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Posted Thu, October 17, 2013 10:00am EDT

Meet VH1’s ‘Mob Wives’: Renee Graziano, Karen Gravano, Drita D’avanzo & Carla Facciolo!

Most of these ladies believe a squealer deserves nothing but death — that’s the Mafia way! And that’s how they were raised!

What do you do when your notorious last name defines who you? Well for the cast of VH1’s new reality series Mob Wives, name, heritage and status are everything — especially on Staten Island! For stars Renee Graziano, Karen Gravano, Drita D’avanzo and Carla Facciolo allegiance to your mob family spells life or death!

Meet the cast of Mob Wives:

Renee Graziano: Daughter of Anthony Graziano, reputed consigliere of the Bonanno crime family. Renee is divorced from another alleged gangster named Junior. She’s trying to get away from the life of the streets so that she can raise her son AJ in a decent fashion, but is hard pressed because the mob is all that she has ever known.

Karen Gravano: Daughter of Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, former Gambino family underboss and federal informant — one of the men primarily responsible for bringing down the late Gambino boss John Gotti. Karen moved to Arizona with her family when they entered the witness protection program, but she’s returning to Staten Island to face her past. Will she be able to live down her father’s traitorous ways?

Drita D’avanzo: Married to Lee D’avanzo, rumored to be a leader among the new generation of the Bonanno and Colombo families. Lee is in prison for armed bank robbery. Drita is trying to figure out if she’s going to keep her family together or run, so that she can raise her two young daughters far away from the dangers of her husband’s business. Carmela Soprano anyone?

Carla Facciolo: Thought she married a man who made his money as a stockbroker, but then Carla’s husband Joey Ferragamo was arrested in a boiler-room scam. With Joey behind bars, Carla tells her young children that daddy’s away at work!

– Lindsey DiMattina