Servando "La Tuta" Gómez, the reputed boss of Mexican cartel Knights Templar, is channelling James Cagney from Public Enemy, and has defiantly exclaimed "you'll never take me alive, coppers" in an online video as reported by Jo Tuckman for The Guardian:
"I have committed many crimes like an idiot, and I will have to pay for them when the time comes, but I don't plan to do that on this earth," said a man who identifies himself as Servando Gómez, alias La Tuta, in a 24-minute recording, posted on social media. "I am not going to give myself up. I am going to fight until the end."
Drama queen thinks he's starring in some telenovela! Well, no doubt Mexican soldiers will be happy to oblige his final wish.
Reputed Patriarca mobster Alfred "Chippy" Scivola has been released from prison after serving three years for his role in shaking down jiggle joints for protection money in Providence, RI as reported by Tim White for WPRI. Several others, including Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, the reputed former boss of the Patriarca crime family, also pleaded guilty and are serving time for their roles in the extortion racket.
Twenty-five years ago on October 29, 1989 sneaky G-men from the storied FBI surreptitiously recorded a Mafia induction ceremony presided over by New England boss Raymond "Junior" Patriarca as reported by Shelley Murphy for The Boston Globe: "The tapes, marking the first and only Mafia induction ceremony recorded by law enforcement, also provided undisputed proof of the existence of La Cosa Nostra, Italian for 'this Thing of Ours.'" The four boys inducted on that fateful day were Vincent Federico, Carmen Tortora, Robert "Bobby" DeLuca and Richard Floramo who each "pricked their trigger fingers, burned Holy cards, and pledged their loyalty and their lives to the Mafia."
Gennaro "Gerry" Bruno, a reputed associate with the Gambino family, has been charged "with firing a bullet at point blank range into the back of the head of pot dealer Martin Bosshart as Bosshart urinated on the side of a road in Howard Beach" as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News.
In 2012 alleged fellow associate Todd LaBarca was sentenced to 23 years for his role in the Bosshart rubout, and at the sentencing hearing Manhattan federal prosecutor Elie Honig said LaBarca "was so enamored with the gangster life that he talked about recruiting his teenage son and the boy's friends into his crew" as then reported by Bruce Golding for the New York Post.
Federal prosecutors allege that rival crews within the Gambino family were involved in a pissing match over drug turf which resulted in Bosshart's murder.
Italian prosecutors have arrested 13 businessmen with suspected ties to the 'Ndrangheta for allegedly obtaining subcontracts worth 450 million euros or $573 million for highway projects related to the upcoming Milan Expo intended to "showcase a financially healthy Italy" as reported by The Associated Press.
Oh, the irony.
The suspects "had links with politicians, public officials, bankers and businessmen, including a corrections officer, an inland revenue official, a real estate developer and local councillors" as reported by ANSA.
In recent years the 'Ndrangheta has migrated from Italy's southern Calabria region into wealthier northern cities including Milan in the Lombardy region where it launders money from the drug trade and commits financial crimes.
Anti-Mafia magistrate Nino Di Matteo is presiding over an ongoing trial involving an alleged deal between the Sicilian Mafia and government officials to end the mob's stragismo -- strategy of terror -- against the state in the early 1990s which included the 1992 murders of anti-Mafia judges Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone in separate bomb attacks, and Di Matteo says that organized crime cannot exist without public corruption as reported by euronews:
"Much has been done to attack organised crime but we are now at a point where there will really have to be a breakthrough. We have to attack not only the military aspect of the Mafia but also and above all the collusion that exists between the Mafia and politics, between the Mafia and businesses and between the Mafia and the public authorities.
"In order to achieve this, the political approach should also be different. The fight, for example, against corruption or against Mafia vote-buying, has to be made more incisive. The fight against the Mafia and the fight against corruption cannot be considered as two different things because it is precisely through corruption and other crimes that are typical of the public authorities that the Mafia is able to penetrate the public authorities, the local authorities and the political institutions. If no really effective and strict laws to repress corruption are passed, I am afraid that the relationships between the Mafia and the institutions will never be severed."
At the end of the day the Mafia exists only with the public's blessing, and the good citizens must honestly face their own complicit roles in allowing it to operate as a fourth branch of government by their apathetic acceptance of dirty politicians and corrupt institutions.
Trial lawyer Bruce Braley is the Democrat candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Iowa but apparently he's not all that farm friendly, and once threatened to sue a neighbor because the chickens she raises as therapy animals for autistic children trespassed into his yard as reported by Wynton Hall for Breitbart.
Law enforcement has brought the Rollin' 60s to a screeching halt in Aurora, CO.
Twenty-five suspects from the street gang variously have been charged following a two-year investigation which was launched "after Aurora Police began tracking an escalation in violent crime in the city," and "the probe revealed that many of the alleged crimes had connections to the Rollin' 60s" as reported by Anthony Cotton for The Denver Post.