Awesome Nicknames From New York's Mafia Bust
You don't mess with Benjamin 'The Claw' Castellazzo
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 21, 2011 9:41 AM CST
A mob suspect is led by an agent while being processed, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.   (AP Photo/APTN, Pool)

(Newser) – The FBI pulled off the biggest mob bust in New York history yesterday. Maybe that’ll reduce mob crime. Here’s hoping. But one thing it will definitely do is acquaint us with some of the weird, straight-out-of-the-movies nicknames New York’s mobsters are using. The Village Voice pored over the indictment looking for juicy monikers, and dug up these gems:

  • Anthony “Tony Bagels” Cavezza
  • Joseph “Junior Lollipops” Carna
  • Giovanni “Mousey” Vella
  • Vincenzo “Vinny Carwash” Frogiero
  • Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio
  • Dennis “the Beard” Delucia
  • Anthony “Firehawk” Licata
  • Benjamin “the Claw” Castellazzo
  • Anthony “Big Fat Larry” Durso

Of course, mobsters don’t always give themselves these wacky noms-de-guerre. Sometimes it’s police or the press, according to Slate. The press may have called John Gotti “Dapper Don,” but he was proud of the fact that on the street he had no nickname; if you said “John,” everyone knew who you meant.

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LetsBeReal
Jan 21, 2011 2:58 PM CST
Maybe a reality show of these guys in jail could be the next big thing for guidos everywhere
truesoy
Jan 21, 2011 2:42 PM CST
Now if only they do the same to street gangs.....(they are in many ways 'urban terrorists) but would they? 'cause they need to be eradicated for the good of society.
Aitchondo
Jan 21, 2011 11:25 AM CST
If nothing else, this is funny. How often is it funny to bust a bunch of mafia types?