Saturday, June 02, 2007

WEASEL WOBBLES AND FALLS.
As a lot of cops have been warning for years, Hector "Weasel" Marroquin has finally been exposed as gaming the system and working both sides of the street. As LA Times and LA Weekly articles this week reported, Marroquin has been arrested in an ATF undercover buy operation. He allegedly sold full auto weapons and suppressors to an ATF agent at his Marrokings restaurant in Cudahy.

The founder of No Guns, a gang intervention program funded with public money, Marroquin has basically been shoved down the throats of gang cops by their commanders for years as a person they should work with to quell gang violence and divert young people from the life. Even though these street cops knew full well that Weasel was a phony and reported it to their superiors, the brass hats and politicians disregarded the warnings and continued to bring Hector around to lecture cops on how to do their jobs.

According to the LA Times article by the energetic Sam Quinones, it wasn't just gang cops that suspected Marroquin of less-than-virtuous intentions. The Times quoted Connie Rice,"I never for a moment believed he ever left the life. I always thought he was using the system." Rice was on the Police Commission at one time and if the city fathers paid no attention to her, for sure they wouldn't take the word of street cops. The LA Weekly article has ten photos of Marroquin and his son and in almost every picture, Hector is flashing 18th Street. He could not have made it more obvious.

In the same article, Tom Hayden stated, "These guys perform a service. If they backslide, well, who doesn't?" The difference in attitude betweeen Rice and Hayden could not be more dramatic. Rice obviously isn't blinded by ideology. Hayden, a friend and supporter of Marroquin's, is still whipping that dead horse in an effort o reanimate it. For one thing, in order to backslide, someone must abandon the old life. Hayden still can't recognize the fact that Marroquin never actually abandoned his ways. He's been an operator for the Meros since day one and Hayden can't or won't admit that he's been played, suckered and hung out to flap in the breeze. Loyalty is a fine thing. But carried too far there's the danger it could turn you into a collaborator and enabler.

For Hayden to actually consider the possibility that Marroquin did "backslide" is in itself an indication of progress. When Ernie "Chuco" Castro was arrested on weapons charges and flipped in 1992, Hayden suggested in his book that the guns were planted on Castro to turn him as an informant. So far, Hayden hasn't raised the possibility of an elaborate conspiracy to bring Marroquin down.

Unfortunately for our city and county, No Guns isn't the only questionable program receiving public funds. There are some out there still operating and doing a better job of deflecting scrutiny. Maybe in the fullness of time, our elected officials will catch a clue.

26 comments:

jethro said...

I am glad they caught this low life no good criminal again. I hope they have three strikes on this scum and put his ass in prison for a very long time. I see the infamous Sgt. Valdemar was mentioned in the Sam Quinones article about the weasel. I wonder how many politicians in the city of Cudahy the weasel has made a fool of. Now the FBI needs to investigate the Cudahy politicians involved with the weasel. Which Cudahy politician will be in the news next?

I see the weasel has a sense of humor, I see he was posing in front of his "No Guns" tire cover and throwing up gang signs. I hope the IRS seizes all of his businesses and the money he has in the bank and under the mattresses, I see they arrested his girlfriend as well. They also need to arrest every one of his kids who also criminals. I wonder how is daughter can burn a body and not be in jail, what the hell is wrong with our justice system. And the cholos on Wally’s blog keep telling us kids join gangs because of poor education, poverty lack of opportunities. Well here is yet another example of a low life cholo raising more criminal kids.

I hope the Mayor and other politicians read about the weasel and Mario Corona and quit giving money to felons to “save” the kids. Wally you definitely called this one a while back, good job.

el chavo del 8 said...

Read the lies below, the old L.A. Times article is now damn funny, the weasel sure conned so many people except for the police who know to never trust a weasel.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/los_angeles_metro/la-me-profile18jul18,1,5705464.story?

Father, Son Turn Lives Around in Family Business
By Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
July 18, 2005

Big Hector Marroquin still looks like the widely feared gang leader he once was. Tattoos spiral up his big arms and across his chest and a heavy gold chain hangs at his neck. His head gleams bald above a lush, chestnut goatee and a cross dangles from a pierced eyebrow. Black Ray-Bans rest on his forehead. He looks like a man who is used to being obeyed.

He turned his life around long ago by becoming a roofer, building his own company and becoming a man of peace. By the mid-1990s, law enforcement officers, ministers and a state senator were seeking him out to negotiate gang truces from Lennox to Santa Monica.

Anonymous said...

That is too bad that a chicano in the position of influence Hector Marroquin had position himself in fucked it off. When I see men who should be leaders like Marroquin, Villagrosa(exploiting his people with no intention to give long term help) and Albert Gonzalez(a Republican puppet) it hurts me. Maybe Chicano's are just not cut out to lead. Two of the biggest influences of Chicano culture are white men, Father Boyle and Joe Morgan. In my lifetime I hope to see somebody righteous carry the banner for us even if it is just for 4 years and help La Raza get over the hump.

"Youngster with Game"

Anonymous said...

T. Rafael - I read the acticles and interviews about your MM theory on "racial cleansing". I dont know who you been talking to all these years in LAPD or where you get your research, but it seems to be mostly in the NELA area. You really need to get in touch with some people that really understand and know LA gangs county wide. I can go into a long list of incorrect statements you've been making on your theories but its a waste of my valuable time.
But here are some better facts for you to concentrate and do some homework on -
Blacks in LA are becoming an underclass within themselves -
LA Blacks are:
Killing each other over dope sells.
Refusing to work a 8 to 5, 40 hour work week job.
Refuse to take care of their own children.
Refuse to study or reach a higher level of education.
The real racial cleansing is between slobs, crabs, and Snoovers criminals shooting each other all over south central and southeast LA. Then we have to hear their aunties and mamas crying all over channel 9 news.
Aside from these issues, blacks are suffering all the other social ills found in every other culture and race.
Just because you found 2-3 shithead families in NELA that make everything into a racial gang issue or a Valley gang (specifically a family) that requested and enforced attacks on blacks, does not prove or support your statements of a so called "racial cleansing".
The request on attacking the blacks in the Valley has its roots. That valley shithead gangster that got shot by a black wannabe slob was because he deserved it. This slob was unaware how deep, connected, and who this cry baby thug's MM heavy hitter tios where.
You should leave the "racial cleansing" phase to events that match the theory, like the killing of the jews, the boars in Afica, the kurds in Iraq, Yugoslovia.....ect...ect.
On other note, Rice making statements to cover her own idiotic support or backpedal herself from people and agencies like the Wennie weasel is not helping her character in public. Tells everyone how dumb of a person she really is.
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Anonymous said...

WASNT THERE AN HIGH SCHOOL RIOT THE OTHER DAY SOMEWHERE IN LOS ANGELES OF MEXICANS AND BLACKS AGAINST THE ARMENIANS??..NEXT YEAR IT WILL BE ARMENIANS,MEXICANS AND BLACKS AGAINST WHO EVER IS LEFT..ITS ALL ABOUT POWER-TERRITORIAL STRUGGLES..A MAJORITY OF MULITICULTURAL NEIGHBORHOODS ARE OBSERVING A LIVE AND LET LIVE STANCE..IF YOU DONT, WE WONT..LOVE LOS ANGELES RESIDENT..

Anonymous said...

To Mr. :)
You are starting to sound like the other racist Don Culo, let is look at some of your moronic statements.


Mr. :) said ......
Just because you found 2-3 shit head families in NELA that make everything into a racial gang issue or a Valley gang (specifically a family) that requested and enforced attacks on blacks, does not prove or support your statements of a so called "racial cleansing".


I guess the avenues gang needed to kill members of more black families to really make it a racial issue? I guess you also forgot about the racially motivated attacks and killings in the Harbor Gateway area. I guess in you mind the cholos are some justified to kill and attack blacks because they are connected?


Mr. :) said .......
LA Blacks are:
Killing each other over dope sells.
Refusing to work an 8 to 5, 40 hour work week job.
Refuse to take care of their own children.
Refuse to study or reach a higher level of education.
The real racial cleansing is between slobs, crabs, and Snoovers criminals shooting each other all over south central and southeast LA. Then we have to hear their aunties and mamas crying all over channel 9 news. Aside from these issues, blacks are suffering all the other social ills found in every other culture and race.



The Mexicans are doing the same thing but of course in much larger numbers. We hear the mexicans complaining about the “government” being the reason for gangs. Where are the families of the ten of thousands of cholos and school dropout kids in Los Angeles? If anyone is not taking care of their kids it is the mexicans of Los Angeles, just visit Belmont High School and the surrounding area to see gang graffiti written everywhere and trash on the streets and cholos on the streets selling drugs on the streets, why don’t these parents take control and responsibility of their own damn kids. And on average how many kids do the mexicans have and do not even take care of?

Anonymous said...

Send his ass back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Man fights deportation by invoking his former gang ties
He has changed, he says, but tattoos from his youth in the San Fernando Valley mark him for death. The 9th Circuit Court weighs his case.
By Sonia Nazario, Times Staff Writer
June 3, 2007


Gerson Alvarado-Veliz was on a bus in Guatemala in 2002, he says, when three men toting AK-47s boarded and pointed the assault rifles at his face.

"Get off the bus!" they screamed. "Gangster!"

Alvarado-Veliz assumed the men were with the Sombra Negra, the Black Shadow vigilante death squads that conduct killings aimed at "cleansing" Guatemala of suspected gang members. And Alvarado-Veliz's more than 20 tattoos from his life in a San Fernando Valley gang clearly marked him as a onetime gang member.

Alvarado-Veliz said he was saved from the vigilantes by police, who then threatened him with death before ramming rifle butts into his legs and stomach.

After that experience, Alvarado-Veliz — who had been deported after serving a sentence in California for selling and transporting crack cocaine — knew he had to flee Guatemala or be killed. So he sneaked back into the United States.

Now the 23-year-old is sitting in an Arizona immigration detention facility after an arrest related to charges of marijuana possession and driving on a suspended license. He's citing his past as a gang member as the reason he should be granted asylum and allowed to remain in the U.S.

In a strategy that immigration attorneys say is increasingly employed by former gang members facing deportation, Alvarado-Veliz and others have argued that their lawless pasts are precisely why they should not be deported to Guatemala, El Salvador or Honduras, places where gang tattoos and mannerisms, they say, can mean persecution and certain death at the hands of police, prison guards and vigilantes.

In 2005, a U.S. immigration judge found Alvarado-Veliz credible and granted him the right to stay in the U.S. legally. Challenged by the U.S. government, the decision was reversed by the Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals. Now Alvarado-Veliz is one of at least six former gang members with cases pending before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The U.S. grants political asylum to those who can show a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

Persecution must be by a government or a group the government is unwilling or unable to control. Immigrants with convictions for aggravated, or particularly serious, felonies are ineligible, but they can apply for two other types of relief under what is called "withholding of removal" or under the United Nations convention against torture.

Fewer than a quarter of the 91,425 asylum claims made in the U.S. in fiscal 2005 were granted, and as a rule an even lower percentage of cases brought by gang members succeeds.

Since 1993, the U.S. has deported more than 50,000 people with criminal records to Central America.

Anonymous said...

L.A. Times Lays Off 60 Journalists

Why do you suppose the L.A. Times has had to lay off 60 journalists?

I can speculate about a few reasons for the lay-offs:

1. Unrelenting bias "turns off" people who used to have a daily subscription (including yours truly);

2. Print is dead, long live the internet;

3. Success is driving so many American citizens out of L.A., and replacing them with Spanish-only people, that if you're not writing for Hoy, you're not writing;

4. Widespread apathy means fewer people are reading anything; and

So what do you think? Why the lay-offs, and does this paper have a future? Can the Daily News move in for some market share? What should the discarded journalists do?

Anonymous said...

Let's face it: If anyone needs a newspaper, it's someone who doesn't have access to the internet. And I know everyone is gonna use this as an opportunity to jump on me -- but yeah, some of the low-income areas, with lots of people who only speak spanish, don't have as much access to the internet, as people higher up the income ladder do. (My CD 14 homies will back me up that it's not as easy to find a wi-fi internet cafe as it is in other higher-income areas.)

They should call it, Tiempo Los Angeles (It's already a mostly spanish title anyway.) And make it look EXACTLY like the LA Times.

Anonymous said...

They don't call it the LA Slimes for nothing. Wayyyy to bias and in the pockets of some of our politicians who like to spin in their favor. Tons of people stopped getting it cause they don't report all the facts. All the puff pieces they did on Antonio mayoral campaign was a joke. Now people know the truth. Why weren't the "real" facts ever reported on his lies especially those 80 neighborhood watches that dont' exist. Sam Quinoes seems ok for now. AT least he's reporting on the corruption with all the gang money like the people who are running them getting arrested. Daily News much better and balanced reporting. People are beginning to read it much more now.

Anonymous said...

"Youngster with Game"

What about Cesar Chavez? Sure the media may not be bringing you stories of the good people out there doing things for the Raza but they're there in every varrio in the U.S.A. A guy like Oscar De La Hoya is putting money into the varrios in the way Magic Johnson did in the black ghetto's. But I can see how you'd feel the way you do.

OC HALF BREED!

don quixote said...

Que te pasa? Youngster with Game!
Your name is very descriptive ese,
you got to live up to it.
Don't let these entremetido's get you down, cause sabes que, that's there objective.
Fuck em! Youngster, their worried because they sense the power we have, but we don't recognize it yet ourselves because it's a new sensation. Don't fall into the negative, accentuate the positive, read between the lines, what's thier motive? Power, and fear of losing it! La pura neta!
Yea it's true that some of us are riding the gravy train of Mexican AMerican upward mobility, like the Marroquins, and it's true that politicians like Villaraigosa are self absorbed and ambitious, but believe me I've lived long enough to know that a vato like Villaraigosa better take care of his constituents (Chicanos) a little bit, (like Don Fanucci in Godfather 2, "I just want to wet my beak a little!), cause he knows that the ruling class would have his ass packing if he couldn't deliver the raza.
He'll suck up to the Powers that Be cause that's who butters his bread, and that's politics, thats the way the world turns, but I would rather have a Chicano as Mayor of a large US city than the historical "good ol boys" who wouldn't even throw us a crumb and in fact used us Mexicans as scapegoats and stereotypes.

Believe me when I tell you that your better off with a "mas o menos" Mexican in office than some fucking Rotary Club, Merchants and Manufactures, O'Melveny and Meyer's WHite man who gerrymandered his ass into office and only thinks of Mexicans as "simple minded, worker bees, satisfied with an appearance in sombrero on Cinco de Mayo or Sept 16.
As far as "Alberto Gonzales" falso types, yea we can do without them, thats for sure. Those putos have been raised and bred to serve their masters whoever that may be.
Pendejo's like Gonzales couldn't get elected to dog catcher, so therefore they become lambe culos por vida.
But for every Marroquin theres a hundred good hearted jente, ready to do the right thing. Don't let the naysayers and manipulators work their bullshit on you YWG.
And it doesn't matter what the biological genetics consist of, as far as Chicano's are concerned, We are not a pure race but a mix of every race and ethnicity on earth, thats what makes us strong, Father Boyle and Joe Morgan might be (or were) genetically gavachos but in reality they are both Chicano's.
I was and am familiar with both of them, (good and evil) and they would both tell you that even though there biological background was European they considered themselves 100% Chicano's.
All the suedo-scientific crap about why Mexicans are racist is enganoso, and if you grew up in the varrio you know it. It's all about culture and amablidad

Like Zapata said before he was assasinated by the Powers that Be many years ago. "You the people have the power, you don't need anyone to lead you! Leaders will always let you down, raise your corn to feed your families, have many children, teach them to live right and to give you many grandchildren, that is where the power lies"
dq

Anonymous said...

WOW, WEASEL SHOULD HAVE JUST PLAYED IT STRAIGHT AND SQUARE WITH EVERYONE..HE MUST HAVE LET THE MEDIA ATTENTION BLURR HIS GOOD SENSE, HE WILL HAVE SOME QUIET TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT..AN ANTI VIOLENCE GUN SPOKESPERSON, SELLING ILLEGAL GUNS TO VIOLENT PEOPLE??..LOT OF NERVE, OR JUST PLAIN STUPID..WITH LOVE, LOS ANGELES RESIDENT.

Vae Victus (N) said...

From the LA Weekly article:

"However, a report by civil rights lawyer Connie Rice and independent audits have stated that L.A. Bridges, which has funneled more than $100 million to programs like No Guns, cannot show that it has reduced gang activity, and the city council lacks any meaningful measures for determining success. Just last week, another purported gang-member-turned-good, 30-year-old Mario Corona, with a group called Communities in Schools, also a recipient of L.A. Bridges money, was sentenced to 32 months in prison for transporting a large amount of methamphetamine and being a felon with a gun."

$100 million pissed away with nary a result to show for it. This case is a poster child for the failure regarding the manner in which "social" programs are handled in this country. In regards to these programs we see the following: Generally, a lack of any objective measures to gauge the success of said program (is the program actually mitigating the malady for which it was created). For the programs that have such measures, they are ignored as soon as some (h)activist group interposes an ancillary agenda such as "it's for the children," "it hurts families," "social justice," "racism", etc. or other similar pabulum. Finally, to finish the triumvirate of those that receive entitlements (the costs of which they are completely removed from) without a sense of personal responsibility, the (h)activist groups that only look to expand their own power, we have the gub'met workers that only look to further entrench and expand the problem to justify their tax payer funded paychecks. If we were to judge the failure known as the "war on poverty" by the same measures that we judge the police action in Iraq, the former would have been scrapped decades ago for the failure that it has been and continues to be when it comes to mitigating the problems for which it was created.

Anonymous said...

The L.A. Slimes biased? Please, don't flatter those trash journalists.

Anonymous said...

You guys are only reading like one-third of how much these vatos like Marroquin and other MM connected community base agencies like Criminals in Showbusiness have made taxpayers, politicians, private donors in various industries (movie and music companies) Sheriff heads, Probation heads, and LAPD brass - all look stupid. They even bullshitted Superior Court Judges, pastors, and priests. Getting rich off the lives of the unfortunate low income people of Los Angeles. Bullshitting your families and getting rich off the deaths of gang members and innocents. Using political clout to rub elbows and asses with political figures for special favors.....
:)

Anonymous said...

DQ

For sure brother, I know what time it is. I am going to continue to work on my college degrees in order to have the clout and position to La Raza. OC, I know of Chavez and I like what he did but, that was a long time ago. The kids need leaders they can relate to and in front of their face so they can look up to.

"Leaders will always let you down, raise your corn to feed your families, have many children, teach them to live right and to give you many grandchildren, that is where the power lies"

but, unfortunately our people aren't much good at being parents and nuturing their children. Alot of kids are growing up without mothers and fathers.Or instead of the parents feeding the kids the kids are feeding them(with welfare checks and child support). Look what black leaders and role models have done in the black community. They see singers and athletes along with jackson and sharpton and it gives kids growing up in the ghetto hope and pride. They all think they can be like them. It would just be nice to have some leaders that are out in the public eye on a national level with roots in the varrio.

Anonymous said...

Hey GavaJoe there is no iron pile to hit, not in general population or anywhere else. It's all about bar work now. They took the weights away from every joint in Califas many years ago. The reason given was something about inmates getting too big and how that posed a danger to staff. But I think that the countless fools getting their heads smashed in in that area had something to do with it too.

ALRATO
SV VBS

cantinflas said...

Youngster with Game said .....
That is too bad that a chicano in the position of influence Hector Marroquin had position himself in fucked it off. When I see men who should be leaders like Marroquin, Villagrosa(exploiting his people with no intention to give long term help) and Albert Gonzalez(a Republican puppet) it hurts me. Maybe Chicano's are just not cut out to lead. Two of the biggest influences of Chicano culture are white men, Father Boyle and Joe Morgan.

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To Gava Joe,

Remember your previous commnet about young latinos should not idolize EME members and wondering if things will change. Well jsut look at the youngsters comment he considers weasel marroquin and joe morgan role models.

NO younster with game these two are low life criminals and are not any kind of role model.

I think you need to go back and read Tiajuana Jailer's post tellimg you about the drug addict psychos eme carnales. What the fuck is wrong with so many chavalitos. Who in the hell would even consider low life fools like these two as role models.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

You guys are only reading like one-third of how much these vatos like Marroquin and other MM connected community base agencies like Criminals in Showbusiness have made taxpayers, politicians, private donors in various industries (movie and music companies) Sheriff heads, Probation heads, and LAPD brass - all look stupid. They even bullshitted Superior Court Judges, pastors, and priests. Getting rich off the lives of the unfortunate low income people of Los Angeles. Bullshitting your families and getting rich off the deaths of gang members and innocents. Using political clout to rub elbows and asses with political figures for special favors.....
:)

2:19 AM

Alright, though we all know about the No Guns founder's corruption, would you care to back up your blanketed statement that just about every organization involving reformed criminals is somehow working both sides of the street, with examples to support? Thanks a bunch. Let's not turn inthehat into a conspiracy blog. God knows we don't let liberals do it.

Archie Bunker said...

"...we's gots da gub'met workers dat only peep ta further entrench an' expand da problem ta justify they tax payer funded paychecks. If we's wuz ta judge da failure known as da "war on poverty" by da same measures dat we's judge da po-po action in Iraq, da former would gots been scrapped decades ago fo' da failure dat it has been an' continues ta be when it comes ta mitigating da problems fo' which it wuz created.""

you know das right!
Welcome back N.

Anonymous said...

"Rafael" is a great writer with a strong voice of authority on certain topics, but In the Hat is a bit too politically right-wing for me. I wish he had found a less politically tainted publisher for the book; even the cover, with its dominant Mexican flag image, implies immigration issues and denies the fact that the gangs Eme deals with were born in the USA, not Mexico. I have not read the book so I can't say Rafael espouses this point of view - my money says he does not. It's still a fun site and I'll come back, but it could be better without the constant AM radio-style political bludgeoning.

Anonymous said...

To cantinflas

I understand that you don't feel like these men are role models but, a role model can be positive or negative.

Definition
Role Model: a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others.

so by giving you a better understanding of the term I have used to describe marroquin and Joe Morgan, yes these men have been role models for our chicano youth. I see more Chicanos imitating their big homies then I do the teacher in their school or the cop who works their beat. Also I didn't say Marroquin was a leader but, he was in a position to become a strong & positive influence for our people and fumbled it away.Also I know a carnale and also aspiring members and yes some are drug addicts and most definitely are all DANGEROUS men but, I didn't have to read about it on an internet blog to know that.

P.S. take your time and read the posts before you fly off the handle and comment on things you are not able to comprehend, I maybe young but, my literay skills are top notch HAHAHAHA

Good morning everyone and if T.J. is out there I miss your great stories of EME lore.

"Youngster with Game"

Anonymous said...

You think I'm stupid enough to post and inform YOU on all my factual intelligence store in my right pocket? If your up on game, you wouldn't be requesting answers. YOUR probably someone that is reading between the lines (knowing that I'm spitting out the truth) with my statements. I guess I'm making YOUR booty uncomfortable because you worship these losers. Are you one of those idiots-made dumb-politicians? Or, are you the blind Christian Priest that donated money to these organization using it for personal purposes and abuses? Or, are you the law enforcement brass that got bullshitted? Or, are you one of their community workers with a criminal record that is related to someone special in State Prison. Read my posting correctly idiota - did I say, "every organization". I said "MM connected".
When you talk about conspiracies, read some facts and get your comments straight. Right Wing Conservatives and Christian Republicans have the worst reputation of creating conspiracies. Who said that Jesus Christ was from a Germanic Tribe?
Who continues to create lies on the JFK assassination? Who are the Newport Beach,Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel racist conservatives that have continued to write hate propaganda and conspiracies theories under pseudo names?
The Feds should really stop doing the RICO cases. They need to keep you dumb gangsters in State Prison. Your going the ruin the Federal prison's reputation on housing the most intelligent criminals.
:)

biff said...

"Stay the way youse are," he warned.

Mafia oath presented for jurors;
Tape-recorded ceremony makes debut in courtroom;
Tape recording of Mafia initiation played for first time in public

BODY:
"Richie," the raspy, nasal voice of mob consiglieri Joseph "J.R." Russo inquired. "Do you got any brothers?"

"Yes," Richard Floramo answered.

"Do you have sons?"

"Yes."

"If I told you one of them was an informer," Russo continued, "a police informer, gonna put somebody in prison, and I told you, you must kill them, would you do that for me without hesitation?"

"He has to go," Floramo replied.

Russo's cocksure voice and Floramo's, at times nervous and hesitating, boomed over a loudspeaker in U.S. District Court in Hartford Wednesday. It was the first time that a tape recording of the Mafia's centuries old, quasi-religious initiation rite had been played in public.

The courtroom was silent except for the recorded voices. Jurors listened over headphones and followed the conversations intently from a typed transcript. The eight reputed Patriarca crime family members and associates being tried on racketeering charges did the same. About two dozen reporters and the packed gallery also followed along and strained to hear as well.

Propped against an evidence table was a chart with 19 color photographs taken on a quiet Sunday morning in the Boston suburbs. They depicted a tidy home at 34 Guild St. in Medford. The trees in the yard carried the last bits of autumn's color.

Scattered around the neighborhood, FBI agents and detectives hid nervously. Down the street, in a hastily assembled command post, another agent worried over a tape recorder, listening to the goings on within 34 Guild St. being provided by at least one secretly installed transmitter.

As noon approached, a big Lincoln stopped repeatedly in front of the home. It deposited groups of mostly middle-aged men. All but one were wearing business suits or sports jackets and ties.

The eavesdropping agent heard the coughing and small talk of 17 sworn Patriarca family members and the scraping sound of furniture being moved before Russo took the floor. He initiated four new members into New England's dominant criminal organization. Floramo was the fourth.

"We have to ask, say once more," Russo continued, questioning Floramo. "This thing you're in, it's gonna be the life of heaven. It's a wonderful thing, the greatest thing in the world. If you feel that way, want to be part of it, as long as you live."

"Yes," Floramo said. "I do."

There was one difficulty Floramo was compelled to mention. He had an uncle on the Boston police force.

"But I don't think he ever made a pinch in his life," he said.

"That's all right," Russo said.

Then, the voice of Biagio DiGiacomo, with a thick Italian accent, filled the courtroom.

"Good luck, Richie," DiGiacomo said.

Then, as he had for those inducted before Floramo -- Robert DeLuca, Vincent Federico and Carmen Tortora -- DiGiacomo administered the Mafia's blood oath in Italian: "Io Richie, voglio entrare in questa organizzazione per proteggere la mia famiglia e per proteggere I miei amici. (I Richie, want to enter into this organization to protect my family and to protect all my friends)."

Floramo repeated the oath as it was administered by DiGiacomo. He swore never to betray the Mafia's secrets and to obey with love and omerta, the Sicilian code of silence.

"Which finger do you use to pull the trigger?" DiGiacomo then asked.

Floramo showed him and -- the FBI says -- the finger was cut to draw blood. Then, in an elaborate numerical ritual, similar to a game children play when choosing sides for ball games, the mob selected a "compare," or buddy, for Floramo, someone to stand beside him during the next phase of the ritual.

As a paper card bearing the image of the Patriarca family's patron saint was burned in Floramo's cupped hands, he swore, in Italian, "As burns this saint, so will burn my soul. I enter alive and I will have to get out dead."

"Come in alive and go out dead," one of the mobsters assembled around Floramo interjected.

The FBI considers the recording one of the most important pieces of evidence ever collected in its decadeslong fight against the nation's organized crime families. For years, reputed Mafiosi have said the Mafia exists only in the fevered imaginations of government agents.

Agents and government prosecutors say the recording is the best possible proof that the Mafia is a continuing enterprise designed to further its interests by breaking the law. The government's principal weapon against organized crime, federal anti-racketeering laws, requires that the existence of a criminal enterprise be proven.

Prosecutors hope jurors hearing the case in Hartford, as well as those who will hear testimony in a related trial in Boston later this year and others elsewhere in the country, will consider the recording just that proof.

The recording did not end with the conclusion of the fourth initiation Oct. 29, 1989. Russo, DiGiacomo, one of five mob capos at the ceremony and other high-ranking gangsters instructed the freshly initiated Mafia soldiers in the rules of La Cosa Nostra, or, this thing of ours.

"All the friends of ours, this family, we help each other because you people became outlaws, you know," the initiates were told.

The phrase friend of ours -- amico nostro in Italian -- is an important aspect of communication in the Mafia, the four new soldiers were told. They were ordered never to introduce themselves as Mafia soldiers -- except to another soldier, and then only when the introduction was arranged by a third Mafioso friends with both parties.

Non-Mafia members should be introduced as "a friend of mine," DiGiacomo said. Then, DiGiacomo, in a kind of charade, mimicked how the introduction of a mob capo, or captain, should go.

"Then he's a captain and I say, 'Vinnie, he's a friend of ours. Also he's a captain,' " DiGiacomo said. "Then you shake hands. You don't kiss him. Years ago, we used to kiss each other."

The practice of men kissing one another attracts too much attention, particularly from FBI agents, he explained.

"Right away, they're going to make it," DiGiacomo said. "They say it's a wop, they do something with this guy."

Each new inductee was also introduced to men at the ceremony identified as the five Patriarca family capos. They were Robert Carrozza, Vincent Ferrara, Charles Quintina and DiGiacomo of the Boston area and Matthew Guglielmetti of the Providence area. Guglielmetti has been identified by the FBI as the leader of the family's Connecticut crew.

He was originally among those on trial for racketeering in Hartford but pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

The four new members were instructed in other rules.

"Another thing," Russo told them. "We're very protective of our women. You have a sister? Unless our intentions are super honorable, marriage of course, that's all."

The same applies to wives and girlfriends, he said.

"A woman is sacred," Russo said, adding, "the only way to get out of that, you die. You die."

Raymond A. "Junior" Patriarca, who was then the mob's boss, warned the new members not to get carried away with their new-found prestige.

"Stay the way youse are," he warned. "Don't let it go to your head."

The Mafia is an international organization, the new members were told. Members can obtain assistance anywhere or anytime. There are families in cities all over the country.

"All families are related, all over America," Russo said.

"Throughout the world," Patriarca said.

But once a member joins, there is no way out, DiGiacomo said. Particularly if he betrays the secret.

"It's no hope, no Jesus, no Madonna," he said. "Nobody can help us if we ever give up this secret to anybody, any kinds of friends of mine, let's say."

"This goes back about 300 years," an unidentified speaker said. "Right, Biagio?"

"More," he answered.

"Around the 12th century, wasn't it?," Boston area Quintina said. "Ah, the Sicilian vespers."

Explaining the background of the Mafia, DiGiacomo said it started in Sicily "because there was a lot abuse to the family, to the wife, to the children."

"Until some people, nice people, they got together, and they said, 'Let's make an organization over here, but let's start to do the right thing. Who makes a mistake, he's gotta pay.' "

The induction ceremony ended a little after noon. A television blaring in the background on the tape indicated that the Sunday morning news programs were over. The mobsters filed out, as they had arrived, and were ferried in the Lincoln to their cars, parked a short distance away, at a Wellington Circle hotel.

Russo and Ferrara, who had set up the meeting, were the last to leave the borrowed house on Guild Street.

"Better lock up," Russo said.

"Only the [expletive] ghosts knows what really took place over here today, by God," Ferrara told his pal as they left.

"Richie," the raspy, nasal voice of mob consiglieri Joseph "J.R." Russo inquired. "Do you got any brothers?"

"Yes," Richard Floramo answered.

"Do you have sons?"

"Yes."

"If I told you one of them was an informer," Russo continued, "a police informer, gonna put somebody in prison, and I told you, you must kill them, would you do that for me without hesitation?"

"He has to go," Floramo replied.

Russo's cocksure voice and Floramo's, at times nervous and hesitating, boomed over a loudspeaker in U.S. District Court in Hartford Wednesday. It was the first time that a tape recording of the Mafia's centuries old, quasi-religious initiation rite had been played in public.

The courtroom was silent except for the recorded voices. Jurors listened over headphones and followed the conversations intently from a typed transcript. The eight reputed Patriarca crime family members and associates being tried on racketeering charges did the same. About two dozen reporters and the packed gallery also followed along and strained to hear as well.

Propped against an evidence table was a chart with 19 color photographs taken on a quiet Sunday morning in the Boston suburbs. They depicted a tidy home at 34 Guild St. in Medford. The trees in the yard carried the last bits of autumn's color.

Scattered around the neighborhood, FBI agents and detectives hid nervously. Down the street, in a hastily assembled command post, another agent worried over a tape recorder, listening to the goings on withi

As noon approached, a big Lincoln stopped repeatedly in front of the home. It deposited groups of mostly middle-aged men. All but one were wearing business suits or sports jackets and ties.

The eavesdropping agent heard the coughing and small talk of 17 sworn Patriarca family members and the scraping sound of furniture being moved before Russo took the floor. He initiated four new members into New England's dominant criminal organization. Floramo was the fourth.

"We have to ask, say once more," Russo continued, questioning Floramo. "This thing you're in, it's gonna be the life of h

"Yes," Floramo said. "I do."

There was one difficulty Floramo was compelled to mention. He had an uncle on the Boston police force.

"But I don't think he ever made a pinch in his life," he said.

"That's all right," Russo said.

Then, the voice of Biagio DiGiacomo, with a thick Italian accent, filled the courtroom.

"Good luck, Ric

Then, as he had for those inducted before Floramo -- Robert DeLuca, Vincent Federico and Carmen Tortora -- DiGiacomo administered the Mafia's blood oath in Italian: "Io Richie, voglio entrare in questa organizzazione per proteggere la mia famiglia e per proteggere I miei amici. (I Richie, want to enter into this organization to protect my family and t

Floramo repeated the oath as it was administered by DiGiacomo. He swore never to betray the Mafia's secrets and to obey with love and omerta, the Sicilian code of silence.

"Which finger do you use to pull the trigger?" DiGiacomo then asked.

Floramo showed him and -- the FBI say

As a paper card bearing the image of

"Come in alive and go out dead," one of the mobsters assembled around Floramo interjected.

The FBI considers the rec

Agents and government prosecutors say the recording is the best possible proof that the Mafia is a continuing enterprise designed to further its interests by breaking the law. The government's principal weapon agai

Prosecutors hope jurors hearing the case in Hartford, as well as those who will hear testimony in a related t

The recording did not end with the conclusion of the fourth initiation Oct. 29, 1989. Russo, DiGiacomo, one of five mob

"All the friends of ours, this family, we help each other because you peopl

The phrase friend of ours -- amico nostro in Italian -- is an important aspect of communication in the Mafia, the four new soldiers were told. They were ordered never to introdu

Non-Mafia members should be introduced as "a friend of mine," DiGiacomo said. Then, DiGiacomo, in a kind of charade, mimicked how the introduction of a mob capo, or captain, should go.

"Then he's a captain and I say, 'Vinnie, he's a friend of ours. Also he's a captain,' " DiGiacomo said. "Then you shake hand

The practice of men kissing one another attracts too much attention, particularly from FBI

"Right away, they're going to make it," DiGiacomo said. "They say it's a wop, they do something with this guy."

Each new induct

He was originally among those on trial for racketeering in Hartford but pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced next w

The four new members were instructed in other rules.

"Another thing," Russo told them. "We're very protective of our women. You have a sister? Un

The same applies to wives and girlfriends, he said.

"A woman is sacred,"

Raymond A. "Junior" Patriarca, who was then the mob's boss, warned the new

"Stay the way youse are," he warned. "Don't let it go to your head."

The Mafia is an

"All families are related, all over America," Russo said.

"Throughout the world," Patriarca said.

But once a member joins, there is no way out, DiGiacomo said. Particularly if he betrays the secret.

"It's no hope, no Jesus, no Madonna," he said. "Nobody can help us if we ever give up this secret to anybody, any kinds of friends of mine, let's say."

"This goes back about 300 years," an unidentified speaker said. "Right, Biagio?"

"More," he answered.

"Around the 12th century, wasn't it?," Boston area Quintina said. "Ah, the Sicilian vespers."

Explaining the background of the Mafia, DiGiacomo said it started in Sicily "because there was a lot abuse to the family, to the wife, to the children."

"Until some people, nice people, they got together, and they said, 'Let's make an organization over here, but let's start to do the right thing. Who makes a mistake, he's gotta pay.' "

The induction ceremony ended a little after noon. A television blaring in the background on the tape indicated that the Sunday morning news programs were over. The mobsters filed out, as they had arrived, and were ferried in the Lincoln to their cars, parked a short distance away, at a Wellington Circle hotel.

Russo and Ferrara, who had set up the meeting, were the last to leave the borrowed house on Guild Street.

"Better lock up," Russo said.

"Only the fuckin' ghosts knows what really took place over here today, by God," Ferrara told his pal as they left.

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