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Monday, November 18, 2013

Turncoat Colombo captain says he was shocked to learn he whacked an NYPD officer



Mob snitch Dino Calabro (pictured) says he killed Ralph Dols on orders from Colombo honcho Joel (Joe Waverly) Cacace.

An ex-Colombo hit man testified Thursday that he had no idea the victim he whacked on orders from his Mafia superior was an off-duty NYPD police officer.

Mob snitch Dino "Big Dino" Calabro claims he was shocked the day after the 1997 killing when the murder was splashed on the front pages of the tabloids.

"Whoa, what the f---, it was a cop!" Calabro said in Brooklyn Federal Court at the murder trial of Joel (Joe Waverly) Cacace.

Calabro said he was part of a hit team that had been stalking Officer Ralph Dols for weeks after receiving orders from then-Colombo consigliere Cacace.

Prosecutors contend Cacace wanted the cop dead because he had "dared" to marry the gangster's ex-wife Kim Kennaugh.


NYPD Officer Ralph Dols, who was gunned down in 1997.

Cacace, who was referred to as "she" by his underlings because of his long hair, had only described the victim as a Mexican who worked in a Queens social club, according to Calabro.

"'She' had to know," Calabro said he fumed to alleged co-conspirator Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli the day after the killing.

Calabro admitted he shot Dols as he emerged from a car outside his Sheepshead Bay apartment building. Calabro identified his cousin, Dino "Little Dino" Saracino, as the second gunman.

Gioeli and Saracino were acquitted of the cop's murder last year.

Defense lawyer David Stern pounded the witness over lying to the government initially when he did not finger Saracino as a shooter and blamed someone else.

Prosecutors say Cacace wanted Dols dead because he had "dared" to marry the gangster's ex-wife Kim Kennaugh.

Stern also ridiculed Calabro's claim that he had discussed the murder with Cacace in a Bensonurst pastry shop two weeks before it was carried out.

"He (Cacace) didn't say 'We have to whack this guy,' did he?" Stern said.

"We don't use a vocabulary like that," Calabro insisted.

Calabro said it is against mob protocol to kill a cop. "You don't hurt children, you don't hurt girls, you don't hurt law enforcement," he said. "It's just a rule."

Fearful of the death penalty, the cop killers agreed to refer to the Dols murder with the code word "AIDS" or a gesture of sticking a needle in their arm to signify the lethal injection punishment.

Calabro was rewarded with induction into the Colombo family and promoted to captain before he decided to cooperate with the government and plead guilty to eight murders.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/mafia-snitch-shocked-learn-killed-article-1.1517856#ixzz2l3fQGamI


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