Even the old-school gangsters are flipping.
Long-time Genovese associate Julius "Spike" Bernstein spilled his guts to the feds shortly before dying in 2007 at the age of 85 in order to avoid hard time on an extortion conviction according to recently-released FBI documents as reported by Greg B. Smith for the Daily News.
Among other underworld activities Spike allegedly took over a union with reputed capo Matty "the Horse" Ianniello, and managed the bookmaking racket of boss Frank "Funzi" Tieri. Tieri sponsored Ianniello into the Genovese family according to former Daily News reporter and editor Thomas Collins Jr. in his 2002 memoir NewsWalker.
Bernstein's betrayal of the crime family must have been personally humiliating for Ianniello who not only apparently vouched for the Jewish gangster but was the best man at his wedding.
Ianniello had interests in many gay bars from the 1960s through the 1980s, and was convicted in 1985 for a skimming operation involving some of them.
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