Monday, February 13, 2012

Yes, We have No Bonannos: The Rise And Fall Of The Bonanno Crime Family

Brad Hamilton at the New York Post wrote an interesting piece on the history of the New York Bonanno Cosa Nostra crime family.

An epidemic of snitching and a slew of arrests has gutted this once-robust family, started by original commission member Joseph “Joe Bananas” Bonanno.

Joseph Ponzi, chief investigator for the Brooklyn DA’s office, says the recent take-down of acting boss Vincent “Vinny TV” Badalamenti — a relatively unknown bagel-store owner from Bensonhurst whom Ponzi called “the last man standing” — has left the family rudderless.

There’s no clear boss, street boss or consigliere. The in-house counsel job became vacant on Jan. 27, when Anthony Graziano, busted with Badalamenti and other senior leaders, was charged with racketeering and extortion,

You can read about the rest of the story via the below link:

The photo above is of crime family boss Joseph Bonanno on the cover of his autobiography.

The Bonanno family was also the subject of Gay Talese's Honor Thy Father and FBI legendary undercover agent Joseph Pistone's Donnie Brasco.   

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