Paul “Brass” or “Paulie” Gulino (Born ?– Murdered July 25, 1993) was a former mob associate for the Bonanno and Gambino Crime families. He was the leader of the infamous Bath Avenue Crew that terrorized the streets of Brooklyn in the early 1990s.
Bath Avenue CrewEdit
Gulino and his friends grew up in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn. During his childhood Gulino and his friends grew up around wise guys and did work for them. Gulino and his friends decided to form their own crew and became known as the Bath Avenue Crew.
The original founding members included Gulino,
Other Bath Avenue Crew members:
- Nicholas "Nicky" Tuzzio
- Michael "Mikey Y." Yammine
- William "Applehead" Galloway
- Chris Paciello
- Anthony Gonzalez
Seven members of the crew, including Gulino, got their ankles tattooed with numbers. "We're devoted to getting our button from the Bonanno family."
Gulino and his crew carried out various criminal acts for Bonanno consigliere Anthony Spero and Bonanno gangster Joseph Benanti. They were involved in robbing banks, home invasions, drug dealing, and killing people.
In 1991, Spero ordered the murder of Vincent Bickelman, a burglar from Brooklyn who had broken into the home of one of Spero’s daughters. Bickelman had made off with jewelry and a fur coat that were later found in his apartment. Gulino accepted the Bickelman hit to help get him inducted into the Bonanno family. Bickelman was found dead on September 15, 1991 with six bullet wounds to his body.
In 1993, Gulino broke the cardinal rule of the American Mafia; never touch a made man. Gulino and his Bath Avenue Crew became involved in a dispute with a crew connected to the Colombo crime family. The violence between the two crews became so extreme that Anthony Spero stepped in to resolve the violence. Spero had a sit down with the Colombos and both families agreed to put the violence behind them. Gulino became upset by Spero’s action because he felt that Spero should’ve supported and defended him. It is even rumored that Gulino plotted to kill Spero because he kept getting passed over for membership into the Bonanno family. When Gulino confronted Spero about this, he became so angry during the argument that he pushed Spero. This action officially signed his death sentence.
Spero gave the order to kill him. Gulino went into hiding and holed up in his apartment. The only people he trusted were his friends. As a result, two of his closest friends and crew members, Thomas Reynolds and Joseph Calco, were sent to kill him. One morning in 1993, after letting them into his apartment, Calco shot Gulino as he was getting them some drinks from the kitchen. A couple of weeks later, Gulino’s parents found him shot to death in their kitchen.
In 2001, former Bath Avenue Crew members such as James Calandra, Joseph Calco and many other turncoats testified against Spero. Calco claimed that Spero was the one who gave the order to get rid of the boss of his crew.
People Killed by Paul Gulino
1). Vincent Bickelman/1991/ Burglar/ Kiled because he broke into and stole from a family member of a gangster.
Inside the American Mob Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q1bYrHvryE