Notorious gangster Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano had homosexual relations with a young man before making his way up the ranks of the Gambino crime family, according to a new book proposal currently being shopped.
Authors Laura and Karen Garofalo were just 17 and 25, respectively, when their father, Eddie Garofalo, was murdered by Gravano’s henchmen in 1990. In “Our Father’s Blood,” the sisters reveal that Gravano’s bisexuality was “common knowledge” in Brooklyn. “People in Bensonhurst knew, but no one really talked about it,” Laura Garofalo tells Page Six.
According to the proposal now being offered to publishers, Gravano once carried on a secret relationship with a man the Garofalos call “Jack Russo.” After Gravano wed Debra Scibetta in 1971, he supposedly learned that Scibetta’s brother, Nick, had admitted to her that he was gay, and that he, too, had been involved with Russo. “Nick knew Gravano’s secret,” Garofalo says.
Nick Scibetta, an alcoholic with a cocaine habit, was murdered in 1978 after insulting the daughter of a Gambino boss and getting into a fight with the son of another. According to Laura, “Sammy has always maintained that Nick was killed because his behavior was out of control and he was a liability, but the truth is that he wanted him dead because Nick had threatened to out him.”
Garofalo says that of the 19 murders Gravano admitted to as part of his plea deal, Scibetta’s is the only one that remains sealed.
Gravano, who famously flipped on Gambino boss John Gotti and later entered the Witness Protection Program, is currently serving a 19-year stint in Arizona state prison after being convicted of possession and distribution of ecstasy in October 2002.
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