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May 20, 1993 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a fleeting moment in an early frame of CBS' miniseries "Love, Honor and Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage," the real Rosalie Bonanno can be seen at her 1956 wedding to Bill Bonanno, who would become his father's consigliere. Amid clinking of good crystal and toasting of the young couple led by Ben Gazzara--who plays Joe Bonanno, Mafia chieftain and boss of bosses--the trimly elegant reddish-haired woman gazes respectfully as he shouts, "A la Famiglia. " To the Family.
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January 23, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Prosecutors say Vincent Asaro expected to get rich off the infamous heist of about $6 million in cash and jewels from a Lufthansa vault in 1978, a crime that unleashed a murderous spree by a paranoid mobster and inspired Martin Scorsese's film "Goodfellas. " He didn't. "We never got our right money," Asaro is accused of grousing to an FBI informant in an expletive-laced conversation recorded in 2011. But Asaro did get arrested and charged Thursday as the FBI unsealed an indictment detailing allegations that he planned the record-breaking heist and was involved in other crimes dating back decades, including murder, arson and illegal gambling.
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NEWS
August 27, 1987 | RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors Wednesday launched an unprecedented attack on the far-flung business operations of a leading Mafia "family," seeking to strip its interest in a Teamster local, gambling properties, hotels and a taxi company. In its first attempt to enjoin an entire organized crime unit, the government in a civil lawsuit also urged a federal court to bar members of the Bonanno family from illegal activities, business dealings with each other and from "making" new members.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2004 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
As crime bosses go, Joseph Massino has been strictly old school, a wiseguy more wary than wild in a city that turns reputed mob leaders into celebrities. Unlike John Gotti, who loved fancy clothes, flashy cars and media attention, the alleged head of the Bonanno crime family has long shunned the spotlight. But as Massino prepares to stand trial this month on seven murder charges -- a case that is being billed as one of New York's great mob trials -- notoriety is about to engulf him.
NEWS
August 12, 2001 | LARRY McSHANE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When Giuseppe Bonanno arrived at his uncle's Brooklyn home in 1924, he surveyed a land of infinite opportunities. The immigrant youth quickly took advantage. Known in his new home as Joe, the precocious teen began bootlegging liquor. He fell in with a "family" of fellow Sicilians involved in wider-ranging criminal activity; within seven years, he was their boss. Under his leadership, the family grew into a massive, multimillion-dollar enterprise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Joseph Bonanno, the notorious gangster known as "Joe Bananas" who ran one of the nation's most powerful Mafia groups in the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday in Tucson. He was 97. Bonanno, who retired to Arizona in 1968 and had suffered from several health problems in recent years, died of heart failure, said his attorney, Alfred "Skip" Donau. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Donau said.
NEWS
July 1, 1991
Philip (Rusty) Rastelli, 73, the Mafia boss whose marriage was as turbulent as any mob war. Rastelli had been boss of the Bonanno crime family, one of the city's five Mafia groups, and presided over its virtual disintegration during the 1980s. His wife, Connie, was gunned down in 1962 after she told federal agents that her playboy husband was a drug trafficker. Once, upon learning that her husband had taken up with another woman in Canada, Mrs.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2004 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
As crime bosses go, Joseph Massino has been strictly old school, a wiseguy more wary than wild in a city that turns reputed mob leaders into celebrities. Unlike John Gotti, who loved fancy clothes, flashy cars and media attention, the alleged head of the Bonanno crime family has long shunned the spotlight. But as Massino prepares to stand trial this month on seven murder charges -- a case that is being billed as one of New York's great mob trials -- notoriety is about to engulf him.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Prosecutors say Vincent Asaro expected to get rich off the infamous heist of about $6 million in cash and jewels from a Lufthansa vault in 1978, a crime that unleashed a murderous spree by a paranoid mobster and inspired Martin Scorsese's film "Goodfellas. " He didn't. "We never got our right money," Asaro is accused of grousing to an FBI informant in an expletive-laced conversation recorded in 2011. But Asaro did get arrested and charged Thursday as the FBI unsealed an indictment detailing allegations that he planned the record-breaking heist and was involved in other crimes dating back decades, including murder, arson and illegal gambling.
MAGAZINE
April 14, 1996 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer Paul Lieberman has covered organized crime for more than two decades. His last story for the magazine was on the New England mob's bid to enter Hollywood
In the parlance of their trade, the Beverly Hills robbers were "professionals." They had staked out the 21-room mansion for weeks, even conducting dress rehearsals during which they crept along the service alley and climbed the 7-foot-high wrought-iron fence--masks, gloves and radios at the ready. They knew there was a staff of two--the butler and his wife--and that, each night, the butler headed toward North Elm Drive to walk the dog, a Belgian Schipperke. This night, Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Joseph Bonanno, the notorious gangster known as "Joe Bananas" who ran one of the nation's most powerful Mafia groups in the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday in Tucson. He was 97. Bonanno, who retired to Arizona in 1968 and had suffered from several health problems in recent years, died of heart failure, said his attorney, Alfred "Skip" Donau. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Donau said.
NEWS
August 12, 2001 | LARRY McSHANE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When Giuseppe Bonanno arrived at his uncle's Brooklyn home in 1924, he surveyed a land of infinite opportunities. The immigrant youth quickly took advantage. Known in his new home as Joe, the precocious teen began bootlegging liquor. He fell in with a "family" of fellow Sicilians involved in wider-ranging criminal activity; within seven years, he was their boss. Under his leadership, the family grew into a massive, multimillion-dollar enterprise.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 1993 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a fleeting moment in an early frame of CBS' miniseries "Love, Honor and Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage," the real Rosalie Bonanno can be seen at her 1956 wedding to Bill Bonanno, who would become his father's consigliere. Amid clinking of good crystal and toasting of the young couple led by Ben Gazzara--who plays Joe Bonanno, Mafia chieftain and boss of bosses--the trimly elegant reddish-haired woman gazes respectfully as he shouts, "A la Famiglia. " To the Family.
NEWS
July 1, 1991
Philip (Rusty) Rastelli, 73, the Mafia boss whose marriage was as turbulent as any mob war. Rastelli had been boss of the Bonanno crime family, one of the city's five Mafia groups, and presided over its virtual disintegration during the 1980s. His wife, Connie, was gunned down in 1962 after she told federal agents that her playboy husband was a drug trafficker. Once, upon learning that her husband had taken up with another woman in Canada, Mrs.
NEWS
August 27, 1987 | RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors Wednesday launched an unprecedented attack on the far-flung business operations of a leading Mafia "family," seeking to strip its interest in a Teamster local, gambling properties, hotels and a taxi company. In its first attempt to enjoin an entire organized crime unit, the government in a civil lawsuit also urged a federal court to bar members of the Bonanno family from illegal activities, business dealings with each other and from "making" new members.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities in New York City said they had arrested 20 people for alleged gambling and loan-sharking by a Bonanno family organized crime crew. The defendants, who allegedly netted more than $2.5 million a year from their crimes, face charges that include enterprise corruption, loan-sharking, perjury and promoting gambling, Dist. Atty. Robert Morgenthau said.
NEWS
March 1, 1985
Eight reputed mobsters indicted as members of the Mafia's ruling "commission" pleaded not guilty in federal court in Manhattan. Reputed Bonanno family crime boss Philip Rastelli, 67, collapsed into a chair as the arraignment ended and was taken to a hospital for observation. He later was returned to jail.
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