Thomas DeSimone
American mobster
Thomas DeSimone
Thomas Anthony DeSimone, also known as "Two-Gun Tommy" or "Tommy D," was an Italian-American gangster and associate of the Lucchese crime family in New York. DeSimone was a grandson and nephew of Los Angeles mob bosses Rosario DeSimone and Frank DeSimone, respectively. He was married to Angelica "Cookie" Spione, but had many mistresses, including Theresa Ferrara. In the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas, the character Tommy DeVito is based on DeSimone.
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Norwegian Cruise Line Says Stop The Smoking - Benzinga
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Passengers can use the cigar bars onboard the Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Dawn and the Norwegian Spirit for smoking, cigars and pipes," said Thomas DeSimone, CEO & Chairman of CruiseDealership.com
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This Just In: CruiseDealership giving Up to $150 Cash back on Carnival Cruises - WebWire (press release)
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Just make sure you're having fun, okay? Thomas DeSimone, Chairman and CEO of CruiseDealership.com, commented, "CruiseDealership is offering Up to $150 Cash back on select Carnival Cruise Sailings from now through July 31, 2011. Special Cash Back Offer!
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RI Rep. Medina to face possible prosecution - Providence Journal (blog)
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The court also asked its Disciplinary Counsel to consider possible disciplinary action against Providence lawyer Thomas DeSimone, with whom Medina was involved in business. The order, issued Thursday, came less than a week after the General Assembly
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Bomb threat being investigated in Valley Stream - liherald.com
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Thomas DeSimone, the village's director of public safety, said the signs have been taken down, and the department of public works was called in to erase the graffiti. He said the threat is not considered viable. The supermarket closed in April and has
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Superintendent challenges Honesdale graduates to advance their studies ... - Scranton Times-Tribune
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... Kristie Lynn DeGroat, Christopher DeLorenzo, Melissa E. DeMasi, Briana Lynn DeNoie, Dalton L. Derrick, Thomas DeSimone, Tyler William DiBenedetto, Jennifer Katrina Diehl, Kyle A. Diehl, Alexander R. Dieterich, Derek Shane DiMedici, Kyle DiMedici,
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Baseball: Rough week has three losses - Easton Courier
Google News - almost 6 years
Senior captain Thomas DeSimone led the offensive attack with a double deep to center field. However, 12 strikeouts spelled trouble for the Falcon lineup. Junior pitcher Corey Stirling allowed allowing just one earned run over five and two thirds
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Baseball: Barlow answers in time - Easton Courier
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Thomas DeSimone then singled and Alex Kowalski walked to load the bases with two outs. Following a pitching change by the Rebels, Jake Lightman hit a two-run single up the middle on a three-and-two count to give the Falcons the 4-3 walk-off victory
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METRO NEWS BRIEFS: NEW YORK; Man Is Charged In Neighbor's Death
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Shimon Sharach, 33, of Borough Park, Brooklyn, was charged with criminally negligent homicide last night in the death of a 75-year-old neighbor who had a heart attack on Saturday night during an argument over a parking spot, the police said. Lt. Corey Cuneo, a police spokesman, said that Mr. Sharach, of East Fourth Street, was blocking the driveway
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    TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 28
    Hill also indicated in both the book Wiseguy and the DVD commentary to Goodfellas that DeSimone had already been killed when Martin Krugman disappeared on January 6, 1979.
    More Details Hide Details In 1994, Hill, in his book Gangsters and Goodfellas, gave an expanded story of the events leading up to DeSimone's death. Hill's wife, Karen, had been having an affair with Hill's boss, Mafia caporegime Paul Vario. When Hill was sentenced to prison, DeSimone approached Karen for sex. When she turned him down, DeSimone attempted to rape her. In retaliation for the attempted rape, Vario approached the Gambino crew and revealed that DeSimone had murdered Jerothe and Bentvena without first seeking permission from the Gambino crime family, violating Mafia protocol. Sometime in late December 1978 or early January 1979, DeSimone was contacted and told that he was going to be "made". Peter Vario (Paul Vario's son) and Bruno Facciolo took him to an unknown location, where he was murdered. There are two theories as to who actually killed DeSimone. According to mob informant Joseph "Joe Dogs" Iannuzzi, Thomas Agro claimed in 1985 that he was the driving force behind the murder. Agro also claimed to have murdered DeSimone's brother Anthony after he turned informant. Agro also suggested murdering the eldest and last remaining brother, Robert. According to Ianuzzi, Agro would often laughingly refer to killing the third DeSimone brother, stating: "Maybe it's time to go for the DeSimone trifecta!" Another account, told by Hill in Gangsters and Goodfellas, states that John Gotti himself was the assassin. On May 17, 2007, on the Howard Stern Show, Hill reaffirmed that Gotti had killed DeSimone.
    On January 14, 1979, DeSimone's wife, Angela, reported him missing.
    More Details Hide Details She said she had last seen DeSimone a few weeks earlier when he borrowed $60 from her. Following the Lufthansa heist, Theresa Ferrara, Martin Krugman, Robert McMahon, Joe Manri, and Paolo LiCastri had all been murdered by Burke, who wanted to avoid paying them their share of the loot. For years, the NYPD and the FBI believed that DeSimone had either been murdered by Burke, or that he was in hiding to avoid being killed. DeSimone's brother-in-law, Lucchese family member Joseph "The Barber" Spione, also disappeared shortly afterward. When Hill became an FBI informant in 1980, he told authorities that DeSimone had been murdered by the Gambino crime family.
  • 1978
    Age 27
    DeSimone was alleged to have taken part in the December 1978 Lufthansa heist from JFK International Airport, the largest robbery in U.S. history at the time.
    More Details Hide Details The money stolen is reputed to have amounted to almost $6,000,000, of which only a fraction was recovered. DeSimone was apparently spotted during the heist as suspicious because he had very well polished shoes, too well polished for an airport employee. DeSimone also allegedly lifted his ski mask during the heist to wipe sweat from his cheeks, infuriating Jimmy Burke and Paul Vario, who feared an eyewitness airport employee may have seen enough of DeSimone's face during the heist to identify him after the robbery. Burke, who had a fond relationship with DeSimone, apparently ignored DeSimone's potential error of revealing his face, partly because Burke viewed DeSimone as essential "muscle" in the crew and hoped DeSimone would act as a hitman to silence various participants in the heist. DeSimone was the one who suggested recruiting his ex-cell mate Angelo Sepe for the heist. The character of Frankie Carbone in the film Goodfellas, portrayed by Frank Sivero, was heavily based on the real-life Angelo Sepe.
  • 1974
    Age 23
    DeSimone killed Gotti protégé Ronald "Foxy" Jerothe on December 18, 1974.
    More Details Hide Details DeSimone had dated Jerothe's sister and had beaten her up, prompting Jerothe to threaten to kill him. When DeSimone heard about the threat, he went to Jerothe's apartment and knocked on the door. Jerothe opened the door and punched DeSimone in the face. DeSimone then shot Jerothe between the eyes.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 19
    A couple of weeks later, on June 11, 1970, Bentvena went over to "The Suite", owned by Hill, in Jamaica, Queens to go drinking with DeSimone's crew, including Hill, DeSimone, and Burke.
    More Details Hide Details Later that night DeSimone took his girlfriend home, and Burke started making Bentvena feel comfortable. Twenty minutes later, DeSimone arrived with a .38 revolver and a plastic mattress cover. DeSimone walked over to him at the corner of the bar and attacked Bentvena. Before Bentvena was attacked, Burke tightened his arms around Bentvena, whom DeSimone pistol whipped with the .38 revolver. Bentvena was so inebriated that he couldn't defend himself. In the book Wiseguy, Hill said that before DeSimone started to beat Bentvena, DeSimone yelled, "Shine these fucking shoes!" DeSimone killed Bentvena not only because the latter had insulted him, but also because Burke had taken over Bentvena's loan shark business while Bentvena was in prison. According to Hill, Bentvena had been complaining to Joseph N. Gallo about getting back this racket. Not wanting to return the business to Bentvena, Burke knew sooner or later Bentvena would have to be killed. After the beating, the three men put Bentvena into the trunk of Hill's 1970 Buick Electra and later, while the three men were driving on the Van Wyck Expressway, they discovered that Bentvena was not dead. They visited DeSimone's mother's house to get a knife, lime, and a shovel. Later in the drive, closer to their destination, Hill said it had been an hour of DeSimone's driving, and DeSimone kept getting mad about the noises in the trunk, so he finally slammed the brakes, leaned over for the shovel, and then Burke and DeSimone "didn't actually shoot him, they just stabbed him, thirty or forty fucking times, fucking horrible."
  • 1968
    Age 17
    DeSimone committed what is believed to have been his first murder on March 15, 1968 at the age of 17.
    More Details Hide Details He was walking down the street with Hill when DeSimone spotted Howard Goldstein, a passing pedestrian, a random stranger unknown to either gangster. Hill recalls DeSimone turning to him and saying, "Hey, Henry, watch this." DeSimone yelled, "Hey, cocksucker!", pulled out a .38 caliber pistol, and shot and killed Goldstein. Hill exclaimed, "That was cold-blooded, Tommy!" DeSimone replied, "Well, I'm a mean cat." In Wiseguy, Hill mentioned that DeSimone had killed "around" four people in prison, bringing his body count to approximately 11. Hill commented that DeSimone would sometimes kill someone just because he wanted to try out a new firearm and wouldn't hesitate to use someone as human target practice. Hill stated that he and Jimmy Burke didn't exactly know how many people DeSimone had killed in total. In the book Wiseguy, Henry Hill said they threw a "welcome home" party at Robert's Lounge, which was owned by Jimmy Burke, for William "Billy Batts" Bentvena (aka William Devino), a made man in Carmine Fatico's crew in the Gambino crime family. Bentvena was a friend of fellow Fatico crew member John Gotti's.
  • 1965
    Age 14
    DeSimone was introduced to the Vario Crew in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Henry Hill said in Wiseguy, "Jimmy Burke came by the cab stand one day with a skinny kid who was wearing a wiseguy suit and a pencil mustache. It was Tommy DeSimone. He was one of those kids who looked younger than he was just because he was trying to look older. Jimmy had been a friend of Tommy's family for years, and wanted me to watch out for Tommy and to teach him the cigarette business and to help make him a few bucks." DeSimone worked under Mafia capo Paul Vario with Jimmy Burke and Henry Hill, among others. DeSimone was involved in truck hijackings, dealing and fencing of stolen property, extortion, fraud and murder. DeSimone was infamous for his violent temper. While playing pinochle with Joseph Iannuzzi and Agro, he would throw darts at the other players when he started losing. Henry Hill's ex-wife Karen said in Nicholas Pileggi's book Wiseguy, "Tommy DeSimone always drove around in a brand-new car and wore expensive clothes, and he and Angela lived in a two-room tenement slum," while Hill described DeSimone and Burke by saying, "It didn't take anything for these guys to kill you. They liked it. They would sit around drinking booze and talk about their favorite hits. They enjoyed talking about them."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 5
    DeSimone's paternal uncle, Frank DeSimone, was a criminal attorney turned mobster; "Uncle Frank", as he was known, replaced Jack Dragna in 1956, after the latter's death, becoming the second DeSimone family member to become the Los Angeles crime family boss.
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  • 1950
    Born
    Born on May 24, 1950.
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