POSTSCRIPT TO KILL THE IRISHMAN
The consequences and fallout from the murder of Danny Green
Although the film ends with the death of Danny Green, Rick Porrello's book continues on to tell how Danny's killing lead to a chian of incidents which not only fatally weakened the Cleveland Mafia but had far reaching negative affects on the mob in other large cities.
Several days after Danny's death, the FBI overheard a conversation via a wiretap on the Cleveland Little Italy home phone of a mob boss, Jack Licavoli. Licavoli and his right hand man, John Calandra, were discussing Danny Greene's rise to power, and how John Nardi and the FBI had aided in that rise to power. Their conversation did not contain an actual confession but hinted at the fact that they had hired the hitman to deal with Danny.
Various local and federal law enforcement agencies teamed up to strike at the Mafia, first in Greater Cleveland and then nationwide.
The strike force first tracked down the getaway car that the assassin, Ray Ferritto, had used. Ferritto was arrested in Pittsburgh and extradited to Cleveland. Once Licavoli learned of Ferritto's arreast, he put out a contract on Ferritto to ensure that he would not testify against any member of the mob. When Ferritto found out that the mob ordered his death, he confessed to the killing of Greene and made a deal with the feds.
Ferritto's information to the authorities led to the arrests of Licavoli, his underbosses, Angelo "Big Ange" Lonardo and Butchie Cisternino, capos John Calandra, Tommy Sinito, Jimmy "the Weasel" Fratianno, Allie Calabrese from the Collinwood Group, and Ronnie "Ronnie Crab" Carabbia from the Youngstown group.
Shortly thereafter, the FBI convinced Fratianno to tell them all he knew about mob activities. Now, with two informants, Ferritto and Fratianno, authorities were able to cause a severe decline of the Mafia in America.
Danny's murder trial lasted 79 days, making it the longest continuous criminal trial in Cuyahoga County hitory. In the end, only Cisternino and Ronnie Carabbia were convicted. All the others were discharged due to lack of evidence. The jury's finding that Greene's killing was not part of an organized mob battle contributed to the acquittals.
One Cleveland police detective lambasted the Cleveland Mafia, telling a reporter that the mob could have killed Greene easily by just walking up to him with a shotgun and shooting. The detective said that that would mean that the gunman would have had to look Danny in the face. The truth was that the Cleveland Mafia were afraid of him.
Over the next few years, law enforcement men were able to arrest and convict other mob figures who were associated with the men who ordered Danny's murder. The FBI were very happy. Joseph Griffin, the man in chrge of the Cleveland FBI office told a reporter, "This is the first time that we've been able to take out the entire leadership of a major Cosa Nostra family."
Shortly after the trial ended, several of Angelo Lonardo's henchmen became involved in a major drug operation. When they were aprehended by authorities, several of them followed in the footsteps of Ferritto, becoming informants for the police. Their testimony led to the arrest of capos Joey Gallo and Angelo Lonardo. People who knew Lonardo spoke of him with respect. He was described as quiet and "gentlemanly", and was compared to the Marlon Brando character in THE GODFATHER. Even the police had a certain grudging respect for him. The police promised to get him out of prison on an appeal bond if he would turn informant. Lonardo, ever mindfull of what happens to those who betray Omerta, hesitated at first but finally agreed to talk. He was placed under 24 hour guard. His information led to survellience of the five New York Mafia familes and the inditments of numerous high-ranking mobsters. This led to more information given up by those mobsters and more arrests. The information aided the FBI agent known as "Donnie Brasco" with his infiltration of the Bonanno crime family. His penetration of the Cosa Nostra's inner circle led to the inditment of Gambino crime family boss Paul Castellano but before he would go trial, Castellano was killed by a cabal of his lieutnants led by John Gotti. Gotti was caught and received a life sentence for the Castellano conspiracy.
FBi agent Joe Griffin noted an irony. He told a reporter, "During his life, Danny Greene always tried to take out the Cleveland Cosa Nostra. He was never able to do it while he was alive. But in his death, he did it."
In the years following Danny's death, many powerful mob figures became informants, including Henry Hill, Tony Salerno,, Phil Leonetti, and Sammy "the Bull" Gravano.
Danny's most important legacy, it seems, was his death, the fallout from which, led to the devastation of mighty crime families and to a parade of defectors.
Some day he'll die, as all we must,
Some will laugh but most will cry.
His legend will live on for years,
To bring his friends mixed pleasure.
-From "THE BALLAD OF DANNY GREENE"
Boss: James lack White" Licavoli
Underboss: Angelo "Big Ange" Lonardo
Consigliere: John "Peanut" Tronolone
Eugene "the Animal" Ciasullo
The Collinwood Group
Capos or Captains, Lieutenants, Soldiers, and Others
Jimmy "the Weasel" Fratianno
Tony "Dope" Delsanter (deceased 1976)
Ronnie "Ronnie Crab" Carabbia
Charlie "Charlie Crab" Carabbia (missing, presumed dead)
Orlie "Orlie Crab" Carabbia
Joe Derose (missing, presumed dead)
*The above men were alleged or reputed members, associate members, or associates of the Cleveland Mafia. Sources include the Perrnsylvania Crime Commission.
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