Oath Of Omerta | About The Mafia
Those were the words FBI Agent Janice Fedarcyk used in announcing the largest scale takedown of American Mafia members in U. S. history, in which 127 not-so-wise guys along the Eastern Seaboard were rounded up by an army of almost 800 members of law enforcement. Members of all 5 of New York City's Mafia Families were among those arrested, although the Colombo Family was hit hardest, with virtually every member in leadership positions now under Federal lockup. The quote of Agent Fedarcyk, head of the New York City Office, is a reference to evidence obtained by high-ranking members of the Mob who had broken their oath of Omerta and wore a wire on members of their own criminal gang.
in particular taking an oath of omerta.
To become made, the inductee is required to take the oath of Omertà or, "code of silence." Though the ceremony varies from family to family, it usually involves the pricking of the trigger finger of the inductee, then dripping blood onto a picture of a Saint, typically St. Francis of Assisi or the Virgin Mary, which is then set alight in his hand and kept burning until the inductee has sworn the oath of loyalty to his new "family," e.g., "As this card burns, may my soul burn in Hell if I betray the oath of Omertà," or "As burns this saint, so will burn my soul. I enter alive and I will have to get out dead." However, contrary to popular depictions in films, the burning of the image of the family's saint (sometimes a tissue is substituted) is not a test of will. The paper is juggled from hand to hand by the new member and it burns so quickly that no damage is done if he juggles the burning paper.
FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos said, “The charges announced today allege once again that mob families are willing to commit murder to enforce the oath of Omerta. A person suspected of cooperation was gunned down at his doorstep to silence him. The charges also demonstrate the resolve of agents and prosecutors to fulfill their oath to enforce the law and see justice done.”