Louis "Louie Bagels" Daidone (born February 23, 1946) is a New York mobster and former acting boss of the Lucchese crime family.
Sidewalk soldier Edit
Daidone was born in Broad Channel, Queens on February 23rd 1946 in a home on Cross Bay Boulevard earning him the nickname "Louis Crossbay". He is a paternal blood relative of Philadelphia crime family mobster Albert Daidone.
In the early 1980s, Daidone became a made man, or soldier, in the Lucchese crime family, working with the Brooklyn faction of the family. Daidone soon gained a reputation as a tough enforcer and "sidewalk soldier" who was involved in loansharking, extortion and drug trafficking activities. He worked under consigliere/Brooklyn faction boss, Christopher Furnari and was close to capos Vittorio Amuso and Anthony Casso, who dominated the Brooklyn faction. Daidone owned a bagel shop, "Bagels on the Bay" in Howard Beach, Queens, that he used as a headquarters for his crew. Daidone's crew was involved in loansharking, extortion, racketeering, narcotics distribution, and murder.
In 1985, Lucchese boss Anthony Corallo was convicted of racketeering in the Mafia Commission trial and sentenced to life in prison. Corallo's acting boss was Anthony "Buddy" Luongo, but he disappeared in December 1986, possibly murdered by family rivals. With Christopher Furnari and Casso's approval, Corallo made Amuso the new Lucchese boss. Amuso then promoted Casso, his closest advisor, to underboss and Daidone to capo in the Queens faction.
On March 25, 1988, Daidone and his associates robbed an armored truck belonging to the Rapid Armored Truck Company in New York. The Lucchese family netted $1.2 million from this heist.
Gilmore and Facciolo murders Edit
By the mid 1980s, Daidone had become a top aide to Vittorio Amuso and Anthony Casso. During this period, Amuso became increasingly concerned about potential rivals and government informants within the family. He soon started a bloody purge of possible suspects, using Daidone to help him.
In February 1989, Vittorio Amuso and Anthony Casso ordered Daidone to murder Lucchese soldier Thomas Gilmore, a car thief working for the Lucchese family. They had received information from New York Police Department (NYPD) detectives Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, who were both being bribed by Casso, that Gilmore was a government informant. Daidone and two associates hid inside Gilmore's Richmond Hill, Queens apartment to await his return. Under Daidone's supervision, the two associates ambushed Gilmore as he returned to his apartment and shot him three times in the head. There is no proof that Gilmore was ever working for a government agency.
In 1990, both Vittorio Amuso and Anthony Casso became fugitives to avoid federal indictment for racketeering. During this period, they communicated orders to the Lucchese family using messengers. In August 1990, Amuso and Casso ordered Daidone to murder Lucchese mobster Bruno Facciolo. Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa had told Amuso that Facciolo was helping California authorities in an investigation of a Lucchese-linked homicide. Daidone asked Facciolo to formally introduce him to a member of another crime family at a garage in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
When Daidone and Facciolo arrived at the garage, Facciolo saw the men waiting for him and tried to run away. Daidone dragged Facciolo back to the garage, then held him down while the other mobsters stabbed and shot him in both eyes. One week later, Facciolo's body was recovered from the trunk of his car. The police found a dead canary in his mouth, the Cosa Nostra sign of an informant. In 1991, Amuso was finally captured in Pennsylvania and later that year convicted of racketeering charges and in 1992, was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Brooklyn rivalry Edit
On May 1, 1992, Daidone and three other Lucchese mobsters were convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery in the 1988 armored truck robbery. Daidone was sentenced to five years in prison. The stolen money was never recovered. After receiving a life sentence to prison in 1992, Amuso chose Joseph DeFede as new acting boss, Steven Crea as underboss and Frank Lastorino as consigliere. The powerful Bronx faction, led by Crea, was now sharing control of the family with Vittorio Amuso. In 1993, the newly captured Anthony Casso, Frank Lastorino, and other Brooklyn faction members were indicted on racketeering charges. After Lastorino went to prison, Amuso promoted the imprisoned Daidone to consigliere. In 1996, Daidone was released from prison.
Consigliere to acting boss Edit
During the 1990s, the Lucchese family underwent several leadership changes as more of the top leadership was sent to prison. Throughout this period as consigliere, Daidone supervised the enforcement and intimidation actions within the family, and continued to run extortion, loansharking, drug trafficking and murder activities in Queens. Daidone began working with Joseph Caridi in large extortion operations around New York City.
In 1998, Joseph DeFede was indicted on nine counts of racketeering and received five years in prison after pleading guilty. Amuso now promoted Steven Crea to acting boss. In 2000, Crea was indicted on charges of extortion and racketeering and sentenced to five years in prison. Amuso now promoted Daidone to acting boss.
Amuso soon began pressuring Daidone to murder DeFede after his release from prison. Amuso believed that DeFede had been underestimating the profits from his rackets to avoid paying more tribute to Amuso. DeFede found out about Amuso's plan and in February 2002, immediately after his release from prison, DeFede became a government witness. His information on labor racketeering, extortion activities, and unsolved murders allowed the government to build a strong racketeering case against Daidone.
On November 15, 2002, Daidone was indicted for racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder in the 1989 Gilmore and 1990 Facciolo murders. During a search of Daidone's home, authorities recovered mob-related business records, $70,000 in cash, and some marijuana. Testifying against Daidone were Alphonse D' Arco, DeFede, and Frank Gioia, Jr., all of whom had become government witnesses.
In March 2003, Daidone was indicted again for racketeering, loan-sharking, gambling and other crimes. In one of the crimes, a Brooklyn landlord was assaulted on Daidone's orders because the landlord ignored a request by Daidone to lower the volume on his home music system.
On July 1, 2004, after being convicted on the 2002 charges of loansharking and conspiracy to murder in the Gilmore and Facciolo murders, Daidone was sentenced to life in prison.
As of March, 2011, Daidone is incarcerated at the high-security United States Penitentiary (USP) in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. He has no release date.