Friday, August 18, 2017

Satan’s Choice MC back in Ontario

The grinning devil patch of the Satan’s Choice Motorcycle Club is back. Once the second largest outlaw motorcycle club in the world, the Satan’s Choice folded in late 2000 when it was absorbed by the Hells Angels.

A group of Durham and Ottawa-area bikers have re-established the Satan’s Choice club, which will likely upset the Hells Angels.
Satan's Choice had existed as a club since the 1950s in Toronto, however they were not a '1%er' outlaw motorcycle club until 1965. The old Satan’s Choice had many well-publicized clashes with the law. A spokesman says they are "all law-abiding citizens" this time around.

The new Satan’s Choice reformed in Ottawa last month and reportedly has 48 members and two prospects. Biker cop Len Isnor of the OPP Biker Enforcement Unit says “It’s a bit shocking”

Salvatore "Toto" Riina - The Beast

Salvatore "Toto" Riina in 1993
​A ​ruthless Sicilian mob boss ​known as “The Beast” — who once ordered a hit on Rudy Giuliani and had a 13-year-old boy dissolved in acid — ​has been refused release from prison so that he can “die with dignity.”

Italy’s supreme court had ruled in June that Riina, who suffers from terminal kidney cancer, heart disease and Parkinson’s disease ​— ought to be considered for release.

Toto Riina escorted to his trial
On July 20th the parole board in Bologna, near Parma, where the gang boss is locked up disagreed. Chief Mafia prosecutor Fran​​co Roberti said Riina still poses a threat to society. "Riina is still the head of La Cosa Nostra” he said. For years, Riina was also known as the Sicilian Mafia’s “Boss of all Bosses.”

While behind bars, he notoriously ordered the murder of ​the 13 year-old boy, who was strangled ​before his body ​was partially ​dissolved in a vat of acid in 1996. The cowardly act — one of at least 150 murders to which Riina has been linked — was in retaliation for the boy’s father having ratted out the mob boss​.
He was behind the assassinations of anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992.

Riina ordered the murder of then-US Attorney Rudy Giuliani in the 1980s, going so far as sending an assassin to the United States to murder the future mayor because of Giuliani’s friendship with Giovanni Falcone. Riina changed his mind at the last moment, fearing US attacks on the Sicilian mob.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

9 P.E.I. men with Hells Angels ties charged

The nine were escorted to court in an armoured truck.
Nine men affiliated with the Hells Angels have been charged under the Criminal Code's organized crime legislation. All are from P.E.I., and each is charged with four counts related to lotteries and games of chance, including participating in a criminal organization and committing an offence for a criminal organization. Police say the men are "hangarounds" with the Hells Angels Woodbridge (Ontario) chapter. Members of the new “hangaround” HA chapter were first spotted in January sporting the patches that say “Woodbridge”
The men are:
  • Ronald Joseph Dean Cook, 46, of Charlottetown.
  • Blake Edward Culleton, 34, of Kensington, P.E.I.
  • Corey Gordon Falls, 29, of Charlottetown.
  • Robert "Bobby" Vernon Falls, 63, of Charlottetown.
  • Brad Charles Gallant, 26, of North Rustico, P.E.I.
  • Ian Roulston Kennedy, 53, of Brudenell, P.E.I.
  • Kenneth Boyde MacLeod, 48, of Murray River, P.E.I.
  • Shawn Gregory Paquet, 29, of Charlottetown.
  • Tristan Edward Watts, 19, of Grand Tracadie, P.E.I.
The men were arrested at their clubhouse and were held overnight. Gang items were also seized from the clubhouse. The men appeared and were released on condition that they don't have any contact with each other, and don't attend their clubhouse.
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Cocaine Smuggler Harinder Dhaliwal pulls 20 years

Harinder Dhaliwal, 47, of Brampton has been sentenced to 20 years in a U.S. federal prison for his role in a massive smuggling operation that sent more than $130 million worth of drugs between the United States and Canada. Prosecutors say the operation involving Dhaliwal and at least six others sent cocaine from the United States into Canada and marijuana and ecstasy from Canada to the United States between 2006 and 2011. The drugs were hidden in secret compartments in the floors of tractor-trailers.
Dhaliwal admitted he helped transport more than 3,000 kilograms of cocaine, mostly through New York, in transport trucks crossing several international bridges. 230 kilograms of cocaine was seized.
Richmond resident Alvin Randhawa was sentenced to over seven years in jail following his conviction in the cocaine smuggling ring. Randhawa's older brother Alexie was also in a US prison from another cocaine smuggling operation. He served four years before returning to Canada and his $55 per hour job as a Vancouver dockworker. The fallout from Alvin and Alexie Randhawa's drug smuggling hit their brother Arun Randhawa who is also a longshoreman. Arun argued in court that it's unfair to deny him a special security pass because of his brothers' crimes. He lost. Like most wholesale drug operations the Hells Angels were involved according to police.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

'Mob Links' Foiled Donald Trump's Plan For Sydney Casino

President Donald Trump's bid to open the first casino in Sydney in the 1980s was thwarted by the New South Wales government due to "mafia connections".

In 1987 Trump’s joint venture with the Queensland-based Kern Corporation was one of the four bidders for the casino's tender.

Salvatore "Salvie" Testa
What swung the decision against Trump were his dealings with mob-related personalities while buying property to further his casino establishments in Atlantic City. To enlarge Trump Plaza in the early 80s, Trump bought a nightclub that was owned by Salvatore 'Salvie' Testa and Frank Narducci Jr, mob hitmen known as the Young Executioners.

The two worked for Atlantic City’s mob boss Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo. Trump eventually bought the 5,000-square-foot lot that had been bought five years earlier for $195,000 for $1.1 million, more than twice it's market value.

Nicodemo 'Little Nicky' Scarfo

Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno
Trump hired mobbed-up firms to erect Trump Tower and his Trump Plaza apartment building in Manhattan, including buying overpriced concrete from a company controlled by mafia chieftains Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno and Paul Castellano. That story eventually came out in a federal investigation, which also concluded that the Trump Plaza apartment building most likely benefited from connections to racketeering. Salerno, Castellano and other organized crime figures controlled the ready-mix business in New York.

The indictment on which Salerno was convicted in 1988 and sent to prison, where he died, listed the nearly $8 million contract for concrete at Trump Plaza.

Paul Castellano

Donald Trump with editor Edward Kosner, center, and Roy Cohn, a Trump mentor and lawyer whose clients included bosses Salerno and Castellano.
In the summer of 1982 there was citywide strike—but the concrete work continued at the Trump Tower. It was a multitude of deals such as these that fueled rumors of Trump’s association with the mafia. Trump's Taj Mahal casino was fined $10 million for the money laundering that occurred over it's lifetime.

Thanks in large part to the laxity of New Jersey gaming investigators, Trump has never had to address his extensive dealings with mobsters head-on. On the campaign trail, Trump was coy about his past dealings with unsavory characters. But he couldn’t resist Trumpisms: "I've known some tough cookies over the years"

President of El Paso Bandidos Buried

A deadly shooting in El Paso is part of a larger conflict between the long-established Bandidos and an upstart biker club named the Kinfolk.

Juan Martinez Jr. was among four men shot when a gunman entered and opened fire during a brawl July 30 in a bar. El Paso police arrested Javier Gonzalez, 34, who was identified as a member of the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club. The El Paso shooting follows the slaying of a member of the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club in March near Abilene. A man with ties to the Bandidos was charged in that killing.
The Kinfolk was created as recently as last year, by bikers who used to be Bandidos. In the biker gang world if you leave a club and start another club, it’s being a traitor. The Kinfolk were formed following the indictment of Bandidos national President Jeffrey Fay Pike on federal racketeering charges in 2015.

The Bandidos consider Texas their state. The group not only has members leaving them but they are leaving them in Texas, which is the greater insult. The Bandidos have been in El Paso since 1972. It is virtually certain there will be more violence.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bacon Murder Trial; Sukh Dhak was a happy camper

Jujhar Khun-Khun and Sukh Dhak
Gangster Sukh Dhak was in a celebratory mood after the killing of Jonathan Bacon, a Kelowna court was told. Sukh Dhak sent an estatic text message shortly after Bacon was killed outside the Delta Grand hotel in downtown Kelowna, a witness testified. “I got a zap from Sukh. The first thing he said was, ‘Congratulations, LOL, go have a drink,’” said the witness, who cannot be identified because he is a former gangster testifying for the Crown.

It's thought Dhak targeted the men behind the murder of his brother Gurmit in 2010. Sukh Dhak was murdered in 2012. No one has ever been charged in Dhak’s murder, but the assassin is believed to be from the Wolf Pack.
By coincidence, the witness testified, they were driving by the hotel moments after the attack. “I looked to my left and I saw Larry’s Porsche on the grass, and I saw Larry, blood on his face and blood on his arms,” the witness said. “I was just like, ‘Holy FUCK’. “I could see Larry shaking.” The witness said he received a text message from Manny Hairan. ‘How many are dead?' Hairan was murdered in January 2013.
Shane Dankoski and Sukh Dhak
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The day the Hells Angels buried a Harley

On Jan. 15, 1977, Harry “the Horse” Flamburis, president of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels, was laid to rest at Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma days after being killed in his Daly City home with his girlfriend. Three months after the funeral, his beloved Harley-Davidson was buried with him.
Flamburis was a charismatic leader. More than 175 members formed a lengthy procession down Dolores Street on the way to his funeral. But the Hells Angels weren’t done.

A Chronicle reporter; “Five Angels and two ‘mamas’ were passing bottles of wine and smokes as they dismantled and laid to rest the black Harley-Davidson that had been the favorite mount of the slain president of the outlaw club’s Frisco branch.”
A bystander summed it up ... “What they’re doing is silly,” she said, “but if it means something to them, OK. It’s a funny world.”

Monday, August 14, 2017

Anthony “TG” Graziano - Mob Wives

Mafiaso Anthony Graziano was respected for his nerve and his loyalty. He did his time, twice, but didn’t become famous for that. Graziano shot to fame when his daughters aired the mob’s dirty laundry on TV.
Lana, Renee and Jennifer Graziano
Graziano, born in the 1940s, is still feared in his Staten Island neighborhood. An old-school hoodlum from the start he got involved in the neighborhood business, climbing the ranks of the Bonanno crime family and becoming a capo by the 1980s. In 1990, Graziano landed in prison, sentenced to five years and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to a tax-evasion charge. He was released in 1993, resuming his role as a capo and eventually rising to the position of consigliere in the Bonanno crime family.

He was arrested again in 2002 after ordering the murder of two Colombo crime family associates who shot up his Staten Island topless bar. Those hits were called off after a sit-down with the Colombos, but Graziano ended up pleading guilty to racketeering charges, including conspiracy to murder, cocaine distribution and loan-sharking. He was sentenced to 11 years.
One of the guys in his crew, John “Porky” Zancocchio, was the bookmaker who took bets from Pete Rose. Zancocchio was under Dominick Napolitano, aka Sonny Black, until Napolitano was killed in the 1981 Donnie Brasco fallout. Porky was Graziano’s son-in-law, married to his daughter Lana, and Graziano’s other daughters, Jennifer and Renee, also married Bonanno mobsters. With Graziano raking in mob cash, his daughters were mob royalty who never wanted for anything.
Dominick Napolitano
Graziano hated how his daughters exploited the organization he’d dedicated his life to honoring. When he got out in 2011, he refused to appear on the show. Renee Graziano's then ex-husband secretly recorded Graziano and other Bonanno members as they planned to collect an illegal $150,000 gambling debt, leading to the 72-year-old gangster being indicted again. Graziano was sentenced to 19 months for his role, but Bonanno family leaders were furious that their business had been aired in public. They stripped him of his senior role. 'Mob Wives', created by Jennifer Graziano aired on VH1 for six seasons from April 17, 2011, to March 16, 2016.
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