Colombo-capo-turned-FBI-informant Reynold Maragni is seeking the "return $48,500 in loanshark payments he accepted in 2011 while working undercover for them" as reported by Allan Lengel for ticklethewire.com. Federal prosecutors are unimpressed with the "audacious request" as reported by Jerry Capeci for Gang Land News: "they noted that the money was evidence, that the cash
was criminal proceeds that were subject to criminal as well as civil
forfeiture statutes, and that Maragni agreed to its forfeiture in a
February 9, 2012 'cooperation agreement.'"
Rita Gigante, the daughter of deceased Genovese boss Vincent "The Chin"
Gigante, recently came out as a lesbian in her memoir The Godfather's Daughter, and the spiritualist who speaks to the dead now is announcing that her upcoming nuptials to Bobbi Sterchele has been blessed from the hereafter by the passed mobster as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News:
The legendary mafioso, who breathed his last in 2006, will be there [at the wedding] in
spirit, says his daughter, Rita Gigante. And the dearly departed wiseguy
-- dubbed "The Oddfather" for parading around Greenwich Village in a
ratty-looking bathrobe -- will be dressed to impress. "He's showing up in a suit and tie," Gigante told the Daily News.
Apparently the mobster's spirit isn't the only wise guy supportive of a gay child.
Last month Donna DeLucia wrote a letter to a Brooklyn federal judge requesting a lenient sentence for her reputed Colombo capo dad Dennis "Fat Dennie" DeLucia whom she says was supportive of her coming out process as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "My dad accepted me, embraced me and has supported me. His love and
acceptance helped me through the rough times and growing pains."
The relationship between the Mafia and the gays has been a complicated
one. The mob historically has dominated gay bars, and even a few mobsters had a little sugar in their tanks. Heck, Vito Genovese's second wife Anna was a lesbian who managed the mob boss's Club 82 in the East Village during the early 1950s which was popular with tourists for its drag performances.
Of course, being a gay mobster has its risks in the hypermasculine Mafia. Former
DeCavalcante boss John D'Amato was whacked in 1992 for being gay, and
his killer Anthony Capo said "nobody's going to respect us if we have a
gay homosexual boss sitting down discussing La Cosa Nostra business."
Similarly, Lucchese associate Al Visconti was whacked in 1991, and
although there apparently were multiple reasons for the hit boss Vittore
"Jesse" Amuso thought Visconti was "a disgrace to the Luchese family
because he had a reputation of engaging in homosexual acts in prison"
according to courtroom testimony from former capo Alphonse D'Arco.
However, even the mob may be evolving much like President Obama on gay issues. Last year John Gotti's widow Victoria defended John Travolota to
play the late Gambino boss in a planned biopic notwithstanding accusations that the actor made untoward advances against male
masseurs as reported by the Daily News:
"What difference does it make if he were
gay?" Victoria Gotti told the Daily News in an expletive-filled defense
of the actor, who's been embroiled by a sex scandal for more than a
week. "Who the f--k really cares? Does it make him less of a beautiful
human being? No. . . . Leave him the f--k alone. Whatever the true
story is, leave him with his dignity," she added. "In the grand scheme
of things, it really does not matter."
Reputed Colombo capo Dennis DeLucia was sentenced to 34 months on an extortion conviction, and Brooklyn federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto aptly noted "that a decade spent in prison did not deter him from
committing new crimes" as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News. Of course, mobsters by definition are recidivists who pledge their entire lives to a crime family, and for that reason perhaps being a made guy should warrant tough sentences. Judge Matsumoto gave the 71-year-old career criminal a year less than the maximum 46 months he otherwise faced.
Joel "Joe Waverly" Cacace is accused of ordering the 1997 slaying of NYPD cop Ralph Dols but the one-time reputed Colombo boss won't face the death penalty at his murder trial after Attorney General Eric Holder ordered Brooklyn prosecutors to take it off the table as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News.
Cacace allegedly felt disrespected after his ex-wife Kim Kennaugh married Dols. When asked about his alleged role in the murder of a cop Cacace reportedly replied: "I don't give a f---."
Dennis "Fat Dennis" Delucia faces 46 months when sentenced on an extortion conviction, and his lesbian daughter Donna has submitted a letter to
Brooklyn federal judge Kiyo Matsumoto in an attempt to humanize the reputed Colombo
capo who was supportive of her coming out process as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "My dad accepted me, embraced me and has supported me. His love and
acceptance helped me through the rough times and growing pains." Donna now lives in Kentucky with her partner and their 9-year-old boy, and she would like a light sentence for her gangster dad because "I want my son to spend long days with his grandfather."