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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Notorious Colombo hitman is a happy camper in high security prison



Life couldn't be sweeter.
Colombo hitman John Pappa has been holed up in a high-security federal penitentiary in Allenwood, Pa., for four gangland rubouts — but he’s making the most of his time, savoring his cooking, rooting for his hometown teams and catching up with a good read.
Federal prosecutors introduced on Monday emails Pappa wrote to reputed mob associate Francis "BF" Guerra, who is on trial in Brooklyn Federal Court for participating in the rubout of former underboss Joseph Scopo.
The dispatches from the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains sound like Pappa is living the life of a sports-loving bachelor with a penchant for Italian cuisine — not a cold-blooded killer doing hard time.
“Getting ready to watch the Yankees . . . other than that I’m making Strombolis tonight,” Pappa wrote to Guerra on Oct. 28, 2009.
Pappa, 37, mentions in other emails cooking pasta and a more creative dish featuring “spaghetti, chicken and red sauce.”
Pappa’s access to the prison kitchen and utensils suggests officials do not hold it against him that he allegedly hacked off the private parts of murder victim John Sparacino with a steak knife.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said she could not comment specifically on Pappa’s duties, but it is common for inmates to cook, serve and clean up after meals in the jails. A call to Allenwood was not returned.
Pappa also reveals a softer side in one missive: “Today is beautiful outside but I opted to catch up on reading.”
But his great loves are the Bronx Bombers and the Broadway Blueshirts.
“The Rangers are really looking good . . . let’s see if they beat the Devils tonight,” he wrote to Guerra in 2009.
“I never watch anything other than the Yankees,” he stated in another.
“Hopefully the Yankees will win tonight and close out the series,” Pappa wrote hours before the Yanks beat the Los Angeles Angels to clinch the 2009 American League pennant.
Pappa, who has a massive tattoo across his back of the Italian words for “Death Before Dishonor,” was arrested at a wedding rehearsal in Brooklyn for Sparacino’s brother.
He was convicted of firing the final shots in 1993 that ended the crime family’s bloody civil war and also ended the life of Scopo
At the time of his conviction, Pappa was only 24 years old, making it conceivable that he could serve more than a half century behind bars.


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