Paul Castellano
American mobster
Paul Castellano
Constantino Paul "Big Paul" Castellano (June 26, 1915 – December 16, 1985), also known as "The Howard Hughes of the Mob" and "Big Paulie" (or "PC" to his family), succeeded Carlo Gambino as head of the Gambino crime family, then the nation's largest Cosa Nostra family. The unsanctioned assassination of Castellano by John Gotti would spark years of animosity between the Gambinos and the other New York crime families.
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Other Tidbits From The Week – GHOSTBUSTERS 3, LOCKE & KEY, BACK TO THE FUTURE ... - Movies.ie
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Palminteri will be playing Mafia boss Paul Castellano. TV News: Deadline reports that the Fox comedy 'Breaking In' has done the impossible, and has beaten cancellation for a second time, joining 'Family Guy' as the only other show ever to do it
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Wolverine 2 Won't Happen This Fall, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking ... - Movieline
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[Variety] · Chaz Palminteri is set to play Paul Castellano in Gotti: The Shadow of My Father. The Bronx Tale star previously played the doomed mobster in the TNT movie Boss of Bosses, but he's excited to start up on the Barry Levinson-directed
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Gotti: Chazz Palminteri sarà Paul Castellano - Movieplayer.it
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Nuova aggiunta al cast di Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father: la Fiore Films ha scritturato Chazz Palminteri per affidargli il ruolo del boss Paul Castellano, successore di Carlo Gambino che fu assassinato nel 1985 davanti ad un ristorante di Manhattan
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Gigante là một trong số ít các ông trùm ở New York mà Gotti đã không tìm đến để liên minh khi lên kế hoạch thanh toán Paul Castellano. Gotti biết Gigante sẽ từ chối bởi mối quan hệ gần gũi với Castellano. Gigante, kẻ phải bảo vệ chính mình và gia đình
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Musicians Tom Holcombe, Peter Pupping, Dana Marver, Penny Steinman, Paul Castellano and Don Kliewer are scheduled to perform. Organizers are asking for a $12 donation. Presale tickets are available at Grace Anglican Church at 1906 G Street, No
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Cum ajunge un film cu mafioţi la tribunal - Romania Libera
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John Gotti Sr. (poreclit „The Dapper Don" pentru că purta haine scumpe) a preluat conducerea familiei mafiote Gambino după asasinarea lui Paul Castellano. În 1992 a fost condamnat la închisoarea pe viaţă, iar în 2002 a murit de cancer
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Reputed mob boss appeals Florida fraud sentence - CBS News
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Prosecutors said Artuso was a "made member" of the Gambino family and directed a Palm Beach-based Mafia crew. They asserted he was present in 1985 when former Gambino boss Paul Castellano was slain, allegedly on rival John Gotti's orders
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What the Mob Can Teach A Start-Up Hedge Fund - Wall Street & Technology (blog)
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When John Gotti did the hit on Paul Castellano [head of the Gambino family before Gotti took over], he didn't ask the families. He didn't tell the hit men what they were doing until they were doing it, because all you need is one guy talking,
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What the Mob can teach the startup industry - Reuters UK (blog)
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When John Gotti did the hit on Paul Castellano (head of the Gambino family before Gotti took over), he didn't ask the families. He didn't tell the hit men what they were doing until they were doing it, because all you need is one guy talking,
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Get out of jail free card? Mob hit man pleads for early release from prison to ... - New York Daily News
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Pizzonia was reportedly part of the hit team Gotti assembled to assassinate then-Gambino crime boss Paul Castellano outside Sparks steakhouse in midtown, although he was never charged. Assistant US Attorney Evan Norris took no position on Pizzonia's
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CNBC'S "MOB MONEY: MURDERS AND ACQUISITIONS" WILL PREMIERE ON JULY 27TH - CNBC.com (blog)
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In the Mafia, murder isn't personal. It's business. "MOB MONEY: MURDERS AND ACQUISITIONS" explores seven different murders and how they helped line mobster pockets. From the 1931 murder of Joe Masseria to the 1985 murder of Paul Castellano, millions of
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Conversations About My Father: Tough Guys With A Soft Spot For Dad - Huffington Post (blog)
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... and ultimately resulted in him joining the NYPD, where he went on to lead the investigation to catch the Son of Sam and locked up some of the most notorious gangsters of the 20th Century including John Gotti, Paul Castellano and the Irish Westies
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Castellano
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1985
    Age 69
    On December 16, 1985, both Castellano and Bilotti were murdered.
    More Details Hide Details That evening, Bilotti drove Castellano to the prearranged meeting at the Sparks Steak House in Midtown Manhattan. A hit team was waiting near the restaurant entrance. Positioned down the street were backup shooters Dominick Pizzonia, Angelo Ruggiero and Anthony Rampino. Gotti observed the scene from a car across the street. As Castellano was exiting the car at the front of the restaurant, the gunmen ran up and shot him several times. Allegedly, John Carneglia was the gunman who shot Castellano in the head. They shot Bilotti as he exited from the driver's door. Before leaving the murder scene, Gotti drove over to view the bodies. Castellano was buried in the Moravian Cemetery in the New Dorp section of Staten Island. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York refused to grant Castellano a Catholic funeral, citing his notorious life and death.
    In early 1985, Castellano was one of many Mafia bosses arrested on charges of racketeering, which was to result in the Mafia Commission Trial.
    More Details Hide Details Castellano was released on $3 million bail. Although Castellano considered himself a businessman first, he did not forsake murder, as seen from the events above. According to the book Murder Machine by Gene Mustain and Jerry Capeci, Castellano got offended when he thought that a police officer had implied that he was less than a gentleman. When Detective Kenneth McCabe placed him under arrest, he did not protest. But when McCabe mentioned to Castellano that his late cousin, Carlo Gambino, had been a "real gentleman", Castellano looked hurt and then responded, "What? I'm not a gentleman?"
    On July 1, 1985, Castellano was indicted on loansharking charges and with tax evasion for not reporting the profits from his illegal racket.
    More Details Hide Details Castellano identified more as a businessman than a hoodlum; he took over non-legitimate businesses and converted them to legitimate enterprises. But Castellano's businesses, and those of his sons, thrived only due to their mob ties. In his early years, Castellano used his butcher's training to launch Dial Poultry, a poultry distribution business that once supplied 300 butchers in New York City. Dial's customers also included supermarket chains Key Food and Waldbaum's. Castellano used intimidation tactics to force his "customers" to buy Dial's products. As Castellano became more powerful in the Gambino family, he started to make large amounts of money from construction concrete. Castellano's son Philip was the president of Scara-Mix Concrete Corporation, which exercised a near monopoly on Staten Island on construction concrete. Castellano also handled the Gambino interests in the "Concrete Club," a consortium of mob families that divided revenue from New York developers. No one could pour concrete for a project worth more than $2 million without the approval from the Concrete Club. Finally, Castellano supervised Gambino control of Teamsters Union Local Chapter 282, which provided workers to pour concrete at all major building projects in New York and Long Island.
    The unsanctioned assassination of Castellano in 1985 by John Gotti sparked years of animosity between the Gambinos and the other New York crime families.
    More Details Hide Details His nephew was actor Richard S. Castellano from The Godfather.
  • 1984
    Age 68
    On March 30, 1984, Castellano was indicted on federal racketeering charges in the Gambino case, including the Eppolitto murders.
    More Details Hide Details Other charges were extortion, narcotics trafficking, theft, and prostitution. Castellano was released on $2 million bail.
  • 1983
    Age 67
    In March 1983, the FBI obtained a warrant to install secret listening devices in Castellano's house.
    More Details Hide Details Waiting until Castellano went on vacation to Florida, agents drugged his watch dogs, disabled his security system, and planted devices in the dining and living rooms. These devices provided law enforcement with a wealth of incriminating information on Castellano.
    In 1983, Castellano allegedly ordered Roy DeMeo's murder.
    More Details Hide Details He knew that DeMeo was unpredictable and doubted his loyalty in an upcoming car theft trial. DeMeo was found shot to death in the trunk of his Cadillac automobile.
  • 1981
    Age 65
    In 1981, at the height of his power, Castellano built a lavish 17-room mansion on a ridgeline in Todt Hill, Staten Island.
    More Details Hide Details Designed to resemble the White House in Washington, D.C., Castellano's house featured Carrara marble, an Olympic size swimming pool, and an English garden. He started a love affair with his live-in maid, Gloria Olarte, even though his wife Nina was living with him. FBI surveillance tapes recorded Castellano telling Olarte that he was going to undergo penile implant surgery to remedy his impotence. Castellano became a recluse, rarely venturing outside the mansion. Capos such as Daniel Marino, Thomas Gambino, and James Failla visited Castellano at Todt Hill to provide information and receive orders. When not entertaining guests, Castellano wore satin and silk dressing gowns and velvet slippers around the house. The extravagance of Castellano's mansion and lifestyle aroused resentment and envy within the Gambino family. This disaffection was concentrated among Dellacroce supporters, who were struggling to make money in the traditional family rackets. Typically, mob capos give ten percent of their earnings to the boss. However, Castellano began to demand fifteen percent or more in some cases. In addition, Castellano banned family members from running lucrative drug trafficking rackets, while personally accepting large drug payoffs from the Cherry Hill Gambinos and the DeMeo crew.
    In 1981, Castellano met twice with businessman Frank Perdue, the alleged cause of the 1975 Borelli murder.
    More Details Hide Details Perdue wanted Castellano's help in thwarting a unionization drive at a Perdue facility in Virginia. However, according to Perdue, the two men talked, but never agreed to anything.
  • 1980
    Age 64
    In September 1980, Castellano allegedly ordered the murder of his former son-in-law Frank Amato.
    More Details Hide Details A hijacker and minor criminal, Amato had physically abused his wife Connie Castellano (Paul's daughter) when they were married. According to FBI documents, Gambino soldier Roy DeMeo murdered Amato, cut up his body, and disposed of the remains at sea.
  • 1978
    Age 62
    In February 1978, Castellano made an agreement between the Gambino family and the Westies, an Irish-American gang from Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.
    More Details Hide Details Castellano wanted hitmen that law enforcement could not tie directly to the Gambino family. The Westies wanted Gambino protection from the other Cosa Nostra families. The Gambino-Westie alliance was set in a meeting between Westies leader James Coonan and Castellano. According to Westies gangster Mickey Featherstone, Castellano gave them the following directive: You guys got to stop acting like cowboys - acting wild. You're going to be with us now. If anyone is going to get killed, you have to clear it with us. Castellano also created an alliance with the Cherry Hill Gambinos, a group of Sicilian heroin importers and distributors in New Jersey, also for use as gunmen. With the Westies and the Cherry Hill Gambinos, Castellano commanded a small army of capable killers.
    In 1978, Castellano allegedly ordered the murders of Gambino capo James Eppolito and his son, mobster James Eppolito, Jr. Eppolito, Sr. had complained to Castellano that Anthony Gaggi was infringing on his territory and asked permission to kill him.
    More Details Hide Details Castellano gave Eppolitto a noncommittal answer, but later warned Gaggi about Eppolito's intentions. In response, Gaggi and capo Roy DeMeo murdered Eppolito senior and junior.
    In 1978, Castellano allegedly ordered the murder of Gambino associate Nicholas Scibetta.
    More Details Hide Details A cocaine and alcohol abuser, Scibetta participated in several public fights and insulted a female cousin of Frank DeCicco. Since Scibetta was Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano's brother-in-law, Castellano asked DeCicco to first notify Gravano of the impending hit. When advised of Scibetta's fate, a furious Gravano said he would kill Castellano first. However, DeCicco managed to calm Gravano down and accept Scibetta's death as the punishment earned by his behavior.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1975
    Age 59
    In 1975, Castellano became acting boss for the aging Gambino.
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    In 1975, Castellano allegedly ordered the murder of Vito Borelli, his daughter Constance's boyfriend.
    More Details Hide Details Someone had reported to Castellano that Borelli had compared him to Frank Perdue, the owner and commercial spokesman for Perdue Farms. Castellano considered this an insult and had Borelli killed. In 2004, court documents showed that government witness and former Bonanno crime family boss Joseph Massino admitted to murdering Borelli as a favor to Castellano.
  • FORTIES
  • 1960
    Age 44
    However, in November 1960, Castellano's conviction was reversed by an Appeals Court.
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    On January 13, 1960, Castellano was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiracy to withhold information.
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  • 1957
    Age 41
    In 1957, after Anastasia's murder and Carlo Gambino's elevation to boss, Castellano attended the abortive Apalachin Conference in Apalachin, New York.
    More Details Hide Details When New York State Police raided the meeting, Castellano was one of 61 high-ranking mobsters arrested. Refusing to answer grand jury questions about the meeting, Castellano spent a year in prison on contempt charges.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1937
    Age 21
    In 1937 Castellano married his childhood sweetheart Nina Manno; the couple had three sons (Paul, Philip, and Joseph Castellano) and a daughter, Constance Castellano. Note: Many sources state that Paul was married to Carlo Gambino's sister-in-law. While this statement is technically true, it is also misleading. Any woman married to Paul would be Gambino's sister-in-law, as Paul's sister Catherine had married Carlo Gambino in 1926.
    More Details Hide Details Nina Manno was not related to Gambino prior to her marriage to Paul.) Castellano often signed his name as "C. Paul Castellano" because he hated his first name, Costantino. Eventually he became known as Paul. Standing 6'2" (189 cm) barefoot and weighing 270 pounds (122.5 kg), Castellano intimidated other mobsters with his size. In the 1940s, Castellano became a member of the Mangano family. He became a capo under boss Vince Mangano's successor, Albert Anastasia.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Age 10
    Castellano's sister Catherine had married one of their cousins, Carlo Gambino, in 1926; he was a future boss of the Gambino crime family.
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  • 1915
    Born
    Constantino Paul Castellano was born in Brooklyn in 1915, to Giuseppe Castellano and Concetta (née Casatu).
    More Details Hide Details Giuseppe was a butcher and an early member of the Mangano crime family, the forerunner of the Gambino family. Paul Castellano dropped out of school in the eighth grade to learn butchering and collecting numbers game receipts, both from his father. In July 1934, Castellano was arrested for the first time in Hartford, Connecticut for robbing a haberdasher. The 19-year-old Castellano refused to identify his two accomplices to the police and served a three-month prison sentence. By refusing to cooperate with authorities, Castellano enhanced his reputation for mob loyalty.
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