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Our Thing with Sammy The Bull

Sammy "The Bull" Gravano

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Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano (born March 12, 1945) is an American gangster who became the underboss of the Gambino crime family. This is his story. Directed by James Carroll.

122 Episodes

Fireside with the Underboss - How the MAFIA is like CHESS

This week Sammy discusses how the Mafia is similar to Chess. He breaks down the process of having to always be three steps ahead of your opponent. These skills can be applied to real life situations. Sit back and enjoy the latest video!

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2023

Fireside With The Underboss - "When I got out of PRISON"

When you don’t have the support, I don’t see how it’s even possible to succeed when you get out of prison. They release you with no ID, no nothing and expect you to find your way. You can’t get a job with livable wages, you can’t get a place to live and they wonder why so many people end back in prison. There has to be a better way. We need prison reform and I will speak out about it. For now, here’s my story…

Transcribed - Published: 10 February 2023

Fireside With The Underboss - "He's A Killer Some Of Us Will End Up In The Trunk Of A Car"

Sammy tells a story about one of the mafias most brutal killers, Tommy Karate. Tommy's wife dies of an overdose and he will stop at nothing to find the woman who witnessed it.

Transcribed - Published: 27 September 2022

Fireside With The Underboss - Exposed - John Gotti's Heroin Scam

Patsy Conte, a wealthy heroin dealer and friend of the Gambios, doesn't seem to be treating John Gotti the same as he did Paul. Sammy is assigned to straighten out the confusion.

Transcribed - Published: 22 September 2022

Fireside With The Underboss - "I Hung Up The Phone 10 Minutes Later Swat Was At My Door"

Sammy goes in for questioning in Quantico with a heavyweight agent from Washington, and he is instructed to keep his composure during the conversation. Sammy does his best, but towards the end of their talk things get a little dicey.

Transcribed - Published: 20 September 2022

Fireside With The Underboss - "I Got Him Made, Later I Had To Take Him Out"

In this story Sammy introduces his good friend Louie Milito who is dying to be a made man. He tells us the story about how he got Louie made, but we learn later on that Sammy also has him taken out

Transcribed - Published: 15 September 2022

Fireside With The Underboss - "If I'm not out in 15 Minutes, Come In & Kill Everybody"

Sammy speaks on the murder of fellow Rampers member, Gerry Pappa who was killed as revenge for killing Colombo crime family caporegime Thomas "Shorty" Spero.

Transcribed - Published: 13 September 2022

Fireside With The Underboss - "Framed Us For Murder, Asked Permission To Kill Him"

Sammy introduces us to a couple of new, and super dangerous, mafiosos: Dominick “Mimi” Scialo and Vincent “Jimmy” Rotondo. These wise guys are all tied together in a slew of different crimes including the Dunn brother case.

Transcribed - Published: 8 September 2022

Fireside With the Underboss - "He Told Chin Gigante To Go F** Himself"

Chin Chigante gets word that one of his own guys is talking bad about him behind his back. Sammy tells us the story of who it was and how Chin took brutal revenge.

Transcribed - Published: 6 September 2022

Fireside With The Underboss - "If We Pay This Money, Our Children Will Become Victims"

After Carlo Gambino’s nephew is kidnapped, he uses John Gotti and Angelo Ruggerio to get revenge. Sammy tells the story of the hit that laid the groundwork for John and Angelo to become made into the Gambino family.

Transcribed - Published: 1 September 2022

Fireside With The Underboss - "From That Day On, I Never Stopped Being in the Mafia"

After starting a family, Sammy decided he needed to break away from the life and earn an honest living. Until one day his phone rang and Allie Boy was on the other end; he needed help and Sammy had to make a decision.

Transcribed - Published: 30 August 2022

72. Fireside with the Underboss - "I Think It's Time For Me To Quit & Walk Away"

Sammy tells us about the time he tried to start a new life, a life with zero mob involvement. Under the stains of working as a carpenter day in and day out, Sammy decides he just can't take it anymore.

Transcribed - Published: 18 August 2022

OURTHING SPECIAL EDITION with Sammy "The Bull" Gravano and former CIA spy

This episode is a special edition with guest co-host former CIA spy Brandon Blackburn for a sneak peek of Brandon’s upcoming series Mob Bless America. On this episode Sammy talks with Brandon about how the mafia and the US Federal Government at times worked together when it was of mutual benefit to both sides. I’d love to thank my sponsors Raycon, Policy genius and DAVE!! Raycon.com/ourthing to receive your 15% off today, best earphones in town. Head to Policygenius.com to get your free life insurance quotes and see how much you could save. DAVE.com/ourthing to get up to get a $500 cash advance instantly.

Transcribed - Published: 16 August 2022

71. Fireside with the Underboss - "An FBI agent Told John Gotti- There's A Plot To Kill You, I Hope They Succeed"

Sammy and John Gotti become incredibly close after the Castellano hit. One of their first priorities is to crush a threat that plans to end John Gotti’s life.

Transcribed - Published: 16 August 2022

70. Fireside with the Underboss - "He Was Trained To Kill In The Military. He Knew What He Was Doing"

Sammy "The Bull" Gravano shares about Nino Gaggi's nephew, Dominick Montiglio who passed away on June 27th, 2021. Sammy's childhood friend implicated himself when he raised his hands to a made guy.

Transcribed - Published: 11 August 2022

69. Fireside with the Underboss - "We’ll Go On a Stickup, Like Men”

Our dynamic duo, Sammy and Allie Boy, are at it again and there's no stopping their sticky fingers. Sammy tell's us about a time when the two found themselves in a tough spot at Sam Goody Records.

Transcribed - Published: 9 August 2022

68. Fireside with the Underboss - "This Moment Made Me A Different Kind Of Gangster"

Right after getting married, one of Sammy's friends reaches out and asks for his help. Not a short while after, Sammy found himself trying to sneak 800lbs of drugs under his wife's nose.

Transcribed - Published: 4 August 2022

67. Fireside with the Underboss - “If This Fight Would Have Worked, We'd Be Super Happy, Behind Bars”

Apart from robbing, racketeering, loansharking, and gambling, the made members of New York often had their hands in the world of professional boxing. Sammy tells us one particular story of how he and his crew tried to fix a huge match.

Transcribed - Published: 2 August 2022

'Our Thing' Podcast Season 5 FINAL EPISODE: “The Toughest Decision Of My Life.”

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Transcribed - Published: 31 July 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - “He Pulled Up In Front of John’s Club With Hookers and Cocaine”

Sammy crossed paths with a lot of Westies during his time as a made man. In this story, he tells us about a particular time when the Westies and Gambino's decided to join forces.

Transcribed - Published: 26 July 2022

'Our Thing' Podcast Season 5 Episode 5: “I’m Going To Break Out.” | Sammy "The Bull" Gravano

Sammy talks about the time in prison when he coerced a guard to sneak him in items for his attempt to escape when he realizes things are going south for him in prison. I’d love to thank my sponsors Raycon, Express VPN and MVMT!!! Raycon.com/ourthing to receive your 15% off today, best earphones in town. ExpressVPN.com/ourthing for an extra 3 months FREE for protection!!! MVMT.com/ourthing for 15% off your favorite watch, blue light glasses or jewelry!!

Transcribed - Published: 22 July 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "If You're Gonna Kill Me, Kill Me. I'm Not Gonna Tell You Sh**"

Sammy talks about what it's like being involved in mafia wars. This war in particular resulted in Joe Colombo becoming the Boss of the family.

Transcribed - Published: 21 July 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "I said, There's No Way I Will Agree To That In Court"

During his time in Quantico, Sammy builds unique relationships with all of the agents. In this story he tells more about those relationships as they grew over time.

Transcribed - Published: 19 July 2022

'Our Thing' Podcast Season 5 Episode 4: “The Last Conversation I Had With John Gotti.”

Sammy talks about his time in the witness protection program and all of the tribulations that happen during his time as ‘Jimmy Moran.’ He goes into detail about his last conversation with John Gotti.

Transcribed - Published: 15 July 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "He Was A Rapist, A Child Molester, An Informant. He Got Killed For It."

Sammy shares his perspective on Whitey Bulger. Even thought they two never actually came face to face, Sammy shares what he knew about him just from being in the life.

Transcribed - Published: 14 July 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "If We Don't Take Card of Him right Away, He'll Bleed To Death"

During one of his notorious adventures with his Goombata, Sammy and Ally Boy unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of flying bullets. Before they know it, they're in a car chase with a mysterious shooter and no way out.

Transcribed - Published: 12 July 2022

Our Thing' Podcast Season 5 Episode 3: “I Lived With Agents For 6 Months” | Sammy "The Bull" Gravano

Sorry for the delay everyone, hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July. Episode 3 is finally here! Enjoy!!! In this episode Sammy talks about all of the adventures he went on with FBI, SWAT, and HRT agents after his cooperation with the government.

Transcribed - Published: 9 July 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "He Stabbed Carmine Persico's Son In A Bar, They Killed him"

Sammy tells us about an old flame of his, and how she reached out after years of separation. It turns out that she needs help to save her brothers life, and Sammy is the only man with the power to do it.

Transcribed - Published: 7 July 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "Jimmy Had Two Guns He Told The Cops To Go For It"

Stories about Jimmy Emma, a member of The Rampers

Transcribed - Published: 5 July 2022

'Our Thing' Season 5 Episode 2: "He Beat John's A** | Sammy "The Bull" Gravano

Apologies for the delay on this everyone, we had some technical difficulties during our edits yesterday. Sammy dives into stories from his his time at MCC, and one of his stories has John on the wrong side of somebodies fist...

Transcribed - Published: 2 July 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "I'll Take a Nap, Then I'll Go Kill Him"

The true story of what happened to Alan Kaiser and exactly how Sammy was involved. A freak and very unfortunate accident while Sammy and his crew were looking for revenge.

Transcribed - Published: 30 June 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "Roy Demeo Cut Nino Gaggi Open & Dug The Bullet Out"

A hit was put out on Jimmy The Clam and was assigned to Roy Demeo and Nino Gaggi. After the hit, the cops get involved and one of them catches Nino with a bullet, luckily Roy Demeo invents an elaborate plan to save them from prison.

Transcribed - Published: 28 June 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "Roy Demeo's Crew Came in with Saws Took Him Out in Little Pieces"

By telling Paul Castellano that he looked like a chicken, Paul's daughter's boyfriend signs his death certificate. He not only insulted his looks, but compared him to one of his least favorite businessmen, Frank Purdue.

Transcribed - Published: 23 June 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - How the Mob Rigged a Presidential Election

Sammy spreads light on the mob's involvement during the Kennedy Era and he worked directly with the Chicago outfit. Their influence made a tremendous impact on JFK's rise to Presidency.

Transcribed - Published: 21 June 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "He Pulled a Gun From a Secret Compartment in His Camera"

During the second Colombo war, Sammy gets assigned to whack Crazy Joe Gallo. Before he can even get close to Joe, Sammy realizes he's surrounded by made guys and tons of weapons.

Transcribed - Published: 16 June 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "Gaspipe Tortured Him And Shot Him 15 Times"

Angelo Ruggerio finds out that Gaspipe is spreading lies about him, so he asks John Gotti for permission to whack him. When the hit goes awry, Gaspipe immediately seeks revenge and won't quit until it's settled.

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "He's Gonna Kill This Guy Mark My Words"

Sammy and Peanuts read and talk about the Carmine Galante hit. Sammy answers a common question about the Canadian mafia.

Transcribed - Published: 2 June 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - Aftermath Of The Plaza Suite Incident

Sammy tells us about the farm he purchased in Cream Ridge, New Jersey, and the great deal it meant to him and his family. Unfortunately, after the Plaza Suite incident, Sammy is faced with a tough decision on whether or not to keep the farm.

Transcribed - Published: 31 May 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "You Deserve To Die For It"

John Gotti and Sammy plan to take some ladies out on the town, that is, until they realize they are daughters of a member of the Columbos. Even though is completely against Cosa Nostra, John encourages Sammy to do it anyway.

Transcribed - Published: 26 May 2022

Fireside with the Underboss "People Like You Are a Target, You're Not Getting Out of Here"

Allie Boy, Louie Milito and Sammy start scheming and robbing together. Their plans take them to Puerto Rico where they run into nothing but trouble.

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "Larry Mazza Grabbed a Shotgun and Shot Him in The Face"

Greg Scarpa Sr., Larry Mazza and Sammy are all on a hit together; they're looking for a guy named Nicky Black. Greg is assigned to be the designated shooter, but when things go awry, Larry steps in and finishes the hit brutally.

Transcribed - Published: 19 May 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "Allie Boys Head Hits The Seat, Blood is Everywhere"

Allie Boy and Sammy are trunkin' around the neighborhood when all of a sudden bullets start flying. Sammy has to think incredibly fast and figure a way out to try and save both their lives.

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2022

Fireside with the Underboss -"Sammy Your Lawyer is a Terrorist"

During some of his time in MCC Sammy is assigned a new court-appointed lawyer, Lynne Stewart. Shortly afterward, Sammy gets news that his lawyer got busted for committing terrorist crimes.

Transcribed - Published: 12 May 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "If I Saw Him There I Would Have Killed Him"

Sammy gets called to testify as a witness for Fat Sally; a man who wanted to kill him. Although it's a big risk to take, sticking to the truth is the key component in Sammy's testimony.

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "He Asked Paul For Permission to Kill His Own Son Over $200k"

Sammy tells us about his interactions with a very wealthy and dangerous man, Joe "The Cat" Laforte. Joe seems to have beef with John Gotti, so he comes to Sammy begging for help to resolve it.

Transcribed - Published: 5 May 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "She Called Me a Child Killer Then She Spit on Me"

Sammy tells us the unique story about how he got drafted and transported to South Carolina. The experiences he has before, during, and after basic training paint the picture of what so many soldiers went through during the Vietnam war.

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "They Dumped Trumps Toxic Waste and Ended Up Dead"

A demolition contract is given to one of Sammy's guys, to clear space for the building of Donald Trump's "Trump Tower". Toxic waste is found in the debris. A man named Weiss is suspected to be informing. Sammy is given the hit, but it goes sideways.

Transcribed - Published: 28 April 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "Gaspipe ordered Bobby Boriello to be killed outside his home"

Sammy gives a detailed history of who exactly Bobby Boriello was and how he became to be John Gotti's #1 body guard. Later on, when Sammy and John were in prison together, they get word that Bobby Boriello was killed outside of his home and they need to know who did it.

Transcribed - Published: 21 April 2022

Fireside with the Underboss - "Nicky Scarfo asked John Gotti for permission to kill one of his men"

Nicky Scarfo asks John Gotti for permission to hit the former boss of the Philadelphia crime family, John Stanfa. As the situation plays out, John gains respect for Sammy and his strong relationship with Nicky.

Transcribed - Published: 19 April 2022

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