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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Former Gambino underboss Sammy "The Bull" Gravano returns with launch of new podcast to detail mafia life


Sammy “The Bull” Gravano is spilling his guts — again — in a new project that chronicles his time as the ruthless underboss of the Gambino crime family.

The first episode of the 75-year-old mobster’s “Our Thing” podcast dropped Wednesday, on the 35th anniversary of the infamous hit on Gambino boss Paul Castellano at Sparks Steak House in Manhattan in 1985.

Gravano copped to the inside job, along with 18 other murders, in a deal with the feds that led to his testimony against John Gotti in 1992.

The series debuts with the Dec. 11, 1990 raid of the Ravenite Social Club, resulting in the arrest of Gravano, Gotti and Gambino consigliere Frank Locascio.

But the day before the bust, Gravano plotted with Gotti, who took the helm of the crime syndicate after orchestrating. the Castellano hit, to rub out Genovese boss Vincent “The Chin” Gigante in retaliation for the 1986 assassination of Gravano’s predecessor, Frank DeCicco.

Gravano called Gotti’s order “music to my ears.”

“When I knelt at Frankie’s funeral, I knelt at his coffin and I whispered to him, ‘Frankie, I’ll never let this go. I will kill who did this. I will kill everyone who was involved. I will kill everyone who knew about it in advance,’” Gravano recalled in the episode. “I was going to now live up to my oath to him. This was extremely important to me.”

Gravano understood the gravity of a Gigante hit, which never came to fruition.

“When we killed Castellano and Tommy Bilotti in front of Spark’s Steak House, it was an internal thing,” he said. “Now, this was killing a boss of another family.”

Gravano got a wrist-slap sentence in exchange for flipping on Gotti but was tossed behind bars in 2000 on drug raps before getting released in 2017.

Future episodes of “Our Thing” promise to delve into Gravano’s upbringing in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, his time with the Colombo family before transferring to the Gambinos and his tenuous relationship with Gotti. 

“I was the underboss of the most powerful crime family in American history. I was respected, loved, dedicated and feared,” Gravano says in a teaser for the show. “My love for Costa Nostra runs so deep — even to this day.

“You think you know the story. You think you know Costra Nostra. You think you know what I did. You have no f–king idea.”



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