Mob Boss

Friday, October 04, 2013

Former boss "Little Al" D'Arco was the highest-ranking mobster to become a government informant. His life story is told by Tom Robbins in his new book Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D’Arco, The Man Who Brought Down the Mafia. Robbins is an investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice. Jerry Capeci, who writes a weekly column on organized crime at and has covered the mafia as a journalist for decades, co-authored the new book.


Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins
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Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Jose from Queens said:

> Brian, I can't believe you just went through a list of minorities to define organized crime when everybody knows the largest mafia now is Russian.

The Russian Mafia will be taken down like the Italian Mafia.

The big organized crime problem we face is narco-terrorism - from Latin America. All that head chopping in Mexico makes the Italian Mafia look tame.

Oct. 04 2013 01:11 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Jose

When I went to live in Israel in 1981, for a while I was in an aborption center where I shared a room with a Russian Jewish immigrant who had been a reporter in the Soviet Union. One of the things he told me about was the Russian mafia.I'd never heard of such a thing before. He said, that if they ever get out of Russia and go to the US, they'd make the Sicilian mafia look nobodies by comparison. That they would take over. And sure enough I came back to the US a decade later, in 1991, and already the Russian in Brooklyn was making itself known.

Oct. 04 2013 11:46 AM
Jose from Queens

Brian, I can't believe you just went through a list of minorities to define organized crime when everybody knows the largest mafia now is Russian.

Tsk, tsk...

Oct. 04 2013 11:39 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Is this the "Italian segment" talking about mafiosa? It's like Jews being defined by Shylock. I'd like to hear a genuine segment about what it is like to be an Italian today in America, and how do they see their relationship to their culture, "mentality," their relationship to the "old country" in Italy, Sicily, whatever.

Italy is always underrated and underestimated. It is still the sixth economy in the world and manufactures some great cars and other products. But Italy is always underneath the radar except for either the Pope or Belusconi.

Frankly, I am tired and disturbed that Italians are colored by the criminals in their midst. It's like Jews being colored by the communists in their midst.

Oct. 04 2013 11:27 AM

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