How ‘Animal’ Hitman Met His Death In SF’s Sunset District

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SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – A famous East Coast mafia hitman during the deadliest mob wars of the 1960’s became the first member of the witness protection program when he moved to the Bay Area. But the move didn’t change his behavior and he ultimately met his end in San Francisco in 1976. It’s a story that’s soon to become a major motion picture.

Joe “the Animal” Barboza was a famous and feared. The nickname originated after Barboza chewed off a man’s cheek in a fit of rage.

“His stake in mob lore in America is quite significant, “ said writer Casey Sherman.

Sherman’s new crime novel traces Barboza’s violent life. He admitted to killing 26 men when he was a loan shark and a hired assassin for mob boss Raymond Patriarcha.

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Barboza bragged about this methods in this rare interview with a Boston television…

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Mob War Spreads From Canada To Italy

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A mob war for control over the drug racket in Canada which allegedly pits the Rizzuto clan from Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia against a breakaway group headed by Raynald Desjardins with support from the ‘Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia has spread to Italy as reported by Adrian Humphreys for the National Post.

Juan Ramon Fernandez, an alleged enforcer of Montreal boss Vito Rizzuto, was gunned down with Fernando Pimentel, another mob-linked man from Canada, in a planned ambush outside Palermo, Sicily, and an Italian investigator says “we are sure” that “the order to kill [them] came from Canada.”

The bullet-riddled corpses of the two men were incinerated, and authorities discovered their charred remains on Thursday pursuant to an anonymous tip.

Among those charged in the double murder is former Toronto resident Pietro Scaduto.
 

 
Italian authorities unsuccessfully searched for Fernandez in a Wednesday bust targeting reputed Sicilian…

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The Tattooed Terror, an original Hell’s Angel.

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In a late doors pub in the center of Chester, one which stays open until six in the morning, I met this man. For the price of a few beers he and his family were fine with me taking a few shots of him and publishing online. Which I’m glad about because although he is sixty nine years old at the moment I really wouldn’t want to piss this guy off. L1030893-Edit

For the sake of this article we’ll call him John, not his real name, he was known in the past as the Tattooed Terror. The name is kind of appropriate as he was covered with tattoos, everywhere but his face, even the sides of his fingers. Most of these were home made tatts, many even prison tatts.

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John was a Hell’s Angel back in the sixties in Manchester, a part of the notorious biker gang who started in California but fairly quickly spread…

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Are We Really Supposed To Believe Angelina Jolie Is A Heroine Or Something?

Yesterday Angelina Jolie announced to the world that she underwent an elective, preventative double mastectomy after learning that she was positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation that greatly increases her risk of breast and ovarian cancer. For being aware and doing what she felt was the right decision for her and her family in the face of heightened risk, I applaud her.

But all over Twitter, Facebook, and the Google News aggregate, people are harrowing her as a 21st century heroine; a pioneer in women’s health and preventative medicine. She is so brave and an inspiration to us all – blah blah blah.

Huh? Are we really supposed to believe Angelina Jolie is a heroine or something?

Jolie decided to undergo a genetic test after careful consideration that she might be at heightened risk because of her mother’s own cancer death. She had the money to spend on a test…

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The boy who lost his shoe…

 

 

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I remember being probably about 10.  That is when I was part of the militia, because when I would say it my mom would get really salty.  Now I recognize as a little PTSD.  Anyways I was always packing, by packing I mean, a sub-machine gun made out of a branch.  I was old school guerilla, because they were kind of cool.  I would run along the train tracks pretending I was going to blow the train for the resistance.   There were paths along the train tracks that were busier than the actual train tracks.  I would always enjoy finding a hobo camp.  Some times we would find needles.  Than they scared the shit out of me.  I would spend days on those tracks, sometimes you would meet people in transit and party with them.  It was always something those tracks.  I remember my first crush and interaction with a female, was this tomboy look blond girl, named Renee.  She looked a little like Jody foster, but more faminine.  She had that 70’s part your hair in the middle feathered look.  Her blond hair was like strands of gold, woven by the finest weaver.    Her face was an explosion in freckles, she had the odd missing tooth.  Her eyes were blue as the lake in summer.   We played show and tell under the platform on the granite rocks.  She was alot of fun.  We broke up when she met a kid whose bike didn’t have a flat.  Haaa haaa.  Its funny, because I remember walking into the basement and seeing her bike, being cannibalized by persons who will remain nameless.  She was a townhouse girl.  I will get into the townhouses at another point.

I can’t remember much about how I wound up with the nike trainers.  I was amazed, not a hand me down or these are school shoes.   A pair of blue body. white emblems these were the coolest!  For once I had the shit, the mick boys wouldn’t mess with me.  I remember running around with them on, and feeling like I could run faster than ever.  It was a hot summer day and we were running to the alley, where a huge tree had crashed i a back yard.  A tree down is a magnet for monkey kids.  In my neighborhood we had our monkey kids.  We climbed roofs, explored shit, always climbing things.  I remember a monkey from another tribe even wound up getting nearly electrocuted  climbing a phone tree.  The guy was seriously damaged.  The bolt shot through his shoulder, leaving a huge exit wound.  This day though, I remember walking down the middle of the tree, than I slipped, I went to catch myself by landing on my ass.   Landed find, but my foot got stuck.  I remember panicking, snot nose crying even.  I remember getting pulled out by somebody, when that happened, my foot came out and my shoe didn’t.  Oh shit, now my Ma would be mad.  Again with the snot nose crying ( my only shot ).  My brothers didn’t console me like they knew I would need if I was going to get a wuppin.  They were just quite, like a team walking off the court.  I don’t remember getting much of a beating for that, I remember the sentiment was more like, that why we can’t have nice things.

Mike Ness Writing His Autobiography

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In an interview with our L.A. sister station KROQ during last weekend’s Coachella Festival, Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness revealed that he is penning an autobiography entitled “Story Of My Life” after their famous song.

“It’s been a pain in the ass. I would never want to do it again,” he admitted. “You have to go back and revisit painful periods in your life. It’s funny that everything has been aligning itself in my personal life along with the writing of this book to where it’s like more is being revealed, and it’s not all good. It’s not all bad, but I hadn’t anticipated that. It’s not like writing songs. It’s been much more in-depth and personal.”

I decided to check Amazon, and the book is already listed with a publication date of February 11, 2014. Knowing myself, I would intend to read it, get it from the library and never…

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Dead Mine Review

BACK TO THE MOVIES!

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From “Mum & Dad” writer/director Steven Sheil comes this dark claustrophobic action-horror arriving on DVD. Fans of “Outpost” and “The Descent” won’t be disappointed.

DVD / BLU RAY RELEASE MONDAY 13th MAY 2013

Stars:

Sam Hazeldine (The Raven; Don’t Let Him In), Joe Taslim (The Raid; Fast & Furious 6), Miki Mizuno (Guilty of Romance; Kill), Ario Bayu (Macabre; Java Heat) and director Steven Sheil (Mum & Dad).

Synopsis:

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Taking refuge in an old Japanese WWII mine it quickly comes apparent that the groups treasure hunt has turned into something far more sinister, when they discover the area was used for secret medical research on P.O.W’s

When bizarre occurrences start to happen in the bunker it is revealed that…

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The Unusual Suspects – The Samurai

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Good evening all. Once again, my apologies for the rather long delay between updates. I’m still incredibly busy with work, but I’ve also been suffering from a bit of writer’s block… every time I’ve sat down to write something recently, I’ve ended up staring at the screen for an hour or so, then giving up and playing some Final Fantasy.

I’m also likely to be offline entirely for at least a few weeks through the coming month or so, due to some travel I have coming up for work. While I’ll be able to check email and so on, getting on the blog is going to be highly unlikely.

So, I’ve decided to do a quick update for The Unusual Suspects as a way of easing myself back into it and making sure I’ve at least got something done before I’m away for another month or so. I’ll try to…

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