The Gambino Crime Family is one of the Five Families that rules organized crime in America with an iron fist, within the international organized crime empire, known as the Italian-American Mafia, aka (The American Mafia), (The Mafia), (The American Mob), (The Mob), (The Italian Mafia), (The Italian Mob), (La Cosa Nostra), (Cosa Nostra), or (American Cosa Nostra) The Gambino crime family is the most powerful, influential, richest, largest and dangerous family of the Five Families. Since the 1950s, The Gambino crime family is the most powerful, influential, richest, largest and dangerous crime syndicate in America. The Gambino crime family is known to have some of the most elite, efficient, professional, deadliest and dangerous hitmen in the world. The Gambino crime family known to have the best killers, and they are known to be the most efficiently organized, sophisticated and technologically advanced criminal empire in the world, with tens of billions of high-tech weapons, high-tech machine guns, high-tech bombs, M60 machine guns, M2 browning .50 caliber machine guns, .30 caliber machine guns, .22 caliber machine guns, M1919 browning machine guns, mini guns, heavy machine guns, light machine guns, AK-47's, assault rifles, carbine rifles, high-powered sniper rifles, Italian machine guns, german machine guns, shotguns, handguns, grenades, grenade launchers, RPG's, rocket launchers, Anti-Tank Missiles, land mines, tear gas, plastic explosives, TNT Dynamite, nail bombs, sticky bombs, C-4 plastic explosives, and gun trucks. The Gambino crime family even has access to certain nuclear weapons, missiles and tanks. The Gambino crime family has bought tanks, missiles and gun trucks from the Italian Government and the Italian military. Gambino crime family Bosses such as Carlo Gambino has been known to hire tens of thousands of Navy Seals, Black Ops Soldiers, and CIA Operatives too develop an elite army of professional and lethal assassins. Since the early 1930s thru 2007, The Gambino crime family was a multi-trillion dollar international criminal empire with branches over the world. For over 75 years, The Gambino crime family was making an astonishing $50 Trillion a year thru more than a thousand different legitimate businesses and organized crime activities, such as extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, legal gambling, bookmaking, numbers racket, protection racket, labor unions, labor racketeering, construction, carpentry, the ports unions, the docks unions, cement unions, concrete unions, teamsters unions, steel unions, iron workers unions, recycling hauling, engineering unions, garment industry, electrical unions, restaurant unions, waste management, garbage hauling, building trade, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, human trafficking, sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, truck hijacking, aircraft hijacking, wildlife smuggling, cigarette smuggling, bank robbery, fraud, chop shops, credit card fraud, bank fraud, diamond smuggling, gold smuggling, counterfeiting, oil smuggling, gasoline smuggling, skimming, skimming casino's, burglary, and money laundering. According to the U.S. Government and the FBI, The Gambino crime family is the most powerful, influential, largest, deadliest and richest criminal organization in the world, and in history of the world.
Like all mafia crime families, the Gambino crime family constantly uses efficient and vicious hit-squads, professional hitmen, and enforcement arms for extreme violence, brutality, force, murder, torture, fear, intimidation, assassinations, arson, and bombings to rule Cities with an iron fist. The Italian-American Mafia often uses Extortion, Bribery, Protection Racketeering, Extreme Violence, Bombings, Murder, Assassinations, Police Corruption, Political Corruption, Government Corruption, Judicial Corruption, and other types of Corruption to maintain their iron-fisted rule of all of Legitimate Businesses, Labor Unions, and Organized Crime in America. The Italian-American Mafia also uses extortion, bribery, corruption, protection racketeering, brutal violence, murder, assassinations, arson, contract killing, and bombing to obtain and control their unlimited power, reach, resources, influence and wealth. The U.S. Federal Government considers the Gambino crime family to be "The most powerful, wealthiest, influential, largest, successful and dangerous criminal organization in the world, and in history of the world." Former Mayor of New York City, and current U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani has stated that "No criminal organization in the history of The United States Of America, and in the history of the World, has ever been able to infiltrate legitimate institution's of society, and infiltrate political institution's the way the Italian-American Mafia is able to do. The Italian-American Mafia is a billion times more powerful, wealthy, successful, influential, efficient, intelligent, clever, crafty, creative, determined, resourceful, proficient, prosperous, sophisticated, organized, and dangerous than any criminal organization in history of the World. The Italian-American Mafia is also the most infamous, enduring, oldest, largest, lethal, bloodiest, murderous, vicious, ruthless, deadliest, dangerous, fearsome and feared organized crime empire in history of the world." The U.S. Government considers the Italian-American Mafia to be "Some of the most powerful, influential, successful, efficient, vicious and dangerous people in history of the world", and "The most powerful, successful, richest, influential, efficient, creative, clever, murderous, ruthless, dangerous and feared criminal's in history of the world."
The U.S. Government and the FBI once said of the Italian-American Mafia: "The Italian-American Mafia is an Innumerable, immense. The Italian-American Mafia is an endless network of mobsters who lives by a code of crime, murder, extreme violence, brutality, intimidation, domination, brute force, secrecy, silence, money and power. The Italian-American Mafia ruled all of the United States of America, legitimate business, labor unions and organized crime thru bribery, corruption, extreme violence, brutality, murder and fear. The Italian-American Mafia is also a force for extreme violence, murder, assassinations, Police corruption, Political corruption, Public Corruption, Government corruption, Judicial corruption, and other types of corruption. The Italian-American Mafia is mainly all about Money, Power, Murder, Violence, Brutality, Instilling Fear and Intimidation, Organized Crime, Crime, and Corruption. Also according to the FBI, the Italian-American Mafia is far more wealthier than every major corporation combined in the United States of America. The Italian-American Mafia has always had the biggest international criminal network in the world.
Employing Hit Squads, some of the Street Gangs and other gangs are notorious gangs such as, Murder, Inc., the Demeo crew, Bath Avenue Crew, East Harlem Purple Gang, Forty-Two Gang, Greenwich Village Crew, Ozone Park Boys, 116th Street Crew, Simon City Royals, South Brooklyn Boys, The Tanglewood Boys, Lucchese crime family New Jersey Faction, The Vario Crew, Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, the Pagans Motorcycle Club, the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, the Warlocks Motorcycle Club, and the Russian Mafia works for the Italian-American Mafia as Enforcement Arms and Hit Squads. The Italian-American Mafia even has some Hispanic Criminal Organizations such as, The Mexican Mafia, but they also work for the Italian-American Mafia out of the enormous amount of respect and admiration that the Mexican Mafia has for the Italian-American Mafia, The Mexican Mafia is willing to do the Italian-American Mafia's dirty work and kill for them, and they are also willing to do whatever the Italian-American Mafia orders them to do, the American Mafia also uses them as muscle, contract killers, and hit-squads.
According to The U.S. Federal Government, The Italian-American Mafia has the strongest grip on legitimate businesses and organized crime in America. The Italian-American Mafia rules virtually all of the United States of America with an iron fist, and also rules dozens of other major City's across the world. the Italian-American Mafia controls all of organized crime and all of the Labor Unions in America, and Union Leaders, steel corporations, politics, politicians, legitimate business, the teamsters, major companies, building trades, corporations, industry's, hotels, restaurants, stores, clubs, bars, stock markets, stock market manipulation, horse racing, brothels, strip clubs, meat industry's, car dealerships, illegal gambling, gambling, cigarette smuggling, esplanades, casinos, construction, waste management, garment industry, the ports, electrical unions, carpentry companies, wind energy, iron unions, brick layer unions, engineering corporations, landscaping companies, produce companies, fish, music industry, trade unions, garbage hauling, music industry, cement companies, white-collar crime, financial crime, securities fraud, Labor racketeering, bookmaking, gun running, sports, match fixing, vending machines, banks, trucking companies, junk yards, scrap yards, airports, prostitution, pornography, weapons trafficking, the Gasoline tax racket, casino skimming, numbers racket, waterfronts, the docks, real estate, housing urban development scam, drug trafficking, loan sharking, and many other legitimate and illegal businesses in the United States of America, and across the World. For over 70 years, The Italian-American Mafia was a $130 Trillion a year, incredibly powerful organized crime empire. For 80 years, The Italian-American Mafia had over 2 million made men, and an roughly 7 million criminal associates around the world.
in 100 years, the Italian-American Mafia has killed an unbelievable amount of people, The FBI claims that in the past 100 years, the Italian-American Mafia has killed around 2 million people in America, and around the world. The Italian-American Mafia has more Police Officers, Police Detectives, Police Captains, Police Chief's, Judges, Lawyers, District Attorneys, U.S. Attorney's, Government Officials, Federal Officials, Mayors, Governors, Federal Agents, U.S. Attorney Generals, Military Officials, Politicians, U.S. Senators, State Senators, House of Representatives, Congressman's, Statesman's, County Commissioners, Legislators, Councilmans, Assemblymans, U.S. Marshall's, IRS Agents, EPA Agents and CIA Agents on their payroll and in their pockets then any criminal organization in the world, and in history of the world
According to former FBI Assistant Director, James Kallstrom: "For nearly 100 years, The Italian-American Mafia ruled almost every state and every city in America with an iron fist. The Italian-American Mafia was that powerful and influential, and it is absolutely incredible and unbelievable the fact that a criminal empire ruled an entire country with an iron fist, and even more incredible and mind-blowing the fact that the Italian-American Mafia was able to exert their power, reach and influence to even rule other large parts of other countries such as, Canada, Cuba, Italy, Sicily, Mexico, and the Bahamas, that is enormous, incredible and unlimited power that they had, the power that the Italian-American mafia had even impressed the FBI and the U.S. Government with the power that they had, i mean we were absolutely flabbergasted and amazed, thats why it was so hard to arrest or convict any of them, and for more than 70 years, the mafia was completely invincible, untouchable, unstoppable, indestructible and impregnable they ruled everything and anything in the United States with an iron fist, and we couldn't stop them for the longest time, we did not have the tools, or the power, or the resources to deal with such a massive criminal empire like the Italian-American mafia. We couldn't touch them, we couldn't stop them, and we couldn't even arrest let alone convict not even one member of the Italian-American mafia for around 50 years, they defeated us many times, but luckily we were able to tear over half of their empire down in the late 1980s and 1990s. So we did put a huge dent in their empire, and for what the FBI couldn't do from the early 1930s to the 1990s, we made up for babying able to arrest and convict tens of thousands of mafia members around the country, we really put up a good fight against the mafia, and they put up a good fight against us too ill give them that, but we really demolished much of their empire and organization. The Italian-American is still powerful, the mafia is still dangerous, the mafia still has thousands of members, the mafia still makes billions, but not trillions like they did, and the mafia still controls New York, but they are nothing at all like they used to be, and they are nowhere near as powerful, influential, successful, dangerous and wealthy as they were from the 1930s to the late 1990s, and the mafia is nowhere near as massive as they used to be, and they have nowhere near as many members as they used to have, so to answer everyones famous question who wants to know so badly, The Italian-American mafia still exist as of 2017, they are just down but not out, and they keep very secretive and low-key,they are also smarter then they have ever been, because they have so much to worry about nowadays, it wasn't like back in the 1980s and the 1990s, i mean nowadays mafia members have to worry about surveillance, if their phone is being tapped, is someone their talking to wearing a wiretap, is their house or social club bugged, they have to worry cameras, and DNA evidence. The technology and DNA nowadays is so sophisticated and efficient its very, very difficult to get away with murder and other organized crime activities nowadays."
The Gambino Crime Family makes most of their money through protection rackets, corporate crimes, white-collar crimes, sex trafficking, human trafficking, money laundering, labor racketeering, stock market manipulation, labor unions, extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, skimming, skimming casinos, waste management, construction, prostitution, pornography, truck hijacking, Gasoline business, cigarette smuggling, stock fraud, front running, armed robbery, bank robbery, numbers rackets, wildlife smuggling, garment industry, cement industry, meat and produce industry, horse racing, garbage hauling, aircraft hijacking, bank fraud, credit card fraud, Drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, fencing, bookmaking, burglary, chop shops, and real estate, and many other organized crime, illegal and legitimate activities as well. The Gambino Crime Family rules around one thousand cities in America with an iron fist. According to the FBI: "from 1905-2006, The Italian-American Mafia ruled all of America and all of Cuba with an iron fist, and the Italian-American Mafia also ruled some major cities in Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, Switzerland, Italy, and England. As of 2016, the Italian-American Mafia remains to be an organized crime powerhouse in America, and is still considered by the U.S. Government and Law enforcement to be the most powerful organized crime group in America. The Italian-American Mafia are still highly active mainly in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Boston, Florida, Cleveland, and New Orleans.
As of 2017, The Gambino crime family remains to be a powerful and highly organized criminal organization, and is still active mainly in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Jersey, Boston, and Cleveland but not as violent, vicious, ruthless, deadly, brutal, and dangerous as they were from 1905-2006, like most mafia crime families, the Gambino Crime Family are smarter, low key, secretive, and crafty then they have ever been before, and they prefer to use their brains before violence, to prevent heat from the FBI , however, the Italian-American Mafia will not hesitate to use extreme violence, brutality and murder if need be.
Salvatore D'Aquila's crime family Edit
The origins of the Gambino crime family can be traced back to the D'Aguila gang of Manhattan. Salvatore D'Aquila was an influential emigrant from Palermo, Sicily who joined the Morello gang of East Harlem. Founded in the 1890s, the Morellos were the first Sicilian (or Italian) criminal gang in New York first appeared on police records for running a confidence scam.
In 1910, Giuseppe Morello and his second-in-command, Ignazio Lupo, were sentenced to 30 years in prison for counterfeiting. With the Morello family weakened, D'Aquila used the opportunity to break away from them and form his own gang in East Harlem. D'Aquila quickly used his ties to other Mafia leaders in the United States to create a network of influence and connections and was soon a powerful force in New York.
New York Gangs Edit
By 1910, more Italian gangs had formed in New York City. In Brooklyn, Nicola "Cola" Schiro established a gang of Sicilians from Castellammare del Golfo in Sicily. A second Sicilian gang was formed by Alfred Mineo in Brooklyn. Finally, there were two allied Neopolitan Camorra gangs, one on Coney Island and one on Navy Street, in Brooklyn that were run by Pellegrino Morano and Alessandro Vollero.
In 1917, D'Aquila successfully absorbed the two Camorra gangs. A year earlier, the Camorra had assassinated Nicholas Morello, head of the Morello gang. In response, D'Aquila allied with the Morellos to fight the Camorra. In 1917, both Morano and Vollero were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. With their leadership gone, the two Camorra gangs disappeared and D'Aquila took many of their rackets in Brooklyn. Soon after, Aquila also brought in the Mineo gang, making Alfred Mineo his first lieutenant. D'Aquila now controlled the largest and most influential Italian gang in New York City.
In 1920, the United States outlawed the production and sale of alcoholic beverages (Prohibition), creating an extremely lucrative illegal racket for the New York gangs. At this time two more Mafia gangs emerged in New York City. The first gang was a break-away faction from the Morello crime family based in the Bronx; and was led by Gaetano Reina, who was formerly aligned with boss Ciro Terranova. The second gang formed in the late 1920s in Brooklyn and was led by Joe Profaci.
By 1920, D'Aquila's only significant rival Giuseppe Masseria. Masseria had taken over the Morello family interests, and began to amass power and influence to rival D'Aquila by the mid 1920s. By the late 1920s, D'Aquila and Masseria were headed for a showdown.
On October 10, 1928 Masseria gunmen assassinated Salvatore D'Aquila outside his home. D'Aquila's second-in-command, Alfred Mineo, and his right hand man, Steve Ferrigno, now commanded the largest and most influential Sicilian gang in New York City. On November 5, 1930, outside Ferrigno's home in the Bronx, both men were assassinated by Masseria gunmen. Masseria now controlled the Mineo gang.
Castellammarese War Edit
In 1931. the Castellammarese War started between Giuseppe Masseria and Salvatore Maranzano, the new leader of Cola Schiro's Castellammarese gang. In April 1931, Masseria was murdered in a restaurant by several of his gang members who had defected to Maranzano. Maranzano declared himself the boss of all bosses and reorganized all the New York gangs into five crime families. Maranzano appointed Frank Scalise as head of the old D'Aquila/Mineo gang, now designated as one of New York's new five families.
In September 1931, Maranzano was himself assassinated in his office by a squad of contract killers. The main beneficiary (and organizer of both hits) was Charles Luciano. Luciano kept Maranzano's five families and added a Commission a mafia "government" to mediate disputes and prevent more mafia warfare by sharing power instead of one person controlling everything.
Also in 1931, Luciano replaced Frank Scalise with Vincent Mangano as head of the D'Aquila/Mineo gang, now the Mangano crime family. Mangano also received a seat on the new Commission. The modern era of the Cosa Nostra had begun.
The Mangano Brothers Era Edit
Vincent Mangano now became the first boss of what 26 years later would be called the Gambino family. Vincent's brother Phil Mangano also became a family leader. Vincent Mangano still believed in the Old World mafia traditions of "honor," "tradition," "respect" and "dignity." However, he was somewhat more forward-looking than either Masseria and Maranzano. To compensate for loss of massive revenues with the end of Prohibition in 1933, Vincent Mangano moved his family into extortion, union racketeering, and illegal gambling operations including horse betting, running numbers and lotteries.
Vincent Mangano also established the City Democratic Club, ostensibly to promote American values. In reality, the Club was as a cover for Murder, Inc., the notorious band of mainly Jewish hitmen who performed contract murders for the Cosa Nostra nationwide. The operating head of the Murder Inc. was Mangano family underboss Albert Anastasia, known as the "Lord High Executioner".
Vincent Mangano also had close ties with Emil Camarda, a vice-president of the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA). Through the Association, Mangano and the family completely controlled the Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfronts. From 1932 onward, the president of ILA Local 1814 was Anthony Anastasio, Albert Anastasia's younger brother (Anthony kept the original spelling of their last name). Anastasio was one of the family's biggest earners, steering millions of dollars in kickbacks and payoffs into to the Mangano coffers. Anastasio made no secret of his ties to the mob; he only had to say "my brother Albert" to get his point across.
Around this time, Carlo Gambino was promoted within the Mangano family, along with another future boss, Gambino's cousin Paul Castellano. Anastasia and the Mangano brothers were usually in conflict, even though they worked together for 20 years. On numerous occasions, Albert Anastasia and Vincent Mangano came close to physical conflict. Vincent Mangano felt uncomfortable with Anastasia's close ties to Luciano and other top mobsters outside his family. Mangano was also jealous of Anastasio's strong power base in Murder Inc. and the waterfront unions. In April 1951, Phil Mangano was discovered murdered, while his brother disappeared without a trace. No one was ever charged in the Mangano brothers' deaths. However, it is generally believed that Anastasia murdered both of them.
Anastasia's Regime & bloody and brutal reign Edit
During Anastasia's regime he was reckoned as one of the most powerful mafia bosses in America, but the most violent, ruthless, deadliest, dangerous, and feared Crime Boss in America. Anastasia is considered one of the most violent, ruthless, and deadliest crime bosses in history, and one of the most murderous, dangerous, and fearsome Mafia bosses in American history. Anastasia was described amongst his associates and the FBI as fearless, warring, sadistic, cold-hearted, psychotic, brutal, ferocious, terrifying, fearsome, much-feared, determined, psychopathic, bloodthirsty, and power-hungry, and regarded as a "killing machine", "homicidal maniac" and a "cold-blooded psychopathic killer" it is believed by the FBI that Anastasia killed as many as 150,000 people on his orders, However, it is unknown that true amount of people that Anastasia has murdered. Anastasia claimed that he single-handedly killed over 5,000 people. Former NYPD Detective Joseph Coffey once said of Anastasia, "Anastasia wouldn't hesitate to kill anyone who stood in his way or threatened his ruthless reign of terror. Police, judges, prosecutors, and civilians were no exception to Anastasia's murderous reign. extreme violence, brutality, intimidation, murder, torture and bombing's were Anastasia's trademark. Anastasia ruled thru extreme violence, terror, murder, intimidation and fear."
Anastasia was Called to face the Commission, Anastasia refused to accept guilt for the Mangano murders. However, Anastasia did claim that Vincent Mangano had been planning to kill him. Anastasia was already running the family in Vincent Mangano's "absence," and the Commission members were planning to order a hit on Anastasia, With the support of Frank Costello, boss of the Luciano crime family, the Commission confirmed Anastasia's ascension as boss of what was now the Anastasia crime family. Carlo Gambino, a cunning man with designs on the leadership himself, maneuvered himself into position as underboss.
The former boss of Murder Inc., Anastasia was a vicious, cold-blooded murderer who inspired fear throughout the New York City, and all over the United States. With Frank Costello as an ally, Anastasia came to control the Commission. Costello's bitter rival was Vito Genovese, a former underboss for Charles Luciano. Since 1946, Genovese had been scheming to remove Costello from power, but was not powerful enough to face Anastasia.
Anastasia's own brutal actions soon created a favorable climate in New York for his removal. In 1952, Anastasia ordered the murder of a Brooklyn man Arnold Schuster who had aided in the capture of bank robber Willie Sutton. Anastasia did not like the fact that Schuster had helped the police. The New York families were outraged by this gratuitous killing of an innocent civilian that raised a large amount of public furor. Anastasia also alienated one of Luciano's powerful associates, Meyer Lansky by opening casinos in Cuba to compete with Lansky's. Genovese and Lansky soon recruited Carlo Gambino to the conspiracy by offering him the chance to replace Anastasia and become boss himself.
In May 1957, Frank Costello escaped a Genovese-organized murder attempt with a minor injury and decided to resign as boss. However, Genovese and Gambino soon learned that Costello was conspiring with Anastasia to regain power. They decided to kill Anastasia.
On October 25, 1957, several masked gunmen murdered Anastasia while he was sitting in the barber shop at the Park Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. As Anastasia sat in the barber's chair, the three assailants rushed in, shoved the barber out of the way, and started shooting with shotguns and pistols. The wounded Anastasia allegedly lunged at his killers, but only hit their reflections in the wall mirror. Anastasia died at the scene. Many historians believe that Gambino ordered caporegime Joseph Biondo to kill Anastasia and Biondo gave the contract to a squad of Gambino drug dealers led by Capo Stephen Armone and Steven Grammauta. Joseph Biondo was rewarded with the Underboss position. Steven Grammauta eventually became a caporegime in the 1990s.
Gambino promotes the invincible crime family Edit
Vito Genovese was sent to prison for 15 years, where he died in 1969. The Gambino crime family soon became the most powerful, wealthiest, influential, largest and treacherous crime syndicate in the World. Carlo Gambino was the most powerful, wealthiest, influential, successful, and dangerous crime boss in the World, and Gambino was the most powerful and richest mafia boss In America. Gambino was also one of the most powerful and richest people in America. Gambino is among one of the most powerful and richest Crime Bosses in history. Gambino was regarded by the U.S. Government as a "highly-intelligent, lethal, criminal mastermind." According to former FBI Director James Kallstrom, "During Carlo Gambino's regime of the Gambino crime family he had more power, influences, resources, and reach than the Mayor of New York City. Some considered him to have been more powerful than Law Enforcement. By 1968, Gambino's net worth was an incredible $10 Billion, (which is equivalent to an estimated $70 Billion as of 2017) making him one of the most powerful and richest people in the world. Gambino had a ruthless, massive, innumerable and endless army of loyal soldiers willing to kill anyone for him and die for him, Gambino had over 800,000 soldiers, and around 2 million criminal associates in his crime family at the time. In 1970, Gambino's incredibly powerful criminal empire was making a jaw-dropping $40 Trillion a year (which is equivalent to approximately $430 Trillion as of 2017) from construction, waste management, building trade, garbage hauling, garment industry, labor unions, labor racketeering, protection racketeering, extortion, loan sharking, drug trafficking, prostitution, pornography, skimming, chop shops, illegal gambling, weapons trafficking, cigarette smuggling, wildlife smuggling, bank robbery, truck hijacking, aircraft hijacking, bookmaking, and hundreds of other legitimate businesses and organized crime activities. Making the Gambino crime family the most powerful, richest, successful, largest, dangerous and feared crime syndicate in the world, and in history of the world. For 20 years as boss, Gambino ruled the Gambino crime family with an iron fist. Gambino also held the title of "Boss of all Bosses" of the Commission for nearly 20 years, and was completely invincible. Gambino was completely untouched by the FBI and Law Enforcement. For 20 years, Gambino also ruled all of New York City with an iron fist. During his iron-fisted regime he never was convicted of any crimes, due to his enormous power, wealth, influence and reach that stretched as far as having of Police, Judges, U.S. Attorneys, District Attorneys, Federal Agents, Politicians, Government Officials, IRS Agents, EPA Agents, U.S. Marshall's, Mayors, Senators, Congressman, Assemblyman, Councilman, and Governors in his pocket. Carlo Gambino was considered to be an "invincible and untouchable mafia god." Gambino was also known as "The King of all Kings", and "The Emperor of New York", Gambino was one of the most powerful and influential mob bosses in history. with close ties to Meyer Lansky's offshore gaming houses in Cuba and the Bahamas, a lucrative business for the Mafia. The failure of Joseph Bonanno, the head of the Bonanno crime family and Gambino's top rival, to kill off Gambino and the heads of other New York crime families in the aftermath of the Bonanno War, saw Carlo Gambino become the most powerful and influential leader of the "Five Families".
Gambino allegedly stretched his power and reach as far as to organize the shooting of Joseph Colombo, head of the Colombo crime family, on June 28, 1971. More likely, Colombo shooter Jerome Johnson was a lone nut attracted to Colombo for his Italian civil rights movement. Or as Michael Franzese, an informer later said, it may have been set up by rogue law enforcement, or by Carlo Gambino himself. Colombo survived the shooting but remained in a coma until his death in 1978. He was buried next to Joe Gallo. Johnson was killed by Colombo's bodyguard.
In either case, Gambino's influence stretched into behind-the-scenes control of the Lucchese crime family, led by Carmine Tramunti. Gambino also allegedly influenced the selection of Frank Tieri as boss of the Genovese crime family, after the murder of Thomas Eboli, whom Gambino, allegedly, had killed over a $4 million drug debt.
On October 15, 1976, Gambino died of a heart attack, and control of the family passed not to the obvious choice, Underboss Aniello Dellacroce, but to Paul Castellano, whose sister was married to Gambino. Allies of Dellacroce were thoroughly unhappy about that move, but Dellacroce himself kept his men in line, and was kept on as Castellano's Underboss.
Castellano's regime Edit
The Dellacroce faction remained displeased, believing that Castellano had inherited the role rather than earning it, and considering him a "legitimate businessman" rather than a Mobster, and Castellano was in fact a highly sophisticated businessman, Castellano did not want the public to look at him as a mob boss or a mobster, he wanted the public to look at him as a extremely rich businessman. Like all mafia bosses, Paul Castellano was highly-intelligent, crafty, fearless, creative, calculating, determined, highly efficient, proficient, highly sophisticated, much-feared, extremely influential, extremely rich, incredibly powerful, extremely lethal, extremely dangerous, ruthless and vicious. Like all Mafia Bosses, Castellano was a master of murder, manipulation, legitimate business, organized crime, and corruption. Like all mobsters and mafia bosses, Castellano was a stone-cold killer. During Paul Castellano's ruthless regime of the Gambino crime family, he was one of the most powerful and richest crime bosses in America, he was also reckoned as one of the most dangerous crime bosses in the world. Castellano was described by his associates as extremely power-hungry, greedy, narcissistic, and cunning. Castellano was known for being very low-key, clever, and secretive. Around 1982, At his peak, Castellano had a net worth of an estimated $30 Billion (which is equivalent to $80 Billion as of 2017). For nearly a decade, Paul Castellano was the "BOSS OF ALL BOSSES" and was head of the Commission during his regime. Castellano ran the Gambino crime family in a very different way from all the other mafia bosses run their crime family's. Due to the fact that Castellano was a very sophisticated and businesslike mafia boss, he ran the Gambino crime family in more of a legitimate way, and more white-collar way as oppose to the Italian Mafia's traditional organized crime activities. Castellano demanded that all of his soldiers and associates dedicate their energy into more legitimate businesses, rather than their traditional organized crime activities, Castellano did not want his soldiers and associates to deal drugs, Castellano had a zero-tolerance policy on drug trafficking, his rule was "you deal, you die" which infuriated most soldiers and associates within the Gambino crime family. However, despite Castellano wanting his crime family to be legitimate, Castellano did in fact order over 15,000 murders during his regime. Castellano even went as far as demanding instead of 15% or 20% from Capos, and soldiers like most mafia bosses demand, Castellano demanded as high as 25% and on some cases even went as far as 30%, which infuriated most members within the Gambino crime family, most members of the Gambino family began to despise Castellano, and abhorred his greediness, narcissism and selfishness. Castellation may have been despised by many, but he did retain a very high degree of muscle to keep John Gotti's crew and other soldiers and associates in check, Castellano's enforcement arms included the notoriously violent and much-feared crew run by Capo Anthony Gaggi and Soldier Roy DeMeo, the crew was called the "Demeo crew" or the "murder machine crew" which was the most brutal, deadliest and feared gang in America, during the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, and the Demeo crew is believed to have committed as many as 10,000 murders during Castellano's regime from the mid-1970s and mid-1980s. While Castellano was still in charge, most of the family affairs were run and controlled unofficially by a ruling-panel made up of capos which included powerful Garment District leader Thomas Gambino, Manhattan Capo Vincent Corrao, Castellano's bodyguard/chauffeur and later Underboss Thomas Bilotti, and powerful Queens faction-leaders Daniel Marino and James Failla, all top rivals of John Gotti.
It was not a time for the family to be embroiled in inner turmoil and argument, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation had targeted the Gambino family as the easiest of the five families to infiltrate FBI tapes obtained from a bug planted in a lamp on Castellano's kitchen table caught him discussing illegal deals with his subordinates, and by the early 1980s Castellano was up on a number of charges and faced with conviction. He let it be known that he wanted Carlo Gambino's son Thomas Gambino to take over the family should he be sent to jail, with Thomas Bilotti (Castellano's chauffeur and bodyguard) as his Underboss, which further enraged the Dellacroce faction, particularly John Gotti.
In 1983, a federal indictment charged 13 members of the Gambino family with drug trafficking. This group included John Gotti's brother, Gene Gotti, and his best friend, Angelo Ruggiero, who got his nickname Quack Quack for his non-stop talking. The feds had in fact been listening in on his home phone conversations since 1980 they had Ruggiero on tape discussing family business, making drug deals, and expressing contempt for Castellano. If Castellano knew they were dealing drugs, in violation of his no-drug policy, Ruggiero would have been killed. By law, the accused were allowed transcripts of wiretap conversations to aid their defense, and Castellano demanded to be shown them, though Dellacroce did his best to put him off.
Aniello Dellacroce was by this time suffering from cancer, but with Ruggiero desperate for help, his friend John Gotti stood up for him. All the same, Castellano maintained that he wanted the transcripts, or he would have Ruggiero and Gotti removed. Gotti realized he had to act fast, and the death of his mentor Dellacroce on December 2, 1985, paved the way for him to take out Castellano.
John Gotti takes over EditOn December 16, 1985, Bilotti and Castellano were heading for a meeting with capo Frank DeCicco at the Sparks Steak House on 46th Street, when they were gunned down by four Gotti Faction members disguised as Communist Russians in the middle of rush hour. The Gambino crime family was then taken over by John Gotti.
John Gotti ruled the Gambino Crime Family with an iron fist. During Gotti's era he was the most powerful and notorious crime boss in America, Gotti was head of the most powerful, richest, largest, dangerous and feared crime syndicate in the world. Gotti may not have been as powerful, wealthy and influential as his predecessors Albert Anastasia, Carlo Gambino and Paul Castellano, and Gotti's regime of the Gambino crime family was not as successful as Castellano's, Anastasia's, and Gambino's, however, the Gambino crime family was still a multi-trillion dollar international criminal empire under Gotti's leadership. Gotti made an annual income of $3 billion, and Gotti had a net worth of roughly $7 billion. Also during Gotti's regime, he developed an endless army of ruthless and efficient killers, and dozens of lethal hit-squads, and had 2 million criminal associates and 800,000 soldiers under Gotti's control, and it is believed that Gotti ordered around 3,000 murders. Under Gotti's leadership, the Gambino crime family made $40 trillion a year thru construction, building trade, garbage hauling, garment industry, waste management, labor unions, labor racketeering, credit card fraud, prostitution, pornography, chop shops, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, gasoline tax rackets, bookmaking, armed robbery, truck hijacking, aircraft hijacking, cigarette smuggling, burglary, extortion, illegal gambling, loan sharking, real estate, numbers racket, gun running, stock fraud, from running, market manipulation, wildlife smuggling, and hundreds of other organized crime activities and legitimate businesses. John Gotti and his invincible and untouchable crime family had often bribed Cops, Judges, Jurors, Distrcit Attorneys, U.S Attorney's, Politicians, Senators, Government officials, Assemblyman, Councilman, Mayors, Governors, IRS Agents, EPA Agents, ATF Agents, DEA Agents, and even FBI Agents. John Gotti allegedly had two FBI Agents in his pocket, and they gave Gotti the tips on where to find electronic bugs inside their social clubs and elsewhere and other information regarding FBI informants and what the FBI is investigating in their organization. John Gotti's iron-fisted reign came to a sudden and shocking end, when his right-hand man, and underboss Sammy Gravano was fearful that John Gotti would have him killed and the fact that he didn't trust him anymore, so he decided to testify against his boss John Gotti and over a dozen members of the Gambino crime family as well. After John Gotti received a sentence of life without parole for 60 counts of murder, conspiracy, jury tampering, extortion, and racketeering, He continued to control the Gambino crime family in prison and still remained powerful even in prison until his death in 2002 from throat cancer at age 61.
Known as the "Dapper Don," Gotti was well-known for his hand-tailored Brioni suits and hand painted silk ties and his willingness to throw out sound bites to the media in a way unlike any Mafia boss before him. Unlike most of his colleagues, he made almost no effort to hide that he was a connected mobster. He appointed Frank DeCicco as his Underboss and promoted Angelo Ruggiero to Caporegime in charge of his old crew. At that time, Salvatore Gravano was allegedly elevated to Underboss. Gotti favored holding meetings while walking in public places so that surveillance equipment could pick up visual images, but not the matters being discussed. His home in Howard Beach, Queens, was frequently seen on television. One of his neighbours during that time was John Favara, who disappeared after hitting Gotti's 12-year-old son with a car while he was riding his bike, killing him instantly. Another neighbor was Gotti's dear friend and associate, Joseph "Big Joe" Massino, who was during the late 1980s recognized as the Underboss of the Bonanno crime family, and a strong candidate for leadership, for the imprisoned Boss Philip "Rusty" Rastelli.
Many mob leaders disapproved of his high-profile style, particularly Genovese crime family boss Vincent Gigante, a former ally of Castellano. Ironically, Gigante had been the triggerman in the last unsanctioned hit on a Mafia boss, when he nearly killed Frank Costello in 1957. Gigante allegedly conspired with Lucchese crime family leaders Vittorio Amuso and Anthony Casso, to put out a contract on Gotti's life. On April 13, 1986, a car bomb meant for Gotti instead killed DeCicco.
Eventually, Gotti's overconfidence, brash demeanor and belief that he was untouchable (he was acquitted on federal charges three times, earning the nickname the "Teflon Don") proved his undoing. The FBI had managed to bug an apartment above the Ravenite Social Club in Little Italy, where an elderly widow let mobsters hold top-level meetings. Gotti was heard planning criminal activities and complaining about his underlings. In particular, he complained about Gravano, portraying him as a "mad dog" killer. Gravano responded by turning state's evidence and testifying against Gotti.