In The Name Of His Father: Esteemed Hoffa Scion Penning Memoir That Will Address His Dad’s Notorious Kidnapping & Killing

August 6, 2022 — Jim Hoffa, the retired union chief and son of slain Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa, is writing a book titled Hoffa Is My Name, where he will deal “openly and honestly” with his father’s disappearance and murder.

Longtime Southeast Michigan scribe Jack Lessenbery broke the news for The Toledo Blade last week. Nobody has ever been charged in the still-open Hoffa homicide investigation.

The elder Hoffa famously went missing on the afternoon of July 30, 1975 from a restaurant parking lot in Metro Detroit. Hoffa was on his way to a mob-style sit down with Detroit mafia street boss Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone and New Jersey mafia capo Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano to discuss Hoffa’s desire to return to the presidency of the mammoth Teamsters union. Hoffa’s remains have never been recovered and interest and intrigue continue to surround the iconic case nearly a half century later.

Hoffa rode his mob ties to the top spot in the Teamsters in 1957 before resigning his post in 1970 to secure a prison-sentence commutation from the Nixon White House. Although Hoffa himself was under the impression the relinquishing of power was only a temporary ceremonial gesture, the mafia didn’t want him back in leadership and instructed him to retire from union politics.

In 1996, Jim Hoffa was elected as president of the Teamsters. He headed the union for more than two decades, building his reputation on cleaning up much of the mob influence his father helped usher in during the 20th Century. The younger Hoffa retired in 2019.

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Getting The Goods On Good Looking Matty: N.E. Mafia Skipper Snared In ’05 Drug Sting Back In The Spotlight

August 6, 2022 — Providence mob captain Matthew (Good Looking Matty) Guglielmetti had his crew infiltrated by an FBI agent in the 2000s and did nine years in federal prison as a result for extorting a drug shipment passing through Rhode Island. Guglielmetti pleaded guilty in the case. The feds initially penetrated Guglielmetti’s orbit in 2002 through his role in labor-unions and the construction business.

Guglielmetti’s name surfaced this week in connection with the narcotics-trafficking indictment recently filed in state court against pro boxer and reputed New England mafia associate Dino (The Big Bully) Guilmette. Court papers cite informants telling state police that Guilmette reports directly to 74-year old Good Looking Matty for his mob affairs, including pushing prescription anti-anxiety pills and cocaine.

On January 21, 2005, Guglielmetti and two members of his crew were indicted after arranging a deal where the Providence wiseguys promised to protect a 67-kilo cocaine shipment for a $500,000 fee. Providence mob associates Anthony Moscarelli and Alan Blamires were arrested alongside Guglielmetti.

According to court records, Guglielmetti and an undercover FBI agent met in late December 2004 to discuss a pending coke deal and the laundering of drug money. The undercover agent asked Good Looking Matty for help in his endeavors and Guglielmetti agreed to aid in the transaction after New Years.

When the cocaine arrived in Providence on January 19, 2005, Guglielmetti sent Moscarelli and Blamires to meet the undercover agent at a hotel. The undercover agent was awaiting them in a suite, flanked by a team of cops disguised as goons, and 67 kilos of blow in a series of suitcases resting on the bed. Two more undercover agents joined them and took 18 of the kilos for themselves.

Arrangements were made to have the original undercover agent deliver payment to Guglielmetti two days later. However, upon Good Looking Matty showing up to collect the money, he was arrested and detained.

Guglielmetti was released from prison in 2014. He had previously served four and a half years as a guest of the federal government in the 1990s courtesy of a racketeering bust.

Per FBI documents, Good Looking Matty was “made” into New England’s Patriarca crime family in an October 1977 ceremony held in Boston’s North End. Court filings from his racketeering case claim he was bumped up to a capo post in the crime family in the late 1980s and eventually given control of all Patriarca mob activity in Connecticut. His father, Matthew (Big Matty) Guglielmetti was a button man in the New England mafia and a close friend of the organization’s namesake, Raymond Patriarca.

Both Guglielmettis were nailed for hijacking liquor in 1984, but had the charges against them dropped before trial. That same year, the younger Guglielmetti engaged in a verbal sparring match with reporters and cameramen covering Patriarca’s funeral. Patriarca died of a heart attack in July 1984.

Prior to his incarceration in 2005, Guglielmetti acted as a powerbroker in the LIUNA’s Local 271 out of Johnston, Rhode Island. Enticed by an undercover FBI agent, he bought a silent stake in an FBI-sham of a construction company called Hemphill Construction and began skimming union coffers and taking kickbacks on what he believed to be money-laundering rackets being funneled through the company.

Using his connections in the LIUNA, Guglielmetti got his hooks into Capital City Concrete and was awarded a $6,000,0000 job pouring the concrete for a new parking garage adjacent to the Kent County Court House in Warwick, Rhode Island. The FBI planted a bug in Good Looking Matty’s on-site office nestled in a trailer on the property and overheard discussions between him and then New England mob boss Luigi (Baby Shacks) Manocchio. On the day before he was arrested in his 2005 case, FBI agents raided Local 271 and the offices at Capital City Concrete. Manocchio reportedly retired in 2009 and lives quietly shuffling between Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood and his place in Florida.

In more recent developments involving Guglielmetti, sources say he has a piece of Philadelphia mob rackets being conducted in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts region. At some point after his prison release in the summer of 2014, Guglielmetti served as underboss of the Patriarca crime family, these sources allege.

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Hopes Dampened In Chicago: Family Secrets Hearing 86’ed, But Judge Will Take Under Advisement Motion Filed For Outfit Boss Marcello

August 4, 2022 — U.S. District Court Judge Jack Blakey cancelled the pro se motion hearing in the Family Secrets case Thursday and is instead taking the motion filed by ex-Chicago mafia associate and seasoned cooperator Chuck Miceli on behalf of the Outfit’s incarcerated boss, James (Jimmy the Man) Marcello. Blakey originally scheduled the hearing last week, to the shock of many mafia experts and mob watchers.

The hearing was set for August 10. Some of the murders resolved in the Family Secrets case were dramatized in the movie Casino.

The 78-year old Marcello was the No. 1 defendant in the landmark Family Secrets trial back in 2007. Miceli was denied the ability to testify in the trial by retired U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel. His testimony would have refuted the prosecution’s account of certain murders adjudicated in the case.

Blakey replaced Zagel upon Zagel leaving the bench in 2016. At the time of the widely-covered Family Secrets trial, Miceli, a one-time cop, was in prison down in Florida, serving a 10-year sentence for fraud. Zagel ruled Miceli’s claims unreliable, despite his documented cooperation and verified veracity in past state and federal criminal and corruption probes.

One of the murders Miceli says he can shed fresh light on is the 1974 killing of mob associate turned informant Danny Seifert.

Miceli says he watched on from the backseat of his uncle’s car when he was an eight-year old boy as dirty Chicago Police Department officer Rick Madeja shot Seifert, a future federal witness, to death on the morning of September 27, 1974. Madeja was booted from CPD in 1981 after he got busted selling guns and silencers on the black market. Two of the silencers authorities tied to Madeja’s operation were alleged to be linked to the 1975 assassination of deposed Chicago mob boss Sam (Momo) Giancana and the 1983 attempted murder of South Side Outfit gambling chief Ken (Tokyo Joe) Eto, per sources familiar with the Madeja cooperation agreement.

The Chicago Outfit’s then-consigliere Joey (The Clown) Lombardo was found guilty of heading a hit squad that viciously murdered Seifert, his former business partner, on the grounds of his Bensenville plastics factory in front of his wife and son, Joey, named after Lombardo.

Miceli, 56, alleges that Madeja played a role in Family Secrets more than just being the triggerman in the Seifert homicide. Madeja, today 83 years old, denies the accusations.

The lead prosecutor in the Family Secrets case, the distinguished courtroom terminator Mitch Mars, was the prosecutor on Madeja’s case in 1981 in which Madeja cut a deal to cooperate. Mars died of cancer shortly after capping his celebrated career with convictions across the board in Family Secrets

in the fall of 2007.

The Operation Family Secrets case put to bed 18 previously uncharged Chicago mob murders, highlighted by the Seifert and Spilotro hits, stretching back more than three decades. Marcello and Lombardo were the highest profile of the 14 defendants in the case. It was the federal government’s biggest assault against organized crime in the U.S. since the Commission Case in the 1980s that took down the dons of all Five Families in the New York mafia.

Miceli grew up around Lombardo, the Godfather of Grand Avenue and longtime capo of Chicago’s West Side. Seifert was readying to take the stand against Joey the Clown, the legendary Tony (The Ant) Spilotro, the Outfit’s crew boss in Las Vegas, and insurance magnate Allen Dorfman in a Teamsters union pension-fund fraud case where Lombardo, Spilotro and Dorfman were accused of fleecing a work pail-manufacturing business in New Mexico being operated under Seifert’s name. Dorfman was in charge of the pension fund for the Teamsters.

The case was dropped after Seifert’s murder. Spilotro and Dorfman were both slain in mob hits in 1983 and 1986, respectively, that took place in the Chicagoland area and garnered national headlines. Jimmy Marcello was convicted of driving Spilotro and Spilotro’s baby brother Michael, to their slaughter inside a Bensenville basement. He was sentence to spend the rest of his life in prison.

The Spilotro brothers were gruesomely beaten, stomped and strangled to death in a double homicide depicted in Casino, Martin Scorsese’s 1995 opus chronicling the real-life mob drama of Tony the Ant’s reign in Vegas. Oscar-winner Joe Pesci portrayed Spilotro in the film.

Marcello became acting boss of the Chicago mob in 2003, according to court records. He hails from the Melrose Park wing of the Cicero crew, per Chicago Crime Commission files. The Bureau of Prisons currently has Marcello locked up in the SuperMax facility in Florence, Colorado, the prison tasked with housing the country’s worst of the worst federal convicts.

Lombardo’s defense attorney, Rick Halprin, failed to notify Lombardo of Miceli’s attempt to testify on his behalf back in 2005 — Joey the Clown was a fugitive of justice at the time. Lombardo didn’t become aware of Miceli’s story until he uncovered it in court records in the final years of his life. According to sources and BOP records, Lombardo was moved to the SuperMax prison in the final years of his life as punishment for trying to place a murder contract on Judge Zagel’s head from his prison hospital room in North Carolina.

Halprin committed suicide in 2013 at his Hyde Park apartment after falling in financial peril. The notoriously colorful yet lethal Lombardo died of throat cancer in October 2019 at age 90. Three months earlier, he hand-wrote a letter/motion to the court pleading for reconsideration of Miceli’s testimony. Besides the Seifert murder, Lombardo was considered a suspect in ordering or personally carrying out at least a dozen gangland slayings.

On the streets, Miceli was affiliated with The Outfit’s Northwest Side crew in the 1980s and 1990s. Miceli’s cooperation with the government began 13 years before the Family Secrets case was filed with the successful prosecution of former Cook County Chief Merrit Board Investigator Jack Novelli in 1992. He put a Gangster Disciples shot caller away for life with his testimony in the murder of Pamela Strauss in Rock Island in a 1996 drug deal gone wrong.

The Latin Kings street gang put a hit out on Miceli in December 1995 and he was subsequently the victim of a brutal home invasion and physical assault that landed him in the hospital for two weeks, per court filings. Part of Miceli’s cooperation included stopping a murder contract put out for New York mob princess and reality television star, Vickie Gotti Agnello, the daughter of the deceased Dapper Don, John Gotti, former celebrity boss of the Gambino crime family. Most of Miceli’s cooperation related to political corruption and dirty policemen.

Questions regarding the integrity of Family Secrets began to arise right away, with the government’s decision not to indict then Chicago mob don John (Johnny No Nose) DiFronzo, despite presenting evidence that placed him at the center of the Spilotro brothers’ execution, among other racketeering acts charged. DiFronzo, 89, succumbed to a battle with dementia in 2018 on the heels of ruling the Outfit in the shadows for almost 30 years from his Elmwood Park base.

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