Jan 28, 10:00 pm
Flipped: A Mobster Tells All
Kenny "Kenji" Gallo
Loyalty, honor, ?family? meant nothing to Kenji ? he simply loved living life dangerously. So when the FBI caught up with him, Kenji offered to fly to New York, wear a wire and bring down some of the heaviest hitters of the Colombo Crime Family.
Watch the Discovery Channel, Thursday
The Turning Point.
I wanted to write about some of the things that make guys in the life want to make a change. I do not mean that all guys flip, I mean when they see the life for all that it has become and the walk away.
Last week I was a guy from the biggest cocaine family in history. The guy’s family made hundreds of millions of dollars on cocaine. He swam in Pablo Escobar’s pool when he was young. He has lost many family members to the cocaine wars. He told me that he changed when after getting into some trouble he was working on a crew laying tile. He was laying tile in the hallway of a building where he used to own a condo before the Government took it. That is when he knew it was all a waste.
While we were talking another guy came by to say hello. This guy was Mr. cocaine in the ghettos of California during the 80’s there was nobody bigger. He just now got out. All the time he did, for what?
Many people who read this may not understand that the life is a grind. It wears you down. I used to see guys walk away and I just thought they were not cut out for the life. I had no idea that they were just smart!
Another guy, a son of a Black Panther was telling us that his father was in and out of the can his whole life. The father went away so the son could have a better life. He got into the life right out of high school and he soon found himself in a closet with an AK-47. He was to wait in a house until a guy came home and then jack him. He waited for a day and nothing, the guy never came. The deal was called off and he left the house, which was it for him. He walked away from the life and never looked back.
I guess that most of these Mafia guys never learn or they never reach that point. Most are small town guys. They live and die in Brooklyn or Staten Island. They never realize that there is a world outside that is vast and great. Teddy (Do Over) Persico did 17 years on a drug beef. He came out and in the first 10 hours already was on his way back. Teddy had no idea at the time. The funny thing about Teddy is that he never learned a thing. Teddy Persico Sr, Carmine (Gimpy) Persico, Allie Boi and many more in his family were away for life. Teddy is still playing the role. Now into construction and hitting the clubs with a crew. He might as well enjoy it now; he will be in some Federal lock up soon.
I was around Louie Gelfuso a Capo in the LA Family. He was a hard luck guy. He was around Peter (Shakes) Milano and very loyal. When Pete became boss he badged Louie and then moved him up to Capo. The family was hurting so Pete brought in some new blood. The Fiato’s put all of them away. Louie and his son Michael both went away for a long time.
Louie came out to nothing, the family was a shell. I was there on the boat when Louie’s ashes were scattered at sea. I looked around and I knew it was over. The life just is not worth the heartache.
BIG DINO went to Team USA! Well some Colombo's will be going away.