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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Turncoat wiseguy details plot to murder Sammy "the Bull" Gravano

He was 400-plus pounds of Mafia brawn sprawled across the back of a Jet Ski.
That’s how the hit man selected by the Gambino crime family to murder mob turncoat “Sammy Bull” Gravano illegally slipped into the US from Canada.
Former Gambino wiseguy Salvatore “Fat Sal” Mangiavillano, who holds dual Italian-Argentine citizenship, explained how in the early 1990s he was deported after doing a stint behind bars for burglarizing a bank.
Although he spent most of his life in Brooklyn, he was born overseas, moved here at age 8 but never applied for US citizenship.
GRAVANO  - Arrested before whack.
Arrested before whack.
Determined to return, Mangiavillano flew from Italy to Canada.
Once there, Mangiavillano rented a Jet Ski, posed as a recreational enthusiast, and slowly made his way across the Niagara River.
Waiting for him on the American side was a member of the ’Ndrangheta, Italy’s Calabrian Mafia.
Together they drove from the prearranged meeting spot back to Mangiavillano’s old stomping grounds in Brooklyn.
Later in New York, the Gambino’s leadership approached him about carrying out a hit on “Sammy Bull,” who had become a government informant.
Mangiavillano — now himself an FBI informant resettled under a new identity — said he made several trips to Arizona to look for Gravano. But before he could carry out the hit, “Bull” was arrested for selling the drug Ecstasy.
Mangiavillano’s testimony came at the murder trial of Colombo associate Francis “BF” Guerra.


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