New York

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
4
The company which distributes most pornographic books, films, magazines, and sexual paraphernalia nationally is Star Distributing Company which is located in Manhattan and is allegedly owned by Samuel DeCavalcante, Boss of the LCN DeCavalcante. Robert DiBernardo, mentioned earlier as DeCavalcante's West Coast representative, is the main stockholder of the company, having taken over the operation when its president, Theodore Rothstein, was convicted for obscenity. He became the main financier and-Vice President. Star Distributors is now considered a multimillion dollar conglomerate that controls bookstores, movie theaters, and publishing houses spreading into New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and Georgia. A celebrated client of Star Distributors is Leisure Time, Inc. of Cleveland, believed to be tied to Cleveland Pornographer Reuben Sturman.

LCN Gambino member Ettore DeCurtis is a behind the scenes financier of pornographic literature, films, and homosexual bars. His involvement began four years ago when he financed Edward Mishkin's Wholesale Book Corporation, at 415 East 21st Street, New York, New York, one of the nation's largest producers, manufacturers, and distributors of pornography. Authorities describe Mishkin as the pornography king in New York. He was arrested on January 5, 1977 with Ralph Borello for selling obscene films to adult bookstores. An individual working at a movie processing firm specializing in X-rated low budget films was hired by DeCurtis to pirate films when necessary. Film makers must pay DeCurtis off or their films are pirated and Wholesale Books distributes them.

Anthony Peraino and his brother Joseph, both members of the LCN Colombo, are involved in the production and distribution of hard-core films and are thought to be among the most successful of those involved. In 1975, they were convicted for conspiracy to distribute "Deep Throat." Also indicted was Gerard Damaino Productions. Director Gerard Damaino is currently doing business as Blue Berry Hill Co. and Strawberry Hill Co., 165 West 46th Street, New York, New York, and engaging in the import and export of pornographic films. Herbert Nitke went into partnership with Joseph Peraino shortly after the release of "Devil in Miss Jones" to distribute that film and "Deep Throat" together. Nitke is Presently under indictment in Memphis for his complicity in the film "Deep Throat."

Joseph Gentile, also a member of the Colombo family, finances the New York production of pornographic films using legitimate producers as fronts.

The late Joseph Brocchini, former member of the Luches, family, was a large-scale pornography seller. He controlled three pornography wholesale firms worth 1.5 million dollars a year and had leases on several of the most lucrative bookstores in Times Square. After his murder, his brother-in-law Alfred (Sonny) Scotti became his undisputed heir in these operations, Assisting him are his brother James, Ralph Borello, and Vincent Borello.

A Luchese family rival is Martin Hodas, LCN Colombo associate, who is known as the "Peep Show King" in New York City. He oversees 90% of the peep shows there. He was released in October 1976 after ten months incarceration for income tax evasion. His business was apparently not hurt by his incarceration. The machines used are owned and operated by East Coast Cinamatics, Inc., owned by Hodas. They are used in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Atlanta. His real estate firms Island Amusement Corporation or Coast Holding Corporation hold many of the leases on adult bookstores. Films shown in the machines are often produced, manufactured, or distributed by Hodas' firms Adult Films Inc. or Dynamite Films Inc. Hodas is forced to pay protection to organized crime in order to operate, but has resisted mob infiltration of his businesses.

Cosmo "Gus" Cangiano, LCN Colombo associate, is a well known high volume distributor of pornography, especially films. In 1972, he was convicted of Interstate Transportation of Obscene Matter in the Eastern District of New York and was later fined $10,000 and sentenced to three years incarceration. This was the last Federal conviction for a pornography violation in a New York Metropolitan area court.