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Fifty years later, Marlon Brando would still have trouble landing a legitimate job

​The New York Waterfront Commission, originated in 1953 to halt the widespread corruption depicted in On the Waterfront, believes the Mafia strictly adheres to bankers’ hours. That seems to be the reason why its entire 50-person police force is scheduled to work the day shift.

While its main job is warding off corruption and ensuring fair hiring, it hasn’t exactly received hearty praise recently. A report by New York Inspector General Joseph Fisch revealed the misuse of Homeland Security funds, rigged tests to hire unqualified cops, and allowing convicted felons to get jobs, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. “Instead of ridding the waterfront of corruption, this agency itself was corrupt,” said Fisch.

And now comes word that commission police don’t even work on nights and weekends, the preferred times for guys named Giuseppe to squire away cargo containers filled with plasma televisions. But at least terrorists always operate during business hours. At least we’re pretty sure about that.

nataleeholloway.jpgIt’s hard to write about Natalee Holloway, anymore. I don’t really think the case will ever be solved. But writing about this stuff has made me pretty pessimistic in general. I hope one day my skepticism about any ‘new developments’ related to the search for Natalee is rendered unfounded.
Here’s the new stuff: Aruban prosecutors are reporting that they have a new witness who says that Joran van der Sloot confessed that he dumped Natalee Holloway at sea the night she disappeared in May, 2005. This comes on the heels of Dutch reporter Peter De Vries taping van der Sloot making similar admissions and broadcasting those hidden-camera recordings earlier this year.
This is an interesting development, yes, but Hans Mos, the Aruban prosecutor, has said that he wants more evidence if he is going to try and finally put the tall young Dutchman behind bars for good (in the Dutch system, probably 20 years, tops).
Personally I think Joran may just enjoy his bad boy rep. He is no doubt an egotist, a narcissist, maybe even an antisocial personality — but how much of his talk is just him trying to look like a badass?
Joran van der Sloot is pretty detestable, but you have to wonder if he will ever actually answer for any alleged crimes — the sex trafficking accusations that emerged over a week ago, or the disappearance of the girl from Mountain View. [ ]

nataleeholloway.jpgJoran van der Sloot, age 21, has been accused of playing a role in sex trafficking between Thailand and The Netherlands. Van der Sloot was once the prime suspect in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway from the island of Aruba in May, 2005.
The accusations against van der Sloot have been made by Dutch crime journalist Peter R. de Vries. Earlier this year the same journalist used a hidden camera to capture van der Sloot discussing Holloway’s disappearance. In that recording, van der Sloot claimed that Natalee’s body was taken out to sea and dumped after her death during a make-out session with van der Sloot on an Aruban beach.
De Vries’s new revelations are based on taped discussions van der Sloot had with someone in Bangkok. Van der Sloot, thinking he was talking with some kind of big shot in the Dutch sex industry, allegedly said he could get together travel papers for the girls, who would be told they were simply going to The Netherlands for dancing jobs.
Peter R. de Vries’s new exposé — broadcast Sunday night — also stated that van der Sloot makes about $13,000 per girl delivered into Dutch prostitution. Van der Sloot reportedly stated on camera that the sex workers make only ‘300 dollars a month.’
Morally bankrupt behavior from Joran van der Sloot? Who’da thunk it?
Anyone who followed the Holloway case must take note of this. According to De Vries, young Joran could face “big problems in Thailand.”
We can only hope. A couple of years in a Thai prison? Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. []

The 44-year-old son of the late, infamous “Dapper Don” John Gotti was arrested early Tuesday in Oyster Bay, NY. A wide-ranging investigation spanning from New York to Florida has led to charges against Gotti for federal racketeering and murder conspiracy.
The New York Times reports that five other suspects were also arrested: John A. Burke, James V. Cadicamo, David D’Arpino, Michael D. Finnerty, and Guy T. Peden. During a news conference held in Tampa, AUSA Robert O’Neill stated that all five arrestees were involved with the Gambino Family.
Gotti has done time in prison before. Beginning in 1999, he did a 5-year stint for six charges, including bribery, conspiracy to commit extortion, and loan-sharking.
The new charges against Gotti and the other alleged Gambino soldiers are connected to the murder of George Grosso in 1988, Louis DiBono, a known Gambino associate, in 1990, and Bruce Gotterup in 1991.
The 63-year-old DiBono was found dead in a parking lot at the World Trade Center in October of 1990. The 350-lb mob soldier had been ambushed as he sat in his caddy. A Port Authority spokesperson said at the time that the crime had “all the earmarks of a mob hit.”
The senior John Gotti, who passed away a couple of years ago while still in prison, was found guilty of conspiracy in the DiBono murder in 1992.
Bruce Gotterup was 36 when he was murdered on a boardwalk in Far Rockway, Queens in 1991. Stephen Newell was acquitted of Gotterup’s murder in November, 1997. []

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