Marlon Brando must be rolling over in his grave. Ditto Mario Puzo. The Godfather never would have stooped to this.
The true order of the universe has been snuffed. And we all thought legends were great for the long haul.
Joseph “Big Joey” Massino, who led the Bonanno crime family for nearly two decades, was a Big Cheese.
Now he’s a Big Rat.
Evolution sure as hell can be a scary thing.
Massino, once dubbed “The Last Don,” became the first mob boss in history to turn stoolie on the stand Tuesday.
He pointed the finger at his handpicked successor, Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, who is on trial in Brooklyn federal court for allegedly ordering the murder of one of their associates.
With those words, omerta, the Mafia’s famed code of silence, officially slept with the fishes.
Massino became an informant in 2004 to avoid facing the death penalty in connection with the seven murders he had been convicted of, and an eighth for which he was awaiting trial.
By the way, be wary of the meat sauce the next time you eat in an Italian restaurant.
“You need somebody to kill somebody, you need workers — it takes all kinds of meat to make a good sauce,” said Massino, who had also been a restaurateur.