It was a ghost he couldn’t refuse.
The paranormal message got here to him in his Long Island house simply as he was praying earlier than a photograph of his late grandparents and in search of their recommendation about whether or not he ought to turn informant, he said in a current podcast. Just at that second, Pennisi says he heard a sudden loud rattling of dishes and glasses. “Everything was shaking in the house,” Pennisi told podcaster Gary Jenkins.
That was the signal, Pennisi said, that satisfied him to turn himself into the FBI in October 2018.
In the three trials the place he has testified since turning into a authorities witness, Pennisi has by no means talked about his poltergeist-style encounter. In his sworn testimony, Pennisi has said he flipped after Luchese household leaders wrongly tagged him as a “rat.”
In the podcast, Pennisi additionally supplied dramatic new particulars on makes an attempt on his life that he believes had been ordered by his former Luchese allies. Shortly earlier than receiving the supernatural message from the Other Side, he was chased by “five or six Bloods” at a Manhattan job web site. Pennisi said the hoodlums have been laying in wait to kill him for the Lucheses.
“I couldn’t believe the level of disrespect they had stooped to,” Pennisi said. He said the Luchese clan “had started using other ethnic groups. They began using the Bloods.”
On one other event, he said, he had chased off one other group of Bloods with “a pistol in a knapsack.”
Those encounters, he said, underscored his uneasiness due to blended messages he was getting from the household’s performing boss, Michael (Big Mike) DeSantis.
Pennisi, who had lately moved, said, “I started seeing people laying around at the train stations in the new town that I lived in.”
He said that when a cousin recommended he go to the FBI, he rejected that notion. But his son recommended they “write down the pros and cons” of the choices he confronted.
“As a last resort,” said Pennisi, they wrote down the FBI. “That was the other option. It was the first time that I even thought of the government or the FBI. We had to put that down as a last resort.”
Pennisi said his son, who “lost 17 years without his father” in the course of the years Pennisi was in jail for killing a neighborhood rival, “was a nervous wreck.” Pennisi said his son “knew I was either going to go to jail for the rest of my life, get killed or I’m going to be in some type of a war with these guys and I’m on the losing end. I’m one person. And he told me, ‘I think that you should go tomorrow,’ and it was a Thursday. And I said, ‘All right.’ So he left.”
Pennisi said he felt “sick to my stomach” from Friday to Sunday and “couldn’t do it.” But on Monday morning he awoke and prayed to his grandparents who “had passed away” for steering.
“I didn’t live by a train station,” Pennisi said. “You had to walk [there].) There was no planes flying around. It wasn’t an earthquake. Gary, I swear to you, I had wine glasses and different glasses and dishes in the house. Everything was shaking in the house,” he said in a high-pitched voice, imitating the sound of glasses clicking, “bing bing bing bing bing bing.”
“I even called my mother up, and I says, ‘I want you to listen to something.’ This went on for hours. She says, ‘What is that?’ I says, ‘It’s the glasses. I prayed to Grandma and Grandpa. It’s the glasses and the dishes and the house is shaking.’ Gary, I can’t even explain it. And THAT was my sign to go.”
Two attorneys who signify defendants in opposition to whom Pennisi testified said they need to have been in a position to ask him about his unusual encounters with the good past in entrance of a jury.
“It is simply inexcusable that the defense was never told about . . . the paranormal events that he claimed triggered his cooperation,” said Anthony DiPietro, the lawyer for convicted underboss Steven “Stevie Wonder” Crea.
“Had these materials, and many other things now revealed by Pennisi, been properly disclosed by the government, no grand jury or trial jury would ever credit his tales,” said DiPietro.
“His capitalizing on his cooperation calls into question his prior testimony and his motives to fabricate now.”
Lawyer Gerald McMahon, who noticed Pennisi testify in opposition to his shopper, Eugene “Boobsie” Castelle, had his personal tackle the brand new rationalization by the federal government informant. On the witness stand, Pennisi testified that John “Big John” Castellucci made up the declare Pennisi was a “rat” to shield Boobsie from being ostracized or worse for violating mob protocol and sleeping with Pennisi’s girlfriend.
“With the recent spate of videos of UFO sightings that the Air Force and government are saying are the real thing,” said McMahon, “there’s a bit of poetry and symmetry in his account. I swear to God,” said the lawyer, “that in one of those videos I thought I saw Pennisi with a helmet on. This confirms that it was in fact Pennisi traveling from a distant galaxy far, far away.”
Jerry Capeci runs Ganglandnews.com, from which this was tailored.