The only other Junior I knew of was Junior Patriarca. He was the son of Raymond L.S. Patriarca the head of the New England Mafia. L.S., as Frankie Salemme referred to him, was a tough guy who ran the mob with an iron hand. No one in the mob could be murdered except with his OK. Vinnie “Jimmy the Bear” Flemmi and Joe “the Animal” Barboza met with him to get the OK to murder Teddy Deegan. There’s an FBI tape of the meeting. L.S. told them it was OK with him if they got the OK from Boston underboss Gerry Angiulo. It turned out Teddy got murdered; the Animal with Boston U.S. attorney Harrington and FBI agents Rico and Condon’s help became a government witness; he would testify against those involved in the Deegan murder. He implicated two Mafia guys who gave him the OK: Henry Tameleo and Peter Limone. They (or their heirs) would eventually get 25 million from the government.
Here’s the strange thing I’ve never figured out about the case. It seems clear the Animal lied giving evidence about the Deegan murder. The jury based on his evidence convicted 6 people: Tameleo, Limone, Ron Cassesso, Roy French, Joe Salvati and Louis Greco. There was no evidence to show either Tameleo or Limone did not do what the Animal said they did which was to give the OK. Those were the guys who normally would give the final OK, the big bosses seeking to insulate themselves. There was some question about Greco involvement and Salvati was not involved. French and Cassesso were involved.
Now it seems to me if you are going to give 25 million to Tameleo or Limone (Salvati and Greco also got 25) you should also give it to the heirs of French and Cassesso. That was never done. It left me with the feeling that the Mafia lawyers somehow bamboozled the courts to help the Mafia guys but cared less about the others.
Well when L.S. died his son Junior took over the mob. In this case the apple fell so far from the tree that it was in a different type of orchard. Junior was not a tough guy. Under him the mob started its eventually decline into oblivion. He would do time and get out from under it. Like father, unlike son.
Now another Junior pops onto the scene. Junior Trump who is as different from his father as Junior Patriarca was from L.S. But daddy wanted Junior to succeed so he holds his hand throughout his life giving him money to play with but always making sure he keeps his daddy informed about his actions. Junior is not like Ivanka who is the father’s favorite and telling from his recent tweet he is planning on having her become the first female president of the United States. He worried the Clintons would get into office and make Chelsea the first daughter of a president to be president. We’ve already had at least one son of a president who became president but like the Juniors he also fell into another orchard.
Speaking of the Clintons, what is with Trump’s ongoing attack on Hillary. He acts like the election is still going on. I don’t recall and I’ve been around a while of any other person who was elected president continually assailing his opponent after the election. Never mind president, it goes for senators and reps. You have to admit that this ongoing obsession with Hillary is not normal.
Anyway Junior meets with a Russian lawyer who promises the Russians can give him dirt on Hillary. He brings along Jared (the guy who wanted to set up secret communications with the Russians in the Russian embassy) and Manafort (the guy who tried to help Putin’s Ukrainian plant Yanokovich subvert Ukraine’s independence.) Hard to believe Trump didn’t give the OK in the same way L.S. would give the OK and keep himself one step removed.