The recent death of 91-year-old Richard Basciano has folks wondering about the fate of his Times Square smut palace Show World Center which opened in 1975 as reported by the New York Post:
Basciano's partner, Robert "DiBe" DiBernardo, was murdered by Sammy "The Bull" Gravano in 1986. Supposedly, he somehow slighted mob boss John Gotti. Basciano -- who pleaded no contest to a 1968 coupon scam and was found liable for a deadly 2013 Philadelphia building collapse -- made no such mistakes.
The FBI's New York field office had been monitoring DiBernardo's role in the smut trade since 1968 when he was arrested by the NYPD on his first obscenity charge for distributing a porno mag entitled Young Stuff. In 1986 federal postal inspectors discovered cartons of magazines seemingly depicting underage boys "engaged in sexually explicit conduct" at smut shops in Times Square and Greenwich Village which allegedly were distributed by DiBernardo, and during a subsequent March 1986 raid on DiBernardo's office seized alleged "child pornography and financial records." Unfortunately, the feds were precluded by intervening events from indicting DiBernardo on the kiddie porn. In a power play for control over the Gambino family John Gotti whacked family boss Paul Castellano on December 16, 1985, and only months later whacked Castellano's trusted capo DiBernardo on June 5, 1986.
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