Canadian Mobster Pat Musitano, 52, Murdered

Infamous Canadian mobster Pat Musitano was shot to death in Burlington, Ontario on Friday.

Calls came in reporting a shooting in a small shopping plaza at approximately 1 pm. Police arrived quickly on the scene where they found two victims on the ground.

Musitano, 52, “succumbed to his” injuries” police said, “A second victim has been transported to the hospital. Suspect(s) remain outstanding at this time.”

Pat (Left) and Angelo Musitano leaving court in 1998. Pat was murdered on Friday in Burlington, Ontario. Angelo was murdered outside his home in 2017.

Pat (left) and Angelo Musitano leaving court in 1998. Pat was murdered on Friday in Burlington, Ontario. Angelo was murdered outside his home in 2017.

Not the first attempt to kill Pat Musitano

On April 25, 2019, Pat Musitano was shot outside his lawyer’s office in Mississauga. He was shot 4 times, once in the head. It was touch and go for him whilst in the hospital but miraculously he survived this attempt on his life. Unfortunately, his luck didn’t last.

Musitano’s Brother, Angelo Musitano Killed in 2017

In May of 2017, outside his home in Waterdown, Ontario, Pat Musitano’s brother, Angelo was shot and killed. A few weeks later, Pat Musitano’s residence was shot up and severely damaged. No-one was hurt during that incident.

The Musitano family has quite a long history. They are linked to extortion and bombings dating back to the 1970s. Then there’s the hit in the 1980s of mobster Domenic Racco. They are also linked to the 1997 murders of Johnny “Pops” Papalia and his associate, Carmen Barillaro.

Domenic Racco (left), Johnny “Pops” Papalia (center) and his associate, Carmen Barillaro.

Domenic Racco (left), Johnny “Pops” Papalia (center) and his associate, Carmen Barillaro.

The 1997 murders caught up with the Musitano brothers who reached a plea deal with prosecutors. They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder of Barillaro in return, the charges against them regarding Papalia’s murder were dropped.

The Musitano brothers were given 10 years behind bars and were released in 2007. They kept themselves out of trouble since their release, but it seems their past eventually caught up with both of them.

The Rizzuto crime family from Montreal used to protect the Musitano crime family until boss Vito Rizzuto died of lung cancer in 2013. This left a power vacuum which weakened the once powerful Montreal Mafia, leaving the Musitanos unprotected.

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Hamilton (ON) Mafia Don Fat Pat Musitano Shot Dead In Furniture Store Parking Lot

July 11, 2020 – Canadian mob boss Pasquale (Fat Pat) Musitano was killed Friday afternoon in front of the Pro Patio Furniture in Burlington, Ontario, just outside the Musitano crime family home base in Hamilton. Musitano, 59, is the latest fatality in an ongoing mob war that has left scorched earth throughout the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario over the past 11 years.

Musitano’s brother, Angelo (Big Ange) Mustiano, was assassinated in 2017, marking the point the war had made its way to Hamilton, the working-class factory town a stone’s throw across the border from Buffalo, New York. Last year, Fat Pat survived an attempt on his life leaving his lawyer’s office. The same black-colored GMC Denali seen at the scene of that 2019 shooting was seen near the scene of Musitano’s murder.

The Musitanos great uncle, Angelo (The Beast) Musitano, founded the crime family in the late 1930s. Their father, Dominic, headed the organization until his death of a heart attack in 1995.

Two years later, Big Ange and Fat Pat, orchestrated a takeover of the Buffalo mafia’s interests in Hamilton by ordering the gangland slayings of Buffalo LCN capo John (Johnny Pops) Papilia and his Niagara Falls underboss Carmen Barillaro. They both did eight years in prison and were released in the fall of 2006.

On May 2, 2017, 39-year old Big Ange Musitano was gunned down behind the wheel of his truck in his Waterdown, Ontario driveway. In the weeks that followed, Fat Pat’s home was shot up.  

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Chicago’s “Bookie Butcher” Busted For Operating Sports Gambling Business Out Of Suburban Market

July 10, 2010 – Reputed Chicago bookmaker Dominic (The Bookie Butcher) Poeta was indicted by the feds for running a sports betting operation and filing a false tax return this week, 12 years removed from being named in a federal civil lawsuit which claiming he accepted close to a million bucks in gambling debts owed to him.

Poeta, 63, owns Poeta’s Italian Market in Highwood, Illinois. He resides in Highland Park and faces up to three years in prison if convicted in his current case.

In 2008, Poeta was accused of taking $870,000 in checks for payment on bets from Windy City swindler Adam Resnick. When questioned by Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass, Poeta claimed he was simply a “go-between,” for Resnick, who defrauded and collapsed a local bank by stealing $10,000,000 in a check-kiting scam.

Enacting his Fifth Amendment rights under oath in the civil case, he was ordered to pay the $870k back to the federal government in restitution. The 48-year old Resnick was betting a million dollars a game in the early 2000s through sports books in Las Vegas brokered by Poeta.

Per the 2008 civil case, Resnick wagered $1.5 million on a 2002 NBA Finals game between the L.A. Lakers and the New Jersey Nets. Resnick authored the 2007 memoir Bust: How I Gambled & Lost A Fortune, Brought Down A Bank & Lived To Tell About It and did three years behind bars for his check-kiting ring. A character named “Lucky Petrelli” in the book is based on Poeta.    

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Ex-husband of ‘RHONJ’ star Dina Manzo pleads not guilty to assault

The ex-husband of a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member and a reputed mobster have pleaded not guilty to plotting to assault the star’s current husband.

Tommy Manzo, 55, of Franklin Lakes, NJ, allegedly hired John Perna, 43, a purported soldier in the Lucchese crime family, to attack the new beau of Manza’s ex-wife, Real Housewives star Dina Manzo, in July 2015.

Both men pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges Wednesday during an arraignment hearing conducted through videoconferencing.

Perna, of Cedar Grove, used a slap jack to beat David Cantin, the TV star’s current husband, in a strip-mall parking lot in Passaic County, the federal indictment said.

In return for the attack, Tommy Manzo allegedly gave Perna a hefty discount to throw a large wedding reception the following month at a Paterson catering hall that Tommy co-owned.

Perna threw a “lavish wedding reception at Manzo’s restaurant for a fraction of the price.” More than 330 people attended the soiree, including scores of Lucchese mobsters, prosecutors said.

Tommy Manzo, 55, and Perna, 43, both face charges for committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity, as well as fraud and other charges.

Tommy and Dina were married for 11 years before their divorce was finalized in 2016.

Perna, 43, has also pleaded not guilty to beating up Cantin, who was dating Dina Manzo at the time. Cantin and Manzo later tied the knot in 2019.

He was also hit with a count of insurance fraud for falsely reporting his Mercedes Benz was destroyed in 2016 after setting it on fire with other Lucchese mobsters.

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Skinny Joey’s South Florida Driver Darts Back To Freedom, Sirkin Released From Prison

July 9, 2020 – Drivers for Philadelphia mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino usually run into trouble with the law. Merlino has been a magnet for federal law enforcement the past 30 years and some of his closest associates have had the misfortune of often getting caught in the undertow.

On Wednesday, Merlino’s Florida driver, Brad Sirkin, was released from prison after serving two years on a health care fraud case that Merlino himself slid out of before copping a plea to a gambling charge and doing a little over a year behind bars himself. Sirkin was caught scamming with doctors to defraud insurance companies and get kickbacks from a compound cream manufacturer for muscle and joint pain.

Merlino, 58, moved to Florida in the spring of 2011 after being sprung from a dozen years in federal lock up for racketeering. He met Sirkin, a convicted felon, in a Miami halfway house that same year and once both hit the street in Boca Raton, they became constant companions, according to the 2016 “East Coast LCN” case they were each indicted in.

The 57-year old Sirkin is considered a New York mafia associate by the feds, with connections to the Bonanno and Lucchese crime families. His partner in a shady environmental consulting firm and dumping site in Palmyra, New Jersey known as Jersey Recycling Services, was former Bonanno capo Peter (Petey B.S.) Lovaglio, who turned government witness in 2017.

Merlino won a war for control of the Philly mafia in the 1990s. For the past decade, he’s run his crime family from South Florida, using buffers and making quick stops back into town for meetings and social gatherings. Merlino’s drivers in the 1990s, Anthony Nicodemo and Roger Vella, are no longer on the street. Vella flipped in the early 2000s. Nicodemo is serving time for participating in a 2012 murder conspiracy.

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Possible Hoffa Case Linchpin Dead, Moldea Spills Details On ’19 Affidavit

July 9, 2020 — Acclaimed author and veteran investigative journalist Dan Moldea revealed what retired New Jersey wiseguy Frank Cappola said in his October 2019 affidavit regarding his knowledge of the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance and murder. According to Cappola, his father Paul, was responsible for burying Hoffa’s body 45 years ago this month at the PJP Landfill in Jersey City.

Frank Cappola died of a respiratory ailment on March 16 at 63 years old. Moldea is the world’s foremost expert on the fabled Hoffa case, having written the seminal book on the subject, The Hoffa Wars.

Hoffa was the longtime president of the Teamsters union. The hard-headed, fiery labor chief went missing on the afternoon of July 30, 1975, on his way to a lunch meeting with a pair of mob capos in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan to discuss his plans to take back the union after stepping down from his leadership post to get out of a prison term early via a White House sentence commutation.

The problem was the same mafiosi that had put him into power in the 1950s didn’t want him to reclaim the Teamster presidency and the mob capos, Detroit mafia street boss Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone and New Jersey crew skipper Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano, he was scheduled to meet for the sit down never showed up. Hoffa, 62, was last seen getting into Tony Jack’s son’s car in the parking lot of the Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, a high-end suburb less than 10 miles north of Detroit city limits.

Paul Cappola co-owned PJP Landfill in New Jersey with mobster Philip (Brother) Moscato, the top loan shark in Tony Pro’s Jersey City crew and one of the most prolific juice loan men on the east coast. Frank Cappola, a one-time right hand man to Provenzano lieutenant, Vinnie Ravo, told his son in 1989 where and how Hoffa was buried, per the younger Cappola’s affidavit.

Neither Cappola was considered a “made man” by law enforcement. Frank Cappola claims he was present at PJP as a teenager when Hoffa’s body arrived for disposal.

Moldea developed Brother Moscato as a source in the final years of Moscato’s life. Moscato admitted to having Hoffa buried on the property, but wouldn’t divulge the exact location. The FBI searched the dump shortly after Hoffa went missing however didn’t find anything.

Moscato, who died of cancer in 2014, told Moldea that Tony Giacalone’s brother and fellow Detroit mob capo Vito (Billy Jack) Giacalone picked Hoffa up in his nephew’s car at the Red Fox, Tony Provenzano’s right hand man Salvatore (Sally Bugs) Briguglio shot him in the back of the head at a nearby private residence and then his body was driven to the Moscato landfill in a Gateway Transportation truck. Gateway Transportation was owned by Teamster goon Rolland (Big Mac) McMaster, a Hoffa confidant-turned-rival from Detroit.

Paul Cappola passed away from natural causes in 2008. Right before he died, he gave his son the particulars on Hoffa’s burial.

Moldea made contact with Frank Cappola last year. In the fall of 2019, Cappola took Moldea on a tour of what used to be the PJP Landfill and is now a state park and wildlife preserve and pointed out where his father told him Hoffa’s final resting place is.

The affidavit Cappola executed on October 7 stated the following:

A limousine showed up the day after Hoffa went missing at PJP carrying an unidentified number of men and was met by Moscato and Paul Cappola. Frank Cappola was working a summer job at PJP at the time and saw limo pull in and witnessed the ensuing interaction.

Moscato approached the vehicle and had a conversation with the men inside.

During the conversation, Moscato pointed to a part of the property he wanted Hoffa buried at, resulting in Cappola becoming worried due to the constant FBI surveillance of the landfill and exclaiming, “Great, now the whole fucking world is going to know.”

Brother Moscato had business to attend to off the property and assigned Paul Cappola to take care of the burial at a pre-excavated spot in the northeast part of the landfill.

Later that night, Paul Cappola dug a second hole without telling Moscato in an effort to disguise the burial in case anyone was watching the previous conversation where Moscato pointed to a pre-dug hole in the ground.

Hoffa’s body was placed head first into a 55-gallon industrial steel drum and dropped into the second hole by Paul Cappola using a front-loader machine.

Before filling in the hole, Cappola used the front loader to place 15 to 20 chemical drums on top of the steel drum containing Hoffa and left a marker on surface of grave site.

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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘91 Days’ on HBO Max, a Slow-Burn Throwback Gangster-Drama Anime Series

HBO Max now features English and Japanese dubs of 91 Days, a 2016 Crunchyroll series that stands out among many gregarious and color-drenched anime series. It’s a mafia-revenge-noir story set during the Prohibition era, and is influenced more by The Godfather than Ghost in the Shell or Akira. At the very least, it’s original for its medium.


Opening Shot: A dreary rain dumps on a weathered yellow-brick housing complex.

The Gist: He once was Angelo Lagusa (voice of Austin Tindle). As a boy, he hid in the closet and watched in horror as members of the Vanetti crime family murdered his father, mother and younger brother in cold blood. He ran off before they could gun him down, too. Nobody in his hometown of Lawless, Illinois saw him for seven years, until he returned as Avilio Bruno, an angry young man bent on revenge, inspired by a letter he receives, the contents of which we haven’t seen. It’s 1928, smack in the middle of Prohibition.

Avilio’s first stop is to see Corteo (Brandon McInnis), his childhood friend. Corteo brews and bootlegs moonshine to pay for school, but refuses to sell his hooch to the mob. The latter point results in a human slab of beef bashing up his brewing facility with a baseball bat — until Avilio arrives just in the nick and introduces the brute to the big, heavy end of a wrench.

Avilio dodges the where-ya-been question and talks the reluctant Corteo into peddling his wares to the Vanettis, keeping his scheme — kill Nero Vanetti, the son of the don — to himself. They meet with a pair of Vanetti reps, who agree to order some of Corteo’s grade-A booze. But in walks Fango (Brandon Potter), a loony longhaired tough employed by the rival Orco family. Convinced the Vanettis stole a load of booze from the Orcos, Fango puts a whole lotta holes in the place with a machine gun. But Corteo concocts an explosive out of paraffin and they blast their way out, alongside the Vanetti creeps. (Have we seen the last of Fango? No way.) The four men escape.

Our Take: The first thing you’ll notice about 91 Days is its visual aesthetic — muted earth tones, a tangibly gritty sense of setting and an almost painterly quality. It’s artful and gorgeous; think Studio Ghibli crossed with Miller’s Crossing, and you’re in the ballpark.

That isn’t to say the series’ realism isn’t heightened. 91 Days isn’t a typical pinstripe-suit throwback gangster drama — the Vanettis and Fango are colorful characters, and one gets the sense that the deeper Avilio immerses himself into the underworld, the bigger and crazier the personalities might get. The debut episode asks a key question to establish a strong dramatic dynamic: How compromised is Avilio’s morality? He’s already using Corteo, a naif and relative innocent, as a pawn to gain access to the mob. He’s shown a propensity for violence — we’re not sure if the hoodlum he clobbered with a very big wrench ever got up; in reality, he’d probably have a fractured skull — that’s troubling. How much further is he willing to push his ethical boundaries to achieve his goal?

Sex and Skin: None.

Parting Shot: One of the Vanetti creeps removes his hairpiece and reveals himself to be… Nero Vanetti himself!

Sleeper Star: With his garish look and loony bluster, Fango is the scene-stealer here.

Most Pilot-y Line: “A blade’s got nothin’ on loyalty.” — Avilio

Our Call: STREAM IT. Thus far, 91 Days is a slow-burn drama in anime form, and shows significant potential for meaningful storytelling. Only one episode in, and it already feels like a tragedy, whether Avilio gets his revenge or not.


John Serba is a freelance writer and film critic based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more of his work at or follow him on Twitter: @johnserba.

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First Nation elder Elsie Paul’s remarkable story gets new life online

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“There is a need throughout B.C. for Indigenous curriculum and this meets that new curriculum that is up to date and has the proper protocols around Indigenous knowledge,” said Raibmon, adding it can be tough for teachers to find really good resources.

“I am very excited and proud about it and we have got some phenomenal responses from the school district,” said McKenzie. “Just recently we did a learn in for all of the teachers here in the district up here in Powell River and they were very excited to have local content to teach about.

“When I was growing up, we learned about the Haida and the Cree and I think that’s all good, but it had nothing to do with us here, right? Our teachings, our history and the current realities of this place,” said McKenzie, who operates his own PR firm.

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Ghislaine Maxwell hires Christian Everdell, lawyer who helped take down ‘El Chapo’

Ghislaine Maxwell has hired the former prosecutor who helped bring down drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to try to get her off child sex-trafficking charges.

Recent court filings for the 58-year-old British media heiress show that she is being repped by Christian Everdell, who spent more than a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Everdell’s bio notes how he and his team were awarded a “True American Hero Award” by the Federal Drug Agent Foundation in for “their work in the investigation and apprehension of the former head of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico (“Chapo Guzman”).

Former colleagues believe he may use his experience in such high-profile cases to get Maxwell to turn on others allegedly in Epstein’s inner-circle to strike a deal.

“He will of course do what is in the best interests of his client, but no doubt he will be talking to her about the benefits of becoming a cooperating witness,” tweeted Jennifer Rodgers, who used to be his supervisor as a fellow federal Southern District of New York prosecutor.

Maxwell was busted on a six-count Manhattan federal indictment for allegedly recruiting underage girls for Epstein, who killed himself in August in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting a fresh sex-trafficking case.

Maxwell was moved to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn on Monday morning, where insiders say they are taking every measure possible to make sure she cannot meet the same fate as her former lover.

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New York’s Dapper Don Last Saw Fireworks Display He Made Famous 30 Years Ago

July 6, 2020 – Legendary New York mafia boss John Gotti made his final appearance at his annual July 4th fireworks extravaganza 30 years ago this week, as he enjoyed his last summer freedom in 1990. Gotti, who rocketed to worldwide fame and pop-culture relevance the likes of which hadn’t been seen from the gangland community since Al Capone, was indicted in December of that year and never saw the free world again.

Starting in the early 1970s, Gotti began hosting a big neighborhood fireworks show outside his Ozone Park, Queens headquarters, the Bergin Fish & Hunt Club on 101st Avenue every Fourth of July night. The fact that the borough had a fireworks ban didn’t deter the Gotti crew from the giving Ozone Park residents a show of appreciation some at the time compared to Capone doling out Turkeys for holidays in Prohibition-era Chicago.

Gotti lieutenants raked in major cash peddling illegal and stolen fireworks, according to his FBI file. The operation was based out of a rural New Jersey barn.

The feds arrested Gotti at his Manhattan hangout, the Ravenite Social Club in Little Italy on December 11, 1990 and hit with a massive RICO case that drew headlines on both sides of the Atlantic. The judge denied him bail and he was off the streets for good.

That didn’t stop his signature fireworks display in Ozone Park from lasting almost another decade. The New York Mayor’s Office shut down the Gotti crew’s annual July 4th fireworks show in 1997, resulting in scuffles between wiseguys and cops in the Queens neighborhood.

Gotti grabbed power in the Gambino crime family courtesy of a Christmas time coup in 1985 when he orchestrated the assassination of his predecessor Paul Castellano, an out-of-touch Godfather isolated from his troops in his Todt Hill estate in Staten Island.

Dubbed the Dapper Don and the Teflon Don, for his chic, high-fashion threads and reputation for beating cases thrown at him by law enforcement, the charges finally stuck at a 1992 trial and Gotti was convicted of murder and racketeering and sentenced to life in prison. He died of cancer behind bars in 2002.

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