Friday, June 8, 2007

Ratting out the Outfit

WLS-TV (ABC7) in Chicago this week provided a preview of the Family Secrets Trial testimony of ex-mobster Frank Culotta. Culotta (left), an ex-convict, turned on his former Chicago Outfit associates 25 years ago and has been a professional government witness since that time. The Family Secrets case involves 14 defendants, including Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo.

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Suspected mobster, 74, shot to death in Brooklyn

Suspected mobster Rudolph Izzi, 74, was found shot to death in his Brooklyn apartment at 2:30 yesterday afternoon, according to the International Herald Tribune. The apartment door looked to have been kicked in.

Izzi was reportedly beaten in his home by an unidentified man in 2001. At that time, Izzi was identified as a reputed soldier in the Genovese Crime Family.

US Mafia was born in New Orleans

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Deep Water:
Joseph P. Macheca and the
Birth of the American Mafia

Written by Thomas Hunt and Martha Macheca Sheldon, Deep Water captures the life and times of Joseph P. Macheca. It finally sets the record straight on the man who was a warrior for the corrupt New Orleans Democratic machine, a pioneer of the Crescent City’s fruit trade, a Confederate privateer and the legendary “godfather” of the first Mafia organization to germinate in American soil.
While answering at last the questions surrounding the 1890 assassination of Police Chief David Hennessy and the subsequent Crescent City lynchings, Deep Water establishes the factual details of Macheca’s life and sets them against the vivid backdrop of Gilded Age New Orleans. Published by iUniverse.

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