt as to his criminal credentials. His imprisonment followed several failed inquiries and the bugging of his home by MI5 during a brief period when it turned its attention to tackling organised crime and attempts to dismantle the Adams network.

The level of violence used by the gang was made clear on bugged conversations at Adams’s home, recorded after years of failed attempts to bring him to justice. In one section of the hundreds of hours of recordings, Adams boasted to a friend: “I went ‘crack’. On my baby’s life, Dan, his knee cap come right out there…all white…All bone.”

But if there was £200m, the police never found it – and even Adams himself may not have been privy to the location, as his financial manager Solly Nahome, responsible for moving around much of his cash into offshore accounts, was shot dead in 1998.

It is doubtful now that the A-Team, also known as the Clerkenwell Crime Syndicate, exert quite the influence they used to. Adams’ barrister Malcolm Swift QC said his client was “a broken man as a result of his prison experience” and had become “paranoid about being under surveillance by authorities” to the extent that he “doesn’t drive a car” and “doesn’t use a telephone”.

Adams, wearing a light blue shirt, blue jumper and jeans, appeared emotionless throughout and spoke only to confirm his name. His wife Ruth, in the public gallery, quietly expressed her dissatisfaction on several occasions. “Is that a crime?” she said at one point.

A spokesperson for Soca said: “Financial Reporting Orders are designed to make it more difficult for high level criminals to re-offend. Soca will not tolerate breaches. Our policy of ‘lifetime management’ means what it says.”

Adams has so far repaid just £350,000 of the £750,000 he was ordered to pay in legal fees from his 2007 trial. The facelift treatment was in fact paid for by his sister-in-law, Camilla Hicks, a procedure “the NHS wouldn’t fund,” Mr Swift said.

On sentencing, District Judge Quentin Purdy said he had taken into account Adams’ guilty plea, but told him: “You wilfully and, in my judgement, arrogantly sought to frustrate the effect of a financial reporting order, well knowing that a significant confiscation order remains largely unpaid.

“It seems to me you are a shrewd and calculating individual, quite determined not to pay this money as you should.” The Parole Board hearing is scheduled for next week.

While older brother Terry was the brains, Patsy was the muscle. By the mid-1980s, he had a reputation as one of the most violent figures in the criminal underworld. It was he who pioneered the use of motorcycles to carry out drive-by assassinations. Sentenced to seven years in prison in the 1970s for armed robbery, in 2001 he was reported to be living in exile a few miles south of Torremolinos in Spain, in a walled villa bristling with security cameras.

The third Adams brother (there are 11 in total) is the group’s financier. He stood trial in 1985 for handling the £26m proceeds of the infamous Brink’s-MAT gold bullion heist. When the group became involved in drug trafficking, he is thought to have established important connections with Colombian drug cartels and Jamaican Yardies. He was convicted in 1998 of masterminding an £8m hashish-smuggling operation, for which he was jailed for seven years.

Terry Adams’s wife was also subject to money-laundering charges, but these were dropped when her husband went to prison in 2007. She has kept some of the value of the marital home which was sold when her husband was jailed, using some of it to pay for the expensive gym membership and the gold Cartier watch that has landed her husband in trouble again.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – British TV Star Involved in Hit.

Posted in criminals, crooks, Drug dealers, Drugs, England, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

 

In American, actors sometimes play gangsters, but in the UK, a true-life actor somehow got himself involved in a real-life murder.

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On the witness stand for the murder trial of Edward Heffey, actor Brian Regan, 54, who played Terry Sullivan in Channel 4’s Brookside for 14 years, has admitted that he drove alleged gunman Heffey to and from the scene of the shooting of Bahman Faraji, in Aigburth, Liverpool last February. But Regan claims he was only driving Heffey to deliver some cocaine, and had no idea a shooting had occurred. Regan said on the stand that he did drive Heffey to the area of the murder that night, but as far as he knew it was so Heffey could collect drug money.

Regan said, “Heffey said he’d be back in a minute and got out of the car. I had a line of cocaine, I finished the bag off, as I was sitting in the car. Heffey returned about three or four minutes later and there was nothing different about him. No sign of blood and no sign of a gun. Then I drove away normally from the scene and took Heffey home.”

Regan also admitted that he and his girlfriend/cocaine-pal Christine Line concocted a false alibi for Regen on the the night on the killing. Regan said he came up with the plan on the “spur of the moment” on the night of his arrest when both he and Line were sitting in the back of a police car after they had been arrested as co-conspirators in the murder trial.

“I was asking her to lie for me,” Regan said. “She could see I was scared, upset and worried. I told her to say that she was in the car with me that night.”

Regan also admitted that when he found out about the killing he was so afraid for his life, he refused to go back to his flat.

Regan said the the witness stand, “I was scared of going back there because a man had been shot. I did not know whether the passenger I had in my car (Heffey) had anything to do with it. My head was up my a**e. I didn’t want to go in the flat because I was scared.”

Regan said his career fell off a cliff when his run in the popular Brookside TV show ended. Regan said that when he stopped getting regular acting work, he became a cocaine addict. His acting career subsequently ended, when at the age of 45, he had a heart attack (probably from all the coke he stuffed up his nose.)

As part of his cooperation deal with the courts, Regan has pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying Class A drugs and two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. He will be sentenced at the end of Heffy’s murder trial. His girlfriend Line has also pleaded guilty to allowing her premises to be used in the supply of a controlled drug. She will also be sentenced after the trial.

Who knows what will become of the rest of Regan’s life, but it’s safe to say his acting career has gone down the tubes for good. American actor Robert Downey Jr. made a remarkable acting comeback after being incarcerated for consistently being caught doing and buying drugs. But Downey Jr. was a world-class actor before his troubles. Regan was a second-rate actor at best, and certainly no Downey Jr.

Hopefully, Regan will at least keep his nose clean in the future. In more ways than one.

The article below can be seen at:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2011/11/17/former-brookside-star-brian-regan-admits-to-lying-to-police-over-gangland-shooting-86908-23569186/

Former Brookside star Brian Regan admits to lying to police over gangland shooting

Nov 17 2011

A FORMER soap star admitted today that he told police “a pack of lies” in the aftermath of an underworld shooting.

Brian Regan, 54, who played Terry Sullivan in Channel 4’s Brookside, is accused of driving alleged gunman Edward Heffey to and from the scene of a shooting in Aigburth, Liverpool, in February this year when father-of-one Bahman Faraji, 44, was gunned down in the street.

The former actor, of St Mary’s Road, Liverpool, denies murder alongside Heffey, 40, of Beloe Street, Lee Dodson, 42, of Logfield Drive, and Simon Smart, 32, of Kylemore Way, all Liverpool.

Today Regan, who appeared in the soap for 14 years, told Liverpool Crown Court that he tried to get his girlfriend, Christine Line, 48, to provide a false alibi for him and tell police she was with him on the night of the killing.

Regan said he came up with the plan on the “spur of the moment” on the night of his arrest when both he and Line were sitting in the back of a police car.

Stephen Riordan QC, defending Heffey, said: “You and Christine were cooking up a false story in the back of the police car?”

Regan replied: “I was. I was asking her to lie for me. She could see I was scared, upset and worried. I told her to say that she was in the car with me.”

Regan agreed that the “story” would give him “a complete alibi” for the time of the murder.

Mr Riordan then asked Regan about his first statement to the police, saying: “That statement is pretty much a pack of lies?”

Regan responded: “Yes.”

He told the jury that he knew nothing about the shooting but admitted that he had been involved in delivering drugs.

He said he feared for his life following the murder and was too scared to go back to his flat.

He told the court: “I was scared of going back there because a man had been shot. I did not know whether the passenger I had in my car had anything to do with it. My head was up my a**e.

“I didn’t want to go in the flat because I was scared.”

Mr Riordan said: “You were worried that something was going to happen to you?”

Regan said: “I didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know what I was doing.”

The court heard that Regan told police he was worried he was going to get shot if he told them anything or named Heffey as the man who had been in his car on the night of the murder.

“I was scared that something would happen if he knew I had given his name in,” Regan said.

Earlier in the trial Regan said he did ferry Heffey to the area of the murder that night, but as far as he knew it was so Heffey could collect drugs money.

Questioned by his defending barrister Charles Benson QC about events leading up to the murder, Regan admitted being a regular cocaine user and a dealer.

After he left Brookside in 1997 and acting work dried up – along with his savings – Regan continued using the drug and became a supplier and a cocaine courier on behalf of friend Dodson.

Regan said they would supply Heffey with cocaine “about three or four times a day” and added that it “wasn’t unusual” for Heffey to also ask for a lift in Regan’s car.

He added he had no idea a shooting was going to take place on February 24 when he took Heffey a £30 bag of cocaine.

The prosecution say the pair drove to Belgrave Road, near where the shooting took place outside the Belgrave Arms public house.

Questioned by Mr Benson, Regan said: “(Heffey) said he’d be back in a minute and got out of the car.

“I had a line of cocaine, I finished the bag off, as I was sitting in the car.”

He said Heffey returned about three or four minutes later and there was “nothing different about him”.

He said there was no sign of blood and no sign of a gun.

Regan said he then “drove away normally” from the scene and took Heffey home.

Mr Faraji, a nightclub doorman, was shot at close range as he stood outside the public house with two friends.

Prosecutor Brian Cummings QC, previously told the jury Mr Faraji was killed by Heffey after Dodson enlisted Regan to act as the driver.

The shooting was orchestrated “at a distance” by Smart acting on the orders of another man, Mr Cummings said.

Liverpool-based Brookside began on the launch night of Channel 4 on November 2 1982, and ran for 21 years until November 2003.

Regan joined Brookside from episode six and his character was at the centre of some of the Close’s most dramatic storylines until his final appearance in 1997.

He said he was in Brookside when he began taking cocaine but never used the drug while he was working.

Leaving the programme had a “dramatic” effect on his life and income, he said.

He briefly worked on Sky Sports Soccer AM but that came to an end when he suffered a heart attack shortly after his 45th birthday, the court heard.

In November last year, the jury was told, police attended the home of Regan’s girlfriend, where a substantial amount of cocaine and drugs paraphernalia was found.

Regan, who was at the property at the time, then took the officers to his own flat where they found 40 wraps of cocaine.

He has pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying Class A drugs and two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and will be sentenced at the conclusion of the murder trial, the court heard.

Line, also of St Mary’s Road, Liverpool, has pleaded guilty to allowing her premises to be used in the supply of a controlled drug and will also be sentenced later.

The pair separately deny a charge of perverting the course of justice over witness statements they gave to detectives investigating Mr Faraji’s shooting.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Fat Freddie Thompson Out On Bail in Spain.

Posted in criminals, crooks, Drug dealers, Drugs, Dublim, England, Gangs, gangsters, Ireland, Italy, mobs, Mobsters, murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs


As was predicted in an earlier blog, Fat Freddie Thompson’s wise move to allow himself to be extradited from Cloverhill prison in Ireland to Spain to face charges worked out perfectly. Days after he was extradited, Thompson was brought to a courthouse in Estepona where he faced charges of drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, money laundering and unlawful assembly.

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And guess what?

The judge allowed Thompson out on bail, which would have never happened had Thompson remained in custody in Ireland.

According to the article below, “Sources believe that his decision to agree to extradition to Spain to face the charges is a ‘tactical maneuver’ to allow him to continue his life of crime.”

Ya think???

Just so Thompson won’t miss any conjugal visits, reports say it is likely Thompson will be joined in Marbella, Spain by his girlfriend Vicky Dempsey and his young son.

It’s amazing how a criminal like Thompson was able to play the system in Europe, which is a place that is notoriously light on crime. Sure the cops in Europe put on a big show or arresting this one and that one. Yet Thompson, for all his alleged criminal activities, was able to avoid prosecution in Ireland. Then instead of languishing in an Irish jail after he was arrested on a European arrest warrant issued by Spain, Thompson said something like, “I think I rather go to Spain, where those dopes will be stupid enough to let me out on bail.”

Kiddies, they used to say, “Only in the movies.”

Now I say, “Only in Europe,” where the last time I looked, two European counties named Greece and Italy, are looking for a European bailout because they have run out of money, basically because of runaway socialistic spending.

Now I know why so many rich Europeans are breaking down the door in America, trying to get into a country that only screws the rich a little bit. Europeans are fighting to get E-2 visas in America, like fat men fighting for the last meatball on the dining room table.

Criminals like Freddie Thompson perform country-hoping exercises in Europe to avoid jail as easily as an Italian drinks a bottle of wine. And to make matters worse, people are rioting in the streets in Europe because their big bad country is trying to pull the ever-present safety net from out under their lazy fat butts.

Give me the good old U.S. of A. anytime. Every time an American arrives home from across the pond, they should kiss the ground as soon as they get off the plane.

And the girls are prettier in America too.

No mustaches.

The article below can be seen at:

 http://www.herald.ie/news/sun-shines-on-fat-freddie-as-he-gets-bail-2922011.html

and

http://www.euroweeklynews.com/2011110490060/news/costa-del-sol/suspected-gangland-boss-fat-freddie-thompson-bailed-in-spain.html

Sun shines on ‘Fat’ Freddie as he gets bail

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By Niall O’Connor

Tuesday November 01 2011

GANG Boss ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson was today enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine after being freed on bail from a Spanish court.

The 30-year-old criminal was brought by armed officers to a courthouse in Estepona where he faced charges of drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, money laundering and unlawful assembly.

Thompson was extradited to Spain last Friday at the request of officers probing his links to Irish gang boss Christy Kinahan’s €1bn crime empire.

Sources believe that his decision to agree to extradition to Spain to face the charges is a “tactical manoeuvre” to allow him to continue his life of crime.

However the Crumlin gangster was spared more prison time after agreeing to bail conditions and was today soaking up the Spanish sunshine.

Thompson was ordered to hand over his passport and to sign on at the court twice per month until his case is heard — a requirement that is likely to bring him into contact with alleged associates John Cunningham and Kinahan’s sons Daniel and Christopher.

And it is likely Thompson will be joined in Marbella by girlfriend Vicky Dempsey (30) and his young son.

He is believed to be staying in a plush villa along with his cousin, Liam Byrne (32).

Spanish officers are expected to keep close tabs on the gangland boss over fears he may be targeted by enemies.

If convicted, Thompson is facing nine years in prison.

Thompson spent 13 days on the D2 wing of Cloverhill prison before being flown to Spain. He is thought to have then spent the weekend in prisons in Madrid and Alhaurin de la Torre — home to killers Dermot McArdle and Eric ‘Lucky’ Wilson.

Sources at Cloverhill have revealed that Thompson indicated being on bail in Spain would be a more attractive option than an Irish jail.

“He was always polite and caused no trouble whatsoever,” according to a senior officer.

While awaiting his extradition hearing, Thompson received three visitors.

One of these visitors is believed to be a close associate of fugitive Eugene Cullen, who is being sought for questioning by detectives in relation to a robbery in Dundrum and a fatal shooting in 2009.

hnews@herald.ie

Suspected gangland boss, ‘Fat Freddie’ Thompson bailed in Spain

Costa del Sol

Friday, 04 November 2011 18:49

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SUSPECTED crime boss ‘Fat Freddie’ Thompson was released on bail following a court appearance in Estepona. Thompson was arrested in Dublin on a European arrest warrant on October 14 and consented to extradition.

The 30-year-old Dubliner spent 13-days in Cloverhill Prison in Ireland before being flown to Spain last Friday and spending the weekend in prisons in Madrid and Alhaurin de la Torre.

While he has not been officially charged with any crimes he “has been informed he is under investigation for crimes including money laundering, unlawful assembly and drugs trafficking,” a court source told Irish daily the Independent.

The three conditions of his bail are that he cannot leave Spain, hands in his passport to the authorities and signs on at court twice a month on days fixed by the court.”

If convicted he faces nine-years in prison in Spain

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Operation Captura Organized By Crimestoppers in UK

Posted in criminals, crooks, Drug dealers, England, Gangs, gangsters, Ireland, mobs, Mobsters, murder, Scotland, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

 

In America we have Americas Most Wanted, and that Fox TV show has been instrumental in capturing dozens of known criminals, some of them vicious killers. Whitey Bulger is a perfect example.

http://www.amazon.com/Mobsters-Gangs-Crooks-Creeps-ebook/dp/B006H99D1U/ref=zg_bs_11010_5

Now in the United Kingdom, Operation Captura, a campaign organized by Crimestoppers and the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), is putting the screws to various thugs on the run by stepping up their campaign to capture them. Tops on their list are William Paterson and Derek Ferguson.

Patterson, from Glasgow, is wanted for murder of Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll, who was shot to death in the car park of Asda in Robroyston in January in 2010. And Ferguson, from Glasgow, who is also known as William Henderson, is wanted for the murder of Thomas Cameron. Cameron was killed in 2007 at the Auchinairn Tavern in Bishopbriggs. Police say Ferguson has a number of distinguishing marks, including tattoos of an arrow and a dagger, and is missing a part of his left ear.

Operation Captura was started in 20006. Since then, 46 out of 60 criminals they set their sights on have been arrested. Other people on Operation Captura’s “most wanted” list include suspected murderers, sex offenders, and drug traffickers.

Lord Ashcroft, the founder of Crimestoppers said: “Operation Captura is a unique partnership that has seen huge success in bringing some of the UK’s most wanted fugitives to justice. A small number of suspected criminals see Spain as a safe place to evade law enforcement but, thanks to the confidence the UK, Spanish and ex-pat communities have in Crimestoppers, these individuals will not be able to escape justice for much longer.”

Andy Baker, deputy director for SOCA, said, “Operation Captura has proved immensely successful, not only in aiding the arrest of individuals attempting to hide amongst the ex-pat community in Spain, but also as a means of raising the profile of these individuals and making Spain a hostile environment for British criminals. We look forward to continuing this work with Crimestoppers and extending the programme to other countries popular with our ex-pats; where criminals mistakenly think they can hide from justice.”

For some reason, European criminals think of Spain as a safe haven to hide when they are wanted by the law. Now, with Operation Captura working hand-in-hand with Crimestoppers, this premise is quickly becoming passe.

I wouldn’t be surprised if more fugitives on Operation Captura’s wanted list aren’t arrested soon; Paterson and Ferguson among them.

The article below can be seen at:

http://news.stv.tv/scotland/west-central/275471-britains-most-wanted-kevin-gerbil-caroll-accused-thought-to-be-in-spain/

Britain’s most wanted: Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll accused thought to be in Spain
Police appeal for suspects after gangland figure’s death and a separate murder in Bishopbriggs in 2007.
By Graham Fraser

A man wanted in connection with the shooting of a gangland figure in Glasgow is thought to be hiding out in Spain.
On the fifth anniversary of Operation Captura, a campaign organised by Crimestoppers and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), a new appeal has been launched on Thursday to find ten suspected criminals. Among them are William Paterson and Derek Ferguson.

Police want to question 32-year-old Paterson, from Glasgow, over the killing of Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll, who was repeatedly shot in the car park of Asda in Robroyston in January last year.

Ross Monaghan has already appeared in court in connection with Carroll’s death. The 29-year-old denies murder and other charges and is set to go on trial next March.

Meanwhile Glasgow man Ferguson, who is also known as William Henderson, is wanted over the murder of Thomas Cameron.
Mr Cameron was killed in 2007 at the Auchinairn Tavern in Bishopbriggs. Police say 47-year-old Ferguson has a number of distinguishing marks, including tattoos of an arrow and a dagger, and is missing a part of his left ear.

Both Ferguson and Paterson have been on the radar of Operation Captura since February of this year. Other men on the “most wanted” list include suspected murderers, sex offenders, and drug traffickers.

One of them, 29-year-old Andrew Moran from Salford, is wanted in connection with a £25,000 armed robbery in Lancashire. Moran escaped after he assaulted a security guard then jumped over the dock of a courtroom in Burnley after a judge said he was going to be remanded in custody.

Since Operation Captura launched in October 2006, 46 out of 60 suspected criminals highlighted have been arrested.

Lord Ashcroft, founder and chair of Crimestoppers, said: “Operation Captura is a unique partnership that has seen huge success in bringing some of the UK’s most wanted fugitives to justice.
“A small number of suspected criminals see Spain as a safe place to evade law enforcement but, thanks to the confidence the UK, Spanish and ex-pat communities have in Crimestoppers, these individuals will not be able to escape justice for much longer.”

Andy Baker, deputy director for SOCA, said: “Operation Captura has proved immensely successful, not only in aiding the arrest of individuals attempting to hide amongst the ex-pat community in Spain, but also as a means of raising the profile of these individuals and making Spain a hostile environment for British criminals.

“We look forward to continuing this work with Crimestoppers and extending the programme to other countries popular with our ex-pats; where criminals mistakenly think they can hide from justice.”

Callers from Spain can contact a special freephone number on 900 555 111 which will be answered in the UK by Crimestoppers.

Information can also be passed on anonymously via the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.

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