But after a stint in Los Angeles, where he opened the trendy pizzeria Cristoni, which went bankrupt within the year, and following two of his trademark ultraviolent nightclub brawls (one in August 2008 with the now-indicted Hollywood cocaine kingpin Will Wright, the second two years later at the LA nightclub Voyeur, where he "took out a boatload of Samoan bouncers," according to Hollywood nightlife scribe Mark Ebner), Paciello is now back in Miami as a marketing consultant at the Delano Hotel, charged with guiding the deluxe hostelry's food and beverage operation.

Though his welcome was muted, within days of the news that he was moving to Miami, local supporters set up two Facebook pages — "The King Is Back" and "The Chris Paciello Fan Club." Not everyone was so gleeful, however: Last October, Casares, who was slated to partner with Paciello in his new venture, angrily tweeted to one of Paciello's former girlfriends, New York publicist Lizzie Grubman, "I turned down the Delano deal. Your ex thinks he's God."

For nearly six months after his arrival, Paciello managed to stay out of trouble and out of the headlines. Then, in the early hours of February 17, he was arrested by Miami Beach cops for DUI while driving a dark-colored Jaguar on a narrow street in a residential neighborhood at 80 mph. He could have easily killed somebody. Again.

Contacted by New Times, Paciello declined to answer specific questions for this story, but issued the following statement through the Delano's publicist: "I regret the mistakes I made in the past. I am working hard to make a positive impact and to build a new life for myself in Miami. I am grateful to the many people here who have welcomed me back with open arms, and look forward to a positive future."

The real puzzle of the whole story isn't why the Delano is employing Paciello. A criminal track record is hardly an obstacle to success in Miami Beach. The bigger mystery is why he seems so unconcerned about his own safety. It's not as if he's in hiding. Practically every day he goes to the same place to work out, the David Barton gym at the Perry South Beach.

"If someone feels they want to come after me and get revenge, then that's going to happen," he said in a 2008 interview when Ocean Drive's Jacquelynn D. Powers asked him if he worried about the possibility of reprisals. "I don't live my life in fear."

The most likely explanation for Paciello's equanimity is that he, more than most, realizes the contemporary Italian Mafia is a parody of its former self. These days, La Cosa Nostra's fabled ability to exact vengeance on informants is more a cinematic myth than reality. The old loyalties are gone, along with the old neighborhoods. Snitches and their families don't get stitches anymore; they get book contracts, reality TV shows, and movie deals.

"You can't trust a soul," says one erstwhile mainstay of the Staten Island criminal underworld, who became so disgusted with his fellow mobsters informing on each other that he quit the life, moved to South Florida, and got himself a straight job as a telemarketer. "Whatever happened to the oath of Omerta? It's like being a rat is accepted in criminal society.

"Chris isn't even going to get slapped for what he did," he adds. "It wouldn't surprise me if some of the same people he snitched on, when they get out of prison, stop by his restaurant to say hello."

Additional reporting by Lera Gavin.

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L2431
L2431

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L2431
L2431

how bout those Dave Corey's **FUMING!!!** hard time . it's a Crack addict scam you keep all the money . hott! and fast! ****ano CON THE CON ! ! ! ! !

tsshoola
tsshoola

It mentions in this article about how Chris seems to not have fear about about eventually being killed after becoming a government witness.   At the end of the HBO Richard Kuklinski (The Ice Man) documentary, Richard asks the psychiatrist his opinion about himself. The psych. mentioned that there are individuals that are naturally born fearless. In Kuklinski's case, being fearlesss mixed with not having a conscience and an abusive childhood led to him being a remorseles killer.  He noted that people that are born without the natural inclination to be afraid are risk takers and may become sky divers or race car drivers. Chris appears to be naturally fearless which has been an advantage to him in his lifetime. If he had the ability to experience fear like most people, it would be impossible for him to live a life under his circumstances so publicly. Just my opinion.

john buchanan
john buchanan

I got to know him pretty well when he and Ingrid ran Barroom in the late 90s and I wrote for Ocean Drive and other Miami and national magazines about the South Beach scene. I was totally shocked when he was arrested for the Shemtov murder because he had always been a total gentleman and very nice. He treated me very well. I knew his reputation as the baddest bad ass of all time with his fists, but I never saw him abuse or mistreat anybody. And the babes he attracted were of legendary quality (he was with Sofia then).

NeecaNeeca
NeecaNeeca

Oh so sad..he well get his believe that..never be a rat when you are part of the mafia smh

Delano? Really?
Delano? Really?

Is the Delano still paying this criminal? Is he still drinking? Is he still driving 80 MPH through residential neighborhoods?

Will he punch out a guest?

Huntington
Huntington

Rat bastard, at the end of the day the ONLY way you can call yourself a man is the fact you have a penis

Osmythe54
Osmythe54

SCUM just like the rest of the people in the South Beach HIGH life...

Michael
Michael

i would say... the mob didn't get weaker... i'd say the feds grew more criminal.... leave white social groups alone.... ;)

christina castro
christina castro

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Bknuckle47
Bknuckle47

What a punk, southbeach is history.

Loot101
Loot101

Major flaw with the story: You swoon about how good-looking, attractive, and gorgeous he is. WHAAAA??!!! Homeboy looks like a bloated meathead drag queen with eyebrow waxing and plastic surgery. Really -- the man is fug.

charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

The myth of this small time associate of organized crime and the former South Beach Club King continues to grow In a world of part fiction, part confession and nostalgia! There was a time in the 1980’s and 90's when there were literally thousands of these "button less" thugs hittin-the-licks on free-lance robberies, selling pot, using/dealing steroids, club drugs, stealing the Mercedes for export to Europe. All these gold rope, no neck deca dynabol wannabees starting fights at the Cleve'. The only thing unique about this story is the grandiose wiseguy fiction, (50%) the gullible FBI agents (bought every bit of it) and the fact many did not know who club dude really was in 1995 - So, what is the real “RISK” of ratting on shot-caller mobsters? I would say that is the only part of this recycled story we have yet to read about...CP better not take that reality for granted. Lastly, why does the FBI allow OC crime cats to keep their ill gotten coin? They always let these guys keep a cool Mil $ if they make a sexy NY Times headline for them...Seriously, the FBI is obsessed with spotlight and they did the same for Sammy da Bull and he ended up in Scottsdale with a bucket full of cash selling ecstasy to high school kids! I think "unprecedented cooperation" was the same buzz word they used on him as well.

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Ray
Ray

Ah Joey Massino brought down the Bonanno Family. C.P. just hung out with Pink Slime (AKA Madona).

Eddie Chestnut
Eddie Chestnut

"Whatever happened to Tequila ???" .....lmao ! Whatever happened to my Mafia..... Murray "The Camel" Humphries, Tony "Big Tuna" Accordo, , Meyer Lansky, Bugsy , Sam "Moony" Giancana etc. etc. It's not just most of music, movies and even books that suck nowadays.The criminal underworld sucks too. No honor or integrity nowadays (by no means did snitching just start recently) .... Snitching is just so Much More prevalent in this day and age (Witness T.I. being caught with umpteen submachine guns and doing only like 2 years) as opposed to back in the day 60's, 70's, 80's. And lastly to think.... Paciello is celebrated on South Beach as if he's the conquering hero returning from war. Getthef@ckouttaherewiththatbullsh@t

GhostFromThePast
GhostFromThePast

I realize the list of crimes is long enough, but I suspect he also burned down "Risk" and "Meet Me in Miami" in the process; probably for insurance money to help pay for "Liquid".

The Ghost Of Miami
The Ghost Of Miami

So typical of South Beach blah blah This guy is a crook that then ratted out his Mafia buddies.Welcome Home To South Beach you fit in perfectly. South Beach is a tourist trap.Before it became Manhattan South, it was a haven for old people.It never was what we once hoped it would be.....

Victor
Victor

I give him a week.

BULL-SHIT!
BULL-SHIT!

I can't believe that some of you are buying into this whole "I'm a changed man" bullshit! PEOPLE DO NOT CHANGE! Especially at Chris's age. Chris will always be Chris.

G. Gambino
G. Gambino

Dead Man Walking. Anyone who supports this thug just consider yourself collateral damage.

Pat Bens
Pat Bens

What's he doing back in Miami? Waiting to start clubs in Habana and be the next Meyer Lanski.

Scumbag
Scumbag

Daddy issues much? I can't believe he's blaming his father for turning to street life to make money. Grow up Chris, and take responsibility for your faults.

Lawsuit inevitable
Lawsuit inevitable

What's up with the Delano? Who runs the restaurant at the Delano? They need to hire murderers?

Liability?

Stephanie Naturalfitness
Stephanie Naturalfitness

Your a little outdated with reiterating all this old news. You couldn't find anything more to talk about then something that wasn't some many years ago? The only statement thats up to date in your 6 page spread is the last sentence. Aside from that, it looks like the only thing you seem to be good at is summarizing old public records.

Nelson Luis
Nelson Luis

Tremenda puta!!! Chiva!!, yegua!! Que clase de descarado. What we need is a website to call out all these #ussy's that snitch!!! A snitch database..

Ratrat
Ratrat

Chris is an asshole. I worked for him back in the day. He was always a douche and will remain a douche for the rest of his life.

tim3500
tim3500

A snitch,is a snitch,and a snitch.

Pat Bens
Pat Bens

When is the movie coming out?

Aj
Aj

If you have a criminal record just apply at the Delano. They take criminals, Drunks, Murders, Snitches, Rats, Most of all big Pussies! if you want to WORK AT A PLACE WITH POOR MANAGMENT, POOR JUDGMENT COME WORK HERE! Paciello now here! maybe Delano is laundering money! because the place sucks even with Chris.

unknown
unknown

So sad that the Delano allows this type of conduct. Drinking by pool side Parting drunk. At day light while guests are there. Managers need to stand up and be more incharge. Ges a pussy Rat not A Mobster. A RAT

Watch Chris beat up a guest
Watch Chris beat up a guest

What happens if he beats up a guest at the Delano? Or drives drunk and runs over a school kid waiting for a school bus?

Delano responsible?

Nicole
Nicole

CHRIS IS A LYING CHEATING SCUMBAG WHO ONLY CARES ABOUT HIMSELF! I HOPE YOU BURN IN HELL CHRIS!!! YOU ALWAYS BURN BRIDGES WITH PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT YOU

Diane
Diane

I can't believe he's still employed by the Delano! Somebody start a petition to get rid of that snitch! He's a threat to guests and patrons of the hotel

Still at Delano?
Still at Delano?

This dude has anger management issues. Is he getting paid by the Delano Hotel? Really?

Bashik Michel
Bashik Michel

Interesting one for sure and good read,for really tells the story of the once bad--- club promoter and spares no details too, man he really went for broke!!

Chris Paciello
Chris Paciello

Please the next time you decide to write something about me, contact me directly for accurate information. Your story is jaded, libelous and one-sided. You have no idea the pressure's the FEDS put on me, and you are trying to destroy my business and my livelihood! I hope the public can see through this garrish attempt to ruin my comeback.

Michael
Michael

you lie!!!!!!! your sister didn't make shite!!!!!!!

Frank Owen
Frank Owen

He denies burning down Risk. He doesn't deny his attempt to burn down Groove Jet and a failed attempt to rob Glam Slam, at least according to the FBI documents.

IdiotChris
IdiotChris

Meyer Lanski has more class than this idiot!

Frank Owen
Frank Owen

So Chris Paciello pleading guilty to conspiracy to murder Jerry Green Eyes Clemenza is not new or the New Springfield Boys asking permission from Anthony Graziano to murder Paciello. Care to point out where this has been reported before? That's right, you can't because it hasn't been reported before. BTW, the vast majority of the story is taken from sealed court documents and FBI interviews which are not part of the public record.

Anon
Anon

Chris, is that you? Some of this stuff is very new. Fucking snitch ass loser.

Wmitara
Wmitara

Your trash it's a shame the Delano allows you to even be near there your a a disgrace to your self and everyone around you go back to jail where u belong!

Thou Shall Not Tell
Thou Shall Not Tell

"Jaded, libelous and one-sided".. Thats some real shit. YOU worry about your comeback. How does the woman YOU had killed stage a comeback?? ... YOU say the feds put the screws to YOU. YOU forget that YOU were the one begging for bail. YOU are the one that decided to flip for YOUR own good. YOU are the one that continues to break the law but gets a free pass. YOU are the one that has to look in the mirror evryday and know that YOU are no good snitch. YOU NOW HAVE TO live with the fact that the ruff guy you once was is all washed away now.

Miami Beach resident
Miami Beach resident

Chris, you ruined your own 'comeback' when you drove drunk through a residential neighborhood at 80 MPH. I know that you've done a lot worse. But it showed that even on your best behavior you're a criminal. Even after rehabilitation, you have no respect for the community. You're a life-long criminal, and it's not the New Times' fault for pointing it out. It's your fault.

 
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