Yutes are not OK.
The seasoned New York bosses are reluctant to make men made of millennia that they care about, lack the street wisdom and ruthlessness of their predecessors – and are too obsessed with their cell phones.
The five families are afraid to hand over the reins to the new generation of mafiosi because they are softer and dumber, have grown up in the suburbs rather than the city streets – and are too attached to technology, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.
“Everything is on the phones with them,” a former Colombo family member told the newspaper.
Legal records even show that a Colombo employee completely avoids the code of confidentiality while threatening a union man with extortion collections — all in easily provable text messages, the department said.
“Hey, this is the second text that is not going to be a third,” the employee wrote according to court records.
“I’m sure it’s being frayed in crowds,” former FBI agent Richard Frankel said of the seemingly incriminating texts.
Last month, Colombo claimed consigliere Ralph DiMatteo, 66, was forced to surrender himself in a federal criminal case a day after his son tweeted a photo of him relaxing in a pool in Florida.
This fear of incompetence has led to older big bosses clinging to power and endangering the bullies, former FBI agent Scott Curtis told the WSJ.
Curtis said it was a factor in the downfall of alleged Colombo boss Andrew “Mush” Russo.
The wiseguy – who was arrested last month on charges of labor, extortion and money laundering – had micromanaged the dreaded family, even at the age of 87, according to Curtis, who investigated the family business for years.
In an FBI investigation, Russo had secretly admitted to an employee, “I can not walk away. I can not rest. ”
Detective soldiers also seemed to be aware that it was causing problems, with an alleged member being registered and pressuring Russo to be replaced, saying, “The problem is, the old man, he wanted to be boss all his life.”
It’s so bad, the future of families is now more threatened by poor management and resistance to replacing the best guys than by gang wars or rats, the WSJ said.
“That’s why you see some of these guys being arrested repeatedly,” Curtis said of the bosses.
“They need to get their hands on all these little details of the scheme,” he said, leaving many in prison and families in crisis.