Anthony Gaspipe Casso

  • This is the story of two highly-decorated New York Police Department (NYPD) named Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa who were sucked into a miasma of corruption that appeared to center on the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice. These two policemen became the apparent fall guys to cover up the activities of a high-ranking FBI Agent who was on the one hand responsible for the arrest and conviction of 15 Mafia leaders and numerous “made-men” including John Gotti, Jr., but on the other hand may have been a long-time informant to the Lucchese family.

    The FBI seems to have used Eppolito and Caracappa because they were tangentially related to Mafia activities. This allegedly compromised FBI agent had to be protected by all means possible or his convictions would unravel. This conspiracy of silence and corruption of justice went so far as to compromise national security during the 1990s as Islamic terrorist activities became more brutal.

    We have created this website and its podcasts to seek to unravel why these two detectives were targeted and ultimately took a fall and even more importantly, why the FBI abrogated their responsibilities to collect as much information as possible about potential terrorist threats all to seemingly protect one agent.

    Cover-ups And Conspiracies

    • Who were Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa? How did they become known in the press as “The Mafia Cops?” Read about their story here.

    • Was a special agent for the FBI named Ron Lindley DeVecchio possibly compromised by the Mafia as far back as 1980? Listen to each Podcast and hear the case for such corruption build.

    • How did the Mafia wars and increasing conversion of high-level mobsters into FBI informants as well as the resulting increasing success of the Feds in arrest and conviction of the leaders of organized crime affect why Eppolito and Caracappa were arrested and indicted under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)? Read about what can be seen as a tight ball of string involving not only organized crime internal violence, increased drug trafficking, FBI arrest and conviction success as well as hidden internal corruption but the growth of international Islamist terrorism all handled badly by the Feds as they strove to protect their own.

    • In the middle of Mafia wars, FBI arrests, internal NYPD and FBI corruption probes and increasing Islamist violence, there was one central name that keeps cropping up: Anthony “Gas Pipe” Casso. Who was he and how did he figure in both The Mafia Cops’ incident and the FBI’s treatment of prior knowledge they had about terrorist plots such as TWA Flight 800, The Bojinka Plot and the Oklahoma City bombing? Read about Casso here.

    • In 1997, R. Lin DeVecchio was investigated for his relationship with Scarpa Sr. during a two-year internal probe within the FBI but was not indicted. Because of his inclusion in this investigation, it appears DeVecchio felt that his reputation was sullied and he retired. In 2006, at the same time that Eppolito and Caracappa were on trial under the RICO act, Agent R. Lin DeVecchio was indicted on four counts of second-degree murder. The indictment was overturned on a technicality and all charges were dropped. Read about R. Lin DeVecchio’s career as a Mafia informant as well as an FBI hero here.

    • The Mafia Cops’ RICO-based entrapment happened 11 years after the main FBI arrests and convictions that almost destroyed the Gambino and Colombo Crime families in 1993 and 1994. Why were they arrested so long after their alleged criminal behavior; and after they had retired from the NYPD and moved to Las Vegas where they had no connections with the Lucchese family or Anthony Casso? Read about the RICO act and its clause that defines what exactly a “pattern of racketeering activity” is and the statute of limitations on such behavior.

    • The Mafia Cops Trial was a media circus and subsequent research has uncovered how deeply the judge and defense attorneys were involved in also protecting the reputation of R. Lin DeVeccho for their own reasons. Both the judge and defense attorneys were involved in the Victor Orena appeal trial that stemmed from the 1997 FBI internal probe and the questions about DeVecchio’s integrity that were raised. In addition, the judge seemed to be prejudiced against Eppolito, Caracappa and Anthony Casso (who had written a confessional letter that was revealed the day defense rested) as he called them co-conspirators. Read about how Judge Weinstein’s refusal to allow Casso to testifymay allow a new appeal trial under a legal precedent called “Structural Error.”

    Why Build A Website and Podcast At This Late Date?

    Louis Eppolito’s case is currently under review at the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Brooklyn, New York. This is his last opportunity for exoneration and release from prison. This website and related public petition presents the detective’s case and the very complex way it is linked not only to organized crime but more importantly to the activities of Islamic terrorists as well as the malfeasance of the FBI. We hope to convince the 9th Circuit to reconsider Eppolito’s case based on the alleged conspiracy of silence perpetrated by the FBI as well as how the Department of Justice may have been pressured or prejudiced against Eppolito and Caracappa so deeply as to have caused a mistrial in 2005.

    When you have finished reading and learning about the Mafia Cop Conspiracy, please sign the petition requesting the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to re-open Eppolito’s case in a new trial. You can find the petition here.

  • Alphonse "Little AlD'Arco (July 28, 1932 – c. March 2019), also known as "The Professor", was a New York mobster who became the acting boss of the Lucchese crime family. He was the first boss, acting or otherwise, of a New York crime family to become a government witness.

  • Jack Bertrand Weinstein (born August 10, 1921) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. As of August 2018, he continues to maintain a full docket.

    Weinstein was born on August 10, 1921,[1] into a Jewish family living temporarily in Wichita, Kansas, and was raised partly in Brooklyn, New York.[2] He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1943.[3] During World War II he served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. His duties included serving as deck officer on board the submarine USS Jallao, where he also ran the radar equipment.[4] He graduated from Columbia Law School with a Bachelor of Laws in 1948.[3]

  • The coverup of criminal behavior by the Department of Justice and its FBI leads to the entrapment of NYPD detectives Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa.

  •  In 2006, Dan Gordon, an award-winning screenwriter and producer, was writing the screenplay to a Universal Pictures proposed film based on Lou Eppolito's book, Mafia Cop: The Story Of An Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob.When he read in the papers that Louis Eppolito and his partner, Stephen Caracappa, far from being heroes, had been arrested for supposedly selling secrets and becoming hit men for the mob, he asked Universal Studios if he could cover the RICO trial of two NYPD Detectives, Louis Eppolito, and Stephen Caracappa as research and they heartily agreed. During the trial, it became clear that Eppolito did not believe his defense attorneys were acting in his best interests.

    The news media dubbed the two NYPD Detectives the "Mafia Cops" and it was a sensational trial that on the surface looked like Eppolito and Caracappa not only took bribes to deliver information to the Lucchese Crime Family but also acted as hitmen for the mob.

    The trial hinged on the testimony of a small-time criminal, Burton Kaplan who said he was a go-between ferrying information and payoffs between the two detectives and Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso.

  • At the end of the Mafia Cops trial, two events had simultaneously occurred:

    1. R. Lindley DeVecchio, lead agent for the FBI Colombo Family Crime Squad was accused of assisting in four murders and of allegedly being an informant for Gregory Scarpa, Sr. of the Colombo Crime Family.
    2. The prosecution did a document dump where two letters from Anthony Casso were discovered in which he confessed to the killing of at least one of the mobsters pinned on The Mafia Cops, exonerated them of the rest, and alleged that his crime family informant was a lead agent for the FBI.
  • On the last day of the trial just before the prosecution was called to sum up their case, Judge Weinstein ordered that Casso be called to speak about the details of his letters. This occurred on March 30, 2006, The transcript of this telephone conversation is attached below.

  • Hello, welcome to the Mafia Cop Conspiracy Podcast, Episode Six. My name is Dan Gordon. I’m a screenwriter by trade. I’ve done such movies as “The Hurricane” starring Denzel Washington, and “Wyatt Earp” with Kevin Costner, and the just-released Rambo V: Last Blood, starring Sylvester Stallone.

    But nothing I have ever written or researched in a career spanning four decades—with over twenty feature-length movies and literally hundreds of hours of television credits—could have prepared me for the labyrinth of lies, cover-ups and national tragedies which I believe are all a part of what we’ve chosen to call the Mafia Cops Conspiracy.

  • Hello, welcome to the Mafia Cop Conspiracy Podcast, episode seven. My name is Dan Gordon, and I’m a screenwriter by trade. I’ve done movies such as The Hurricane starring Denzel Washington, Wyatt Earp starring Kevin Costner, and the newly-released Rambo V: Last Blood, starring Sylvester Stallone.

    But nothing I had ever written nor researched in a career spanning four decades—with over twenty feature-length movies and literally hundreds of hours of television credits—could have prepared me for the labyrinth of lies, cover-ups and national tragedies which I believe were all a part of what we’ve chosen to call the Mafia Cop Conspiracy.

    In the last episode, I described how around 1995 a perfect storm was growing which I believe threw the Justice Department and the FBI into panic mode.

  • By now, you are aware — because you’ve heard it every day on the news, depending upon which news channel or station you subscribe to — that, either: the President of the United States is guilty of colluding with Russia, obstructing justice, suborning perjury, scapegoating legitimate law enforcement officers to cover-up his own crimes and those of his associates; or Hillary Clinton was guilty of similar crimes, and the Justice Department covered up for her, suborned perjury, falsified documents, misused the courts and engaged in a massive, corrosive cover-up, attempting a coup against a sitting President.

    One of those two scenarios you now know is true — or perhaps both are. Regardless of which side of the political fence you’re on, you now know that the United States Government is not only capable of misusing the FBI and the Department of Justice against innocent individuals, but that many innocent people are in prison, not because of crimes they committed, but because the U.S. Government needed a scapegoat to cover-up its own crimes.

  • Vittorio "Little Vic" Amuso (born 1934 Canarsie, Brooklyn) is a New York mobster and boss of the Lucchese crime family. He was described as a "Deadly Don" by Assistant United States Attorney Charles Rose.[1] Amuso's reign is credited to one of the most bloodiest periods in American Mafia history during the late 1980s and early 1990s, alongside his former underboss and close protégé Anthony Casso, who turned informer against him in 1994. Since the death of Colombo crime family boss Carmine Persico in March 2019, Amuso is currently the longest-serving crime family boss of the Five Families and American Mafia, dating back to 1987. Amuso has been serving a life sentence since 1992 and is currently allocated at the Federal Correctional Institution, Cumberland, in Maryland, on murder and racketeering charges.[2]

  • The names and short biographies of the people mentioned on the website.

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A telephone conversation between Anthony Casso and the Mafia Cops' alternate attorneys where Casso exonerates the defendants.
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