Wednesday, May 2, 2012
|Guests:||Dennis N. Griffin, Frank Cullotta, Andrew DiDonato
In the 1970s, Tony Spilotro was sent by the Chicago Mob to oversee their operations in Las Vegas, and he assembled a crew of burglars, arsonists, and killers, including his childhood friend Frank Cullotta from Chicago, to watch his back and provide 'muscle' to shakedown drug dealers and illegal bookies, Griffin detailed. The crew became known as the 'Hole in the Wall Gang' based on their penchant for breaking into places by cutting a hole into the building they were burglarizing. "There's no such thing as paychecks when you belong to the Outfit or a Syndicate-- you got to go out and earn," said Cullotta. In 1982, Cullotta had a falling out with Spilotro, and believed he was about to be killed, so he became a government witness and was instrumental in the arrest of a number of mobsters.
DiDonato was in a similar situation, working for the Gambino crime family out of New York City, and when two of his close associates were killed, he figured he was next. Like Cullotta, he also flipped and became a government witness, and testified at several high profile Mob trials. DiDonato talked about his collaboration with Griffin on their book Surviving the Mob, which depicts "the average street soldier trying to work his way up the ranks," while just trying to stay alive.
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With the study of history in America's schools and universities being replaced with "social studies", "multiculturalism", and other pseudo-scientific and "sensitive" approaches to the study of the human condition, one of the time-honored features of the traditional history course is also likely to go out the window, and it will be a pity.
Ted talks about "The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act" which passed Thursday , allows private companies to voluntarily share data about potential threats or attacks on their networks with U.S. government intelligence agencies http://www.truthtellers.org/
Debbie Coffey citizen journalist joins me today to discuss what is happening with so called “invasive species” and the torture our wild horses are being subjected to under the auspices of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Frankenstein is alive and working at the BLM. You can find her articles at PPJ Gazette http://ppjg.me/