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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Life of Mafia woman (Concluded from Front 1'agc) One o Die unwritten laws of the Mafia, however, is never to attack a man by harming his wife and children. Only if a wife has in some way broken the r u 1 c s of the Cosa Nostra herself does she have to fear for her own life. Occasionally a Mafia wife displays a drive and toughness equal to Uiat of her husband, but the Mafia is the last place a woman is likely to achieve an equal footing with a man. One Mafia wife, Constance Rastelli, came close. She was married lo Philip Rastelli, now one of the leaders of a New York Mafia family. According to Federal law en- forcement sources, Constance showed great initiative in in- volving herself in her hus- band's jobs. She would drive the getaway car during rob- beries, keep the books on gambling operations and run abortion rackets set up by her husband. At one time when her witness and ultimately won its case against the high-powered Mafiosi, who were convicted and received heavy sentences. But before they could make a case against Philip Rastclli, the irrepressible Constance was shot lo death, a victim of Ma- fia vengeance. The existence of a Mafia girl- friend is even less enviable than that of the Mafia wife. For one thing, Mafia girlfriends seem much more likely lo come to a bloody end along with their inamorata. Anthony Colombo, for example, the father of the Joseph Colombo who founded the Italian-American Civil Eights League, w a s found strangled in an automobile back-in 1938. With him was the body of a woman friend, Chris- tine Olivcri, who had also been garroted. One Mafia girlfriend, Jeanne Correll, showed such admirable presence of mind in a difficult situation that it eventually won lers of great interest to every- one in her father's Malia fam- ily. Her marriage is likely to be one arranged for political reasons to bolster the strength of the Mafia family, and she may not even know the select- ed groom. Twenty years ago, emissaries might arrange marriages be- tween '-lamilics" as far apart as Brooklyn and Detroit. In 1957 over 100 Mafia leaders from al'. over the U.S. arrived at the famous Cosa Nostra con- clave at Apaladiin, N.Y. II was raided by state troon- ers and CO of the Mafia dele- gates were stopped by police as they tried to escape. After- wards, the McClellan Senate investigating subcommittee charted t h e interrelationships, including marriages, linking Ihe gangsters, as a clue to the alliances between Mafia '-'fam Hies." Today, however, according lo 1 a w enforcement authorities, husband, one umc UHVH nusuana. jcanne was spcuujug husband was charged with rob- a weekend in Florida with her bery, she visited the key wit- ness in tte case a dozen times trying to bribe her not to testify against her husband. Her husband, however, seem- ed to prefer a less independent type of female and once, while hiding out in Canada, started living with a younger woman. When Constance found out about it, she went up to Can- ada, located her husband and beat his mistress senseless. She then told her husband that if he continued to play around she would kill him. Rastlli did not take her threat very seriously and con- tinued his wandering ways on his return to New York. One day Constance confronted him on a Brooklyn street and fired several bullets at him, hitting him twice, although she did not wound him seriously. Rastelli not surprisingly, re-, gangster boyfriend, Paul Cor- reale, when he suddenly died of a heart attack. Before doing anything else, according to police, Jeanne called two Mafia friends to come over and search Paul's still-warm body for any evi- dence that might incriminate fellow family members. Then and only then did she call an ambulance. This display of cool thinking under stress so im- pressed Jimmy Knapp, a ma- jor New York gambling figure, that Jeanne is today Mrs. Jim- my Knapp. The vast majority of Mafia )rlo more and more Mafia daugh line lcl's are meeting and marrying men outside the Mafia. One reason for this is the increased tendency of young people to travel. Another is the fact that Mafia daughters, as a rule _________________________ rhursdoy, November 18, 1971 THE IETHDRIDGE HERAID Burning cigarette used on beaten prisoners KINGSTON, Ont. (OP) A William Sbepley, 21, Windsor, t with non-capital ir.urder arc: burnirg was used to j Ont.: Harold Amour, M, j Brian Jicaucap.', London, determine "if prisoners beaten Pembroke, Out.: Edward Few- Ont.; Hrian 27, Petroha, ler, Hi, Toronto; Wayne Mc- a riot last April at Kingston peni.entiary were still alive, the non-capital murder (Jiirgin, Toronto; and Glenn Morris, 2-4, Staunton, Va. Ont.: Krnest Thcmas. Out. Bugler, 2-1, David Birt, trial of convicts was t Tuesday. A 24-year-old witness, wlio ?till is 'in prison, said James........... Oag, 23, of London, Ont., one o! i to chairs. the accused, placed a glowing I in addition, he said, Bobidou.v TKU.S The witness testified that a total of about 15 prisoners were beaten with iron bars while tied Charlotte lown: and Kdward Johnston, ''.2. Chukson, Ont. urge cigarette end against the faces and another convict whom nc JHOJ'C uf four or five convicts who had C0ukl r.ot identify pushed over just been beaien. the chairs of some victims so _.. When Oag burned Brian they fell face down on the luSS ItUJV flour. Fowler, he said, struck some PEACE RIVER Less Ensor, 20, he got no I hi? witness said. Oag's brother Donald, 20, another of tbs ac- victims on Hie nose wilh an iron (alk ?rd sent away to college. "Their fathers tend to use the college level more as a finish- ing school than as a first step to a said one Federal agent. But some daughters will go into a serious career, such as buyer for a large depart- ment store, often with a little behind-the-scenes boost from Daddy. As a Mafia daughter grows up, she is carefully trained in the niceties of being a Mafia NO RESPECTER OF AGE War brings loss and tragedy 1o old and young alike. Cambodian villagers caught be- tween Viet Cong and South Vietnamese forces battling aronud Firehose Krek are now among their country's growing thousands of refugees. action by the cuscd, then cut open Ensor's j bar and McGurgin struck them department Indian affairs pant leg, and in doing so, on the legs and knees was demanded yesterday by slashed the victim's leg. James Oag. he said, adminis- j northern vice- The 13 are charged with the (ered judo chops to the noses of president of the Indian Associa- murder of Ensor and Bertrand five or six men. i (ion of Alberta Robert, 34. i The witness said St. Amour Mr. Bellerosc told the all- Erscr's body was found by beat ore inmate on tile shoulder j chiets cunk'reiice vi northern prison officials in a cell block j wilh a wooden pickhandlc but i Alberta Indians lr.> spent four the four-day riot ended. (net was the only man he I years fighting for his country's Robert died in hospital a montu j struck. freedom and h? like to later. Previous witnesses credited see some of I hat freedom given 1 St. Amour with intervening to i to his people. follr. have at least two prisoners j The Indiars complained the j WITNESS IS SIXTH The 'vitness, serving IRA threatens year sentence for a 1970 convic- tion for robbery with violence. WES the sixth convict to be called lo give evidence. Mr Justice William Henderson has instructed that names of prison- ers or former prisoners who jm'c evidence not be made pub- lic during the trial. spared from the beatings. j departmi'nt had prepared the- CALLS IT '.NIGHTMARE1 i 11172-73 budget for Indian bands Tuesday morning, another I wi.hmit first consulting the witness. 25, tcld lawyers ques-1 chiefs. Association prc.'-idenl Harold Cardinal also criticized the de- tionirg him after testimony that j the beatings marc'1 and a were "a night- 1 "chamber of hor- partment fcr i'isiiins 5770.000 in welfare but dealing a Mafioso may make a very generous lover, he will almost never divorce his wife to marry his girlfriend. This, of course, Is a univeral tendency of the married male, but the Mafioso, ver soon dis- lvlfe- Tlie tir5t and forenlost ith qualities expected of her are fused to go back to her after especially respects the old don- that, and she threatened to talk ble standard which holds that to authorities about him and! there are good women (one's his friends. At thai point, she! wife and mother) and bad women (who ere fun to sleep with) and each must be care- fully kept in a separate niche. The old-time Mafiosi the "Mustache Petes" as they arc later told officials, she was visited by John (Big John) Ormento. a leading Mafioso who warned her against cany- ing out her threats. Undaunted and still furious at her husband, Constance went to Federal authorities and be- gan giving them valuable infor- mation. At that time the Gov- ernment was pursuing a major narcotics case involving Or- called, who were tarn in Sicily and brought the Cosa Nostra to the United States had very strict sexual codes and frowned on members having mistresses at all. Mustache Petes like Giuseppe Masseria even block- mcnto and half a dozen other ed the entry of Al Capone into major Mafia figures. Constance warned officials that the Mafia was planning to kill their key witness ar.d to prove the ac- curacy of her information she told them the address of the house in New Jersey where the witness was being held a se- cret known only to a few Gov- ernment agents. The Government saved the the Mafia for a good many years because they disapproved of the fact that he made money from prostitution. The Mafia woman who most deserves pity is the Mafia daughter. She didn't choose her life, but once she is born into the Mafia hierarchy, she finds it difficult to escape. Her love life and her virtue become mat- loyalty and silence. That she must "protect her virtue goes without saying. But even a good Mcfia wife who follows all the rules may sometimes come to grief if she makes the mistake of knowing too much. The witness, who was paroled slowly with applications for Witnesses have testified that i last August, admitting partici- economic expansion of "e- i the two dead men, along with paling in the wrecking of prison j serves, iofher so-called undesirables, j chapels during the not, but! NEXT: Organized Crime and K7arcoUcs Reprinted with permission of McGraw-Hill Book Com- pany, from the book THE MAFIA IS NOT AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOY- ER by Nichoasl Gage. Copy- right (c) 1971 by Nicholas Gage. NEW 8-CENT STAMP OTTAWA (CP) A slate-col- ored eight-cent stamp is to be issued Dec. days before the first-class letter rate rises from seven to eight cents. The new stamp shows the library of Parliament behind a portrait of Queen Elizabeth. The design was chosen in recognition of In- ternational Book Year pro- claimed for 1972 by the United Nations Economic. Social and Cultural Organization BELFAST (AP) Republican Army The Irish prime Jack Lynch, threatened today ruthless reprisals against British intelligence men whom it accused of torturing guerrilla suspects. An TEA statement, comment- ing on a British government in- quiry into interrogation meth- ods, demanded an investigation by a team of international ju- rists. It added: "Torturing by Brit- ish troops is sail going on and nothing short of a full disclosure of the truth will shock tte Brit- ish public into disowning the in- famous policy of their govern- ment. "The Irish Republican Army has compiled a list of names of those engaged in torturing. Ruthless action will be taken against them in due course.'' The British governmtnt in- quiry found that interrogation methods used on some IRA sus- pects involved physical mis- treatment. But the inquiry com- mission said this treatment fell short of systematic brutality or torture. In Dublin, the Irish Republic's said he is considering taking the issue before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. As the argument raged, the battle on Northern Ireland's streets moved into minor key. Three British soldiers were w o u n d c o by gunfire during arms searches in Belfast and Londonderry. But for the second successive night. Belfa5t had no bombings lo add to the year's total of -Meanwhile Bob Roddick, the association s lawyer. told the vere tied in a circle of chairs said: 'Tin sorry now." association s lawyer. _ told the and beaten by other convicts. He also admitted giving a chiefs a case imovmg illegal During the beatings, Tues- "thumbs-down signal" to those sale of game meat on Indian ring day's witness said, Robert Kobi- doiix, 13, of Toronto, another ac- cused, carried a fire extin- guisher around the circle and pumped some of its contents into the mouths of three or four prisoncvs. James Oag and Rohidoux were identified by the witness along with five other convicts as the rr.en who dragged the ing victims from their cells and tied them to the chairs. He said among the assaulting prisoners, meaning a reserves would be taken lo Ihe be I Sunrcn A r- ireme Court of Canada. certain convict should beaten. A recent Alberta Supreme '-i didn't mind secinff thorn i Court appeal has overruled a get punched a few times." court decision that In- said. "It was a lot different at j (Hans could sell game meat on first, than it. was al the end. j reserves. When asked by a defence law- The lower court, decision yer if he believed wrecking the would have removed the juris- chapels was less srrious than diction of provincial fish and wildlife officers en reserves. Mr. Roddick said tile appeal will be followed through be- the ether five, all i Besides the eight identified by cause important constitutional 13 accused, were i the witness, the others charged issues are involved.__________ the beatiiiBs. the witness said: "Yes. it lot less. Those are human beings, aren't RECLINA-ROCKER We invite you to come in and layti-way one of these fine chairs for Christmas delivery NOW while slock is com- plete! Ah-hHh Just like a little vacation every day! So Nice To Come Homo To Christmas After Christmas After Christmas 326 5th Slrcet Soulb Phono 327-8578 OPEN Till 9 P.M. THURS. AND FRI. 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