The question every fan would like the answer to…why isn’t Karen Gravano going to be on Season 4 of Mob Wives. I have been patiently waiting and searching for some explanation from VH1 or even Jennifer Graziano, executive Producer and long time friend of Karen. No explanation has been forthcoming except that the show needed some “new blood” to keep it fresh. I don’t know why the “new blood” couldn’t mix with the “old blood,” but now maybe there is at least one reason.
The reason is “bad blood.” This bad blood is the result of past mob history involving Karen’s father, Sammy “the Bull” Gravano and Edward Garafalo, father in-law of “new blood” mob wife, Alicia DiMichele, from Philly. According to reports, Gambino family boss, John Gotti, allegedly ordered a hit on Edward Garafalo Sr. back in 1990 and it was carried out by underboss, Sammy Gravano. The mobster who has been charged with committing the hit, along with two other men, is Daniel Fama. Compounding the seriousness of the murder for authorities is the assertion that Edward Garafalo Sr. was an informant who was allegedly killed so he could not testify against the mob. Fama contends he was never aware that Garafalo was an informant.
Now, it is being reported that Sammy Gravano is prepared to testify on behalf of Fama, saying John Gotti ordered the hit on Garafalo for various reasons, none of which included Garafalo’s cooperation with authorities. Thanks to Sammy’s willingness to help, Fama is now out of prison on bail. This is surely not sitting well with Alicia’s husband, Edward “Tall Guy” Garafalo, Jr. who is currently sitting in a prison cell himself since 2010 for several of charges, including pension embezzlement. (Alicia is awaiting sentencing on similar charges.) I imagine “Tall Guy” would like Fama to be punished for killing his father and cannot be too happy that Sammy is intervening on his behalf.
This may be the reason that Alicia’s husband allegedly wanted her on Mob Wives, so that she could reveal information that might impact Fama’s trial. At the same time it appears, from what I heard Karen say in an interview last month, that “Tall Guy” had something to do with Karen’s not being on season four of Mob Wives. From what I read between the lines, Karen seems to feel that Garafalo would not let his wife be on the show if Karen was going to be back this season. Karen believes that the Garafalos want to tell a one-sided story to the public. Her absence from the show makes it impossible for Karen to refute anything Alicia says this season. It seems that Alicia’s storyline is so compelling to producers that the “powers that be” decided it was better for the show to have Alicia on rather than Karen. However, I think it would have been wiser and more fair to have them both, don't you?
So 23 year old mob history has now become current events. Old blood plus new blood equals bad blood. This is just a small sampling of tons of information currently on the internet, you just have to Google the names. Since Karen will not be an active part of the storyline this season, I will be taking a lot of what happens with a grain...no, a box of salt.