He was as vicious as Mafia boss Vito Genovese, as ambitious as Vito Genovese, and he dealt deeply with the heroin business as Vito Genovese. However, Carmine "Cigar" Galante does not die for natural reasons like Vito Genovese (though in prison). Instead, Galante was murdered as one of the most memorable mob hits of all time. After his body was filled with lead, he lay on his back in the tiny backyard of a Queens restaurant, and his trademark cigar clenched tightly between his teeth.
Camillo Galante was born on February 21, 1910 in Stanton Street, 27 Lower East Side of Manhattan. As both his parents, the fisherman Vincenzo and his wife (maiden name Vingenza Russo) were born in the seaside village of Castellammarese del Golfo in Sicily, Galante was a pure first generation Sicilian / American. Galante had two brothers and two sisters, and when he went to school, Galante used his first name, Camillo, and demanded that he be called Carmine instead. Over the years, it has been shortened to "Lilo," which was the name of most of its associates, Galante.
For the first time, when he was fourteen years old, Galante found himself stealing from a shop counter. However, since he was a minor at the time, there is no record of his arrest in his official police record.
At various times, Galante attended public schools at 79 and 120, but dropped out of school at the age of fifteen. Galante was several times in and out of the Reform School and was considered an "incurable criminal."
From 1923 to 1926, Galante apparently worked for Lubin's Artificial Flower Company at 270 Broadway West. However, it was a desire to comply with the law that Galante was in paid employment when he was actually pursuing a very lucrative criminal career.
In December 1925, Galante was arrested for assault. However, money changed hands between the Galante people and the cunning police, and as a result, Galante was released without serving a prison sentence. In December 1926, Galante was arrested again, but this time he was convicted of second-degree assault and robbery and sentenced to two to five years in prison. Galante was released from prison in 1930 and, in order to satisfy his probation officer, received a new deceptive "job" at the Brien Fishery Company on South Street near 105 Fulton Fish Market.
However, Galante's nature was not to be on the right side of the law. On March 15, 1930, five men entered the Martin Weinstein Shoe Factory in the corner of York and Washington Street in Brooklyn Heights. On the 6th floor of the building, Mr Weinstein was in the process of concentrating his weekly payroll under the protection of Walter De Castillia, 84th Prefectural Police Officer. Five men took the elevator to the 6th floor. While one man stood guard at the elevator, the other four men entered Mr Weinstein's office. They ignored the $ 7,500 sitting on the table and opened Officer De Castillia – the young girl's married father – with a nine-year military officer. Officer De Castillia was stabbed six times in the chest and died instantly.
Four men walked calmly back to the elevator and joined their cohort who guarded the elevator, Louis Sella. Stella led the five men downstairs. He later told police that the men had left the building, walked calmly to the parked car, got in the car and fled the scene. When the police arrived a few minutes later just two blocks from the station, the killers were nowhere to be seen. Sella described the five men as "early to mid-twenties, with dark skin and dark hair." According to Sella, the men were all "very well dressed".
The police theory was that, because no money had been taken, it was a planned attack by Officer De Castillia. On August 30, 1930, Galante was arrested, along with Michael Consolo and Angelo Presinzano, and charged with murdering Officer De Castillia. However, all four men were soon released due to lack of evidence.
On December 25, 1930, four suspicious men were sitting in a green sedan on Briggs Avenue in Brooklyn. Police Detective Joseph Meenahan happened in the area. He spotted the men in the sedan, pulled the gun, and approached the sedan carefully. One of the men cried to Meenahan, "Stop there copper, or we will burn you."
Before Meenahan responded, the shooting began with the green sedan. Meenahan was shot in the leg and a six-year-old girl walking near her mother was seriously wounded. The driver of the sedan had trouble starting the car, so four men jumped out of the sedan and tried to escape. Three men managed to escape the area by jumping on a passing truck, but four men slipped as they tried to crash the truck and arrested Meenahan. That man was Carmine Galante.
When Meenahan brought Galante to the station, a group of detectives, angry that one of them was wounded, began giving Galante a "police station setup". Despite getting the pieces, Galante refused to give up the identity of the men. He was subsequently tried and convicted as one of four men who had kidnapped a Lieberman Brewery in Brooklyn. On January 8, 1931, Galante was sent to Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. He was later transferred to the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, where he remained until his release on May 1, 1939.
During her stay in Galante's prison, she was subjected to an IQ test, which revealed that she had an unfortunate IQ of only 90, which, although she was well into her twenties, was equated to a 14-year-old. It was also noted that Galante was diagnosed with a "neuropathic psychopathic personality". A physical assessment showed that Galante had a head injury as a result of a 10-year-old car accident, an ankle fractured at the age of eleven, and Galante showed signs of early gonorrhea, likely to occur on one of many brothels controlled by a mob.
After being released from prison, in 1939 Galante got a new counterfeit job at his old job at the Lubin artificial flower company. In February 1941, Galante became a member of Longshoreman's 856 Union, where he apparently worked as a "stevedore." However, Galante has probably been very rarely employed; one of the benefits of being a Mafia.
No exact date is available, but Galante was invited to join the Bonanno crime family in the early 1940s. Despite the fact that his boss was America's youngest mafia boss, Joe Bonanno, Galante played many hits for Vito Genovese throughout the 1930s and 1940s.
When Genovese was spontaneously in exile in Italy (wanted on a murder charge and flew to police before being arrested), Genovese received quick cuts with the help of Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Mussolin had a shoe in America called Carlo Tresa. Tresa sparked much of Mussolini's agitation by constantly writing anti-fascist feelings in his radical Italian-language newspaper, Il Martello, which was sold in American Italian communities.
Genovese sent the message back to America under Frank Garofalo, Joseph Bossano that Tresa had to go. Garofalo gave Tresa a contract with Galante, who hid Tresa for a few days to determine the best time and place to beat her.
On January 11, 1943, Tresa was walking down Fifth Avenue near 13th Street when a black Ford sedan pulled over. Ford stopped and Galante jumped out, firearm in hand. Galante stabbed Tresa several times in the back and head, killing a newspaper editor instantaneously. Amazingly, Galante saw a parole officer fleeing the scene, but due to wartime petrol rationing, the parole officer was unable to track a black Ford that included Galante and a smoking gun. Tresa's murder was never arrested.
In 1953, Bonanno Galante sent Montreal, Canada, to control the interests of the Bonanno family north of the border. In addition to the very lucrative Canadian gambling rackets, the Bonannos were heavy on heroin imports, from France to Canada and then to America – the notorious French Community. Galante supervised the Canadian drug operation for three years. But in 1956, the Canadian police struck Galante's involvement. Because they did not have enough evidence to arrest Galante, they deported Galante back to America, classifying Galante as an "undesirable alien."
In 1957, Genovese called for an All-American Summit Mafioso Summit, to be held in New York's Apalachin High in the Capitol of Stefano Magaddino Buffalo's Crime Family, Joseph Barbara. To prepare for this meeting, on October 19, 1956, several New York crime figures were invited to Barbara's home to present the guidelines for the planned meeting; whose main purpose was to win the Genovese Capo di Tutti Capi "or" the superior of all the chiefs ".
Returning to New York after the meeting, he rode Naban Galante near New York for speeding. As his driving license was suspended, Galante gave the police a telephone. He was immediately arrested and sentenced to 30 days in prison. But the Mafia tentacles also reached the New York State Police Department directly. After some mobbed New York lawyers made the right phone calls to the state of New York, Galante was released within 48 hours. However, Sergeant Edgar Roswell, a state police officer, noted that Galante had admitted to police that he had been staying at an Arlington hotel with a local businessman named Joseph Barbara. This prompted Roswell to pay special attention to Barbara's residency at Apalachin in New York.
Less than a month later, on November 17, 1957, at the request of Don Vito Genoves, all Mafia members from all over America moved to Barbara's residence. These men included Sam Giancana of Chicago, Santo Trafficante of Florida, John Scalish of Cleveland, and Joe Profac and Tommy Lucchese of New York City. Galante boss Joe Bonanno decided not to attend and sent Galante instead.
Sergeant Roswell noted that the day before, the nearby Arlington hotel had been booked with suspicious-looking tugboats for the rafters. Roswell asked the right questions and was able to confirm that the man who made the reservations for these men was Joseph Barbara himself. Roswell drove to Barbara's resident and spotted dozens of luxury cars parked outside, some with suburban license plates.
Roswell called for supplies and in minutes dozens of treachers arrived with drawn guns. Group troops attacked Barbara's residence, followed by chaos. Men who wore expensive suits, hats and shoes from the house. Some were arrested immediately; some reached their cars and drove away early before police could set up roadblocks. Others jumped out of the windows and penetrated through the coniferous forests. One of these men was Carmine Galante, who hid in a cornfield until the police left Barbara's residence. She then returned to Barbara's home and arranged for her safe passage back to New York.
The next day, when news of the attack on Barbara's house hit American newspapers, the cover was blown away by the false idea that the mafia was a myth, Galante went into the wind or mob-pulled a "lamb". On January 8, 1958, the New York Herald Tribune wrote that Galante had fled to Italy with an old friend, Salvatore "Lucky" Luciano, who had captured an Italian friend, "Lucky" Luciano, who had fled to exile after spending nine years in an American prison. download. Another report said it wasn't Luciano Galante's, but rather Joe "Adonis" Doto, another Italian exile mob boss. On January 9, the New York Journal American reported that Galante was not in Italy at all, but in Havana, Cuba, along with longtime member of the National Criminal Commission, Meyer Lansky, who had numerous casino interests in Cuba.
In April 1958 it was somehow leaked that Galante was now back in the US and lives somewhere in the New York area. Local laws went to work and in July, Galante was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Addiction as he was driving near Holmdale in New Jersey. He was charged with participating in a major heroin deal involving many Galante. Vito Genovese, John Ormento, Joe Di Palermo and Vincent Gigante were also arrested in the same case. Galante, who used his New York law firm again, was released on a $ 100,000 bail. Galante's lawyers were able to postpone further legal proceedings for nearly two years. It was not until 17 May 1960 that Galante was officially charged and released again on bail.
On January 20, 1961, Galante's trial began, and Judge Thomas F. Murphy canceled Galante's bail, ordering Galante to shoot him directly. However, Galante's fortune came to a standstill when the trial was announced on May 15. The jury chairman, 68-year-old apparel manufacturer Harry Appel, seemed to be in misfortune when he crashed into a building on 15th Street in Manhattan. After doctors arrived and Appel was taken to a nearby hospital, it was determined that Appel had suffered a broken back. No one had fallen for Appel, nor had Appel been hurt and frightened that anyone had pushed her. Although they had no solid evidence, law enforcement believed that Appel was being pushed by the Galante Cohort, with a warning to tell no one, and they allowed Appel and his family members to live.
Galante, who feels alive and hacked, was released from prison by securing a $ 135,000 bond.
Unfortunately, all good things must end.
In April 1962, Galante's second trial began.
During the trial, a bit of chaos reigned in the courtroom when one of Galante's co-defendants, a nasty creature named Tony Mirra (who was claimed to have killed 30 to 40 people), became so intact that he lifted his chair and threw it at the prosecutor. Fortunately, the prosecutor missed his chair and landed in the jury box, forcing frightened jurors to scatter in all directions. The order was reinstated and the trial continued, which was bad news for both Galante and Mirra. Both men were convicted and on 10 July 1962 Galante was sentenced to thirty years in prison. Mirra was also sent to prison for a very long time. It is not clear whether Mirra received an extra penalty for the chair throwing incident.
Galante was first sent to Alcatraz Prison, located on an island fortress in the San Francisco Bay. He then moved to Lewisburg Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas before serving the final years of his prison sentence in Atlanta, Georgia. Galante was finally released from prison on January 24, 1974, full of heat and sulfur and ready to start business again. However, Galante had to be conditioned until 1981, so he had to be careful not to keep a high profile. Unfortunately, being in the background was not Galante's makeup.
While in prison, Galante announced that he was going to control the New York Mafia through his throat. At the time, Carlo Gambino, the head of the Gambino crime family, was the accepted leader of the five New York City mafia families. Gambino was pious and generally quiet and reserved; well respected for his business spirit and his ability to keep peace with his family and other mafia families. However, Galante had to be used for Gambino or his business method.
By the time Galante was released, his boss, Joe Bonanno, had been forced to "retire" and was living in Arizona, Tuscon. The new Bonanno boss was Rusty Rastelli. But because Rastelli was a jerk at the time, Galante took over Bonannos as "street commander". However, Rastell was considered the boss of Bonannos and was not too happy with how Galante shook his stuff on the streets of New York.
Galante took an unusual step that was not appreciated by other members of the Bonanno crime family, surrounded by Sicilian-born Mafioso, such as Caesar Bonventre, Salvatore Catalano and Baldo Amato. These mages were jealously called "zippers" by the American mafia for their quick way in Italian. These zippers were closely related to the drug trade and were in direct opposition to those in the Genovese crime family led by Funz Tieri, just as cunning and vicious as Galante.
Galante had a small setback when the FED arrested his "involvement with known criminals" in 1978, which was his conditional violation. As Galante flowed in prison, he began ordering from his men the mobsters of the criminal families of Genovese and Gambino, who contributed to Galante's global drug operation. Since Carlo Gambino is now dead (due to natural causes), Galante thought he had the flesh to push the rest of the crime family bosses into the background. Out of prison, he sent a message to his superiors, "Who among you is going to stand up to me?"
On March 1, 1979, Galante was released from prison and airborne because he truly believed other crime bosses feared him. Like Vito Genovese before him, Galante imagined himself as the "boss of all bosses" and it was only a matter of time before other bosses dominated and awarded him the title.
Galante, however, underestimated the power and will of other Mafioso bosses in New York. As Galante orbited the streets of New York, other bosses met in Boca Raton, Florida to determine Galante's fate. Funzi Tieri, Jerry Catena, Paul Castellano and Florida boss Santo Trafficante attended this meeting. These powerful men voted unanimously if a mob of peace were to prevail in the streets of New York, Galante had to go. Rastell, who was still in prison, was consulted and even Joe Bonanno, who lives in Arizona, was asked if he had any reservations about catching his former close associate. Both Rastelli and Bonanno signed Galante's murder contract and Galante's days were numbered.
July 12, 1979 was a hot and sticky summer day as 69-year-old Carmine Galante Lincoln climbed 205 Knickerbocker Avenue in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. Knickerbocker Avenue had been a turf fracture for the Bonanno crime family for more than 50 years, and over the years, there were numerous mob seats in a block of several blocks of flats.
Carmine Galante left Lincoln, then said goodbye to the driver: nephew James Galante. Carmine Galante wore a white short-sleeved shirt and, as usual, sucked on a huge Churchill cigar. Galante settled into a small restaurant and was greeted by Joe and Mary's restaurant owner Joe Turano. During that visit, Galante had met with Leonardo "Nardo" Coppola, a close associate of Turano and Galante's, at an unidentified mobile company.
At about 1.30 pm, Cappola walked to a restaurant with zippers Baldo Amato and Cesare Bonventre, who were cousins, and from the same village where Galante's parents were: Castellammarese del Golfo. By this time, Galante and Turano had already finished their meal, so as the three newcomers sat down and dined, Galante and Turano's yard slipped into the courtyard of the backyard and sat under a controlled yellow and turquoise umbrella. After Cappola, Bonventre and Amato stopped eating, they joined the other two men outside. Galante and Turano smoked cigars and drank roasted espresso with Anisette (only tourists and non-Italians drink Sambuca).
Galante sat with his back in the small garden, Amato to the left and Bonventre to the right. Turano and Cappola sat opposite the table, their backs to the door to the restaurant.
At about 2:40 p.m., a four-door blue Mercury Montego parked in front of Joe and Mary's restaurant. The car was stolen about a month earlier. The driver, wearing a red mask with a mask on his face, stepped out of the car and stood in the guard's seat, holding a 3030 M1 carbine rifle menacingly in his hand. Another three men, who also wore ski masks, jumped out of the car and ran to the restaurant. They passed a few startled eateries who were still eating lunch and rushed to the courtyard.
As they entered the courtyard, one masked man said to another, "Take him, Sal!"
A gunman named "Sal" started firing a double-deck firearm at Galante several times, pushing Galante from his chair as he climbed back. Galante was hit with 30 pellets, one knocked on his left eye. Galante had probably died before being hit on the ground, and the cigar still remained tight between his teeth.
When shooting at Galante, Joe Turano shouted, "What are you doing?"
The same armed man turned to Turano and fired on Turano's chest while shooting at Turano forever.
Cappola jumped up from the table and either Amato or Bonventre (not sure which shot) shot Cappola in the face, then five times in the chest. Cappola landed face down and the killer with a firearm exploded from behind Coppola.
Three masked men then rushed out of the restaurant and into the fleeing car. Witnesses outside the restaurant said the car led to Flushing Avenue on Knickerbocker Avenue, then disappeared around the corner. Bonventre and Amato, both wearing leather jackets despite the suffocating heat, soon followed the three gunmen out of the restaurant. They walked calmly down the quarter, got into blue Lincoln and drove away as if they had care in the world.
The body of Galante was laid to the Provenzano-Lanza Funeral Home on 43 Second Avenue in the Lower East Side. Such masses, usually associated with the mafia wave, were significantly absent. On 17 July Galante was buried in Queens Cemetery of St. John. As the Feds counted, only 59 people attended Galante's funeral mass and burial. The Feds also reported that no mafia-born men were caught with CCTV cameras either awake or at a funeral.
One Fed commented on the low turnout: "Galante was so bad, people didn't want to see him even when he was dead."
Although the newspapers played the killing with scary front-page photos, the public seemed overwhelmed by the scale of the event. The young boy stepped up to the policeman who was on guard.
"Was he an actress?" the child told the police officer.
Police responded, "No, he was a gangster."