James "Jimmy Legs" Episcopia was a regular body guard for Searingtown mobster Frank Mari. Much of my e-book discusses an era that followed the Bonanno family wars that occurred after Joseph Bonanno's 1964 abduction by his relatives. A central portion of my text looks at the entrance of Joseph Pistone/Donnie Brasco into the Bonanno family. The FBI agent was brought in by Dominick Napolitano.
In the late 1970s Louis Pacella secured three performances by famed singer Frank Sinatra at the Westchester Premier Theater in Greenburgh, New York. The ensuing Westchester Theater scandal involved Genovese and Gambino family crime figures. My e-book looks at court proceedings and incidents involved in a large conspiracy that bankrupted a theater corporation. Jimmy Fratianno testified in court.
Giovanni Schilacci had several aliases, i.e. "Al Brown" and "Big Dick Amato". Part of the Genovese family, he was a native Sicilian, of southern Italian descent. With a criminal record dating to 1921, Schillaci was a noted narcotics trafficker. He was deported from the U.S. in 1947 following a narcotics conviction. In Italy he worked directly for Charles "Lucky" Luciano, who ran drugs from Naples.
Originally from New Jersey, Tino Fiumara was closely linked to illegal activities carried out by the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA). One of these illicit schemes involved illegal loans made in 1979 by Sealand Terminal Corporation president Irving Held. Imprisoned for racketeering, Fiumara was previously tried on extortion charges. He died in Suffolk County, New York in 2010.
Johnny "the Bug" Stoppelli was a Genovese family soldier who worked for Greenwich Village crew caporegime Pasquale "Patsy" Eboli. In 1945 Stoppelli was indicted as part of a multinational narcotics ring. It ran primarily in the United States and Mexico. Johnny the Bug served terms in Clinton Prison in New York and the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. Stoppelli and Vincent "Bruno" Mauro were cronies.
Charles Albero was a narcotics distributor for the Genovese crime family. His criminal career dates to 1927 when he was originally sentenced to a forty-year term in Ossining State Prison (Sing Sing). He was paroled the following year on a technicality. After his premature release he was indicted on two charges, i.e. burglary and violation of the Sullivan Law. His career ended in 1962.
Joseph "Joe Sweets" Paterra was a Genovese crime figure originally from Harlem. He was closely associated with Joseph Aloe, a hoodlum who dominated prison life at Welfare Island in the 1930s. Paterra and Aloe were convicted of the January 14, 1932 assault on New York Patrolman Edward F. Smith. When the presiding Judge died soon after, the two defendants appealed their convictions for years after.
Vincent Mauro is best known for his link to an international drug ring that was broken up at the outset of the 1960s. A Genovese operative, Mauro had a penchant for drastic and violent acts. Among these was an ugly incident at a Manhattan night club in the 1950s. On this occasion he tossed black singer Billy Daniels out of an upstairs window after the entertainer slapped his Caucasian wife.
My e-book looks at the criminal life of Rudolph "Scarface Rudy" Prisco. He was a Genovese family soldier originally from the Bronx. In his later life he moved to Monsey in Rockland County. Prisco accumulated twenty-two arrests between 1930 and 1962. By fhe early 1970s Rockland County was populated with multiple mobsters, including Colombo family boss Vincenzo "Vinnie" Aloi. Prisco died in 1997.
Gaetano Martino was a La Cosa Nostra soldier who was closely associated with the Vito Genovese crime family. He worked under caporegime Vincent "Blue Eyes" Alo. Martino's upper echelon LCN associates included Joe Adonis and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. On one occasion Martino traveled to Italy to give Luciano his share in racket earnings. Luciano was deported from the U.S. following World War II.