One of the 23 Emmy Awards claimed over the years by veteran New York TV reporter Mary Murphy was for her coverage of the John Gotti trial. In other words, the Queens native is able to bring a great deal of wisdom and perspective to the topic of how organized crime activities have more recently evolved.
The spark for Murphy’s PIX 11 Investigates report was the recent acquittal of 80-year-old Vincent Asaro, a real-life inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s 1995 classic Goodfellas. In the shadow of ISIS, an organization that has horrifically picked up where Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano left off, Murphy was told that the Costra Nostra is actively engaged these days in mortgage fraud, online gambling and black-market prescription drugs:
“For the most part, the mobsters have stopped killing people,” veteran journalist and author Jerry Capeci told PIX 11 Investigates. “The mob has a rule: no more bodies in the streets.” Capeci conceived and writes for weekly online site ganglandnews.com.
Murphy leads the print side of her report with the fact that Uncle Louie G’s, an Italian ices and ice cream store that replaced an old haunt of Gotti’s – the Bergin Hunt and Fish Club on 101st Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens – is now boarded up.