• Show Notes

Breaking the “Oath of Omerta”—the mafia’s vows—can be a question of life or death. And Anthony Arillotta has an important decision to make. 

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Executive producers: Tamara Sepper, Art Chung. Senior producer and writer: Matthew Billy. Technical director: David Tatasciore. Producers: Adam Waller, Noa Azulai. Editor: Isaac Kestenbaum. Story consultant: Lissa Soep. Original score composed by Nat Weiner.


  • Indictment of Anthony Arillotta, Southern District of New York
  • “U.S. Attorney Charges Former Acting Boss Of Genovese Organized Crime Family For 2003 Murder, And Five Others For Racketeering Crimes,” U.S. Department of Justice Press Release, 2/17/2010
  • “Alleged mobster shot to death at social club,” South Coast Today, 11/24/2003
  • “Fugitive in FBI custody shot,” Tampa Bay Times, 8/22/2004
  • “Reputed mob head Anthony Arillotta arrested at his home in connection with 2003 murder of crime boss Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno in Springfield,” MassLive, 2/17/2010
  • “New York gangster John Bologna was FBI informant for nearly two decades in midst of the Al Bruno murder plot,” MassLive, 5/6/2013
  • Stephanie Barry, MassLive