Confession. I kinda thought that mobsters, mobs, crime families, and the ilk only really existed in TV and movies. Is that ridiculous? Probably, and I'm willing to accept the dunce cap. But with shows like The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, and let's not forget that orange-tinted reality show, Growing Up Gotti, and movies like The Godfather, The Departed, Goodfellas, (the list is could go on for pages really), I just sort of assumed the mafia was more entertainment than truth. Welp, color me red dead wrong.
The F.B.I. arrested more than 100 suspected mobsters today in the New York, New Jersey, and New England. Pretty bad-ass of the our federal investigators, no? They're saying that this is the "largest one-day mob round-up in U.S. History." My! I feel safer already.
Most of the arrests happened in the wee hours of Thursday morning in Brooklyn, where a number of the 100 suspects were captured. This might explain why the F train was emptier today than normal. Which is both funny and scary.
The corral of arrests included members of the New York City La Cosa Nostra families as well as bosses from the Colombo and Gambino crime circles. (I want to call them "houses." Like the houses of Capulet and Montague. The "House of Gambino" sounds so seductively dangerous! They should consider this moniker.)
Anyway, the mobsters are in for murder, racketeering, and pin-stripe suites. Zing!
I was shocked to read that no members of the Manzo family in New Jersey was arrested. Seriously, would you have been surprised if a few members of the Real Housewives of New Jersey were detained? I can just see Caroline Manzo and Joe Giudice in cahoots running the mafia from Franklin Lakes driving bullet proof Range Rovers. The Brownstone could be a front. Just saying.
Are you surprised by the mob arrests?
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