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the Mafia wreaks havoc on New York City but the government allows to bring them down I think this is a perfect time to question undercover agents put their lives on the line you had to be very willing to take risks the evidence mounts and they discovered a secret inner circle of mafia bosses who control nearly all underworld activity who was electrified they were working together the questions and answers the story behind the mob on trial next New York City 1980 the largest metropolis in the United States is overrun by an illegal organization known as La Cosa Nostra Italian for our thing it's most commonly known as the Mafia the organization has influenced nationwide but five powerful crime families rule the city and the bosses of these families call the shots the suspected leaders Gambino boss big Paul Castellano Genovese boss Anthony Fat Tony Salerno Bonanno boss Phillip rusty rastelli Lucchese boss Anthony Tony ducks Corallo and Colombo boss carmine the snake Persico each boss sits at the top of a highly organized hierarchy of under bosses captains and low-level soldiers and associates more than 1,100 men in New York City alone the men on the bottom carry out the dirty work the soldiers were the ones who did the loan-sharking the robberies or frauds they brought the money in but unlike a lot of other institutions in the Mafia the money flowed upward everybody had to kick up some of that money comes from the mobs illegal influence over legitimate industries such as trucking gore meth sanitation and construction companies mob families have always tried to operate in pretty much the same way they move into whatever legitimate businesses they could as a way of giving themselves legitimate earnings as well as earning money by shakedowns of legitimate businesses the mobs operations cast a climate of fear over New York murder arson and car bombs are some of their favorite methods of persuading reluctant citizens to play by the Mafia's rules if you defy them you never know what's gonna happen to you they have no compunction about killer law enforcement targets the mobs rackets like gambling extortion and loan-sharking but bringing down mobsters has been a challenge organized crime investigation by the very nature are the most difficult because you're dealing with experienced criminals career criminals so there's some of our surveillance conscious they don't talk on the phone they don't put their names or signatures on paper for paper trails for all their hard work law enforcers only bring down the occasional boss and defense attorneys are able to negotiate short prison stays the mafiosi returned to the streets and the entire enterprise remains strong 1980 New York FBI office Special Agent James kossler takes over as coordinating supervisor for the FBI's organized crime squad he's determined to overhaul the way the bureau fights the mob his luck would have it it was at a time when organized crime was very important to the government Ronald Reagan became president and he made that one of his priorities 20 miles away in White Plains New York Ronald goldstock steps in as the new director for the state organized crime task force or Oct F for a decade the task force had been pursuing its own mob investigation but has never nailed a big case it was essentially a defunct organization and what we tried to do was think of how you could deal with the problem of organized crime not biind ighting and convicting individual persons but by taking out entire crews kossler and gold stock both come to the same realization about how they can take down the mafia by using a decade old federal law known as Rico or the racketeering and corrupt organization Act Rico allows law enforcement to go after groups of criminals the key is to prove the existence of an enterprise connected to illegal activity with Rico prosecutors don't need to focus on a single day or crime they can reach back to establish a pattern of offenses prosecutors can target top mobsters who are usually insulated from the crime those who give orders but rarely commit crimes themselves Rico is designed to work with a wiretapping law called title 3 which allows recorded intelligence into federal court the intent of Congress was to make the RICO statute able to use the history of organized crime and tie it together was title three and used those two tools in tandem this was not something we had been doing a lot if Rico is the ideal weapon Lyons law enforcement sat on it for ten years few authorities fully comprehend the act and no one wants to be the first to try it the man who wrote the law G Robert Blakey tells the final report the Department of Justice discouraged its use out of fear they might lose a high-profile case what they were not gonna do is treat any of their important cases as experiments with this new thing they want a precedent for it nobody wanted to be first but now someone is ready at the FBI James Koestler fights to reorganize the bureau's entire mob strategy we would normally just look at the crimes that a group of people who are committing try to prosecute them for committing the crimes and we never looked at the group as a whole cos Allah creates five separate organized crime squads and orders each to investigate a corresponding mob family their target the bosses by nabbing those on top they hope to dismantle each family's infrastructure we had a plan and we were sticking to the plan we're gonna go after the hierarchy of the family meanwhile at the state organized crime task force Ronald goldstock starts his own investigation focusing on the mobs hold over industries and labor unions he knows the mob has a history of controlling corrupt union officials who skim employee funds and threatened worker strikes in exchange for payoffs Rico was not only a theory of prosecution but a theory of investigation we thought about not so much families but industries and thought about how you could stop the mob from continuing to operate the agencies jump start their investigations hoping to bring down each family and boss individually April 1982 the New York Times runs a series detailing mob influence over the city's billion dollar a year construction industry because of the mob stranglehold on concrete suppliers costs are 70% higher in New York City than in much of the Northeast but the big bosses in the New York crime families decided to create a cartel in which they would get the major concrete contractors together and give them this ultimatum we're going to divvy up all the contract you won't have to compete anymore the mob then takes a 2% cut of every deal so contractors raise their rates to cover the extortion chosen contractors who split kickbacks with the Mafia bosses are known as the concrete Club refusing to join as serious repercussions you had no choice but to join the Association and abide by its rules and failure to do so would cause economic harm physical harm even death investigators see concrete as a way to make their case but they still need hard evidence they hope for surveillance and wiretapping campaign where mobsters might implicate themselves on tape is the key to bringing them down October 14 1982 President Ronald Reagan declares the Mafia's power is reeling out of control the existence of this nationwide criminal network and its willingness and too often its success in corrupting and gaining protection from those in high places is an affront to every law-abiding American to him the reasons for the mob success are clear vows of secrecy and loyalty insulation of its leaders from direct criminal involvement bribery and corruption of law enforcement and public officials he orders the FBI to forge closer ties with New York state authorities both agencies will launch an extensive surveillance campaign to infiltrate this secret world what we were doing was so important so excited that we wanted to accomplish this the secrets they hear will open the door to the mob underworld that along with more questions and answers when the final report continues 1982 New York City nearly all 7 million residents here indirectly paid tribute to the city's five ruling Mafia families the garment industry the waterfront the Fulton fish market garbage collection every aspect of construction there was no aspect of any big industry critical industries in New York at the mob didn't get a share they controlled you know all kinds of legitimate businesses that you know increase the cost of those businesses goods and services to John Q public FBI in state task force agents want to end the mob stranglehold they hope to gather evidence of a criminal enterprise through widespread wiretapping but breaking through to the tightly guarded mob underworld will be dangerous one of the greatest assets that the Mafia has and had and still has is that they'll kill you they'll break your leg to go after your family members agents start investigating mafia hangouts the best locations for capturing crucial information December 1982 Brooklyn New York FBI agents take out Casas toward a restaurant the suspected meeting place for the Colombo crime family family boss Carmine Persico sits in prison but agents suspect he still has some control in the rackets Carmine Persico was trying to maintain his connection with the crime family his underlings and run the crime family the way he saw fit Joe canta Meza supervises the FBI's technical operation squad his goal to learn the ins and outs of the restaurant before planting a critical wiretap a little bit in advance we have the opportunity to conduct the little surveillance physical surveillance of the subjects in the location he stakes out the area looking for ways to infiltrate the Colombo family hangout is there a window that I could leave unlock can I see where the keys are kept or anything that might help the actual certissue sentry go smoother or quicker while dining there canta Meza observes that the Colombo's use one table for official mob business you'll need to gain access to the crawlspace overhead to make the bug effective it's a dangerous mission if any Colombo members catch him in the act he could be murdered 3 a.m. on a December night Cantor Meza and other agents pick a lock on the restaurants metal gate to gain entry they access a cramped crawl space and plant a microphone but their work isn't done the agents realize they need to risk reentering the next night to attach the transmitter unless you get to look in the details in the nooks and crannies see the crawlspace sometimes you just can't do it all in one night they return to the restaurant and risk getting caught on the mobs home turf but after an hour the agents escape unnoticed the jobs a success agents become particularly interested when they overhear the conversations of a key mob soldier in graph scope oh they run a background check on scope oh and find that he's also president of the new york concrete district workers council this is a key fine infiltration of labor unions is the cornerstone of the mobs economic success along with being a Colombo soldier it gave him sway over contractors who were involved in major construction projects in Manhattan FBI agents realize they need more information and plant bugs in scope pose office and car they discover scope Oh uses his position to threaten worker strikes the concrete suppliers afraid of lost business and profits pay off the Colombo's to keep the Union off the picket lines those companies who work in both the public and private sectors make up the so-called concrete club investigators believe that exposing this extortion record could bring down the entire family including boss Carmine Persico scopa was the guy who made sure that each of the crime families got their cut there was one conversation where a Colombo soldier was talking to him about a big major construction project that he was looking to get involved in and scope Oh made sure to tell him that no no wait a minute it's ten million dollars the Commission has to get a piece of it this isn't the first time authorities have heard this term but they still wonder what is the Commission investigators believe it's the mobs ultimate ruling body over the years earlier wiretaps have vaguely mentioned the Commission but investigators know little to nothing about it though they believe the five New York bosses sit on the board agents believe that these men have the final word on mob policy and business but have no hard evidence confirming its existence further conversations confirm that scope au doesn't just work for the Colombo's he collects payoffs for all five families the boss is also the ingredient again with the other bosses in the scheme the bosses were all participated in equally these conversations are exactly what investigators were hoping for solid proof of a major criminal enterprise that involves every New York family if authorities can link the families together they'd have the chance to take them all down at once with the RICO Act a loose-lipped mobster will help them build their case along with more questions and answers when the final report continues March 1983 New York City federal and state authorities have launched a widespread wiretapping campaign against the New York Mafia while investigators pore over Colombo family conversations the state task force target suspected Lucchese boss Tony ducks Corallo investigators suspect Corallo controls garbage collection on Long Island and that he conducts his business from the backseat of his drivers black Jaguar xj6 we recognize that if we had a bug in the car we could overhear the conversations and we would not only have a better understanding of the industry but we'd have the evidence to do what we wanted to do the taskforce knows it will be a difficult job radio interference and limited transmission ranges have made previous car bugs useless this man tony angelo who still works undercover for the task force is determined to make this bugging successful we went to a car dealership provided the same car and we got to look at and find out how we were going to approach this angelo and other agents practice installing wiretaps and an exact copy of the jaguar Corallo uses once inside they determined they'll need five uninterrupted minutes to finish the job March 23rd as Karolos driver attends a dinner dance on Long Island his Jaguar sits empty in the parking lot sit down dinner so it was gonna be like at least three hours long so we feel that was our best shot three agents descend on the car their moves are quick and precise he had to take a portion of the car apart install the device and then put it back together without it looking like it was taken apart using strips of electrical tape they attach a microphone and a transmitter to the inside of the dashboard then they connect the two devices to the car's battery which will provide them with power the job takes less than 10 minutes and the agents dispersed there were a lot of challenges that we had to meet and we met him it was a big accomplishment but there's an immediate problem recording they're constantly moving wiretap to do it tailing agents use a receptor to receive signals from the Jag then transmit them to a recording van a mile away their hard work pays off Sal Avellino the inquisitive driver for Tony Corallo leads his boss into some incriminating conversations within days we had Corallo saying that he was the boss of the Lucchese crime family something that had not been done before Karolos admission that he's the boss implicates him in the organization and helps investigators prove their RICO case agents continue to trail Avellino they overhear a conversation with another soldier about Lucchese family plans to control city garbage collection by wiping out their competition the state task force pours over hours of tape it was exciting because every day he would expose more of what they were up to and you'd find out all kinds of details about how they thought but constantly trailing the men and not getting caught proves difficult you had a be in reasonable proximity to the vehicle to listen to it now the problem was that Corallo and Avellino were very cautious Corallo himself would adjust the rearview mirror so that he could watch behind them they were very conscious of tails the agents keep their distance and over here Sal Avellino talking about growing resentment against suspected Gambino boss Paul Castellano fellow mobsters believe Castellano has become too greedy and is taking a bigger cut of the profits than he deserves this implicates Castellano in a mob racket but authorities still need the Gambino's on tape the FBI is on the job staking out Castellanos stately Staten Island home March 1983 Staten Island New York big Paul nicknamed for his imposing six foot two inch frame took over his boss in the 1970s he projects the image of a sophisticated Wall Street banker but manages more than four hundred foot soldiers who carry out his dirty work that way Castellano doesn't have to commit the crimes himself but investigators hope he'll discuss his role in the rackets on tape the FBI turns once again to Joe canta Meza the agent who successfully bugged the Colombo hangout in Brooklyn intensive surveillance breaks into several pieces one of course is the location to see who comes and goes second is the subjects are those that have access to the location who has the keys who has alarm codes Castellanos home has many obstacles an extensive alarm and video surveillance system and a constant flow of associates coming and going there was rarely if ever an instance that the house was not occupied by someone canta Meza tells the final report he and another agent poses cable television repairman to access Castellanos home it's a dangerous operation blowing their cover could result in death it had to be very daring and very willing to take risks calculated risks the other agent keeps watch outside while canto Meza figures out where to install the bugs and transmission lines this transmitter will allow agents to eavesdrop from a listening post in a nearby apartment canta Meza knows from tipsters that Castellano conducts business at a large table near the kitchen and decides this is the perfect place for the bug the agent solicits the help of a Gambino soldier to make the job less suspicious when I'm with the subject they and they want to watch they get to help now that maybe hold the wire hold a flashlight can you hold a screwdriver he successfully plants the microphone and leaves the house undiscovered the microphone install went as planned and worked perfectly until the lightning thunderstorm that evening the storm halts transmissions to the listening post canto Meza will have to re-enter the home luckily Castellano and his bodyguards by the repair act a few hours later big Paul's voice comes booming across the transmissions from those conversations on that bug the FBI managed to prove that Paul Castellano was the head of the Gambino crime family and that there was some connection between all five families the connection that all five families are in on the construction racket the so-called concrete Club it was electrifying you came to realize very very quickly that these families were not distinct and apart they were working together now that investigators know the mob operates as one organization run by a commission of bosses they can do something they never thought possible use Rico to prosecute all the families together the significance hadn't really become clear until after the job was actually performed investigators also learned that there's a rift in the Gambino family and a captain named John Gotti isn't happy with Castellanos increasingly greedy ways John Gotti and his crew were key members of the you know blue-collar wing of the Gambino crime family and were known to be at odds with Paul Castellano authorities monitor both factions of the family and hope to destroy the Gambino infrastructure before members do it themselves may 1983 investigators monitor the Gambino's but still haven't connected all the dots about the commission they continue listening in on the taps when former boss Joseph Bonanno now retired in Arizona publishes his memoirs in a book called a man of honor as 78 years old the ailing Mafia Don wants the world to know mob kinship has been replaced with extreme greed he was no longer a big-shot but he was trying to do in a sense was suggested by his life why is bonanno's book significant for investigators Bonanno includes an entire chapter explaining the commission according to Bonanno the Commission was born in New York City in 1931 the Mafia realized a committee of men one from each major family would prevent unnecessary infighting the Commission settles any territory or financial disputes between rival mobsters and protects the bosses by establishing that no one can kill a boss without the Commission's approval here is Joe Bonanno one of the original heads of the five families writing a book which reveals the existence of the Commission and how it operated in one wiretap immediately go wild in response to bonanno's book the other bosses are furious Bonanno broke the mobs code of silence Paul Castellano was caught on tape saying they're gonna make this one big tremendous conspiracy how could he do this this idiot August 1983 Ronald goldstock head of the New York organized crime task force approaches US attorney Rudy Giuliani with a pitch bring the separate crime family investigations together into one Federal Court case prosecutors can use Rico to target the bosses even though the guys on top didn't commit the crimes they're the key to the organization I laid out the theory that we had developed about the Commission case and he was very receptive the key to bringing down the mob is proving to a jury that a criminal enterprise exists everything from the wiretap to bonanno's book can be used as evidence former prosecutor Gill Childers tells the final report Giuliani zeroes in on bonanno's memoir when he read that he said my god this guy is admitting to the entire structure of organized crime we've got to be able to do something with this but prosecutors face a major setback when one of their key defendants meets a violent end on the streets of New York that night I suddenly realized this is this is real that's next when the final report continues September 1983 FBI and state Task Force agents are in the midst of a widespread surveillance campaign against the New York mob they've already bugged some members of the Commission like the bosses of the Lucchese Gambino and Colombo families and are compiling some hard evidence such as this conversation of a Lucchesi capo and Driver four family head Tony ducks Corallo recounting a disagreement he had with the head of a local union [Applause] investigators work isn't done they have tape of bosses and under bosses admitting they run rackets and families but still need to crack another suspected member of the Commission Genovese boss Anthony Fat Tony Salerno despite his low-key profile salerno is one of the wealthiest mobsters based in Harlem he controls a ten million dollar a year loan sharking racket East Harlem New York December 1983 FBI agent Joe canto Meza checks out the Palmer boys social club salerno's favorite hangout he hopes to record meetings between salerno and his top henchmen without the taps prosecutors will have a difficult time linking the Genovese crew to the entire operation the agent immediately spots a challenge a huge metal grate that's blocking the entrance and guaranteed to make a lot of noise we had information from the surveillance activities that after this particular grate was unlocked it was one of the noisiest roll-ups the surveillance team had ever heard before to solve the problem canta Meza has a diesel powered garbage truck pull up outside the targeted location and we were ready to roll up the grate you couldn't hear yourself think patrons identify salerno's conference table they enter the cellar below and drill into the floorboards to hook up the transmission line can temesta finds himself crawling among rats to planked above it's not a comfortable way to be running wire and sticking your hands in places that you can't quite see just before dawn canta Meza completes the job later that day salerno's deep voice booms across the wires they had Fat Tony Salerno talking about the Commission on his tapes that were you know picked up on the bug in the Pomeroy social club agents now have bugs of every major crime family in New York but they're still looking for proof that commission members gather to discuss the rackets may 15 2014 at a residence on Staten Island most Commission meetings are so heavily guarded and in places authorities would never suspect that they have never been surveilled a soldier in each of the crime families would drive one of its leaders to a specific secure location essentially it's designed to be in a location at the FBI and law enforcement would not suspect agents take out the residence from a van a few blocks away hoping to get photographic evidence of the bosses together for the first time one by one the bosses file out of the house each caught by FBI cameras the cameras capture Paul Castellano Fat Tony Salerno Tony ducks Corallo and several other monsters we have photographs of all the different bosses and thereunder bosses or and/or their number-one capo or somebody that their aid going into the house the case against the bosses is so extensive wiretaps the detail rackets and photographs of the bosses together that the mobsters themselves suspect something is up including Karolos driver February 1985 with hard evidence in the form of photographs and wiretaps US attorney Rudy Giuliani is ready to reveal a massive indictment there was a tremendous amount of energy everyone understood that this was going to be a complete groundbreaking case but before the official announcement local news stations receive a tip about the plan one station calls FBI supervisor Jim Koestler for comment I said we've got a problem you know these guys will check themselves in the hospitals they'll get be on the run whatever it might be we got to do this now a band of federal agents and cops race across New York City to make arrests within an hour police arrests the biggest players Gambino boss big Paul Castellano Lucchese boss Tony ducks Corallo and Genovese boss Fat Tony Salerno carmine the snake Persico he's presently in federal custody on another charge naming him boss of the Colombo crime family Bonanno boss Phillip rusty rastelli is not indicted but is also already in jail on other charges retired boss Joe Bonanno claims medical incapacity and refuses a personal plea from Rudy Giuliani to cooperate February 26 1985 this is a very major blow against the mafia in New York and I think it helps throughout the United States because ooh Leone officially announces the 15-count indictment against the New York bosses and representatives from the five crime families prosecutors charged the nine men participated in a nationwide commission that controlled mob activities including drug trafficking loan sharking gambling and labor racketeering the indictment doesn't keep all the wealthy bosses off the street for long December 18th 1985 Gambino boss Paul Castellano is free on a 2 million dollar bond Giuliani and the FBI believe their strongest cases against Castellano he runs an extensive operation with more than 500 associates but investigators know from key wiretaps the many family members are deeply dissatisfied with Castellanos leadership we heard about some secret meetings and we knew something was up but we didn't have any specific information about it 5:45 p.m. rush hour traffic fills the streets of midtown Manhattan Castellanos black sedan pulls up outside sparks a steakhouse on 46th Street as Castellano opens his door men in trench coats descend upon the car three gunmen opened fire on the boss sending six bullets into his head and torso the assassins shoot his underboss Tommy Bilotti four times the gunman escaped into the thick crowd of pedestrians Castellanos head rests on the door jamb of the car his under boss's body lies in a pool of blood on the street both men are pronounced dead at the scene I was very much struck by the gravity of the case that night I suddenly realized this is this is real these guys are out there killing each other and terrorizing people it was very sobering within hours investigators target the man they believe has the most to gain from Castellanos death Gambino captain John Gotti agents hear from informants that Castellano wanted to disband Gotti and his crew after they were busted for drug trafficking Paul Castellano was furious at John Gotti and his crew he blamed his crew for the problems he was facing god ease power grab works insider's report that Gotti became head of the family soon after Castellanos murder what does Paul Castellanos death mean for the case against the Commission prosecutors have to throw out several bug conversations from his Staten Island home with big Paul gone those wiretaps can't be used in court the prosecution's lost hours of conversations that prove the Gambino's have a seat on the commission when suddenly that chair becomes empty from the jury's perspective it's a piece of the story that is now missing despite the major setback prosecutors elect to go ahead without the evidence on Castellano he was kind of a classic Hollywood image of what a mob boss is it took some of the sex appeal if you will out of the case but there was still an awful lot left while the prosecution is confident they still face a case unlike any tried in history you're going to hear an answer today like you've never heard before the trial is next on the final report September 8 1986 jury selection for the Mafia's Commission trial begins at the Federal District Courthouse in lower Manhattan US attorney Rudy Giuliani has appointed 32 year old Michael Chertoff as lead prosecutor the young lawyer must convince a jury that these mob bosses sit on a dangerous board of directors known as the commissioner and that they direct the criminal enterprise known as the mob you never sure what a jury is going to do but we were very confident that we had a powerful case in his opening statement Michael Chertoff argues the Commission is a corrupt Enterprise dominated by a single principle greed the audio recordings are his centerpiece like this tape of a Lucchese captain discussing his family's control over the garbage collection Union the key defendant is Columbo soldier Ralph's capo accused of accepting payoffs from concrete firms scope owned laid out the racket on the wiretap they had Ralph's culpa on tape talking about the fact that the Commission was controlling construction projects in New York City they really didn't need the testimony of the witnesses the recordings from the extensive four-year investigation feature several of the accused they're caught talking about the Commission and its crimes the most compelling evidence was the tapes because you hire their actual voices in some third party it isn't some ex-con who's testifying to get a reduced sentence it was there in all the prosecution puts 85 Witnesses on the stand and presents over 150 audio tapes September 18 1986 defense attorney Samuel Dawson who's representing the underboss of the Lucchese tells jurors something that has never been said in open court the Mafia and the Commission exists it was very surprising no defense lawyer had ever before conceded that there really was a such thing as the Cosa Nostra why does the defense admit the Mafia exists it's impossible to refute the hundreds of hours of taped evidence what they argue being a member of the mob doesn't make someone a criminal is riding around in that car and there wasn't one word that came out of his mouth criminal defense attorneys depict the Commission as an underground business circle it doesn't authorize murder but settles disputes to avoid conflict defense lawyers were stuck and trying to figure out a strategy trying to do something with these defendants November 19 1986 after five days of deliberation jurors deliver their verdict Fat Tony Salerno Tony ducks Corallo carmine the snake Persico and five of their associates guilty on all charges it was a complete victory and complete vindication of the whole theory that underlay lots of effort to prosecute and combat the Cosa Nostra the sentence that follows 100 years without parole the maximum in a RICO conviction Corallo Persico and Salerno are locked away for life that was a mind-blowing event that captured the attention of the community that hey there is a way to get these guys off the streets forever in the final report the Commission case sets a precedent for law enforcement to use Rico across the country the RICO statute becomes the preferred method for combating many types of organized crime like urban gangs while Rico affects New York's five families it does not stop them the FBI finds a new generation of bosses replaces the imprisoned leaders in 1988 authorities discover a major error in the Commission investigation informants reveal lead defendant Anthony Salerno is not the boss of the Genovese family been wrongfully identified the real boss Vincent the chin Gigante had been directing operations from behind bars if you find out now how ignorant the FBI law forcement was about the Mafia they really only had scraped the surface it's still insufficient grounds to overturn salerno's conviction Fat Tony dies in prison in 1992 the death of Lucchese boss Anthony carajo follows in 2000 of the three big commission case defendants only Colombo boss Carmine Persico remains alive he allegedly runs the Colombo family from Butner Federal Correctional Carolina mob rules allow him to maintain his rank while incarcerated the five families never completely relinquish their hold on New York's construction industry for its labor unions on September 11th 2001 the World Trade Center attack turns into a mafia money pit mobsters are linked to companies that rake in sixty three million dollars for debris cleanup while the mafia continues to operate in major US cities the FBI says only New York and Chicago maintain some semblance of their original framework though there are new bosses in place RICO convictions have all but crushed the Commission the once almighty ruling body is still rumored to exist but not likely to regain the same control they once had the overall clout of the Commission has certainly dissipated many of the crime families are in disarray the bosses of all crime families have been convicted time and time again I think what it says is that it's not night time but it's dusk the Sun hasn't set on the organized crime but it's but now someone is ready at the FBI James counselor fights to reorganize the bureau's entire mob strategy we would normally just look at the crimes that a group of people who are committing try to prosecute them for committing the crimes and we never looked at the group as a whole Khosla creates five separate organized crime squads and orders each to investigate a corresponding mob family their target the bosses by nabbing those on top they hope to dismantle each family's infrastructure we had a plan but we were sticking to the plan we're gonna go after the hierarchy of the family meanwhile at the state organized crime task force Ronald goldstock starts his own investigation focusing on the mobs holdover industries and labor unions he knows the mob has a history of controlling corrupt union officials who skim employee funds and threaten worker strikes in exchange for payoffs Rico was not only a theory of prosecution but a theory of investigation we thought about not so much families bought industries and thought about how you could stop the mob from continuing to operate the agencies jump start their investigations hoping to bring down each family and boss individually April 1982 the New York Times runs a series detailing mob influence over the city's billion dollar a year construction industry because of the mob stranglehold on concrete suppliers costs are 70% higher in New York City than in much of the Northeast the big bosses in the New York crime families decided to create a cartel in which they would get the major concrete contractors together and give them this ultimatum we're going to divvy up all the contract you won't have to compete anymore the mob then takes a 2% cut of every deal so contractors raise their rates to cover the extortion chosen contractors who split kickbacks with the Mafia bosses are known as the concrete Club refusing to join as serious repercussions you had no choice but to join the Association and abide by its rules and failure to do so would cause economic harm physical harm even death investigators see concrete as a way to make their case but they still need hard evidence they hope for surveillance and wiretapping campaign where mobsters might implicate themselves on tape is the key to bringing them down October 14 1982 President Ronald Reagan declares the Mafia's power is reeling out of control the existence of this nationwide criminal network and its willingness and too often its success in corrupting and gaining protection from those in high places is an affront to every law-abiding American to him the reasons for the mob her present most difficult because you're dealing with experienced criminals career criminals so there's some of our surveillance conscious they don't talk on the phone they don't put their names or signatures on paper for paper trails for all their hard work law enforcers only bring down the occasional boss and defense attorneys are able to negotiate short prison stays the mafiosi returned to the streets and the entire enterprise remains strong 1980 New York FBI office Special Agent James kossler takes over as coordinating supervisor for the FBI's organized crime squad he's determined to overall the way the bureau fights the mob his luck would have it it was at a time when organized crime was very important to the government Ronald Reagan became president and he made that one of his priorities 20 miles away in White Plains New York Ronald goldstock steps in as the new director for the state organized crime task force or Oct F for a decade the task force has been pursuing its own mob investigation but has never nailed a big case it was essentially a defunct organization and what we tried to do was think of how you could deal with the problem of organized crime not biind ighting and convicting individual persons but by taking out entire crews kossler and gold stock both come to the same realization about how they can take down the Mafia by using a decade-old federal law known as Rico or the racketeering and corrupt organization Act Rico allows law enforcement to go after groups of criminals the key is to prove the existence of an enterprise connected to illegal activity with Rico prosecutors don't need to focus on a single day or crime they can reach back to establish a pattern of offenses prosecutors can target top mobsters who are usually insulated from the crime those who give orders but rarely commit crimes themselves Rico is designed to work with a wiretapping law called title 3 which allows recorded intelligence into federal court the intent of Congress was to make the RICO statute able to use the history of organized crime and tie it together was title 3 and used those two tools in tandem this was not something we had been doing a lot if Rico is the ideal weapon why is law enforcement sat on it for 10 years few authorities fully comprehend the act and no one wants to be the first to try it the man who wrote the law G Robert Blake II tells the final report the Department of Justice discouraged its use out of fear they might lose a high-profile case what they were not gonna do is treat any of their important cases as experiments with this new thing it won't a precedent for nobody wanted to be first the Mafia wreaks havoc on new york city but the government vows to bring them down I think this is a perfect time to question undercover agents put their lives on the line you had to be very willing to take risks the evidence mounts and they discover the secret inner circle of mafia bosses will control nearly all underworld activity who was electrified they were working together the questions and answers the story behind the mob on trial next New York City 1980 the largest metropolis in the United States is overrun by an illegal organization known as La Cosa Nostra Italian for our thing it's most commonly known as the Mafia the organization has influenced nationwide but five powerful crime families rule the city and the bosses of these families call the shots the suspected leaders Gambino boss big Paul Castellano Genovese boss Anthony Fat Tony Salerno Bonanno boss Phillip rusty rastelli Lucchese boss Anthony Tony ducks Corallo and Colombo boss carmine the snake Persico each boss sits at the top of a highly organized hierarchy of under bosses captains and low-level soldiers and associates more than 1,100 men in New York City alone the men on the bottom carry out the dirty work the soldiers were the ones who did the loan sharking the robberies or frauds they brought the money in but unlike a lot of other institutions in the Mafia the money flowed upward everybody had to kick up some of that money comes from the mobs illegal influence over legitimate industries such as trucking garment sanitation and construction companies mob families have always tried to operate in pretty much the same way they move into whatever legitimate businesses they could as a way of giving themselves legitimate earnings as well as earning money by shake down south' legitimate businesses the mobs operations cast a climate of fear over New York murder arson and car bombs are some of their favorite methods of persuading reluctant citizens to play by the Mafia's rules if you defy them you never know what's gonna happen to you they have no compunction about killer law enforcement targets the mobs rackets like gambling extortion and loan-sharking but bringing down monsters has been a challenge organized crime investigation by the very nature success are clear vows of secrecy and loyalty insulation of its leaders from direct criminal involvement bribery and corruption of law enforcement and public officials he orders the FBI to forge closer ties with New York state authorities both agencies will launch an extensive surveillance campaign to infiltrate this secret world what we were doing was so important so exciting that we wanted it to accomplish this the secrets they hear will open the door to the mob underworld that along with more questions and answers when the final report continues 1982 New York City nearly all seven million residents here indirectly pay tribute to the city's five ruling Mafia families the garment industry the waterfront the Fulton fish market garbage collection every aspect of construction there was no aspect of any big industry critical industries in New York at the mob didn't get a share they controlled you know all kinds of legitimate businesses that you know increase the cost of those businesses goods and services to John Q public FBI in state task force agents want to end the mob stranglehold they hope to gather evidence of a criminal enterprise through widespread wiretapping but breaking through to the tightly guarded mob underworld will be dangerous one of the greatest assets that the Mafia has ahead and still has is that they'll kill you they'll break your leg to go after your family members agents start investigating mafia hangouts the best locations for capturing crucial information December 1982 Brooklyn New York FBI agents take out Casas toward a restaurant the suspected meeting place for the Colombo crime family family boss Carmine Persico sits in prison what agents suspect he still has some control in the rackets Carmine Persico was trying to maintain his connection with the crime family his underlings and run the crime family the way he saw fit Joe can't a Mensa supervises the FBI's technical operation squad his goal to learn the ins and outs of the restaurant before planting a critical wiretap a little bit in advance we have the opportunity to conduct the little surveillance physical surveillance of the subjects in the location he stakes out the area looking for ways to infiltrate the Colombo family hangout as there a window that I could leave unlock can I see where the keys are kept or anything that might help the actual surreptitious entry go smoother or quicker while dining there canta Meza observes that the Colombo's use one table for official mob business you'll need to gain access to the crawlspace overhead to make the bug effective it's a dangerous mission if any Colombo members catch him in the act he could be murdered 3:00 a.m. on a December night canta Meza and other agents pick a lock on the restaurants middle gate to gain entry they access a cramped crawlspace and plant a microphone but their worth isn't done the agents realize they need to risk reentering the next night to attach the transmitter unless you get to look in the details and the nooks and crannies see the crawlspace sometimes you just can't do it all in one night they return to the restaurant and risk getting caught on the mobs home turf but after an hour the agents escape unnoticed the jobs a success agents become particularly interested when they overhear the conversations of a key mob soldier in graph scope oh they run a background check on scope oh and find that he's also president of the new york concrete district workers council this is a key fine infiltration of labor unions is the cornerstone of the mobs economic success along with being a Colombo soldier it gave him sway over contractors who were involved in major construction projects in Manhattan FBI agents realize they need more information and plant bugs in scope OHS office and car they discover scope Oh uses his position to threaten worker strikes the concrete suppliers afraid of lost business and profits pay off the Colombo's to keep the Union off the picket lines those companies who work in both the public and private sectors make up the so-called concrete Club the investigators believe that exposing this extortion racket could bring down the entire family including boss Carmine Persico scopa was the guy who made sure that each of the crime families got their cut and it was one conversation where a Colombo soldier was talking to him about a big major construction project that he was looking to get involved in and scope Oh made sure to tell him that no no wait a minute it's ten million dollars the Commission has to get a piece of it this isn't the first time authorities have heard this term but they still wonder what is the Commission investigators believe it's the mobs ultimate ruling body over the years earlier wiretaps have vaguely mentioned the Commission but investigators know little to nothing about it though they believe the five New York bosses sit on the board agents believe that these men have the final word on mob policy in business

44 thoughts on “The Five New York Mafia Families Crime Documentary +18”

  1. True story. I do not have a drop of Italian blood in me nor does my family we are all from Tennessee and Kentucky. But my Great grandmother married an Italian named Frank Geratano and he was an entrepreneur. He owned several successful restaurants in Miami New York Chicago and Detroit. He was not in the mafia but he knew some of them and occasionally they would eat at his restaurant in Chicago in the 20s. Frank rarely never paid a visit to his restaurants but one day he decided to stop in at the one in Chicago to see how things were going. And none other than Al Capone and a few of his men walked in and had lunch there. He knew who Capone was but tried not to get involved but Capone liked the food so much he gave him a 2000 dollar tip. From then on for a few months Capone kept coming to the restaurant and he and Frank would have occasional talks and they somewhat became friends. Capone developed such a respect for Frank he ended up having his men pick up and drive Frank's wife to work everyday as a favor for being a friend. Now Frank never joined the mob but the way my Great Grandmother told it to me she said Frank liked the idea of knowing that anything he needed all he had to do was ask. I never got to meet Frank unfortunately he passed away when I was a kid but my Great grandmother showed me pictures before she passed and one of them was a picture of him and Capone standing outside his restaurant. To this day it's still the only thing interesting about my family

  2. Just like now Chicago new DA said going back after the Chicago outfit. Lol what a joke 80 yr old men running games and lawn sharks. U got pay day stores check smart but gov dont get a peace street gangs murder all day no one cares but get that outfit

  3. If only they still had the power they did. They were like a spider kept all the low life trash out of there area. Always going to be criminals now u got ms-13 cartel way worse trash. Good going government u accomplished nothing big fat 0 just worst organized crime that kill babies sex trafficking what ever. But hey get rid of that gambling drugs with is still there.if only the 5 family's still had the power they did.

  4. NYC Fire Commissioners just got a REAL Grand jury investigation of 9/11 started(8/2019), and of Israel's involvement. Israeli Mossad began planning 9/11 around 1980(Mike Harari), ONE THING stood in the way, well 2 things if you count the botched Reagan assassination. The Italians were another obstacle. All that activity by the FBI and zionism against the "Mafia", was just them removing the obstacles to their evil plan. The end goal was the completion of the Israeli take-over, beginning with the death of the Kennedys, and then the installation of the Israeli DHS into the American government in 2001. They couldn't have done it without the Mafia finding out.

  5. 9:20, Israel has violated just about every law America has, including everything Reagan mentioned, and NOTHING has been done AT ALL. Elect me President, and I will nuke Israel to dust! I'm Jewish so I will use Kosher missiles blessed by Orthodox Rabbis!

  6. Costs of concrete in New York were 70.times more expensive than the rest of the country due to Mob Control.They taxed 2%on every job I've $2mullion.How does that increase cost 70times?It doesn't.Si who's the real thief?And how many other industries did they increase the price and blame the morning b?Also did the prices decrease after the mob was gone?Have a guess, I don't know but I bet it didn't.

  7. So for all the people who say John Gotti destroyed the mob heres your proof he didnt Castellano, Persico, Corrollo, and Salerno all gave up more mob secrets than John Gotti but people are jus haters and need to do some research and before anyone says it 3 put of 4 families gave the OK and Carlo Gambino killed Albert Anastasia without any OK so get outta here

  8. When someone got whacked & went missing they'd say ooooh he's 'gone to Australia' (as in buried down-under) .. But the reality is some of made-men did come down here to Australia & apparently had very pleasant Holidays.

  9. So it's ok for the feds to break in and enter cars and restaurants and clubs to set up wire taps but for anyone else it's against the law. They make their own laws and rules up as they go. I think the feds were jealous of the mob and how much money they were making and taking away from them.

  10. Do not get high on your own supply. Stay away from heroin, meth, and cocaine. Psilocybin, and marijuana are my specialty. New York City 5 crime families Genovese and Gambino have changed. Lucchese, Colombo, and Bonanno are the same. Capisce? Io parli Italiano si.

  11. Not said it's fair but FBI not mentioning that preferred construction contractors got guaranteed.contracts that they could charge more for,no competition,no union or supply troubles etc,which made them very rich aslong as the boys get their cut.It was good for everyone except contractors on the outside

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