What do you get when a deconstructionist joins the mafia ?

An offer you can't understand.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Vol 3 to Bookshelf in a week

The new volume focuses on Toronto during the 1930's, 40's, 50's and ends with Tony Silvestro's death in 1963. It became apparent while researching, that next to nothing had been written about a great many Toronto gangsters who were part of Rocco Perri's bootlegging empire, as well as the Silvestro brothers' narcotics circles. While few of those men were Morgeti, they form the context in which the stories in V. 2 take place. In particular, by following criminal careers of the men who had been arrested in the 1949 heroin bust with Tony's future son-in-law, Dante Gasbarrini, a detailed picture emerges of Ontario's Jewish mobsters, and their Anglo and Italian allies, setting the stage for more contemporary investgations.
The book begins with more details of the counterfeiting ring that netted Guelph's Cipolla brothers and ends with Charles Cipolla's narcotics arrest in 1963, on the day of Tony Silvestro's funeral. As with Gasbarrini's 1949 associates, by following the men caught up in other, related counterfeit ring investigations, we come back to the same group of mobsters involved with Perri and the Silvestros, including the two brothers of Mickey MacDonold, Canada's first public enemy number 1.
The book is likewise rooted in the creation of the Mafia Calabrese in the post-war period, in which southern Calabria, the home of the 'ndrangheta, divided itself into three territories governed by three bosses. The best known to Canadian mafia readers was Antonio Macri, whose Siderno Group would dominate the mob landscape after Silvestro's death. Unlike every other Calabrian mob family, the Morgeti were not and are not controlled from Siderno. The Morgeti belong to the Taura Gioia Group.
In an appendix, I also detail the Raso-Albanese/Facchineri feud that plagued the municipalities of San Giorgio Morgeto and Cittanova, from the spring after Silvestro died until the mid 1990's.
A book full of interwoven contexts and gangster lives, V. 3 stretches its narrative legs with a cast of characters as lively as those of any North American jurisdiction.
Again, however, the end view of the volumes remains the case, that the only way to curb organized crime, is through family law, which can take a generational view of any given family's extended involvement with criminals and their associates.