I just read the article "This Is the Way the Mob Ends" [Scene, April 8] and enjoyed it very much. I lived in New York City most of my life and moved here to Youngstown in 1996. I don't know which is worse--1,000 mafiosi controlling more than a few things (NYC) or a couple of wiseguys controlling everything (Youngstown). Of course, that is a generalization.
I was shocked at the boarded-up old homes here in what once must have been a great place to live. Your description of Murdock Street, where Ernie Biondillo was ambushed, was right on the money. Being a mob buff, I went to Murdock Street, and while Riddle, Turnage, Willis, and Blair were a stumbling bunch of hoods, their place of ambush was one that Murder Inc. would have been proud of.
I've only been here three years, but one of the things I don't like is that people and politicians here tend to blame the mob for everything. You made the excellent point that the mob or organized crime couldn't achieve its goals without corrupt politicians and people willing to look the other way. People around here don't seem to want to believe it.
Anyway, I just wanted to say I enjoyed the article and thought it was fairly written. The one thing you erred in is that Biondillo was murdered on June 3, 1996 not August 3.
More "Hits" Than Any Other Site
Someone just sent me the excellent story on the Youngstown Mob, which parallels the two stories I have at AmericanMafia.com, "One Degree of Separation: Congressman James Traficant and the Murder of Mobster Charlie Carabbia" and "Christmas in Murdertown," about the shooting of Paul Gains and the plight of Gwinnett County, Georgia, District Attorney Danny Porter.
It's nice to know I'm not a "cult of one" on this story, and I wish Mike Tobin all the best in future investigations.
J.R. de Szigethy
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Is This Mike On?
The article on the Youngstown mob was excellent. I found Mike Tobin's research on the subject to be top-notch and well-scripted. It is a fine piece of journalism for Scene.
Paul M. Hayward
Rank and File
Just a quickie to let you know that Mike Tobin's story was well-researched and very informative. Being a Mafia buff myself--with some knowledge from reading more than thirty books in the last two years, along with articles, videos, and websites--I found his article very enjoyable and will file it along with my other information about La Cosa Nostra.
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Scene Loses Custody Battle
Regarding Robert Cleary's letter ["Tone It Down for the Kids," April 8], it's good that he can see that he is not forced to read these ads, but, as for children, no one is making them read them either. Maybe, just maybe, parents should be a little more involved in their children's lives and what they read. It is not Scene's job to parent the youth.
Maybe if parents all over this country would learn to be parents, we might not have to live in a world with children who are violent, destructive, and irresponsible. I'll make it real simple, in case some people still don't get it: If you spend time with your children, educate them, and instill values in them, you just might have decent human beings on your hands. Neither Scene nor any other media source is responsible for raising your child--you are responsible.
Where the Helios Is This Show?
What happened to the Helios Creed show that you previously had listed for the Euclid Tavern on May 8? If it was canceled/postponed, it would be nice if you would mention that on your listings somewhere.
P.S. I liked the homepage format you had last year better than this one. I find it hard to tell where to go to find what I'm looking for now.
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Editor's note: Due to space restrictions, "Early Warning" entries in the concert listings occasionally end up on the cutting room floor. But we agree--cutting the Helios Creed show was totally unacceptable. The employee responsible has been severely chastised, and promises to call soon and tell you where to go.
Clevo Still Rocks, Writer Alleges
Both my wife and I were born and raised in Cleveland and left the area soon after college to move to South Florida. We were so used to Scene and the great Cleveland area music scene that we took it for granted. No city in Florida could be compared to the wealth of talent and diversity in regard to the original music scene.
We always grabbed a copy of Scene every time we visited--even though we became homesick and jealous every time we read about the current music scene in Northeast Ohio! After twelve years in Florida, we moved to North Carolina. We love living here, but no place in America can begin to come close to what Cleveland has to offer in regard to music. Thanks for being online for us and others who left behind a great publication and a great musical city.
Brian and Bonnie Cole
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