Carmine Galante
American mob boss
Carmine Galante
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).
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Google News - over 5 years
Carmine Galante -- boss of the Bonanno family -- was nicknamed "Lilo," Italian slang for cigar. Rocco Sisto played "young" Junior Soprano on The Sopranos. Santo Trafficante participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba for the CIA and a plot to kill
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La nascita della "multinazionale" del traffico internazionale di droga - AgoraVox Italia
Google News - almost 6 years
... il 16 settembre del 1957, all'Hotel delle Palme di Palermo, presenti Joseph Bonanno, Camillo Carmine Galante, Giovanni Bonventre, Joe Di Bella, Vito Vitale, Charles Orlando, John Priziola e Santo Sorge, in rappresentanza delle famiglie americane
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At a Mob Trial, Testimony Focuses on the Knife and Fork - New York Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Associated Press In 1979, the mobster Carmine Galante, a cigar in his mouth, was killed on the patio of Joe & Mary restaurant in Brooklyn. The police carry the body of Carmine Galante out of Joe & Mary restaurant in Brooklyn
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Could This Be the End Of the Celebrity Mobster?
NYTimes - about 7 years
Predicting the demise of the Mafia is like predicting the demise of the ''Rocky'' franchise: Every time you think you have finally heard the last of it, it rears its ugly head. That said, with the announcement on Wednesday that the United States attorney's office in Manhattan would -- really, this time -- give up chasing John A. Gotti, the former
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Plot Twist
NYTimes - about 7 years
FOR nearly a year starting in July 2004, Philip Carlo traveled some 50 times to the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton and sat knee to knee with Richard Kuklinski, interviewing him about the more than 200 victims he claimed to have shot, knifed, bludgeoned, poisoned or fed to giant rats. Mr. Carlo, perhaps the dean of true-crime horror writers and
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Mob Informer Tells Court He's Gay, Crossing a Line
NYTimes - over 7 years
explicit rules -- that all made members of the mob are meant to follow: No beards. No sleeping with another gangster's wife. No cooperation with the government in accordance with ''omertà,'' the Mafia code of silence. But then there are those customs that are so engrained as part of the mob way that they never need to actually be spoken. High
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THE WORLD; What the Mexicans Might Learn From the Italians
NYTimes - over 8 years
The headline in The New York Times that morning in 1984 was macabre, if unintentionally hilarious: ''Unknown Arm of Sicilian Mafia Is Uncovered in the United States.'' The arm in question was not a body part but rather an overseas cell of the Italian criminal underworld operating alongside its better-known American counterpart -- the Bonanno family
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F. Y. I.
NYTimes - over 9 years
The City's Hottest Cars Q. I just bought a new Honda Civic, and since I'm hoping to hang on to it for a while, I was wondering how popular that model is with New York car thieves. A. Very popular, as it turns out. According to Paul Browne, the Police Department's chief spokesman, the most frequently stolen cars in New York City are, in order, Honda
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Guilty Verdict For 3 in Case Involving Bonanno Clan
NYTimes - over 10 years
It is often the most emotionally charged period during a criminal trial: the brief interlude between the time the jurors notify the court that they have reached a verdict, and the moment when they deliver it. But yesterday, in United States District Court in Brooklyn, Baldassare Amato, a longtime Bonanno soldier who is facing life in prison on
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Mob Family's Undoing, a Turncoat at a Time
NYTimes - over 10 years
For Baldassare Amato, a Sicilian immigrant who came to this country more than 30 years ago, traditions seem to die hard. But they are dying nonetheless. Over the last five weeks, Mr. Amato, a slender, hard-eyed 54-year-old, has listened intently in Federal District Court in Brooklyn as prosecutors and Mafia turncoats have told stories of gangland
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Metro Briefing | New York: Brooklyn: Mob Trial Begins
NYTimes - over 10 years
A man prosecutors say is a longtime mob soldier who was present at one of New York's most storied Mafia assassinations went on trial yesterday in Federal District Court on racketeering conspiracy charges that include two other murders. The defendant, Baldassare Amato, 54, is charged with the 1992 killings of Robert Perrino, a Bonanno family
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Mob Figure Is Charged in Plot To Kill a Rival Gangster
NYTimes - about 11 years
A man convicted 20 years ago in one of organized crime's most infamous assassinations was charged again yesterday with murder and racketeering. This time, the mob figure, Anthony Indelicato, 58, of Howard Beach, Queens, is accused of plotting to kill a rival by masquerading as a police officer. Mr. Indelicato is identified by prosecutors as a
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carmine Galante
  • 1979
    Age 69
    On July 12, 1979, Carmine Galante was assassinated just as he finished eating lunch on an open patio at Joe and Mary's Italian-American Restaurant at 205 Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
    More Details Hide Details Galante was dining with Leonard Coppola, a Bonanno capo, and restaurant owner/cousin Giuseppe Turano, a Bonanno soldier. Also sitting at the table were Galante's Sicilian bodyguards, Baldassare Amato and Cesare Bonventre. At 2:45 pm, three ski-masked men entered the restaurant, walked into the patio, and opened fire with shotguns and handguns. Galante, Turano, and Coppola were killed instantly. Galante's death picture showed a cigar still in his mouth. Amato and Bonventre, who did nothing to protect Galante, were left unharmed. The gunmen then ran out of the restaurant. The gunmen were later identified as Anthony "Bruno" Indelicato, Dominick Trinchera, Dominick Napolitano and Louis Giongetti. These men were hired by Alphonse Indelicato. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York refused to allow a funeral mass for Galante due to his notoriety. Galante was buried at Saint John's Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens.
    In 1979, the Mafia Commission ordered Galante's execution.
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    However, on February 27, 1979, a judge ruled that the government had illegally revoked Galante's parole and ordered his immediate release from prison.
    More Details Hide Details By this stage, Galante was bald, bespectacled and had a stooped walk. The New York crime families were alarmed at Galante's brazen attempt at taking over the narcotics market. Galante also refused to share any drug profits with the other families. Although Galante was aware that he had many enemies, he said, "No one will ever kill me, they wouldn't dare." Genovese crime family boss Frank Tieri began contacting Cosa Nostra leaders to build a consensus for Galante's murder, even obtaining approval from the exiled Joseph Bonanno. They received a boost when Rastelli, the official boss, sought Commission approval to kill Galante as an illegitimate usurper.
  • 1978
    Age 68
    On March 3, 1978, Galante's parole was revoked by the United States Parole Commission and he was sent back to prison.
    More Details Hide Details Galante had allegedly violated parole by associating with other Bonanno mobsters.
  • 1973
    Age 63
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In November 1974, the Commission designated Philip "Rusty" Rastelli as the official boss of the Bonanno family. However, Rastelli was soon sent to prison and Galante seized effective control of the family. As a former underboss, Galante considered himself the rightful successor to Joseph Bonanno, a man to whom he had always remained loyal. During the late 1970s, Galante allegedly organized the murders of at least eight members of the Gambino family, with whom he had an intense rivalry, in order to take over a massive drug-trafficking operation.
  • 1964
    Age 54
    In 1964, Joseph Bonanno and his ally, Profaci crime family boss Joseph Magliocco, unsuccessfully plotted to murder three rival members of the Mafia Commission.
    More Details Hide Details When the plot was discovered, the Commission ordered Bonanno to retire. Over the succeeding 10 years, Bonanno tried to install his son Salvatore Bonanno as boss while the Commission tried to run the family with a series of ineffectual bosses. In January 1974, Galante was released from prison on parole.
  • 1962
    Age 52
    On July 10, 1962, after being convicted in his second narcotics trial, Galante was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
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  • 1960
    Age 50
    Galante's first narcotics trial started on November 21, 1960.
    More Details Hide Details From the beginning, the first trial was characterized by jurors and alternates dropping out and coercive courtroom displays by the defendants. On May 15, 1961, the judge declared a mistrial. The jury foreman had "fallen" down some stairs at an abandoned building in the middle of the night and was unable to continue the trial due to injury. Galante was sentenced to 20 days in jail due to contempt of court.
    On May 18, 1960, Galante was indicted on a second set of narcotics charges; he surrendered voluntarily.
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  • 1959
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Federal agents had recently discovered that Galante was hiding in a house on Pelican Island off the South Jersey shore. After posting $100,000 bail, he was released.
  • 1958
    Age 48
    In 1958, after being indicted on drug conspiracy charges, Galante went into hiding.
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  • 1957
    Age 47
    In October 1957, Bonanno and Galante held a hotel meeting in Palermo, Sicily on plans to import heroin into the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Attendees included exiled boss Lucky Luciano and other American mobsters, with a Sicilian Mafia delegation led by mobster Giuseppe Genco Russo. As part of the agreement, Sicilian mobsters would come to the U.S. to distribute the narcotics. Galante brought many young men, known as Zips, from his family home of Castellammare del Golfo, Trapani, to work as bodyguards, contract killers and drug traffickers. These Sicilian criminals had Galante's total trust and confidence.
    In 1957, due to Galante's strong-arm extortion tactics, the Canadian Government deported him back to the United States.
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  • 1953
    Age 43
    In 1953, Bonanno sent Galante to Montreal, Quebec to supervise the family drug business there.
    More Details Hide Details The Bonannos were importing huge amounts of heroin by ship into Montreal and then sending it into the United States.
  • 1945
    Age 35
    On February 10, 1945, Galante married Helena Marulli in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Galante went from being chauffeur of Bonanno family boss, Joseph Bonanno, to caporegime and then underboss. He was said to have been loyal to Bonanno and often spoke of him with great admiration. They also shared a common enemy, Carlo Gambino of the Anastasia crime family.
  • 1944
    Age 34
    On December 21, 1944, Galante was released from prison.
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  • 1943
    Age 33
    On January 11, 1943, Galante allegedly shot and killed Tresca as he stepped outside his newspaper office in Manhattan, then got in a car and drove away.
    More Details Hide Details Although Galante was arrested as a suspect, no one was ever charged in the murder. After the Tresca murder, Galante was sent back to prison on a parole violation.
    In 1943, Galante allegedly murdered Carlo Tresca, the publisher of an anti-fascist newspaper in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Genovese, living in exile in Italy, offered to kill Tresca as a favor to Italian President Benito Mussolini. Genovese allegedly gave the murder contract to Galante.
  • 1940
    Age 30
    By 1940, Galante was carrying out "hits" for Vito Genovese, the official underboss of the Luciano crime family.
    More Details Hide Details Galante had an underworld reputation for viciousness and was suspected by the New York Police Department (NYPD) of involvement in over eighty murders.
  • 1939
    Age 29
    On May 1, 1939, Galante was released from prison on parole.
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  • 1931
    Age 21
    On February 8, 1931, after pleading guilty to attempted robbery Galante was sentenced to 12 and a half years in state prison.
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  • 1930
    Age 20
    Also in 1930, New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Joseph Meenahan caught Galante and other gang members attempting to hijack a truck in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
    More Details Hide Details In the ensuing gun battle, Galante wounded Meenahan and a six-year-old bystander, both survived.
    In August 1930, Galante was arrested for the murder of police officer Walter DeCastilla during a payroll robbery.
    More Details Hide Details However, Galante was never indicted.
  • 1926
    Age 16
    On December 22, 1926, Galante was sentenced to at least two-and-a-half years in state prison.
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  • 1925
    Age 15
    On December 12, 1925, the 15-year-old Galante pleaded guilty to assault charges.
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  • 1910
    Age 0
    Camillo Carmine Galante was born on February 21, 1910, in a tenement building in the East Harlem section of Manhattan.
    More Details Hide Details His parents, Vincenzo "James" Galante and Vincenza Russo, had emigrated to New York City in 1906 from Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, where Vincenzo was a fisherman. Carmine Galante had two brothers, Samuel and Peter Galante, and two sisters, Josephine and Angelina Galante. Carmine Galante married Helen Marulli, by whom he had three children; James Galante, Camille Galante, and Angela Galante. For the last 20 years of his life, Carmine Galante actually lived with Ann Acquavella; the couple had two children together. He was the uncle to Bonanno crime family capo James Carmine Galante. Galante stood around 5½ feet and weighed approximately 160 pounds. While in prison in 1931, doctors diagnosed Galante as having a psychopathic personality. Galante owned the Rosina Costume Company in Brooklyn, New York and was associated with the Abco Vending Company of West New York, New Jersey.
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