The late Mafia boss John Gotti’s crime empire was facilitated by a group of murderous underlings whose eventual exposure led to a shakeup in New York’s organized crime hierarchy—and the Mob’s slow fade from power, journalist Anthony DeStefano, the author of a new book, tells TCR.
The murder of alleged Gambino crime boss “Frankie Boy” Cali outside his Staten Island home this month fanned speculation about a new Mafia war. But there are three sides to every mob story, writes a veteran observer of U.S. organized crime.
Vincent Esposito, 50, son of the late Genovese family boss Vincent (Chin) Gigante, was one of five mob associates in New York City busted for a long-running shakedown of local unions. Court papers accused the quintet of extortion and accepting illegal kickbacks, while using “threats of economic harm and potential physical violence” to keep the illegal cash flowing.
Twenty-seven years ago, thieves with ties to organized crime swiped 13 paintings by Degas, Manet, Rembrandt and Vermeer from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. A $10 million reward in the case expires at midnight on New Year’s Eve.