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Nov 17 - Purple Gang mobster known for running 1980s drug trade shot dead


 Nov 17 - Purple Gang mobster known for running 1980s drug trade shot dead
topic by Richie Aprile - 11-17-2013, 04:20 AM - Boxden > BX Daily Bugle - news and headlines


He was a violent thug who terrorized The Bronx and Harlem for decades, doing the Mafia’s bidding as he held an iron grip on a lucrative drug trade.
But now, a man sources described as one of the city’s most dangerous criminals, is dead.
Mobster Michael Meldish was found in his Lincoln LS on Ellsworth Avenue in The Bronx at 10:30 p.m. Friday with a gunshot wound to the head, police said.
Meldish, 62, once led the notorious Purple Gang, running drugs in The Bronx and Harlem while also doing jobs for the Luchese and Genovese crime families.
His older brother Joe is believed to be responsible for up to 40 homicides.
“We always suspected him and his brother of numerous homicides; We could never pin it on him,” a law-enforcement source said of the younger Meldish.
Another police source said: “He was one of the most feared people in the city.”
Michael Meldish had a lengthy rap sheet including charges for a$sault, riot, smuggling and firearms possession, according to police.
Investigators believe Meldish may have been the target of a hit or may have finally suffered retribution for his years of violence.




Purple Gang mobster known for running 1980s drug trade shot dead: police | New York Post


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 11-17-2013, 08:16 AMonline - #2
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Damn why did the article have to throw so much dirt on the man this might of been a simple car jacking gone wrong and had nothing to do with his alleged past why even bring up 40 murks he was never convicted for. If the man was so violent why only the a$sault charge nypd sure will throw dirt on a good man when there down RIP. To the OG

And OP where's your source

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 11-17-2013, 10:22 AMaway - #3
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Originally Posted by sincere
Damn why did the article have to throw so much dirt on the man this might of been a simple car jacking gone wrong and had nothing to do with his alleged past why even bring up 40 murks he was never convicted for. If the man was so violent why only the a$sault charge nypd sure will throw dirt on a good man when there down RIP. To the OG

And OP where's your source
 11-17-2013, 02:17 PMaway - #5
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thought this was bout dipset purple gang
 11-17-2013, 02:42 PMaway - #6
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The purple gang was originally from Detroit. Al Capone didn't even try to !! with them because they were so bad a$s. This dude wasn't in the real purple gang.
 11-17-2013, 02:44 PMaway - #7
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i knew it wasn't dipset when I saw 1980s
 11-17-2013, 03:57 PMaway - #8
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Originally Posted by sincere
Damn why did the article have to throw so much dirt on the man this might of been a simple car jacking gone wrong and had nothing to do with his alleged past why even bring up 40 murks he was never convicted for. If the man was so violent why only the a$sault charge nypd sure will throw dirt on a good man when there down RIP. To the OG

And OP where's your source

 11-17-2013, 04:12 PMaway - #9
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Originally Posted by [MK]
The purple gang was originally from Detroit. Al Capone didn't even try to !! with them because they were so bad a$s. This dude wasn't in the real purple gang.

Granted he was not a member of the 1920's Purple Gang....

This guy was mob connected backed by both The Genovese, Bonnano & Luchesse Crime Families..

The Genovese Family was once ran by such legendary bosses such as Lucky Luciano, Frank Castello, Fat Tony Salerno (rumored to have ordered the Jimmy Hoffa hit) and Vincent "The Chin" Gigante (who tried to blow up John Gotti after he k!lled Castellano without permission)


East Harlem Purple Gang

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The East Harlem Purple Gang was a semi-independent group of Italian American hit-men and heroin dealers who according to Federal prosecutors dominated heroin distribution in East Harlem and the Bronx during the late 1970s in New York City. The gang was originally affiliated with the Lucchese crime family and later with the Bonanno crime family and Genovese crime family, and its remnants are now part of the 116th Street Crew.[1] They allegedly named their group the 'Purple Gang' as a tribute to a Prohibition Era gang (Purple Gang) that terrorized Detroit 50 years earlier.[2]

Membership in the group was restricted to Italian Americans who grew up on Pleasant Avenue[2] between 114th and 120th streets, just east of 1st avenue, also known as Italian Harlem.[3]
In 1977, at the peak of its strength, The Purple Gang had 30 members according to police reports and 80 a$sociates.[2] After the arrest of Leroy Barnes, the top heroin dealer in Harlem, the Purple Gang began supplying heroin to his network of African-American dealers in Harlem at $75,000 per kilogram.

In 1977, law enforcement claimed that the Purple Gang committed at least 17 homicides, some on behalf of 'organized crime principals'.[2]

Law enforcement speculated that during the late 1970s, the Purple Gang developed a relationship with Nicaraguan drug dealers, trading firearms for drugs.[2]

The Purple Gang disintegrated during the late 1970s and was absorbed into the current 116th Street Crew. Some members were invited to join the Mafia and became made men, including Angelo Prisco and Daniel Leo[4] who became the acting boss of the Genovese crime family in 2005.

Pleasant Avenue, a six-block stretch in East Harlem is one of the most famous incubators of the Italian Mafia in New York City. Anthony 'Fat Tony' Salerno, ran the Genovese crime family from Pleasant Avenue. Rao's, an exclusive restaurant in New York, is located here. In the 1960s and 1970s, Pleasant Avenue was so protected by the mob that residents did not lock their doors.[3]
Locals still recall such colorful characters as Eddie the Butcher, whose meat shop on 119th st supposedly didn't sell a single piece of meat in 40 years and Charlie Ding-Ding's candy shop on 118th st was a casino by night.[3]

Anthony Loria Sr., longtime partner of Vincent Papa who masterminded the "Who Stole The French Connection" corruption scandal was born and raised on Pleasant Avenue. This scheme involved corrupt NYPD and law officials that allowed the drug lords to steal an estimated 70 million dollars of narcotics from the NYPD property room at 400 Broome Street in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The total scope of the scandal is still not known and many questions linger on how exactly it happened.

In popular culture[edit]

In The Godfather movie, Sonny Corleone beat up Carlo on Pleasant Avenue.
In Carlito's Way the Purple Gang was referred to as the 'Pleasant Avenue Crew'.
In Analyze That Robert De Niro recalled growing up with the Purple gang.
The Purple Gang was also the subject of books "The Pleasant Avenue Connection" (Harper & Row, 1976) and "Blue Domino" (Putnam, 1978).

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 11-17-2013, 08:05 PMaway - #10
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Originally Posted by sincere
Damn why did the article have to throw so much dirt on the man this might of been a simple car jacking gone wrong and had nothing to do with his alleged past why even bring up 40 murks he was never convicted for. If the man was so violent why only the a$sault charge nypd sure will throw dirt on a good man when there down RIP. To the OG

And OP where's your source
i was actually going to get into some personal !! about this last night/ this morning when i posted it but fell asleep. (Warning - long read) ....I actually knew this man and his family quite well, and you are right, while he most definitely did his dirt he is nowhere NEAR the ruthless heartless criminal he's being portrayed as in this article. His brother, on the other hand, complete different story. Back in the early 90's my father used to manage a bar called 'the celtic' on castle hill & westchester in the bronx that was a known mob hangout (i was only like 8 or 9 at the time so had no idea). anyway, this dude was a regular and was honestly one of the most genuinely nice people i remember meeting during that time. every time i saw him he would give me at least 20 dollars or more and encourage me to do good in school, etc. i remember one time my pops got stuck with having to take me to work with him one night (usually, i would only go for bbqs/parties that they threw) and at some point in the night i literally fell asleep at the bar sitting in a stool. next thing i know i wake up laying on a pool table in the back with a pillow and blaket.. i found out the next day that Meldish basically walked up to whoever was playing pool at the time (supposedly with money on the line) and said something like "playtimes over guys", cleared all their balls off the table, cut the lights and made someone bring out a pillow and blanket from the back for me . Unfortunately the bar got raided and shut down shortly after that for running slots in the back and we completely lost touch with them. I didn't actually find out who Meldish and some of these dudes were until YEARS later, and by then they were all pretty much a memory to me. Over the years i would occasionally search for his name (and a few others i won't mention) on google to see if any arrest reports/etc came up, and would never find much of anything. Anyway, fast-forward to present, last night i get a call from my uncle at like 5:45 am and he tells me "i just heard Meldish got k!lled" and asked me to let him know if i found any news confirming it.. Low and behold, i found this on the FRONT PAGE of the !!ing POST

Now i finally realize why the post gets !!ted on so much on this forum First of all, I'm about 98.9% sure Joe is the YOUNGER brother, and he's the one that was the stone cold k!ller that nobody wanted to !! with. Michael was the shot-caller and business mind of pleasant ave but was never viewed among his peers as the 'ruthless k!ller with a short fuse' type. If he ordered anyone to be clipped (while it still may not justify it) it was probably other mobsters/criminals that weren't following the rules. I highly doubt any 9-5 civilians were ever touched at this man's orders. so yes, don't believe all the !! you read keep in mind newspapers are a business and their "journalists" are more than willing to bend the truth however they see fit for the sake of making their article more compelling.

Anyway.. for those of you with an interest in 'the culture', trust me when i tell you this man's name rang bells to absolutely ANYONE (post-1970) you heard of. We lost the last of a dying breed today, this man truly lived his life by omertà to the very end. been doing his dirt since the early 70s and not once (until today) has his name ever been mentioned anywhere online or in the media...Thats how its done

RIP Uncle Michael

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 11-17-2013, 09:25 PMaway - #11
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...was just looking at the recent pics they have of him. Holy !! he looks absolutely nothing like i remember. back then i thought he looked like ralph krampton from the honeymooners, dude must have lost about 250-300 lbs over the years easy
 11-17-2013, 09:57 PMaway - #12
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i appreciate all the knowledge dropped in this thread.
 11-18-2013, 01:05 AMonline - #13
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Originally Posted by Delbert Mengel
Harlem kept some of the hardest !! out back then.
 11-18-2013, 07:08 AMaway - #14
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 11-18-2013, 06:34 PMaway - #15
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These guys were real gangsters. Richie Aprile we must know the same people
 11-18-2013, 07:00 PMaway - #16
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he look like he would !! somebody up

 11-18-2013, 07:17 PMaway - #17
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This article is MUCH more accurate:


THE BRONX -- The brother of an infamous hitman known for brutal Bronx gang hits and taking on hits for mob families, was found shot in the head Friday in his car, the NYPD said.

Michael Meldish, 62, who was the brother of Joseph Meldish, an infamous hitman in the Bronx's Purple Gang, was found Friday at 10:28 p.m. sitting in the driver's seat of his Lincoln LS sedan outside 1212 Ellsworth Ave, police said.

He had a single gunshot wound to the head, police said, and was declared dead at the scene.

A neighbor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity outside Meldish's East Harlem apartment, said the news of the [rip] and Meldish's brother was hard to understand.

"I'm still trying to process this," she said. "I don't know how this could have happened."

Meldish's younger brother, now 60, was convicted in 2007 for multiple counts of homicide, and is suspected of carrying out more than 70 k!llings as a trigger man for the notorious Purple Gang.

According to the NY Daily News, Michael Meldish was in on the act, too. Former NYPD Commanding Officer Joseph Coffey, of the organized crime homicide task force, told the paper he was "happy" that the older Meldish was finally dead.

Coffey led a task force that had tried to pin charges on Michael Meldish in the 80s, when he was suspected as being the leader of the Purple Gang, according to a 2011 New York Post article covering the younger's conviction.

Meldish was suspected of running a protection racket in the Edenwald area of the north Bronx, Coffey statements told the News. Coffey's comments spurred rumors that Meldish's [rip] was itself a hit, but police couldn't confirm the exact circumstances of the [rip].

Police said Michael Meldish had been arrested five times in the 1970s on various charges including a$sault and possession of a weapon, and he had other convictions throughout the 80's and 90's, according to the Daily News report. Jospeh Meldish was sentenced in 2011 to 25 years to life in prison for a muder that took place in 1999.

Yet neighbors described Meldish, who lived on 2nd Avenue near 111th Street, as a "friendly" man, willing to lend a hand and always polite.

One neighbor said that Meldish lived alone in the building, but that his son and grandson would occasionally visit there. The neighbor claimed that Meldish worked in construction, but didn't know where.

"He was always a hardworking guy," said one neighbor who asked to remain anonymous, that had known him since she was 8 years old. "Very friendly with everybody, but he was always keeping himself to himself."

Police said an investigation into the exact details of the k!lling was ongoing, and that no arrests had been made.
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Originally Posted by mikeydooodie
These guys were real gangsters. Richie Aprile we must know the same people
..i wouldn't doubt it
 11-18-2013, 08:53 PMonline - #19
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Eddie the Butcher, whose meat shop on 119th st supposedly didn't sell a single piece of meat in 40 years

Wonder what they were chopping up...
 11-19-2013, 10:25 AMaway - #20
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Originally Posted by bigscore
Granted he was not a member of the 1920's Purple Gang....

This guy was mob connected backed by both The Genovese, Bonnano & Luchesse Crime Families..

The Genovese Family was once ran by such legendary bosses such as Lucky Luciano, Frank Castello, Fat Tony Salerno (rumored to have ordered the Jimmy Hoffa hit) and Vincent "The Chin" Gigante (who tried to blow up John Gotti after he k!lled Castellano without permission)


East Harlem Purple Gang

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The East Harlem Purple Gang was a semi-independent group of Italian American hit-men and heroin dealers who according to Federal prosecutors dominated heroin distribution in East Harlem and the Bronx during the late 1970s in New York City. The gang was originally affiliated with the Lucchese crime family and later with the Bonanno crime family and Genovese crime family, and its remnants are now part of the 116th Street Crew.[1] They allegedly named their group the 'Purple Gang' as a tribute to a Prohibition Era gang (Purple Gang) that terrorized Detroit 50 years earlier.[2]

Membership in the group was restricted to Italian Americans who grew up on Pleasant Avenue[2] between 114th and 120th streets, just east of 1st avenue, also known as Italian Harlem.[3]
In 1977, at the peak of its strength, The Purple Gang had 30 members according to police reports and 80 a$sociates.[2] After the arrest of Leroy Barnes, the top heroin dealer in Harlem, the Purple Gang began supplying heroin to his network of African-American dealers in Harlem at $75,000 per kilogram.

In 1977, law enforcement claimed that the Purple Gang committed at least 17 homicides, some on behalf of 'organized crime principals'.[2]

Law enforcement speculated that during the late 1970s, the Purple Gang developed a relationship with Nicaraguan drug dealers, trading firearms for drugs.[2]

The Purple Gang disintegrated during the late 1970s and was absorbed into the current 116th Street Crew. Some members were invited to join the Mafia and became made men, including Angelo Prisco and Daniel Leo[4] who became the acting boss of the Genovese crime family in 2005.

Pleasant Avenue, a six-block stretch in East Harlem is one of the most famous incubators of the Italian Mafia in New York City. Anthony 'Fat Tony' Salerno, ran the Genovese crime family from Pleasant Avenue. Rao's, an exclusive restaurant in New York, is located here. In the 1960s and 1970s, Pleasant Avenue was so protected by the mob that residents did not lock their doors.[3]
Locals still recall such colorful characters as Eddie the Butcher, whose meat shop on 119th st supposedly didn't sell a single piece of meat in 40 years and Charlie Ding-Ding's candy shop on 118th st was a casino by night.[3]

Anthony Loria Sr., longtime partner of Vincent Papa who masterminded the "Who Stole The French Connection" corruption scandal was born and raised on Pleasant Avenue. This scheme involved corrupt NYPD and law officials that allowed the drug lords to steal an estimated 70 million dollars of narcotics from the NYPD property room at 400 Broome Street in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The total scope of the scandal is still not known and many questions linger on how exactly it happened.

In popular culture[edit]

In The Godfather movie, Sonny Corleone beat up Carlo on Pleasant Avenue.
In Carlito's Way the Purple Gang was referred to as the 'Pleasant Avenue Crew'.
In Analyze That Robert De Niro recalled growing up with the Purple gang.
The Purple Gang was also the subject of books "The Pleasant Avenue Connection" (Harper & Row, 1976) and "Blue Domino" (Putnam, 1978).

just for the record, I still dont think Fat Tony was ever really boss...........

Im inclined to believe that Chin was always running things even when they installed their ruling panel of three........
 
 


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