Joseph Ragone was part of an intricate narcotics/heroin operation that flourished in metropolitan New York in the mid-1950s. Ragone associates, i.e. Frank Borelli, Angelo DeGeorge, etc., continued their narcotics syndicate activities into the early 1960s. In April 1951 Ragone was also linked to a bookmaking network in Yonkers. A huge stash of drugs was discovered in a Long Island City apartment.
George "Blah Blah" Smurra was an enforcer and hit man for the Genovese crime syndicate. As late as 1972 his name appears in a New York Magazine article of prominent members of the Genovese organization. Smurra began his life in crime in 1928. His rap sheet included arrests for burglary, felonious assault, assault, robbery and murder. He originally worked for Genovese capo Rocco Pellegrino.
Among Rocco Mazzie's Genovese family associates were Samuel "Sammy Shell" Schlitten and Joseph "Joey Z" Zingaro. In 1968 a mob kidnapping gang abducted Joey Z's brother-in-law Angelo Marino.The mobster eventually paid $5,000 for his release. Mazzie, Schlitten and John "Buster" Ardito were primary figures in a bribery plot. The Manhattan DA's office probed this illegal usage of a garbage landfill.
"Big Sam" Accardi lived in Bloomfield, New Jersey. A mob enforcer, Settimo was originally from Vita, Italy. He entered the United States in 1926 from a port in France. A target of immigration officials beginning in November 1952, Accardi was deported to Italy. Before justice dept. officials in the John F. Kennedy administration sought his return, he was a narcotics trafficker for the U.S. Mafia.
Anthony Granza was a Gambino soldier who lived in the Bronx. In the 1950s he was among the most wanted men being pursued by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He specialized in buying one to two ounce quantities of heroin for $600 per ounce. Granza was also most often seen in expensive clothes. His attire was embellished by expensive diamond rings and wrist watches. Busted by a fed agent on 1/22/51.
Widowed Helen and Lanza, a police dog team of trust and loyalty. A terrorist gunshot and her only friend is down. In her desperate loneliness a superstar singer takes her hand. Can tough-yet-gentle Marco rebuild her life? Can love survive her fight against hate and terror?
Jeremy Palmer is found dead in the River Thames. The police investigation results in a suicide verdict. Stuart Clay, a friend of Jeremy's, believes this unlikely and starts his own investigation. This leads him into the murky world of drug dealing and distribution, endangering both his and his girlfriend's life.
In 1947 Samuel Valente was an ex-con who was about to be deported to Italy. Valente's son Rocco testified that Rensselaer County Judge Hamm had asked that his father's deportation be curtailed. Justice Hamm traveled to Washington to deny signing a document attributed to him. Calling it a forgery he also denied that a Troy Police Chief and Chief of Detectives had written letters of recommendation.
My e-book looks at each of the defendants in the 1959 narcotics trial. Some defendants like Vincent the Chin Gigante had most of their criminal careers in front of them. Others like Genovese were nearing the end of their organized crime influence. Genovese died in prison following his conviction. A single woman defendant, Jean Capece was a friend of the DiPalermo brothers, Charles and Joseph.