Monday, April 12, 2010

JLSMITH: mobster Anthony “The Saint” St. Laurent Sr., leaves Las Vegas black mark:

Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent Sr., what are we going to do with you?

Didn't we show you enough respect for one street guy's lifetime back in September 1993 when we added your name to Nevada's infamous List of Excluded Persons?

We bestowed upon you the highest honor Nevada awards mobsters and racketeers and cheats by placing you in the casino Black Book. (Population: 35.) The honor comes with a lifetime membership, and you're banned from setting foot in any of Nevada's sacred gambling halls.

You didn't lose sleep over it, I realize. But your Black Book membership was a signal Nevada gaming authorities believed you were a clear and present danger to the credibility of the casino industry. read more
John L Smith Review Journal

Monday, January 4, 2010

mafia: Nick Rizzuto gunned down in Montreal:

Nick Rizzuto Jr.'s assassination will have further repercussions on the organized crime underworld, say crime experts.
The son of Vito Rizzuto, the reputed head of Canada's mafia, was killed Monday as he was standing beside his car near an apartment complex in Notre Dame de Grace.
He was shot numerous times in the chest.
"The murder took place in the weakest moment of the Rizzuto crime family history," said Antonio Nicaso, who has made a career out of writing books on Canada's crime families. "They look more like disorganized crime than a powerful organization."
Nicaso said the family started running into trouble after Vito Rizzuto was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of racketeering and pleading guilty to being present at the scene of a triple murder. Read more: