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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Big-time Rat Receives “Get Out of Jail” Card By the Feds

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In one of the most outrageously bizarre decisions by a federal judge in a long time, Judge Nicholas Garaufis sentenced admitted three-time killer, and big-time rat Dominick Cicale to an insignificant 10 years in prison. Since Cicale has already served seven years in jail, and is expected to get 18 months off for “good behavior,” Cicale could hit the streets sometime next year, and then go right into the Witness Protection Program. Cicale was a key witness in the two trials of his alleged former Bonanno boss Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, and also in the trial of John A. (Junior) Gotti. Based on Cicale’s testimony, Basciano is presently serving life in prison.

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To show what a murderous dog he was, Cicale, previous to his sentencing, pleaded guilty to the murders of Frank Santoro and Randolph Pizzolo. He also committed a previous murder on which he was sentenced to eleven years in prison in Florida. Cicale said he was ordered to commit the murders of Santoro and Pizzolo by Basciano (Who knows if that’s the truth, nor does it make a difference). Still, the prosecutors recommended a extremely lenient sentence for Cicale.

“While he (Cicale) has engaged in a multitude of crimes, including three murders, he has nonetheless provided information and testimony that has put dangerous criminals behind bars,” the prosecutors told the judge.

“We need cooperating witnesses to prevail,” said Asst. Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Greg Andres.

To prevail against what?

Why make a deal with the devil to put someone in jail for life who is no worse than the person who is giving testimony against them? It’s not right that the government gets to pick and choose who goes to jail and who gets a sweetheart deal because of their willingness to inform.

If you can let a guy off almost clean who has admitted to three murders (three that we know of), where does the insanity stop?

The answer why the Feds are willing to make deals with vermin like Cicale is simple. Basciano was a big-name mob boss. Cicale was a nobody. And federal prosecutors, as well as federal law enforcement, get their promotions and pay raises based on the notoriety of the big fish they put in prison.

So letting a three-time murderer like Cicale off easy was an no-brainer for the Feds, looking to further their careers, but not so palatable for the families of Santoro and Pizzolo.

Shame on the Feds.

Shame on Judge Garaufis.

You can read the article below at:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/31/us-crime-mafia-newyork-idUSTRE80U01J20120131

and

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/bonanno-rat-dominick-cicale-break-a-lifetime-helping-nail-vinny-gorgeous-basciano-article-1.1014458

Bonanno rat Dominick Cicale gets break of a lifetime for helping nail Vinny Gorgeous Basciano

Goon gets 10 years in murders, but with time served and good behavior he could be sprung into witness protection program in 2013

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By John Marzulli / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 1:11 AM

THE RAT got his reward.

A murderous Bonanno mobster who helped put crime boss Vinny Gorgeous away for life hit the turncoat jackpot Monday: a reduced sentence that will have him back on the street next year.

Dominick Cicale was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but he’s already served seven behind bars and is expected to get an extra 18 months shaved off for good behavior.

He faced two life terms for a pair of killings he committed with Gorgeous, aka Vincent Basciano, but prosecutors urged Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis to consider how his testimony has helped them decimate the Bonanno leadership.

We need cooperating witnesses to prevail,” said Asst. Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Greg Andres.

Cicale was affiliated with the Bonannos from 1999 to 2005; in that span, he was promoted to captain and crew leader at the direction of Basciano, who proudly called Cicale his “hoodlum.”

Before joining the mob, Cicale had served 11 years in prison for killing a man in Florida over a drug dispute.

He pleaded guilty to killing Frank Santoro, a Bronx junkie who had threatened to kidnap Basciano’s son, and mob associate Randolph Pizzolo.

Cicale, 44, said he was “ashamed” and “remorseful,” insisting that he was a different man than the vicious thug charged in a 2005 racketeering indictment.

There is not a single day that passes that I don’t pray for the souls of my victims,” he said.

I will have to live with the torment of my actions for the rest of my life.”

Santoro’s elderly mother, Grace, sighed loudly in the courtroom as he begged for mercy.

Cicale testified at three trials against Basciano, resulting in convictions and consecutive life sentences for the former crime boss.

He also took the stand against John A. (Junior) Gotti in Manhattan Federal Court.

Garaufis acknowledged that it is unfortunate but necessary that the government is forced to make deals with killers who are motivated to save their own necks.

When Cicale is sprung, he’ll enter the feds’ witness protection program with a new identity.

The judge expressed concern about his ability to get a job and avoid falling back into his old ways.

All right, Mr. Cicale, this is your chance,” Garaufis said. “On behalf of everyone here, I hope you meant everything you said.”

Former New York mobster who turned on mafia gets less prison

By Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK | Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:31pm EST

(Reuters) – A former New York mobster who turned against the mafia and helped convict Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, then acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday despite being involved in multiple murders.

Prosecutors said Dominick Cicale, 44, was convicted of racketeering and involvement in two murders and assaults in aid of racketeering. He avoided a maximum life sentence by agreeing to turn against his former crime-world associates, according to a motion filed in court on Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York.

He was sentenced to 10 years prison and was given credit for about seven years already served.

Prosecutors said that Cicale, who grew up in the Bronx in New York City, ascended the ranks of the Bonanno family from 1999 until his arrest in January 2005, during which time he took part in two “brutal” murders and other violence on the crime family’s behalf.

He began cooperating with the government in January, 2006, the prosecution’s motion said, giving information and testimony that helped convict Basciano and a dozen other reputed Bonanno family members.

Basciano, known by his nickname Vinny Gorgeous, was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2011.

The prosecution’s motion argued for a lenient sentence for Cicale based on his help to the government.

In February, 2001, during his tenure with the Bonanno family, Cicale took part in the fatal shooting of Frank Santoro, who was out walking his dog near his home in the Bronx, the motion said. Basciano, the acting boss, had ordered the killing on suspicion that Santoro was planning to kidnap his son, prosecutors said.

In December, 2004, Cicale orchestrated the murder of Randolph Pizzolo, an associate of the mob family that Basciano had ordered killed as a “wake-up call”, the motion said.

The prosecution’s motion said Cicale had since proved an “important and effective” government witness.

“While he has engaged in a multitude of crimes, including three murders, he has nonetheless provided information and testimony that has put dangerous criminals behind bars,” the prosecutor’s motion said.

Russell Neufeld, Cicale’s lawyer, declined to comment on Monday.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Renee Graziano Hospitalized After Panic Attack

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January 30, 2012

I don’t care what anyone (including me) thinks about the TV show “Mob Wives,” or what they think about Renee Graziano and her co-stars in general. But this is not good news; not news that anyone should feel glad about, or gloat about.

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“Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano, estranged daughter of reputed Bonanno crime family member Anthony Graziano, was rushed to the hospital on Friday January 27th, with what appears to have been a severe panic attack. Her illness came soon after her father was arrested by the Feds, based on information given, and tapes made by Renee’s ex-husband Hector Pagan. Anthony Graziano has not spoken to his daughter since she agreed to appear on national TV to air her family’s dirty laundry.

The entire situation is sad for everyone involved, except for Pagan, who must be the lowest of the low to wear a wire on his former father-in-law, which hurt everyone in the Graziano family, including his son A. J. Pagan Sr. was reportedly facing big time in the can for armed robbery, and instead of doing his time like a man, he screwed those who were closest to him to save his own hide.

I know people who have had panic attacks, including my wife, and they are certainly no fun. Your heart starts thumping like a runaway locomotive, and you feel as if there’s a piano sitting on your chest. You can’t control your breathing and you think you are having a heart attack. There is medication you can take for repeated panic attacks. But when a panic attack starts, the best thing to do is to take deep, slow breaths until the panic attack passes. And it’s a great idea to avoid situations that put you under stress, which causes the panic attack in the first place.

Hopefully, Renee’s panic attack is just an isolated incident, but if it’s not, quitting the show “Mob Wives” might be the best thing for her to do. Less stress. Less aggravation. Less money too, but your health is more important than money. You”ll never see a Brinks truck following a hearse.

Renee’s sister Jennifer, who is also the producer of the show, could surely take Renee’s place without the show missing a beat.

P.S. — Anthony Graziano isn’t talking to his daughter Jennifer either. For obvious reasons.

You can read the articles below at:

http://starcasm.net/archives/141297

and

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mob-wives-vh1-renee-graziano-hospital-father-arrested-285447

and

http://www.tmz.com/2012/01/27/mob-wives-renee-graziano-hospitalized-bonnano-family-bust/

Mob Wives’ Renee Graziano hospitalized after her father Anthony “TG” Graziano was arrested yet again

Jan, 29, 2012 | AUTHOR: Asa Hawks | Related : Hector Pagan Jr., Law and Order, Mob Wives, Renee Graziano

Mob Wives star Renee Graziano was rushed to a New York City hospital Friday soon after hearing that her father, Anthony “TG” Graziano, had been arrested yet again along with four other alleged members of the Bonanno crime family in an early morning raid.

According to TMZ, “Renee had a panic attack, collapsed, and had trouble breathing” when she heard the news of her father’s arrest.

Hector Pagan flipped and agreed to wear a wire for the DEA in order to avoid a conviction for armed robbery after he held up a high-stakes poker game. He reportedly caught Anthony Graziano on tape instructing him to collect a $150,000 loanshark debt, according to The New York Post.

As you might already know, Anthony Graziano, 71, was recently released from prison after a lengthy sentence for racketeering before being arrested in November for extortion when he was caught on tape by his former son-in-law (Renee’s ex-husband) Hector “Junior” Pagan! (You can’t make this stuff up! Pagan”

Graziano (right) was indicted on the extortion charges last week and was already in police custody when he was charged again during Friday’s raid. Also arrested on Friday were fellow alleged Bonanno crime family members Vincent Badalamenti (administration), Nicholas Santora (capo), Vito Balsamo (acting captain), and Anthony Calabrese (soldier). James Laforte, an alleged member of the Gambino family, was also arrested. All five men pleaded not guilty and are schedule to appear back in court on February 7. Each faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

Anthony “TG” Graziano broke off all contact with his daughters Renee Graziano and Jennifer “Jenn” Graziano after the latter came up with the idea for Mob Wives and the former agreed to appear on the show.

‘Mob Wives’ Renee Graziano Admitted to ER After Father’s Arrest in Federal Raid

The dramatic VH1 reality star and self-professed former mafia princess is currently receiving treatment at a hospital, show reps confirm.

TMZ’s sources tell the site that Renee had a panic attack, collapsed, and had trouble breathing after getting news of her father’s arrest and was rushed via ambulance to the hospital.

Earlier Friday, the star’s father and high-ranking member of the Bonanno crime family, Anthony “TG” Graziano, was arrested along with several other alleged mafia members in an FBI-DEA bust, according to the New York Post. They were charged with racketeering and extortion and were scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Brooklyn court.

The star, drawn to extreme dramatics on the VH1 reality series, may have a couple other circumstances that contributed to her illness. Mr. Graziano had just recently been released from prison and he was already facing extortion charges in a separate case. And reportedly, Renee’s ex-husband and father of their teenage son, Hector “Junior” Pagan, turned DEA informant and was behind the federal raid.

‘Mob Wives’ Renee Graziano Hospitalized After Dad’s Bust in Mafia Crime Sweep

Renee Graziano”Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano was rushed to a NYC hospital by ambulance today … just hours after feds busted her father and several other Bonanno crime family members.

Sources close to the Graziano family tell TMZ … Renee had a panic attack, collapsed, and had trouble breathing when she got news that her dad, Anthony “TG” Graziano, had been arrested in an early morning raid.

A “Mob Wives” rep confirms Renee was admitted to the emergency room and is still getting treatment right now.

Further upsetting for Renee — the fact her ex-husband played a role in her father’s arrest. Hector Pagan, who’s appeared on the VH-1 show, has reportedly turned rat for the DEA.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Evelyn Mittelman – The Kiss of Death.

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It’s never a good thing when a femme fatale is called the “The Kiss of Death.” Yet never has this moniker been more appropriate than in the case of Evelyn Mittelman, a little lass from the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

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Little is known about Mittelman’s early life except that at the tender age of 16, she was already one of the most sought-after broads in the entire borough of Brooklyn. In 1941, after Mittelman had been thrust into the spotlight as a material witness in the trial of her boyfriend, Murder Incorporated’s Harry “Pittsburgh Phil” Strauss, veteran New York Daily Mirror columnist Eddie Zeltner said, “I knew Evelyn ten years ago, when she was barely sixteen. She was a gorgeous blond who used to come from Williamsburg to Coney Island to swim, and dance in the cellar clubs which are grammar schools for gangsters.”

Two years later, Evelyn surfaced in California with a beau named Hy Miller. Hy was crazy about Evelyn, but Evelyn was not so crazy about Hy. One night, Hy took Evelyn to a dance and she met another young chap who thought she was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Because she was obviously flirting with the newcomer, whose name is unknown, Hy said something to this fellow, and something even worse to Evelyn. The anonymous chap took umbrage at Hy insulting Evelyn, and the final result was that Hy became very dead. It is not known if Evelyn took up with the victor for any period of time, or not. Still, Hy was the first notch on the “Kiss of Death’s” garter belt.

A few years later, Evelyn showed up in Brooklyn with her new love: Robert Feurer. It was at a dance she attended with Feurer that she met up with a nasty piece of work named Sol Goldstein, known in the rackets as “Jack.” Goldstein was famous on the docks of New York City as one of the biggest fish wholesalers in the business. Of course, in order to keep being prosperous on the docks, Goldstein went up against, and aligned himself with, people as nasty as he was; some even nastier. But we’ll get to that later.

As Goldstein cozied up to Evelyn at the dance, smoke began to blast from Feurer’s ears. One word led to another, and soon Feurer said a few things to Evelyn that were not quite so nice. Goldstein burst to Evelyn’s rescue, and when the dust settled, Feurer was now quite dead too (see a pattern here?).

This is getting a little tiresome, but one night Goldstein brought Evelyn to another dance, where she met Harry “Pittsburgh Phil” Strauss (called “Pep” by his friends). Strauss, considered a tall, dark and handsome lug by the opposite sex, was the top killer in a cozy little group called Murder Incorporated, run by Louis “Lepke Buchalter and Albert “The Lord High Executioner” Anastasia. It was said, that although Strauss was paid tidy sums for killing people, whom his bosses said needed to be killed throughout America, he was so good at what he did because, as Brooklyn District Attorney William O’Dwyer once said, “Strauss killed people just for the lust to kill.”

When an out-of-town killing was assigned to Lepke, it was usually Strauss whom Lepke entrusted to do the job. When these occasions arose, Strauss packed a bag with a shirt, change of socks, underwear, a gun, length of rope, and an ice pick, just in case. Most times, Strauss didn’t even know the name of his target, and he didn’t care either. As long as the dude wound up dead, that was enough for Strauss.

On the night Strauss met Evelyn at the dance, he told both Evelyn and Goldstein that he considered Evelyn to be his new girlfriend. Evelyn didn’t protest too much, but Goldstein did. Strauss told Goldstein they shouldn’t fight in front of a woman, and would Goldstein agree to go with Strauss to a nearby poolroom to settle the dispute of who should be the top man in Evelyn’s life. Goldstein agreed, and the next thing he knew, Strauss was re-arranging the features on Goldstein’s face with a mean pool stick. The result was — Goldstein was out, and Evelyn was the girlfriend of one of the most sadistic killers in America. For some reason, Strauss let Goldstein live on that occasion, but he would rectify that situation later on, as part of his daily duties for Murder Inc.

Goldstein’s mother was quite happy her son was away from the likes of Evelyn Mittelman. Mom Goldstein was plain giddy, when soon after the dust-up with Strauss, Goldstein met a nice young girl named Helen, who was the daughter of a Cleveland used-car dealer.

Goldstein’s mom told his sister, “Sol is away from the tough boys at last.”

Well, not quite mom.

In the summer of 1936, Mom Goldstein received the wonderful news that her son and Helen had tied the knot and were honeymooning at Glen Wild, a small, romantic place in the Catskill mountains in upstate New York. Weeks went by without hearing from the newlyweds again, and after three months, Mom Goldstein began to fret a bit. After much sleuthing, Mom Goldstein finally found Helen.

“What happened, I haven’t heard from Sol in months,” she said to Helen.

Helen started dripping crocodile tears. “I don’t know,” she said. “We were in our room getting dressed for a Saturday night dance, when the phone rang and he answered it. A little while later some men drove up. Sol said he’d be back in a few minutes. I haven’t seen him since.”

Mom Goldstein decided to make a trip to the Catskills to see if she could find any trace of her son. When she arrived in the Catskills, Mom Goldstein could not find a trace of her son, but she did find Helen hosting a gay party not far from Glen Wild where she had honeymooned with Sol. Mom Goldstein told Helen that Helen was not behaving like an aggrieved wife should behave.

Helen coldly told Mom Goldstein, “Sol is dead. He was thrown in a lake.”

It wasn’t until four years later that Mom Goldstein and the government found out exactly what happened to Sol “Jack” Goldstein.

It all started with Abe “Kid Twist” Reles, one of the higher-ups in Murder Incorporated, becoming a government informer. Abe knew who killed who and how, and with his photographic memory, he told the government about scores of murders, including the untimely demise of Sol Goldstein. Two other Murder Incorporated killers, Allie “Tick Tock” Tannenbaum and Pretty Levine corroborated everything Reles said about the Goldstein hit.

It seemed that the contract on Goldstein was put out by Joe “Zocks” Lanza, the big boss on the Manhattan docks, and the highly-profitable Fulton Fish Market. Lanza had been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for the “monopolistic control of fish sent to New York City from Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Canada.” Lanza was tried and found guilty, but he won an appeal to have a second trial on the same charges. While planning his defense, Lanza realized that Goldstein, who had some pull on the docks himself, knew enough information about Lanza’s waterfront rackets to put Lanza away for a very long time, if not land Lanza right into the electric chair. Lanza contacted Louis Capone, another Murder Incorporated big shot, to put the process in motion of eliminating Goldstein from the possible witness list at Lanza’s second trial.

At this point in time, Goldstein and Helen were experiencing their first few days of married bliss in the Catskills. Capone (no relation to Al Capone) contacted Pretty Levine and told him, “Go up to Loch Sheldrake in the mountains, where Pep is staying to do some work. Pep will tell you.”

Levine jumped into a car with another Murder Inc. operative named Dukey Maffetore, and drove to the Catskills, where they located Strauss and two more Murder Inc. killers — Mikey Syckoff and Jack Cutler. Strauss knew since his face and reputation were well known to Goldstein, he could not be in on the snatch. But Goldstein had never met Levine, Syckoff, and Cutler, so Strauss told them what to do.

“Just snatch the bum and bring him here,” Strauss told them. “Don’t knock him off.”

It was approximately 9 p.m. on August 3, 1936, when Goldstein received a phone call in the honeymoon cottage he was sharing with wife Helen. Even though Goldstein was dressed to the nines, as was Helen for that night’s dance, whatever the caller told Goldstein was enough for him to leave the side of his lovely bride, for what he thought would only be an few minutes at most. At least, that’s what Goldstein told Helen. Helen spotted a car driving up to the cottage with three men sitting inside. She watched as her husband got into the back seat next to Levine.

Within a few seconds, Levine had laid Goldstein out cold with a hammer. Soon, the three men deposited Goldstein at Strauss’ lakeside cottage, where Strauss personally killed Goldstein, tied him up with rope, and wrapped him in a blanket. The men then dragged Goldstein’s dead body to the lake’s shore, where Tannenbaum and Jack Drucker, another Murder Inc. operative, were waiting in a rowboat. The two men rowed out to the deepest part of the lake and dropped Goldstein’s body into the drink.

In cases like this, it was quite unusual for a man like Strauss to order the murder victim be brought to him alive, so that Strauss could finish him off personally. But this was personal to Strauss, not just business. Goldstein had been Evelyn’s boyfriend, and Strauss liked it better when Evelyn’s ex-boyfriends were rendered quite dead. Not that Strauss feared Evelyn would ever go back to Goldstein, but why not eliminate the possibility anyway?

Chalk up Goldstein as Evelyn Mittelman’s dead boyfriend number three.

The next five years passed by without any more dead boyfriends. Evelyn was quite devoted to Strauss, so much so, to please Strauss, she dyed her blond hair to raven brunette.

In 1940, Strauss was arrested on information given to the feds by Abe “Kid Twist” Reles. District Attorney Burton Turkus had enough evidence to implicate Strauss in at least six murders, but the most solid case Turkus had on Strauss was the murder of a nobody named George Ruddick, who was rumored to have been talking to the law.

While Strauss stewed in jail, he received repeated visits by a woman described by Turkus as “a striking brunette,” who signed herself in as Strauss’ sister “Eve.” Turkus as his crew noticed absolutely no family resemblance between Strauss and “Eve,” so on her next visit, they picked her up and found out that “Eve” was none other than Evelyn Mittelman. At the time of her arrest, Evelyn was wearing three diamond rings and a diamond bracelet.

“Pep (Strauss) gave them to me,” Evelyn told Turkus. Then she said something so remarkably stupid, Turkus couldn’t believe his ears. “And I have several more trinkets like this in a bank vault.”

Turkus checked, and sure enough, there was enough jewelry in the safety deposit box to open up a small jewelry store. Turkus immediately held Evelyn as a material witness, with bail set at $50,000, and he commenced getting as much information out of her as he could. However, Evelyn immediately lawyered up, and subsequently clammed up. Turkus figured, with all she knew about Strauss and his pals at Murder Incorporated, she was as good as dead if she were set free on the mean streets of Brooklyn.

At her bail haring, her lawyer argued fiercely for a bail reduction.

“She’s a good decent girl,” her lawyer said.

Turkus told the judge, “She knows all there is to know about how the syndicate works.”

Her lawyer countered with, “Can’t your honor conceive that this young lady, even though she may be the sweetheart of this man, might be the one person in the whole world who would know nothing at all of what he is doing?”

The judge said he could conceive of no such thing, so Evelyn’s bail stood at $50,000. No one rushed to put up the money to get her out, so Evelyn stood in jail a full six weeks while Turkus cemented his case against Strauss.

As Strauss’ trial neared, Evelyn realized that the only way she could save her man was to convince Strauss to do what Reles had done: become an informant. Evelyn asked Turkus for permission to speak to Strauss to try to convince him to turn canary. Amazingly, Strauss agreed to do exactly that, on one condition: “I got to walk out clean.”

Turkus knew it was impossible to set a man free after he had committed as many as 50-100 murders himself, so Strauss’ offer to sing was rejected.

During Strauss’ trial, he acted like a lunatic. Strauss refused to shave and came into court with a long, scraggly beard, looking like a bum on the Bowery. Strauss even went so far as to chew on his lawyer’s briefcase straps. But it was to no avail.Strauss was found guilty of the murder of Puggy Feinstein, who Strauss set on fire after he strangled him to death (Turkus said he could have tried Strauss and have him found guilty of at least six other murders). And as a result, Strauss was sentenced to sit in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison.

On June 12, 1941, the day of his execution, Strauss’ last visitor was Evelyn Mittelman. Evelyn kissed Strauss goodbye, and soon he was dead too.

And as far as we can determine, Harry “Pittsburgh Phil” Strauss was the fourth and final victim of “The Kiss of Death.”

Maybe.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Renee Graziano Says She is Behind Her Father Anthony Graziano 100 Per Cent

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January 29, 2012


In a recent post on her Twitter account, Renee Graziano, co-star of “MobWives,” told the world that she is behind her father, Anthony Graziano, 100 percent, and has had no contact with her ex-husband Hector Pagan since he wore a wire and became a rat against her father.

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Renee also posted that the Mob Wives episode which showed her and Pagan reconciling was taped before it became common knowledge that Pagan had gone over to Team America.

In typical Twitter language, Renee posted, “”Aj n I stand behind MY FATHER TG and only MY FATHER wht ur r cin on tv was shot prior 2 jr becoming a ci We have no contact w jr!!!!!!!!” Additionally, she tweeted, “MY father would die and rot in prison 4 ratting anf that’s how his life style shld b WHOEVER comitts the crime DOES the time.”

As a result of of Pagan continually helping the Feds, on January 26, Anthony Graziano was arrested again, along with Vito Balsamo, Nicholas Santora, Anthony Calabrese, James LaForte, and Vincent Badalamenti. All men were charged with “racketeering, extortion, illegal gambling, and conspiracy to distribute marijuana,” If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison.

According to the New York Post, “The massive sweep against the Bonanno leadership stems in part from the assistance of former mob associate Hector Pagan, who is the ex-husband of ‘Mob Wives’ star Renee Graziano.”

Ok, I buy Renee Graziano’s explanation that the episode where she and Pagan were all lovey-dovey again was taped before it became common knowledge Pagan had become a government informant. There is a general lag time of two-three months from when a show is shot and when it airs. But Mob Wives is produced by Renee’s sister Jennifer Graziano and it’s hard to believe that Jennifer could not have told VH1, which televises the show, that the reconciliation between Renee and Pagan was no longer valid. Or at the very least, a disclaimer could have been run in the opening, or closing credits, stating the change in circumstances between Renee Graziano and Hector Pagan.

But I guess the root of all evil is money, and there must be tons of money to be made by everyone associated with the show. So why rock the boat?

Still, it’s hard not to feel a little bit sorry for Renee Graziano and her son AJ; especially the son, who is an innocent bystander in all this drama. The only bad guy here is Pagan Sr.

Truthfully, I just wish that Mob Wives and all other programs like it, would just go away. (Jersey Shore too). They serve no useful purpose except to line the pockets of the participants, and make legitimate Italian-Americans cringe at the over-the-top stereotypes portrayed.

This is what I previously wrote about the Pagan/Graziano situation:

Feds Bust Members of Bonanno Crime Family, Including Father of “Mob Wives” Star Renee Graziano

In a joint FBI-Drug Enforcement Agency bust early morning today, federal agents arrested and charged several high-ranking members of the Bonanno crime family, including the father of Mob Wives star Renee Graziano. According to reports, the bust is thanks in part to former mob associate-turned-DEA informant, Hector “Junior” Pagan, who is Renee’s ex-husband and has appeared on the series numerous times.

Among the others arrested were acting captain Vito Balsamo, Bonanno family capo Nicholas Santora, soldier Anthony Calabrese, and member Vincent Badalamenti. Graziano was already in police custody after a prior conviction, but he was charged in court along with the others arrested today.

According to law enforcement officials, they were all charged with “racketeering, extortion, illegal gambling, and conspiracy to distribute marijuana,” and face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Recent episodes of Mob Wives had shown a reconciliation between Pagan and Renee, but according to Renee’s Twitter account, that was all before the bust. “Aj n I stand behind MY FATHER TG and only MY FATHER wht ur r cin on tv was shot prior 2 jr becoming a ci We have no contact w jr!!!!!!!!” Additionally, she tweeted, “MY father would die and rot in prison 4 ratting anf that’s how his life style shld b WHOEVER comitts the crime DOES the time.”

Graziano was indicted just last week for separate charges of extortion, after Pagan reportedly wore a wire and recorded his conversations with him about collecting a loan shark debt.

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Ex-Son-in-Law Rats on Anthony Graziano

If VHI wants to run another show to complement “Mob Wives” named “Rat Ex-Husbands of Mob Wives,” Hector “Junior” Pagan would undoubtedly be the star.

In a shocking development, Pagan, who was married to “Mob Wives” co-star Renee Graziano, and was a constant presence on the show last season, has joined Team America, and the first person he ratted on was his ex-father-in-law, reputed Bonanno crime family capo Anthony Graziano.

According to published reports on Jerry Capeci’s “Gangland” website (ganglandnews.com), Pagan was looking at big time in prison for the armed robbery of a high-stakes poker game. Instead of doing his time like a man, Pagan agreed to wear a wire while talking to Graziano, while Graziano was finishing up the last stage an eight-year prison bit in home detention. On this wire, Graziano allegedly instructed Pagan to collect $25,000 to smooth over a long-stand loansharking debt of $150,000.

Since “Mob Wives” is advertised as a “Reality Show,” the news of her rat ex-brother-in-law didn’t seem to faze the show’s creator Jennifer Graziano, who is, amazingly enough, another daughter of Anthony Graziano. Ms. Graziano said, “It is a reality show, and I knew this was going to be personal to me going into this. But I didn’t know this was going to happen. We’re making a reality show, and this is the reality of what’s going on.”

It sure is.

Since the show started last season, Anthony Graziano, because he didn’t like them airing out their dirty laundry in public, has refused to talk to either of his daughters. In light of recent developments, it’s a safe bet Anthony Graziano now wishes he hadn’t talked to his ex-son-in-law either.

You can see the articles below at:

 http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2012/01/15/mob-wives-renee-graziano-junior-pagan-video/

 and

 http://starcasm.net/archives/137798

Feds bust high-ranking Bonanno crime family members in sweeping probe

By MITCHEL MADDUX

Last Updated: 1:25 PM, January 27, 2012

Posted: 9:38 AM, January 27, 2012

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Federal agents busted several high-ranking Bonanno crime family members today and charged them with racketeering and extortion, authorities said.

Among those arrested in the joint FBI-Drug Enforcement Administration probe were two senior members of the Bonanno ruling administration, Anthony “TG” Graziano and Vinny Badalamenti, law enforcement sources said.

Bonanno captain Nicky Santoro was also charged in the sweep as were soldiers Vito Balsamo and Anthony Calabrese, sources said.

A Gambino crime family associate, James LaForte, was also arrested in the early morning raids, sources said.

The suspects were scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Brooklyn federal court.

Graziano was already facing previous extortion charges in a separate case.

The massive sweep against the Bonanno leadership stems in part from the assistance of former mob associate Hector Pagan, who is the ex-husband of “Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano.

Pagan is now a DEA informant.

Renee Graziano is the daughter of Anthony Graziano.

Anthony Graziano, 71, was released recently from prison, but then quickly ensnared in an earlier Drug Enforcement Administration probe that pre-dated today’s developments.

In that previous case, Pagan — a Bonanno associate-turned DEA informant — reportedly wore a wire and secretly recorded conversations for the feds with his ex-father-in-law while discussing the collection of a loanshark debt.

Anthony Graziano was indicted by Brooklyn federal prosecutors on those earlier charges just last week.

Renee Graziano is back with Hector Pagan ex-husband Hector Pagan Jr. (a.k.a. Junior) and the father of her son AJ (Anthony John). Hector Pagan Jr.

Last year Junior Pagan was rounded up in a major mob bust, leaving Renee devastated. She briefly got back with her ex-husband, but left him after she found out he was seeing other women.

On tonight’s episode Junior wanted to spend time with Renee in the six months he had while he wanted for his sentencing for the last bust. He told Renee that her brush with death during her plastic surgery nightmare scared him because he didn’t want to lose her. When she asked if he didn’t want to lose her because he was still in love with her, or because he loved her, he replied “both,” which made her break down. Renee replied “I’ve been waiting for this for year. For years I’ve been in love with you, only you.”

She asked him to completely forget all the other girls.

We’re not sure if they’re still together, as this episode was taped several months ago, but Renee tweeted while watching the episode: “I have so much love in my heart 4 my sons father that it hurts @ times.” That’s so sweet! Sounds like Renee and Junior have a very strong bond that won’t ever be broken.

This December we actually learned that Pagan was an FBI informant this year for Renee’s dad Anthony Graziano. Junior was reportedly wearing a wire for a year. That’s bound to create more trouble in the family. Anthony Graziano wasn’t speaking to his daughters Renee and Jennifer (Mob Wives producer) because of the Mob Wives show.

Renee has made it very clear that she doesn’t want her son A.J. to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. She wants him to go to college and make an honest life. Hopefully, with his parents happy, and his father cutting his mob ties, he’ll be able to fulfill his mother’s dream.

Junior Pagan, Mob Wives, Renee Graziano

Renee finally gets the apology that she’s always wanted from Junior. Watch.

At the end of Jan. 8 episode of Mob Wives, Renee Graziano had a serious talk with her ex-husband Junior Pagan — and they decided to try and get back together. During the upcoming Jan. 15 episode, Junior takes Renee to a nice dinner so that they can spend some time talking. But during this emotional dinner, Junior finally admits that he is the reason their marriage fell apart.

You went into prison at 18 years old. You came home at 22. We were married two years later. We were kids,” Renee tells Junior in a preview video. “We got off to a very rocky start right from the beginning. We didn’t have the most successful marriage.”

Junior at first tries to blame Renee. “That’s because you like to control people,” he says. “That’s why we had issues.”

No Junior,” Renee interrupts him. “We didn’t have a successful marriage because you were having affairs.”

Renee explains the story to the camera. “Junior’s cheating started before we even got married,” she reveals. “He kept on cheating. He kept blaming me. Bottom line was the liqueur, the strip bars, his jerk off friends, that’s what happened. That’s why he cheated.”

Junior realizes that Renee is right and does his best to attempt an apology. “Listen, I made mistakes, tons of them,” he confesses. “So did you. [But] I did the most damage.”

You’ve never admitted any of this ever,” Renee cries. “It’s 22 years I’ve been waiting for this. I’ve been in therapy for this for 22 years. I’ve been waiting for you to just acknowledge that it hurt. That was it.”

Junior seems truly sorry for his past. “I didn’t know it was hurting,” he returns. “I didn’t know what I was doing.”

I think with life’s experience now, [we] can make it that much better,” he continues. “I’m having a good time. We are talking without fighting,”

Renee agrees to try.

We are exclusive,” Junior smiles.

You can view the articles below at:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/feds_bust_high_ranking_bonanno_crime_SjuoWjmjK2oE2BAVWKlCcL

http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/01/feds-bust-members-of-bonanno-crime-family-including-father-of-mob-wives-star-renee-graziano

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Renee Graziano and Rat Ex- Husband Hector Pagan Back Together

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January 17, 2012

Real life is stranger than fiction.

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This is a classic love story. Girl meets boy. Girl marries boy. Boy cheats on girl. Boy and girl get divorced. Boy wears a wire while talking to girl’s father. Girl’s father goes back to jail.

Boy and girl get back together. Live happily ever after.

What???

You gotta be kidding me!!!

Renee Graziano, co-star of the ridiculously bad reality TV show “Mob  Wives,” is back with her ex-hubby Hector Pagan. This is after it became big news that Pagan was wearing a wire when he recently spoke with Graziano’s father, reputed Bonanno crime family capo Anthony Graziano. On this wire, Graziano Sr. was allegedly heard telling Pagan to collect on a long-overdue usurious loan. If this wasn’t bad enough for Graziano Sr., he was on the last leg of an eight-year prison term (home detention), and subsequently, because of the tape, Graziano Sr. was sent back to jail. (He did not pass “Go” and he did not collect the customary $200.)

The original reason why Renee Graziano broke up with Pagan was because he was a cheating fool with other woman. On a January episode of “Mafia Wives,” Renee Graziano and Pagan were featured explaining their past problems.

“You went into prison at 18 years old. You came home at 22. We were married two years later. We were kids,” Renee told Pagan. “We got off to a very rocky start right from the beginning. We didn’t have the most successful marriage.”

Pagan cooed back, “Listen, I made mistakes, tons of them. So did you. But I did the most damage.”

“You’ve never admitted any of this ever,” Renee said. “It’s 22 years I’ve been waiting for this. I’ve been in therapy for this for 22 years. I’ve been waiting for you to just acknowledge that it hurt. That was it.”

“I didn’t know it was hurting,” Pagan said. “I didn’t know what I was doing. I think with life’s experience now, we can make it that much better. I’m having a good time. We are talking without fighting.”

Renee, with tears in her eyes said, “I’ve been waiting for this for years. For years I’ve been in love with you, only you.”

“We are exclusive,” Junior said.

Then while the show was airing, Renee Graziano tweeted, “I have so much love in my heart 4 my sons father that it hurts @ times.”

This is the cue for all you readers to puke.

Since Renee Graziano has co-starred in “Mob Wives” (with four other gaudy guidettes), which is produced by her sister Jennifer Graziano, Graziano Sr. has not spoken to either of his daughters. Nevertheless, it boggles the mind how Renee Graziano could ever go back to the man who just put her father back in prison.

Real life is stranger than fiction.

This is what I previously wrote about the Pagan/Graziano situation:

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Ex-Son-in-Law Rats on Anthony Graziano

If VHI wants to run another show to complement “Mob Wives” named “Rat Ex-Husbands of MMob afia Wives,” Hector “Junior” Pagan would undoubtedly be the star.

In a shocking development, Pagan, who was married to “Mob Wives” co-star Renee Graziano, and was a constant presence on the show last season, has joined Team America, and the first person he ratted on was his ex-father-in-law, reputed Bonanno crime family capo Anthony Graziano.

According to published reports on Jerry Capeci’s “Gangland” website (ganglandnews.com), Pagan was looking at big time in prison for the armed robbery of a high-stakes poker game. Instead of doing his time like a man, Pagan agreed to wear a wire while talking to Graziano, while Graziano was finishing up the last stage an eight-year prison bit in home detention. On this wire, Graziano allegedly instructed Pagan to collect $25,000 to smooth over a long-stand loansharking debt of $150,000.

Since “Mob Wives” is advertised as a “Reality Show,” the news of her rat ex-brother-in-law didn’t seem to faze the show’s creator Jennifer Graziano, who is, amazingly enough, another daughter of Anthony Graziano. Ms. Graziano said, “It is a reality show, and I knew this was going to be personal to me going into this. But I didn’t know this was going to happen. We’re making a reality show, and this is the reality of what’s going on.”

It sure is.

Since the show started last season, Anthony Graziano, because he didn’t like them airing out their dirty laundry in public, has refused to talk to either of his daughters. In light of recent developments, it’s a safe bet Anthony Graziano now wishes he hadn’t talked to his ex-son-in-law either.

You can see the articles below at:

http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2012/01/15/mob-wives-renee-graziano-junior-pagan-video/

 and

 http://starcasm.net/archives/137798

Renee Graziano is back with Hector Pagan ex-husband Hector Pagan Jr. (a.k.a. Junior) and the father of her son AJ (Anthony John). Hector Pagan Jr.

Last year Junior Pagan was rounded up in a major mob bust, leaving Renee devastated. She briefly got back with her ex-husband, but left him after she found out he was seeing other women.

On tonight’s episode Junior wanted to spend time with Renee in the six months he had while he wanted for his sentencing for the last bust. He told Renee that her brush with death during her plastic surgery nightmare scared him because he didn’t want to lose her. When she asked if he didn’t want to lose her because he was still in love with her, or because he loved her, he replied “both,” which made her break down. Renee replied “I’ve been waiting for this for year. For years I’ve been in love with you, only you.”

She asked him to completely forget all the other girls.

We’re not sure if they’re still together, as this episode was taped several months ago, but Renee tweeted while watching the episode: “I have so much love in my heart 4 my sons father that it hurts @ times.” That’s so sweet! Sounds like Renee and Junior have a very strong bond that won’t ever be broken.

This December we actually learned that Pagan was an FBI informant this year for Renee’s dad Anthony Graziano. Junior was reportedly wearing a wire for a year. That’s bound to create more trouble in the family. Anthony Graziano wasn’t speaking to his daughters Renee and Jennifer (Mob Wives producer) because of the Mob Wives show.

Renee has made it very clear that she doesn’t want her son A.J. to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. She wants him to go to college and make an honest life. Hopefully, with his parents happy, and his father cutting his mob ties, he’ll be able to fulfill his mother’s dream.

Junior Pagan, Mob Wives, Renee Graziano

Renee finally gets the apology that she’s always wanted from Junior. Watch.

At the end of Jan. 8 episode of Mob Wives, Renee Graziano had a serious talk with her ex-husband Junior Pagan — and they decided to try and get back together. During the upcoming Jan. 15 episode, Junior takes Renee to a nice dinner so that they can spend some time talking. But during this emotional dinner, Junior finally admits that he is the reason their marriage fell apart.

You went into prison at 18 years old. You came home at 22. We were married two years later. We were kids,” Renee tells Junior in a preview video. “We got off to a very rocky start right from the beginning. We didn’t have the most successful marriage.”

Junior at first tries to blame Renee. “That’s because you like to control people,” he says. “That’s why we had issues.”

No Junior,” Renee interrupts him. “We didn’t have a successful marriage because you were having affairs.”

Renee explains the story to the camera. “Junior’s cheating started before we even got married,” she reveals. “He kept on cheating. He kept blaming me. Bottom line was the liqueur, the strip bars, his jerk off friends, that’s what happened. That’s why he cheated.”

Junior realizes that Renee is right and does his best to attempt an apology. “Listen, I made mistakes, tons of them,” he confesses. “So did you. [But] I did the most damage.”

You’ve never admitted any of this ever,” Renee cries. “It’s 22 years I’ve been waiting for this. I’ve been in therapy for this for 22 years. I’ve been waiting for you to just acknowledge that it hurt. That was it.”

Junior seems truly sorry for his past. “I didn’t know it was hurting,” he returns. “I didn’t know what I was doing.”

I think with life’s experience now, [we] can make it that much better,” he continues. “I’m having a good time. We are talking without fighting,”

Renee agrees to try.

We are exclusive,” Junior smiles.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – 43 NY City Gang Members Arrested For Blabbing on the Internet

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Like Forrest Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

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In an amazing display of idiocy, 43 members of two waring New York City gangs were arrested by the New York City police because they bragged on the Internet about their crimes, including murders. The arrests capped an investigation on the web that stated in June 2010 called “Operation Tidal Wave.”

According to the arrest indictments, members of the Hood Starz and the Wave Gang used the Internet to brag about violent crimes, including six murders, they committed in Brownsville, Brooklyn. In addition to the murders, authorities linked the gangs to 32 shootings, 36 robberies, two burglaries, seven grand larcenies and 33 arrests for gun possession. The Hood Starz are generally from the Marcus Garvey Houses, while members of the Wave Gang lived at the Langston Hughes Houses.

“The gangs had a longstanding feud over territory, leading to wanton and reckless behavior where kids would shoot at each other because they were in the wrong gang or on the wrong street or in front of the wrong building,” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said. (Hynes didn’t mention that the people arrested had the collective I.Q.’s of a Pet Rock.)

Mistakingly thinking that their “code words” could not be deciphered by anyone other than other gang members, these dolts posted on social websites such as Twitter and Facebook (and also on Utube) conversations that included invading enemy turf — “going to the beach,” and shootings – “clapped him off the surfboard.”

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the press, “The officers who made this case became experts in the lexicon as they followed gang members on Twitter, on Facebook and on YouTube.”

There have always been criminals who weren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer. But with the explosion of the social media sites on the Internet, where you can post that you just got married, hit a high score on “Mafia Wars,” or caught a fifty-pound fish in a bathtub, it is beyond comprehension that someone would post on a social site, even in code, that they just KILLED SOMEBODY!!

If gangs members, or criminals of any kind, can’t keep their traps shut on the Internet, the degree of difficulty in catching the bad guys throughout the world just became infinitely easier.

You can view the article below at:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/hood-starz-wave-gang-brooklyn-busted-web-crime-article-1.1009020

Hood Starz and Wave Gang of Brooklyn not :) after getting busted for using Web for crime

Gangbangers burned up Twitter and Facebook bragging in own lingo about shootings, while cops followed their posts

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By Joe Kemp / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

NYPD didn’t need warrants or wiretaps when gangs dropped dime on themselves over the Web.

Crossing into rival turf was known as “going to the beach” and when a gang member was gunned down, enemies said the shooter “clapped him off the surfboard.”

The unique language posted on social media sites by members of warring Brooklyn street gangs not only gave cops a glimpse into their coded communications — it also led to 43 arrests.

The officers who made this case became experts in the lexicon as they followed gang members on Twitter, on Facebook and on YouTube,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a press conference announcing the arrests.

Police said members of the Hood Starz and the Wave Gang took to the web to brag about violent crime in Brownsville. Law enforcement sources said gang investigators have increased their monitoring of social networking sites.

In this case, social media chatter helped link the gangs to six murders since June 2010 during an 18-month probe dubbed “Operation Tidal Wave.”

The online boasts also revealed colorful nicknames for the gang members. Members of the Wave Gang were called “Woo” and members of the Hood Starz were called “Chew,” Kelly said.

The Hood Starz are generally from the Marcus Garvey Houses, while members of the Wave Gang repped the Langston Hughes Houses, police said.

Among the suspects in the sweeping indictment was Sahiah (Uzi) Davis, 16, a member of the Wave Gang. She was already at Rikers, held without bail after being slapped with a murder charge in August. She’s accused of killing another teen in Brownsville.

The indictment details a slew of charges, including murder, conspiracy to commit murder and robbery. The NYPD, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office and the city’s special narcotics prosecutor conducted the investigation.

In addition to the murders, authorities linked the gangs to 32 shootings, 36 robberies, two burglaries, seven grand larcenies and 33 arrests for gun possession. A shootout in August involving the gangs wounded a 9-year-old boy and his father, authorities said.

The suspects are between 15 and 21.

The gangs had a longstanding feud over territory, leading to wanton and reckless behavior where kids would shoot at each other because they were in the wrong gang or on the wrong street or in front of the wrong building,” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Duhre Brother Killed

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It looks like it might become an all-out gang war in Vancouver, and it’s the restaurant and retail businesses that may be hit next.

Sandip (Dip) Singh Duhre, one of the three dangerous Duhre brothers, was shot to death in a hail of bullets in a crowded restaurant in the north tower of the Sheraton Wall Centre on Burrard Street. Duhre, along with his brothers Balraj, 38, and Paul, 35, headed the powerful Duhre Group, which is estimated by the Vancouver police to have anywhere from 50-100 members. The Duhres are also suspected of involvement in the Kelowna casino shooting that killed Abbotsford’s Jonathan Bacon and wounded full-patch Hells Angel Larry Amero and James Riach of the Independent Soldiers gang.

The Duhre Group is alligned with the Dhak gang, whose leader, Gurmit Singh Dhak, 32, was shot to death at Metrotown shopping center on October 16, 2010. The Dhaks are now led by 27-year-old Sukh Dhak.

“We have information that leads us to believe that anybody associated with the Duhre or Dhak group is subject to retaliation or to violence from other gangs they’re in conflict with,” said Supt. Tom McCluskie of the Vancouver police.

The brazenness of the killing of Sandip Duhre should send shivers down the spines of Vancouver residents.

Constable Lindsey Houghton said, “These are incidents that put the innocent public at risk for their lives.”

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For years, this was how the Chinese gangs in New York City’s Chinatown operated. When they wanted to kill someone, who just happened to be eating peacefully in a restaurant, they came in with guns blazing, and sometimes a poor innocent person got his belly filled with lead by accident. The Italian Mafia, on the other hand, planned out their killings in such a manner that it was extremely rare that an innocent civilian ever got hurt.

Hopefully, the Vancouver gangs will followed the lead of the Mafia, and stop killing people in crowded places. Otherwise, the restaurants in Vancouver may have a surplus of empty seats, and shopping centers will have more employees than customers.

You can view the articles below at:

 http://www.theprovince.com/news/Gunned+down+gangster+Sandip+Duhre+dodged+murder+plot+years/6016123/story.html

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Duhre+brother+killed+targeted+shooting+Wall+Centre+restaurant/6011351/story.html?cid=megadrop_story

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By MIKE RAPTIS AND CHERYL CHAN, The Province January 19, 2012

Sandip (Dip) Singh Duhre, 36 — killed in a hail of bullets at a downtown restaurant Tuesday — was a notorious gangster marked for death since 2005.

Sandip, along with his brothers Balraj, 38, and Paul, 35, headed the powerful Duhre Group, whose 50 to 100 “street soldiers” have controlled much of the drug trade in the Fraser Valley since the 2010 arrests of rival leaders from the United Nations and Red Scorpions.

The shooting comes less than a week after well known Vancouver gangster Ranjit Singh Cheema was released from a U.S. prison.

He had been sentenced in California to five years in prison for his role in a major drug-smuggling operation.

Cheema was a one-time associate of notorious gangster Bindy Johal before Johal was gunned down in December 1998.

The Duhres are also suspected of involvement in the Kelowna casino shooting that killed Abbotsford’s Jonathan Bacon and wounded full-patch Hells Angel Larry Amero and James Riach of the Independent Soldiers gang. A young woman whose uncle is the president of the Haney Hells Angel chapter was shot in the neck and paralyzed that day.

We are aware of the connections here and they are part of the investigations,” a police source told The Province Wednesday.

Vancouver police say they are still investigating the city’s first homicide of 2012 and have not yet confirmed the identity of the victim.

Constable Lindsey Houghton said police were called to the restaurant in the north tower of the Sheraton Wall Centre on Burrard Street shortly after 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Multiple shots were fired in the restaurant, which was busy with patrons, Houghton said.

Police have no information on suspects and were interviewing about a dozen witnesses as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Houghton said,

These are incidents that put the innocent public at risk for their lives,” Houghton said of the brazen shooting, which left a bullet hole and splattered blood on a second-story window of the restaurant.

In September 2011, the Gang Task Force issued a public warning regarding the dangerous Dhak gang and their allies, the Duhres — who were trying to spread across Metro Vancouver after reportedly extending their empire to Smithers in northern B.C. in 2010.

We have information that leads us to believe that anybody associated with the Duhre or Dhak group is subject to retaliation or to violence from other gangs they’re in conflict with,” said Supt. Tom McCluskie at the time.

The Duhre brothers grew up in North Vancouver and were one-time associates of the late Bindy Johal.

Best-selling author of Indo-Canadian crime novels Ranj Dhaliwal knew of Sandip Duhre in his younger years and said Sandip “understood the level of violence that comes along with the underworld.”

From what I saw, and a side most will never know about Sandip from his youth, was that he liked to have fun — a joker that liked to pull pranks. He was intelligent … his whole family is,” said Dhaliwal.

In 1997, police swooped in on the Duhres’ Surrey home and arrested all three brothers as well as Johal.

The Duhre group is in alliance with some United Nations members as well as the Dhak gang, whose kingpin, Gurmit Singh Dhak, 32, was shot dead at Metrotown shopping centre on October 16, 2010.

The Dhaks are now led by 27-year-old Sukh Dhak.

Sandip survived multiple attempts on his life before his murder Tuesday.

In May 2005, an attempted hit on Sandip at a Surrey convenience store took the life of his Egyptian-born friend, Dean Mohamed Elshamy.

Sandip would escape another targeted hit three months later in August of 2005 after the black BMW he and his brother Balraj were riding in was shot at in East Vancouver.

The bullets, reportedly from an automatic firearm, bounced off the passenger window of the bulletproof sedan.

Balraj has also been in the crosshairs of rival gang members, surviving a bullet wound to the face in a 2003 Surrey shooting, as well as escaping wounded from a targeted shooting in an East Vancouver Vietnamese restaurant in 2005 — only one month after the BMW he and Sandip were riding in was riddled with bullets.

In 2009, Sandip was the target of a foiled murder-for-hire plot meant to have taken place at his Surrey home.

Police learned of the plot after the hit man turned into an informant and implicated middleman Aleksander Radjenovic — who supplied the firearms and stash-house for three targeted hits that were never carried out.

It was reported that Sandip had been living outside of B.C. in 2009 after the attempted hits, but moved back into Surrey and continued to frequent the Abbotsford area.

Sandip had largely avoided the law, being previously convicted of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats, and obstructing a police officer.

His most recent run-in with police was in Surrey in March 2011 when he was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and fleeing from a police officer.

Dhaliwal said Sandip’s death will likely be avenged.

When an old-school guy like Sandip gets killed there is no question that there will be retaliation. He knew a lot of people throughout the years” said Dhaliwal.

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Duhre brother killed in targeted shooting at Wall Centre restaurant

By Sean Sullivan, The Province January 18, 2012

Well-known gangster Sandip “Dip” Duhre was shot and killed Tuesday night at a busy restaurant in the Sheraton Wall Centre — and where the U.S. women’s soccer team happened to be staying.

News of the brazen public shooting was published in major U.S. outlets including the Washington Post and CBS’ website, fuelled by a tweet by goalie Hope Solo.

Saved by our instant yoga session. Was about to walk to starbucks when all hell broke loose in the lobby of our hotel! Life is precious …,” tweeted Solo last night.

A spokesman for the U.S. team said no one on the team witnessed the incident.

The team is in town for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, which begins Thursday at B.C. Place.

Vancouver Police are still investigating the shooting, which is the city’s first homicide of 2012.

Police have not yet confirmed the identity of the victim but the Province has learned that he was one of the three Duhre brothers, a gang active in the region’s drug trade.

Const. Lindsey Houghton said police were called to the restaurant in the north tower of the Sheraton Wall Centre on Burrard Street shortly after 8:45 p.m.

Multiple shots were fired in the restaurant, which was busy with patrons, Houghton said.

Police have no information on suspects, he said.

These are incidents that put the innocent public at risk for their lives,” Houghton said of the brazen shooting, which follows closely on the heels of other, high-profile shootings in downtown Vancouver.

Homicide investigators were busy interviewing about a dozen witnesses as of 11 p.m., Houghton said.

Police were seen setting up exhibit markers near a single bullet hole and what appeared to be a blood splatter.

In September, the Gang Task Force issued a public warning regarding the Duhre and Dhak gangs.

We have information that leads us to believe that anybody associated with the Duhre or Dhak group is subject to retaliation or to violence from other gangs they’re in conflict with,” Supt. Tom McCluskie, head of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s Gang Task Force, said.

To the families, friends and associates of the two groups, and to the young people who may want to join the gangs, McCluskie had this message:

You may not be part of this gang. You may just be a hang-around. You may think it’s some sort of social situation for you but, if you’re there, if you’re in their proximity, you’re in danger.”

Vancouver had 15 homicides last year. Three of those were unsolved, including the daylight shooting of Thuy Yen “Jenny” Vu in a BMW SUV outside her home in south Vancouver on Dec. 14.

The city had nine homicides in 2010 and 18 in 2009, when the Lower Mainland was rocked by a wave of gang-related shootings.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – The Cotton Club

Posted in biography, bootleggers, criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, murder, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2012 by Joe Bruno's Blogs


THE BLACKS WERE ON THE STAGE.

THE WHITES WERE AT THE TABLES.

THE MOBSTERS WERE BEHIND THE SCENES.

AND SOMEHOW THE MAGIC TOUCHED THEM ALL – Jim Haskins – “The Cotton Club.”

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In the 1890′s, Harlem was the land speculator’s dream. The elevated railroad lines that had been extended to 129th Street in Manhattan, had transformed the area from the hinterlands to what was called “The Great Migration.”

At the time, black families lived mostly in the area between Thirty-Seventh Streets and Fifty-Eight Streets, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. The upper crust of society viewed Harlem as the next step for the upwardly mobile, and as a result, splendorous townhouses costing thousands more than comparables downtown, were being built as fast as the Harlem land could be purchased by the land speculators.

By 1905, the bottom of the Harlem real estate market fell though the floor. The land speculators were forced to face the fact that the townhouse had been built too quick, and that the prices were far above what the people were prepared to pay for them.

On the verge of bankruptcy, the land speculators used tactics that today would be illegal. They decided to rent their buildings to black tenants, far above what they would charge white tenants. Then, in a frenzy to recapture their losses, the land speculators approached white building owners and told them if they didn’t purchase vacant buildings they would rent them out exclusively to blacks, thereby reducing the value of the white landowner’s properties. The white landowners didn’t bite, so the land speculators made good on their promises. Whites began moving out of Harlem in droves, replaced by black families who had never lived in such a fine neighborhood before. Black churches followed their congregations from the slums of Manhattan to the splendor of Harlem, and by the early 1920′s, Harlem was the largest black community in the United States.

However, most blacks could not afford the high rents charged by the white building owners, so they took in tenants, causing two and sometimes three families to live in a one, or two-bedroom apartment. Coinciding with the overcrowding of Harlem, came the influx of illegal enterprises, such as numbers runners, houses of prostitution, and drug dealers. This was counteracted somewhat when prosperous blacks, mostly in the entertainment business, decided Harlem was where they could showcase their talents in a neighborhood filled with people of their own race. Fritz Pollard, noted All-American football player, who made his money in the real estate, moved to Harlem, as did fellow All-America football player Paul Robeson — destined to hone an outstanding career acting and singing on stage. They were quickly followed by famous singers like Ethel Walters and Florance Mills, and Harlem was ready for a renaissance equal to that of the glowing White Way on Broadway.

However, when there was money to be made, white gangsters like Dutch Schultz and Owney “The Killer” Madden were ready to jump in and take the profits, by force if necessary, which is the way they did business anyway. Schultz muscled his way into the Harlem numbers business, chasing out such black notables as Madam Stephanie St. Claire and Caspar Holstein. And during the height of Prohibition, Madden had his eyes on the perfect place to sell his bootleg booze: The Club Deluxe on 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue.

The Club Deluxe was owned by former world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion of the world. Whereas, Johnson was proficient with his fists, Madden and his formidable crew were good with guns, knives, and bats. A few choice words, backed with the threat of violence, with few meager bucks thrown in, and Johnson handed over Club Deluxe to Madden and his partner/manager George “Big Frenchy” DeMange. The two gangsters renamed it The Cotton Club.

Not to totally insult a black man with the prestige of Johnson, Madden threw Johnson a bone, and let him hang around the joint, resplendent in a tuxedo. Johnson would smile and tell everyone who asked that he was the assistant manager under DeMange.

To understand why such a great heavyweight boxer like Johnson would cower before Madden, who was barely five-foot-five-inches and 140 pounds after a huge dinner, one would have to be made aware of Madden’s background.

Owen “Owney” Madden was born at 25 Somerset Street, in Leeds, England, on December 18, 1891. In need of work, his father moved the Madden family to Liverpool. In 1903, when young Madden was only 12, his father died, and his mother re-located her family to America, settling on the West Side of Manhattan, in a neighborhood called “Hells Kitchen.”

Madden fell in with a boisterous gang known as the Gophers. He became proficient in the favored crimes of the era: robberies, muggings, and labor racket beatings. In order to hurt and intimidate, Madden’s favorite weapon was a lead pipe, wrapped in newspaper.

Madden made a ton of money in a racket called the “insurance business.” As the president of his own “insurance company,” Madden would visit the local establishments and tell the business owners that the owner needed “bomb insurance,” in case foreigners, or maybe even Madden himself, decided to bomb the businessman’s store. The business owners caught wind quick, and paid Madden what he demanded. If they didn’t pay Madden, that’s businessman’s stores would go up in flames and debris in a matter of days, and sometimes even hours. While Madden was a member of the Gophers, and making tons of money in his “insurance business,” he was arrested 44 times, but not once did he ever go to prison.

When Madden was 17, he earned his nickname “The Killer.” A poor Italian immigrant did nothing wrong, except cross paths with Madden on a street in Hell’s Kitchen. In front of a crowd of his fellow Gophers, and whomever else was standing on the street that day, Madden pulled out a gun and shot the Italian dead. Then Madden stood over the dead body and announced to the assembled crowd, “I’m Owney Madden!”

By the time he was 23, Madden had at least five other murders to his credit. Hence the nickname – “The Killer.”

However, Madden thought he was bulletproof, until November 6th, 1912, at the Arbor Dance Hall, which was in the heart of the territory controlled by the Gopher’s rivals: the Hudson Dusters. Madden strolled into the hall by himself, like he had nary a care in the world, during a dance given by the Dave Hyson Association. Madden was watching the proceedings from the balcony, when eleven Hudson Dusters surrounded him and shot Madden six times. Madden was rushed to the hospital, where a detective asked Madden who had shot him.

“Nothin’ doin,’” Madden said. “It’s no business but mine who put these slugs into me. My boys will get them.”

By the time Madden was released from the hospital, six of his eleven assailants had already been shot dead.

While Madden was recuperating from his wounds, one of his fellow Gophers, Little Patsy Doyle, figured he’d take control of Madden’s gang. Doyle was also intent on taking back his former girlfriend, Freda Horner, who now was the sole property of Madden. Miss Horner told Madden about Doyle’s intentions, and as a result, Madden told Miss Horner to tell Doyle she would be glad to meet him for a date at a saloon on Eighth Avenue and 41st Street. When Doyle arrived, dressed to the nines and all smiles, two of Madden’s gunmen shot Doyle dead.

Being the obvious suspect, Madden was arrested three days later for the murder of Little Patsy Doyle. At Madden’s trial, he was shocked to discover that Miss Horner had betrayed him too. Miss Horner testified in court that it was Madden who had set up the Doyle murder. As a result, Madden was convicted and sentenced to 10-20 years in Sing Sing Prison. He did only eight years, and was released in 1923, just in time to strong-arm Jack Johnson into selling him the Club Deluxe, a.k.a.— The Cotton Club. By this time Madden was big into bootlegging with his partner Big Bill Dwyer, and the Cotton Club was the perfect place to sell their illegal hootch, especially their famous Madden No. 1 beer, which was considered the best brew in New York City. They took in a legitimate guy named Herman Stark as their front man/partner/stage manager, but the show within the show was completely run by Madden and DeMange.

According to Jim Haskins book The Cotton Club, when Madden and DeMange took over the joint they redid the entire interior “to cater to the white downtowner’s taste for the primitive.” The club was made over in “jungle decor,” with numerous artificial palm trees dotted throughout the spacious establishment, which had seating for 700 people. The most exquisite draperies, tablecloths, and fixtures were purchased, indicating this was a “plush late-night supper club,” and the exorbitant prices highlighted that fact. The menu was varied. Besides the traditional steaks and chops, the Cotton Club cooks drummed up Chinese and Mexican dishes, as well as “Harlem” cuisine like fried chicken and barbecued spareribs.

DeMange presided over the front door like a tyrant. One rule was perfectly clear. Although the waiters, busboys, bartenders, cooks, service personnel, and performers were all black, no black people were allowed inside as customers. (The name itself – The Cotton Club — came from the light brown color of undyed cotton.) The chorus girls had to be “tall, tan, and terrific” which meant that they had to be at least 5-feet-6-inches tall, light skinned, and no older than twenty-one. The girls also had to be expert dancers, and at least be able to carry a tune. For some unknown reason, there was no color-shade restriction on the black male dancers, who were all proficient in “high-stepping, gyrating and snake-dancing.”

To show how strict Madden and DeMange were about their policy of segregation, about a month before their second grand opening, (The Cotton Club was closed by Prohibition agents for a while, ever though the local cops were on the pad), the following job interview took place. Present were Madden and DeMange, along with their choreographer Althea Fuller, and their orchestra conductor Andy Preer. The girl being interviewed was Queenie Duchamp.

DeMange to Madden: Boss, when is the club going to be ready to open?

Madden: The pigs won’t cause us trouble for a time. They know if we’re forced to close for bootlegging they won’t get their bonuses. As it is, they’re missing the extra padding and the boys have been complaining to the Sarge. Yeah, they’ve learned their lesson. As for the club’s show… let’s ask Althea and Andy.

DeMange to Preer: Andy, how’s the pit? Ready for next month’s opening?

Preer: We will be. If Althea gets her girls ready, the pit is ready to stomp.

Althea Fuller: Boss, we had a setback. One of the girls went and found a “moral conscience.” She’s following her sister, a Garveyite, back to Africa. Shame, she was a looker in the front line. Don’t worry, Boss, I’ve already got replacements ready to audition for you today. One of them looks promising and comes with a recommendation. She’s in the front row, third one in … Queenie Duchamp. First, let’s see if she can remember the steps she was taught this morning.

(Andy Preer leads the orchestra in “I’ve Found a New Baby” and 5 dancing girls audition. Queenie Duchamp is third from the left.)

Madden: Keep the third and the fifth. The other girls are too dark and short. Althea, make sure you grill them about rules and rehearsals. We are NOT running a gut bucket operation here.

(Madden leaves with his bodyguards)

Fuller: Queenie, come here. You got the job on a few conditions.

Queenie: Anything you want Miss Fuller.

Fuller: Number one – No booze, No boys, No drugs. No exceptions.

Queenie: Yes, Miss.

Fuller: Number two- Rehearsals are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting at 1:00 p.m. sharp. All rehearsals are MANDATORY and lateness will not be accepted. I don’t know what you’ve heard, but rehearsals here are grueling and performances are long with many elaborate costume changes. That means you can’t afford to be draggin’ your ass around here. Make sure you eat and get your rest. Do you understand?

Queenie: Yes, Miss Fuller.

Fuller: Number three – No mixing with the patrons. There are about 700 whitefolk that walk through those doors every night. And according to Mr. Madden, they only have one goal here and that’s to spend money. They come here to hear the best Negro music and dance numbers in the city. They might act like they want to be your friend after a couple of drinks, but they don’t. Mr. Madden doesn’t want the races mixin’ and as far as I’m concerned, I think that’s better for business anyway.

DeMange: If a white customer starts to give you a problem or tries to make a connection with you, tell me. I’ll take care of it. It’s happened before. Sometimes these rich people get a couple drinks in them and they think they own the world. Don’t worry about it, just let me know. We run a tight ship here.

Queenie: Yes, Mr. DeMange. No problem Ms. Fuller. I am an entertainer and I understand the importance of practice. In fact, I’m a singer, a blues singer! If you ever need a singer ….. (Ms. Fuller and Mr. DeMange look at each other.)

Fuller: Look, missy. Your goal here is to dance, smile and follow the rules… not sing. Got it?

Queenie: Yes, Miss Fuller. Got it.

Fuller: Another thing… stay out of trouble. You’re a looker and the club world can be dirty and dangerous. It doesn’t have to be though. Keep to yourself and whatever you do, stay out of Mr. Madden’s way. If you do this, you’ll be fine. Now go to wardrobe for a fitting.

Queenie: Yes and Thank you, Miss Fuller.

The Cotton Club was an immediate success with the downtown swells. On opening night, the Fletcher Henderson band entertained the crowd (Henderson’s band was the house band until June 1931). Through radio broadcasts originating nightly from the Cotton Club, Henderson’s band was such a success, he became one of the most sought after band leaders in America. Following Henderson was the Duke Ellington Band (until 1934), and then Cab Calloway and the Cotton Club Orchestra.

Despite the fact the only booze served on the premises was Madden’s No. 1 beer, customers were allowed, even encouraged, to bring their own booze they had obtained illegally elsewhere. Of course, the management had a hefty set-up charge, which included the glasses, ice, and the mixers. If a customer came unprepared and still wanted booze instead of beer, the doorman, and sometimes even a waiter, came in handy. A bottle of champagne could cost a customer $30, and a bottle of scotch – $18, a kingly sum in those days. But the customers were well-healed, and nobody ever gripped about the prices; at least, nobody who cared about their continued good health.

After a while, DeMange and Madden lightened up a bit on the “no-black-customers-allowed” policy. This happened in 1932, right after W.C. Handy, known as “The King of the Blues,” was denied admission, even though the Duke Ellington Band was inside playing songs that Handy had written. Ellington pleaded his case to Madden, and Madden agreed to loosen his policy. But just a little bit.

Light-skinned blacks were now allowed in as customers, and a few darker blacks, who were famous entertainers themselves. However, blacks in mixed parties was a definite no-no.

Writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten wrote, “There were brutes at the door to enforce the Cotton Club’s policy which was opposed to mixed parties.”

Jim Haskins wrote in The Cotton Club, “Only the lightest-complexioned Negroes gained entrance, and even they were carefully screened. The club’s management was aware that most white downtowners wanted to observe Harlem blacks, not with mix with them.”

Even famed comedian Jimmy Durante displayed blatant racism when he said, “It isn’t necessary to mix with colored people if you don’t feel like it. You have your own party and keep to yourself. But it’s worth seeing. How they step!”

Durante went as far as to intimate that blacks were innately more violent than whites. “Racial lines are drawn here to prevent possible trouble,” Durante said. “Nobody wants razors, blackjacks or fists flying. And the chances of war are less if there’s no mixing.”

Madden and DeMange, and the Cotton Club, suffered a little setback, when on July 15th , 1931, Irish hoodlum Vincent “Mad Dog” Cole saw how much cash the Cotton Club was raking in, and decided to take a piece of the pie for himself. Cole did this by brazenly kidnapping DeMange and holding him for ransom. Madden forked over $35,000 to Cole to get his partner/manager back, but there was no satisfying Cole. Even knowing that Madden had put a $50,000 bounty on Cole’s head, in March of 1932, Cole, hiding from the police (and Madden), and desperate for money, phoned Madden and demanded $100,000 not to kidnap Madden.

Cole, who was holed up in the Cornish Arms Hotel on West 23rd Street with his wife Lottie, told Madden, “Imagine how the Dagos and Kikes is gonna feel when they have to shell out a hundred grand to save your sorry ass. Pay me now, up front, and I’ll save you the trouble.”

While smiling on the inside, Madden told Cole he’d think about it. Madden knew this was his opportunity to get rid of Cole, and his kidnappings, once and for all.

On March 8, 1932, Madden phoned Cole and told Cole to call him from the phone booth at the New London Pharmacy, across the street from Cornish Arms, and he’d make arrangement for the hundred grand to be delivered to Cole. While Cole was in the drug store phone booth in the back speaking on the phone to Madden, a man with a machine gun hidden under his long coat, calmly walked up to Cole and emptied 15 rounds into Cole, making Madden and DeMange happy and relieved, to say the least.

In 1933, after he settled a little problem with the IRS, and with Prohibition now over, Madden decided to call it a day. He handed over the reigns of the Cotton Club to DeMange, and hightailed it to Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he opened a hotel/spa, which became the favorite hideout for New York mobsters on the lam from the law. In fact, when New York Mafioso Lucky Luciano was in hiding, because a bulldog special prosecutor named Thomas E. Dewey had a warrant for Luciano’s arrest on a trumped-up prostitution charge, it was at Madden’s resort where Luciano was finally arrested after four months on the run.

Of course, Madden was still a silent partner with DeMange in the Cotton Club, but the huge profits would soon diminish, before coming to a halt in Harlem.

It started with the Great Depression, which had cut down dramatically on the disposable income of the rich, and the formerly rich. Downtown revelers who had frequented the Cotton Club came less often, and when they did come, they spent less money. These same revelers got caught up in the street gang mentality, and as a result, an avalanches of bullets stared flying in Harlem; whites shooting blacks, blacks shooting whites, and members of the same race slinging shots at each other. With so much lead zinging though the Harlem air, white-oriented Harlem clubs like the Cotton Club suffered a dramatic decrease in attendance.

In addition, no area of America was affected more by the Depression than Harlem. By 1934, according to the New York Urban League, more than 80% of Harlem residents were on “Home Relief,” which we now call Welfare. The Reverend Adam Clayton Powell fanned the flames of racial tensions when he started leading boycotts of white-owned stores in Harlem, in order to force them to hire more black workers. Despair and resentment sprung up in the streets of Harlem, and this lead to a fateful day in Harlem history.

A dark-skinned, 16-year-old Puerto Rican named Lino Rivera was sulking around the streets of Harlem, out of work and desperately looking for a job; any job. To pass the time, he took in a movie, then went to the Kress Department Store on 125th Street. There he spotted a knife he wanted. But the knife cost ten cents and Rivera didn’t have ten cents. Rivera had just snatched the knife and put it into his pocket, when a male employee of the store grabbed Rivera, and a scuffle ensued. While the two men were battling and another white employee tried to subdue Rivera, a crowd of black shoppers surrounded the fight, obviously favoring Rivera. During the melee, Rivera bit the thumb of one of the white employees. The injured man shouted, “I’m going to take you down to the basement and beat the hell out of you.”

Big mistake.

Within minutes, the rumor had spread on the streets of Harlem that two white men were beating a black boy to death. This false rumor received dubious confirmation, when a blaring ambulance pulled up in front of the Kress Department Store. It made no difference the ambulance was there for the white man who had the severely bitten finger.

That night the streets of Harlem erupted in total bedlam. Born out of resentment of the Depression, and the dismal way white people had been treating black people in Harlem for years, hundred of blacks rioted in the streets. They looted white-owned stored and pilfered merchandise as if they had an absolute right to take it.

The perception to the downtown whites was that Harlem was no longer safe for them to venture into, even to see the wondrous entertainment at the Cotton Club. In addition, black musicians and entertainers no longer considered the Cotton Club as the top of the heap. It became a place where the entertainers could start their careers, but once they got noticed, they went on to bigger and better things. Business became so bad at the Cotton Club, and other Harlem clubs that catered to the white downtown crowd, such as Small’s Paradise on 7th Avenue, that Harlem’s Cotton Club closed its doors for good on February 16th, 1936.

DeMange and Herman Stark, with Madden’s blessing from Hot Springs, moved the Cotton Club downtown to Forty-Eighth Street and Broadway, to a space formerly occupied by the Harlem Club. The new Cotton Club was an immediate success. It had its grand re-opening on September 24th, 1936. Cab Calloway and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson performed that night, as did Avis Andrews, the Berry Brothers, and the gorgeous Katherine Perry, who was so light-skinned she could easily pass for white.

Because it was so accessible with its new Midtown location, the Cotton Club was raking in the cash. In the third week alone, it grossed more than $45,000, and in the first sixteen weeks, the average weekly gross was $30,000. The prices in the new joint were higher than the Cotton Club’s in Harlem. A steak sandwich rose from $1.25 to $2.25. Scrambled eggs with Deerfield sausage rose from $1.25 to a $1.50 and lobster cocktails went from $1.00 to $1.50.

Still DeMange and Stark kept packing them in.

One price that did decrease was the Cottons Club’s cover charge. In Harlem, in order to keep the “undesirables” away, the cover charge was $3 per table. However, since blacks very rarely crossed the “Mason-Dixon Line” of 110th Street, the new Cottons Club’s cover charge was $2 per table during dinner time, and nothing after that.

The new Cotton Club continued to thrive until the summer of 1939, when the Internal Revenue Service hit the club’s management with indictments for income tax evasion. The indictments hit the Cotton Club Management Corp, including Herman Stark – President, George Goodrich, — Accountant, and Noah Braustein – Secretary-Treasurer, with four counts of failure to pay, and embezzlement of taxes. If convicted, all three men could face up to 25 years in prison, and fines of up to $20,000 apiece. Amazingly, because he was just listed as an employee, Frenchy DeMange escaped the indictment. At trial, the Cotton Club Management Corp. was found guilty, but the three officers escaped conviction. Still, Stark had to fork over a hefty fine to the government, in addition to $3,400 owed in back taxes.

At the start of 1940, it was obvious that the Cotton Club, and Herman Stark, had money problems. Besides the high Midtown rent and the effects of the Depression, the unions, especially the musician union, had a stranglehold on Stark and his profits. Before his problems with the I.R.S., Stark was skimming money off the top to make up for any shortfalls the unions and the high entertainment payrolls caused. But with the government watching the Cotton Club like a hawk, skimming was now impossible.

The Cotton Club closed its door for good on June 10th, 1940. Stark and DeMange gave no official reason, but as one columnist put it, the main reason was, “the lack of the famous, old filthy lucre.”

Yet, that explanation would be too simplistic. Of course money was a problem, but also America’s taste for music like Duke Ellington’s and Cab Calloway’s was changing too. The younger generation of Americans were enthralled with the new jazz and “swing” styles of white bandleaders like Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, and the “King of Swing” — Benny Goodman.

The Cotton Club was a great idea whose lifespan had reached its conclusion. The black entertainers who had cut their teeth working at the Cotton Club, people like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lena Horne, all went on to establish long and wondrous careers. But the concept of a night club with all black entertainment no longer appealed to the white mainstream of America.

The Cotton Club closed because it was a concept that had blossomed, then like a gilded rose, slowly died.

Still, the memory, and the impact of the Cotton Club on society will linger as long as song and dance remain an intregal part of our American culture.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Longshorewoman’s Loose Lips Cost Her Her Job

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They say loose lips sink ships. But when Margaret Dillin got diarrhea of the mouth it cost her her job.

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Dillin, a single mom, makes $77,000 a year as member of Local 1588 of the International Longshoremen’s Association. There is an explicit court ruling that prohibits any union member from associating with organized crime figures, including ex-waterfront kingpin Nicholas (Nicky) Furina. Law enforcement officials describe Furina as the “central figure in mob influence that has infiltrated Local 1588 for two decades.” After his 2005 racketeering conviction, Furina was banned from the waterfront, where he had served as the hiring agent for longshoremen in Port Jersey.

“Nicky Furina still has the reputation of a very powerful organized crime figure in Bayonne,” Walter Arsenault, executive director of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, told The New York Daily News.

Still, Dillin was indiscrete enough not only to casually associate with Furina, but in fact, went to a swanky 2007 Christmas party where alleged organized crime figures, including the 80-year-old Furina, ‘Pepe’ LaScala, Carlo Bilancione and Nicky Romano, all were present. Then, according to a letter written to the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, she constantly bragged to her co-workers about her meeting with Furina and other alleged organized crime figures.

Several of Dillins co-workers testified at Dillin’s hearing about her frequent boasts that she “broke bread” with Furina. One co-worker recalled Dillin talking about a Furina wine-tasting: “She described one time during which one or more of the wives present complained about her misbehavior,” court papers say. Dillin also blabbed about a second party where Furina provided the homemade vino, according to another worker.

As a result of Dillin’s hearing before the Waterfront Commission, a federal judge approved Dillin’s expulsion from Local 1588. She faces a hearing before the Waterfront Commission, which seeks permanent revocation of her license to work on the docks.

Dillin defended herself, saying,“These people are old. These people are in their 90s, for God’s sake. I have nothing in common with these people. If I was a gangster’s girlfriend or a gangster myself, I’d be living in a beautiful house and wearing furs and driving an expensive car. I have none of that. I’m a mother taking care of my children. I live in the attic on the third floor of a house.”

The sad part about this story is Dillin is probably telling the truth. She was at a Christmas party maybe she shouldn’t have had attended, because of the known alleged mob figures who were also in attendance. And as insecure people are wont to do, she couldn’t help but brag to her co-workers about her casual association with these same people. Then of course, there’s always a rat (the letter writer) and rats (her co-workers), who love putting the screws to someone who maybe they don’t particularly like.

This is a sad story, and the right thing to do is maybe suspend Dillin with, or without pay for a specified period of time; not expel her from the local and deny her the right to ever work on the docks again.

“This is overkill, it’s the sledgehammer approach,” said Dillin’s lawyer James Lisa, suggesting a suspension was a fair penalty.

I agree with Attorney Lisa; give the 48-year-old single mother a break.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/margaret-dillin-shared-wine-a-mobster-reason-fired-article-1.1006161

Margaret Dillin may have shared some wine with a mobster, but says that’s no reason to be fired

Working on the New Jersey docks, she socialized with Nicholas Furina, a Genovese honcho

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By John Marzulli / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Margaret Dillin, a longshorewoman who has been expelled from her union local after associating with Nicholas Furina.

Too much Christmas cheer and homemade wine with a powerful Genovese gangster cost a chatty longshorewoman her union job on the New Jersey docks, the Daily News has learned.

Margaret (Margo) Dillin had pleaded ignorance to a court order barring members of Local 1588 of the International Longshoremen’s Association from associating with organized crime — including ex-waterfront kingpin Nicholas (Nicky) Furina.

But Dillin was dimed out by an anonymous letter-writer, then done in by a tidal wave of evidence — and her own big mouth.

Investigators obtained a photograph of Dillin, swathed in a black cocktail dress, inside Furina’s swanky 2007 Christmas party at a New Jersey banquet hall.

She was in the banquet area with Nicky Furina, ‘Pepe’ LaScala, Carlo Bilancione and Nicky Romano, a significantly high density of convicted racketeers and reputed organized crime figures,” Robert Stewart, the deputy court-appointed monitor of Local 1588, stated in court papers.

Several co-workers also testified at Dillin’s hearing about her frequent boasts that she “broke bread” with Furina.

A co-worker recalled Dillin talking about a Furina wine-tasting: “She described one time during which one or more of the wives present complained about her misbehavior,” court papers say.

Dillin also blabbed about a second party where Furina provided the homemade vino, according to another worker.

He overheard Dillin talking in the van … that she got so drunk that she made out with” an ex-longshoreman who was also banned from the waterfront.

Dillin was also accused of bragging about her relationship with the 80-year-old gangster and flaunting her cushy job assignments — like driving a shuttle van — over more senior and qualified union members.

The single mom earns $77,000 a year.

Law enforcement officials describe Furina as the central figure in mob influence that has plagued Local 1588 for two decades.

After his 2005 racketeering conviction, Furina was banned from the waterfront, where he had served as the hiring agent for longshoremen in Port Jersey.

Nicky Furina still has the reputation of a very powerful organized crime figure in Bayonne,” Walter Arsenault, executive director of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, told The News.

Dillin, 48, claimed the allegations were inaccurate and ridiculed the idea that she was a Furina friend, comparing him to the chrome-domed dancing mascot for Six Flags Great Adventure.

These people are old,” she said, according to a transcript from her hearing. “These people are in their 90s, for God’s sake. I have nothing in common with these people.”

Former NYPD Commissioner Robert McGuire, the chief monitor of Local 1588, noted in his decision to expel Dillin that he had given “clear and unambiguous directions” to all union members about avoiding Furina and other organized crime figures.

I am required by law and the federal court orders relating to Local 1588 to do everything in my power to eliminate the influence of organized crime over the affairs of this Local,” McGuire stated.

Last month, a federal judge approved Dillin’s expulsion from the local. She faces a hearing before the Waterfront Commission, which seeks permanent revocation of her license to work on the docks.

Dillin told The News she is definitely not a mob princess.

If I was a gangster’s girlfriend or a gangster myself, I’d be living in a beautiful house and wearing furs and driving an expensive car,” she said.

I have none of that. I’m a mother taking care of my children,” she said. “I live in the attic on the third floor of a house.”

Dillin has a daughter who is a longshorewoman and is also raising a 13-year-old daughter. Women comprise about 10% of the deep-sea longshore workforce.

This is overkill, it’s the sledgehammer approach,” said Dillin’s lawyer James Lisa, suggesting a suspension was a fair penalty.

jmarzulli@nydailynews.com

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – The Boston Battle For the Bulger Movie

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This is turning out to be a better fight than Ali-Frazier: a fight to see who will produce the better flick about Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, who was arrested early last year after 16 years on the lam.

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In one corner you have the not-so-dynamic duo of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who won an Academy Award for their movie “Good Will Hunting,” in what seems like a few generations ago. Both men are from the Boston area, but both were not exactly what you would call “street kids.”

“We’ve heard about Whitey Bulger since we were kids,” Affleck said recently.

No kidding. I’ve heard about Bulger too, for about the last 35 years, but I’m not looking to make a movie about the man.

In the other corner you have Mark Wahlberg, who did some time in the can himself as a youth, but then straightened out his life out, first as a rap star, then as a movie star. Wahlberg, according to reports, knows people similar to the type of people he would have to portray in a Bulger movie.

Wahlberg said about making the Bulger movie, “I can do it better than anybody else.”

There is even a possibility Wahlberg will visit Bulger in prison to get his “blessing.”

I’m going with Wahlberg on this one. Damon and Afleck have become Hollywood pseudo-intelligencia brats. They champion one liberal cause after another, and they have lost whatever “street sense” they may have had, if they ever had any “street sense” to in the first place.

Wahlberg is the real McCoy, a street kid who rose above his petty crime childhood, and made it big on “street sense” and hard work. His obvious acting talents, much greater that Damon and Afleck’s combined, doesn’t hurt him much either.

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 http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/wood_war_over_whitey_GejLRgCkdaM70yyXR5uvDN

H’wood war over Whitey

By LEONARD GREENE

Last Updated: 7:15 AM, January 16, 2012

Posted: 2:58 AM, January 16, 2012

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As long as Boston’s most notorious gangster remained on the lam, the Hollywood heavyweights who told his story didn’t mind working together.

But now that James “Whitey” Bulger is behind bars, the stars trying to bring his life to the big screen are in a fight as bitter as any mob war.

On one side are Academy Award winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who are already in the process of developing a Bulger movie with Warner Bros.

On the other side is Mark Wahlberg, who said he might visit the subject himself in prison to get his personal blessing.

Both sides are counting on their Boston roots to tell the most authentic tale.

We’ve heard about Whitey Bulger since we were kids,” Affleck said in a statement.

Wahlberg says he can “do it better than anybody else.”

Bulger was arrested in August after 16 years on the run. He was charged with 19 murders.

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