Louis “Bobby” Manna, 91, denied compassionate release

Louis “Bobby” Manna, 91, denied compassionate release

Louis “Bobby” Manna, former consigliere of the Genovese family, was denied his compassionate release on November 16th by Judge Peter G. Sheridan.

Manna, 91, has been in prison since 1989 where we was sentenced for ordering a hit on famous mobster John Gotti, and the successful murder attempt of associate Irwin “Fat Man” Schiff, according to NJ.com.  The Gotti hit ultimately was a failure.

Federal officials caught the organization of the hit on wiretap at a Hoboken food and drink establishment.  The FBI immediately brought this information to Gotti as his life was in imminent danger.

Jeremy Iandolo, Manna’s attorney, pleaded with the Judge to accept compassionate release, but to no avail.  Iandolo argues that Manna has more than “paid his debts to society.”

Manna is currently serving an 80 year sentence at Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota.  He is set to be released on November 7th, 2054 when he would be 124.

source: ny post 

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Philly Mob Boss Skinny Joey Merlino Is Free To Travel Abroad, Fed Judge Gets Him His Passport Back

December 3, 2021 — The man they call “Skinny Joey” can now officially fatten his travel schedule with the return of his passport after five years of it being considered property of the federal government.

Last week in New York City, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Sullivan ordered prosecutors to immediately give reputed Philadelphia mafia don Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino his passport back after dawdling and slow-rolling returning the document to the swashbuckling crime boss in Florida, where he has resided the past decade. At the proceeding in Manhattan, Sullivan admonished the U.S. Attorneys Office for dragging its feet in allowing Merlino to retrieve his rightful property minus harassment.

Gangland News founder Jerry Capeci, the undisputed Dean of American mob writing, broke the news in his weekly column Thursday. Capeci first wrote of Merlino’s passport troubles in October.

The swaggering, high-fashion conscious Skinny Joey has been “off paper” (free of any parole restrictions) since the summer. He did a year of prison time for a federal gambling conviction stemming from the 2016 “East Coast LCN” conspiracy case.

When he was awarded bond in that case more than five years ago, Merlino, 59, turned over his passport to prosecutors. After a mistrial on racketeering charges, Merlino copped a plea to a single gambling count for placing an illegal bet on a cell phone.

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Inside the harsh, prison-bound life of El Chapo’s glamorous wife

When Emma Coronel Aispuro was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday, El Chapo’s wife begged a federal court judge to consider her 10-year-old twin daughters with the imprisoned drug-cartel leader.

“They are already growing up without the presence of one of their parents,” the 32-year-old brunette told Rudoph Contreras, the District Court Judge in Washington, DC, who handed down her sentence. “I beg you to please not allow them to grow up without the presence of their mother.”

In pronouncing her sentence, Judge Contreras told Coronel Aispuro: “I hope you raise your twins in a different environment than you’ve experienced to date.”

Coronel Aispuro, 32, is hoping to serve the rest of her time in prison at a federal facility in California so that she can be close to her children, according to reports. Like their beauty-queen mother, Maria Joaquina and Emaly Guadalupe were born in that state and have US citizenship. It’s not clear who is taking care of the girls while both parents serve out their prison terms. Calls to Coronel Aispuro’s lawyers were not returned this week.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, is surrounded by security as she arrives at federal court.
Coronel Aispuro was convicted for being a “co-conspirator” for her husband’s Sinaloa cartel.
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On Tuesday, Coronel Aispuro was sentenced to 36 months in jail for her role as a “co-conspirator” in the Sinaloa Cartel. Her husband, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who headed up the cartel before his extradition to the US in 2017, is currently serving a life sentence at a maximum security facility in Colorado.

Jeffrey Lichtman, the Manhattan criminal defense attorney who represented both Coronel Aispuro and El Chapo, told reporters outside the DC courthouse Tuesday that she would likely be out of prison in 18 months. The sentence was relatively light because Coronel Aispuro had no previous criminal record and readily admitted guilt, Lichtman said.

But an expert on Mexican cartels said Coronel Aispuro will likely have to do the full 36 months in federal prison. “There’s no such thing as early release from federal prison,” said Robert Almonte, a security consultant based in Texas. “She’s not going to be used to doing federal time in the US. It won’t be like in Mexico where prisoners can pay for luxurious cells and take out food. She is going to get a reality check.”

Time behind bars will also put a halt on her fashion dreams. Before her arrest, Coronel Aispuro was searching for designers in Mexico to help create a line of cell phone cases, hats, T-shirts and sweatshirts under the “El Chapo Guzman” name.

Chapo's wife, Emma
Coronel Aispuro became something of an Instagram influencer before her arrest, with more than 686,000 followers.
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Coronel Aispuro registered a trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2019 for the brand name and a circular logo featuring a lion’s head, according to the federal registration. No items were yet produced under the label.

She also appeared on a yacht in an episode of VH1’s “Cartel Crew” in November 2019, seeking advice from the son of drug trafficker Griselda Blanco on launching the clothing line.

“I try not to regret what’s in the past,” she said, clad in tight jeans and a white bustier and mirrored aviator sunglasses. “They judge us without knowing us. It’s hard because sometimes you just want to do what you see everyone around you doing.” 

The cartel-inspired clothing line put Coronel Aispuro in direct competition with stepdaughter Alejandrina Guzman Salazar, one of El Chapo’s 10 children. Guzman Salazar’s El Chapo 701 label markets leather goods, jeans, cigars and liquor, according to its website.

Sources say Coronel Aispuro wanted to start the line in an effort to end her reliance on profits from drug dealing, although she herself has denied ever using drug money to fund her lifestyle.

That lavish life included luxury trips to Europe and a Barbie-themed party for her daughters’ seventh birthday in 2018 — complete with a giant pink Dreamhouse, carnival rides and a startling array of cakes and candies.

At the time, she said that she relied on cash from the rental of properties that her father, a convicted drug trafficker, owned.

Before her arrest, she had also become an Instagram influencer — with more than 686,000 followers — modeling clothes for various Mexican companies in Sinaloa. Her last Instagram post, from two months before she turned herself in, shows Coronel Aispuro in a lacy wedding dress, her dark hair dyed blonde in a campaign for Lumaran Salon in Culiacan, the largest city in Sinaloa, where she lived with her daughters.

“In the past, she was able to rub elbows with some pretty fancy people,” Almonte told The Post. “Now she will be treated just like any other female inmate in the federal prison system.”

Emma Coronel's extravagant "Barbie" party
Coronel Aispuro threw an elaborate Barbie-themed birthday party for her twin daughters, now 10.
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Coronel Aispuro gave herself up to authorities at Dulles Airport outside Washington, DC, where she was arrested on international drug trafficking charges in February, and has already served 10 months at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The facility, which holds about 400 inmates, has also been home to former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort; US Army soldier and whistleblower Chelsea Manning; and Zacarias Moussaoui, the French al-Qaeda member who pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill US citizens during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

At the detention facility, Coronel Aispuro was reportedly alone, in her cell, 22 hours a day — a far cry from her formerly glamorous and busy life.

“She only spends a couple of hours in a small communal room,” her attorney Mariel Colon told Spain’s “El Pais” earlier this year. Coronel Aispuro read much of the time, as “they don’t offer her anything else to do to distract herself,” said Colon.

Emma Coronel
Coronel Aispuro had been modeling for brands in Mexico, including a bridal salon.
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It was not clear whether she had been able to see her twins during her incarceration.

Her involvement in the cartel run by her husband, 64, first came to light at his trial in a Brooklyn federal courtroom where Coronel Aispuro was a daily fixture — smiling and blowing kisses at her husband, while wearing chic designer outfits.

Coronel Aispuro, who married El Chapo on her 18th birthday in 2007, was instrumental to her husband’s daring escape — through a mile-long tunnel — from a high-security prison in Mexico in 2015, according to court documents.

In addition to delivering $1 million in cash to prison officials to arrange for favorable prison conditions for Guzman, Coronel Aispuro “arranged for a GPS watch disguised as a food item to be delivered to Guzman by a prison guard,” court papers say. The watch allowed Guzman to mark the location of his cell to give tunnel engineers “specific geographic coordinates to construct the underground tunnel,” court papers say.

Recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City.
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is serving a life sentence.
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She also helped purchase property close to the prison so that the tunnel could be constructed. In her visits to her husband in prison she kept him “apprised of the progress of construction” of the tunnel, which had an opening under the shower in El Chapo’s cell, according to court papers.

She relayed messages to other members of the Sinaloa cartel regarding the drug trade, which continued to be run by El Chapo while he was incarcerated, according to court filings.

Emma Coronel
Coronel Aispuro is hoping to be sent to a prison in California to be near her twin daughters.
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Following his escape from the high-security Mexican prison in 2015, El Chapo was on the run living in a series of safe houses until he was captured by Mexican marines in the coastal city of Los Mochis in Sinaloa in January 2017. Days later, he was extradited to the US to face trial on several counts of drug trafficking, money-laundering and murder.

Along with her prison sentence, Coronel Aispuro was ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million to the US government, an amount that was later reduced to $511,734, according to court records.

Dressed in a white turtleneck and dark suit, Coronel Aispuro apologized to the court.

“I express my true regrets for any and all harm that I may have done,” Coronel Aispuro said in Spanish before the sentence was announced. “I am suffering as a result of the pain that I caused my family.”

In addition to her husband, Coronel Aispuro’s father Ines Coronel Barreras is a convicted drug trafficker and former Sinaloa Cartel member, currently serving a 10-year sentence in Mexico.

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The Possum & The President: JFK Partied With Mob On Inauguration Day ‘61, Led To His Shunning Of Rat Pack

December 2, 2021 — U.S. President John F. Kennedy broke off his relationship with iconic entertainer Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack after Kennedy came under heat from his own Justice Department for allowing Sinatra to throw him an inauguration party at a mobbed up gambling den, per FBI records.

On the late evening of January 20, 1961, hours after Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th President of the United States, he was drinking, gambling and carousing the night away at the Spartan American Club with Sinatra’s Rat Pack and other big-name celebrities, not to mention a convoy of Mafiosi from New York and Chicago, at a party held in his honor. The Spartan American club was owned by Washington D.C. mob boss Joe (The Possum) Nesline, who ran the rackets in the nation’s capital for New York’s Genovese crime family from the 1950s through the 1980s.

Kennedy had leveraged his family’s corporate and political dynasty and support from Hollywood and the Mafia into a successful run to the White House. Sinatra served as Kennedy’s conduit to both the entertainment world and the underworld. The Rat Pack played a pivotal role in JFK’s win in the rail thin 1960 election, barnstorming the country stumping for him and helping him raise money. The JFK campaign used Sinatra’s “High Hopes” song as its theme music.

In the days that followed Kennedy’s inauguration, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover presented the President FBI surveillance photos of the Rat Pack’s Spartan American Club party at a meeting in the Oval Office and his advisors instructed him to immediately cut ties with Ole’ Blue Eyes. Kennedy subsequently canceled a planned vacation to Sinatra’s residence in California and angered the singer by staying at rival entertainer Bing Crosby’s estate instead.

Nesline was Irish and a native of D.C. Per his D.C. police jacket, he politicked his way up the criminal food chain via his close relationships with Jewish mob power Meyer Lansky and Genovese crime family capo Charlie (The Blade) Tourine, the borgata’s skipper in Miami. Because he wasn’t Italian, he could never be made into the mafia, however, his business acumen and legendary reputation for running the most profitable dice game on the East Coast allowed him to rise to crew boss status and become D.C.’s only true-crime mob chief. According to his FBI file, Nesline maintained a wide network of gangland connections and extensive gambling interests in Cuba and the Bahamas, eventually planting a flag in Europe and the Middle East (with some of the ventures being co-financed by Lansky and Tourine).

A jury acquitted Nesline of murdering D.C. bookmaker George Hardy in 1951 at the Hide-Away Club on the grounds of self-defense. Hardy had a 38-caliber gun in his jacket pocket when Nesline shot him dead in a hallway of the club.

The heat incurred by Nesline’s Spartan American Club over Kennedy’s inauguration party resulted in him shuttering the club all together and moving his headquarters to the Amber Club, hiring actor George Raft as the club’s greeter. Nesline teamed with Chicago mob associate and nationally-respected gambling whiz Frank (Lefty) Rosenthal in operating the Amber Club until they were indicted for illegal gambling and Rosenthal fled for Las Vegas. Rosenthal’s life in Vegas was chronicled in the film Casino with Robert DeNiro playing him as a character called “Ace Rothstein.”

Nesline took federal pinches in 1963, 1967 and then finally in 1986, all gambling related, but did little prison time. His 1986 bust for selling and operating video poker machines got him probation. He died of natural causes at age 82 living in a Delaware nursing home.

Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 riding in a motorcade during a parade in Dallas. Lansky and Tourine both died peacefully in Florida in 1980 and 1983, respectively.

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Harvey Keitel, who plays mobster in ‘Lansky,’ is the bomb of dons

Keitel’s the bomb of dons

Harvey Keitel’s 50-plus-year award-winning film career now includes the crime thriller “Lansky.”

“I play Meyer Lansky. A gangster in the old old days. The godfather of organized crime and boss of Murder Inc. I read up about him. I studied him online. He was an immigrant. His parents, who had a little education, fought Cossacks. Later he even organized to break up a Nazi rally, and a line he says is: ‘I wish I had killed them all.’

“The family came to America. Lower East Side. And he became the powerful guy in the Mafia. Even involved with Bugsy Siegel whom he didn’t like but who started Las Vegas. Lansky’s buried in Florida and we filmed in Alabama. Why Alabama? Save money. This budget movie cost $5 million, not $100 million. It’s not even spending too much with prosthetics. My character had huge ears so all they did was just change my ears. I didn’t even get to meet any of his living family members. Listen, it was just a five-week shoot.

“The FBI starts closing in on him near the end. And that’s where there’s a moving scene in a hospital room caring for his son who’s bedridden most of his life. It’s where we see Lansky stating his feelings emotionally for the boy.

“The movie takes place as the FBI closes in on him and tries to find where his multimillions are hid.”

Terminal New Yorkers, Harvey and his writer wife Daphna Kastner have been sidelined since the pandemic in LA. They miss civilization. Said Harvey as he hung up: “My son’s in school out here. I’m going out now with my wife and son to pick up a dog. The way I figure it is, the three of them will probably be around longer than I will.”

“Lansky” is a top movie on Amazon. 

Meyer Lansky mugshot in circa 1935
Meyer Lansky mugshot circa 1935.
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Stars are speaking their minds

Remember Rose McGowan’s fraud or racketeering case against Harvey Weinstein? This client and her lawyers just went pffft and she’ll proceed pro se. Maybe new counsel later. Why? Depends on who’s speaking. An insider told an outsider the word is “difficult” . . . Moby once printed this on Moby.com: “America is essentially a right-wing country. We might resist this fact, but it is a fact. It’s not a fact in Manhattan . . . LA or San Francisco . . . We live in a divided country. Can’t we have the breakaway republics of ‘North-east-istan’ and ‘Pacific-stan’? Wouldn’t the red (Republican) states be happier without us? We could still travel freely and trade freely with them, but can’t we just leave? Then you could have three countries: Northeastistan, Pacificstan, Redstateistan.” OK. Let’s vote on Mobystan.


Potting soil

And here’s John Waters on pot: “Age 19 I was at NYU. I got caught by security smoking pot in my room. That was in ’65 when smoking grass was still new. It was the first marijuana bust on a college campus. There was even a book written with a chapter about me called ‘1 in 7: Drugs on Campus.’ As I packed my bags to leave, NYU kept threatening to have me arrested. Frankly, I was hoping they’d send me to jail so I could do the ultimate 16mm prison film. I wasn’t upset at all.” Waters describes this experience in his 2017 book, titled “Make Trouble.”


The Postal Service is losing money. The postmaster general is barking it may have to raise its rates again. I can’t understand why the snail mail service should have any deficit. Look at the way volume has increased — just on complaints alone.

Only in the US, kids, only in the US.

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El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years for helping run cartel

Some couples start to look alike — but El Chapo and his wife started to crook alike.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the beauty queen wife of infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for helping run the murderous Sinaloa Cartel.

Aispuro, 32, pleaded guilty in June to helping El Chapo run his operation. She was arrested in February at Dulles Airport near Washington, DC.

Coronel, a US-born former beauty queen, admitted to conspiracy to distribute thousands of kilos of heroin, coke, meth and marijuana while working for her husband in Mexico. She also pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo that she “attempted to aid and abet the goals” of her husband, who she married on her 18th birthday in 2007, and cited her role in his notorious 2015 escape from a Mexican prison.

Emma Coronel Aispuro's husband Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is currently serving a life sentence in a max security prison in Colorado.
Emma Coronel Aispuro’s husband Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is currently serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison in Colorado.
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018 file photo, Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, arrives to federal court in New York. Despite her status as the wife of the world’s most notorious drug boss, Coronel Aispuro lived mostly in obscurity -- until her husband went to prison for life.
Emma Coronel Aispuro arrives to federal court in New York on Dec. 6, 2018.
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They claimed she bribed Mexican prison officials to take good care of El Chapo while he was behind bars and acted as a go-between for her husband and his henchmen, sneaking a GPS watch into the prison for him. Gusman is serving life behind bars in federal prison in Colorado, where he is locked in his cell for 23 hours a day. 

Prosecutors had recommended Coronel serve only four years and pay a fine of almost $1.5 million, saying in the memo she had no criminal history and “swiftly accepted responsibility for her actions.”  

“We’re pleased with the result and we’re pleased with the court recognizing her very minimal role,” Coronel’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, told The Post on Tuesday, adding that she agreed to the $1.5 million forfeiture. 

Attorney Jeffery Lichtman delivers remarks to the news media following the sentencing hearing for his client Emma Coronel Aispuro on November 30, 2021.
Attorney Jeffery Lichtman delivers remarks to the media following the sentencing hearing for his client Emma Coronel Aispuro on November 30, 2021.
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Coronel made headlines in 2019 when she laughed in Brooklyn federal court as her husband’s mistress sobbed on the stand at his trial, and garnered attention for showing up to court in designer outfits.

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One Nation Under A Groove Under The Genovese Crime Family: Payola Probe, Black Woodstock, Big Nate McCalla Left 5 Bodies In Their Wake

November 30, 2021 — Fallout from a federal investigation into Payola in the radio industry and a music festival dubbed the Black Woodstock in the late 1970s resulted in five murders tied to the New York mafia’s Genovese crime family, per FBI and DEA records. Two of those murdered were famous Washington D.C. disc jockeys and another was an infamous mob associate and record executive. The main cause of all the ruckus was the Brute Music Festival: One Nation Under A Groove held in the days surrounding the 1977 July 4 holiday at the Take It Easy Ranch property in Calloway, Maryland.

The face of the festival was its founder and promoter, Norris (Brute) Little. Behind east coast R&B music impresario Little though was a cadre of mob figures, drug bosses and underworld-connected D.C. radio-station hustlers.

Little had been staging his festival for the previous decade, but at a much smaller scale. For 1977, Little wanted to go big and brought in investors, including high-ranking Genovese crime family affiliate Morris Levy and his henchman Nathan (Big Nate) McCalla, also a music industry executive, D.C. heroin kingpin Linwood (The Grey Ghost) Gray and popular, smooth-talking disc jockey, Bob (Nighthawk) Terry. Plans for the event immediately tripled in size. Disco Queen crooner Johnnie Taylor and Best-selling R&B groups, The Commodores, The Brothers Johnson and Kool & The Gang, were booked to headline the show.

“Mo” Levy was a staple of the recording industry for three decades and the owner of Roulette Records. He was notorious in the music business for mistreating his artists and stealing their publishing rights. He owned the Strawberries chain of record stores and a number of nightclubs and performance venues around New York City. Much of his power and influence came from his close relationship with mob titan, Genovese don Vincent (The Chin) Gigante and one of his most trusted capos, Dominick (Baldy Dom) Canterino.

Big Nate McCalla was vice president of Roulette Records. Besides being the No. 2 at Roulette Records and Levy’s right-hand man and enforcer, McCalla owned a tiny R&B music label backed by Levy named Calla Records and publishing-rights outfit known as JAMF Publishing (JAMF stood for Jive Ass Mother Fucker). Betty LaVette’s 1965 Top 20 hit, Let Me Down Easy, was Calla Records’ most successful release.

McCalla was born in the Bahamas and served as a go-between for Levy and his African-American associates, pushing spins at Black radio-oriented stations across the country with the use of threats and intimidation tactics. Levy and McCalla were both military vets. McCalla served as a paratrooper in the Korean War.

Many music industry historians point to McCalla as the person responsible for bringing iconic reggae singer-songwriter Bob Marley to massive fame in North America in the 1970s. Big Nate traveled to Jamaica and made deals to license Marley’s music in the U.S. and Canada; delivering a signing bonus and then failing to pay the rest of the agreed amount. Nonetheless, it was because of McCalla that U.S and Canadian audiences heard Marley on the radio, fell in love with him and made him a counter-culture icon.

McCalla’s push to get Marley played in the North American radio market involved highly-successful New York disc jockey Frank (Hollywood Frankie) Crocker, a pioneer in the “urban contemporary” genre (he’s credited with coining the phrase) of big-city radio, was also at the center of a Payola scandal in the industry that derailed his career for a brief period of time in the late 1970s and was connected to Mo Levy and Big Nate McCalla. Whether his palm was greased or not to play his records, Crocker embraced Marley and the entire reggae music scene and his championing of the sound exposed Marley to the masses and skyrocketed his success in the States.

Around this time, Mo Levy and Big Nate McCalla were indicted for attacking an off-duty police officer outside a Manhattan jazz club in 1975. The assault occurred when NYPD cop Charlie Heinz made what Levy interpreted as an inappropriate comment to his girlfriend. Per an NYPD incident report, McCalla held Heinz on the ground while Levy pummeled his face causing Heinz to lose his right eye.

Crocker was indicted on May 13, 1976. Earlier that same month, D.C. disc jockey R. Seavy (Soul Papa) Campbell of WOL, someone Crocker and Nighthawk Terry used to promote concerts with, was slain gangland style. Campbell was found shot to death on the side of a Virginia road in the early morning hours of May 4, 1976.

In the months prior to his murder, Campbell was facing scrutiny from the IRS for shady banking practices linked to his concert promotions firm and had been subpoenaed before a grand jury investigating Payola in the radio industry and its ties to Italian and African-American organized crime. According to one internal FBI memo, multiple informants pointed the finger at Levy and McCalla for playing a role i

n Campbell’s murder.

Calla Records shut down in 1977. That same year, Levy and McCalla began discussing staging a musical festival to wash dirty money, per FBI informant files. Using McCalla’s contacts to Nighthawk Terry and the D.C. black music scene, they were introduced to “Brute Little,” who had been putting on a small annual concert series in the D.C. area during the summer since the mid-1960s and was hoping to grow the series of glorified jam sessions to a buzzy Black music festival in the mold of transcendent mostly-Caucasian hippy music festivals like Woodstock in New York or Monterey Pop in California.

Nighthawk Terry was the premier D.C. radio personality at the time, overseeing WOL’s transition from traditional rock-and-roll to all-R&B and soul music. Federal documentation from 1970s tied him to a series of Payola scandals, a string of money laundering schemes and several prominent members of the D.C. drug world. One of those D.C. drug tycoons he was close to was Linwood Gray. He also knew Brute Little and did business with Little’s music promotions outfit. So did Gray, providing financing to many of those endeavors. Mo Levy and Big Nate McCalla made an under-the-table deal with Little and Gray to pump a million bucks into the creation and promotion of a bigger, much more glitzy and grand Brute Music Festival to be marketed as the “Black Woodstock,” with the Parliament Funkadelic-inspired tag line, “One Nation Under A Groove.”

Little’s Charisma Entertainment Co. leased the Take It Easy Ranch located in Calloway, Maryland in the Eastern Shores region of the state, for the days of July 1 through July 4, 1977. Linwood Gray sent a pair of his own guys to be his boots on the ground for the event. The only problem was, that those two guys, D.C. hoodlums, Howard (Hawkeye) McNair and Theodore (Fast Teddy) Brown, didn’t make it through the event itself alive.

Per one FBI document related the concert’s fallout, Terry, McNair and Brown began to counterfeit large amounts of tickets and backstage passes and flooded the buyer’s market with them in the weeks preceding the four-day festival. Levy and the Genovese crime family got word of the bootlegged tickets and passes and were enraged, dispatching McCalla to Maryland to deal with the situation personally.

On July 2, the second day of the festival, On July 2, 1977, McNair and Brown were both found slain in a patch of woods just a few hundred yards away from the Take It Easy Ranch property, each shot in the back of the head at point-blank range. Three days later, on July 5, the day after the festival concluded, tensions boiled over between Big Nate McCalla and Nighthawk Terry and a screaming match erupted in the lobby of WOL, with McCalla accusing Terry of counterfeiting 150,000 tickets for an event that could only hold 200,000 people at maximum capacity and costing him, Levy and their backers in the Chin’s Genovese crew more than $1,000,000 in potential profits.

Nighthawk Terry was living on borrowed time.

The 41-year old Terry vanished on August 31, 1977, last seen driving away from WHUR radio station in D.C. in his blue-colored Oldsmobile Toronado. His body has never been found.

Considered the No. 1 suspect in the McNair and Brown homicides and Terry’s disappearance, Big Nate McCalla left New York and went into hiding in Florida. He was discovered shot to death in the living room of a rented house in Ft. Lauderdale on February 20, 1980. McCalla had been deceased for at least a week and was killed by someone he knew (the home’s back door was open, a set of keys in the handle and the windows sealed shut with the heating system blasting).

Gray went down in a drug and tax case, convicted at a July 1979 trial where he admitted under oath that him and Terry did business with New York organized crime figures. Gray’s attorneys blamed the narcotics activity he was being charged with on Terry, who couldn’t refute the claims because he was dead.

Terry was portrayed by actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer in the 2007 film Talk To Me. One police informant told authorities that Terry’s body was dismembered and buried in several different spots across a North Carolina farm. Terry’s Oldsmobile was found torched in a North Carolina field in 1978.

Mo Levy died in 1990, less than two weeks away from being scheduled to report to serve a 12-year federal prison sentence for racketeering and extortion. The Chin passed away of natural causes behind bars in 2005. Baldy Dom Canterino, Levy’s co-defendant in his racketeering case, died in prison too.

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Jailed mobster, 91, who put hit on Gotti denied release

A 91-year-old mobster convicted of putting a hit on John Gotti was denied release from prison by a federal judge.

Louis “Bobby” Manna, a former consigliere of the Genovese crime family, has been imprisoned for more than three decades, following his 1989 conviction for ordering the failed Gotti assassination, and orchestrating the murder of organized-crime figure Irwin “Fat Man” Schiff, NJ.com reported.

After learning of the planned Gotti hit through a wiretap at one of Manna’s hangouts, a restaurant in Hoboken, the FBI warned the Dapper Don, then-boss of the Gambino crime family.

Manna’s attorney, Jeremy Iandolo, argued in an Oct. 20 motion that Manna — who is in poor health — had “paid his debt to society.”

But Judge Peter G. Sheridan rejected the request Nov. 16.

Irwin Schiff body being removed from Bravo Sergio restaurant after his assassination in Sept. 1987. Schiff's death was allegedly orchestrated by Bobby Manna.
Irwin Schiff body being removed from Bravo Sergio restaurant after his assassination in Sept. 1987. Schiff’s death was allegedly orchestrated by Bobby Manna.
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“He was a leader of the Genovese crime family, a role he performed through violence and intimidation,” Sheridan ruled. “His numerous crimes were extremely serious and heinous.”

Manna is serving a sentence of 80 years.

In 1989, following Manna’s conviction, Samuel Alito Jr. — then an assistant U.S. attorney, today a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court — said: “Bobby Manna is the third-ranking figure in the Genovese crime family, which has been the leading force in organized crime in this state for decades through its stranglehold on the unions,” according to the Bergen Record.

Bobby Manna leaving court in 1988.
Bobby Manna leaving court in 1988.
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He’s behind bars at the Federal Medical Center, Rochester, Minn.

His release date is Nov. 7, 2054 — when Manna would be 124.

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When The Chicago Outfit Hired The Cocaine Cowboys: Lefty Rosenthal Tried Having Tony The Ant Blown Up In Miami

November 25, 2021 — Famous Chicago mob associate Frank (Lefty) Rosenthal tried to take a murder contract out on his childhood friend, feared Las Vegas mafia chieftain Tony (The Ant) Spilotro, before their bosses in the Outfit beat him to it and the hit man he tried to hire was killed himself. According to FBI records, in the early 1980s, Rosenthal, who was feuding with Spilotro over Outfit business affairs in Vegas and the fact that Spilotro was having a romantic affair with Rosenthal’s wife, Geri, sought out Cocaine Cowboy and CIA asset, Richard (Monkey) Morales, to have Tony the Ant blown up in a fire-bomb explosion on a visit to Miami.

Monkey Morales was an explosives expert trained in Cuba. He and Rosenthal met each other in Miami in the 1960s when Rosenthal and his benefactors back in the Windy City hired Morales to car bomb rival bookmakers, per federal documents. Rosenthal fled South Florida for the glitzy Vegas Strip in the wake of a federal investigation into the string of bombings.

Rosenthal and Spilotro were put in charge of the Chicago mob’s interests in the Las Vegas gaming industry. Outfit bosses tapped Rosenthal, one of the most legendary handicappers in the American gambling world of the mid to late 20th Century, as their “inside man” and Tony the Ant, pint-sized, but formidable mafia assassin, as the strongman to oversee the whole operation from the streets outside the four casinos controlled on the Strip.

The entire ordeal came to a crashing halt in the final months of 1982.

On October 4, Rosenthal survived a car bombing in the parking lot of a Las Vegas restaurant. The following month, on November 9, Geri Rosenthal was found dead of a drug overdose in a Los Angeles motel room.

In the days before Christmas, Monkey Morales met his fate and died in a bar fight in Miami on December 21, shot to death outside Rogers On The Green. Morales’ family believes the seemingly random altercation was in actuality a hit and Morales’ brother admitted on his deathbed to executing the owner of Rogers On The Green two years later in an act of vengeance.

Spilotro lasted another four years until he was heinously slain in the basement of a private residence in Chicago, beaten, stomped and strangled to death along with his little brother, Mickey, for his insubordinate behavior. Oscar-winning actors Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro, played Spilotro and Rosenthal, respectively, in the 1995 film Casino. Sharon Stone was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Rosenthal’s wife.

After Rosenthal died of natural causes in 2008 at age 79, it was revealed that he was a longtime confidential informant for the FBI.

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Inside El Chapo’s final hideouts and escape houses

Blood splatters and bullet holes fill the concrete walls and escape tunnels of the hideouts once frequented by one of the world’s most notorious drug kingpins.

Vivid photographs show inside two safe houses that belonged to the drug lord and former Sinaloa Cartel leader, Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán, notoriously known as “El Chapo.”

And while one remains deserted with a haunted past, the other has taken on a new life.

The first home is in Los Mochis of northern Sinaloa, the Mexican state where Guzmán spent his final days before being captured by Mexican marines and extradited to the United States. The second home in Culiacan, in the capital of Sinaloa, was used by Guzman as a safe house due to its winding escape tunnels.

But for a man with an estimated net worth and assets that amounted to $12.6 billion, his houses were pretty destitute for the leader of a global drug-trafficking operation.

Longtime photographer Hans-Maximo Musielik, who has spent time on the scene of both properties, gave The Post an inside look at the derelict refuge used by one of the most dangerous drug traffickers responsible for killing up to 3,000 people in just one year of his nearly 30-year reign.

“Inside the home, everything was a mess,” Musielik told The Post, noting he witnessed “large coagulated pools of blood” firsthand.

While the first home is still abandoned, the second residence has a new owner, Musielik said. An unknown party scored the two-bedroom house in the Mexican National Lottery, but despite the good fortune, the winner is staying anonymous in fear of the cartel.

Photos capture inside the two safe houses of Joaquín Guzmán, commonly known as "El Chapo," where he lived while in hiding.
Photos capture inside the two safe houses of Joaquín Guzmán, commonly known as “El Chapo,” where he lived while in hiding.
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Los Mochis: El Chapo’s final home

Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Corner view the safe house with street plate.
Corner view of the safe house with street plate in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, seen on Jan. 9, 2016.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Mexican marines inside the home the night of El Chapo's capture.
Mexican marines inside the home the night of El Chapo’s capture.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Main entrance door of El Chapo´s safety house. A bullet ridden door is witness to the events of the previous morning.
The main entrance door of El Chapo’s safety house. A bullet-ridden door is witness to the events of the previous morning.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by marines to a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016.
Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted by marines to a helicopter at Mexico City’s airport on Jan. 8, 2016.
Hans-Maximo Musielik

On Jan. 8, 2016, Guzman was captured with his closest bodyguard after they stole a car to escape in Los Mochis by two federal police officers. Minutes before their arrest, both fled the safe house, located at Jiquilpan 1002 Street, after the special forces of the Mexican Navy Infantry raided the home in an operation called “Black Swan” (Cisne Negro).

Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Door number sign on the floor of one of the rooms in the first floor right next to the kitchen.
The door number sign on the floor of one of the rooms on the first floor right next to the kitchen.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Main entrance and kitchen of the safe house after government searched through in the previous 24 hours.
The main entrance and kitchen of the safe house after government searched through in the previous 24 hours.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Bullet shell next to underwear in a closet of one of the bedrooms in the second floor.
A bullet shell next to underwear in a closet of one of the bedrooms on the second floor.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Glass wall inside a walk-in closet in the first-floor bedroom. Behind this hidden glass door is the secret access to the escape tunnel.
A glass wall inside a walk-in closet in the first-floor bedroom. Behind this hidden glass door is the secret access to the escape tunnel.
Hans-Maximo Musielik

Following his arrest, officers chose to take him to a motel room and entrench themselves there until backup arrived.

The two-story home is made up of three bedrooms with a living area on the second floor. There is another large room with what seemed to be a walk-in closet with glass walls. All of the bedrooms had beds in them. The first room on the first floor is believed to be Guzman’s bedroom, due to the proximity to the walk-in closet where a secret entrance was observed.

Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Bedroom at the ground floor.
The bedroom on the ground floor.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Storm sewer manhole cover from which El Chapo and his body guard crawled out after escaping. This hole is about half a mile (840 meters) away from their safe house.
A storm sewer manhole cover from which El Chapo and his bodyguard crawled out after escaping. This hole is about half a mile (840 meters) away from their safe house.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: View of the secret tunnel inundated with some water. This tunnel was used by El Chapo to escape.
The view of the secret tunnel inundated with some water. This tunnel was used by El Chapo to escape.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Inside the escape tunnel looking to the staircase that leads to the ground floor bedroom
Inside the escape tunnel looking to the staircase that leads to the ground floor bedroom
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Inside the escape tunnel looking to the steel door that would allow access to the city´s Storm Sewer network.
Inside the escape tunnel looking to the steel door that would allow access to the city´s Storm Sewer network.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Behind the hidden Glass door. Stair case to the secret escape tunnel.
Behind the hidden glass door, a staircase to the secret escape tunnel.
Hans-Maximo Musielik

The photos and videos captured show several signs of the battle that took place that morning between Guzman’s gang and government officials.

While Guzman and his bodyguard escaped from the home, others resisted which bought them some time.

Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Bullet ridden wall over the staircase that leads to the second floor.
A bullet-ridden wall over the staircase that leads to the second floor.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: View of one of the larger rooms in the second floor.
A view of one of the larger rooms on the second floor.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Second floor. bullet or grenade impact.
Bullet or grenade impact on the second floor.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: In one of the bathrooms a hair dye.
Hair dye and toothbrushes in one of the bathrooms.
Hans-Maximo Musielik

“National and international media were allowed to enter the safe house almost 24 hours after his arrest,” Musielik told The Post, noting that “one could imagine the last stand of some of Guzman’s men” judging by the scene.

The home still remains off the market today with low-level surveillance. Open court cases regarding the house are keeping the home from being sold or auctioned.

Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: View of another bathroom
The view of another bathroom.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: On one of the beds in a second-floor bedroom were these rented DVD of the original 2011 version of the "Queen of the south" drama television series. The plot is about a woman of poor upbringings that becomes wealthy by building a drug empire.
On one of the beds in a second-floor bedroom, rented DVDs of the original 2011 version of the “Queen of the Aouth” television series. The plot is about a woman of poor upbringing that becomes wealthy by building a drug empire.
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: One of the Bedrooms in the upper floor.
One of the bedrooms on the upper floor.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Los Mochis, Sinaloa. January 9th 2016: Wall full of bullet and grenade impacts in the second floor coming out of the staircase.
A wall full of bullet and grenade impacts on the second floor coming out of the staircase.
Hans-Maximo Musielik

Culiacan: El Chapo’s other safe house

In February 2014, Guzman was hiding out in a house in Culiacan, Mexico, but fled through back tunnels and canals as authorities hunted for him. He was caught a few days later in nearby Mazatlan.

That house has since been renovated.

Front view of one of El Chapo´s safe houses in the capital city of Sinaloa. A secret escape tunnel was built under the bathtub which was activated by some hydraulic mechanism that lifted it in an angle and allowed access to a hidden stair case that leads through a tunnel to the cities storm sewer. El Chapo escaped from this safe house on at least one occasion.
Front view of one of El Chapo’s safe houses in the capital city of Sinaloa. A secret escape tunnel was built under the bathtub which was activated by some hydraulic mechanism that lifted it at an angle and allowed access to a hidden staircase that leads through a tunnel to the cities storm sewer. El Chapo escaped from this safe house on at least one occasion.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
An abandoned sofa on a side street of one of El Chapo´s safe houses.
An abandoned sofa on a side street of one of El Chapo’s safe houses.
Hans-Maximo Musielik
Culiacán, Sin. 2015. Part of the Story sewage network to which el Chapo´s secret tunnel connected. Once he reached this point he had access to a large underground tunnel network which multiplied his chance of an escape.
Part of the sewage network to which El Chapo’s secret tunnel connected. Once he reached this point, he had access to a large underground tunnel network which multiplied his chance of an escape.
Hans-Maximo Musielik

Surveillance cameras that monitored everything around the perimeter of the home were removed, and the hole under a bathtub that connected to underground tunnels was covered up.

Last year, Mexico’s Institute to Return Stolen Goods to the People, known as INDEP, attempted to auction off the house with bidding starting at around $130,000, but there were no offers.

However, he two-bedroom home was raffled off by the government on Sept. 15, 2021, through the Mexican National Lottery. The price of a single lottery ticket was 250 Mexican pesos. Two million tickets were sold, but there are no details about who has come to own it, in fear of the stigma surrounding the property.

Part of the Story sewage network to which el Chapo´s secret tunnel connected. Once he reached this point he had access to a large underground tunnel network which multiplied his chance of an escape.
Part of the sewage network to which El Chapo’s secret tunnel connected.
Hans Maximo Musielik
. Metal stair case that leads to the underside of the bathtub. The two handles were used attached to it would serve to lower the bathtub once everybody was in the tunnel, so it would take time for the police to figure out their escape route. The bathtub activation mechanism was also hidden and was not clear to first sight.
A metal staircase that leads to the underside of the bathtub.
Hans-Maximo Musielik

When President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the lottery for the home in June, he made no mention of who the last owner was or that it had ties to the drug cartel.

Obrador only mentioned it had a black fence and was seven minutes from a park.

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