Alphonse Persico signed letter envelope set
Alphonse Persico signed letter envelope set
Joseph Alphonse, known as Little Allie Boy or just Allie Boy, is a former acting boss of the Colombo crime family from the 1980s and 1990s. He is not to be confused with his uncle of the same name, who was also a Colombo family mobster known as "Allie Boy", who died in 1989.
Persico's father is Carmine Persico, the imprisoned official boss of the Colombo family. Alphonse Persico has two brothers, Lawrence and Michael Persico. He was nicknamed "Little Allie Boy" to distinguish him from his father's older brother, who was also named Alphonse and was a caporegime (captain) in the Colombo family. Alphonse Persico was married to Teresa Persico.
Unlike some mafiosi, the young Alphonse Persico was a promising student who graduated from high school and was accepted into college at St. John's University School of Law to be a lawyer. Instead, he quit St. John's after his sophomore year, presumably to work for his father. By his early 20s, Persico was a soldier in his father's family, and by his mid-20s, Persico was reportedly a capo. Like many other mafiosi, Persico enjoyed the power and excitement of the mob life. In 1983, Persico was arrested for heroin possession, but the case was dismissed.
In 1987, Carmine Persico was sentenced to a combined 139 years in prison after being convicted in two separate trials—the Mafia Commission Trial and a separate racketeering trial involving the Colombo family's operations. Realizing that he would almost certainly die in prison, Persico was nonetheless determined to keep control of the family. To that end, he designated his brother, the original "Allie Boy," as acting boss. Less than a year later, the older Alphonse was slapped with federal loan-sharking charges, and skipped out on a $250,000 bail. Logically, Carmine Persico would have selected his son, Little Allie Boy, as acting boss. However, Alphonse had also been convicted in the "Colombo Trial" and sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. The sentencing judge, John F. Keenan, urged Alphonse to renounce his life of crime, pointing out that he would still be fairly young once he got out of prison. "You are a chump if you stay in the Colombo family," Keenan said.
With his son Alphonse in prison, Carmine Persico selected Victor Orena, the capo of his son's former crew, to be the temporary acting boss. In selecting Orena, Persico made it clear to the family that he was merely a placeholder until Alphonse was released.
In the spring of 1991, Orena decided that he wanted to run the Colombo family without the Persicos and told consigliere Carmine Sessa to call a referendum of the family capos to approve it. In response, the imprisoned Carmine Persico ordered Orena's murder. On June 20, 1991, Persico gunmen made an unsuccessful attempt to kill Orena at his home. In November 1991, after several months of negotiations, the Persico and Orena factions broke into open warfare. Still in prison, Alphonse Persico directed the campaign against Orena. On May 13, 1993, Alphonse and other family leaders were indicted on racketeering charges that included the 1992 murders of Orena loyalists John Minerva and Michael Imbergamo. By October 1993, Orena and many of his followers had been sent to prison. Carmine Persico retained control of the Colombo family. Also in 1993, Teresa Persico divorced Alphonse.
On August 8, 1994, Alphonse Persico was acquitted of the 1993 federal racketeering and murder charges due to the revelations about Colombo capo Gregory Scarpa and his relationship with the FBI. Persico was now a free man, but he did not become acting boss right away. Instead, Persico spent much of the next few years at his family home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 1996, Carmine Persico appointed Andrew Russo as acting boss. When Russo went to prison in early 1999, Alphonse Persico finally took over the acting boss job.
On January 24, 2001, Persico finished his weapons sentence and was due for release from prison in Florida. However, that same day, Persico was transported back to New York, where prosecutors indicted him on loansharking charges.
The government also suspected Persico in the Cutolo murder and was starting to build a case against him. Persico was held without bail. On December 20, 2001, Persico pleaded guilty to federal racketeering, loan-sharking and money-laundering charges from 1999 and 2001. As part of the plea, Persico was forced to publicly acknowledge his role as acting boss of the Colombo family. The judge sentenced Persico to 13 years in federal prison.
On October 14, 2004, Persico was finally indicted in New York for the Cutolo murder. However, on November 3, 2006, the judge declared a mistrial due to allegations that Cutolo's wife Marguerite had lied under oath. In the second trial, on December 28, 2007, Persico and DeRoss were convicted of murder in aid of racketeering and witness tampering On February 27, 2009, Persico was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the Cutolo murder.
The envelope has a return address sticker. The letter is handwritten and is signed, Allie.