Gambino 'mob boss' shot dead outside NY home

Gambino 'mob boss' shot dead outside NY home

Gambino 'mob boss' shot dead outside NY home

Castellano was the leader of the Gambino crime family when he was shot to death outside Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan in 1985. Castellano was the last New York City crime boss to be gunned down, and Gotti later died in prison in 2002.

Otherwise known as "Franky Boy", Cali was considered the de facto godfather of the Gambino crime family, having served on its ruling panel for several years.

Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali is said to have taken over the running of the organisation from Domenico Cefalu in 2015.

The head of one of the infamous five mob families of NY has been murdered.

The day after Castellano's December 1985 murder, The New York Times called the Mob boss' death "highly stylized", but Giuliani dismissed such morbid romanticism.

Following Castellano's murder, Gotti headed the Gambino family until his incarceration for conspiracy and murder in 1992.

In 2008, Cali was arrested and charged with federal racketeering as part of Operation Old Bridge - a code name for the February 7 arrests in Italy and the US that targeted the Gambino crime family.

Cali then reaches into his trousers pocket to insinuate that he had a gun, the law enforcement source told the Daily Beast.

Staten Island's affluent Todt Hill neighbourhood is renowned for its crime connections.

Following his release, federal agents kept an eye on him and tried to prevent him from meeting and doing business with members of the Sicilian Mafia, according to New York Daily News. "Very surprising, but I guess old habits die hard".

It wasn't the first such spattering of gore in recent years, however.

Detective Shea said that Cali's Cadillac SUV, which was parked outside the home, was struck resulting in him rushing outside to investigate.

Zottola's son, Salvatore, survived an apparent assassination attempt in July 2018 outside his home in the Bronx.

Also this week, prosecutors in Brooklyn announced a case against a Gambino associate accused of killing a suspected loanshark affiliated with the Lucchese crime family.

But he had been caught on CCTV cameras leaving and entering the house at the time of the murder, and his DNA was discovered from the trigger of the gun used to commit the crime.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in NY in December 1985 after he and his bodyguards were gunned down at the direction of John Gotti, who then took over as boss.

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