New York Mafia’s Greatest Hits
June 28, 1971. The body of mob boss Joseph Colombo is put in a police vehicle minutes after being shot by a non-gangster during a rally of the Italian American Coalition at Columbus Circle.
Colombo lingers in a coma for years. Rival Joey Gallo was suspected of arranging the hit but was never charged.
Mob associate Fred Weiss’ body was found outside his girlfriend’s Staten Island condo on September 11, 1989.
He was murdered by the DeCavalcante crime family hit team.
John Gotti ordered the hit fearing Weiss, facing fraud charges, would turn informant.
More than a half-dozen gangsters have been jailed in this one crime.
The casket containing legendary gangster Joey Gallo exits Guido’s Funeral Home in his old neighborhood of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Gallo was gunned down at Umberto’s Clam House in Little Italy on April 7, 1972, after a night out with actor Jerry Orbach and his wife.
Orbach was prepping for his role in a movie version of Jimmy Breslin’s “Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.”
Gallo’s execution came 10 years after he first ignited an internal war in the Colombo family.
Paul “Big Paulie” Castellano
Dec. 16, 1985. The body of Gambino crime family boss, Paul “Big Paulie” Castellano, was found on the sidewalk in front of Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan.
Bodyguard Thomas Bilotti lies at the far left. John Gotti orchestrated his assassination to become the new boss.
Bonnano crime family associate, Louis Tuzzio, lies slumped in the driver’s seat of his Chevrolet Camero. He was murdered by the Bonanno family on January 3, 1990.
Albert Anastasia, head of Murder Inc. and boss of what would become the Gambino crime family, was found on the barbershop floor of the Park-Sheraton Hotel on W. 55th St.
The reputed chief executioner of Muder Inc. was slain by unknown assailants at 10:18 am on October 25, 1957. Following his death, Carlo Gambino took over as family boss.
Police examine the body of Edward Garofalo, slain by the Gambino family on suspicion of being an informant.
He was shot while walking to his Cadillac on 83rd St. in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn on August 8, 1990.
Nicholas “Nicky Black” Grancio
Crime scene detectives examine Nicholas “Nicky Black” Grancio, a Colombo soldier shot behind the wheel of a car at Avenue U and McDonald Avenue in Gravesend, Brooklyn on January 7, 1992.
Grancio was killed during the Colombo crime family internal war by murderous Greg Scarpa Sr.’s crew in a dispute between two factions vying for control of the family.
Michael “The Bat” DeBatte
Michael “The Bat” DeBatte was killed on orders of the Gambino family gangster Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano on November 2, 1987.
His body was removed by police from Tali’s Bar in Brooklyn.
The late Anthony DiLapi was found in the garage of his apartment building outside Los Angeles on February 4, 1990.
The Lucchese family soldier had moved out to the West Coast to get away from the mob, but was found and murdered on the orders of Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso.
Mob cops Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa obtained information of DiLapi’s whereabouts from California police.
Gambino soldier Edward Lino was murdered by mob cops Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa on November 6, 1990.
The cops pulled Lino over on a service road of Belt Parkway in Brooklyn and shot him in the head.
Carmine Galante, a capo in the Bonanno family shown with a cigar in his mouth, was murdered in the backyard garden of Joe & Mary’s Restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn on July 12, 1979.
The hit was orchestrated by rival Philip “Rusty” Rastelli.