“Don’t ever say anything you don’t want played back to you someday” – John Gotti.
Crime fighting is a team effort. That was one clear conclusion of the Kefauver hearings. Federal authorities had tremendous resources and experience, but bringing down the Mob required cooperation with state and local agencies. Armed with new laws and new technology, law enforcement built cases and convicted the worst of the Mob had to offer.
Listen to FBI recordings of real mobsters.
In 1980, at age 29, Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons was appointed special prosecutor for a Mob case that included Cleveland Mafia boss Angelo Lonardo.
Joseph Bonanno became one of the youngest bosses of a crime family at age 26. See his sawed-off shotgun on the first floor of the Museum.
Greg DePalma gave his entire crew, including undercover FBI agent Jack Garcia, these counterfeit sunglasses.
Joe Bonanno’s briefcase once held the handwritten manuscript of his autobiography, A Man of Honor. Both items are now part of the Museum collection.
Mickey Cohen wasn’t just a snappy dresser in this blue silk suit. He was also a well-connected Los Angeles mobster.
Joaquin “Jack” Garcia was an undercover FBI agent who took down Mafia capo Greg DePalma with his recordings.
The FBI had to duplicate this phone that Greg DePalma issued to undercover FBI agent Jack Garcia.
An FBI agent has to know and understand his tools. Does the light blink? Does it make noise? While undercover, Jack Garcia chose this recorder (and others) to help him secretly record conversations.
Jack Garcia went by the name Jack Falcone while he was undercover with the Gambino crime family. He used this device to record the conversations while he was undercover.