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Monday, March 26, 2012

Colombo turncoat admits to eight murders during devastating testimony

A mob turncoat copped to killing eight people, in a bloody prelude to his explosive testimony today against two former Colombo hoodlums.
Made man-turned-cooperating witness Dino “Big Dino” Calabro nonchalantly admitted to those slayings during the federal murder and racketeering trials of Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli, 59, and Dino “Little Dino” Saracino, 39.
Before launching into the meat of his testimony against Tommy Shots and Little Dino, Big Dino was asked: “What’s the worst crime you’ve committed?”
“Murder,” he said.
“How many?” the prosecutor followed up.

Dino “Big Dino” Calabro copped to eight murders during today's testimony against Colombo thugs Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli, 59, and Dino “Little Dino” Saracino, 39. 
“Eight,” Big Dino said, without batting an eyelash.
Gioeli and Saracino are both charged with the murder of NYPD cop Ralph Dols, 28, outside his Brooklyn home in 1997.
Acting boss Joel “Joe Waverly” Cacace ordered Dols be whacked because he had married the mobster’s ex-wife, Kim Kennaugh, prosecutors have said.
Calabro testified that Gioeli sponsored him to become a made man. And then Big Dino sponsored Little Dino for his promotion within the Colombo crime family, according to the thug-turned-stool pigeon.
To establish Calabro’s ties to organized crime, prosecutors showed video of Big Dino’s mob-filled wedding. The turncoat said Gioeli and mob associate Richard Greaves gave him a cash wedding gift -- money they scored from a robbery.
“It was money from a convenience store,” Calabro said.
Greaves was later killed -- allegedly by Gioeli -- after the family feared he wanted out of the racket and become an informant.
The 45-year-old Sicilian-born Calabro and his wife Andrea are both living in witness protection. Big Dino still faces sentencing for his mob crimes and terms of his deal to sing for feds have not been disclosed.
Growing up in Bensonhust, Calabro said he was impressed by wiseguys and their flashy cars and jewelry.
"It's what I wanted to do," said Calabro.
He looked up to Gioeli and sought his mentorship.
"I wanted what he had,” Big Dino said. “He had the power to get me in.”


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