No im am from Cleveland Ohio...live in St Louis presently my Pop and
Grandfather knew some pretty heavy people back in the day in cleveland
Like "old man" Tony Milano, Pete Digavio, and Shondor Birns how about
You my friend...?
U are right about not marrying an Italian---trying to find a nice Italian guy in California is like trying to find good pizza here, it just doesn't exist. Besides, surviving an Italian father is enough for me!
Glad that you can share such informative comments and set the facts straight. I look forward to reading more of what you have to share! I really wish I had a question for you; Right now I am doing family research, finding Ellis Island records, census records, WW2 draft cards,etc. Lemme know if you like doing that kind of research and I'll send you a couple of links.
I never have been to Brooklyn, always wanted to go. My father hung out there in his earlier years but he won't tell me any stories especially the story about how he got bullet holes in his car. He's the only one in the family from Jersey who has a Brooklyn accent. So you can imagine how different we are living out here in California.
Suprise. Suprise. A nice one too. Almost forgot I'd written to welcome you to the cite.Thank you for appreicating my comments inasmuch as they are, for the most part, sincere comment on the life itself. Most people do not understand how, back in the day, Italian families had to walk in the gutter--we weren't allowed on the sidewalk. My father explained to me how it sickened him so that, when he heard of a guy downtown in Brooklyn who was fighting back he went to him and ask for help. Mr. Albert A. gave my father a brown paper-bag with a device in it. My father stated to me that he thought that it contained a stink bomb but it actually contained a bomb that blew out all the windows for 4 blocks around--after that it was Mr. Conforti.
P.S. Thou doest protest to much--would that you had met a man like your father; he would never have gotten away. Ciao
hey leonard,hope you are good my friend..carmine persico and vic amuso still cling on to the title as boss of there familys,vic is 76 and jr 78 i think..these two caused a lot of killings and turmoil in the time they went to prison..carmine was a good boss at first but was in and out of the can for a lot of the time he became boss..we know the history of the colombo war with vic orena,wild bill and little allie boy and many others you know that were involved leonard,do you think its time he named a replacment or do you think the colombos are more or less done as one of the five..as for little vic,wat a mistake he was.tony ducks wanted buddy,but vic and gas sent him bye bye,so christy vouches for them as good people to run the borgata but all they done was run it down,the two tommys would have thought,wat the F..K.yet amuso still clings to power,or is it really power..more than likely its the $..have a word with him leonard,tell em there is a wonder boy waiting in the wings..
Like he, the snake, doesn't know what's up! These guys are not playing with a full deck and life is so unimportant to them when its the other guy how could they be expected to relinquish power. 4 what its worth, these modern guys are all ego maniacs. From experience I know. Their way or else is how it shapes up but they aren't qualified to lead; their power is violence and when that doesn't work, and it doesn't always work, their shit does stink. Also disagree with the snake ever being a good leader; he double crossed president street and anyone else who got in his way. And he was never liked or respected by the others. Murder is not as an effective weapon as you might imagain because it is a double edged sword!!! Personally, "I never liked the guy; nor did he like me." Smiling. As 4 Vic, I never knew him one way or the other; so no comment.
hello leonard,how you doing..leonard i was under the impression that the five familys that we know by name today,have kept the name of that family because they were the bosses at the time of joe valachi giving his evidence to the mcClellan committee in 1963..ive just read bill bonannos last testament in which he states that it was 1954 at a commission meeting at joe maglioccos home that the names of the familys were named there and then..ive read all of bonannnos books,father and son and they love a bit of poetic license i think..any way leonard take care my friend..
Interesting, of course, but how then did Profaci become Columbo? Futhermore, Carlo G. would not have appreciated that recognition!!! After Abba Shots Jr. was arrested and it came out that his car was bugged it was attributated to Carlo to have said that, "My name better not be on those tapes!" Bill was a wannabe but never capable of it. Imagain using someone else's credit card with the $'s attributated to his "Family." Come on, "A joke is a joke but nobody wants to die laughting.'
The sun is always shining here in Cali. (except for today, supposed to rain which will freak everybody out esp. on the roads) Southern Cal is probably the best place to live during the winter months. Nice dry climate not humid like Florida! 70 degrees every day. Take a trip out here this time of year instead of freezing your cogliones off back east:) My Dad would love the company! He's a great cook too! He loves to reminisce about old times just not with me!
Hi. I suppose that you have addressed that "take a trip out here" to perhaps, among others, me. Sounds like California is apropos for what ails me! I have a friend in Long Beach and another in or around L.A. are those places far apart from where you are? Us Brooklyn Guys just never go to far from the neighborhood. But once I finish up what I have to here in N.Y. I am heading west so you will be hearing from me probably after this coming summer. I too love to cook and I can appreciate your dad not wanting to discuss the subject with you.Stay well, one and all.
Long Beach and LA are about 30 miles apart. You can fly right into Long Beach Airport. Driving around these areas is quick between 10am and 2pm. Otherwise, it can take you an hour to go 10 miles on the freeway and that's no joke!!!
YES Leonard that is me on JOY BEHAR..And yes that is my Father Greg Scarpa Sr..By reading your posts i'm wondering who and how made you and expert on the colombo family or any family for that matter. I'm sure you did stay far away from my father because i can tell by the way you speak you would have gotten yourself in alot of trouble in the streets..I highly doubt that you knew any such information about my father...watch what you say this is a public forum..have respect!!! I am the daughter..
I've been a full time professional musician in the South Florida area ( Miami, Ft. Laud. Boca Raton) for 30 years. I don't have to tell you how many wiseguys I've had the pleasure to work for, and get to know socially. I think its okay at this point to drop a few names as I know these fellows are long gone. But I've gotten to know guys like Etore "Terry" Zappi, Jimmy "Blue Eyes" Alo and a few others who would always wind up in sunny South Florida during the winter months.
I have a dear friend who is having a problem with a certain Soldier in the Lucchese family (who is still very much alive, so I can't mention his name) All I'd like to know is if this fellow is okay as he owes my friend a substantial amount of money. Hes not returning phone calls, so my thought is either he has simply decided not to pay my friend or maybe he is in the can at this point and can't return phone calls.
And yes, there really is a friend, its not me pretending to cover my tracks.
If this forum has a private messaging place perhaps I could speak more frankly there.
Any help or thoughts you may have would be greatly appreciated.
Yeah Jimmy was a great guy, he used to come into a place in Hollywood Fl I was working in called "The Top Of The Home". It was a reall class joint on the top floor of this office building.
Look, I'm going out on a limb here for my friend, but the guy I want to ask you about is Johnny Sideburns. He owes a very dear friend of mine a large sum of money and hasn't paid it back. When he borowwed it he told my friend not to loose "a single nights sleep over it". Well its been well over 6 months and he has dropped out of sight. My friend cannot get ahold of him. They had been very close, almost like brothers for close to 30 years so my friend had no reservations about lending him the money he said that he needed to start his new business (he had just got out on parole in nov 2009).
I don't want to get anybody in trouble, all I'd like to know is if hes allright, or maybe he got poped for something and hes in the can right now and thats why he doesn't take my friends calls (BTW- my friend doesn't even own a computer thats why I'm doing this for him, hes 72 years old)
I know that Johnny is still a soldier in a Lucchese family, and at one time was an acting capo. I have also heard stories from guys up north that maybe he got "upped".
Anyway, anything you can tell me would help my friend a great deal.
Never heard of this guy, which doesn't mean much as there are many others I've never heard of. Could inquire. However, the long and the short of it is that your friend is beat! Period. Assuming, without argument, that this guy is made, your friend has no where to turn. It's the rule to mind your own business. One would be a Johnny come lately to try an collect such a debt/score!!! Got it.. chalk it up if he is straitened out. On the other hand, even assuming he isn't made, sounds like a broken down valise; where would he get the $ to pay, assuming one could find him and bud in..which I still doubt. Sorry but, simply stated, your friend made friends with a no good-nick
Anyway, yeah this guy is definitely made. Just Google Johnny "Sideburns" Cerella. Pages of stuff come up about the guy. I had dinner with him once with my friend who loaned him the money and he is one bad as$ guy. I would NEVER want to mess with this guy. He is almost definitely a capo in Lucchese and at very least a high ranking soldier.
Its just that my friend and this guy were such dear friends. My friend has been through some tough times lately and could really use part of that dough back.
Take care my friend, and if you ever find yourself in south Florida (a lotta you guys do) I hope we can become friends.
Hello, my friend. I'm Jonathan, a young man who saw your comments on the Benjamin Ruggiero biography. When I saw your comments on that page, I became really interested in this website. I have always been doing research on the mob, but I wanted to take it to the next step. So I simply registered and added you as my friend! And I get the impression that you are or was a connected guy to several wiseguys. If that's so, you can expect a lot of questions! One mobster that I've really looked into is Benjamin Ruggiero, and the Donnie Brasco operation. I even bought the book "The way of the wiseguy". I have gotten a lot of information out of that book and soon I'm going to buy the book "Donnie Brasco: My undercover life in the mafia". I actually came across a comment that you made on the Benjamin Ruggiero biography, and you were writing that you actually had met Lefty. I think that's really interesting, and I'm going to ask you things regarding that also. I'm grateful that you typed back to me when I added you as my friend, and if you have any questions about me, don't be afraid to ask.
Hows it going my friend? I noticed that you didn't answer my question about "Sideburns". Hey, listen my friend, if its something you don't want to talk about on an open forum I totally understand. But I would really appreciate you sending me an email if you have any info that might help my friend. Naturally I would never want you to put yourself in any kind of danger or trouble, but its been almost a year and still not one dollar of that 10 large. Thanks.......HJ
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