Usually, it was the other way around. While waiting at a light at 103rd Avenue and 91st Street in Ozone Park, gunmen shot them each three times in the head. I found nothing to substantiate that but I did find that Tommy Uva did make them drop their pants as he made his escape to the waiting Rosemarie. Tommy Uva thought he was smart. It was 8:30 a.m., and Rosemary, who was in the passenger seat, had $1,000 in cash in her handbag. Sources say Pizzonia's 1988 Christmas Eve Mafia induction was a reward for another murder, committed in June of that year, according to his racketeering indictment. The Ozone Park-based gangster is facing trial early next month for three execution-murders, all tied to the season of joy and good cheer. “We filmed in real social clubs, and [the members] were fine with it,” Fernandez says. Stating that any layperson could see that "the man is dying" and could not hurt anyone or flee, Mr. Corozzo asked a Manhattan federal judge, Lewis Kaplan, to release Ardito and permit him to spend Christmas and his last days with his family. This column and other news of organized crime will appear later today at ganglandnews.com. Emails reveal how Hunter Biden tried to cash in big on behalf of family... Biden introduced Ukraine exec to VP dad: emails, Boy killed on highway left note saying he was running away, mom says, No, 'Saved by the Bell' star Dustin Diamond did not die in prison riot, Nina Arianda as “Rosie,” and Michael Pitt as “Tommy.”. Last week, Mr. Corozzo, the attorney, said angrily that recent actions by the feds seem designed to ensure that Ardito who has lost more than 60 pounds from his "thin" 5-foot-8-inch, 160-pound frame since his arrest earlier this year will die in prison even though there is no way he will ever be able to stand trial, let alone be convicted. Released on $3 million bail, he was ordered confined to his Ozone Park home. We've received your submission. Thomas Uva got out of prison in May 1992 at the age of 28. Submission of reader comments is restricted to NY Sun sustaining members only. It tells the story of Tommy Uva and Rosie DeToma (Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda), a cash-strapped couple who decide to stick up Mafiosos in their … “From their point of view, Tommy and Rosie got their comeuppance.”. Today, Facchiano, 96, is home in Florida, ostensibly awaiting trial in New York for obstruction of justice, and for extortion in the Sunshine State. In May, the two hatched a plan: Thomas would storm into the club and order the men inside to empty their valuables. Most important, the victims were unlikely to call the police. On May 11, 2007, Dominick Pizzonia was convicted of plotting to kill the couple, but the federal jury found the government did not prove he had actually killed them. “We filmed in real social clubs, and [the members] were fine with it,” Fernandez says. On Christmas Eve 1992, he and Rosie set out in their Mercury Topaz at 8:30 a.m. Pizzonia was convicted in 2007 for participating in the murders, despite his claim that he was scaling fish with his mistress at the time. The victims and their alleged killer all lived in the same neighborhood, about half a mile from the scene of the murder, the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 103rd Avenue in Ozone Park. Your Ad Choices The killings of Rosie and Tommy are still something of a point of pride in certain New York communities. Thanks for contacting us. He and his 31-year-old wife, who worked as the getaway driver, started holding up mafia social clubs throughout New York City that were owned by the Gambino crime family and the Bonanno crime family. Late yesterday, Judge Kaplan signed an order releasing Ardito on bail. In the movie, Tommy Uva made the mob guys strip to their underwear and lay on top of each other and act like they were humping the bottom guy. https://www.nysun.com/new-york/mobster-version-of-the-christmas-spirit/45548/. Former Bonanno family underboss Sal Vitale said that he and Joseph Massino had a conversation with John Gotti Jr who told them, "we took care of it". "Yeah, two hit men, me and Chinkie, 95 years old," he said with derision to a longtime mob associate and legal mouthpiece, Peter Peluso, who was wearing a wire for the FBI. But the murder charge is believed to be the first violent crime lodged against him. She essentially blamed Buster for delaying a finding about the seriousness of his cancer by refusing to submit to tests a day earlier, on December 11. 203,075, This story has been shared 62,425 times. Rosemary was the team's daring wheelwoman, while Thomas was the bag man who collected cash from their victims with the help of an Uzi submachine gun that he brandished as he simply walked into as many as 10 unlocked clubs run by the Gambino and Bonanno crime families. “He was a kid who was obsessed with the Mafia, and she grew up in the neighborhood and knew all those guys,” says “Rob the Mob” screenwriter Jonathan Fernandez. It was on Christmas Eve in 1988 that the now 65-year-old Queens wiseguy was inducted into the mob, during the same ceremony as John "Junior" Gotti and four other lucky rookies. © 2002-2020 TWO SL LLC, New York, NY. Freddy Hot has a reputation as a well-heeled bookmaker with many gambling arrests on his rap sheet. That victim, Frank Boccia, earned the wrath of his father-in-law, mobster Anthony "Fat Andy" Ruggiano, and the entire crime family, including Junior's late father then at the apex of his five-year reign as the Dapper Don when he physically and verbally abused Fat Andy's wife while the mobster was serving time in federal prison. The couple had long been tempting fate by brazenly sticking up social clubs in Brooklyn, Queens, and Little Italy. The Uvas worked at a Manhattan collection agency and lived in Ozone Park, Queens, once the stomping ground of John Gotti.