July 23, 1996 |
The man arrested after a mugging was stunned when police told him who the victim was: the 94-year-old mother of reputed mob boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante. Prosecutors allege that Gigante, known for walking the streets dressed in a bathrobe, runs the Genovese crime family while feigning mental illness to avoid prosecution on charges of murder and racketeering.
May 31, 1990 |
Four competing crime families worked together since 1978 to illegally monopolize the installation of windows in the city's housing projects, prosecutors charged Wednesday. The 15 people indicted in the alleged scheme include the reputed bosses of the Genovese and Lucchese crime families. The 69-count indictment alleges racketeering and other charges. "Today's indictment closes the cash window on this lucrative enterprise," Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh said at a news conference.
September 7, 1990 |
Federal prosecutors Thursday sued to break the alleged mob domination of New York's powerful carpenters' union, a move that again demonstrated the new stress federal crime-fighters have placed on eliminating mob influence in unions. In a lengthy civil racketeering suit, the U.S.
September 24, 1986 |
After a two-year probe of alleged mob infiltration of the record business, FBI agents on Tuesday arrested the president of a New York City record company and 16 other people on charges ranging from cocaine and heroin trafficking to extortion. Among those seized in a dawn sweep were Morris Levy, president of New York City-based Roulette Records; Howard Fisher, Roulette's controller, and Dominick Canterino, reputedly a leader in New York's Genovese crime family.
June 26, 1989 |
A federal jury today convicted five men of forming a Mafia faction that shot to death a mob-linked businessman in a restaurant and plotted to kill John Gotti, boss of a rival crime family. Louis A. (Bobby) Manna, a reputed consigliere, or No. 3 leader, of the Genovese crime family, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, planning to kill Gotti and arranging the murder of businessman Irwin Schiff. Gotti, boss of the Gambino family, was a target because of a turf struggle, authorities said.
April 21, 2013 |
It's been just over 50 years since a new dance craze called the Twist swept the nation. Though tame as near-beer by today's standards, the dance so upset the guardians of public morality that Dick Clark ordered the cameras turned away when teens on "American Bandstand" started swiveling their hips. And when adults such as Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedys took up the craze, the New York Times fumed that "instead of youth growing up, adults are sliding down. " In the Twist, one could see the seeds of everything that became the '60s - sexual liberation, civil rights, even the women's movement got a boost by allowing girls to operate as free agents on the dance floor instead of being attached to shambling males.
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February 25, 2001 |
Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone, a reputed Mafia captain who many believe knew the secret behind the disappearance of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa, has died. Giacalone died Friday at a Detroit hospital after being admitted with heart and kidney problems, an FBI spokeswoman announced. He was 82. "He was one of several individuals investigated when Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in 1975," said the spokeswoman.
September 9, 1986 |
Brushing aside defense complaints of ill health, double jeopardy and pretrial publicity, a federal judge began picking an anonymous jury Monday for the trial of eight men accused of participating in the Mafia's ruling commission. Among the questions potential jurors were asked was whether they had ever heard of Al Capone, the notorious Chicago mob boss.
September 17, 1987 |
The Justice Department on Wednesday challenged claims by the leadership of the Teamsters Union that a proposed civil racketeering lawsuit aimed at putting the labor organization under federal control would harm its 1.7 million members. Deputy Atty. Gen. Arnold I. Burns said in a statement that "the government has been and would be deeply concerned with protecting the legitimate interests of the union members."