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Friday, September 18, 2009

The NY Mafia's Greatest "Hits" - Part 3

Carmine Galante, a capo in the Bonanno family shown with a cigar in his mouth, was murdered in the backyard garden of Joe & Mary's Restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn on July 12, 1979. The hit was orchestrated by rival Philip "Rusty" Rastelli.
Gambino soldier Edward Lino was murdered by mob cops Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa on November 6, 1990. The cops pulled Lino over on a service road of Belt Parkway in Brooklyn and shot him in the head.

On Christmas Day, 1986, police discovered the body of Nicholas Guido, an innocent victim of a Mafia mistaken identity killing. Guido was murdered on the orders of Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, who believed another man with the same name had tried to kill him.
Information on the wrong Nicholas Guido was provided to the Lucchese family by mob cops Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa.
Shattered glass frames the head of Henry Smurra, shot dead outside a Brooklyn doughnut shop. Known as 'Hank the Bank,' Smurra was ordered shot by Colombo hit man and later underboss William (Billy Fingers) Cutolo during a 1991 power struggle for control of the family business.
'In one of the most spectacular hits in mob history, Carmine Galante was taken out in broad daylight while eating lunch in the open-air garden patio of Joe and Mary's Restaurant in Brooklyn. Galante was finishing his meal when three masked gunmen erupted into the place and blasted him to death with two shotguns.' -- John H. Davis, Mafia Dynasty.
Here, the cigar was still clenched between Galante's teeth.



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