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Fat Pat Musitano Made Pact With Rizzutos In Montreal, It Ultimately Led To His Murder

July 15, 2020 – Slain Hamilton (ON) mafia don Pasquale (Fat Pat) Musitano got backing from the Montreal mob in his climb to power back in the late 1990s, according to RCMP records related to Montreal’s Rizzuto crime family, and the Rizzutos supported his desire to bump off all local gangland players loyal to Buffalo’s Magaddino crime family. Fat Pat’s connection to Rizzuto would eventually pull him and his brother into a mob war they would both fall victim to.

The bold and cocksure 53-year old Musitano was murdered last Friday in broad daylight in a Burlington, Ontario shopping mall parking lot, bringing an end to the Musitano mob dynasty that traces its roots all the way back to the 1930s. Per the RCMP documents, Musitano met with Montreal Godfather Vito Rizzuto and one of Rizzuto’s top lieutenants in the months before and after Musitano ordered the high-profile slayings of Hamilton capo John (Johnny Pops) Papalia and Niagara Falls capo Carmen Barillaro, both of the Buffalo family, in 1997, in an effort to consolidate rackets in the area.

Rizzuto’s extradition to the U.S. in to serve time behind bars for a famous triple murder he participated in 25 years previous plunged the Canadian underworld into chaos and ultimately a war that still rages today and claimed the life of Fat Pat Mustiano last week. His younger brother and underboss Angelo (Big Ange) Musitano was gunned down in his driveway three years ago.

Rizzuto died of cancer in 2013. The Rizzuto mob empire took form in Quebec in the late 1970s after the assassination of Montreal mafia street boss Paolo Violi, a hit Rizzuto’s dad, crime family patriarch Nicolo (Uncle Nick) Rizzuto, is suspected of ordering. Uncle Nick Rizzuto was a casualty of the war in 2010, shot dead in his kitchen by a sniper’s rifle.

Violi’s sons, Dom and Joe, took refuge in Hamilton under the protection of Buffalo’s Magaddino clan and stately local don Giacomo Luppino. Today, Dom Violi, 54, is the Buffalo mob’s alleged underboss.

Violi was caught on a 2017 wiretap predicting Fat Pat Musitano’s demise, the same year he ascended to the crime family’s No. 2 spot at a ceremony in Florida, per court records. CeCe Luppino, great nephew to “Don Giacomo,” was killed last year in Hamilton, another victim of the ongoing gangland conflict in the Great White North.

The roots of Musitano’s reign were planted by his paternal bloodline, but you can trace his downfall directly to his hubris and oversized ambition. More specifically, his grandiose vision of a complete takeover of the Hamilton mafia and the murders of Johnny Pops and his entire crew in the 1990s.

When the beloved Giacomo Luppino died of natural causes in 1987 at 87 years old, the crass, snarling Johnny Pops took over as capo of the Buffalo mob faction in Hamilton. Dominic Musitano, Fat Pat’s dad, ran his own crime family in the area, founded by his uncle Angelo (The Beast) Musitano back in the 1930s, and had cordial relations with Papalia’s crew.

After Dominic Musitano died of a heart attack in 1995, Fat Pat assumed the throne in the Musitano crime family and crafted an alliance with the Rizzutos in Montreal. He headquartered his affairs out of The Gathering Spot, his downtown Hamilton bar and restaurant and set his sights on picking off the Papalia crew, one by one.

Vito Rizzuto was angry at Johnny Pops at that time for a $7,000,000 loan Rizzuto had given him and that was never repaid, according to RCMP informant dossiers. Musitano wanted Papalia’s territory and leveraged Rizzuto’s beef into backing for his gangland power play, per informants.

Enio (Pegleg) Mora, Johnny Pops’ top enforcer, was the first to go. Mora was killed in his gold-plated Cadillac on September 11, 1996 in the Toronto suburb of Vaughan. In April 1997, Fat Pat Mustiano met with Gaetano (Guy) Panepinto, Vito Rizzuto’s capo representing his interests in Ontario, at a Niagara Falls casino to discuss future measures, according to RCMP records.

On May 31, 1997, Johnny Pops is shot to death outside his Galaxy Vending Co. headquarters by Musitano hit man Kenny Murdock. Fat Pat and his brother Big Ange attended Papalia’s funeral for public appearance sake and further draw the ire of the Papalia crew. Johnny Pops’ second-in-charge, Carmen Barillaro out of Niagara Falls drove to Buffalo immediately after the funeral and had a meeting with then Buffalo mob boss Joseph (Lead Pipe Joe) Todaro to voice his displeasure and state his plans for revenge.

Barillaro never got the chance. Murdock and Big Ange Musitano stalked and killed Barillaro at his own doorstep on July 23, 1997. Three nights later, on July 26, 1997, RCMP surveillance teams watched as Fat Pat threw himself a coronation at The Gathering Spot, with soldiers and lieutenants from all across Canada coming to pay their respects and offer their congratulations.

Fat Pat Musitano and his surrogate brother, Joe (Pino) Arvignone, met with Vito Rizzuto and Guy Panepinto at a Hamilton restaurant on the evening of October 22, 1997, per RCMP surveillance logs. Among the topics of discussion, according to RCMP documents, was Musitano’s desire to bump off the Violi brothers and several of members of the Luppino family.

Murdock was busted for extortion in 1998 and flipped, making it so Fat Pat could never follow through on his plan to snuff out the remaining Violi and Luppino bloodlines in the Canadian mafia. Panepinto was slain in the fall of 2000 allegedly spawning from a dispute with Toronto mob don Jimmy DeMaria over a pair of unsanctioned murders of DeMaria’s men.

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“Pig” Triplett Killed In Detroit Drive-By, BMF Set To Bury Fallen Soldier

July 15, 2020 — Black Mafia Family lieutenant Chris (Pig) Triplett was murdered this week, becoming the second BMF soldier slain since members of the goliath organization began filtering out of prison in recent years. Triplett, 49, was gunned down on Detroit’s Westside early Monday morning in a hail of bullets shot from a passing automobile.

BMF was the nation’s biggest drug crew of the early 2000s, expanding out of Detroit in the 1990s to establish satellite wings in two dozen states around the country and embedding itself smack dab in the middle of pop culture and the hip hop renaissance of the New Millennium. The organization was founded by Pig Triplett’s childhood friends, the infamous Flenory brothers, Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory and Terry (Southwest T) Flenory. Triplett acted as one of the Flenorys top couriers.

They were all convicted in 2005’s Operation Motor City Mafia case and pleaded guilty to non-violent drug offenses. The Flenorys were sentenced to 30 years apiece. As high as BMF rose in the drug game, the crew was considered relatively violence free, preferring diplomacy to bloodshed as a means of settling disputes.

Pig Triplett did six years in federal prison, got out and then was locked back up in 2014 on a state drug possession charge out of Ohio when he was pulled over the highway heading towards Michigan with two pounds of heroin hidden in the air filter of his car. He served four years on that case and was released and returned to Detroit in the spring of 2018.

On December 11, 2016, BMF member Ricardo (Slick Rick) McFarlin was killed in a drug deal gone wrong on Detroit’s Westside. The 32-year old McFarlin had just gotten out of prison on the Operation Motor City Mafia bust two months earlier.

Southwest T Flenory, 51, was released from prison back in May on a compassionate release resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Big Meech, 52, is still waiting on U.S. District Judge David Lawson to rule on his compassionate release motion. Rapper 50 Cent is producing an upcoming scripted television show on the rise and fall of BMF for the Starz network.

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New Mafia Documentary: ‘Fear City: New York vs The Mafia’

From the producers of “Don’t F**k With Cats”, one of the most shocking true crime documentaries ever, comes a new Netflix documentary called ‘Fear City: New York vs The Mafia’.

This three-part documentary series, which will be available to stream on July 22, looks at the takedown of the New York Mafia in the 1970s. Netflix describes it as “A real-life Sopranos from the producers of Don’t F**k With Cats.”

Netflix’s short synopsis reads: “Five Mafia families ruled New York with a bloody fist in the 1970s and ’80s until a group of federal agents tried the unthinkable: taking them down”.

Fear City: New York vs The Mafia includes secret undercover recordings

The Mafia was very different in the 1970s. They owned New York City and for the most part, were untouchable. The FBI tried to get the situation under control but it seemed the harder they tried, the mafia just tightened its grip on the city. This was appropriately known as the “golden era of the mob”.

The FBI was well aware of all of the mafia’s nefarious activities like loan-sharking, drug trafficking, and murder, but there was very little they could do to stop them.

During this time, the FBI bugged and secretly recorded New York’s five families. : The Gambino family, the Genovese family, the Colombo family, the Lucchese family, and the Bonanno family. This new documentary lets the public finally hear these recordings and the shocking revelations within.

The series has been described as “The inside story of the rise and fall of New York’s most powerful Mafia families and the end of the golden era of the Mob. With the full might of the FBI and an army of undercover agents, witness the bugging, the investigation, and the era-defining conclusion of the historic Mafia Commission Trial that changed everything.”

Check out the trailer below:

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Airing Of The Grievances: Big Meech, Southwest T Upset With Fmr. BMF Lieutenant

July 13, 2020 – The notorious Flenory brothers are not so happy with their former Black Mafia Family compatriot, Dexter (Sosa) Hussey, telling stories on YouTube about their historic reign in the dope game. Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory has voiced his displeasure in private, per sources, as he waits patiently in an Oregon federal prison for a decision by U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson in Detroit on his motion for compassionate release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Terry (Southwest T) Flenory, released from prison in the spring after 15 years, is going public with his ill will and insinuating Sosa Hussey is an informant for the government.

Terry Flenory commented on Hussey’s multi-part interview with YouTube’s widely-popular VladTV that has been running in 5-minute segments for the last three months, on his Instagram account Monday. Flenory opened his account upon walking free in May and already has close to 200,000 followers.

“Dexter! AKA Sosa. I was going to let your lying ass make it but the mule has had a voice for way too long! 50 Cent is making the real BMF story and it will be told on Starz…..We (nick)named you Sosa. At least we figured out what the S stands for.”

The Flenorys started BMF in their hometown of Detroit around 1990 and built it into a national chain of franchises around the country, controlling almost 50 percent of the American wholesale cocaine market at its peak in the first half of the 2000s. Hussey, 54, was the Flenory brothers’ logistics director, responsible for implementing the BMF expansion campaign on the ground and setting up BMF operations in 24 separate states. His nickname is a reference to the Bolivian drug baron Alejandro Sosa played by Paul Shenar in the pop-culture classic 1983 film Scarface about the Cocaine Cowboy era in Miami.

Rapper and actor 50 Cent is producing an upcoming scripted television series on the Flenorys and their BMF empire for the Starz network. Starz was home to 50 Cent’s smash-hit Power series about a fictional New York drug boss named “Ghost” played by Omari Hardwick.

BMF was dismantled in 2005 when the DEA and U.S. Attorneys Office in Michigan dropped the epic Operation Motor City Mafia indictment and took down the entire organization. Both Big Meech and Southwest T pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 30-year prison terms. Hussey copped a plea and did 10 years, returning to the free world in 2015.

The legacy BMF left in both the drug trade and the pop culture zeitgeist is immense. Music historians trace the emergence of trap rap directly to Big Meech and the legions of street story-tellers he inspired in the rap game, headed by his own musical protege, the seminal trap rap pioneer Young Jeezy. By the mid-1990s, Big Meech was living in Atlanta and immersed in the local hip hop scene, which served as a catalyst for the explosion of southern rap in the years to come.

Terry Flenory, 51, is currently residing with his mother in Detroit on home confinement. Last month, 50 Cent had a Rolls Royce delivered to Southwest T as a homecoming gift. Big Meech, 52, plans to move to Miami if granted a sentence reduction like his little bro.

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Netflix’s ‘Fear City: New York vs The Mob’ Explores the Rise of New York’s “Five Families”

Netflix may not have The Godfather or Goodfellas, but they’re bringing their audience the next best thing. The streaming service is adding to its ever-growing trove of true-crime content with an upcoming docuseries, Fear City: New York vs The Mafia. Netflix released a trailer today for the series, which follows the city and the families who controlled it in the 1970s.

Fear City, which comes from the producers of another Netflix true crime doc, Don’t F**k With Cats, tells the story of the New York Mafia’s “Five Families” — Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Luccese — and the FBI investigation to bring them down.

Netflix describes the three-part series as “the inside story of the rise and fall of New York’s most powerful Mafia families and the end of the golden era of the Mob. With the full might of the FBI and an army of undercover agents, witness the bugging, the investigation, and the era-defining conclusion of the historic Mafia Commission Trial that changed everything.”

In today’s trailer, Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani explains the influence of the Mafia in New York City and just how powerful the families truly were. “They have judges they put on the bench. They controlled restaurants, the docks, the ships, hospitals,” he says. “I can go on and on.”

“It was the golden era of the mob,” another interview subject says in today’s trailer. “The FBI couldn’t keep up with us. There was no way.”

Using “unheard secret FBI tapes,” archival footage and news reports, as well as interviews with law enforcement and ex-Mafia members, Fear City explores how the Mafia was able to build an organized crime empire and take control of the city for years.

Fear City: New York vs The Mafia premieres on Netflix July 22. Watch the full trailer in the video above.

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Syracuse Hoopsters Boogied Down With Boogie Down Boys & Handsome Ty At Hip-Hop Concerts In 90s

July 12, 2020 – The NCAA and DEA contacted the Syracuse University basketball program back in the early 1990s because of players attending social events hosted by local drug kingpin Tyrone (Handsome Ty) Hines and his Boogie Down Boys crew, according to federal records. Hines often commandeered the Gardenia nightclub on the weekends as his only personal playground and brought in hip-hop acts like L.L. Cool J, Public Enemy, KRS-One, Heavy D and Eric B & Rakim to perform. Syracuse hoopsters and football players would get VIP treatment, per documents related to Operation Boogie Down.

The 54-year old Hines did more than two and a half decades behind bars on a narcotics conspiracy conviction. He was originally sentenced to life in prison in 1995, but President Trump’s First Step Act – offering sentencing relief to non-violent offenders – got him out after 26 years last November. Prosecutors made note of the Boogie Down Boys’ reputation for non-violence in a memo to U.S. District Judge Frederick Sullivan in Hines’ case requesting that he not be hit with a sentence of natural life. The plea for mercy fell on deaf ears.

While locked up, Hines used his time productively, penning four books, organizing social-activism endeavors from his cell and helping other inmates with their cases and causes. Today, Hines works maintenance at a hotel.

Handsome Ty built his crack cocaine empire on Syracuse’s South Side, reigning supreme on the streets from 1990 until his arrest in April 1994, weeks removed from Syracuse losing to Missouri 98-88 in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Jim Boeheim has coached the Orange since 1976, leading the team to three a NCAA National Championship Games and the 2003 National Title.

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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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