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To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia Rick Porrello

To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia

Rick Porrello

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ISBN : 9780966250886
Hardcover
226 pages
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In preproduction for a motion picture! (Emmet-Furla Films & Dundee Entertainment. Director James Foley. Co-starring Paul Sorvino as mob boss Jack Licavoli and Tara Reid as Danny Greenes love interest.) Chapter 1.He was fearless and cunning -MoreIn preproduction for a motion picture! (Emmet-Furla Films & Dundee Entertainment. Director James Foley. Co-starring Paul Sorvino as mob boss Jack Licavoli and Tara Reid as Danny Greenes love interest.) Chapter 1.He was fearless and cunning - loved by his neighbors and hated by his business competitors - the members of the Mafia. Fiercely proud of his Irish heritage, he was a Celtic warrior at heart, obsessed with the color green - green car, green jackets, green ink pens. For a decade the ruggedly handsome Danny Greene (thats right, Danny Greene), had been boldly encroaching on mob territory. Their threats didnt worry him.Since Im Irish Catholic, Ive got the best guardian angel there is. Besides, its the man upstairs who pulls the strings. Danny was a proud Catholic. He was also a killer.Danny got his start in racketeering as president of the local International Association of Longshoremen. He could have been a highly successful businessman, but it wasnt the life for him. After a shocking newspaper expose¢, he was ousted from the docks and fined $10,000 for embezzling union funds. Danny had been forcing longshoremen to unload filthy grain boats and donate their paychecks to a union hall renovation fund. The hall had already been renovated - painted green when Danny took office.Later Danny worked for as an enforcer for local mobsters including Alex Shondor Birns, well-known Jewish racketeer. After a dispute over a $60,000 Greene refused to repay, Birns had a bomb planted in his car. It was the first in a series of botched attempts on the brash Irishmans life. Danny found the bomb.Luck of the Irish, he would often say. Ill return this to the old bastard who sent it to me, Greene promised.Sure enough, a few weeks later Birns was blown out the roof of his car, in two pieces. It was an excellent hit and Danny was proud.Dannys big mistake was the 1976 attempted murder of Eugene the Animal Ciasullo, Clevelands most-capable Mafia enforcer. A bomb detonated on Ciasullos front porch almost cost him his life. After the Animal went to Florida to recuperate, Greene struck again, killing Leo Lips Moceri, the respected and feared new Mafia underboss. The murder was a national embarrassment for the Cleveland outfit. Aging mob boss James Licavoli ordered his henchman to get rid of the Irishman, but the inexperienced soldiers had no luck. The attempts by the self-proclaimed tough guys were almost comical. Then west coast wise guy Jimmy the Weasel Fratianno recommended a hired killer from Erie, Pennsylvania.In the end, Danny went out the way he predicted. When you live by the bomb, you die by the bomb. The Irishman was dead.But the Mafias celebration was cut short. There was much sloppy work, a few observant witnesses (one of whom was a sketch artist!) and extraordinary investigations by federal, state and local officials. The aftermath of Greenes assassination brought chaos to the Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Youngstown La Cosa Nostra families, a mob murder plot against Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich and charges against Mahoning County Sheriff James Traficant for accepting Mafia bribe money. Traficant was acquitted and is now a United States Congressman.As a direct result of Dannys murder, Jimmy Weasel Fratianno defected and co-authored The Last Mafioso and Vengeance is Mine. His courtroom testimony and that of Angelo Lonardo, called the highest ranking mobster ever to testify for the government help fell mob families in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Cleveland, and put away mob bosses Anthony Fat Tony Salerno of New Yorks Genovese Mafia family, Anthony Tony Ducks Corallo of the Luchesse clan and Carmine Persico of the Colombo family. Federal investigators trace these major mob convictions right back to the murder of Greene. Danny would have been proud.254 pages. 69 photos including crime scenes.