March 23, 2003 |
The days of surviving close shaves are over for "The Chin." For 30 years, mob boss Vincent Gigante turned dementia into an art form, avoiding relentless efforts by federal authorities to put him in prison. The Genovese family chieftain was reputedly the nation's No. 1 Mafioso, even as he shuffled through Greenwich Village in pajamas and a bathrobe. He rarely strayed from the neighborhood, yet controlled the New Jersey waterfront and allegedly ordered murders to settle a Philadelphia mob war.
August 26, 2001 |
They appeared in the courtroom barely 30 feet apart, the notorious past and noxious present of the Bonanno crime family. At the defense table sat a stand-up guy: Anthony Spero, reputed Bonanno consigliere, placidly sucking a fruit-flavored Life Saver. His face betrayed no emotion during his racketeering trial last March. Spero, 72, wore a dark, conservative suit and tie. During a lifetime in the Mafia, Spero kept his mouth shut, even while serving a two-year extortion rap.
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.
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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."
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February 20, 1992 |
Mayor Tom Bradley testified at the fraud trial of a former Beverly Hills commodities broker Wednesday, saying he invested in high-risk futures contracts with the defendant for five years, breaking off contact in 1987 after he lost money. Bradley testified in Van Nuys Superior Court at the trial of Mark R. Weinberg, 37, confirming Weinberg's claim that he knew Bradley well but also casting doubt on Weinberg's trustworthiness.