Glass Onion (Southie Style): Details Behind Why Slain Boston Irish Mob Boss Whitey Bulger Was Moved To Particular USP Hazelton Unit Emerges


December 9, 2022 — A prison employee at the notoriously dangerous USP Hazelton correctional facility specifically requested famously disgraced Boston Irish crime lord James (Whitey) Bulger be transferred into his unit despite knowing that his unit contained New England mob figures who might want to do him harm, according to the Justice Department’s Inspector General’s recent report on the missteps surrounding Bulger’s 2018 slaying less than 12 hours after arriving on the compound.

Whitey Bulger was outed as an FBI confidential informant in the 1990s. He had been doing his time in a protective-custody wing of a Florida penitentiary until he was shipped out for the verbal abuse of prison medical staff.

Bulger, 89, was beaten to death with metal padlocks, his eyes gouged out and his tongue cut out of his mouth, on the morning of October 30, 2018, inside his cell at USP Hazelton. Prisoners were made aware of Bulger’s pending arrival from loose-lipped prison personnel and they were having betting pools on how long the elderly former mob boss would last alive in a facility known for housing hardened felons from the New England area, according to the Inspector General’s report.

The report found no malicious intent on the prison staff’s part, however, pointed out a multitude of negligent conduct on how the Bulger transfer was handled and carried out. Back in the summer, New Englanders Freddy Geas, Paulie DeCologero and Sean McKinnon were charged in Bulger’s first-degree homicide, following a laborious near four-year investigation during which Geas, the reputed ringleader of the conspiracy, spent in solitary confinement.

Whitey Bulger ruled Boston’s Irish underworld from his Southie headquarters from the early 1970s until his indictment in 1995, when he took off and lived as a fugitive of justice for 16 years. Bulger’s status as a rat was confirmed in court filings and indictments of federal agents while he was on the run. Finally detained living in Los Angeles in the spring of 2011, Bulger was found guilty of multiple gangland homicides at trial and sentenced to life behind bars.

Geas, 55, and DeCologero, 48, are both already serving prison time for murders. McKinnon, 36, was doing a short sentence for a gun crime at the time of Bulger’s killing and is alleged to have acted as a lookout as, according to prosecutors, Geas and DeCologero went into Bulger’s cell and crushed in his skull and mutilated his corpse. All three co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Geas was an enforcer for the Italian mafia in Springfield, Massachusetts – a longtime satellite franchise of New York’s Genovese crime family. DeCologero was a member of his uncle, “Big Paulie” DeCologero’s mob crew on Boston’s North Shore. Bulger framed a close friend of Geas’ for a murder he didn’t commit in the 1980s.

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Could The Head In The Desert Be Once Attached To A Body In The Lake? “Tony Paradise” Hit Stemmed From East Coast-West Coast Mob Beef

December 8, 2022 — In the early 1980s, Anthony (Tony Paradise) Albanese was a New York-backed gangster in a beef with mobsters in Las Vegas and Los Angeles over his desire to open a co-ed bathhouse in a shopping plaza he owned just off the Vegas Strip, according to FBI records and informant reports.

On May 18, 1981, “Tony Paradise” Albanese, a 41-year old strip-club impresario, pimp and racketeer allegedly paying protection to the Bonanno crime family out New York, disappeared from his Las Vegas home at around 6:30 p.m. His severed head was discovered in the California desert three weeks later. Las Vegas Police found Albanese’s signature white Cadillac with gold-rimmed tires abandoned in the long-term parking section of McCarran International Airport.

Per sources, authorities in Las Vegas believe the rest of Albanese’s body was possibly dumped in Lake Mead and could surface in the midst of the water-level crisis the area is experiencing. At least five sets of human remains have been found since May — Clark County Officials are expecting dozens, if not hundreds, more to wash ashore in the coming years.

The FBI in Sin City is hoping to use the unfortunate set of environmental circumstances to their advantage and be able to clear old cold-case homicides and missing-person investigations connected to the Tony (The Ant) Spilotro mob crew of the 1970s and 1980s. Originally, Albanese was thought to have been buried in the Needles, California desert near where a hiker came across his head and there are still investigators that subscribe to that theory.

Spilotro and his “Hole In The Wall Gang” ran wild in Vegas, sent West by the Chicago mob to watch over its interests in the hotel and gaming industry on The Strip, but in the end he took up so much oxygen in the proverbial room that those interests would ultimately be crushed by federal prosecutors and his mafia superiors in the Midwest imprisoned as a result. The classic 1995 film Casino depicts Tony the Ant’s bloody reign in Las Vegas with Oscar-winning actor Joe Pesci portraying a character based on Spilotro.

The Tony Paradise beheading murder is actually referenced in the movie. “Frankie, they found a guy’s head in the desert, did you hear about that?……Everybody’s talking about it, Making a big deal about it. It’s in all the papers…….And I mean, that’s no good,” a Chicago mob boss informs a Spilotro underling, while instructing the underling to tell Tony the Ant do conduct his business quieter.

Tony Albanese landed on the West Coast in the 1960s. With financing and muscle behind him being provided by a Bronx crew of Bonannos, Albanese began his career in owning topless bars in the Los Angeles area, opening up a string of strip clubs under the name “Lil’ Abner’s.” Although friendly with the mafia in L,A., Albanese didn’t pay tribute to the Dragna crime family, according to his FBI jacket, instead relying on his bosses in the Bonannos out East to smooth things over for him if it ever became an issue.

Moving to Las Vegas in 1972, Albanese purchased the Paradise Market shopping mall plaza at the corner of Flamingo and Paradise Avenues, earning him a new nickname, “Tony Paradise.” At his new shopping plaza, Albanese opened the Crazy Horse Saloon strip club, the forefather to the famously mobbed-up Crazy Horse Too. Albanese bought Billy Joe’s Power Company topless bar in 1979 on a piece of property where Industrial Road and a Sahara Avenue highway overpass meet and turned it into the Crazy Horse Too.

Throughout this time, according to FBI records, Albanese, was paying the Bonannos tribute from the operation of his Vegas strip club and its baked-in rackets, however not to Spilotro and the boys from Chicago. Albanese’s “benefactor” in the Bonannos was alleged to be Patrick (Patty from the Bronx) DeFillipo, a then soldier and eventual capo in the Bonanno clan.

Around the early summer of 1980, Tony Paradise conceived the idea for a “co-ed spa” to be opened in the Paradise Market Plaza, per Las Vegas Police intelligence documents. He modeled the concept after the bathhouse and swinger-sex clubs operating openly in New York City. For the rest of 1980 and into 1981, Albanese went around to his underworld pals selling ownership stakes in the club, aiming for a $250,000 start-up costs bill. The problem became both Spilotro and the Dragna crime family in L..A. — thought to be connected to some of the investors — wanted a piece for themselves, free of cost.

Per informants, members of the Bonanno crime family came into Las Vegas for a sit down with Spilotro in January 1981 to discuss the matter. The issue wasn’t resolved though. Another sit down was held with Spilotro and members of both the Bonannos and the L.A. mob in Beverly Hills in March. Albanese was “mouthy” at the second sit down, according to one informant, angering Spilotro.

Tony Paradise was dead two months later. The ending for Spilotro wasn’t much prettier. Tony the Ant was beaten and strangled to death inside a basement in Chicago in June 1986 for his continued insubordination and negative headline-grabbing behavior out in Las Vegas.

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The Little Pete Katranis Hit: Mafia Enforcer In Detroit Killed In December ’72, Lost His Head, Then His Hands For Assault On Popular Mobster


December 6, 2022 — Detroit mob collector Greg (Little Pete) Katranis was found dead in the back of the trunk of his brand-new Cadillac Fleetwood automobile 50 years ago this week in what became known as a “message” murder due to Little Pete’s toxically bullish, sticky-handed behavior and sucker punch of a then rising-star mafia lieutenant when he was asked to tone down his wild antics.

Police in Metro Detroit discovered 30-year old Little Pete Katranis beaten and strangled to death, his hands removed from his body, in the parking lot of the Miracle Mile Shopping Center in Bloomfield Township, Michigan on the afternoon of December 12, 1972. Katranis was the son of former Motor City mafia figure Petros (Pete the Greek) Katranis and the brother of longtime Tocco-Zerilli crime family enforcer Michael (Big Mike) Katranis.

Informants told the FBI, Big Mike had the painstaking task of luring his younger brother to his murder, told if he didn’t, he too would be killed for his sibling’s misdeeds. The Katranis slaying was suspected to have been carried out by the Detroit mob’s infamous Giacalone crew.

In the years after Prohibition, “Pete the Greek” Katranis played a pivotal role in helping the Detroit Italian mob take over and control the city’s downtown “Greektown” entertainment district. Katranis was the main muscle for the Tocco-Zerilli’s Corrado crew in Greektown in that era. His sons, Little Pete and Big Mike followed him into the family business of strongarm work and racketeering, running with a clique of brash up-and-comers in the mob’s Corrado and Giacalone crews during the late 1960s and 1970s.

The leader of the Detroit mob’s youth infusion in that day was swashbuckling and ambitious Ronald (Hollywood Ronnie) Morelli, the driver and bodyguard for the Tocco-Zerilli crime family’s legendary street boss, Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone. On the streets of Motown, Giacalone spoke for the administration and Morelli spoke for Giacalone.

At some point in late 1972, Katranis was caught stealing from collections he was making and freelancing on drug and extortion rackets of his own without sharing his ill-gotten gains with Giacalone and his bosses in the Tocco-Zerilli clan. Giacalone dispatched Morelli to give Little Pete a final warning to reel in his subversive ploys, but Little Pete allegedly took offense to Morelli bringing up the issue in a public setting. The next night at the Bachelor Quarters Lounge, Little Pete Katranis decked Morelli from the side in front of a crowded and stunned group of BQ regulars.

Three days later, Katranis was dead, allegedly brutally slain inside a suburban Detroit basement near the shopping center his body was found at. Little Pete’s hands were cut off because he put his hands on a “made man.”

Pete the Greek had died of cancer years earlier. Big Mike Katranis served the Detroit mob admirably for more than four decades before dying of natural causes at age 76 in 2015.

Hollywood Ronnie Morelli dropped dead of a heart attack in prison in the summer of 1985. Tony Giacalone, the No. 1 suspect in the still-unsolved disappearance and murder of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa back in 1975, died under indictment for racketeering in 2001.

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