Sunday, February 16, 2020

Luca Brasi

Brando as mob boss Don Corleone is etched in stone, but one of the film’s most memorable mobsters is Lenny Montana, who is convincing as gun-for-hire Luca Brasi.
That may be because Montana was an actual mafia enforcer. Lenny Montana was already on the set of The Godfather, working as a bodyguard for a mobster who was sent by the Italian-American Civil Rights League, as well as the Colombo crime family, to make sure the word “mafia” was never spoken in the film.

When Francis Ford Coppola saw the 6’6”, 320-pound Brooklyn mobster, he knew he had found his Luca Brasi.

Hells Angels Michigan Nomads

It's being reported the Hells Angels have opened their first Michigan charter. That would be significant because rival Outlaws MC has four chapters in Michigan. Bay City, Grand Rapids, and two in Detroit. Cops on the ground have nothing to report. "... have no information to support that.”

The Outlaws and Hells Angels have been at war since 1974. Outlaws have maintained a strangle-hold on the US Midwest for decades. When the Hells Angels moved into Illinois in the 1990s, violence between the clubs resulted. In 1988, HA founder Sonny Barger was convicted in federal court for ordering the bombing of an Outlaws clubhouse in Louisville and did five years in prison.
Barger’s counterpart in The Outlaws, Harry (Taco) Bowman, died behind bars last year.
See ----->Harry "Taco" Bowman dead at 69

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Homemade guns in Winnipeg - 'Zip Guns'

Meth head Leslie Beaulieu is good with his hands, but the craftsmanship he became known for on Winnipeg's streets is for only one thing, violent ends. The 27-year-old fashioned raw materials into potentially deadly weapons. He was busted with a cache of 11 homemade guns in various states of completion.

Winnipeg cops seized three homemade 'bang stick' guns in August 2017. One was built using a cane and had a spent .410 round inside it.
Beaulieu pleaded guilty to possessing meth and a restricted firearm and manufacturing firearms, and was sentenced to 4½ years. The number of homemade guns recovered in Winnipeg shot up 56 per cent in 2019, where cops seized 90 of them last year, compared to 53 the year before. A zip gun can cost less than $20 and be built in an hour using parts found at any hardware store.
Beaulieu is retired from the homemade gun industry, but another quickly filled the void.
Accuracy isn't an issue with a zip gun. "It's up close and personal. You pull it out and really no matter how accurate it is, everyone is accurate at one foot away from their intended target."

1,000 kg of Cocaine found in Rotterdam banana shipment

Customs officers found 1,000 kg of cocaine at the port of Rotterdam on Feb 7th. The drugs were hidden in a container loaded with bananas from Ecuador via Costa Rica. Officials working at Rotterdam port seized over 30 tonnes of cocaine in 2019 – well above the 19 tonnes found in 2018 and a new record.
2019's total includes 15 ‘major hauls’ of 500 kg, with the largest single shipment of 3,000 kg recovered in August. The port of Rotterdam is an important hub in the cocaine trade in Western Europe.

Louis Eppolito dies in prison

NYPD 'Mafia cop' Louis Eppolito, who was convicted of a score of mafia hits for the Lucchese crime family died in federal prison this fall while serving out a life sentence. He was 71 years old.
In 2005 remains of Israel Greenwald were excavated from beneath a Brooklyn warehouse. His killer had a bit part in the movie Goodfellas as Fat Andy around that time.
Eppolito was convicted of eight mob killings between 1986-1990 along with his partner cop Stephen Caracappa. The pair passed on information about ongoing police investigations to the mafia, including the names of informants, while working as cops for the NYPD. Caracappa died of cancer in a federal prison in North Carolina in 2017.
See ----->NYC cops Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito

Friday, February 14, 2020

Gennaro Panzuto

Speaking from his maximum security prison cell in northern Italy, Gennaro Panzuto says he enjoyed his time at The Six Arches Caravan Park in the UK. He rented a unit at the caravan park and sent for his wife and children from Naples.

He spent a year and half in the UK before investigators blew his cover and he was extradited back to Italy where he faced a number of murders.
Panzuto was the head of the powerful Pincirillo clan, part of the Camorra Mafia
Neighbours in Catterall though father of 3 Panzuto was involved in the shoe business, but in Naples he is the much feared boss of the Torretta quarter, part of the Camorra mafia. He was involved in a bloody turf war in his native Naples which has seen dozens of deaths.
It is said that in Naples, people are killed almost exclusively for drugs. The clans are fighting for control of the cocaine trade.

Danbrook One full of 'squatters'

communications @centurion.caCenturion Property Associates says it's 'unfortunate' that people are still living in Danbrook One, a month after all residents were ordered to leave. The City of Langford revoked the occupancy permit for Danbrook One in Dec, after serious structural issues were found in the design and construction of the 90-unit highrise. On Jan. 16 residents were told to vacate the property immediately. They were offered $1k per suite. "to assist ... with relocation." Some are unhappy with the offer and aren't going.
Without an occupancy permit the landlord can't charge rent, meaning it's a 'rent free' period. If residents fail to leave willingly, they will 'have to be removed' according to Centurion. The timeline for remediation is a long one. The owner expects a new occupancy permit will come no sooner than this fall.

See ----->DB Services of Victoria has big plans

Trump has gone full Gangster - update II

AG William Barr has assigned a prosecutor to review the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s first national security advisor Michael Flynn, who is awaiting sentencing for lying to FBI agents. Both the Flynn and Stone cases sprung out of the DoJ investigation of Russia’s efforts to boost Trump.
Yesterday AG William Barr said Trump’s tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.”Trump tweeted he has the “legal right” to meddle in DoJ court cases.
Donald Trump on July 26, 2019, one day after his call with President ZelenskyTrump’s post-impeachment behavior is casting a chill. Trump’s maniac tweeting always offered doubts about his mental stability, but Trump’s reticence about the rule of law was constrained.

All bets are off as four top prosecutors withdrew from a case involving the president’s longtime friend Roger Stone after officials overrode their sentencing—an outcome influenced by Trump. Last week he dismissed two officials who were key witnesses, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Gordon Sondland. A third, Vindman's twin brother, was also axed.
Trump is, from the White House, organizing a conspiracy to exact revenge. Trump will not be bound by law, even after he's been caught. He is unrepentant and determined to break the rules again—in part by punishing those whose job it is to enforce them.

He is a president with the mind of a mob boss. And now the US DoJ is willing to do the president’s bidding.
Stone will be sentenced on Feb 20th.
Stone’s fate will be left to Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who Trump has attacked repeatedly with unfounded accusations of political bias.

This day in History - Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre was the 1929 murder of seven members of Chicago's North Side Gang. The men were gathered at a Lincoln Park garage at 2122 North Clark Street, where they were lined up against a wall and shot by four men dressed like police.

Their Italian South Side rivals led by Al Capone were responsible.
The massacre was allegedly planned by Al Capone to eliminate George "Bugs" Moran. Moran narrowly avoided his fate on February 14.

The only survivors were Highball (a dog) and Frank Gusenberg, who died hours later. Many mobsters would be named as part of the Valentine's Day hit team.

The only witness to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Albert Anselmi and John Scalise
Two prime suspects were hit men John Scalise and Albert Anselmi. Both men, and another gangster, would be found dead on a lonely road near Hammond, Indiana on May 8, 1929. At the climax of a dinner party thrown in their honor, Capone produced a baseball bat and beat the trio to death.
By 1935 virtually anyone suspected in the Saint Valentine's Day massacre was dead. Two Thompson submachine guns were found, still in the possession of the Berrien County Sheriff's Department in St. Joseph, Michigan.

The garage at 2122 N. Clark Street was demolished in 1967. The bricks of the north wall were later sold, and many are now owned by the Mob Museum in Las Vegas.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

'Drug Llama' Melissa Scanlan - 13 years in jail

Melissa Scanlan 'The Drug Llama' has been sentenced to 160 months in federal prison.
Co-conspirator Brandon Arias, 34, was sentenced to nine years in prison.The 'Drug Llama', Melissa Scanlan, 32, pleaded guilty to federal charges in Illinois to trafficking fentanyl causing death.

She sold more than 50,000 pills nationwide since October 2016.
Her dark net operation killed at least two in California, a 10-month-old boy and a 41-year old woman. The child died when his father left Scanlan's fentanyl unattended.

When cops busted her San Diego home, she admitted to obtaining drugs from a Mexican cartel. The 11th hour addition to Scanlan's plea agreement-the death count- means she is looking at 20 years in jail. Scanlan's sentencing is in February.

Conor D’Monte a wanted man - $100k

A $100,000 reward is offered for information leading to Conor D’Monte’s arrest. He is accused of the 2009 murder of rival gangster Kevin LeClair.

'Fraudsman' David Holden sentenced to 12 years in $54m Ponzi scheme

David Holden has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay a $54m fine by the Ontario Superior Court after he was convicted of fraud and money laundering for a long-running scheme that took more than $54m from investors in his companies, Seaquest Corp. and Seaquest Capital Corp.

Holden has many previous convictions. In 1995, he pleaded guilty to 46 securities offences. In 2000, he pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud over $5,000 and was sentenced to six years in prison for misusing investor funds. While on parole from that, Holden created Seaquest Corp.
"Mr. Holden is incorrigible. He is polite, personable and cordial, characteristics that are not generally found in recidivist criminals. But they are the stock in trade of the fraudsman” the court said.

Holden has 10 years to pay the fine after the prison sentence expires. If the fine isn’t paid, he must serve five more years.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Oz ponzi scammer Ken Grace quizzed on private jets, boob job

Ken Grace, director of Ponzi scheme Goldsky used investors' money to fly his family on a private jet to Sydney, where his stepdaughter had a breast enlargement. The admission came while the lawyer for the liquidators of Goldsky quizzed him about his hedge fund account. Millions moved between the Goldsky fund and Grace's personal bank account in the final months of the company. $3m was deposited into his account from the hedge fund in Sept 2018 prior to the company going into receivership. Grace said he didn't know what happened to the money.
Grace said he had a poor memory due to his abuse of alcohol and the medication he is now taking. He says he was the victim of a cyber crime and accused the liquidators of not trying hard enough to find the missing cash. Grace said he believed 'unsolicited transactions' from the account are to blame.

At least $24m is still unaccounted for since Goldsky's collapse.
The liquidators labelled his analysis as "nonsense".