Colombo Crime Boss, Ex-Underboss Convicted of Murder

colombo-crime-family-wise-guysSurviving family members of the late William Cutolo can’t turn back the clock, but at least they can look to the future. On December 28, a federal jury in Central Islip, Long Island, N.Y., after an eight-week trial, convicted Alphonse “Allie Boy” Persico and John “Jackie” DeRoss, respectively, acting boss and former underboss of New York’s Colombo crime family. The pair had been accused of murdering Cutolo after his disappearance over eight years earlier. Union Corruption Update has covered the story extensively, noting that a little-known New York City union, Industrial & Production Workers Local 400, likely had served as a parking place for mob profits from a stock fraud scheme run by Persico’s now-deceased brother, Frank.


By the spring of 1999, a bloody civil war within the Colombo family was coming to a head. Jackie DeRoss recently had been released from prison for racketeering and conspiracy, having served as Read More ➡

Mistrial in Murder Case Declared for Colombo Crime Boss

colombo-crime-family-wise-guysThe Colombo crime family’s leadership is breathing a little more easily – for now. The cause for guarded celebration was a jury’s statement in Brooklyn federal court that it could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of reputed family boss Alphonse “Allie Boy” Persico and underboss John “Jackie” DeRoss. In a note to U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson, jurors said they could not break a deadlock after five days of deliberations following a five-week trial. Persico, 52, and DeRoss, 69, had been charged with ordering the 1999 murder of Colombo family underboss William “Wild Bill” Cutolo, and the attempted 2001 murder of a Colombo soldier, Joseph Campanella. Cutolo’s body was never found. 


Union corruption figures in this case. As reported here in the previous issue, Alphonse Persico is doing prison time for his role in masterminding a massive stock fraud scheme. He and various corrupt stock brokers, including Read More ➡