Before their book of lies came out articles were written by Anastasia’s peers that he would have seen describing how John Alite was destroyed, discredited and revealed as a gigantic liar on the witness stand.
However: George Anastasia ignored them, and, quotes from two written after the Gotti trial ended in 2009 by organized crime expert Jerry Capeci who covers the mob in New York via his website GangLandNews.com are posted below.
NOTE: Anastasia must find Capeci credible as he is a longtime contributor who wrote an article for Gang Land during the 2009 Gotti trial, in interviews calls Capeci his “good friend” and described him on page 2 of Gotti’s Rules as “the dean of mob reporters in America.”
During his speech at The Mob Museum John Alite also said: “If any of you people are familiar with Jerry Capeci he’s the dean of organized crime, he understands everything in and out.” And: in an interview with John Ricciutti he called Capeci one of “the best in the business.”
When George Anastasia tells the world that he believes John Alite’s story and “the government believes it” he’s leaving out how all of the government’s witnesses who were called during the Gotti trial, by the defense, these other cooperators pulled out of witness protection who had every incentive to back up the prosecution instead all contradicted Alite’s statements leading to Alite never again being called as a trial witness.
So, really, the government does not believe his story because if they did not only would they have called John Alite at future trials but that would mean they do not believe Peter Zuccaro, Kevin McMahon, Michael Finnerty, Michael DiLeonardo and even Sammy Gravano (who was not called at the Gotti trial but almost was by the defense) whose testimonies were at odds with Alite’s. That would mean the dozens of people imprisoned by them (and others) would get appeals if not just having their guilty pleas and convictions tossed out all together.
If you find yourself interviewing George Anastasia remind him that not just the New York journalists who covered Alite’s testimony but also The Jurors who voted on it did not find Alite credible:
“For the most part almost the entire jury didn’t believe the star witness, he wasn’t credible at all.”
–Paul Peragine, Gotti Trial Juror, describing John Alite
But even so, John Alite, in trying to describe John A. Gotti as the liar actually got on stage at The Mob Museum and said: “Then he had a new story: the jurors thought that I was the, the, the most unbelievable witness there was. Another lie. If you pool the jury pool you’ll see who was convicted and who wasn’t.”
Which, again, is Amazing because John A. Gotti was not convicted by John Alite.
And, even more amazing because on page 320 of their book Anastasia quoted a December 2nd, 2009 Newsday article which said: Afterward, some jurors said they were evenly split throughout their deliberations on all counts. But they were unanimous on one point: The government’s star cooperator, admitted mob enforcer and former Gotti friend John Alite, bombed on the witness stand.
“The whole jury agreed he was the least credible,” said one juror….
Don’t get us wrong. It’s a good thing for the good guys to seek justice and prosecute mobsters for old crimes – especially murders – when they’ve gone unpunished.
But before the feds bring those cases, they should make sure they have real evidence, not what Gang Land and at least half of the New Yorkers on the jury – and by some accounts all of them – saw at trial. That is, the too good to be true testimony of John Alite, an admitted drug-dealing killer whose accounts of decades-old murder and mayhem were contradicted at almost every turn.
Again and again, Alite adopted the “he told me to do it” response used so often by turncoats these days. Government witnesses employ it to deflect particularly vicious and senseless crimes they commit away from them and onto the shoulders of the defendant.
“The whole jury agreed he was the least credible witness,” said one juror, a software manager, who told reporters outside the courthouse that Alite (right) seemed too anxious to pin everything he could on Gotti. “That was unanimous.”
“He just wasn’t credible,” said a second juror, a real estate lawyer. “He would tell a story that would be 98 per cent accurate … and then said, ‘John told me to do it.’”
An earlier version of this article was posted on 2/18/16, the day the website went live. It was edited to make it more concise on 9/9/17.