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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Man busted for 2013 murder of infamous mob hitman in the Bronx

A man who gunned down a notorious mob hitman was arrested Tuesday, cops said.

Terrence Caldwell, 57, of Manhattan shot mob associate Michael Meldish, 62, in the head during an execution style attack in Throggs Neck on Nov. 15, 2013, police said. .

“It should have happened a long time ago,” Joseph Coffey, the former commanding officer of the NYPD’s organized crime homicide task force, told the News in 2013 after Meldish was killed.

Meldish was a leader of the Purple Gang, which ran the drug trade in the Bronx and Harlem in the 1970s and ’80s.

The former hitman was likely a marked man in several criminal circles, but a motive in his killing was not immediately clear, police sources said.

His brother and longtime partner in crime, Joseph Meldish, serving a 25 years to life sentence in a prison upstate for a 1999 slaying, is believed to be responsible for as many as 70 contract killings.

Caldwell was arrested on Tuesday, but refused to dish on why he killed Meldish—who was never prosecuted for any of the ten contract killings he was believed to have committed. He was awaiting arraignment late Tuesday.



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