Carmine Galante

Mob Boss
Born Feb 21, 1910

Carmine Galante, also known as "Lilo" and "Cigar" (February 21, 1910 – July 12, 1979) was a mobster and acting boss of the Bonanno crime family. Galante was rarely seen without a cigar, leading to the nickname "The Cigar" and "Lilo" (an Italian slang word for cigar).… Read More

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1910 Birth Camillo Carmine Galante was born on February 21, 1910, in a tenement building in the East Harlem section of Manhattan. … Read More


1925 15 Years Old On December 12, 1925, the 15-year-old Galante pleaded guilty to assault charges.
1926 16 Years Old On December 22, 1926, Galante was sentenced to at least two-and-a-half years in state prison.


1930 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 1930, Galante was arrested for the murder of police officer Walter DeCastilla during a payroll robbery. … Read More
1931 21 Years Old On February 8, 1931, after pleading guilty to attempted robbery Galante was sentenced to 12 and a half years in state prison.
1939 29 Years Old On May 1, 1939, Galante was released from prison on parole.


1940 30 Years Old By 1940, Galante was carrying out "hits" for Vito Genovese, the official underboss of the Luciano crime family. … Read More
1943 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1943, Galante allegedly murdered Carlo Tresca, the publisher of an anti-fascist newspaper in New York. … Read More
1944 34 Years Old On December 21, 1944, Galante was released from prison.
1945 35 Years Old On February 10, 1945, Galante married Helena Marulli in New York. … Read More


1953 43 Years Old In 1953, Bonanno sent Galante to Montreal, Quebec to supervise the family drug business there. … Read More
1957 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1957, due to Galante's strong-arm extortion tactics, the Canadian Government deported him back to the United States.
1958 48 Years Old In 1958, after being indicted on drug conspiracy charges, Galante went into hiding.
1959 49 Years Old On June 3, 1959, New Jersey State Police officers arrested Galante after stopping his car on the Garden State Parkway close to New York City. … Read More


1960 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 18, 1960, Galante was indicted on a second set of narcotics charges; he surrendered voluntarily.
1962 52 Years Old On July 10, 1962, after being convicted in his second narcotics trial, Galante was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
1964 54 Years Old In 1964, Joseph Bonanno and his ally, Profaci crime family boss Joseph Magliocco, unsuccessfully plotted to murder three rival members of the Mafia Commission. … Read More


1973 63 Years Old A few days after his release from prison, Galante allegedly ordered the bombing of the doors to the mausoleum of his enemy Frank Costello, who had died in 1973. … Read More
1978 68 Years Old On March 3, 1978, Galante's parole was revoked by the United States Parole Commission and he was sent back to prison. … Read More
However, on February 27, 1979, a judge ruled that the government had illegally revoked Galante's parole and ordered his immediate release from prison. … Read More
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