The investigation into the 4-year old murder of Sun Cruz Casino boat
founder Konstantinos ‘Gus’ Boulis in Fort Lauderdale has begun to
reveal hidden connections between Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s
gargantuan fund-raising machine, essential to victory in the past two Presidential
elections, and a cast of underworld characters not previously thought of as
exemplifying what have come to be known as “Republican family values.”
The indictment of three men Tuesday in the Boulis "hit" exposes an
unholy alliance in Florida between the national Republican party and the Mob,
details of which were first reported in the MadCowMorningNews
three months ago (“The
Secret World of Jack Abramoff: Terrorists, Torpedoes and Republican ‘Muscle’”).
More indictments are expected soon.
The trail of suspicion leads directly to Abramoff’s doorstep: the three
names already released clearly implicate Adam Kidan, the Casino line’s
erstwhile President, in the crime, who wrote checks—duh-uh!—for
over $250,000 to one of the indicted men, Gambino goombah Anthony “Big
Tony”' Moscatiello, 67, of Howard Beach, N.Y, for no easily discernible
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Although lawyers for Abramoff and Kidan, who face trial Jan. 9 on fraud charges,
have repeatedly said neither man knows anything about Boulis' murder, since
Kidan was hand-picked by Abramoff to run the unregulated collection of a dozen
ships operating off the coast of Florida, Abramoff may even now be wondering
who it might be safe to “roll on” if and when he’s indicted
Abramoff, of course, is best known as the target of a federal investigation in
Washington into the tens of millions in fees he collected from casino-owning Indian
tribes. But the wreckage from his brief and tumultuous time as owner of the gambling
fleet threatens to overtake his Washington legal troubles.
The breathtaking scope of “Cruisegate” could make
it the biggest American political scandal since Iran Contra. Should its tawdry
details fully come to light, it might eclipse even the Watergate Scandal.
Already, the dramatis personae includes a familiar name from previous scandals:
Barry Seal, called “the ghost haunting the Whitewater investigation”
by the Wall Street Journal, who was himself murdered on orders,
according to his own lawyer's testimony, of then-Vice President George Bush.
20 years ago Seal helped set in motion, as we’ll see shortly, the chain
of events leading inexorably towards today's scandal, which we're dubbing "Cruisegate,"
illustrating the ongoing and even generational nature of what
sociologists call “state-sponsored crime.”
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Newsday reported on July 15, 2001, over four years ago: “As the Florida
detectives follow path after path, the investigation seems always to lead back
to three men: a former Long Island bagel store owner whose mother was killed
by gangsters but who strongly denies any involvement, a Howard Beach caterer
reputed to have organized crime ties and a New Jersey guy who likes to brag
he's mob boss John Gotti's nephew.”
So one big question is: why didn't the indictments come down sooner?
In any event two of the three men referenced have now been
indicted, leaving only bagel boy Adam Kidan remaining so far uncharged in the
crime. Here's a little back-story on the case...
Jack Abramoff led a group of three men who formed an ownership group that apparently
made Boulis the proverbial offer he couldn’t refuse.
They bought Sun Cruz from him, even though it wasn't for sale.
One time-honored way to get rich is to marry money. Another is to kill someone
that has it. In this case it appears that Gus Boulis, owner of the lion’s
share of the casino boats in Florida, had to die first.
The professional ‘hit’ on Boulis figured prominently in lobbyist
Jack Abramoff’s rise to power to become the GOP’s chief money man.
Adding insult to injury, after wresting control, SunCruz's new owners refused
to pay Boulis.
Then, adding injury to insult, several months after being unceremoniously muscled
out, Boulis, a 51-year-old Greek immigrant who had founded both Sun Cruz and
the popular Miami Subs chain, was shot to death at the wheel of his BMW sedan
on Feb. 6, 2001, after leaving his office.
"Everyone needs a few unregulated sources of income"
Boulis was driving his BMW down a quiet side street after an evening meeting
at his Fort Lauderdale office when a car slowed to a stop in front of him. A
second car boxed the BMW in from behind. Then a dark Mustang appeared from the
opposite direction, and as the Mustang pulled alongside its driver pumped three
hollow-point bullets into Boulis’ chest.
Florida casino gambling insider Robb Tiller, one of the fathers of the Indian
gambling industry (today another pillar of Abramoff’s empire) pointedly
referred us to the manner of the Boulis hit, stating, “Boulis was murdered
in the exact same way as Don Aronow, Bush’s other partner.”
Bush’s other partner? We didn't even have to ask it. The question hung
in the air.
“Something is really going down bad here,” Tiller continued. “Don
Aronow. Gus. Jim Shore… All tied in to Bush.”
(Jim Shore was a top executive of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the state’s
preeminent casino operators.)
In our earlier story
we asserted the belief that as the scandal embroiling House Major Domo Tom Delay
and Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff grows hotter, it will yield new revelations
about the 9.11 attack.
What does a scandal involving Indian casinos, gambling boat “cruises
to nowhere” in Florida & pay-for-play government officials have to
do with the story of 19 hijackers planning a mass murder in supposed isolation?
Hint: Atta wasn't playing blackjack.
One clue: Ringleader Mohamed Atta made a still-unexplained visit onboard one
of Abramoff’s casino boats less than a week before the attack.
A bigger clue: the man who owned the flight school favored by Atta and so many
other terrorists had his Lear jet surrounded by DEA agents brandishing submachine
guns on the runway of Orlando Executive Airport in July of 2000, the same month
Atta began "training" at his flight school.
Given the heroin trafficking backgrounds of several of the principals in the
Boulis hit, and the indisputable fact that 60% of the world's heroin comes from
Afghanistan, we believe this prediction will prove accurate.
We learned of Barry Seal’s peripheral involvement in the story while
perusing the records of the three men indicted so far. Amazingly, Seal, a long-time
CIA pilot who government prosecutors said was at one time the biggest drug smuggler
in American history, was indirectly responsible for the 1983 federal prosecution
for heroin smuggling of "Big Tony," one of the three men so far indicted
in Boulis’ death.
While the details are admittedly tangential to the Boulis assassination, they
are useful in illustrating the “secret history” of the rise to power
of “connected” individuals friendly to the current Bush Administration.
"Meat-based life forms dominate the planet."
Anthony “Big Tony” Moscatiello was one of eight Gambino associates,
including Gene Gotti, brother of John Gotti, then head of the Gambino family,
who federal prosecutors charged with operating “a massive narcotics importation
and distribution ring” that brought heroin from Southeast Asia to Florida
and New York.
At his trial the major witness against him was Alfred Dellentash Jr., a pilot
who flew marijuana from 1980 to 1981 for Gambino captain Salvatore Ruggiero.
Salvatore died young, in a suspicious Lear jet 'accident' off the coast of Savannah,
GA. in 1982 which the NTSB found puzzlingly inexplicable.
Upon his demise, his brother, Angelo Ruggiero, a close associate of John Gotti,
took over the operation. His sponsor dead, according to court documents Dellentash
then agreed to cooperate with authorities... but only after he himself
had been arrested on drug trafficking charges.
He'd gone to Barry Seal's hometown of Baton Rouge, La early in 1983 to purchase
55 kilograms of cocaine, not knowing that Seal himself at that
time was "rolling" on various and sundry individuals to wriggle out
of the major drug bust in Miami he'd been caught in.
Both Seal and Dellentash were engaged in what is known in law enforcement circles
as “working off a beef,” which is like a game of musical chairs
where the man left standing when the music stops (in this case "Big Tony")
does some hard time.
Working off a beef would have been right up the busy Dellentash's alley: When
not flying narcotics, he was managing Meat Loaf's show business career. In fact,
after a falling out, as happens in show biz, he ended up owning Meat's--Mr.
Loaf's--Connecticut mansion, Meatloaf Manor.
(Its' all true, except for the "MeatLoaf Manor" part. We don't
know what he called it, but "home" seems a little plain for an $8.1
A dunsky, sure... but not no fucking dunsky."
The men ''reported directly to a man by name of John Gotti, who was a lieutenant
or a capo in this family,” said the prosecutor, Robert P. LaRusso.
While the drug operation was being conducted, the Gambino family was headed
by Paul Castellano, who was opposed to drug dealings. ‘This family had
a prohibition,'' LaRusso told the court. “'The ultimate sanction of death
would be upon their members' heads if they dealt in drugs.”
Like the “problem” of Gus Boulis, this was a problem easily remedied,
and Castellano was shortly thereafter “sleeping with the fishes.”
Interestingly, also arrested in the heroin trafficking case was a man named
Oscar Ansourian, who was also charged with hiding a cache of weapons in the
basement at his Howard Beach home which included U.S. Army-issued rockets and
“General, meet Guido. Guido, meet Osama.”
“Big Tony” Moscatiello has one other colorful distinction worth
In taped conversations introduced at John Gotti’s various trials which
revealed Gotti's ruthless control over his crew, Gotti was memorably heard screaming
death threats at an underling for insubordination.
“Big Tony” was that unfortunate underling.
Gotti: ''Listen, I called your (expletive deleted) house five times yesterday;
now if your wife thinks you are a (expletive deleted) dunsky or if she's a (expletive
deleted) dunsky and you're gonna disregard my (expletive deleted) phone calls,
I'll blow you and that (expletive deleted) house up.''
Gotti: ''And you get your (expletive deleted) ass down here and see me tomorrow.''
Moscatiello: ''I'm gonna be there all day tomorrow.''
"The Juice Is Loose... and he's got experience, too."
Clearly, being called a “f-cking dunsky” had had a salubrious effect
on Moscatiello, who appears to have vowed to “straighten up and fly right.”
“Big Tony,” is not to be confused with another of the men arrested
on murder solicitation and conspiracy charges in the case, Anthony “Little
Tony” Ferrari, 48, of Miami Beach.
While there has as yet been no word on whether the third man indicted, 28-year-old
James “Pudgy” Fiorillo, is “Big Pudgy” or “Little
Pudgy,” we feel confident Court TV will have the answer when the case
comes to trial.
As if the case were not already redolent with unsavory associations, there
is a fourth man referenced in the indictment named Dwayne Nicholson. Nicholson
is a bouncer at The Living Room, a Miami Beach night club, which just happens
to be a favorite haunt of the world's most famous double murderer: Miami resident
O. J. Simpson.
The big question here is: What are Christian politicians doing with people
who, when they want a change of management in a company don't bother to put
up a new slate of directors, but instead call somebody named "Big Tony"
in Howard's Beach?
The answer: Flying around in the companies corporate jet to the Super Bowl
and the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach.
The Lord, apparently, helps those who help themselves.