5.0 out of 5 stars
September 9, 2014
By dusty rose
“A very interesting book about Mafia rats who squeal. Informative, interesting and blunt. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Mafia. Looking forward to reading more from Joe Bruno.”
Archive for Mobsters
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazon Best Selling Author Joe Bruno has 5 out of the top 11 ranked books on Amazon.com in the category “Hot New Releases in Law Enforcement Biographies & Memoirs.”Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooks, five points, Five Points gangs, gangs, Gangsters, killers, lower east side, mafia, mob, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, prison on September 10, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs
“New York City’s Five Points: The Most Dangerous and Decadent Neighborhood Ever!” is ranked highest at # 2.
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“The Five Points is personal to me. In 1914, my mother was born at 104 Bayard Street, the youngest of 12 children. I grew up around the corner at 134 White Street, corner of Baxter. During my youth, the area was called Little Italy. But at the time of my mother’s birth, it was still called the Five Points
The term the “Five Points” was derived in the early part of the Nineteenth Century because its Ground Zero was a five-point intersection formed by Orange Street (now Baxter Street), Cross Street (First Park and now Mosco Street – Frank Mosco was my Little League coach), Anthony Street (Now Worth), Little Water Street (which no longer exists), and Mulberry Street.
In the early-1800s, the Five Points neighborhood bounded by Centre Street on the west, and the Bowery/Chatham Square on the east. Canal Street was the northern border and Park Row – the southern border. The boarders of the Sixth Ward have since lengthened on the north side, going as far as Houston Street.
Across the street from the front entrance to my tenement building and close enough to touch with three or four leaping bounds, was the ominous-looking city prison called the Tombs. The dark and dreary structure was the third incarnation of this monstrosity; the first two being located one block to the west on Centre Street. The Tombs played an integral part of the Five Points sordid history. Hundreds of dastardly individuals were hung at the Tombs, and hundreds of thousands more had the Tombs as their mailing address, some permanently.
In 1896, at the prodding of journalist Jacob Riis, the hideous Mulberry Bend was demolished by the city, and Columbus Park was built in its stead. Before then, the Five Points was predominantly Irish, and it is estimated that 10,000 – 15,000 people, mostly Irish, lived in horrendous squalor in the four square blocks that comprised “The Bend.” When The Bend’s buildings were razed, the Irish were displaced. Most moved north to Hell’s Kitchen, the area bounded by 42nd Street and 59th Streets, and 7th to 12th Avenues.
After the demolition of Mulberry Bend, the Five Points became the domain of Italian Immigrants sprinkled with a few hundred Chinese, who claimed parts of Mott, Pell, and Doyers Streets as their turf. In fact, over the first two decades of the Twentieth Century, the Five Points district evolved into two intertwining neighborhoods: Little Italy and Chinatown.
It wasn’t until the mid-1920s that the term “Five Points” started to fade from the vocabulary of the area’s residents. In fact, as a child growing up, when I spoke to my aunts and uncles, the term “Five Points” came up quite often and never in favorable terms.
Most remnants of the original Five Points have long been gone. But the names of its former inhabitants still flicker across the lips of many New Yorkers, never in a flattering context.
In this book, the history of the Five Points is detailed in alphabetical order; not in chronological order, which I found overlapped to such a degree to make it unwieldy.
So, fire up your Kindle and read about some of the most distasteful creatures ever to roam the face of the earth. They all inhabited my old Five Points neighborhood in times gone by.”
“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps-Volume 4” is on sale today for only 99 cents! That’s a 67 %, saving over the normal sale price of the book ($2.99)!Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooks, drug dealers, FBI, FBI Informant, Gambino Crime Family, gangs, Gangsters, James "Whitey" Bulger, Johnny "Dio" Dioguardi, killers, mafia, Mob Wives, Mobsters, murder, New York City, organized crime, prison, renee graziano, Whitey Bulger on September 8, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs
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“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 4 ” is the fourth in a series of Joe Bruno’s “Mobster” books.
AMAZON #5 IN “HOT NEW RELEASES – ORGANIZED CRIME”
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AMAZON TOP 50 IN “CRIMINALS”
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Joe Bruno’s “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps” finished in second place (runner up) in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Ebook Awards in the category “Nonfiction.”
Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 4” is not exactly like the previous three volumes, but in my opinion, it’s even better.
This book starts off with a five-thousand word article on Johnny “Dio” Dioguardi, whom Bobby Kennedy called “The Master Labor Racketeer.”
Dio’s career in crime started in the 1930’s, when he and his uncle “Jimmy Doyle” Plumeri held a stranglehold on the Garment Workers Union. By the 1950’s, Dio was in cahoots with Jimmy Hoffa as they sought to use the Teamsters Union as their own personal piggy bank.
Syndicated news reporter, Victor Riesel, started snooping into Dio and Hoffa’s activities, and this resulted in Dio ordering one of his thugs to throw lye in Riesel’s face, rendering him blind for life. Through chicanery and intimidation, Dio was never convicted in the Riesel assault, but Dio was forever known as “The Man Who Blinded Victor Riesel.”
“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps – Volume 4” then segues into the present, with scores of columns on true crime events throughout the years 2011 and 2012.
First on board is the arrest and subsequent machinations perpetrated by the prosecution and the defense concerning Whitey Bulger and his gal-pal Catherine Greig, following their arrest in Santa Monica, Cal., after sixteen years on the run.
Then we have the 2011 murder of Hells Angels Jeffrey Pettigrew and Jonathan Bacon, followed by several other Hells Angels slayings – revenge killings perpetrated by pals of Pettigrew and Bacon.
“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 4” also details the recent epidemic of crooked New York City cops, who for some reason have lost their way under Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Under Kelly’s watch, cops have been arrested for crimes, as trite as fixing parking tickets. However, but also there have been numerous arrests of New York’s Finest for “flaking” (planting drugs on innocent people), and even for “gun running.” Since the buck stops at the top (Kelly), why Kelly still has a job is puzzling to me.
“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 4” also notes the escapades of criminals across “The Pond,” and beyond. Vicious gangsters like the UK’s “Fat Freddy” Thompson are highlighted here, as well as crooks and murderers from all over Europe. We even detail bad guys from “Down Under” – specifically Matthew Charles Johnson, who viciously murdered the equally-murderous Carl Williams in an Australian prison.
All in all, “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 4” is a delightful romp throughout the brutal underbelly of society, where bullets and blood abound in the decadent past, the dubious present, and unfortunately – in the foreseeable future.
AS GOOD AS A HISTORY BOOK! – RJ Parker “Best Selling Author”
Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 4 by Joe Bruno is a masterpiece of New York City’s history of crimes and criminals, and even disasters. Many of these people were the dregs of society who Bruno dug up from the sewers of NYC and placed in a book.
This is the second book I’ve read by the author and have added him to my favourites. I like his style and the substance of his material. Good as a history book. Highly recommended.
“Virginia Hill – Bugsy Siegel’s Girl, Or Married to the Mob? Did She Committ Suicide, or Was She Murdered?” is on sale today at Amazon.com.Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags bugsy Siegel, Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooks, FBI, gangs, Gangsters, killers, Las Vegas, mafia, meyer lansky, mob, Mobsters, murder, New York City, organized crime, prison on September 7, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs
Virginia Hill was a knock-around broad who bedded down the biggest gangsters of her time. It was said Hill spent more time on her back, than Leonardo da Vinci did painting the Sistine Chapel. The word on the Las Vegas streets was that she was the exclusive property of mobster Bugsy Siegel, and it was plain to everyone in the know that Bugsy was just crazy about Hill.
But was Virginia Hill really a Trojan horse in Siegel’s camp; put there by the mob to make sure Bugsy was giving them an honest count on their Las Vegas ventures?
The answer is not that cut and dried.
Another Five star review for “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 5 – Girlfriends and Wives.”Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooks, drug dealers, FBI, FBI Informant, Gambino Crime Family, gangs, Gangsters, mafia, mob, Mobsters, New York City on September 6, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs
5.0 out of 5 stars
All these books are great and Informative,
August 29, 2014
By Rita Moore – See all my reviews
This review is from: Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 5 – Girlfriends and Wives (Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps) (Kindle Edition)
True to form. All these books are great and Informative.
In bed with every criminal is his wife, or his goomara, or sometimes even both. Joe Bruno’s “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 5 – Girlfriends and Wives” details the trial and tribulations of women who were the love interests of some of the worst human beings God has ever created.
“Mob Rats – Gangsters Who Squeal – Volume 1” is on sale today for only $1.99. That’s a 60% savings over the regular price of $4.97.Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooks, drug dealers, FBI, FBI Informant, gangs, Gangsters, killers, mafia, mob, Mobsters, murder, organized crime, prison on September 4, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs
“Mob Rats – Gangsters Who Squeal – Volume 1” is presently ranked # 3 on Amazon.com in the category “Best Sellers in Law Enforcement Biographies & Memoirs,” and #14 in the category “Best Sellers in Organized Crime True Accounts.”
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AMAZON/USA TOP 3 BEST SELLER IN “HOT NEW RELEASES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS”
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What Makes a Rat, a Rat?
Mathew J. Mari – New York City Criminal Attorney for 37 years
Contrary to popular opinion, rats are born and not made.
People think law enforcement ‘turns’ people into rats by persuading them to ‘turn state’s evidence,’ as the old saying goes. There is a difference between the verb ‘rat,’ which is what a lot of people do, and the noun ‘rat,’ which is what a lot of people are.
Real men don’t rat because they still have to look at themselves in the mirror. The reason they don’t rat is not because of some oath of silence (omerta), or because they are afraid of being killed, but because they simply ARE NOT RATS. The people who rat (the verb) do it because they ARE RATS (the noun). The people who rat were born rats and simply do what they were born to do when the circumstances benefit them.
It’s really that simple.”
That’s 85% off the price of these books if they were purchased individually. And more than 50% off the usual price of the boxed set.
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“Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Eight Volume Set” includes:
“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps Volumes 1-4,” and “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 5 – Girlfriends and Wives.”
It also includes “Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated,” “The Wrong Man: Who Ordered the Murder of Gambler Herman Rosenthal and Why,” and “Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit!”
“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps – Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5″ have all been consistently ranked in the top 100 in Amazon.com categories “Gangs,” and “Organized Crime,” as has “Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple.” Volume 1 has reached as high as #1 in “Gangs.”
According to New York City criminal attorney Mathew J. Mari, “Joe Bruno’s Mobsters are a composite of characters and events that entwine the denizens of the underworld with the rich history of America from the early 1800’s until today.”