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A Brooklyn tale: Mob mistress tells of complicit FBI agent

By Karyn Chenoweth Oct 30, 2007, 21:35 GMT

Mafia moll Linda Schiro gave testimony to a packed courtroom in Brooklyn with her admission that an FBI agent regularly fed her gangster boyfriend with information that was used to kill victims.

ABC News reports that the 62-year-old prosecution witness was a lover of the deceased Colombo crime family captain Gregory "The Grim Reaper" Scarpa Sr.,

Schiro was a fly on the wall witnessing "three decades" of secret mafia meetings where murders and other crimes were plotted and discussed.

Schiro told the judge that Scarpa, a government informant, supplied his FBI handler Lindley DeVecchio with "wads of cash, jewelry, and other gifts at twice-weekly meetings at her home" according to ABC.

She testified that DeVecchio either gave his approval or assisted Scarpa with information that was used by the mobster to kill four people.

Schiro told of the tale that Scarpa was paid by the FBI to coerce a Ku Klux Klansman into revealing the burial site of three slain civil rights workers in 1964.

According to Schiro, she and Scarpa flew down to Mississippi, where an FBI agent handed an inch-thick wad of money and a gun to the mobster. While she waited in their hotel room, Scarpa found the Klansman and stuck a gun in his mouth, getting him to reveal the location of the graves.

Schiro detailed the volatile 30-year relationship Scarpa had with the FBI, including his meetings with a previous FBI handler, Anthony "Nino" Volano, during the 1970s.

Sept. 25, 1984, Schiro testified that DeVecchio was told by Scarpa about a peer's snitch moll.

The FBI agent responded, "You know you have to take care of this or there'll be a problem," Schiro testified, according to ABC.

Mary Bari, described as the "stunning mistress of Colombo family underboss Alphone (Ally Boy) Persico," was lured to a bar under false pretenses, where she was shot and killed by Scarpa.

The body was dumped on the street.



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