Boston Mafia Beef With Frankie Boy Salemme, Jr. Led To Jimmy Limoli Murder In ’85

October 18, 2020 – Slain Boston mobster Jimmy Limoli thought he was stealing from Francis (Frankie Boy) Salemme, Jr. not another higher-ranking mafia figure in the weeks before his murder 35 years ago, according to court records. The 25-year old Limoli was gunned down in Boston’s North End on October 28, 1985. Limoli and mob-prince Salemme Jr. dated sisters and were feuding over drug activity.

Frankie Boy Salemme, Jr. was the gangland-brat son of future New England mafia don Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme, and had made a bad reputation for himself as living off his dad’s name and running dirty shakedown and drug rip-off scams. At the time, Cadillac Frank was finishing up a 15-year state prison term for a car bombing he did on behalf of Patriarca crime family brass in the 1960s, but would occasionally return to the North End on weekend furloughs.

Limoli worked for fast-rising North End mob capo Vinnie (The Animal) Ferrara, overseeing an illegal fireworks business and sometimes acting as Ferrara’s driver. His partner was another Ferrara protégé named Patsy Barone. Per court testimony, Limoli and Barone took part in a pair of murder conspiracies with Ferrara in 1977 and 1979, respectively and expected to be “made” as a result.

In May 1985, Limoli and Frankie Boy Salemme, Jr. plotted a $100,000 drug-rip off together, a scheme put on hold while Limoli and his girlfriend vacationed in Florida. However, when Limoli failed to return to Massachusetts in what Salemme, Jr. deemed a timely fashion, Frankie Boy went ahead with the rip-off without Limoli, scamming a local marijuana dealer out of 100K in exchange of a shipment of peatmoss.  

Limoli claimed Frankie Boy owed him $35,000 on the score and made a beef with Ferrara, who had taken over the old Angiulo crew. Frankie Boy refused to cough up a cent and was being protected by his father in the can. That September, Limoli stole a bag containing $50,000 in cash and $100,000 in cocaine thinking it belonged to Salemme, Jr. when it in fact belonged to Boston mob soldier Anthony (Spucky) Spagnolo.

Salemme, Jr. dated Annette Chiuchiolo. Limone dated her sister Lena and used Lena’s house to hide the bag of cash and dope. Annette told Salemme, Jr. about the robbery and Salemme, Jr. took the news up the chain of the command in the Patriarca organization.

Per court records, Limoli was called to meetings with Boston mob capo Sammy Granito and Cadillac Frank Salemme to account for his actions. In early October, Limoli attended a sit-down in a North End alleyway with Frankie Boy, Cadillac Frank, Vinnie Ferrara, Spucky Spagnolo, Donato (Smiling Danny) Angiulo and Peter (Doc) Limone. Cadillac Frank and Pete Limone were on weekend furloughs from prison. Danny Angiulo, brother of jailed underboss Jerry Angiulo, was Vinnie the Animal’s mentor in the mob.

Limoli refused to admit he lifted Spagnolo’s stash until Cadillac Frank let him know Frankie Boy’s girlfriend saw the bag at her sister’s house. After copping to the misdeed, he was instructed to return the coke and cash to Spagnolo immediately and told all was forgiven.

“I should whack you right here, but we’ll go on from here and leave it behind us,” Ferrara allegedly told Limoli.

But Limoli didn’t buy it. He expressed his disbelief to Lena.

“They’re going to kill me,” Limoli confided in her.

The contract went to his inner circle: Patsy Barone and him and Patsy’s enforcer Walter (Fats) Jordan. Who gave the order is still in dispute today.

Limoli was called to a drug deal with Barone and Jordan on the night of October 28, 1985 at D’Amore’s Ristorante in the North End. Limoli didn’t anticipate the play and intended to rip them off instead. Barone and Jordan picked up Limoli from D’Amore’s in Jordan’s car at around 10:15 p.m. They stopped in front of a cemetery at Hull and Snowhill and got out of the car. Barone shot Limoli in the back of the head, grabbed what he thought was a bag of money (but was in actuality a sack filled with napkins) and fled on foot.

When he looked in the bag mid flight and realized Limoli had been trying to burn him, he returned to the limp body sprawled on the pavement.

“Why Jimmy?” he allegedly screamed as he emptied the rest of his clip into Limoli’s face.

Jordan became a government witness. Barone and Ferrara both pleaded guilty to their roles in the Limoli hit, but had their convictions tossed for prosecutorial misconduct. The U.S. Attorneys office failed to notify defense counsel that Jordan was recanting his statements related to the Limoli’s homicide. Jordan originally told the FBI that Vinnie the Animal gave the order to kill Limoli. He later said Ferrara was protecting Limoli and planning on killing him and Barone for whacking him without permission.

Cadillac Frank Salemme came out of prison in 1987 and by the 1990s was the boss of the New England mafia. Spagnolo and Limone have also had stints in the boss’ chair.

Frankie Boy Salemme, Jr, died of AIDS-related cancer in 1995, the same year his father was arrested by the feds for racketeering. Four years later, Cadillac Frank cut his own deal with the government and went into the Witness Protection Program.

Then the body of a murder victim popped up in Rhode Island.

Salemme, 87, was found guilty for the murder of his business partner Stevie DiSarro in a May 1993 strangulation killing that was carried out inside Salemme’s quaint suburban home in Sharon, Massachusetts. Frankie Boy Salemme, Jr. choked DiSarro out on the kitchen floor as his dad observed the action from the doorway.

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Former Rhode Island Mafia Captain DeLuca Sentenced in Federal Hill Murder, Avoids More Prison Time

Former Rhode Island Mob Captain DeLuca Sentenced in Federal Hill Murder, Avoids More Prison Time

Robert DeLuca, former veteran mafia captain in the New England mafia, was sentenced last week for his involvement in the infamous Federal Hill murder.  The former capo was spared additional prison time due to his role in putting away a past mob boss while cooperating with the feds.

DeLuca was sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty to murder conspiracy in the 1993 shooting of Kevin Hanrahan, former mafia enforcer.  Superior Court Judge Brian Stern suspended 69 months of the sentence, and credited time served from his June 2016 arrest.  Prosecutors supported the sentence because of DeLuca’s prior cooperation and current health.

DeLuca is currently doing time at an undisclosed federal prison for the 1992 murder of Steven DiSarro, a former Boston nightclub manager.  Previous mob boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, currently 87 years old, was given life in prison thanks to the testimonies from DeLuca and his brother Joseph.

In 2018, Robert DeLuca was sentenced to 5 years in that case for lying to federal prosecutors in 2011.  DiSarro’s body was eventually dug up behind a Providence mill building back in 2016.

Upon DeLuca’s release, he will be on probation for multiple years.  During the 2018 trial, DeLuca sent a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Denies Casper saying he condemned the mafia and found God.



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IS THE MAFIA ON ITS LAST LEG? by Nick Christophers

There is a saying that if you take one man out there are two in the wings to replace him and if you take out two there are four in the wings. This may be the case for some situations but when it comes to the lifeline of the mafia that theory goes out the window. The once awesome and untouchable traditional mafia has lost its “talent pool” that was at once abundant. It is believed since the fall of John Gotti the mob has went underground and has attempted to stay out of the spotlight and the headlines.

There are many rumors that they have been recruiting men from Sicily to replenish the ranks that have been vacated due to lengthy jail terms or death. This seemed to be evident in Philadelphia were like Gotti, past boss Nicky Scarfo left a disaster behind him. There have been other ethnic groups who have tried to fill that vacuum and take over but that has seemed impossible. Groups like the Albanians who were once a threat under their leader Alex Rudaj or the Russians with ruthless mob boss Ivankov.

In Astoria for example after Greek mob boss Spiro Velentzas went away for life the Albanians decided to move in. The Greeks were under the Luchese wing, yet the Albanians planted their flag in Queens and the Bronx. In 2001 they had a fire fight with the Greeks over gambling rackets in Queens. Three years later Rudaj along with what the FBI termed “the sixth family” were all in custody. By 2006 Rudaj was sentenced to twenty-seven years in prison. At this point is where the Albanians became a fractured group. Like the Russians they are not even close to what the traditional mafia is or was.

For the Russians, their main base of operations has always been Brighton Beach the hub for Russian immigrants. The once powerful leader was Vyacheslav Ivankov who ran a much-feared organization in New York when he came from Russia. Yet his reign was not exceptionally long when he was arrested in 1995 on extortion of close to $3 million from an investment advisory firm known as Summit. He was soon deported back to Russia to face murder charges in 2004. Ivankov was acquitted of the charges and released in 2005. While he tried to regain his criminal hold in Russia in 2009, he was shot and killed while leaving a restaurant in Khoroshevskoye Road in Moscow.

As we mentioned earlier after the fall of John Gotti in 1992 the rules of the game began to change. There are very few if any social clubs left where the wiseguys would gather for their espresso or discuss schemes. Supposedly, in the quiet neighborhood of Carroll Gardens there are still three discreet clubs located off Sackett and Union streets. Yet you will never see guys congregated on the street or any corner. Those days are gone. Gotti was famous for outside gatherings that attracted too much FBI attention. Hence, the rule of no more public meetings came into effect.

“The current status of today’s Cosa Nostra Is in a rebuilding state decades of FBI takedowns has diminished the power and ranks within all five families. For the last decade the influence that the five families once had in society’s marketplaces is no longer!! Organized crime today has turned into small groups of men doing such crimes has identity theft, offshore gambling sites selling prescription medications etc. The meat and potatoes of the income that the families once had such as construction trade infiltration of industry is no longer the forefront of their earning  capacity I saw within the Italian communities throughout the city the gene pool Of young Italian men Are a mere shell Of the upcoming men from generations ago, in turn  weakening the ranks across all five families so much in fact that they have gone to outsource murders because finding somebody to trust and who is capable of such an act these days is hard to find nobody’s willing to go to prison these days for such crimes,” said ex-Gambino member Andrew DiDonato.

According to ex-mobster and bodyguard to John Gotti Jr, John Alite, he believes the same theory that it is in a decline. The new, if any, members are naïve to mob culture and do not have the same toughness or loyalty that he grew up in. He also pointed out that families do not trust each other and do not have that fear factor that once gave them the power they once welded. It is scary when you watch such mob enclaves like Little Italy in Manhattan and Bensonshurst, Brooklyn become over-run by Chinese business. Law enforcement has taken down most of the members in every family leaving their strong-holds unprotected and exposed.

In another known mob strong-hold, Chicago, the Outfit as it was called is a shell of itself. Allegedly it is currently run by Albert “Albie the Falcon” Vena, 69. He was the number 3 man before leaders John “No Nose” DiFronzo (passed on) and Joe “The Clown” Lombardo (doing a life bid) were taken out of the game. Supposedly, Salvatore “Solly D” DeLaurentis who was the consiglieri has gone legit. According to ex-mobster Frank Calabrese Jr the Outfit is no more and has no chance of reviving itself.

“The mob or Outfit, whichever way you like to phrase it is no longer a factor in Chicago. After the many trials and deaths, the “pool” is empty of anyone worth carrying the torch. No one wants to do long prison time, most of these guys have went into legit business realizing that they could make the same kind of money legitimately so why take a risk. New York and maybe South Philly are still somewhat on life-support.”

Yet ex-mob associate Kenji Gallo see’s it quite different that Andrew, Frank, and Johnny A do.

“I know that they still have family structures in New York, I think right now, they are no longer in decline. They do not have the same law enforcement pressure, the locals, NYPD has disbanded the units who went after them.  Those who knew who all the players have retired. The FBI no longer has a squad for every family.  I think if they stay secret, don’t make headlines they can gain power.”

His theory may be somewhat true but what Johnny A, Frank and Andrew have expressed seems to be on the ball. But there are those who believe that the traditional mafia will never die it will become active in some fashion. Below are the assumed leaders and number of active members within the five families in New York.

Gambino Crime Family –

•             Boss: Lorenzo Mannino

•             Consigliere: Michael “Mickey Boy” Paradiso

•             New Jersey Faction Boss: Nicholas “Nicky Mita” Mitarotonda

•             Estimated Membership: About 180 Made Members

 Genovese Crime Family –

•             Official Boss: Liborio S. “Barney” Bellomo

•             Street Boss: Michael “Mickey” Ragusa

•             Underboss: Ernest “Ernie” Muscarella

•             Consigliere: Unknown

•             New Jersey Faction Boss: Unknown

•             Estimated Membership: About 200 Made Members

Bonanno Crime Family

•             Official Boss: Michael “Mickey Nose/The Nose” Mancuso

•             Acting Boss: John “Johnny P/Johnny Skyway” Palazzolo

•             Panel:  Unknown

•             Underboss: Unknown

•             Consigliere: Unknown

•             New Jersey Faction Boss: Joseph “Sammy/Sammo” Sammartino Sr.

•             Estimated membership: About 110 Made Members

Lucchese Crime Family –

•             Official Boss: Vittorio “Vic/Little Vic/Vic the Terminator” Amuso (Life Imprisonment)

•             Acting Boss: Michael “Big Mike” DeSantis

•             Underboss: Steven “Stevie Wonder/Wonderboy/Herbie” Crea (Life Imprisonment)

•             Acting Underboss: Patrick “Patty Red” Dellorusso

•             Consigliere: Andrew DeSimone

•             New Jersey Faction Boss: Ralph Vito Perna

•             Estimated Membership: About 100 Made Members

Colombo Crime Family –

•             Official Boss: Candidates include Joel “Joe Waverly” Cacace (Halfway House), Theodore “Skinny Teddy” Persico Jr.

•             Acting Boss: Andrew “Andy Mush/Mush” Russo

•             Underboss: Benjamin “The Little Guy/The Claw/Benji” Castellazzo

•             Acting Underboss: Dominick “Donny Shacks” Montemarano

•             Consigliere: Unknown

•             Acting Consigliere: Thomas “Tom Mix/Mr. T” Farese

•             Estimated Membership: About 90 Made Members

Boot Strapping It In Buffalo: Magaddino Crime Family Murder Timeline (1957-1971)

Buffalo mob enforcer Daniel (Danny Boots) Sansanese was famous for his lethality on the streets of Western New York. He was the Magaddino crime family’s No. 1 hit man from the late 1950s until his incarceration in 1971 (he died of cancer four years later).

The FBI believes in that capacity Danny Boots either personally carried out or organized the details for the following gangland homicides from the Greater Buffalo area during that time.

The Danny Boots Hit List (1957-1971)

March 14, 1957 – Cleveland mafia figure Dominic Mafrici is shot to death while in hiding in Western New York after robbing a mob-owned restaurant in Steubenville, Ohio without permission. Mafrici worked for the Cleveland mob’s longtime consigliere Tony Milano.

March 3, 1958 – Buffalo wiseguys Guido D’Antuono and Leo Bartolomei, who both operated out of the Niagara area, disappeared after traveling by plane to New York City for a meeting.

September 12, 1958 – Buffalo mob figure Vincent (Bitty) Vazza is murdered. Vazza was viewed as disloyal.

September 13, 1958 – Renegade Buffalo mobster Frank (Frankie the Stick) Aquino is found dead inside his mother’s Lincoln convertible in Lackawanna, New York. Frankie the Stick’s body was crammed into the dashboard of the automobile. Aquino and his brother “Freddy the Fox” headquartered out of The Bison Hotel and were refusing to share profits from their rackets with the Magaddino crime family.

September 17, 1958 – Renegade Buffalo mobster Fred (Freddy the Fox) Aquino is found murdered in a Tonawanda, New York field. He had disappeared the previous day after his brother’s funeral and his body showed signs of torture (his face and chest burnt with acid). The Aquino brothers were half Irish and Freddy the Fox was known as a ladies man.

October 14, 1958 – Buffalo mob collector Arthur (Artie Bricks) DeLuca is found shot and strangled to death with an electrical cord in the trunk of his Cadillac in North Tonawanda. DeLuca did muscle work for the Aquino brothers.

November 29, 1958 – Buffalo mob associate Angelo (Rico) Cicatello disappears.

May 23, 1959 – Buffalo mob figure Richie Battaglia is shot to death getting into his car in Reynolds Alley. Battaglia was affiliated with the Aquino brothers crew.

June 8, 1960 – Buffalo hoodlum Jimmy Delmont found dead in a San Bernardino, California ditch after shooting Magaddino crime family capo Steve (Stevie Flattop) Cannarozo.

July 23, 1961 – Buffalo mob figure Nick Tirone is shot to death walking in Prospect Park on the city’s Westside.

August 8, 1961 – New York mob associate William (Shorty) Holmes is gunned down in the Bronx following a drug bust alongside members of the Magaddino clan in Buffalo.

August 12, 1961 – Buffalo mobsters Anthony (Tony Football) Palestine and Vincent (Vinnie Stugotz) Santangelo are beaten, tortured and strangled to death, their bound and gagged bodies discovered in a grassy field in Lancaster, New York. Palestone and Santangelo were suspects in the Tirone slaying three weeks earlier.

October 8, 1961 – Buffalo mob soldier Albert (The Baker) Agueci is found beaten and tortured to death in a field near Rochester, New York. Facing a narcotics trafficking case, Agueci, who was being openly subversive to his bosses in the crime family, disappeared on his way to meet Don Stefano Magaddino.

April 20, 1963 – Buffalo wiseguy Lou Scalzo is gunned down in his driveway. Scalzo was refusing to pay tribute to the Magaddinos.

September 22, 1965 – Buffalo mob associate Charles Gerass is shot to death, his trussed body was found in the trunk of his new-model Cadillac parked at the Sheridan Plaza shopping plaza. Gerass was on his way to meet Magaddino crime family capo Joseph (Lead Pipe Joe) Todaro.

December 29, 1969 – Colorful Niagara Falls attorney Jimmy LiBrize is killed and tortured in the living quarters behind his law office. Some claim it was a mafia hit. Others point to a client upset over LiBrize’s handling of his divorce case.

June 11, 1970 – Buffalo mobster Gino Albini is shot to death in his driveway just days after he murdered a girlfriend of his he worried was about go to the police regarding her witnessing him kill a fellow bar patron in a fight at the Ivanhoe Inn the prior Thanksgiving.

November 11, 1970 – Buffalo mob associate Richard Falise is found strangled to death behind a gas station near downtown.

May 12, 1971 – Buffalo mob associate Lester Speaker is shot to death and dumped by a set of railroad tracks.

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Vincent C. (Vinny) Papa Sr.

by The Other Guy | October 17, 2020

An early photo of Vincent Papa Sr.

Vincent C. (Vinny) Papa Sr. was born in 1917. He resided and operated most of his life from his neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, where Papa also ran several businesses including a tire repair shop, and a private livery car service named the Ditmars Private Car Service.

He got married young to a woman named Mildred and together they had three children – two boys and a girl. One of whom was his namesake son Vincent Jr., who later became affiliated with him in racket activity.

He settled his wife and kids into an unpretentious brick row house at 21-34 37th Street, where he resided for the rest of his days.

Vinny Papa was a very unassuming looking man. He was of medium height and build with a full head of salt and pepper hair loosely swept back casually. He was not a flashy hood in any way, shape or form.

Vinny preferred plain inexpensive looking shirts and pants. No jewelry or flashy Cadillacs, and no ostentatious shows of wealth or money.

The Papa residence in Astoria-Queens
The Papa residence in Astoria-Queens

It was his natural way, but in his earlier years, it also served to help buffer him from law enforcement scrutiny, until his reputation became such that uttering his name alone garnered attention.

It was said that Papa was loyal to his friends, but had a generally rough demeanor and nasty edge to him. Few were really close to him, but if he liked you he’d do a favor.

Papa was very closely affiliated with important members of both the Genovese and Lucchese Families in New York. But both the FBI and the DEA labeled him as officially “associated” with the Lucchese mob.

He had a lengthy criminal record dating back decades to 1938, with upwards of several dozen arrests ranging from burglaries, larcenies, assaults, and bookmaking, to an old 1969 narcotics conviction he served five years on.

Although he was never a formally “inducted” mafia soldier himself, Papa was still a highly respected operator and dealt within the higher echelons of the mob. He preferred to stay and operate independently of any one Family.

But over the years he was connected with Lucchese boss Carmine (Mr. Gribbs) Tramunti, his assistant Louis (Gigi the Whale) Inglese, as well as top members of several other borgatas.

He conducted his activities from several business locations he ran, as well as a private social club that became notorious as a mob hangout. The Astoria Colts Social Club on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria was a well-known meeting place for gamblers, varied hoodlums and suspected narcotics traffickers for decades.

Aside from Papa making it one of his main hangouts, longtime mafioso and Gambino soldier Anthony (Tony) Carubia was also known to frequent the club daily.

The club hosted daily card games for those neighborhood residents who liked to gamble. It was also a place where patrons could place a wager on a pony, their favorite sports team, or bet the New York number.

A dozen kilograms of heroin
A dozen kilograms of heroin

What was not as commonly known was that it also served as the headquarters for a huge bookmaking operation that accepted bets from an small army of runners and sub-bookies. In a separate room in back of the club was a table full of telephones manned by phone clerks for that specific purpose.

Other numbers runners and bookies working on half-sheets would physically drop by the club throughout the day dropping off brown paper bags filled with either the policy bets or bookmaking “work” they collected that day. Anyone surveilling the club could readily tell it was more than just a little neighborhood gathering place for war veterans and the area’s retired denizens.

In between all the constant comings and goings of these gambling aficionados, professional gaming racketeers and casual visitors were men who the FBN (Federal Bureau of Narcotics) and the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Squad say were among the most important heroin traffickers in the United States.

Vinny Papa was one of New York’s main drug traffickers for decades. In fact, Papa was arguably the number one heroin trafficker for years. He had a notorious reputation in the city’s drug underworld.

Years later, during the first of several major narcotics trials Papa would face, U.S. Attorney James Drucker accused Papa of conducting a massive drug operation in which he averaged distribution sales of approximately 25 kilograms of heroin per week. This went on for years.

Although he handled heroin as well as cocaine from time to time, heroin or “junk” as the mob guys refer to it as, was his baby. Papa became well known as the go-to guy for access to multi-kilo buys of “babania.”

His deep connections and reputation for always having a ready supply of heroin on hand for purchase became legendary dating to the mid-1960s.

Although often working in tandem with top mafia racketeers, Papa essentially ran his own independent gang of narcotics dealers. Men who allied with him and viewed him as the boss.

Flow chart of the Papa organization
Flow chart of the Papa organization

And although a few of these men would go on to later join various Cosa Nostra Families themselves as full “inducted” members, in those early years they worked for Papa exclusively.

Some of the closest and most trusted of these associates included the personal men in his crew such as:

● Virgilio (Virgil) Alessi

Papa's junior partner Anthony Loria
Papa’s junior partner Anthony Loria

● Anthony (Tony) Loria Sr.

● Peter (Petey Box) Giamarino

● Frank D’Amato

● John (Johnny Boy) D’Amato

● Rocco Evangelista

● Albert Evangelista

● Jack Locorriere

● Victor Euphemia

● Anthony Stanzione

● Vincent Papa Jr.

Papa minion John DAmato
Papa minion John DAmato

● Anthony D. Passero

● Daniel Ranieri

Side Note: At least three of these men, Alessi, and the D’Amato brothers would later gain formal entrance to the DeCavalcante Family’s New York faction. Each would become a “made” man, with John D’Amato later rising to the acting boss position until he was killed gangland-style.

Other top associates he operated in tandem with over the years, most of whom also became mafia members included:

● Joseph (Joe D) DiNapoli

● Matthew Madonna

● Louis (Gigi the Whale) Inglese

Lucchese boss Carmine Tramunti
Lucchese boss Carmine Tramunti

● Carmine (Gribbs) Tramunti

● Anthony (Tony) Vanella

● Louis Cirillo

● Ralph (The General) Tutino

Still others were mobbed connected junk dealers who ran their own smaller, independent distribution networks such as Bronx based Lucchese Family associates Lawrence (Larry Nose) Iarossi and his partners Anthony Manfredonia and Vincent (Jimmy Feet) Panebianco. Or the Lucchese soldier Orlando (Bobby London) Della Paoli.

Side Note: It later came out that Louie Cirillo had been one of Papa’s main sources of supply. Cirillo was largely a shadow, an unknown in the mob for many years until his arrest in the 1970s. Ostensibly he was a lowly Bronx bagel baker, but in truth was one of the largest international heroin kingpins in the nation.

By the late 1960s, Papa was on law enforcement’s radar like never before. The narcotics agents constantly watched him and his associates in hopes that they’d make a mistake. The junk agents were also developing multiple informants who would give them a lead here, a tidbit there, about Papa’s narcotics rackets and other activities, and those of his associates.

Heroin merchant Louie Cirillo
Heroin merchant Louie Cirillo

Their first big break came on the night of February 3, 1972 when detectives trailed Papa and a companion to a nondescript apartment house at 1908 Bronxdale Avenue in the Bronx.

After surveilling Papa’s automobile from across the street, they witnessed Papa and his friend go into the building with what looked to be a light suitcase. Papa’s friend carried it easily with one hand.

Less than an hour later they both emerged from the apartment building with that same green-colored suitcase, except now his friend had to use both hands to lug it to the car, where he proceeded to place it in the trunk of his 1968 dark green colored Pontiac. Clearly, it weighed a lot more than it did when he first carried it in.

As they jumped in the car to start the ignition and drive away, the detectives quickly blocked Papa’s way and pulled them both from the car. The detectives thought they finally had the two hoods dead to rights and that they’d find a big haul of drugs in that suitcase.

LI narcotics trafficker Anthony Loria
LI narcotics trafficker Anthony Loria

Papa’s companion identified himself to police as Joseph (Joe D) Di Napoli, a well known Bronx hoodlum. Inside that suitcase in the trunk detectives found it jam packed with $967,450 in cold cash. The money was neatly stacked in bundles of $10,000 denominations each.

The suitcase was quickly confiscated and both suspects detained.

After extensive questioning, Papa and Di Napoli were charged with conspiracy to purchase narcotics but were eventually released from custody because police couldn’t prove any crime had been committed. But the money was held and later confiscated as evidence and further investigation.

When it was fully counted back at headquarters and totaled nearly one million dollars, the detectives nearly fell out of their seats. They now knew they were on the right track with the Papa crew.

IRS agents were now also called into the overall investigation.

Side Note: It was later alleged by authorities that at the time the $967,450 was grabbed by police along with the two suspects, Papa and Di Napoli were on their way to buy 200 pounds of pure junk.

By late 1972, Papa and 21 of his associates had been arrested, tried, and convicted for heading a massive heroin conspiracy they had operated from 1967 through 1972.

The New York Times

Prosecutors proved that Papa operated one of these sub-networks through three main wholesalers: Stanzione, Locorriere, and Euphemia, who distributed his product to a large amount of smaller drug dealers throughout Queens, the Bronx, and the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

In another sub-network of his organization, he partnered with Tony Passero. They operated mainly through the wholesalers Alessi, Evangelista, Ranieri, and D’Amato. Later on Alessi became Papa’s primary partner.

There were so many others. Retailers such as Angelo Paradiso, Joseph Ragusa, Joan Moreland, and Stanton Garland among many others. It was a huge distribution chain.

Papa under arrest
Papa under arrest

Prosecutors proved in open court that Papa had been the owner of two suitcases that contained 160 pounds of pure “China White” heroin, and that third suitcase which had contained the $1,000,000 in cash. And that he was a kingpin of drug distribution across the city.

Aside from the 22 named defendants, were an additional 32 unindicted co-conspirators who supported his drug distribution networks.

Joe Ragusa had been a wholesale distributor of junk until he repeatedly fell short of his financial obligations to Papa. Thereafter, he was only utilized as a “stash man” to take possession of the heroin for later distribution by others, who would pick up multi-kilo loads as it was sold piecemeal.

At times, Ragusa, who later turned state’s evidence and testified against Papa at his trial said he stashed as much as 160 pounds of white China heroin at a time for the gang.

Moreland served as one of the main links to West Harlem’s black addict population. So did Garland.

In court testimony, it came out that In addition to the above-mentioned locations and meeting places that the Papa organization used to plan and execute their drug networks, was the famed Prudenti’s Italian Restaurant in Long Island City. It was a favored dining spot for Papa’s crew.

Vinny Papa under arrest for narcotics
Vinny Papa under arrest for narcotics

He and his codefendants all received heavy jail terms, with Vinny Papa himself receiving the stiffest sentence of 20 years in a federal prison. This sentence was in addition to a income-tax evasion indictment brought against Papa covering the same time period. He later pled guilty and took a five year concurrent jail term to wash out all the cases.

But the feds weren’t done with him yet. Vinny was in for a wild ride.

In 1975, Papa was again arrested and indicted anew with 15 of his drug crew for heading what federal and local authorities said was one of the largest interlocking narcotics operations to ever exist in New York City.

In fact, because the Big Apple is largely viewed as the gateway for the vast majority of heroin brought into this country, indeed Vinny Papa was thought to be at the very summit of narcotics kingpins in the entire nation!

In this second drug indictment, a Queens County based NYC police officer named Donald Hayward was among those charged in the case. He was charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, and with receiving and transporting more than one pound of heroin in 1971.

Papa organization heroin haul nabbed

Each additional defendant was also charged with a conspiracy to receive, buy, sell, and conceal both heroin and cocaine worth several million dollars.

Among the most important of those codefendants was Vigil Alessi of Long Island City, Queens, who was described as Papa’s righthand man and chief assistant.

It's all over for Virgil Alessi
It’s all over for Virgil Alessi

Collectively they moved amounts of drugs ranging from one-eighth of a kilogram to 34 pounds of heroin at a time.

In another related indictment, retired police lieutenant Pasquale Intrieri was charged with federal income tax evasion for receiving over $100,000 in payments from Papa’s gang that he evaded more than $28,000 in taxes on for the years 1969, 1970, and 1971.

Intrieri, as well as another detective named Frank E. King, were also accused of having worked as bodyguards for Papa and his son, and to have also conspired with Papa to harbor two fugitives from justice.

While he was serving his first sentence and dealing with the second narcotics case coming up, Papa had also been brought before a federal grand jury probing the so-called “French Connection” case.

This was the disappearance and subsequent massive theft of 398 pounds of heroin and another 120 pounds of cocaine from the police property room, where all seized contraband and other items are stored awaiting trial of various defendants and criminal cases, or kept for safe-keeping before the evidence is eventually destroyed once the court cases are over.

NYPD Property Clerk-Evidence Room
NYPD Property Clerk-Evidence Room

The “Police Property Clerks Office”, located at 400 Broome Street in Lower Manhattan, was typically where all illegal guns, weapons, narcotics, and various other illegal drugs, counterfeit money, smuggled items, and all forms of contraband are safeguarded after police seizures.

It was a highly secured, Fort Knox type building that boasted Bomb-proof walls and steel-reinforced doors.

Papa figured very prominently in these highly publicized thefts of heroin from the Property Clerks Office.

Over a period of several years, corrupt NYC detectives conspired with Vinny Papa and other hoods to slowly but surely sneak package after package, kilo after kilo, out of the “seized property” clerks room in Manhattan by substituting glassine bags of flour and other powdered substances like cornstarch for the heroin.

When this massive theft was finally discovered years later, red-faced law enforcement authorities and top New York politicians scrambled to quickly inpanel a grand jury to investigate the situation.

NYCPD property clerks office where police held over $70-million in heroin and cocaine
NYCPD property clerks office where police held over $70-million in heroin and cocaine

This probe became an embarrassing political football. It was quickly ascertained that deep corruption within the highest echelons of the NYPD existed and that a combination of police bribery, collusion, conspiracy, and an actual criminal partnership between the mobsters and police existed in order to steal and then sell hundreds of kilograms of heroin, worth untold millions of dollars to the drug addicts of Gotham City.

Side Note: The drug thefts supposedly came to light when a property room clerk noticed bugs eating into the bags.

Once detectives investigated they soon discovered that there were bugs because the powder was actually flour and not heroin. It was estimated that over $70,000,000 in narcotics had been removed from that room and sold back to drug merchants across New York.

Subsequent to these probes into Papa’s drug activities, and the later theft of heroin tracing all the way back to the infamous French Connection case of the early 1960s, Papa had been subpoenaed for his testimony about what he knew of the theft.

He clammed up and received a complimentary 2- to 4-year contempt sentence to run concurrent to his federal narcotics sentence.
In short, Vinny Papa got buried under the weight of multiple jail terms.

1971 – Herbie Sperling on the street

Vincent (Vinny) Papa died in July of 1977.

He was set upon and attacked by several other inmates at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was serving out his 22-year narcotics sentence.

Papa was stabbed eight times with homemade “shanks” and bled to death on the concrete floor of the prison exercise yard. Prison guards later found three makeshift steel knives near his lifeless body.

Prison officials said the killers did a real job on him. Each of his wounds was deep enough to have caused death.

Authorities suspect that Papa was murdered to silence him from possibly giving information to federal agents about narcotics dealing, bribery and rampant police corruption, in an attempt to reduce his jail sentence.

Side Note: Another notorious heroin kingpin from Manhattan’s Lower East Side by the name of Herbert (Herbie) Sperling, who was also behind bars serving a life sentence with no parole, was later indicted and tried, but acquitted of hiring the assassins.

Herbie Sperling behind bars for life

Vinny Papa had allegedly provided evidence to U.S. Attorney Thomas Puccio against various top police officials, narcotics detectives, and other law enforcement officials who were connected to Papa’s operations that he had corrupted over the years, as well as officers he collaborated with to steal the narcotics from the Property Clerks Office.

Supposedly he had given evidence against them, but not against mob guys per se…still, the mafia sees a rat as a rat, regardless of who you might rat on.

He was branded a “rat” and Papa subsequently paid the price for allegedly having reached out to prosecutors offering his assistance. The mob had supposedly placed a murder contract on him.

He was buried in St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens, just a few miles from his home in Astoria. A mob burial ground with such infamous Mafia luminaries as Vito Genovese and Carmine Galante to name but a few.

Mikey Papa and his young wife killed
Mikey Papa and his young wife killed

Whether it’s true or not that he did inform, nobody will ever know for sure. But that was the label he got branded, and the penalty for being thought of as a snitch…Vinny Papa was only 59 years old.

Postscript: Papa’s son, and his two nephews all got deeply involved in narcotics dealing. His son Vinny Jr. was nabbed on the same drug indictment as Vinny.

Both nephews faired even worse. Gerard (Gerry) Papa and Michael (Mikey) Papa we’re each shot to death in separate incidents in the years following Papa’s own murder.

Mikey and his young, pregnant wife were killed in their Bayside, Queens home during a cowboy-style robbery of their drug stash.

And Gerry was shot to death at a Brooklyn luncheonette in a vendetta gangland-style execution by alleged Colombo Family killers.

There’s an old saying that “what goes around comes around”…it would seem that for the Papa family that held very true.

Until next time…”The Other Guy”

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19 ‘Ndrangheta Members Arrested in Trento, Italy.

19 ‘Ndrangheta Members Arrested in Trento, Italy.

The Calabrian-based ‘Ndrangheta has seemingly expanded from its southern italian roots.  Yesterday (October 15th, 2020), Italian police arrested 19 ‘Ndrangheta members on the Austrian-Italian border in the city of Trento, Italy.

The sting was done in conjunction with another operation conducted in Reggio Calabria, where members of the Serraino cosca were also raided.  The Reggio Calabria bust also resulted in the arrests of an ex-police officer, Seby Vecchio, and a former city councillor on the counts of helping the mafia in various ways.

The “Ndrangheta mafia is currently the richest and most powerful family in Italy, mostly due to its involvement in the cocaine trade in Europe.  These activities are estimated to be the equivalent to at least 3% of Italy’s GDP (gross domestic product).

According to latest reports, “Ndrangheta income in 2008 was approximately $55 billion. The ‘Ndrangheta mafia still maintain tremendous influence in all of Italy, northern Europe, Australia, North and South America, and many other geographical locations all across the globe. Their influence still keeps the most influence in northern Italian regions such as Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Lazio, and Rome.

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Bobby The Cigar Will Walk Free Next Year, Fmr. Providence Mob Capo Gets Time Served For ’92 Hit

October 15, 2020 – His second cooperation deal with the feds has treated him well. Former New England mafia captain Robert (Bobby the Cigar) DeLuca was let off with no prison time for the 1992 gangland slaying of Providence mob enforcer Kevin Hanrahan this week. The Hanrahan hit is an open murder investigation by both the FBI and Providence police.

Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Brian Stern sentenced DeLuca to 10 years time served Tuesday afternoon for his role in Hanrahan’s brazen killing in the middle of Federal Hill. He’s currently serving a five-year sentence in a federal correctional facility for obstruction in the 1993 murder of Patriarca crime family associate Stevie DiSarro. According to the Bureau of Prison, DeLuca, 75, is scheduled to be released in December 2021.

Bobby the Cigar was yanked out of the Witness Protection Program four years ago when DiSarro’s body was exhumed from underneath a converted textile mill in Providence owned by his one-time crew member Billy Ricci, who busted for growing and selling marijuana out of the building. Ricci helped DeLuca and DeLuca’s brother, Joe, bury DiSarro there in the spring of 1993 after DiSarro was killed in a Boston suburb at the behest of then New England mafia don Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme.

DiSarro and Salemme were partners in a nightclub-turned-strip club in South Boston and Salemme and his son feared he was about to become an FBI cooperator because of a bank fraud case he was facing tied to a series of shady real estate deals. On the morning of May 10, 1993, DiSarro went to a meeting at Salemme’s residence in Sharon, Massachusetts and was strangled to death by Francis (Frankie Boy) Salemme, Jr. in the kitchen as Cadillac Frank watched on. Frankie Boy died of AIDS-related cancer two years after killing DiSarro.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, DeLuca was the swashbuckling Cadillac Frank’s “kingsman’s capo” in Providence, his eyes and ears in Rhode Island while Salemme himself stationed out the Boston area. Salemme entered the Witness Protection Program in 1999, but like DeLuca a decade later, neglected to tell the feds about his ordering DiSarro’s murder. He was convicted of the DiSarro homicide at a 2018 trial with Bobby the Cigar acting as the U.S. Attorneys star witness.

As part of the deal DeLuca made with the feds in 2016, in addition to admitting to playing a part in the DiSarro murder conspiracy, he spilled the beans on the plot to murder Hanrahan as well (he initially entered the WITSEC program in 2011 after helping the feds make an extortion case against top members of the Patriarca clan). Hanrahan, a collector and hit man for the Patriarcas for years, was planning on murdering Salemme and had been shaking down mob-protected bookmakers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. DeLuca acted as a go-between for Salemme and the shooters in the Hanrahan hit.

On the late evening of September 18, 1992, the brooding 39-year old Hanrahan was gunned down leaving a dinner at The Arch, a popular Federal Hill steakhouse. Per sources familiar with DeLuca’s deal, he has named Edward (Little Eddie) Lato and Rocco (Shaky) Argenti as the triggermen in the Hanrahan slaying. Argenti died of cancer in 2003. Lato, 73, is alleged to be a capo in the Providence wing of the Patriarca crime family today.

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[VIDEO] Mafia extortionist arrested after secret film emerges

[VIDEO] Mafia extortionist arrested after secret film emerges

A mafia extortionist finds himself arrested after a video emerges of him trying to collect pizzo, protection money, from local businessman, Giuseppe Piraino.  Piraino seemingly resisted the mafioso by showing him a picture of Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone, two former anti-mafia judges killed by cosa nostra back in 1992.

Piraino is one of the 13 citizens victim of mafia rackets that have provided testimonies leading to the arrests of 20 Sicilian mafia members in Palermo, Italy.  Associated charges are attempted murder, attempted extortion, and conspiracy to traffic narcotics.

The extortionist asks Piraino for a 500 euro note for a party so that he can do his job “nice and quiet”.  Asking for pizzo is usually concealed with a secret language of code words, and in this case, a donation to a community event.

The majority of the members arrested are alleged to be linked to the Borgo Vecchio clan based in Palermo.  One of these men was reported to be Angelo Monti, the current acting boss of the family.

“For decades, my fellow Sicilian entrepreneurs and shopkeepers have suffered because of these [men]. But that’s enough now,” Piraino said.  “Those who are silent and bow their heads die every time they do so, but those who speak out and walk with their heads held high die only once”.

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Lebron James accused of “dropping rakes” – Gangster Disciples threaten him

Lebron James accused of “dropping rakes” – Gangster Disciples threaten him

Following his NBA Finals win on Sunday, Lebron James was spotted doing a controversial handshake with teammate Dion Waiters.  James and Waiters were seen doing the one-finger handshake, also known as “dropping rakes”, on national television.

Lebron James dropping rakes, Gangster Disciples threaten him

“Dropping rakes” is a disrespectful gesture towards the Gangster Disciples (GD), one of the most powerful Chicago street gangs.  According to, James “upset many in Chicago’s largest gang, the Gangster Disciples” with his hand gestures.

It appears GD members believe that James was intentionally using these hand gestures to show his arguable superiority over the NBA legend Michael Jordan, who was a former member of the Chicago Bulls dynasty.  As you can probably imagine, the Gangster Disciples did not take this too kindly.  Others think that this was completely coincidental, and that James mean’t no disrespect with the handshake.

Angry viewers took to social media, and some went as far as death threats…

As of Tuesday, James has yet to comment or make any public statements on the matter.

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Italian officials ramp up efforts to protect companies from mafia infiltration

Italian officials ramp up efforts to protect companies from mafia infiltration

Italy has increased efforts to block mafia infiltration into companies struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials have been handing out an average of 150 “anti-mafia” bans every month since the beginning of 2020.  These bans have been used to prevent companies from entering contracts with the public administration.  Campania, Sicily, and Calabria, where the three most powerful families reside, have been the primary geographical focus for these bans.

The regions of Campania, Sicily, and Calabria have been the focus of these anti-mafia bans, blocking them from going into business with financially struggling companies

The mafia groups have been offering loans or buy-out agreements to companies that were victim of financial hardships during the coronavirus pandemic and a two month lockdown.  National anti-mafia prosecutor Cafiero De Raho stated that “The mafia’s movements, in this period, focus more than ever on financing, acquisitions and infiltration into companies.”

Italian officials are checking for “inconsistent investments”, looking at volumes, subjects, and destinations of transferred funds.

A total of 1,400 bans have been issued in 2020 with the rate rising in the last four months, when government aid began to reach companies.

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