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Weekend Series on Crime: The Contract Killer called ‘The Iceman’

Weekend Series on Crime: A Mafia Killer

ATF’s Undercover Hit Men Cause Big Problems for Would-Be Criminals

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Angry at a cheating spouse or jerk boss?

While most of us would handle our issues without violence, others look for “hit men” for payback.

Enter undercover ATF agents, who bust people who pay to have someone killed or injured, GQ reports.

Reporter Jeanne Marie Laskas tagged along with one agent, who took orders to cut up a man’s ex-girlfriend’s face. As the agent appears to go along with the plan, feds swoop in and bust the customer.

Weekend Series on Crime: Inside the Mind of a Mafia Hitman

Con Man Wanted Hitmen to Store Heads of Judge, Prosecutor in Formaldehyde Until His Release

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Joseph Romano, a convicted con man, wanted revenge for being sentenced to 15 years behind bars.

So much so, reports the New York Daily News, that he tried to hire hitmen to torture and decapitate the judge and prosecutor who oversaw his case in New York.

An added bonus to the killers: Store their heads in formaldehyde until Romano’s release from prison, according to the Daily News, citing authorities at a court hearing Tuesday.

Romano, 49, was convicted in 2010 of wire and bank fraud in connection with a scheme to sell collectible coins at outrageously inflated prices.

Calif. Man Gets 6 Years in Attempted Murder-for-Hire Plot

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A six-year sentence was handed down to  Santa Barbara County, Calif., resident Eugene Darryl Temkin, 51, who solicited an FBI informant posing as a “hitman” to murder several individuals, the FBI announced on Monday.

A judge found Temkin guilty of soliciting a crime in violence, attempting to interfere with interstate commerce by threats and violence, and using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire after a bench trial in August, according to the FBI. The marks for the hitmen included Temkin’s wife, a former business partner of his and a Bel-Air man.

“The evidence showed that defendant engaged in criminal conduct of the worst sort: With meticulous planning and full contemplation, defendant agreed to pay a hitman, ‘Pavel’ [who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer], to brutally kill in cold blood three people, two of whom he barely knew,” prosecutors said in court documents. “What is more, these killings were only to take place after ‘Pavel’ first tortured the victims in order to force them to pay $15 million into defendant’s off-shore bank account.”

A source told law enforcement officials about Temkin’s plans to hire a hitman in late 2009 to kill his former business partner, which began the investigation. Over several months agents posing as professional killers met with Temkin, discussing plans and deals. Temkin told the “hitmen” the former business partner should pay him $15 million in compensation for losses he believes he sustained in a failed business plan to open a casino in Africa.

Temkin even discussed with the undercover agents particular forms of torture, murder and rape which would be likely to get the victims to pay the fees. Temkin had been threatening and harassing the victims for almost a decade before meeting with potential hitmen.

Gotti Hitman Pleads Guilty to Arranging Murder of Executive Who Was Suspected Snitch

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

On Thursday, the day 127 people were charged in the largest Mafia roundup in FBI history, a hit man for the late mob Godfather John Gotti pleaded guilty in federal court in New York to arranging the Sept. 11, 1989 murder of a Staten Island businessman Gotti suspected was a snitch, the New York Daily News reported.

Joseph Watts, a member of the Gambino crime family,  admitted to plotting to kill Fred Weiss, a former Staten Island Advance editor and m0b-connected trash-hauling executive, who Gotti thought was cooperating with the FBI, the paper reported.

“I conspired and agreed with others to murder Fred Weiss to prevent him from cooperating with the government,” Watts told Federal District Judge Colleen McMahon, according to the Daily News.

The Daily News reported that Watts had put together a team of killers to take Weiss out. The paper reported that one hit team failed but another team didn’t the very next day.

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Acting Genovese Capo Pleads to Plotting to Kill Hitman for Russian Mob

hitman-gun1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The acting capo of the Genovese organized crime family pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in New York to taking part in a conspiracy to commit murder of a hitman for the Russian mob, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Authorities say that Anthony Palumbo, a soldier and Acting Capo in the Genovese Organized Crime Family and operated crews in Brooklyn and New Jersey and oversaw various rackets including including gambling, loansharking and extortion.

Around 1990, when capo Daniel Pagano went to prison, Palumbo was placed in charge of overseeing the Genovese Crime Family’s interests in an illegal mob cartel, which extorted petroleum companies affiliated with the Russian mob.

The Russian mob ran a fraudulent motor fuel bootlegging scheme, in which the petroleum companies evaded the payment of federal and state motor fuel excise taxes, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The Genovese and other Organized Crime Families extorted a share of the illegal proceeds, authorities charged.

In about late 1992 or early 1993, a member of the Russian mob asked Palumbo to murder a hitman who worked for him.

Palumbo and his co-conspirators agreed to murder the Russian hitman, but Genovese Crime Family’s higher ups refused to authorize the murder, and the Russian hitman never was killed, authorities said.