Friday, December 21, 2007

Mafia Boss Tries Witchcraft to Thwart Prosecutors

A federal judge Thursday unsealed a handwritten incantation that Bonanno crime boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano stashed in his shoe to put a curse on prosecutors, FBI agents and mob turncoats during his 2006 racketeering trial.

Basciano has been jailed under conditions usually reserved for terrorists because the feds suspect it was a hit list to eliminate the gangster's enemies.

Basciano's lawyers say it was merely Santeria witchcraft meant to drive away bad vibes.

The spell goes: "Before the house of the judge, three dead men look out the window, one having no tongue, the other no lungs, and the third was sick, blind and dumb."

The words are to be repeated on the way to court and inside the courtroom, an Internet gypsy book of magic says.

Basciano must have been a lousy warlock, because he was convicted of murder and racketeering.

The beleaguered mafioso got a break from his stifling confinement yesterday after Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis ordered the government to allow Basciano to spend one hour in the courthouse with his mistress and their 6-year-old son - under the supervision of FBI agents.Charles Tyrwhitt

Thanks to John Marzulli

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