Joe Bonanno was old school. He had plans to revamp the ranks of rival New York crime families through a series of planned assassinations in order to make himself the “boss of the bosses.” The lure of drugs and drug money was too tempting for the next generation, however, and ultimately led to the undoing of Bonanno’s criminal empire.
This morning Judge Denise Casper sentenced Bulger to two consecutive life terms plus five years saying, “The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable. Your crimes are made all the more heinous because they are all about money.” Read the story of the man who ran Boston’s Winter Hill gang in the 70s and 80s.
Tony Soprano he isn’t. Alleged Red Mafia boss Semion Mogilevich is a new kind of mobster. He’s a world-class executive, he manages an army of criminals, owns a network of companies both large and small, and will likely be a force to be reckoned with for some time to come.
The latest from the Boston courtroom where James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is being tried for an alleged life of crime.
On January 24, 1989, John Joseph Gotti, Jr., American mobster and boss of the Gambino crime family, was arrested for ordering the 1986 assault on union official John O’Connor. Gotti, who bet the arresting officer that he would beat the charge, was released on $100,000 bail, and was in fact acquitted at trial.