Four women, from different backgrounds, share their stories of being married to men that are currently in prison for anywhere from 10 years to life. They share their struggles, and drama, as they try to connect with each other.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Prison Wives Club - Benjamin Ruggiero - Netflix
Benjamin Ruggiero, also known as “Lefty”, “Lefty Guns”, and “Lefty Two Guns” (April 19, 1926 – November 24, 1994), was a soldier in the Bonanno crime family. He is well known for his friendship and mentorship of FBI undercover agent Joseph “Donnie Brasco” Pistone. Ruggiero was an old school Cosa Nostra mobster who knew how Mafia politics worked. Ruggiero allegedly murdered around 26 people and refused to break omertà when arrested.
Prison Wives Club - The three capos murder - Netflix
In 1979, Bonanno boss Carmine Galante was murdered, creating a power vacuum in the family. After Galante's murder, Philip Rastelli took over, running the organization from prison. However, one faction, led by Alphonse “Sonny Red” Indelicato, rebelled at Rastelli's leadership. At this time, Ruggiero joined the crew of Dominic “Sonny Black” Napolitano, a strong Rastelli supporter. On May 5, 1981, Indelicato and two other rebel capos were lured to a meeting and murdered. In the film Donnie Brasco, the murders were portrayed as having taken place in a basement. After the deaths of the three capos, the rebellion against Rastelli was squashed. According to Pistone, the murderers were Napolitano, John Cersani, Joe Massino, Sal Vitale, Joseph DeSimone, Gerlando Sciascia, Nicholas Santora, Vito Rizzuto, Louis Giongetti, and Santo Giordano. Ruggiero and Cersani were lookouts and were sent in after to clean up the massacre and dispose of the bodies, along with Napolitano, James Episcopia and Robert Capazzio.
Prison Wives Club - References - Netflix