So what does this mean? Could this be the end of the Mafia? That is doubtful. They need to return to their roots of operating as a secret organization. John Gotti took over the Gambino Family at the wrong time. The FBI was determined to step up their assault on the Mafia Families. John shot his way to the top of the family. He basically thumbed his nose at the Mafia Commission by killing Paul Castellano without the okay from them. He really thought he was smarter than the old men on the commission, guys with 50 years of experience. John wanted to guide the family into what he thought was a good direction. Big Paul was much better suited for the job. He operated on another level by using the Unions to consolidate the construction, waste and concrete business. John Gotti and his brother, on the other hand, were moving heroin and shylocking.
The Gambinos will grow and become bigger on a worldwide scale but we will not hear about it because the new bosses will not be some hotheaded crooks from Brooklyn. They will be men who can operate on an international level.
|Tony Accardo aka "Joe Batters"|
Al Capone consolidated the Outfit in Chicago and streamlined it, but his kind of flashy rule wore out its welcome. The new bosses knew that to much publicity was bad for business. They knew that the politicians would take their money for gambling but not drugs, so they stopped it. Tony Accardo or Joe Batters would rule the family for many decades without spending a night locked up. He would die a free man but his Outfit would face many problems in the future. The new leaders would forget some of the lessons they had learned from the past. They still have some guys on the streets but can they rebuild the family?
The LA Family has maybe 7 or 8 guys left but how active are they? They could go the way the Gambinos are headed, but they would need some solid men to step up. The major problem with all the Mafia Families is where they find recruits. Contrary to what is written in the media, it is not pressure from new criminal groups at all that holds back the mafia families. Most of these groups will not even be around in 10 years. No criminal group controls the drug trade or things like prostitution, that is bullshit. The old boss Peter J Milano came from another time when Italians were looked down on and many were poor. Today this is not true, they have assimilated into American society.
I used to talk with Jimmy Caci for hours in Terminal Island and he would talk about how messed up things had become. Jimmy gave his life to the Mafia and at the end he told me it was a waste. Jimmy did about half his life in prison for the Mafia. In the end Jimmy had just his family and real friends.
Hollywood will keep churning out Movies like The Gangster Squad or any number of TV shows about Mickey Cohen or Whitey Bulger but it will be the same stuff. Guys dressed in suits screaming at their underlings. Bad writing and they wonder why people don't watch their work.
I never saw Jimmy or Teddy Persico raise their voice at a single guy in their Crew, Hang arounds or guys who were chased, sure they would dress them down, but they would also really hurt someone, not just bark.The truth is Sammy The Bull lied out in the open and nobody really went after him. Sure they made some moves and pretended to go after him but it was his own drug dealing that brought him down.Once you flip and join Team USA you are safe.
The Mafia will be around for a number of years but I believe that you will be hearing less about them. The smaller families will disappear because who in their right mind would want to join them? The bigger families will go international and it will be years until we find out what they did.
All we have to do is look at history. For many years there were no real stories. They found out about Murder INC from Abe Reles and he spilled his guts on how it worked but he was limited. Then you had Joesph Valachi and he had a good understanding about the structure of the Mafia. Then it was Jimmy Frattiano from Los Angeles and he really put it on the map. Its been one book after another and we had an actual boss flip! Joey Massino of the Bonanno family is the biggest to flip up to today. Why would a lowly Soldier keep his mouth shut when bosses flip.
The future is in their hands!