New York mob hitman escapes federal custody, officials say

It was not until 1992 that he admitted to these crimes, according to The Buffalo News, which said all three victims were “alleged insurgent mob members.” Intriguingly, Mr. Taddeo also confessed to the attempted murder of Thomas Marotta, a Rochester Mafia leader, in which he twice – yes, twice – tried and failed to kill him by shooting him. These murders and attempts resulted in racketeering convictions and a long prison sentence.

From the 1960s to the 1980s, as Rochester began to shrink, the mob thrived in this Lake Ontario town, populated by characters – and sometimes bodies – with names and nicknames like John “Johnny Flowers” Fiorino, Vincent “Jimmy the Hammer” Massaro and Rene “the painter” Piccarreto.

Gary Jenkins, a former police mob investigator in Kansas City, Missouri, and host of “Gangland Wire,” a mob-oriented podcast that recently featured a section on Mr. Taddeo, says smaller towns like Rochester have often been subservient to larger operations in larger cities.

In western New York, that meant Buffalo, where federal and local government fought the Magaddino crime family for decades. Mr. Taddeo’s arrest was featured in an online story from the Buffalo FBI office.

And while Mr Jenkins said Mr Taddeo is a relatively minor figure within the national mafia, he nonetheless described him as “one of the Rochester family’s most vicious hitmen” and one who may be difficult to track down.

“If you look back, he’s thinking big,” Mr. Jenkins said, recalling that Mr. Taddeo’s gun possession arrest in the late 1980s was related to what federal prosecutors believed was a conspiracy to break a Colombian drug lord from an Illinois jail to free . “I could be wrong, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was gone long.”

This week’s escape wasn’t even Mr. Taddeo’s first such illicit excursion: after being released on bail in 1987 for other crimes, Mr. Taddeo went on the run for two years before being arrested again. New York mob hitman escapes federal custody, officials say

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