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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mob boss confirms hit while wearing wire during prison workout

Former Bonnano boss Joseph "Big Joey" Massino wore a wire and got his successor, Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano to talk, while the two stood in separate prison exercise cages six inches apart.
Prosecutors read transcripts of the recordings today during continued questioning of Massino — the first Mafia boss ever to turn rat on the stand.
"Randy — you OK’d it?" Massino asked Basciano, referring to the murder of Bonnano associate Randy Pizzolo, for which Basciano faces the death penalty.
"I gave the order," Basciano replies. "Randy was a f—-ing jerkoff."
Joseph C. Massino testifies at the trial of Vincent 'Vinny Gorgeous' Basciano.
Joseph C. Massino testifies at the trial of Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano.
Massino then pushed him further.
"Did it warrant the clip?"
Basciano then explained that Pizzolo went to meet a made man while carrying a pistol – a major Cosa Nostra no-no.
Basciano said rather than just shun him from the family he had him whacked to set an example.
"He’s a a f——ing dangerous kid, who don’t listen. He’s just an annoying kid," Basciano said.
"These guys were out there doing whatever the f—- they want," he added, referring to the behavior of other Bonnano members. "I thought this kid would be a good wake up call for everybody."


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