Conviction in mob murder at Staten
Island's Kreischer Mansion
By Jeff Harrell - Staten Island Advance
Monday October 27, 2008
A reputed hitman for the Bonanno crime family was
convicted this afternoon of the grisly murder of a man on the grounds of
the historic Kreischer Mansion in Staten Island's Charleston
Joseph (Joe Black) Young, 30, faces mandatory life in
prison after he was found guilty of murder in aid of racketeering today
at Brooklyn Federal Court.
He returns to court Jan. 27 for sentencing in front
of U.S. District Judge Allyne R. Ross.
Federal prosecutors said Young, then a caretaker at
the mansion, was paid $8,000 in 2005 to kill Bonanno associate and
Midland Beach resident Robert McKelvey, and lured his victim to the
Kreischer Mansion where he attempted to strangle him.
McKelvey broke free and tried to run off, but Young
ran after him, tackled him to the ground and repeatedly stabbed him with
For good measure, Young dragged McKelvey to a nearby
pond and drowned him, prosecutors alleged.
Young and three other mobsters used hacksaws to chop
McKelvey's body to pieces, then burned those pieces in the mansion's
Born in Florida and raised in New Jersey, Young got
his start with the Bonannos assigned to a Staten Island-crew headed up
by Bonanno soldier Gino Galestro through his job as a bouncer at
Tottenville restaurant Fresca's on the Bay.
In addition to the McKelvey murder, Young was
convicted of the January 2006 arson of a home in Grant City, and several
other crimes, including the gunpoint robbery of an illegal massage
parlor in New Jersey and transporting guns with scratched-out serial
numbers from Pennsylvania to New York.
The mansion -- which sits on a secluded hilltop, with
a no-trespassing sign near its locked gates -- has its own stories to
tell, even before the murder.
Balthasar Kreischer, a wealthy 19th-century brick
manufacturer, built twin mansions for his sons, Edward and Charles, on
the top of the hill at 4500 Arthur Kill Rd. in 1885, overlooking a
neighborhood that was then called Kreischerville.
In 1886, though, the patriarch died. A few years
later, his brick factory burned to the ground and was rebuilt.
In 1894, Edward Kreischer shot himself in the head at
the factory, reportedly because of trouble with employees. His weeping,
distraught wife is among the ghosts people claim to hear at the mansion,
even though theirs was the one that burned down.
By 1899, the final member of the family had retired
and the once-thriving business passed out of the family and eventually
During World War I, when just about anything German
became taboo, the name of the neighborhood was changed to Charleston,
and most traces of the family disappeared, including large stone tablets
at a nearby church that publicly thanked Kreischers for their work in
In 1996, the mansion became a restaurant, and patrons
would regularly talk of strange happenings and supernatural experiences.
Mob suspect Joseph Young admits to
chopping body up, but not killing
By John Marzulli - Daily News
Monday, October 20th 2008
This accused mob hit man's a real cutup.
Testifying in his own defense, Bonanno crime family
associate Joseph (Joe Black) Young admitted he dismembered and
incinerated the corpse of a gangland slaying victim - but he pinned the
actual murder on someone else.
Young acknowledged Monday participating in virtually
every crime charged in the racketeering indictment, including arson,
robbery, assault and a drive-by shooting. "I committed the crimes in
this case because I'm an irresponsible person," Young, 29, said. "Completely
and totally. I have no excuse."
He denied, however, stabbing and drowning victim
Robert McKelvey at the Kreischer Mansion in Staten Island where the
defendant was employed as the caretaker.
Instead, he blamed mob soldier Michael (Sonny) Maggio
for the killing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Winston Chan's methodical
cross-examination dissected the multiple roles Young played at the same
time he was an up-and-coming enforcer for Bonanno soldier Gino
Young, who was drummed out of the Marines after two
months, admitted dressing in a Marine sergeant's dress uniform for a
traffic court appearance.
The prosecutor saved the best question for last. "What
did you list your occupation as on your MySpace page?" Chan asked.
"Uh, Death," Young responded.
inset, was convicted of murdering Robert McKelvey on the grounds of the
Kreischer Mansion in Charleston.