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John "Boobie" Cersani

John “Boobie” Cerasani (Born 1938-Died December 2006) was a soldier in the Bonanno Crime Family. He was a member of the Sonny Black crew that was infiltrated by mob informant Joe Pistone who went by the alias: Donnie Brasco.


He was known by many as a legendary figure in Knickerbocker Village. In "Donnie Brasco," the book about his undercover work, Mr. Pistone expressed a grudging respect for the gangster’s prowess. When Dominick Napolitano (Sonny Black) became a capo, Boobie was put in his crew and became the "right-hand man to Sonny Black.

Criminal Career

During the 1970’s and early eighties, during the time when agent Pistone successfully infiltrated the Bonannos, Cerasani was involved in numerous crimes. In 1977 he beat a bank robbery rap. His criminal resume also included bank robbery, drug dealing, stock fraud, and loan-sharking.

He was also involved in the storied social club murders of three Bonanno capos, Alphonse Indelicato, Phillip Giaccone, and Dominick Trinchera, on May 5, 1981. Cerasani wasn’t one of the gunmen that killed the three capos, but was one of the conspirators and cleaning crew that disposed of the bodies.

Cerasani and other members of the Bonanno family including Benjamin Ruggierro (Lefty Guns), were indicted based on information by agent Pistone. At the trial, prosecutors played a tape recording in which wise guy "Lefty Guns" reported that Cerasani had helped dispose of the body of capo Dominick Trinchera (Big Trin), who checked in at more than 300 pounds. "I couldn't move him," Ruggiero said. "Boobie could. Trin was all cut open and bleeding. There was little pieces lying around from the shotgun [blast]. Boobie got blood all over him trying to pick him up. I couldn't believe how strong Boobie is. He don't look it. I was amazed. Boobie could move him."

Cerasani was the only defendant to win an acquittal at the 1982 racketeering trial.

In 1985, he pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy that included conspiring to rob a bank and possessing marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.

In 1994, he pleaded guilty to criminal possession of narcotics in the fifth degree. At the time he was also under investigation by the FBI because they believed he was an enforcer for the Bonanno family in a scheme to take control of a corrupt stock-brokerage house.

In 1997 Cerasani pressed his luck and tried to parlay his courtroom successes into a windfall profit by filing a libel suit against a host of entities involved in adapting "Donnie Brasco" into a movie starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. Instead of a payday, Boobie won a stinging dressing-down from the judge.


In December 2006 Cerasani died of cancer at the age of 68.

People Killed by John Cerasani

1).Alphonse Indelicato/Capo/Bonanno Crime Family/May 5th 1981/Personal/ "Sonny Red" Indelicato was murdered along with Trinchera and Giaccone to prevent them taking over the Bonanno Crime Family, his murder was part of the infamous "3 Capos Murders".

2).Dominick Trinchera/Capo/Bonanno Crime Family/May 5th 1981/Personal/ Trinchera was murdered along with Indelicato and Giaccone to prevent them taking over the Bonanno Crime Family, his murder was part of the infamous "3 Capos Murders".

3).Phillip Giaccone/Capo/Bonanno Crime Family/May 5th 1981/Personal/ Giaccone was murdered along with Indelicato and Trinchera to prevent them taking over the Bonanno Crime Family, his murder was part of the infamous "3 Capos Murders".


Made Men: The True Rise-and-fall Story of a New Jersey Mob Family, By Greg B. Smith pgs 119-122. (