This is a re-release of an interview I did last year but it must be listened to again or maybe for the first time. I was able to make contact with Michael “Mikey Scars” DiLeonardo via telephone. Michael is a relocated federal witness in WitSec or Witness Protection. Michael DiLeonardo was a real mafia legacy in that his Sicilian-born grandfather, Vincenzo DiLeonardo, was a captain in the Brooklyn faction run by Salvatore D’Aquila who was the boss of bosses at that time.
Michael DiLeonardo grew up in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn with many other future members of the New York Five Families. He got the nickname of Mikey Scars because a dog took a large chunk out of his check leaving a scar. Michael’s father nor his uncles became associated with the Mafia but his brother, Robert DiLeonardo was part of the Colombo crime family until he was murdered on the orders of the Cosa Nostra.
Michael DiLeonardo and the Gambino family
Michael DiLeonardo grew up around Paul Castellano’s Veterans and Friends Social Club and as he matured, the older guys noticed him and eventually took him into their confidence. Michael tells a riveting chronological story of his entry into a life of crime. In this first episode, he gives a detailed description of the night that Sammy the Bull Gravano presided over his induction ceremony. It seems that John Gotti Jr. was inducted the same night and John Gotti Sr. did not attend because he thought it would look bad.
Folks, this is one of the most interesting and revealing interviews I have ever done. If you want to get a peek behind the curtain of life in the Cosa Nostra in New York City, listen to Michael DiLeonardo’s interview.
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