Ex-New York Mob Boss Turns Rat
Former leader of the Bonanno organized crime family, Joseph "Big Joe" aka "The Ear" Massino, testified at a murder trial on Thursday against a crocked FBI who supposedly tipped off the mob back in the early 1980's of a round up of gangsters.
In just three days on the witness stand the 68 year old former mob boss gave details to over a quarter century's worth of murders, racketeering, and other crimes he and the family committed. In order to get leniency for the crime of eight murders he himself was convicted for he agreed to wear a wire to get information from his successor, former boss, Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano. According to prosecution, Massino was able to get Basciano to talk about a hit he had taken out.
The 50 year old defendant, Vincent Bassciano could face the death penalty for the crime of murder and racketeering if found guilty. He is already serving a life sentence for crimes he was convicted for in 2007. Basciano was convicted of the murder of Frank Santoro, who was believed to have tried to kidnap Basciano's son.
Joseph Massino is one of the highest ranking mobsters to ever turn snitch and was considered by the FBI to be the most powerful mob boss in the country. He helped get the Bonanno crime family back on top and with the help of good friend and fellow mob boss of the Gambino crime family, John Gotti, got the Bonanno family a seat on "The Commission" again. Massino also is famously known for being the acting boss of the Bonanno crime family during the Donnie Brasco years and ordering the death of Dominick "Sonny Black" Napolitano back in 1981 for allowing Brasco, a FBI agent to infiltrate the family. He was shot and his hands cut off.