Friday, January 10, 2020
Former Mobster And Cooperating Witness Pens Open Letter To Genevese Crime Family Planning To Murder Him
Jerry Capeci at the New York Post offers a piece on a mob “rat” who wrote an open letter to his former criminal cohorts warning them not to try to murder him.
Wanna whack me? Fuhgeddaboudit!
Genovese turncoat Michael “Cookie” D’Urso, who is now using a different identity after testifying against the mob, wrote an open letter to his former colleagues, warning them against trying to take revenge.
D’Urso, 49, apparently heard that members of the Genovese family were discussing his new name and whereabouts at an Upper East Side steakhouse.
“I am ready, able and willing to defend my family and myself,” D’Urso threatens in the letter, first obtained by Gang Land News. “A bat and a knife won’t help you so you will have to use a gun.”
D’Urso was an up-and-coming gangster when, in 1994, he survived a bullet to the head over a gambling debt during a predawn card game in a Williamsburg social club. The hit also killed a beloved cousin, but the mob family wouldn’t allow D’Urso to seek retribution, an episode he alludes to in the letter.
He says the acting boss of the Genoveses, Frank “Farby” Serpico, threatened to assassinate him, which drove D’Urso to begin wearing a wire in 1998.
D’Urso’s testimony helped the feds convict more than 70 mobsters and associates, including Vincent “Chin” Gigante, as well as current Genovese family boss Liborio “Barney” Bellomo. For his cooperation, D’Urso received probation and a $200 fine.
Despite how many people he betrayed, D’Urso argues that it would be foolish to go after him — and that his would-be hitmen should “focus on their families” instead.
You can read the letter and the rest of the piece via the below link: