Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mob Wives: Lana Graziano Zancocchio

Renee and Jenn Graziano have an older sister, Lana, who does not seem interested in participating in the new VH1 Mob Wives series. Maybe it’s out of consideration for their father, and all she has been taught to believe, that she refuses to be on a televised show that exploits the crime family lifestyle. As he sits in prison (until January 2012), Anthony Graziano, consigliere of the Bonanno crime family, is very unhappy with his younger daughters for going through with this production against his wishes. It may be a case of “while the cat’s away, the mice will play.” But, Lana isn’t playing. She seems to be showing her father the respect and loyalty that he deserves. It’s always nice when at least one of your children turn out the way you hoped, don‘t you think?

Lana explains that she is a lot like her father as far as being aggressive and controlling. She has always looked up to him and looked for his approval. In interviews, she has described how her father gave her everything a princess could want and, in exchange, he expected to be able to dictate what she could and could not do. Eventually, she married John “Porky” Zancocchio, who was a promising soldier of her father’s crew. Marrying the boss’s daughter didn’t hurt John’s career with the mob. Together the couple raised three children in a “Soprano-like” mansion in New Jersey, with all the luxuries and amenities.

Unfortunately, there was trouble in Mafia paradise. Lana was argumentative and would often chastise her husband. They had many brutal fights, some escalating to violence. She is reported to have yelled to Zancocchio to take out the garbage, as he was being hauled off in handcuffs by law enforcement. John eventually left her for another woman who was a waitress at a topless bar.

Zancocchio built his reputation on a very successful bookmaking operation that reportedly made 280 million dollars of income in its best year. In fact, this is the very gambling operation in which Pete Rose was betting on baseball games. That huge scandal tarnished Rose’s name and career, and cost him entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Like a good son, Zancocchio opened a pizzeria called “Mama Rosa’s” for his mother. However, his illegal financial involvement with the restaurant led to charges of income tax evasion for both John and his mother. In 2002 new tax evasion charges on John and Lana led to him receiving a 71 month prison term and a $300,000 fine. He was let out in August, 2008. Lana received a 16 month sentence for her crimes, but her lawyer was able to change it to house arrest so that she could care for her three children. Lana reportedly said in an interview, that she believes John married her just to get in good with her father and the mob and that he never really loved her. But, maybe John could never measure up to Lana’s expectations because of her adoration of her father. It appears that Lana is always going to be “daddy’s little girl.”

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Anonymous said...

Between the three Graziano girls, was any one of them ever in a relationship with Joe "Butch" Corrao's son

Mob Mistress said...

Hello Anonymous!

Yes is the answer to your question. One of the Graziano sisters said 'I do.'

Lana Graziano said...

Dear Mob Mistress,

My name is Lana Graziano Zancocchio, daughter of Anthony Graziano and sister to both Renee Graziano and Jennifer of Mob Wives. What I have to say is that what you have here is not entirely true. I myself am perusing a career in television and well quite frankly my story is a lot more interesting and real. Yes my sisters have stolen the spotlight of the media and are running with it but they don't have what I have. What I have, I have experienced growing up in the lifestyle they have never seen. I believe I could turn some heads and maybe even break some too. Don’t get me wrong I love my sisters but I have as much stuff to bring to the table as the rest of the women on the show. The only exception is I’m bringing my famous crab sauce and Sunday gravy to serve and i got enough for the whole family, the crime family. If you are interested in getting to know the oldest and well known sister in the lifestyle then I think you and I should have a sit down. lol. You can reach me with my email ******** and on ********.

Lana Graziano

Chiara Soprano said...

Lana, my name is Chiara and one of the administrators of this blog, and I am sure Mob Mistress will be very interested in everything you have to bring to the table! We do strive for accuracy on our blog as much as possible; we use discretion, have integrity and ethics and respect anything that is said to us in confidence. You can rest assured about that. I will alert Mob Mistress to your comments and interest, in case she has not seen it already and we very much appreciate your contacting us.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lana, I loved your book. I finished it in 2 days... Are you still with John? I have some stories for you...