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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Longtime Gambino captain and John Gotti ally dead at 85


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A GANGSTER who was a member of the late Gambino boss John Gotti’s inner circle has gone to that big social club in the sky.
Longtime capo George "Big George" DeCicco died late last week of natural causes. He was 85.
DeCicco was one of the Dapper Don’s most trusted lieutenants, according to law enforcement sources, and was the leader of the Gambino crime family’s murderous Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, crew for many years.
DeCicco was a fearsome presence on Bath Ave. for decades, but he may have been best known as the uncle of Gambino underboss Frank DeCicco, who was blown up by a car bomb in 1986 in retaliation for participating in the infamous murder of Gambino boss Paul Castellano outside Sparks steakhouse in Midtown.
The assassination launched Gotti as a mob star.
Gambino Boss John Gotti was close to DeCicco, whose nephew Frank was killed in payback for the rubout of Paul Castellano, which led to Gotti taking over the crime family. 
Gambino Boss John Gotti was close to DeCicco, whose nephew Frank was killed in payback for the rubout of Paul Castellano, which led to Gotti taking over the crime family.
 
Defense lawyer Joseph Benfante remembered his client as a gentleman. “All the detectives and FBI agents used to tell me he greeted them cordially when they came into contact with him,” Benfante told the Daily News.
After DeCicco’s last arrest in 2007 on extortion charges, a federal prosecutor offered a darker portrait of the gangster.
“An individual who was hired to do a simple phone repair is so fearful that he’s convinced Mr. DeCicco is going to kill him when he does a shoddy job on the repair,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Taryn Merkyl stated at a bail hearing. “Mr. DeCicco then requires the individual to conduct the repair free of charge and pay him back the money that was originally paid for the repair.”
The repairman was terrified to return to Bath Ave., Merkyl said.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/john-gotti-pal-big-george-decicco-dies-85-article-1.1966867


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