Vinny Gorgeous

Author: Anthony M. DeStefano
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762796596
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Vinny Gorgeous from the Author: Anthony M. DeStefano. A vain man of good looks but no family ties to the Mob, Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano worked his way up to acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, becoming its leader when official boss Joseph Massino went to prison in 2003. When the Mafia was crawling with secret operatives and informants caving to government pressure to flip, Basciano steadfastly obeyed the code of La Cosa Nostra. “I got faith in one guy,” he said during a secretly taped meeting. That man was Massino, head of the Bonanno borgata. But for all his loyalty, Basciano was still a hot-headed, cold-blooded killer, which ultimately led to his arrest and downfall. Then in a remarkable betrayal that rocked the Five Families to their foundations, Massino secretly cooperated with the FBI—the first head boss ever to roll over. As a result, Basciano faced the death penalty, but a federal jury, disturbed by the prosecution’s use of deadly criminal informants, reached a surprising verdict. Here from veteran crime author Anthony M. DeStefano comes the riveting story of the last true believer in the Mob’s cult of brotherhood and his betrayal at the hands of the only man he ever trusted.

Donnie Brasco

Author: Joseph D. Pistone
ISBN: 9783404115563
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Donnie Brasco from the Author: Joseph D. Pistone.

Nice Jewish Felon

Author: Michael Eliot Mehler
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595400477
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Nice Jewish Felon from the Author: Michael Eliot Mehler. It was at this time that reputed mobster Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano walked into my life. Vincent swaggered into EJ's with the subtle grace of a man without a care in the world. He was wearing spotless white sneakers, a light blue tailored running suit, a diamond and gold encrusted watch, and designer glasses. His full head of hair was perfectly cropped. On his arm was a most gorgeous brunette, also elegantly dressed with a body only the gods could partake of. This particular Sunday was even busier than normal at EJ's and the wait was going on forty-five minutes for seating. I noticed Vincent from the moment he slipped a fifty-dollar bill into the manager's hand. The "commoners" would wait, but Vincent wouldn't. I knew where he would be seated as a table was opening in my section on the porch. Strangely, I felt some sort of a connection to Vincent from the moment I saw him. I whisked away the busboy and set the table myself, giving particular care to every detail. I wanted to subtly demonstrate my respect for this man who carried with him such an aura of power.

The Brotherhoods

Author: Guy Lawson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416523383
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The Brotherhoods from the Author: Guy Lawson. An insider account of the alleged criminal activities of two NYPD detectives contends that they worked for the mafia through a sophisticated network of hierarchies and conduct codes that brought about the torture and murders of numerous federal agents and fellow officers. Reprint.

King Of The Godfathers

Author: Anthony M. DeStefano
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 9780806533094
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King Of The Godfathers from the Author: Anthony M. DeStefano. The Last Of The Old-World Mob Bosses--And The Ultimate Betrayal For more than twenty years, Joseph "Big Joey" Massino ran what was called the largest criminal network in the U.S., employing over two hundred and fifty made men and untold numbers of associates. The Bonanno family was responsible for over thirty murders, even killing a dozen of its own members to enforce discipline and settle scores. He would be brought down by Salvatore "Good Looking Sal" Vitale, the underboss who was not only Massino's closest and most trusted friend, but also his brother-in-law. In the end, facing the death penalty and the prospect of leaving his family penniless, Massino started talking to the FBI--the first Mafia Godfather to break the sacred code of omerta, and the end of a centuries-old tradition. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony DeStefano, who interviewed Massino's family and friends as well as law enforcement officials and confidential sources, King of the Godfathers is the story of the brutal mob war that made Massino head of the Bonanno family and the most powerful gangster in America. "The best and last word on the subject." --Jerry Capeci, Gangland and bestselling co-author of Murder Machine With 16 Pages of Revealing Photos! Anthony Destefano was part of the team of New York Newsday reporters who won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the August 1991 subway crash in Manhattan. He covers organized crime for Newsday and was the lead reporter on several major criminal trials, including that of subway gunman Bernhard Goetz. He lives in New Jersey.

Cosa Nostra News

Author: Ed Scarpo
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781503271104
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Cosa Nostra News from the Author: Ed Scarpo. Life (and death) inside the Mafia... Dominick Cicale was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. From a young age he was closely associated with the Genovese crime family, considered the most powerful Mafia group in America. Fate intervened. In 1999 Cicale forged a tight alliance with Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano, then an up-and-coming member of the Bronx faction of the Bonanno crime family. Under Basciano's tutelage, Dominick rode the fast track: he was inducted into the American Cosa Nostra and swiftly rose from soldier to capo, amassing great wealth and power. Cicale befriended and associated with numerous high-ranking figures within all of New York's Five Families as he plotted and schemed in a treacherous world where each day could be his last. This installment views startling details surrounding the brutal gangland murder of Gerlando "George from Canada" Sciascia and its resulting impact on relations between the Bonanno family in New York and its Montreal -based "outpost" established by the Mafia Commission in 1931. The cast of characters further includes high-ranking Mafiosi such as Joseph Massino (The Last Don), Salvatore "Sal the Iron Worker" Montagna, Vito Rizzuto, Vinny Gorgeous (a nickname never used in his presence) and Cicale himself.

Mob Killer

Author: Anthony M. DeStefano
Publisher: Citadel
ISBN: 0806538481
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Mob Killer from the Author: Anthony M. DeStefano. A CRAZED KILLER He dissolved the bodies of some of his victims in acid and poured them down the sewer. He hung grisly souvenirs on nails in his junkyard. LA COSA NOSTRA Charles Carneglia was a stone-cold killer who fell in with the bloodthirsty John Gotti crew. As the infamous crime family rose to power with their murderous trail of sex, jealousy, greed, and revenge, Carneglia rose with them. MAFIA, MADNESS AND MURDER This is the horrifying story of a misfit who fit perfectly into the New York mafia. In a harrowing journey inside a ruthless criminal underworld, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony M. DeStefano chronicles one man’s life in a world of depraved acts of violence and the horrors that went with being a member of the Gambino family. “Thrilling American crime writing.” —Jimmy Breslin on King of the Godfathers Includes 16 Pages of Shocking Photos

Is The Mafia Still A Force In America

Author: David M. Haugen
Publisher: Greenhaven
ISBN: 9780737724028
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Is The Mafia Still A Force In America from the Author: David M. Haugen. Essays discuss opposing viewpoints on the role of the Mafia, covering such issues as whether the mob is thriving or in decline, the success of surveillance technology, and the rise of white-collar crime.

The Mystery Of The Lufthansa Airlines Heist

Author: Robert Sberna
ISBN: 9780692426807
Size: 66.60 MB
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The Mystery Of The Lufthansa Airlines Heist from the Author: Robert Sberna. Where is the $6 million that was stolen during the infamous Lufthansa Airlines heist? For 37 years, the FBI has been unable to find the cash and jewels taken from the Lufthansa cargo vault at JFK airport. Now, for the first time, a Mafia insider reveals the bizarre story of what happened to the loot. In this short-format book, Dominick Cicale, a former high-ranking member of the Bonanno crime family, discloses never-before-told details about the Lufthansa robbery, which was immortalized in the movie "Goodfellas." The book includes portions of an unpublished interview with mob associate Henry Hill, whose story inspired "Goodfellas" and the book, "Wiseguy." Cicale, a mob turncoat, also shares candid insights about the heist's mastermind Jimmy Burke and mob figures John Gotti, "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano, and John Gotti Jr. The 52-page book is co-authored by Cicale and award-winning journalist Robert Sberna.

Brothers Boyfriends Other Criminal Minds

Author: April Lurie
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
ISBN: 0375891730
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Brothers Boyfriends Other Criminal Minds from the Author: April Lurie. Brooklyn 1977. April Lundquist lives in Dyker Heights, a neighborhood populated by the Mafia. Three hit men live on her block: Francesco "Frankie the Crunch' Consiglione, Vincent "Gorgeous Vinny" Persico, and Salvatore "Soft Sal" Luciano. When Soft Sal approaches April and her best friend, Brandi Rinaldi, for a favor, well . . . the girls can't refuse. But does the favor, along with the crisp hundred-dollar bills that turn up in their schoolbooks, mean that April and Brandi are now in with the Mob? Will April be able to get "protection" for her older brother, Matt, when he makes the big mistake of falling for the daughter of a big crime boss? And will April's connection to Soft Sal bring her closer to Dominick DeMao, bad-boy rocker and heartbreaker? Soft Sal, Matt, Dom . . . in April's neighborhood the guys stir up all the trouble, but April wouldn't have it any other way. From the Hardcover edition.