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CrimeNew York Mafia still active, but flashy ‘mob hits’ decline as witnesses flip and law hits harder

23:30  15 march  2019
23:30  15 march  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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The American Mafia (commonly referred to as the Mafia or the Mob , though "the Mob " can refer to other organized crime groups or organized crime in general)

The Five Families are the five major New York City organized crime families of the Italian American Mafia . The term was first used in 1931

New York Mafia still active, but flashy ‘mob hits’ decline as witnesses flip and law hits harder © Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters New York City police crime scene investigators examine the Cadillac SUV of New York mafia crime boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali on Thursday in Staten Island. Cali was killed outside his home when he walked outside after a pickup truck struck his parked SUV.

The rapid burst of gunfire, the man mortally wounded in the street, the news media swarming the scene — the slaying of Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, a reputed Gambino crime family boss, on Wednesday night had many of the earmarks of a classic “mob hit,” in a New York City neighborhood said to be home to Italian American mobsters.

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Yes, the mafia is still active . One big reason we hear less about them than in the past is that they have largely given up on murder and dialed back resorting to other forms of violence. During the law enforcement offensive against the American Mafia in the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s

Higher law enforcement attention and general attrition has led to the Outfit's gradual decline since the late The 1970s and 1980s were a hard time for the Outfit, as law enforcement continued to penetrate the Another well-known associate of the Outfit is Jewish New York City mobster Benjamin Siegel.

But it also had some modern tweaks: Cali, 53, was shot outside his home, rather than in a public place away from his family, after apparently being lured outside when someone crashed a pickup truck into Cali’s parked SUV. And the killing was captured on surveillance video, New York City police said Thursday.

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Still, “mob hits” of top bosses are now rare, a further sign of the Mafia’s steady decline since its peak of power and influence in the mid-1980s. The legendary “five families” still exist, experts said, and still operate in the same realms of organized crime: extortion, loan-sharking, racketeering, gambling. In fact, the alleged boss of the Bonanno crime family and his supposed consigliere just finished a two-week federal trial Wednesday, accused of loan-sharking and drug-dealing over a 16-year period on Staten Island and Long Island. Their lawyer argued that “looking like you stepped out of central casting in a mob movie doesn’t make you a part of one of these groups,” even though one defendant admitted beating another man inside a strip club the two men owned. The jury found both men not guilty.

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The murder of then-Gambino crime boss Paul Castellano was the beginning of the end of organized crime in New York . "It was one of the most singular acts that altered the existence of the New York Mafia ," said Phil Scala the retired head of the FBI squad that investigated the Gambino family.

The Philadelphia crime family, (pronounced [filaˈdɛlfja]) also known as the Philadelphia Mafia , the Philly Mob / Mafia , or the Philadelphia-South Jersey Mafia

“They don’t have the power they had in the ’80s or the early ’90s,” said J. Bruce Mouw, a former FBI special agent who headed the investigations into former mob boss John Gotti and the Gambino family for two decades. “The important, influential guys went to jail,” Mouw said, echoing a theory voiced by a number of experts: that the federal government’s targeting of organized crime starting in the 1980s effectively knocked out not only the existing leadership of the Mafia, but also the next echelon of soldiers who otherwise would have ascended to power in their crime families.

New York Mafia still active, but flashy ‘mob hits’ decline as witnesses flip and law hits harder © Egan-Chin/ Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali in 2008, after his arrest on federal extortion charges. He was slain in front of his Staten Island home Wednesday night.

Another crucial blow to organized crime, Mouw said, was “the bureau took away all the unions. The Gambino family had 10 to 15 unions that they controlled, construction, garbage collection. The unions made a lot of money for them. They may have a few now, but they are few and far between.”

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Roy DeMeo was a New York based member of the Gambino crime family who ran his own crew of criminals in Brooklyn. This particular group of thugs specialized in murder and contract killings that typically involved dismemberment and the ultimate disappearance of any trace of the victim.

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Cali’s death was considered the first slaying of a mob boss since the 1985 killing of Paul Castellano, the Gambino boss gunned down outside a midtown Manhattan steak house. That hit was engineered by Gotti, who was more flamboyant and courted the limelight. Cali was reportedly the opposite — quiet, low-profile, trying not to attract attention.

There was an unusual aspect to Cali’s death — it happened in front of his house in Staten Island, where many other mobsters live. “It’s pretty significant to kill the boss in front of his own house, in front of his family,” said former New York City police commissioner William Bratton. “That is usually not done, it’s a pretty interesting twist.”

The shooting was captured on surveillance video, New York chief of detectives Dermot Shea said Thursday in a news conference. Cali went outside his house about 9 p.m. Wednesday after a blue pickup truck struck Cali’s parked Cadillac SUV, an impact that rocked the SUV, Shea said. Cali and the man spoke for about a minute and then the gunfire erupted. Shea said that Cali tried to dive under the Cadillac to avoid the bullets, and that police recovered 12 9mm shell casings. Cali was hit six times and was pronounced dead at a Staten Island hospital, Shea said.

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But what does the Mafia control today? Whole cities like New York , Chicago, and Las Vegas Although New York specifically has addressed many of the problems historically associated with Because taxes are typically the highest in urban areas where the mob operates, it is a given that

After the infamous “ mob hits ” of the 1960s and 70s, the Mafia realized they had drawn too much The only solution was for the Mafia to go legit. While the Mafia is still active in traditional illegal I recently Googled “ Mafia ” and “healthcare” and found an article from the New York Times written in 1997 and

Bratton said investigators would look at whether the slaying was the result of internal tensions in the Gambino family, or was an external hit from one of the other crime families. “If it’s an external hit,” Bratton said, “there will likely be more violence coming out of it. If the family doesn’t retaliate, that would be seen as a loss of strength among the five families.”

FBI agents were working the shooting alongside New York homicide detectives, and Bratton said that was another reason the Mafia’s presence had decreased. “There’s a lot of collaboration,” the former New York and Boston chief said, “unlike the past, where there was competition. There’s never been a time where the NYPD and the FBI have had better relationships.”

New York Mafia still active, but flashy ‘mob hits’ decline as witnesses flip and law hits harder © Mario Suriani/AP The December 1985 slaying of Mafia crime boss Paul Castellano, outside Sparks Steak House in New York, was the last high-profile mob hit until Wednesday, when reputed Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali was gunned down in Staten Island.

Mouw cited two other reasons for the decrease in high-profile hits: a federal law passed in 1998 imposing a life sentence in murder-for-hire cases, and the willingness of Mafia members to cooperate. “You’re a 30-year-old Gambino associate,” Mouw said, “you aspire to be the boss, you do a hit, then you die in jail.”

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A flash mob (or flashmob ) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse

He took the Mafia into the 21st century before it was ready and the technology was what took him After all the rats of the 60s/70/80s/the books were even closed for a long time many even law The aftermath of the hit . Though there were some still loyal to Castellano. Gotti was a one off but he was

The potential for life sentences, as opposed to 10 or 15 years behind bars, led to a new stream of informants, most notably Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, who turned on Gotti and was handled by Mouw. “You develop witnesses like Gravano, or Joseph Valachi, or Al D’Arco,” and everybody rats,” Mouw said. “They realize the murders are destroying the family, and they stopped doing it.”

Mouw said one theory police are considering in the Cali killing was a rift in the Gambino family between the Sicilians and the Italian Americans. Cali was born in Sicily, but Gotti’s followers are American, and police are examining whether “that Gotti-American faction is trying to take it over.”

Shea noted there had been a slight uptick in mob violence in New York recently. In October, Sylvester Zottola, a supposed Bonanno crime family member, was shot and killed in a McDonald’s drive-through in the Bronx. And three months earlier, Zottola’s son was shot outside his family’s home in the Bronx, but survived. “More than we generally have seen in the last couple of years,” Shea said.

Another reason for the mob’s decline is the decreasing Italian American population in New York, said Bratton and Jay Albanese, a criminologist and organized crime expert at Virginia Commonwealth University. Albanese noted that federal prosecutors’ use of the RICO [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] law not only effectively knocked out top mob bosses in trials of the 1980s and ’90s, but also discouraged others from taking their place.

Albanese said Italians no longer seem to be exerting influence in areas where they were once either dominant or taking a financial cut, such as massage parlors. Bratton said criminal groups from China, Russia and Albania had stepped up their presence in New York. The Mafia “has more competition than they had in the old days,” Bratton said.

Mouw and Bratton both said the famed “omerta,” or code of silence, is gone from the Mafia, enabling authorities to solve crimes sooner. “Essentially, the mob has become a cage full of canaries,” Bratton said. “It’s just a matter of finding the right canary to sing the right tune.”

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