The Janitor & The Mob: Jewish Outfit Ally Had Control Of Custodian Industry For Decades, Biz Still Gets Scrutiny Today

October 21, 2021 — Chicago Jewish mob associate Ben (King of the Custodians) Stein died 25 years ago this fall. But his behemoth janitorial business, United Maintenance Services, remains in the headlines all these years later.

Earlier this month, Stein’s protege and successor as owner of United Maintenance, Rick Simon, filed a lawsuit against O’Hare International Airport in Rosemont, Illinois for unjustly cancelling a $200,000,000 contract for the daily cleaning of the enormous, always-busting property. Simon is a former Chicago police officer and is as politically juiced-in as he is controversial. He purchased United Maintenance in 1996, shortly after Ben Stein passed away that September at the age of 82.

Stein founded United Maintenance in 1955 and built it into a juggernaut in the sanitation industry. By the early 1960s, United Maintenance held a staggering amount of city and state contracts to clean a number of government buildings and facilities.

According to FBI records, Stein had business connections to and friendships with several Chicago mafia figures, including labor union mob chiefs Joey Glimco and Dominic (The Big Banana) Senese, the Loop’s payoff man Gus (Slim) Alex and Northside “La Kosher Nostra” skipper Lenny Patrick. Alex and Stein co-owned The Sherman Hotel on Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago right off the water.

Stein’s contract to clean the offices of the Chicago FBI and U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Northern Illinois raised eyebrows and red flags with investigators. In 1966, Stein was convicted by the Feds for violating the Taft-Hartley Act for

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Chicago Mob Car-Bomb Victim From 40 Years Ago Finally Called Home To Outfit Heaven

October 20, 2021 — Retired reputed Windy City mafia associate Nick Sarillo died of natural causes at the age of 80 last Friday. Sarillo was connected to the Chicago mob’s Cicero crew, specifically former crew leaders James (Little Jimmy) Marcello and Joseph (Black Joe) Amato, per Chicago Crime Commission files.

He was almost a victim of “Solly D’s.” Or was he?

In the spring of 1982, Sarillo survived a car-bomb attack as tensions rose inside the Cicero regime related to control of the north suburban Lake County wing of the crew. Sarillo’s blue-colored van exploded while he drove on a road in Wauconda, Illinois, a tiny village nestled in Lake County, on April 24, 1982.

Little Jimmy Marcello and Chinatown crew mob enforcer Frank (Frankie Breeze) Calabrese were charged with the bombing in the historic 2005 Operation Family Secrets case. At the time the case landed, Marcello was the Outfit’s acting boss. Back at the time of the bombing, Sarillo owned a restaurant Marcello frequently dined and held court.

According to FBI informant debriefings that took in the early 1980s, Sarillo would sometimes act as a driver for then Lake County rackets boss Black Joe Amato, an old school Mafia figure that traced his roots in the Midwest underworld to the Prohibition era. The attempt on Sarillo’s life was tied to a power struggle that broke out in Lake County pitting Amato versus a then-upstart Salvatore (Solly D) DeLaurentis, per Chicago Crime Commission intelligence files.

DeLaurentis, 82, is alleged to be the Outfit’s current don, according to sources in law enforcement. He did a decade and a half in prison for a racketeering conviction in the 1990 Operation Good Ship Lollipop Case targeting the Cicero crew.

Amato died of natural causes in 1994, having relinquished his territory to DeLaurentis and becoming a valued adviser to top Outfit brass.

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Colombo administration bust. A substantial number of Colombo administration members were arrested Tuesday on racketeering and extortion charges, including alleged boss Andrew “Mush” Russo, 87, and alleged underboss Benjamin “Benji” Castellazzo, 83.

The bust was carried out in a join operation between the NYPD and FBI to unravel a labor racketeering and extortion fraud system.

In Brooklyn federal court, 14 defendants were charged on a 19 count indictment. Of these 14, 10 alleged members of the Colombo crime family were reportedly attempting to penetrate the long-standing construction labor union and its healthcare program in Queens.  The defendants are also facing extortion accusations having to do with workplace safety certifications.

Gomorrah (Italian: Gomorra – La serie) is an Italian crime drama television series created by Roberto Saviano for Sky Atlantic. Based on Saviano’s book of the same name, the show premiered on Sky Atlantic in Italy on 6 May 2014, and has run for four seasons; a fifth and last season will air in 2021. The 2008 film of the same name is loosely based on the same book, but unrelated to the TV series.

The show, largely filmed in the Scampia neighborhood of Naples, tells the story of Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D’Amore), a member of the Camorra‘s Savastano clan, headed by Pietro Savastano (Fortunato Cerlino), a high-ranking member. Ciro aims to navigate the dangers of the criminal world, while also fighting a brutal civil war. The Savastano family also consists of his wife Immacolata (Maria Pia Calzone) and son, Gennaro (Salvatore Esposito). The show also features rival crime boss Salvatore Conte (Marco Palvetti), while introducing the characters Annalisa Magliocca (Cristina Donadio), Patrizia Santore (Cristiana Dell’Anna), Giuseppe Avitabile (Gianfranco Gallo) and Enzo “Sangueblù” Villa (Arturo Muselli) in the show’s later seasons. (Wikipedia)

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Mexican Mafia Prison Hit Ensnares Pomona’s La Eme Skipper “Big Mike” Lerma, ‘20 Murder Charged Out Of L.A.

October 19, 2021 — According to a federal indictment filed last week, Mexican Mafia shot caller Michael (Big Mike) Lerma ordered the murder of jail inmate Steve Bencom in the summer of 2020 for refusing to pay “La Eme” a drug debt he accrued behind bars.

The 65-year old Lerma is alleged to run the Mexican Mafia’s branch in Pomona, California. The indictment was made up of both murder and racketeering counts.

Mexican Mafia members Jose (Swifty) Gonzales, Carlos (Popeye) Gonzales and Juan (Squeaky) Sanchez are charged with strangling Bencom inside his cell at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center on June 28, 2020. They hail from Pomona and work for Big Mike Lerma, per court filings. If convicted, all four face life prison sentences.

Lerma controls drug dealing, gambling and extortion rackets both on the street in Pomona and inside the L.A. County Jail facilities, according to the indictment. La Eme was founded during the late 1950s inside the California corrections system and in the 1970s and 80s it’s influence and operations moved outside prison walls.

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Requiem For An OG: Gangster Disciples Enforcer Snuffed Out Hate In The Peach State, Sent To Feds For Four Decades

October 18, 2021 — Lewis (OG) Mobley, the Sergeant-At-Arms of Georgia’s Gangster Disciples crew, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for racketeering and assault to commit to murder last week in Atlanta. He was convicted in 2019, stemming from a 38-person indictment that landed in 2016 and took out the entire crew. Mobley was the final co-defendant in the bust to be sentenced

The Gangster Disciples are based out of Chicago. Founded in the late 1960s, by the 90s the group had expanded across the country. Today, authorities estimate the GDs maintain an overall membership of close to 30,000, spread from coast to coast.

The 45-year old OG Mobley helped head the Georgia GD’s “H.A.T.E. Committee,” which served as an enforcement unit for GD activities in the southern region of the United States. His attempted murder conviction was a result of him shooting a teenager who interrupted a rap video shoot the GDs were providing security for. In 2013, Mobley allegedly shot a man twice inside an Atlanta liquor store after the man referenced his affiliation with the Bloods street gang.

The boss of the H.A.T.E. Committee, Donnie (Smurf) Glass was smacked with a life prison sentence in the case. Per DEA records, the H.A.T.E. Committee confronted Miami rap mogul Rick Ross at a South Beach hotel in 2012 and demanded a street tax for insinuating GD ties in his lyrics.

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Godfather whack! Sicilian church leaders ban godparents at baptisms

Catholic Church leaders ban baptismal godparents in one Italian diocese amid concern the role is more unsavory than sacred — and can be exploited by the Mafia.

Religious leaders in Catania issued a three-year ban on naming godparents at baptisms this month, claiming many families enlist local power brokers to be their children’s compari because they are more interested in securing gold necklaces and networking opportunities for their family than spiritual leadership, according to the New York Times.

Bishops and priests in the Sicilian region also shared concerns that the now mainly secular custom can embolden organized crime figures, as Archbishop Giuseppe Fiorini Morosini reportedly argued in a letter to Pope Francis in 2014.

“It’s an experiment,” Msgr. Salvatore Genchi, the vicar general of Catania, reportedly said of the ban.

Although Genchi is the godfather to at least 15 godchildren, he argued that most of the diocese’s godparents were not cut out for juggling so many responsibilities, according to the article.

Archbishop Giuseppe Fiorini Morosini (left)
Archbishop Giuseppe Fiorini Morosini (left) argued in a letter to Pope Francis in 2014 that the secular custom of a godparent at baptisms can embolden organized crime figures.
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The Rev. Angelo Alfio Mangano, of the Saint Maria in Ognina church in Catania, told the Times he approved of the new ban because he no longer had to deal with “threats against the parish priest” from questionable characters who sometimes used the position for social blackmail and usury.

Former Sicilian president Salvatore Cuffaro, a godfather of “just about 20” children, who once served five years in prison for tipping off a mafia don to government surveillance, told the Times he treated the sacrament with reverence.

“Despite what some priests think, I paid attention to all of my baptismal godchildren,” Cuffaro reportedly said, adding he only accepted about one in 20 requests to stand on behalf of children at baptisms.

Cuffaro, who is nicknamed “Kiss Kiss” for his intimate greetings, said that no members of the Mafia ever served as a religious godfather on Italy’s “boot,” according to the article.

“At least in Sicily, where I have lived, this doesn’t exist,” he reportedly said. “It’s only a religious bond; there are no bonds of illegality.”

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Msgr. Salvatore Genchi, the vicar general of Catania, argued that most of the diocese’s godparents did not meet standards for handling so many responsibilities.
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The ban has reportedly put a damper on lively and opulent christening celebrations in the Sicilian region.

“It’s shocking,” Jalissa Testa, 21, reportedly said at her son’s Catania baptism on the first Sunday of the godparent embargo.

“In our hearts we know, and they will know, that he has a godfather.”

In nearby Aci Trezza, where Catania residents are sneaking off to have baptisms, Rev. Giovanni Mammino’s diocese requires godfathers to swear they were believers and not organized crime figures, the article said.

“They keep coming here so that they can have the godfathers,” Mammino reportedly said.

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The ban is aimed to put a damper on lively and luxurious celebrations in the Sicilian region.
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Nicola Sparti, 24, drove to Aci Trezza to take photos with his newly christened son in front of sea rocks that the Cyclops is said to have thrown at Odysseus, the report said.

As toddler Antonio rode in a tiny remote-controlled white Mercedes, Sparti reportedly shrugged off the new rule.

“One day the godfather’s there and the next he’s gone. But a father is forever.”

Antonio’s uncle Alfio Motta, 22, reportedly had a different take.

“I feel like the godfather,” Motta told the paper. “Even if I don’t have the title.”

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Bracing For Impact: Ex-Trafficante Mafia Figure ‘Big John’ Jammed Up In Healthcare Scam Out Of West Palm Beach

October 15, 2021 — Former Florida mob soldier John (Big John) Mamone was indicted last week in West Palm Beach on charges of Medicare fraud.

Mamone, 70, pleaded not guilty to stealing almost $4,000,000 bucks in phony healthcare claims for knee, ankle, shoulder and wrist braces and was released on a half-million dollar bond to await trial. He was a member of the Trafficante crime family’s South Florida satellite crew in the last vestiges of existence for both the crew and the crime family as a whole. These days, Big John lives in Delray Beach.

The Trafficante clan was based out of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area for years, but has since gone dormant. Two decades ago, Mamone left his life in the mafia behind and entered the Witness Protection Program after taking a federal racketeering pinch.

Before being inducted into the Trafficante organization in the mid-1990s, Mamone was an associate of New York’s Genovese crime family. As part of his cooperation deal, Mamone helped prosecutors convict Genovese soldier Paul (Doc) Gaccione in a homicide case from 1992: the murder of mob associate Angelo Sangiuolo in which Gaccione admitted to Mamone his role as getaway driver in the hit.

Gaccione and Mamone were partners in running construction rackets for Genovese capo Angelo (The Horn) Prisco in the late 1980s and early 90s. Sangiuolo was Prisco’s first cousin and was caught stealing from a Genovese gambling business. Prior to hooking up with the Prisco crew, Mamone reported to one of the Genovese’s New Jersey capos, John (The Count) DiGilio, who was murdered in 1988 for unstable behavior.

Gaccione got “made” in the months following the Sangiuolo murder. Mamone, realizing he wasn’t being inducted into the Genovese borgata any time soon and the constant heat Prisco was garnering was bad for him personally, relocated to South Florida.

Working for the Trafficante family’s Miami crew headed by Steve (Uncle Stevie) Raffa, Mamone headquartered his operations out of Gold Coast Check Cashing in Margate. According to FBI records from that era, Big John oversaw Raffa’s day-to-day loan sharking and gambling rackets. The entire South Florida regime was dismantled by an October 2000 bust. Raffa committed suicide weeks later that November.

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Children Recruited into the Camorra Mafia

Children in the Camorra Mafia

*VIDEO QUALITY WILL BE CORRECTED IN NEXT EPISODE* Naples, Italy has been a central child recruitment center for the Camorra Mafia for decades. The Camorra is an Italian Mafia-type criminal organization and criminal society originating in the region of Campania. It is one of the oldest and largest criminal organizations in Italy, dating to the 17th century. Unlike the pyramidal structure of the Sicilian Mafia, the Camorra’s organizational structure is divided into individual groups also called “clans”. Every capo or “boss”, is the head of a clan, in which there may be tens or hundreds of affiliates, depending on the clan’s power and structure. Consequently, as Camorra clans act independently, they are more prone to feuding among themselves. The Camorra’s main businesses are drug trafficking, racketeering, counterfeiting and money laundering. It is also not unusual for Camorra clans to infiltrate the politics of their respective areas. (Wikipedia)

In this video, I go over why child recruitment is a problem and how it needs to be solved, briefly.

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Buyers drop more than $3.1M during auction of Al Capone’s heirlooms

Chicago gangster Al Capone’s “favorite” Colt .45-caliber pistol was the top draw at a California auction, selling for $1 million.

Billed as an “undisturbed time capsule” of Capone’s estate, the auction held late Friday at a private club in Sacramento, California, had nearly 1,500 registered bidders and 56 who attended in person to spend more than $3.1 million altogether, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Al Capone -- who was born in Brooklyn -- was dubbed Public Enemy No. 1.
Al Capone — who was born in Brooklyn — was dubbed Public Enemy No. 1.
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The biggest-ticket item was Capone’s “favorite” Colt .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol that sold for $860,000 — or $710,000 more than the top initial estimate. With a 21 percent buyer’s premium added in, the buyer will pay $1,040,600, which is believed to be the highest price for a 20th century firearm sold at auction, the Tribune reported.

Capone’s Colt .38-caliber semi-automatic blue pistol with smooth wood grips was the next top draw, selling for $242,000 with the included buyer’s premium — well-above the initial top estimate of $60,000.

The collection from Sacramento-based auction house Witherell’s – dubbed “A Century of Notoriety: The Estate of Al Capone” – also included the notorious gangster’s prized platinum and diamond Patek Philippe pocket watch. Estimated to bring in $50,000, the timepiece sold for $190,000, or $229,000 with the 21-percent fee.

Other family heirlooms, such as two photographs of Capone’s son, Sonny, were scooped up for as little as $100. Every lot of items included a notarized signature of one of Capone’s three surviving granddaughters, Barbara, the Tribune reported

Diane Patricia Capone, who was three when her grandfather died in 1947 from a heart attack in Florida, told the newspaper she wasn’t surprised that most of the items sold well-above pre-auction estimates.

“I know that that’s the figure the appraiser has given us, but the back story all along has been people saying, ‘Oh, that’s way underpriced. It’s going to go for much higher,’” she told the Tribune. “So I can’t say I was terribly shocked or surprised that it went for considerably more.”

Al Capone's "favorite" Colt .45-caliber pistol sold for $1 million.
Al Capone’s “favorite” Colt .45-caliber pistol sold for $1 million.
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Capone said she was stirred when several lots of items belonging to her grandmother, Mae Capone, went up for bidding.

“In fact, my sister and I were sitting next to each other when they were showing my grandmother’s china and crystal, my sister and I were holding hands and I got really teary,” she told the Tribune.

After a break in the bidding, women working the phones during the auction came over to Capone and her sister, telling them, “We got so emotional watching you,” she recalled.

A collection of photographs from the estate of mob boss Al Capone is displayed at Witherell's Auction House in Sacramento, California.
A collection of photographs from the estate of mob boss Al Capone is displayed at Witherell’s Auction House in Sacramento, California.
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Diane Capone examines a china set that once belonged to her grandparents, Mae and Al Capone.
Diane Capone examines a china set that once belonged to her grandparents, Mae and Al Capone.
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Most buyers’ identities were kept private, although a minority owner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, Kevin Nagle, bought Al and Mae Capone’s decorative cigar humidor with a walnut veneer for $145,200. He also dropped $21,780 for another humidor and a set of two accompanying chairs.

Bidding was “intense” for the cigar holders, Nagle said, adding that the vibe was “incredible” as bids were tossed around for Capone’s sought-after firearms.

“It was really exciting,” Nagle told the Tribune. “There was a lot of history that we were bidding on and there were people from all over the world participating online. It’s really amazing.”

Al Capone's platinum and diamond Patek Philippe pocket watch sold for $190,000,
Al Capone’s platinum and diamond Patek Philippe pocket watch sold for $229,000,
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A platinum and diamond pocket knife with the name AL in diamonds once belonged to mob boss Al Capone.
A platinum and diamond pocket knife with the name AL in diamonds once belonged to mob boss Al Capone.
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Nagle also purchased Capone’s yellow gold and platinum belt buckle for $27,225, which he’ll keep at his ranch in Montana along with the humidors as “great conversational pieces,” he said.

Capone, the larger-than-life Brooklyn-born mobster also known as “Scarface,” was dubbed Public Enemy No. 1 following the 1929 “Valentine’s Day Massacre” of seven members of rival bootlegger Bugs Moran’s gang.

Capone was later convicted of income tax evasion in 1934 and spent 11 years in federal prison at Alcatraz before dying at 48 in 1947 in the Florida home where he and his Chicago Outfit associates were thought to have plotted the 1929 killings.

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Unresolved Trouble In The Six: The Toronto Unsolved Mob Murder Timeline (1967-2013)

Salvatore (Sammy Bottles) Triumbari — January 6, 1967

Fillippe  (Phil the Shoe) Vendemini — June 6, 1969

Kenny Worth — June 24, 1975

Joey Sarraino  — September 19, 1975

Salvatore Palmeriti — June 6, 1976

Ian (The Iceman) Rosenberg — July 22, 1977

Tony Carnovale — January 11, 1980

Vincenzo (Vinnie Chubs) Cherubino —

December 2, 1983

Tony Cotroneo — September 4, 1986

Giovanni Derango — November 19, 1996

Frank Roberts — August 13, 1998

Patricia Real — June 17, 2000

Gaetano (Guy) Panepinto — October 3, 2000

Joe Racco — November 22, 2000

Frank Pizzimenti — February 2, 2002

Vito Girdona — December 25, 2013

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