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Jules Siegel: Saying Goodbye to Mario Puzo

Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1999 18:20:00 -0500
From: Jules Siegel
Subject: Saying goodbye to Mario Puzo

We more than acquaintances. We worked at adjoining desks at Magazine Management Company in 1964-65. Bruce Jay Friedman was the editorial director. They published dozens of men's adventure magazines -- the kind of pulps with covers of eight girls in bikinis with machinguns storming out of black adventure magazines -- the kind of pulps with covers of eight girls in bikinis with machinguns storming out of black helicopters.
cover I gave him some research materials on the Mafia in Sicily -- Norman Lewis's book, The Honored Society, among other items -- and he wrote a fictional adventure story based on it -- presented as fact in the shamelessly corrupt policy of the company's products. This went through the roof on all the marketing survey categories -- they read it, remembered it, liked it, wanted more of the same.
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Bonanno salutes Puzo
Family was model for bestselling 'Godfather'
By Jon Kamman
The Arizona Republic
July 3, 1999

Bill Bonanno of Tucson, whose family was the model for The Godfather and whose own memoirs as a mafioso have just been published, saluted Mario Puzo on Friday for having "set the gold standard" for books and films depicting organized crime.
"Mario had a lot of help in the sense that he grew up on the West Side (of New York City) and could put on paper what he saw and heard. He did it very masterfully," said the 66-year-old son of Joseph Bonanno, the archetype for Puzo's fictional Don Corleone.
"That piece of material has set the gold standard of this genre," Bill Bonanno said of The Godfather.
Puzo's work was "not a distorted version - never" of the mafiosi culture, said Bonanno, who objects to the term "Mafia" as a law-enforcement creation that strips the Sicilian mafioso term of its honorable meanings.
"I thought he depicted a story of tradition and a story of values and - no pun intended - really a family story," Bonanno said. "He left something that will endure."
The elder Bonanno, who was the so-called boss of all bosses of New York's five crime "families" in the 1960s, is now 94, alert and comfortable in Tucson, his son said.
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Son of American mafia boss seized
The son of America's most famous organised crime boss, John Gotti, has been arrested along with dozens of other suspected gangsters. John "Junior" Gotti has allegedly led New York City's Gambino crime family since his father - nicknamed The Dapper Don because of his immaculate dress sense - was jailed for life in 1992.
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Kennedy documents provide peek at the mob

From Correspondent Bruce Morton WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The veil behind which the Mafia hides from the public has been partially lifted with release of FBI documents once used by Congress to look into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. At least 15,000 pages of documents ... - Jan. 16, 1997
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Definitions of "Organized Crime"
Organized Crime Threatens the New World Order

By long-time CIA-watcher Daniel Brandt. Considers Intelligence needs for new enemy, reviews Claire Stirling's book "Thieves' World", some info on spread of Russian and Italian gangs.
Global Organized Crime, New Emipire of Evil
By Linnea P. Raine & Frank J. Cilluffo, editors, Center for Strategic & International Studies

International Crime
Strategic Assessment 1997 - Flashpoints and Force Structure
- Chapter Sixteen

Recent transformations in the global economy and in international political alignments have been a boon to the criminal underworld. Capitalizing on increased cross-border flows of goods, money and people, criminal organizations have expanded their territorial reach and augmented their wealth and power relative to national governments. This development has spawned various direct and indirect threats to U.S. national interests. On the one hand, the new face of organized crime introduces new uncertainties into the international political environment, complicating U.S. relations with a number of foreign governments. For example, powerful narcotics constituencies increasingly threaten electoral processes, the exercise of sovereignty and the rule of law in a number of Latin American and Asian states. In post-Communist countries, violence, corruption and predatory behavior associated with emergent mafia formations jeopardize democratic reforms and generate nostalgia for authoritarian rule. On the other hand, organized crime's business lines--such as extortion rackets, and trafficking in weapons, drugs, or (potentially) fissile nuclear materials--are themselves a threat to public safety and the health of populations. The human misery inflicted by drugs in the United States is an obvious case in point.

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Who Is The Mob Today?
February 25, 1996 By Peter Maas
Speech by UN Gen Sec. Boutros Ghali
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Intelligence Analysis, Crime Excerpts
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Transnational Criminal Organizations: Strategic Alliances
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The Emerging International Mafia -- Heritage Commentary

By Sen. Charles Grassley
Trends in International Drug Trafficking
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Clinton urges global crackdown on crime

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Reviews from the Namebase Book Index includes Organized Crime Personalities, Organized Crime, U.S. and Organized Crime, Global.

The Mob Behind The Names

An article from Scallywag no. 27 on the Mafia and the problems of Lloyds.

Michael Moore's Database

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Stealing the family silver

From mafia ties and drug trafficking to bribery and insider dealing, allegations of corruption have tainted numerous privatizations around the world. An article from Euromoney February 1996.

The Sicilian/Chicago Mafia
There are certain stereotypes about Sicilians and the Mafia which is the reason why I am investigating the Sicilian as well as the Chicago Mafia further. According to Basto, a young body shop owner in the Chicagoland area who comes in close contact with Mafiosi daily states that, "The Mafia is one group of individuals in which you don't want to get involved with"(Basto Interview).
Mob bosses took a beating last year
From Correspondent Peg Tyre NEW YORK (CNN) -- Being a Mafia boss just isn't what it used to be. Sure, the old-line Mafia families in the United States have been on a steady decline for a while, but things took a sharp turn for the worse in 1996. Indeed, some of the biggest names in U.S. organized ... - Jan. 3, 1997
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Top Mafia Turncoat Testifies they could count on former premier Giulio Andreotti for help

10, 1996 PADUA, Italy (AP) - In a rare appearance without a screen blocking his face from view, Italy's most famous Mafia turncoat testified Tuesday that his criminal partners said they could count on former premier Giulio Andreotti for help. He also testified that a top Mafia boss, Gaetano Badalamenti, told him he and other bosses met with Andreotti in Rome in 1979 to thank him for getting.

New breed of Mafia Woman emerging from ...

New breed of Mafia Woman emerging from shadows in Italy - MN Daily Online - 04/30/1996. WORLD/NATION New breed of Mafia Woman emerging from shadows in Italy PALERMO, Sicily (AP) -- The Mafia kept her back in the shadows and away from its secrets.


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Criminal Organizations

Ronald A. Pincomb Volume 10, Number 3. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES (IOCE)(continued) [Previous Page] The following information illustrates the FBI's current investigative efforts to dismantle IOCEs that pose the most significant threat to the United States in terms of illegal activities, including drug trafficking and money laundering. ITALIAN CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES ...

GT OnLine World News

But Mafia women's new independence can mean deciding to stay behind when husbands and brothers go over to the side of the law. "They speak out so the Mafia will protect them, so they can stay where they live, their kids can continue to go to school," said Ms.

"Head and Heart"

They also became involved with unions and trash-hauling, and although the second-generation leaders don't like drug-running, the later generations are getting into that business, although much of that business, at least in transportation, is done by other elements of organized crime. SYMBOLS The symbolic mob hit is the "Head and Heart:" One shot in the face, one shot in the heart.

New Jersey says organized crime has ties to health care

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Harvard University Press/Spring 1996 Boo...

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History of the Mafia

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Utopian Visions

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Mafia boss Vincent "the Chin" Gigante
Gigante could be tried for murder

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Former Mafia hitman fingers 'The Chin'
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Gigante faces prison term for conviction
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Gigante found guilty on all counts
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Reputed Mafia boss arrives at prison
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The Jerry Capeci Web Page

Jerry Capeci is a reporter for The New York Daily News. During the last 10 years he has written articles about organized crime for many magazines and newspapers in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. He has co-authored three books about the Mafia and has appeared as an organized crime expert on network and cable TV news programs in the U.S. and Canada. From January, 1989 through August, 1995, Jerry also wrote a weekly column for The News about organized crime called Gang Land. . Hence the title of this Web Page.
On this web site you will also find some classic Daily News articles by Mustain and Capeci about Gotti (New York City Gambino Family head, now jailed for a very long time), including one that revealed that Gotti had fixed two trials, and another that disclosed that Gravano and Gotti were "backup shooters" at the sensational midtown Manhattan assassination of Paul Castellano.

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