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Westies #942830
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Does anyone know what happened to the remaining members of the westies? Did they join up with other irishmen and form a small crew or did they start workin for lcn?

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They still here and in 2012 their boss Bakun was arrested because used his jet for smuggle marijuana.This a list of alleged westies members from blackhand.Consider that sons and other parents of the members could be involved in the gang.

http://theblackhand.club/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=714



1.William "Billy" Bokun (1974-Pr) A lieutenant, imprisoned in 1988, released in 2001, reported to be still active.
2.John "Little Jackie" Coonan III. (1993-Pr) John Bokun's second-in-command, son of John Coonan and nephew of Jimmy Coonan, reported to be still active.
3. Jason Coonan (1995-Pr) A soldier, son of John Coonan and nephew of Jimmy Coonan, reported to be still active.
4.John Bokun (1995-Pr) Current boss, nephew of William Bokun, became boss after Bosko Randonjich was sent to prison in 1999, sent to prison for smuggling marijuana in February 2012.
5.Thomas "Tommy" Collins (1974-Pr) A soldier, sent to prison in 1988, released in 1997, reported to be still active.
6.John "Johnny" Halo (1974-Pr) A soldier, reported to be still active. 
7.Richard "Mugsy" Ritter (1974-Pr) A soldier, imprisoned in 1988, released in 2008, reported to be still active.
8.Kenneth "Kenny" Shannon (1982-Pr) A soldier, reported to be still active.
9.Brian Bentley (1990-Pr) A soldier, ran a burglary ring from 1990-1992, sentenced to 25 years in prison in 1992, reported to be still in prison.

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Interesting piece on Bentley...

https://www.nytimes.com/1992/11/14/nyregion/3-arrests-hit-burglary-ring-in-manhattan.html

3 Arrests Hit Burglary Ring In Manhattan
By RICHARD PEREZ-PENA


A burglary ring that victimized more than 1,000 businesses in Manhattan in the last three years has been broken up and three of its members arrested, law-enforcement officials said yesterday.

The three men admitted that the ring had committed about a burglary a day at shops and restaurants, fast-food restaurants in particular, the officials said. About 400 businesses in midtown and lower Manhattan were burglarized this year, the officials said.

"There were times when they would do three or four in an evening," said Michael G. Cherkasky, chief of the Investigations Division of the District Attorney's Office.

If the figures are accurate, the group carried out more than 3 percent of the commercial burglaries committed since the beginning of 1990 in the borough, where about 10,000 such crimes take place each year, according to the police. "I think this will have a significant impact on commercial burglaries in Manhattan," said Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. Safes With Plenty of Cash

Choosing businesses that kept large amounts of cash in safes, the group made off with sums ranging from "a couple of thousand to $50,000 to $75,000," Mr. Cherkasky said. Officials could not provide an estimate of the total amount the burglars stole.


It was not clear why law-enforcement officials were certain that they had broken the ring. District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau predicted that more arrests would be made soon, though he would not say how many and gave no hint as to the size of the ring.

The arrests came after a two-month investigation by the District Attorney's Office Detective Squad, which had put the ring under surveillance, videotaped the accused burglars breaking into the J & S Electronics store at 660 Lexington Avenue, near 57th Street, at 3 A.M. yesterday. Before they could crack its safe, the three men tripped an alarm, fled the store and were arrested by the detectives, Mr. Morgenthau said.

Mr. Morgenthau said that his office, which conducted the investigation, began developing the case two months ago, after his detectives became aware of similarities among many burglaries.

Despite the number of burglaries, the ring planned each one carefully, observing employee routines and security measures before moving in on a target, Mr. Morgenthau said. Typically, the intruders would use sledgehammers and bolt cutters to enter a business, often by knocking out a section of wall. The burglars would use electric saws with blades designed for cutting through metal to open the safe, or, when possible, would take the safe with them.

Several businesses were hit more than once, including Forbidden Planet, at 821 Broadway, near 13th Street, a shop that was victimized seven times. A partial list of the businesses, provided by the District Attorney's Office, shows that the group was especially fond of fast-food restaurants, striking several McDonald's franchises, a Burger King, a Roy Rogers, a Pizza Hut and a Dunkin Donuts. Member of the Westies

One of those arrested, Brian Bentley, 26 years old, was identified by Mr. Morgenthau as the leader of the group and a member of the Westies, a notoriously violent gang that terrorized the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan until the mid-1980's. Also apprehended were Brian Gonzalez, 18, and Carlos Diaz, 19.

Law-enforcement officials and former members of the gang have said that from the mid-1970's to the mid-1980's, the Westies, a predominantly Irish-American gang, acted as enforcers for the Gambino crime family, a role that included carrying out several murders. Law-enforcement officials have said little about the gang since 1988, when seven of its members, including its leaders, were convicted of various crimes under Federal racketeering statutes and given prison terms of up to 75 years.

When asked how much still remained of the gang, Mr. Cherkasky said: "Too much." Even if all members of the burglary ring are sent to prison, he said, "it's not the end" of the gang.

The three men in custody have been charged only with the burglaries at J & S yesterday and a break-in last week at Woolko Food Company, at 26-40 Gansevoort Street, that netted $11,000 from a store safe. Additional charges will be filed against them, officials said.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Bentley was free on bail, awaiting trial for attempted murder in a shooting that occurred last May, and for a robbery a month later. If convicted of the burglaries, Mr. Bentley, who has previous felony convictions for possession of stolen property and attempted burglary, could be deemed a persistent felony offender and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Mr. Diaz was sentenced six weeks ago to five years' probation, after being convicted of a felony drug sale. Mr. Gonzalez's criminal record consists of a single instance of drug possession when he was a minor. Both men face up to 14 years in prison for the string of burglaries.

Re: Westies [Re: furio_from_naples] #942971
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Originally Posted by furio_from_naples
They still here and in 2012 their boss Bakun was arrested because used his jet for smuggle marijuana.This a list of alleged westies members from blackhand.Consider that sons and other parents of the members could be involved in the gang.

http://theblackhand.club/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=714



1.William "Billy" Bokun (1974-Pr) A lieutenant, imprisoned in 1988, released in 2001, reported to be still active.
2.John "Little Jackie" Coonan III. (1993-Pr) John Bokun's second-in-command, son of John Coonan and nephew of Jimmy Coonan, reported to be still active.
3. Jason Coonan (1995-Pr) A soldier, son of John Coonan and nephew of Jimmy Coonan, reported to be still active.
4.John Bokun (1995-Pr) Current boss, nephew of William Bokun, became boss after Bosko Randonjich was sent to prison in 1999, sent to prison for smuggling marijuana in February 2012.
5.Thomas "Tommy" Collins (1974-Pr) A soldier, sent to prison in 1988, released in 1997, reported to be still active.
6.John "Johnny" Halo (1974-Pr) A soldier, reported to be still active. 
7.Richard "Mugsy" Ritter (1974-Pr) A soldier, imprisoned in 1988, released in 2008, reported to be still active.
8.Kenneth "Kenny" Shannon (1982-Pr) A soldier, reported to be still active.
9.Brian Bentley (1990-Pr) A soldier, ran a burglary ring from 1990-1992, sentenced to 25 years in prison in 1992, reported to be still in prison.


interesting list. does anyone know where they were centered?? there is no more hells kitchen in Manhattan and hasn't been since 80s . renamed Clinton.

Re: Westies [Re: Jeremythejew] #943024
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Originally Posted by Jeremythejew
Originally Posted by furio_from_naples
They still here and in 2012 their boss Bakun was arrested because used his jet for smuggle marijuana.This a list of alleged westies members from blackhand.Consider that sons and other parents of the members could be involved in the gang.

http://theblackhand.club/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=714



1.William "Billy" Bokun (1974-Pr) A lieutenant, imprisoned in 1988, released in 2001, reported to be still active.
2.John "Little Jackie" Coonan III. (1993-Pr) John Bokun's second-in-command, son of John Coonan and nephew of Jimmy Coonan, reported to be still active.
3. Jason Coonan (1995-Pr) A soldier, son of John Coonan and nephew of Jimmy Coonan, reported to be still active.
4.John Bokun (1995-Pr) Current boss, nephew of William Bokun, became boss after Bosko Randonjich was sent to prison in 1999, sent to prison for smuggling marijuana in February 2012.
5.Thomas "Tommy" Collins (1974-Pr) A soldier, sent to prison in 1988, released in 1997, reported to be still active.
6.John "Johnny" Halo (1974-Pr) A soldier, reported to be still active. 
7.Richard "Mugsy" Ritter (1974-Pr) A soldier, imprisoned in 1988, released in 2008, reported to be still active.
8.Kenneth "Kenny" Shannon (1982-Pr) A soldier, reported to be still active.
9.Brian Bentley (1990-Pr) A soldier, ran a burglary ring from 1990-1992, sentenced to 25 years in prison in 1992, reported to be still in prison.


interesting list. does anyone know where they were centered?? there is no more hells kitchen in Manhattan and hasn't been since 80s . renamed Clinton.


The Westies accepted othe ethnicity like the Yugo as boss so I think that hells kitchen or clinton was the base while other irish american hoods are used as a recruitment pool.

Re: Westies [Re: Slimshady] #943204
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@ SC, disappointed in you that you had to stoop to name calling. But youre the boss. Feel bad for you too now.

@ Loscalzo, your nonsense about Tampa still holds no weight and Ive been vindicated many times over.

All the best to Nickle, Bensonhurst, Cabrini, and Giacomo. Keep up the good posts in my absence

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Were the wastes overrated as a gang? They don't seem to have been that highly organized to me. I always get the impression that they were free to come and go as they pleased, with the exception of a handful closest to the leaders of the eras they covered.

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Originally Posted by jace
Were the wastes overrated as a gang? They don't seem to have been that highly organized to me. I always get the impression that they were free to come and go as they pleased, with the exception of a handful closest to the leaders of the eras they covered.

They definetly werent an organized gang BUT they were extremely dangerous. Guys like mickey featherstone and Eddie Kaminsky killed for nothing. They became affiliated with the Gambinos through roy demeo

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Originally Posted by JCrusher
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Were the wastes overrated as a gang? They don't seem to have been that highly organized to me. I always get the impression that they were free to come and go as they pleased, with the exception of a handful closest to the leaders of the eras they covered.

They definetly werent an organized gang BUT they were extremely dangerous. Guys like mickey featherstone and Eddie Kaminsky killed for nothing. They became affiliated with the Gambinos through roy demeo



Extremely dangerous is a true statement. A few like Featherstone were also fueled by drugs, making them crazier.

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Originally Posted by jace
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Were the wastes overrated as a gang? They don't seem to have been that highly organized to me. I always get the impression that they were free to come and go as they pleased, with the exception of a handful closest to the leaders of the eras they covered.

They definetly werent an organized gang BUT they were extremely dangerous. Guys like mickey featherstone and Eddie Kaminsky killed for nothing. They became affiliated with the Gambinos through roy demeo



Extremely dangerous is a true statement. A few like Featherstone were also fueled by drugs, making them crazier.

There was a incident when he was in Vietnam when he was drunk and the fellows in his platoon played a sick prank and circumcized him. That event made him go nuts

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Originally Posted by Jeremythejew
There is no more hells kitchen in Manhattan and hasn't been since 80s . renamed Clinton.


Are there still Irish pubs in the area?


"The king is dead, long live the king!"
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Originally Posted by Hollander
Originally Posted by Jeremythejew
There is no more hells kitchen in Manhattan and hasn't been since 80s . renamed Clinton.


Are there still Irish pubs in the area?


There are 1-3 old time holdouts, recently the Blarney Stone on 47th Street even became some kind of French Brassiere.......

http://gothamist.com/2015/08/28/rip_blarney_stone_pub.php

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Originally Posted by jace
Were the wastes overrated as a gang? They don't seem to have been that highly organized to me. I always get the impression that they were free to come and go as they pleased, with the exception of a handful closest to the leaders of the eras they covered.

Ya.

They had a lot of degenerates in their ranks, drug users and drunks. Things which a LCN family would not have tolerated.

Coonan was probably capable but was also a deadly psychopath, along with his sidekick Featherstone.

Billy Beatty is an interesting member to read up on, he's given interviews on documentaries in the past. He comes across as being bright and articulate, he was a good earner for them.

He despised the senseless killings, he himself even ended up on the hitlist before the Westies imploded.

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What about Kevin Kelly? Is he still alive? I know he was released from prison a while ago. John Moe is still alive and in prison. He thought he was going to die of cancer and admitted to a murder and got more prison time. Unfortunately for him he ended up beating the cancer.

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Originally Posted by Hollander
Originally Posted by Jeremythejew
There is no more hells kitchen in Manhattan and hasn't been since 80s . renamed Clinton.


Are there still Irish pubs in the area?


Rudy’s bar is still around and so is Holland bar. They are dive bars still have some old timers that go. Also, Dave’s bar gets old timers too. Landmark tavern is also there but is definitely not a dive. I believe mcquads is still there too but is closed for renovations.


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