MadCowMorningNews has learned
new details about revelations from
convicted of fraud
takeover of SunCruz Casino’s gambling
ships alongside former Republican
Party bagman & uber-lobbyist
Jack Abramoff in March.
Little had been heard
recently from the two men.
But that changed last week with
the news that Adam Kidan told investigators
that he knew who
had murdered the gambling cruise
line’s founder, Konstantinos "Gus"
crime which could
reach all the way to the Oval Office,
if only there were an opposition
party in America to investigate
Currently three men
from New York with connections to
the Gambino Family,
Moscatiello, 68; Anthony
"Little Tony" Ferrari,
49; and James "Pudgy"
Fiorello, 28, are charged with
first-degree murder and could face
the death penalty if convicted.
Kidan has now stepped
forward to say that none of the
three men pulled the trigger. Instead,
Kidan is bravely pointing a finger
directly at...a dead guy.
"Dead guys can't turn state's
to Kidan, it was a man named John
Gurino who murdered Boulis
shortly after the gambling czar
left his Fort Lauderdale office
on Feb. 6, 2001.
Kidan previously had
denied knowing anything
about Boulis' slaying when police
interviewed him a month after the
claim offers some insight into how
the scandal is being played out.
week’s stories about him, for
example, Adam Kidan was described,
as he always is in major media accounts,
as a “Long Island businessman.”
In reality Kidan is nothing of the
He doesn’t live on
Long Island, and he is anything
but a businessman,
a fact made clear when he wrote
to the three Mob
figures currently in jail awaiting
trial for the hit totaling over
$200,000 in the weeks
Boulis’ gangland-style slaying.
While much remains
unknown about the dead man, John
Gurino, here's one thing
which will prove absolutely certain:
Kidan didn't write any unexplained
checks to Gurino, who has one other
useful distinction as well...
Intimidating Witnesses: A Primer
John Gurino was charged
with murder once, while he was still
alive, in New York.
was Bruce Cutler. Yep… That
Bruce Cutler… Gurino was
acquitted of murder charges stemming
from a drive-by shooting in which
the victim identified Gurino as
his shooter before he died.
A mortally wounded
John Vulcano, the victim of the
drive-by shooting, told detectives
just before he died, "John
Gurino shot me because he hates
Queens County prosecutor
James Quinn told reporters for the
New York Times he has spent a lot
of time thinking about Gurino. Quinn
watched his murder case against
Gurino fall apart as the courtroom
filled with tough-looking men brought
in by defense attorney Bruce Cutler.
The prosecutor said
he still remembers Lincoln Town
Cars with Florida license tags pulling
up to the courthouse, bearing license
plates trumpeting Boca Raton.
Quinn said: "By
the end of the trial, there was
25 to 30 people sitting in the courtroom
on Gurino's side, all looking very
trial launched mob
defense attorney Cutler's career.
It persuaded Gotti, about to
become the head of the Gambino crime
family, to make Cutler his top lawyer,
the New York Times said.
An early lesson which came in useful
years later, when John Gotti himself
was finally convicted, Gurino led
a crowd of 1,000 Gotti supporters
in a riot at the federal courthouse
The crowd tore apart
police barricades and threw pieces
at the police, egged on by Gurino
using a bullhorns. Gurino
was charged with multiple felonies.
Idle thought: did
the GOPMOB find Gurino's
"skills" useful in Dade
the 2000 Presidential election
during the Republican
riot that forced election officials
to stop counting the votes?
John Gurino Sr., owned the Ragtime
Newsstand Dairy in Howard
Beach, a popular meeting
place for Gotti associates, according
1998 New York Times article.
Anthony J. Gurino,
a childhood friend of Gotti’s, went
to prison for conspiracy to hide
the assets of a multi-million-dollar
heroin ring headed by Gotti's brother,
and a fugitive named Salvatore
Ruggiero, who died in a
Lear jet crash in Georgia in 1982.
David Bogenshutz: the busiest lawyer
That’s the same
major heroin trafficking trial where
“Big Tony” Moscatiello, immortalized
forever when John Gotti called him
while the FBI was listening, was
a defendant. Afterwards Big Tony
supposedly became a government informant.
Angelo Ruggiero, died of cancer
while awaiting trial as a defendant
in the drug case. From books about
the Mob, we knew that John Gotti
had waited, out of respect, until
his mentor Ruggiero died before
killing the Gambino Mob Boss
"Big Paul" Castellano.
told investigators he learned the
details of the killing from “Big
but was not told the triggerman's
name. Moscatiello told him the killer
was dead. Kidan said he pieced together
who it was after learning that Gurino
was killed in a Florida deli by
his business partner in 2003.
The man convicted
of killing Gurino is Ralph Liotta,
49, who was sentenced to 15 years
in prison. Liotta's defense attorney
was David Bogenschutz.
is now defending “Big Tony”
Moscatiello. Small world...
It gets even smaller.
"The wages of sin make for
a pretty fat roll"
The Associated Press
identified the man who supplied
the information about
Kidan’s statement to police as an
investigator with the Broward State’s
Attorney’s Office, which prosecutes
the cases of the Broward County
Sheriff, Ken Jenne.
The Miami Herald
earlier this month revealed that
Jenne had taken an unexplained loan
from a certain Philip Procacci.
calls for his resignation, Jenne
is currently being investigated
by the FBI.
Jenne’s lawyer? You
guessed it… the ubiquitous
Jenne has been in trouble over gambling-related
murders in South Florida before,
just last year, in fact.
But wait a minute…
Gus Boulis’ murder was gambling-related.
April 8, 2005 Miami Herald story
headlined JENNE'S ROLE IN TRIBAL
CASE PROBED reported, “State
prosecutors are investigating possible
public corruption that grew out
of a criminal
case involving the
shooting of a Seminole tribal
whether the Broward
Sheriff's Office interfered with
the Hollywood police probe.”
subpoenas Thursday to two Hollywood
detectives assigned to investigate
the January 2002 shooting of Jim
Shore at his Hollywood home. The
detectives were questioned about
Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne and his
agency's involvement in the case.”
Those Seminal Seminoles & Casino
was a top executive of the Seminole
Tribe of Florida, the state’s preeminent
Alert readers of
will recall the name Jim Shore from
The Seminole Tribe
led the way in parlaying mom-and-pop
bingo parlors into today’s $19 billion
a year Indian casino industry. Along
with legendary Chief James Billie
(Wrestles with Alligators) Rob Tiller
was a seminal figure
in this growth.
A week before Gus
Boulis was murdered, Tiller was
called to take a meeting with him.
Tiller says Boulis was scared. Boulis
hadn’t wanted to sell.
Instead, Boulis was
worried he’d be whacked.
“He called me to
a meeting at the Ocean Reef Club.
Very snooty. You cant even land
there without permission. I flew
my airplane down to meet him,” Tiller
“He said, ‘I want
out. People think I make a lot more
money than I really do. I don’t
need the headache anymore. I want
to sell my casino boats to the Seminoles.’”
”A couple days later,
I hear he’s been blown apart dead.
See, Gus wanted to muscle his way
into the casino business in a real
bad way. His Miami subs were everywhere.
He was using them to launder money,
big-time, for somebody.”
Working for the Bush Family has
never been a picnic
pointedly referred us to the manner
of the Boulis hit, stating, “Boulis
was murdered in the exact same way
as Don Aronow, Bush’s
partner? We didn't even have to
ask it. The question hung in the
air. Who might that be? Even asking
the question brings a shiver.
“Something is really
going down bad here,”
“Don Aronow. Gus.
Jim Shore… All tied in to
The dead guy Kidan
picked to lay the hit off on
had—an interesting past.
“At least one defense
attorney said he is now looking
into the background of Gurino, a
Gotti associate, killed in October
2003,” reported the Miami Herald.
That wouldn’t be
Bogenschutz. Presumably, he already
Kill shots to the gluteus maximus
So... Who was John
Gurino, the man shot and killed
in a deli in Boca Raton?
John Gurino, a longtime
John Gotti associate and Gambino
Mob figure from
Howard’s Beach in Queens, was murdered
in 2003 by Ralph Liotta, who owed
60 large. So Liotta
capped Gurino seven times,
including three in the
It was every loan
shark’s worst nightmare.
was no real sweetheart either...
Liotta testified Gurino had threatened
to cut Liotta's throat and have
men rape him in front of his
That’s pretty icky.
Gurino and Liotta
had been having a ‘sit-down’ over
the debt, after having been brought
together by three other men, each
of whom soon felt the need, after
shots rang out, to step quickly
over Gurino’s body in their haste
to leave the premises, even
though one of them was on crutches.
Witnesses said they
heard two to four loud pops and
then saw Gurino fall through the
front glass door. Seconds later,
they said, three older men walked
out casually, stepping over Gurino's
body as they made their way to the
The "boys" are big in
Gurino had a knife
in his pocket. But he’d left his
gun in his car, presumably as an
earnest of his good intentions.
His brother, Anthony
Gurino, said he was with investigators
when they found the gun in the car.
"If my brother was going into
the store to hurt him, wouldn't
he have had a gun with him?"
an ambush," said Vincent
Sorena, a longtime Gurino family
friend who lives in Boca Raton.
Sorena, Gurino’s Boca buddy, was
an officer of a New York-based contractor
secretly controlled by the Mob.
He agreed to pay $ 250,000 in penalties
to settle fraud charges with the
His company did business
totaling $18.1 million with New
York City’s Housing Authority. When
this was revealed, the
Authority’s chairwoman, Laura D.
Blackburne, resigned, after disclosures
that she authorized hundreds of
thousands of dollars to be spent
on office furnishings, including
a $3,000 pink leather couch.
The new chairwoman
canceled the contracts. An $884,777
contract with the Sanitation Department
was also canceled.
Blackburne was then
elected a Supreme Court justice
in Queens and served on both the
civil and criminal benches, before
being assigned this year to the
treatment court in Queens, which
handles drug cases.
And so it goes…
You're a very nosy fellow, kitty
We checked out one
of the men who’d so easily stepped
over their fallen comrade.
“It was determined
with the FBI's help that the 1987
Camry was registered to the girlfriend
of the man with the crutches, who
is identified in the search warrant
as a Patrick Pata.
The two tried to conceal the car
by putting North Carolina license
plates on it, the warrant said.
Pata refused to cooperate with investigators,”
The Miami Herald reported.
Patrick Pata lives
in Lawrenceville, Ga. He is listed
as the vice-president of a company
called Jinny Corporation, which
bills itself as the nation's largest
ethnic beauty supply company.
Both he and his wife
gave $2000 each to the 2004 George
W Bush Presidential
he also gave a $1000 campaign contribution
in 2003 to
Green Bay mayoral
candidate Jim Schmitt, in
Wally Hilliard’s hometown.
You know what happens to nosy fellows?
Kidan, who has known
Moscatiello for more than a decade,
brought him down to
Florida from Howard
Beach, N.Y., in late 2000 because
he wanted Moscatiello to determine
if Boulis was "connected"
to the Mafia.
Within a few weeks,
Boulis was dead, apparently before
Kidan’s diligent efforts had determined
his status with organized crime.
Even though Kidan
ended up paying $240,000 to companies
connected with Big Tony Moscatiello
and Little Tony Ferrari, Kidan said
Moscatiello had ordered Boulis'
ordered the hit? Why?
He didn’t even know
Gus Boulis. He
wasn’t in business with Gus Boulis.
Kidan and Abramoff were. What's
that old expression?
For his part, Big
who was involved
in a major heroin trafficking trial
of Gotti’s brothers in the late
told police after
his Sept. 26 arrest that he had
no role in the killing and Tony
Ferrari and Pudgy Fiorillo carried
Ferrari told him that Adam Kidan
had ordered the hit.
a dead guy killed Boulis, it was
certainly news to Pudgy Fiorillo,
who’d bragged about making his
bones by killing Boulis all
over New York City.
In testimony, Dwayne
Nicholson, Little Tony’s one-time
bodyguard who went to the police
immediately after Boulis was murdered,
told of a confrontation between
Pudgy and “Little Tony” over Pudgy’s
He said to Pudgy,
‘What the fuck, man,'" testified
Dwayne Nicholson. "'What do
you think you’re doing? Why have
you been running your mouth off
up in New York?'
replied, 'You got paid! Everybody
got paid. Except me! And I’m the
one that did it! You’re all fucking
me out of my money!'”
pointed to me, and said, 'What,
do you think he’s dumb? I ought
to bust you right here! He’s standing
right there and he heard every word!'”
being such a blabbermouth, Moscatiello
was even supposedly contemplating
Huh? No? Okay. They lose their noses.
Like Kidan, accused
killer Anthony "Little Tony"
Ferrari isn’t your average rent-a-thug...
According to the June 9, 2004 Washington
Post, Ferrari checked into Washington's
posh Madison Hotel for President
Ronald Reagan's funeral, along with
his family and a "five-car
entourage of aides."
He told the Post
he even met Reagan once:
business consultant Anthony Ferrari,
his wife, Jessie, their young
daughter and a five-car entourage
of aides already were encamped
at the Madison Hotel yesterday.
Ferrari hoped to see the horse-drawn
procession to the Capitol tonight
and perhaps see Reagan's coffin
in the Capitol Rotunda tomorrow."
"I'm a big
fan of President Reagan,"
Little Tony is quoted as saying.
"I met him once. The man
had a big impact on America. He
really loved this country and
It happened... where else? In
Opinions vary on
whether Kidan is himself a suspect
in the murder of Gus Boulis.
At the time of Boulis'
slaying, Kidan and Abramoff were
locked in a contentious fight with
Boulis over Sun Cruz’s 12 unregulated
gambling ships in Florida, a prize
so precious Abramoff and Kidan admitted
committing major felonies to make
it their own.
But… did they stop
In a better world,
this would be what is known as a
rhetorical question, like asking
if the Pope is Catholic.
In a better
world, law enforcement authorities
would already be Johnny-on-the-spot.
Alas, the Boulis
murder didn’t occur in a better
It happened in Florida.
The saw awful truth is pretty awfully
Kidan was sentenced
to 70 months in prison and ordered
to pay more than $21.7 million in
restitution after pleading guilty
to bank fraud charges tied to the
purchase of SunCruz from Boulis.
His plea agreement
with prosecutors in the SunCruz
case stated that his assistance
to investigators might reduce his
sentence. For confidentially informing
on a dead guy, we figure he should
now be facing the chair.
But not in South
In South Florida
hope for justice, like hope
for honest elections, wilt
like John Kerry in the final
days of a Presidential campaign.
a primordial soup which grows ever-thicker,
as the web of connections grows
tighter between the Mob and the
National Republican Party.
All of this can only
have been designed to provide a
fig leaf of cover to allow law enforcement
authorities to avoid charging two
men who did have something to gain
from Boulis’ murder…
Jack Abramoff and
Kidan has never even
been named as a suspect. The reason?
Prosecutors would have a hard
time convincing a jury that the
buck stopped with him. This is the
man, after all, who wrote checks
for the hit.
Kidan is walking proof that, in
America, “being connected
means never having to say you’re
Abramoff? Dangling slowly slowly
in the wind? Never happen.
It apparently pays
to be an Abramoff flunky. Nobody
in a position to affect the outcome
of the case apparently wants to
leave Casino Jack Abramoff totally
without recourse, facing life behind
without parole... dangling
slowly, slowly, in the wind.
under those circumstances, who can
tell who he might
drop a dime on?
when the Abramoff Scandal might
While the headline
“ABRAMOFF HENCHMAN FINGER DEAD
GUY” may be technically accurate
on this story, to adequately describe
what’s transpired requires
something broader and more nebulous.
What first came to
mind was the old hippie saying:
"Everything is Everything.”
But that phrase is virtually meaningless
without the recent ingestion of
substances no longer freely available,
even in the vast SuperWalmart of
illegal drugs where so much of this
story takes place.
And while the subhead,
“Heroin Trafficking, A Pink
Leather Coach & the
Busiest Lawyer in South Florida”
touches on a few highlights from
follows, it doesn’t really capture
the broad sweep and immense implications
of what follows, either.
Here’s the best we can offer:
“John Gotti’s Last
Laugh: Why Mob Guys Don’t Stand
Around on Street
Actually, the word
which comes to mind on learned of
the implications of Kidan’s bogus
statement was one we heard uttered
by an old girlfriend of ours when
she first laid eyes on Death Valley
National Monument in California’s
she said. And so it was.
And so it
And so it goes.