Bonanno goon back in jail for consorting with mobsters

Alleged “Goodfella” Vinny Asaro, acquitted last year in the infamous Lufthansa heist — might be free as a bird, but his hapless Bonanno nephew isn’t so lucky.
Ronald Giallanzo — whose “Death Before Dishonor” tattoo was shown to jurors at his uncle’s trial last year — was tossed in jail last week after violating his supervised release by yapping with known hoodlums, The Post has learned.
Judge Nicholas Garaufis remanded Giallanzo, of Howard Beach, and two other Bonanno goons Thursday for repeatedly consorting with known family convicts in an attempt to resuscitate the hobbled crime organization.
Giallanzo will appear in court at a later date.

Police target illegal gambling machines during raids on Italian social clubs, cafes in Toronto area

ADRIAN HUMPHREYS | January 14, 2016

Tyler Anderson/National PostMafia bosses and members have a long history of using cafes or social clubs as meeting places and hangouts. Above, the Moka Espresso Bar & Gelato in Woodbridge, home to an illegal gambling operation, where two people were shot dead last June.
TORONTO — A special anti-organized crime unit in Ontario is conducting a series of coordinated raids on Italian social clubs and cafes in Toronto and York region, Thursday, seizing illegal gambling machines, cash and making 15 arrests.
Although the raids are part of ongoing illegal video gaming machine probes, the momentum behind the search warrants is violence associated with organized crime often linked to the illegal gambling establishments, police said.
Dubbed Project Oeider and run by the RCMP-led Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, police searched 11 cafes or social clubs and one home in a joint operation with the Ontario Provincial Police’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Illegal Gaming Unit and the Toronto Police Service.
Seventy-four illegal gaming machines were seized and 15 people were arrested, with three arrest warrants outstanding, police said.

According to police, gaming machines were seized from the following premises:
 Via Consenza Bar Café, 14 MacKay Ave., Toronto
 1248 Café, 1248 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto
 Capri Café, 1703 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto
 York Centre Café, 2408 Dufferin St., Toronto
 Azzurri Social Club, 2184 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto
 Per Tutti Café, 1988 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto
 Tre-Sette Social Club, 1974 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto
 In Tre Café, 351 Marlee Ave., Toronto
 Cafe 513, 513 Marlee Ave., Toronto
 Prima Tazza Sports Bar, 1310 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto
 Cafe Corretto, 120 Winges Rd., Vaughan

RCMP handoutSome 74 machines were seized.
The machines, similar to slot machines at casinos, allow customers to gamble without government sanction, often in the backrooms of cafes or social clubs. Typically, only known, regular customers are allowed to play for money on the machines.
Approximately $200,000 is cash was also seized. The names of those charged have not been released pending police file the information in court.
It is likely the arrests targeted the “keepers” at each establishment, the people deemed responsible for deciding who is trusted enough to play for money, paying out any winnings and collecting, or reporting for other collectors, from those falling into debt. It also seems likely a distributor of the machines to the clubs, perhaps even one person or group who supplied all of the machines, was targeted, perhaps accounting for the presence of a home on the list of raid targets.
Over recent years there has been a marked increase in serious acts of violence, including targeted murders, at such establishments’
The presence of organized crime groups brings an element of criminality to our communities that is not acceptable. Illegal gaming lines the pockets of organized crime groups and puts our citizens at risk,” said Supt. Keith Finn, Officer in Charge of CFSEU and Serious and Organized Crime in the GTA.
Cafes or social clubs that house illegal gaming machines have far too often been a focal point in criminal investigations associated to organized crime,” said Sgt. Penny Hermann, an RCMP spokeswoman. “Over recent years there has been a marked increase in serious acts of violence, including targeted murders, at such establishments.
Criminal violence, sometimes unreported in any formal complaint to police, also flows from the illicit gaming occurring within. Illegal gaming machines are a major source of revenue for organized crime groups and this revenue facilitates further criminal activities that pose a pervasive threat to Canadian communities.”
The raids are designed to nip the flow of money from the machines to the mob.
 Although there have been a number of high-profile shootings and arsons in recent months at or near cafes or social clubs that are frequented by mobsters, Hermann said the raids are not specifically linked to the investigation of those incidents.
Mafia bosses and members have a long history of using cafes or social clubs as meeting places and hangouts, often using them as a headquarters for their activities.
In Toronto, Carmine Verduci, 56, a mobster described as a transatlantic go-between for gangsters in Italy and Canada was shot dead outside Regina Sports Café in Woodbridge in 2014. Last June, two people were shot dead at Moka Espresso Bar & Gelato in Woodbridge, home to an illegal gambling operation, police said.
In November, Grotteria Social Club in Woodbridge was firebombed. Its owner has long been linked to the Mafia and over decades police watched a who’s who of mobsters meeting and greeting at the club.
In Montreal, the Rizzuto Mafia family used a café named after the Sicilian hometown they are originally from as a headquarters.
Last year the Charbonneau commission into corruption in the construction industry of Quebec showed secretly recorded police video surveillance inside the café of the leaders of the Montreal Mafia meeting major construction company bosses who passed over large wads of cash. The mobsters are then seen dividing it up and stuffing it into their pockets or into their socks.
After Montreal’s powerful Mafia boss, Vito Rizzuto, was arrested, the first public signs of an underworld revolt were a series of firebombings targeting mob-linked cafés.

EXCLUSIVE: Mob boss rebuilding what's left of Bonanno crime family

Mob Boss Rebuilding What's Left of Bonanno Crime Family
NY Daily News

He's got the worst job in organized crime, but somebody’s gotta do it.
Meet Joseph Cammarano Jr., the top banana on the street for the beleaguered Bonanno crime family — or what’s left of it.
Cammarano has been anointed acting underboss, a federal prosecutor revealed in Brooklyn Federal Court last week at the arraignment of three Bonanno gangsters, but sources say he wears a second hat as the crime family’s street boss, too.
Cammarano’s promotion has the blessing of the Bonannos’ jailed official boss, Michael (Mikey Nose) Mancuso, sources said.
Despite the setbacks the crime family has endured over the last decade, sources say cutting off the heads hasn’t killed the beast.

 It’s clear they’re trying to rebuild,” a law enforcement source told the Daily News.
But, with an FBI target on his back, Cammarano probably doesn’t have much time to make his mark.
His father, one-time underboss Joseph Cammarano Sr., died in prison in September 2013 while serving time for a gangland murder. The family has had a succession of at least six bosses since Joseph Massino was arrested in 2003 and decided to become the highest-ranking mob rat in history. Ever since then, the family has been infested with informants and cooperators.
Cammarano Jr. “is a unique man,” defense lawyer Elizabeth Macedonio wrote to a judge in a 2007 extortion case. “He is defined by his sense of selflessness, his strong commitment to family and his endless contributions to his country and community.”
Despite the praise, the mobster was convicted of strong-arming a Colombo mob wiseguy. He served out his 27-month sentence in prison.
Known as Joe C. Jr., the 56-year-old Cammarano grew up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, joined the Navy after graduating from high school and served on a nuclear submarine in an elite patrol unit that conducted classified missions.
His wife, Angela, is the daughter of Bonanno soldier Vito Grimaldi, who owns Grimaldi Bakery in Queens.
While he was in the can on the prior case, Cammarano and his wife “both miss(ed) the mundane aspects of their relationship like sharing tea at the end of the day,” court papers revealed.
The couple lives in a modest home in Glen Cove, L.I.

Scarfo friend sentenced to 30 months for racketeering

Barbara Boyer, STAFF WRITER

John Parisi had been a law-abiding citizen most of his life. He had also been a close friend of reputed mobster Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of the former Philadelphia organized crime boss "Little Nicky."
In 2007, Parisi's life began unraveling after his friendship with Scarfo turned into a business relationship that scammed millions from a Texas-based financial institution that was forced into bankruptcy.
On Tuesday, Parisi, 54, of Atlantic City, appeared in U.S. District Court in Camden, asking for leniency from Judge Robert Kugler. He faced a prison term of 46 months.
"I'm truly sorry," Parisi said at his sentencing, promising that he was done with crime. "You'll never see me here again."
Kugler cut Parisi a break, sentencing him to serve 30 months, followed by two years of supervision. He also ordered $14 million in restitution, but waived some fines, noting that Parisi did not have the means to pay.
"This is a very serious crime," Kugler said. "A lot of people were affected because of this crime."
Parisi, in addition to 12 others, was indicted for a conspiracy that took over FirstPlus Financial Group Inc., replacing the board with choices of their own who channeled money from July 2007 to April 2008 to the Lucchese crime family.
Scarfo, identified as the group's leader, was sentenced to 30 years in July, when Kugler described the mobster as the man who ruled with an "iron fist." Scarfo and others extorted the millions to buy an $850,000 yacht, a luxury home, a Bentley, and expensive jewelry. Scarfo and other defendants have also been ordered to contribute to the $14 million restitution ordered by Kugler.
At that time, Scarfo left the court in shackles, smiling.
It was a striking contrast to Tuesday's hearing, as Parisi struggled to stand because of poor health. He was described by his federal public defender, Lisa Evans Lewis, as the person who earned a salary for managing money transfers of "hundreds of thousands" for the others, specifically Scarfo, who was his friend and a cousin.
Lewis said Scarfo manipulated Parisi, who had no criminal history or even an arrest. Parisi had a steady work history with various jobs, and raised money for the March of Dimes and volunteered to help the organization, Lewis said.
Among the letters sent to the judge on Parisi's behalf was one from a Vietnam veteran who described having no money when Parisi gave him a job he desperately needed.
Lewis asked that the judge consider probation, rather than prison, partly because Parisi is in poor health and requires treatment for a heart condition, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and other issues.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven D'Aguanno acknowledged Parisi's medical needs, which he said the federal Bureau of Prisons could properly address. The prosecutor asked that the judge stay within sentencing guidelines of 37 to 46 months, saying Parisi served an essential role in the conspiracy, and was not a "flunky" among the group as previously described in court.
In fact, D'Aguanno said, Parisi was so close to Scarfo that he was with the mobster in 1989 when he was shot.
"He chose to go along with Scarfo," D'Aguanno said.
Kugler, who presided at Scarfo's six-month trial in 2014, said the conspiracy would have failed without Parisi's help initiating money transfers. Still, the judge noted, Parisi was otherwise crime-free and had showed "exemplary" behavior while under supervised release since he posted bail.
The judge agreed that Parisi - who appeared in court without friends or family present - - could remain free on bail, and surrender on or after March 9 as decided by the Bureau of Prisons.
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'A nod from Korshak, and Vegas shuts down': Sidney Korshak had an A-list of clients, but his true power arose from organized crime

David B. Green
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On January 20, 1996, Sidney Korshak, a lawyer who parlayed his knowledge of the law into avoiding arrest or indictment while carrying on a profitable career in U.S. organized crime, died, at the age of 88. In the first of a series of investigative pieces about him, in 1976, The New York Times noted that, “To scores of Federal, state and local law enforcement officials, Mr. Korshak is the most important link between organized crime and legitimate business.”
With his role as lawyer to some of the nation’s biggest labor unions, his reputation among the Chicago mafia as “our man,” and his connections in the entertainment and hotel industries, Korshak became known as a “fixer,” someone who could make seemingly impossible deals materialize, and the threat of crippling strikes magically evaporate.
Writing about his close friend in his 1994 memoir, former Paramount Pictures chief Robert Evans put it like this: "Let's just say that a nod from Korshak, and the teamsters change management. A nod from Korshak, and Santa Anita [racetrack] closes. A nod from Korshak, and Vegas shuts down. A nod from Korshak, and the Dodgers can suddenly play night baseball."

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Sidney Roy Korshak was born on June 6, 1907, in Chicago. His father, Harry Korshak, was a Kiev-born Jew who had succeeded as a building contractor in Chicago. His mother was the former Rebecca Beatrice Lashkovitz, born in Odessa.
Sidney’s older brother, Theodore, became a small-time Chicago criminal and drug addict, who died in obscurity in 1971. His younger brother, Marshall, also became a lawyer, but he went on to a career in Chicago politics and in the Illinois state senate, which was at least nominally different from a career in organized crime.
Growing up in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood, Sidney attended  the Theodore Herzl elementary school, Marshall High School, the University of Wisconsin (where he was a boxing champion), and DePaul University, where he obtained his law degree in 1930.
Within months, Korshak was defending members of Al Capone’s crime syndicate. When necessary, he would arrange for a judge to be paid off so as to guarantee the desired verdict. Additionally, as one former Chicago judge told the New York Times, “Sidney always had contact with high-class girls. Not your $50 girl, but girls costing $250 or more."
It was Korshak too, according to a source interviewed by The Times, who arranged for Senator Estes Kefauver, who had come to Chicago in 1952 to take testimony for his organized-crime commission, to be entrapped by a prostitute (and a hidden camera) at the Drake Hotel. Confronted with the images, Kefauver hurriedly left town without hearing a single witness.
Guess who cast Al Pacino in 'Godfather'
Korshak’s secret strength was his ability to mediate between his legitimate clients - which included Hilton and Hyatt, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Max Factor and General Dynamics - and the crime organizations and powerful labor unions with which he was involved.
It was he, for example who organized all of the pension funds of the huge Teamsters labor union under a single roof. He then used the truck drivers’ collected retirement savings as a private bank for off-the-books loans to the film industry and the burgeoning hotel scene in Las Vegas. It was not out of graciousness that Teamsters chief Jimmy Hoffa famously vacated the presidential suite at the Riviera Hotel in Vegas for Korshak, when the latter arrived for a conclave of Teamsters lawyers in 1961.
And, according to long piece in Vanity Fair that ran shortly after Korshak’s death, he was the man who made the phone call to MGM owner Kirk Kerkorian that convinced him that is studio should release actor Al Pacino from another film so that he could appear in Paramount’s “Godfather.” Korshak had reportedly asked Kerkorian, a hotel magnate, if he really wanted to get construction on his next hotel finished.
Sidney Korshak died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home, just one day after his younger brother, Marshall, died in Chicago, at age 85.
David B. Green is a Haaretz Contributor

Accused of killing cop, RI mob associate remains on the lam

 FBI renews push for answers with $100K reward
 By Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – After years working the dangerous streets of Washington D.C. as a police officer, Gregory Adams decided to take a job in a sleepy town 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh.
For seven years in the 1970s, Adams worked as one of just two cops in Saxonburg, Pa., a town of just 1,000 people. He eventually became the chief of police.
It was under his tenure the town was rocked by its first-ever homicide: his own.
What has followed in the 35 years since Adams was shot twice in the chest during a routine traffic stop has been an unsuccessful, international manhunt for a man with ties to the New England mob.
Donald Eugene Webb would be 84 years-old now, and rumors about what happened to him – including his death at the hands of the mob he worked for – have circulated for decades.
But the FBI special agent assigned to tracking Webb down believes he’s still alive, and now the feds are offering up $100,000 for any information leading to Webb, dead or alive.
Mob moneymaker
Webb came to New England by way of a dishonorable discharge. Originally from Oklahoma City, Webb made his way east when he was assigned to Otis Airforce Base on Cape Cod, Mass.
Special Agent Thomas MacDonald said Webb decided to stick around and landed in the New Bedford and Fall River area.
He chose to make a living in a criminal fashion and that way was through conducting burglaries, primarily of jewelry stores,” MacDonald said during an interview at the Boston office of the FBI. “When you steal jewels, at least back in those days, you need to re-sell them in order to make a profit, and the best way at that time to fence those jewels was through the assistance of organized crime.”
 Undated mugshot of Donald Eugene Webb.
Multiple organized crime sources interviewed by Target 12 – all of whom asked to not be identified – described Webb as quiet and mild-mannered, but a master at his craft. And he proved to be a moneymaker for the Patriarca crime family as well as an organized crime outfit in the Miami area, where he would also fence his ill-gotten gains.
According to a 1955 article in the Providence Journal, Webb was arrested in Boston after a failed bank robbery there. Going by one of his aliases, Donald Perkins, Webb told a reporter he owed a $1,500 gambling debt to one of mob boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca s bookmakers.
I was told by a member of the Patriarca mob that I had until Thursday to get the money or else,” Webb told the reporter. “Patriarca is ‘mayor’ of Providence.”
After serving time at Walpole state prison for the botched robbery, investigators say Webb got his criminal act together and began looting jewelry stores and banks outside New England, then liquidating the goods through the Federal Hill mob.
Webb and his gang of thieves – which the FBI unceremoniously dubbed “The Fall River Gang” – hit the road to practice their craft. They would travel up and down the east coast, including Pennsylvania and New York, to rob jewelry stores, banks and hotels.
Peter McCann, a retired FBI agent from Pennsylvania who worked the Webb case in the years following Chief Adams’ murder, said Webb and his gang would do their homework on people staying at high-end hotels.
They always had an inside guy, like the guy at the desk,” McCann said. “So he gets a high roller in there and they know when the woman has all the jewelry, they tip [Webb] off to what room they’re in.”
Retired Pennsylvania State Police Detective James Poydence said Webb usually ran with an alarm-system expert on his crew, and on at least one occasion, cut a hole in the roof of a jewelry shop when it was closed to clean it out.
All that loot would be returned to Providence, and expertly fenced, with the appropriate cut off the top for the wise guys.
 Walpole prison mugshot of Webb from approximately 1995.
While Webb was very good at what he did, he wasn’t perfect. In the mid-seventies, he had a two-year stint at a federal prison in upstate New York for a bank robbery there.
Then in December 1980, Webb was once again a wanted man, this time for a jewelry store job, again in New York. He was driving his rental car with out-of-state plates through Saxonburg when he was pulled over by Chief Adams.
The driver’s license Webb handed to Adams had someone else’s name on it. But whatever the chief did during the stop – or the questions he asked the stranger in his town – spooked Webb, and he reacted violently.
He was going to find out all about this guy’
What exactly about the White Mercury with Massachusetts’ plates prompted Chief Adams to pull it over will never be known. Detective Poydence said an elderly woman sitting in her living room knitting and looking out the window saw the white car pull into the parking lot – possibly to avoid being spotted by the cruiser driving toward him from the opposite direction – and was about to leave the lot again when Chief Adams pulled in.
Webb handed Adams a New Jersey license with the name Stanley Portas. The real Stanley Portas had died years ago, but the FBI said his widow had remarried Donald Eugene Webb.
Greg [Adams] was a professional cop, no nonsense,” Poydence said. “He was going to find out all about this guy. He was going to find out Webb was wanted somewhere.”
Special Agent MacDonald said it was likely the prospect of going back to prison that motivated Webb to pull out a gun.
[Webb] was 49 years old at the time of this car stop,” MacDonald said. “If the small-town police chief was going to identify and learn who he actually was, he was going back to prison and going back to prison for a long time.”
Webb brandished a .25 caliber handgun and tracks in the snow indicate he told Chief Adams to move away from the car and around the side of a building. Poydence said the evidence in the snow then showed a struggle ensued. Adams was beat violently to the face, likely with a handgun. At some point Webb was able to grab Adams’ service revolver.
There were bloody handprints in the snow where a struggle obviously had occurred,” Poydence said.
Investigators say Adams was shot twice in the chest with Webb’s handgun.
Webb had been hurt too. It’s unclear how, but it is possible he was shot to the leg, either by Webb himself during the struggle, or by Adams getting a round off before his gun was taken away by the much-larger Webb.
There was a blood trail from the open police cruiser door … to where the door of the Mercury would have been entered,” Poydence said.
The blood was Webbs’.
Investigators say he went to the cruiser after shooting Adams to rip out the microphone for the two-way radio, likely in case the chief was still alive and wanted to call for help. The top page of Adam’s notebook was also torn out.
The elderly woman never saw the violent struggle – as it was out of her view – but she watched the white Mercury drive out of the parking lot, alone.
A neighbor nearby said she was vacuuming when her teenage son ran to her saying he thought he heard gunshots. They went outside to find Chief Adams lying in the snow, moaning.
When police arrived, Adams was unable to identify his killer. He died on the way to the hospital in the back of an ambulance.
Detectives later found the driver’s license Webb handed to Adams in the snow and the .25 caliber handgun Adams was shot with, but the chief’s gun was missing.
Anyone in law enforcement can relate to what happened to Chief Adams on that day,” MacDonald said. “He made a vehicle stop and lost his life.”
Months later, as winter’s grasp started to loosen its grip on Pennsylvania, a group of kids found Adam’s rusting handgun in the melting snow in a field as they walked home from school.
By then, the white Mercury rental car had been recovered in the parking lot of Howard Johnson’s hotel in Warwick, R.I., and Webb’s blood was all over the driver’s side floor.
He made it back to New England, he made it back to Rhode Island,” MacDonald said. “Now we need to know who knows what happened next.”
Dead or Alive
Police believe Webb wasn’t alone when he returned to Rhode Island. His longtime partner in crime, Frank Lach, originally of Cranston, made the drive back from Pennsylvania with Webb, authorities believe. It’s unclear if he was with Webb at the time of the shooting. He has never been implicated nor charged in the homicide.
Lach certainly had his interactions with law enforcement after the death of Chief Adams: he served time for burglary, stolen goods and conspiracy throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Federal Bureau of Prison records show Lach was released from prison in 2000 and indicate he’s still alive, now 75 years old.
Webb’s wife at the time of the murder, Lillian Webb, is still living in the New Bedford area. Records from the Bristol County Probate and Family court show she divorced Webb in Sept. 2005. The cause listed in the paperwork is “desertion.”
No one came to the door of her North Dartmouth home when a reporter paid a visit. She later returned a call saying she wasn’t interested in talking about the case.
I don’t know anything and can’t help you out,” Lillian Webb said just before hanging up.
She has been questioned repeatedly over the last 35 years about the whereabouts of her now-former husband.
Two years after the murder of Chief Adams, Detective Poydence and others flew up from Pennsylvania to question Lillian Webb. She had retained famed criminal defense Attorney John F. Cicilline, whose client list included ruthless mob boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca.
We called Cicilline and he said we could come to his office and we could meet with Mrs. Webb,” Poydence said.
They booked a flight and flew to Providence. Poydence said when they arrived at Cicilline’s office, Lillian Webb was there as promised.
I told her we were there to talk to her about her husband,” Poydence said. “She said ‘Mr. Cicilline has instructed me not to speak to you guys.”
The crew was stunned.
It was like, wow,” Poydence said. “‘Why didn’t you tell us on the phone?'”
Cicilline has not responded to repeated requests for comment from Target 12.
Several organized crime sources said the rumor on the street was Webb was killed by the very people he made money for: the New England mob.
One of the theories is Webb had a disagreement with a wise guy over a robbery. Another is he was murdered because he brought unwanted attention on La Cosa Nostra by law enforcement for killing a police chief.
McCann, the retired special agent, said it’s entirely possible the mob was involved in Webb’s disappearance.
If he was a pain in [their] backside, he could have been killed just to stop the heat,” McCann said. “But if they wanted to send a message, we’d find him.”
For McCann’s part, he says its “60/40” Webb is still alive.
They’re not over it’
Five months to the day that Chief Adams was murdered, the FBI put Webb on their “Top Ten Most Wanted” list. The case was profiled on the television program “America’s Most Wanted” and “Unsolved Mysteries.”
There was a glimmer of hope in 1990 when a letter was sent to then-FBI Director William Sessions penned by someone claiming to be Webb. According to newspaper accounts, the letter apologized for the murder and claimed Webb was considering turning himself in. At the time, the letter was deemed credible, but leads never materialized and now there is doubt that it was written by Webb.
He was removed from the FBI’s most wanted list in 2007, replaced by a new wave of alleged murderers and terrorists.
But the FBI has renewed their efforts, marking the 35th anniversary of the Pennsylvania homicide with a $100,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of Webb, or to his remains.
Special Agent MacDonald said his gut tells him Webb is still alive, because a tipster would be more willing to come forward with information about someone who is dead.
I still think someone out there knows where he is and how we can locate him, which is why the increase in reward to $100,000.” MacDonald said. “Let’s be honest, this case is in the ninth inning here; Mr. Webb is 84 years old and the time we have to locate him and take him into custody diminishes by the week.”
If he is dead, the FBI would use DNA testing to determine the identity of the remains.
This past summer, MacDonald paid a visit to Saxonburg and to the scene of the crime. The murder – even 35 years later – still hangs like a cloud over the small town.
They’re still not over it I can tell you that,” MacDonald said. “This is a case where to lose a young police chief in small town America is something that a home town has a hard time getting by and they just want this case to be resolved.”
MacDonald said Adams’ wife still lives in the area and his kids are now parents themselves.
His children and his grandchildren want someone who knows something to do the right thing,” he said.
Susan Elaine Haggerty was an administrative assistant for the district court in Saxonburg when Adams was shot and used to interact with him on a daily basis. The day of the shooting, the court was loaded with police officers handling cases, she said. The building emptied out when the call came in that an officer was hurt.
We were shocked,” Haggerty said in a phone interview. She is now a magisterial judge in the same courthouse.
We didn’t expect something like that in a small community,” she said. “Nothing like that had ever happened before around here or anywhere that I know of.”
And nothing since.
Adams was the first homicide Saxonburg was ever rocked with and, 35 years later, it remains the last.
For her part, Haggerty thinks Webb is dead, because detectives and agents worked too hard over the decades and “they would have been able to find him if he was alive.”
I hope I’m wrong and I hope they ultimately find him… but I don’t know,” she said, pausing. “It would be a wonderful thing to happen.”
Anyone with information regarding Webb’s whereabouts can call the FBI tip line: 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324)
Tim White ( ) is the Target 12 investigative reporter for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter: @TimWhiteRI

Organized crime member and Medford resident sentenced for drug conspiracy


An alleged member of the New England Family of La Cosa Nostra was sentenced Jan. 20 in U.S. District Court in Boston for conspiring to traffic over 40 kilograms of marijuana from July 2013 to February 2014.
Louis L. DiNunzio, 29, of Medford, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to 18 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $10,000. In September 2015, DiNunzio pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
In 2013, law enforcement initiated a long-term investigation, known as Operation Excalibur, into drug-trafficking, illegal gambling, extortion, and other criminal activity by the members and associates of the New England Family of La Cosa Nostra (NELCN).
DiNunzio was allegedly a member of the NELCN and is the son of former NELCN Boss Anthony DiNunzio, who is currently in federal prison for RICO conspiracy. As part of the conspiracy, DiNunzio and others purchased large quantities of marijuana and shipped them via UPS under fictitious names to Massachusetts.
Earlier this month, two other alleged NELCN associates involved in the conspiracy were sentenced.
Joseph Spagnuolo-Kazonis, 30, of Boston, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $10,000.
John Woodman, 43, of Braintree, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, and ordered to pay a fine of $4,000 and to forfeit $5,000.
In additional cases arising from this investigation, Anthony Spagnolo, 67, and Pryce Quintina, 75, both of Revere, pleaded guilty in December 2015 to conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by extortion and will be sentenced in March 2016.
On Jan. 13, 2016, John Evans, 68, of Middleborough, and Joseph Petrucelli, 24, of Winthrop, pleaded guilty to conducting an illegal gambling business and will be sentenced in April 2016.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz: Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement.
Assistance was also provided by the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations, the Massachusetts Department of Correction, and the Boston, Braintree, Everett, Medford and Quincy Police Departments and the FBI’s San Diego Division.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy E. Moran and Seth B. Kosto of Ortiz's Criminal Division.

Tokyo police raid yakuza HQ after pistol found in apartment

By Staff Report
Police found 1 pistol and 5 bullets inside a gang member's residence in Chuo Ward

Tokyo police seized 1 pistol and 5 rounds of ammunition from a gang member last year
OSAKA (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday searched the headquarters of an affiliate gang of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi on suspicion of illegal possession of weapons, reports Nippon News Network (Jan. 9).
Police entered the headquarters of the Takumi-gumi, located in Chuo Ward, in search of evidence connected to the discovery of a gang member in possession of one pistol and five rounds of ammunition inside an apartment in Tokyo’s Koto Ward.
Morio Mukai, 41, was charged with violating the Swords and Firearms Control Law. In July of last year, police discovered the contraband during a search of the residence of the suspect as a part of a separate investigation.
I received it from a fellow gang member 10 years ago,” the suspect is quoted by police in admitting the allegations.
Tadashi Irie, the boss of the Takumi-gumi, is the second-ranking member of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, which formed last summer following the dissolution of the Kobe-based Yamaguchi-gumi.
Since the split, law enforcement has been raiding the headquarters of affiliate gangs of both organizations. Police are concerned about any pending violence between the rival gangs.

Yakuza boss among 7 nabbed for disrupting land sale

By Staff Report on January 18, 20161 Comment
A sign announcing the establishment of a pig farm was allegedly used to disrupt a real estate transaction
 Makoto Suehiro

YAMAGUCHI (TR) – Police from Fukuoka and Yamaguchi prefectures have arrested the head of an organized crime group for disrupting the sale of a land parcel in Shimonoseki City, it was learned on Monday, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Jan. 12).
In July of last year, Makoto Suehiro, the 74-year-old head of the Goda-ikka, which is based in Shimonoseki, is alleged to have posting two 1.8-meter-wide signs on a parcel adjacent to the one for sale that falsely announced the development of a pig farm. Two Japanese flags were also installed on the property.
In April of last year, the land was acquired for 60 million yen by a real estate company in Fukuoka’s Chuo Ward. The company then contracted another real estate company, located in Kitakyushu’s Kokurakita Ward, to resell the property for more than 100 million yen but the transaction was cancelled.
Police also arrested another high-ranking member of the same gang, a construction company employee and four other suspects.
Suehiro had previously been arrested for fraudulently registering the plot of land in his name.
The Goda-ikka, which is the largest gang in Yamaguchi, has approximately 290 members and affiliate members, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun (Jan. 13).

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By Susan WinlowFrom

“Linda, I want to kill your husband, but I need your permission. I don’t want you to live with the guilt.” Gregory Scarpa Sr.
Such is everyday life it seems in the Colombo Mafia crime family where killings, beatings and opulence were (are still?) a fact of life.
Readers get a glimpse into the life of one of the most notorious hitmen of the generation, Gregory Scarpa Sr. in “The Mafia Hit Man’s Daughter” written by his daughter Linda Scarpa and a Boston freelance writer named Linda Rosencrance.
Mafia crime families have fascinated me since I was a child in the 1960s.
I scoured every organized crime story in the daily newspapers and avidly tuned into the news during the ensuing decades when it seemed mobster activities were always on the nightly news. I was probably the only 12-year-old who could name the five crime families of New York and knew about the key players in the evolving role for dominance. Up until this day, I watched in fascination as the Whitey Bulger case unfolded.
I do draw the line at reality television involving anyone, including mob families, and at times, this book read like a reality TV show.
The Scarpas aren’t new to the media arena and given the media tidbits I already knew I read this “true account” memoir with Google at my fingertips, doing my own research along the way – ferreting out the possible exaggerations, inconsistencies and finding out both sides to the stories told in the book.
The memoir offered a glimpse inside the inner workings of the Colombo crime family, a walk, if you will, with Greg Scarpa – also known as The Grim Reaper – through Colombo hang out Wimpy Boys Social Club, the Scarpa home, their neighborhood and even a trip into his mind, from his daughter’s point of view.
It’s the story of a father who plotted hits and kills by day, and was home by 5 p.m. for family dinner. It’s a story about a man, an FBI informant and an adulterer who kept two families, who had no mercy for others, but lavished attention and love on his children; so much so, he allegedly offered to kill his daughter’s husband.
She declined the offer.
Despite being lavished with attention by all her father’s mob cronies, it’s a lonely life for Linda who isn’t well-liked at school or in the neighborhood because of her father’s notoriety. Her father didn’t hide mob duties from the family. Linda grew up knowing things no child should know. She knew about plotted hits, killings, beatings and the “disappearances” of those who crossed her father. She witnessed an attempted hit on her father, who eventually died of AIDS in prison, as well.
I enjoyed the book, which was written also using excerpts from hitman Scarpa’s long-time girlfriend, Linda Schiro, who was with him for decades. Like with any memoir, I was cognizant that there are two or three sides to each story, and memoirs usually tell one side. Published reports do state that Schiro has told inconsistent stories in the past, including those surrounding Gregory Scarpa’s FBI handler, Lindley DeVecchio, who had legal troubles of his own with his alleged close friendship and dealings with Scarpa.
I have to admit, I got a little irritated at some of the repetitiveness – I only need to read once how much daddy loved daughter – and there were some little inconsistencies such as whether Scarpa was a lenient father or a strict one with unbending curfews through high school.
Along with the insatiable desire to read about the Mafia, this book gave me new insight regarding Gregory Scarpa’s dealings (allegedly deadly and corrupt) with the FBI – and there are lots more to read about that subject!
Susan Winlow is a freelance writer. She is the former features editor for the Daily Republic. You can find her on her blog at, or email her

“The Mafia Hit Man’s Daughter” by Linda Scarpa, Linda Rosencrance
 Kensington Books
ISBN: 9780786038701

Release date: Dec. 29

Give us back the empire built on mob blood money

EXCLUSIVE Give us back the empire built on mob blood money: Mobster Meyer Lansky's family tell of fight to get his Havana hotel and casino back from Castro's clutches after Obama's end to embargo

Meyer Lansky became known as the 'mob's accountant' and managed to persuade Italian mafia boss 'Lucky' Luciano to join forces

His daughter, Sandi, 78, and grandson Gary Rapoport, 60, hope to gain his property assets he lost when Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba in 1959
Lansky created the Havana Riviera and then jointly owned the Marina Hemingway with Frank Sinatra
'The Cuban people who were involved always made money, had great jobs and were happy,' reveals Lansky's grandson about his Cuban casinos
Rapoport says family was told hotel was worth $70 million - in contrast Meyer left virtually nothing when he died

He was a ruthless gangster who in a twist of fate lost his most prized asset not to the FBI but to the Communists.
Meyer Lansky was, in life, one of the gangster era's most notorious figures, a diminutive Jewish immigrant who became known as the 'mob's accountant', and linked to death after death.
Now his long shadow is about to be cast over the new relationship between the White House and the Castro brothers' Communist regime in Cuba as his family demands Washington help get his Cuban property empire back.
Lansky lost it all when Castro came to power and seized American assets throughout Cuba.
The jewel in the crown was Havana's most prestigious hotel and casino, the Havana Riviera, and the Marina Hemingway - which according to his family, he jointly owned with Frank Sinatra.
It exuded the glamour of a lost age, with the guest list including Marlon Brando, Sir Winston Churchill, Spencer Tracy, Ava Gardner, Buster Keaton, Rocky Marciano, Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper.
Now Lansky's daughter Sandi, 78, and her son Gary Rapoport, 60, have told Daily Mail Online how they want President Barack Obama to help them recover what they see as their family's rightful inheritance.
The mother and son, who live in a modest bungalow, talked exclusively to Daily Mail Online, giving an insight into the heady gangster days of mob rule in Havana, which started in the 1930s - and ended abruptly in 1959 thanks to Fidel Castro.
They have set their sights on the twenty-one floor casino hotel established by the gangster called the Havana Riviera and the Marina Hemingway in the Cuban capital which they say he jointly owned with Frank Sinatra.
There are several other Cuban properties which the Lanskys will brief their legal advisers to investigate including the Hotel Nacional de Cuba.
The family - Sandi, her brother Paul and her son Gary - have begun seeking compensation from the Cubans through the US government's Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.
Rapoport said: 'We hope to get some sort of compensation which will help us in our retirement.'
The banker added: 'It was through my grandfather's hard work that the hotel was built. We are his natural relatives and along with my Uncle Paul, the only surviving ones. By rights, it should be our property.'
Asked about whether it was right to seek part of a fortune built on crime, he said: 'Murder was their business and one might say it was all built illegally and on blood money, but we are proud of my grandfather who was a leader in whatever he did.'
Meyer Lansky came to America with nothing.
The jewel in the crown was Havana's most prestigious hotel and casino, the Havana Riviera. Lansky jointly owned the Marina Hemingway with Frank Sinatra and guest list included Marlon Brando, Sir Winston Churchill, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper
Born in 1902 in Grodno, then in the Polish territory of the Russian Empire, now part of Belarus, to a Polish-Jewish family, Lansky immigrated to the US in 1911 with his mother and brother Jake.
The family joined his father who had arrived two years earlier and they settled on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York.
The future mobster, who stood at five feet four inches, had a tough childhood but was known for his mathematical abilities.
It was on the streets of New York City that Lansky met lifelong friend - and partner in crime Bugsy Siegel. Lansky began by selling cigarettes and bootleg alcohol.
Then when Lansky came up against Italian opposition for the spoils in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Jersey, he managed to persuade Italian mafia boss Lucky Luciano to join forces.
It was reported that Lansky arranged the 1931 murders of Luciano's rivals Joe Masseria and Salvatore Maranzano and once they were out of the way, the two men widened their empire to Las Vagas, Miami, Chicago and Cuba.
Lansky was known to have traded illicit booze with Joe Kennedy, father of assassinated President John F. Kennedy.
'I see this guy who came from another country as a young kid who had no way to make it other than to start with bootlegging and to do things which were not even illegal when he was doing then like street gambling,' Rapoport tells Daily Mail Online.
'He watched guys do crap tables and realized there was a probability. He had a great mind for only having had an eighth grade education.
'He had a tough time, but the time that he grew up was so fascinating because you had all these people coming to New York and none of them had anything.
'The Jews were getting beat up by the Irish and the Italians were getting in there too. But my grandfather was the guy who if you knocked him down, he would get back up. That's what built the relationship between Charlie Luciano and my grandfather.'
Lansky and his men were considered to be among the most violent gangs during Prohibition.
But he and his fellow mobsters were more than just violent - they turned the illicit trade in alcohol into a goldmine, then set about securing their wealth.
First Lansky opened up roadhouses across the United States with the cash from his alcohol racket.
Then he invested in real estate ventures including his pal Siegel’s casino developments in Las Vegas, while he also continued to earn money from both legitimate and illegal activities.
Siegel was murdered, shot dead, in June 1947.
Then came another big money venture: Cuba.
'He worked for the Cuban President Fulgencio Batista in the fifties running casinos and gambling,' Rapoport said.
The Cuban people who were involved always made money, had great jobs and were happy, says Lansky's grandson.
'There was gambling and sex shows. The whole country was open for free enterprise.'
It was a glamorous - and freewheeling - time. Stars gathered in Cuba for its alcohol-soaked sense of freedom.
For mobsters the freedom from government oversight was just as appealing, and Lansky threw money from his American operations into the country. 
He built The Riviera from the ground up with air conditioning, a first in Havana. He used the finest china, silverware, table cloths, all brought in from prestigious companies in the US.
Cuban craftsmen and the best builders were hired. During the hurricane season, storms hit Cuba and it still stands today.
According to Lansky's family he was also the title holder to the Marina Hemingway, with Frank Sinatra.
The pair were never photographed together, but Sinatra's mob links are well documented. Lansky's daughter Sandi also had an affair with Sinatra's fellow rat pack member Dean Martin.
'But then there was the Communist Castro revolution and everything went including the $8 million hotel grandfather had built in 1957,' says Rapoport.
The story of how Lansky's luck ran out is simple: Fidel Castro seized power in 1959 and shortly after - early in 1960 - nationalized the island's hotels and casinos.
He essentially wiped out Lansky's assets in Cuba - the mobster reportedly lost $7 million in the values of the time.
It was the first of a series of blows to Lansky, and to the wider mob. The gangster era was drawing to an end, with the JFK administration, particularly Robert Kennedy, turning the FBI on the mafia, and as the years passed Lansky became one of the prime targets for action.
In 1970, fearing prosecution over federal tax evasion charges, Lansky tried to immigrate to Israel  - where the Israeli Law of Return allows any Jew to settle there.
But due to his criminal past, Israel deported him back to the US. Lansky was arrested and brought to trial but the decision was overturned and other charges were dropped because of his poor health.
For his family, however, the man they knew was entirely different: gentle, diffident, an exemplar of the American dream.
Rapoport said: 'My grandfather loved to eat and talk about school when we were in Miami. He was over every weekend for breakfast of bagels, lox and white fish.
'He insisted I read books and did my math. In order for me to drive the golf cart, he would quiz me on multiplication tables.
'He was always asking what was I reading and studying and a big fan of history and politics.
'He would get into debate with my stepfather Vince and it was fun to watch. Grandfather had a home in Hallandale, Miami, with a big library with bookends of the Abraham Lincoln memorial .
'Any time I talked about a subject I was interested in, he would get me a book on it. He really loved the fact that I would get into something and was willing to read.
'I have never told anybody this before, but I used to call him "Popeye" and he would address me as "Gary Boy".
Mayer Lansky's grandson seeks to reclaim seized hotels
Family knew Meyer Lansky to be gentle, someone who lived the American dream. Pictured is Meyer with a 2-year-old Gary Rapoport, his grandson, and Meyer's sister Ester
'We looked at him as 'grand pa'. We never looked at him as Meyer Lansky the financial wizard of organized crime and any of that.
'But over the years you see movies, you read books, you talk to people who were around him and you get to know the character and the person.'
There is little doubt how much Lansky has hit the big and small screen. The Hyman Roth character in 'The Godfather Part II' was based on Lansky.
Roth, in the Godfather Part II, is about to do lucrative business in Cuba with the Batista leadership, but is thwarted by the rise of Castro.
Unlike the real Lansky, Roth was gunned down at the end of a bitter dispute with the Corleones.
Most recently Lansky was played in the HBO series 'Boardwalk Empire by English actor Anatol Yusef.
Other actors to play him are a who's who of Hollywood - Dustin Hoffman, Ben Kingsley, Richard Dreyfuss and Patrick Dempsey.
 Innocent people may have been killed now and then, but not like crimes of today. That is why my grandfather's era of crime is so popular. They were like gentlemen killers and they dressed nice, had good times at parties, dances and casinos.
Rapoport says the reason for the popularity lies in the conduct of the mob.
'I think they were smarter businessman and sure there was a lot of killing, but usually those who got killed were guys from their own industry or trade.
'These would be people who had wronged them or that knew them. Innocent people may have been killed now and then, but not like crimes of today.
'Today you can have a Colombian drug lord who is going after one person in a building and everyone inside dies too.
'That is why my grandfather's era of crime is so popular. They were like gentlemen killers and they dressed nice, had good times at parties, dances and casinos.'
Now nearly 60 years later Lansky's daughter and grandson hope some of the proceeds of that era can be returned to their family.
'Being a Communist country we never saw much hope of getting it back until President Obama decided he was going to re-open relations with Cuba, says Rapoport.
'There are a lot of people who had things taken from them in Cuba and if they are going to be paid back on their properties, I feel it is only fair that our family should be able to gain something back from Grandfather's property.
'We feel that there is something owed to my Grandfather. When people take tours in Cuba, it is still known as the Meyer Lansky Riviera. It is still open and operating and the government there takes all the proceeds.'
Talking about the moves in 2016 to seek financial awards from the Cubans, he said: 'We have been told the hotel is worth $70 million.
'It is hard to estimate because it is a Communist country and until it is an open island again and the people can breath freely in Cuba, I am not sure.
'I would just like see that it is ours and find somebody who is willing to develop it back to what it was and maybe my grandfather having a landmark back in Cuba. 
'My dad was the best. As a child, he took me to floor shows, ice skating, the theater, movies and for long walks. I was his spoiled rotten brat,' says Lansky's daughter Sandi
'Mother and Uncle Paul and myself would have security in retirement. 'I am very proud of my heritage. It was a business.'
Sandi added: 'My dad was the best. As a child, he took me to floor shows, ice skating, the theater, movies and for long walks. I was his spoiled rotten brat.
But he always said 'treat everybody equally.'
'He was very low key. It seemed like people knew who he was, but I just saw him as my dad.
'He was a friend as well as a father. He was terrific.'
Explaining her lack of knowledge about the brutal side to her father, she said: 'I thought he traveled a lot. In my time, you never asked what your parents did.
'But my mom said they were all very nice people and that if I wanted to know any more, I could go to her.
'My father as far as I know, never killed anybody.
'But the hotel and Hemingway Marina belong to my dad. It was his property... there should be some restitution.'
Meyer Lansky died on January 15, 1983 at his home in Miami Beach of lung cancer - and was worth officially almost nothing. His family were left to fend for themselves.
But the FBI believed he left behind over $300 million in hidden bank accounts - they never found any money.

Now finally, his descendants hope some of his hidden wealth may be about to come home to his family.