By Joseph F. O'Brien
Paul Castellano headed New York's immensely robust Gambino crime relatives for greater than ten years. On December sixteen, 1985, he was once gunned down in a unbelievable taking pictures on Manhattan's trendy East part.
At the time of his dying, Paul Castellano used to be lower than indictment. So have been many of the significant Mafia figures in long island. Why? simply because in 1983 the FBI had hidden a microphone within the kitchen of Castellano's Staten Island mansion. The six hundred hours of recorndings ended in 8 legal trials. And this book.
Agents Joe O'Brien and Andris Kurins planted that mike. They listened to the voices. Now they bring about you the main revealing glance contained in the Mafia ever ... within the Mafia's personal phrases
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An FBI guy, Andy Kurins admitted to himself, felt a little ill at ease there. His suit did not have a designer label. He did not have a large number of acquaintances to wave at and blow kisses to. He didn't dance. So he went to the bar, nursed a drink, and waited for Tommy Agro. Agro had been a "made guy" in the Gambino family since 1975 or 1976, and while he would never be more than a street-level soldier, certain privileged relationships allowed for an unusual amount of communication between him and Paul Castellano.
Fired at close range The victim strolled into Roosevelt Hospital for a bandage. The Costello rubout having been botched, Genovese cess, — — — — . . — now had and most especially, to fear his enemy's revenge an alliance between Costello and the famously sanguinary Albert Anastasia, whose troops had been responsible for an estimated eight hundred murders. So Genovese, with the agreement of Carlo Gambino then the number-two man in decided on a preemptive strike. On OcAnastasia's family tober 25, while Albert A.
Would Frank Costello now avenge his chum and try to — — BOSS OF BOSSES regain his prestige? Would Joe Bonanno 3S seize this moment expand his own considerable hegemony? No one knew, and the most pressing reason for the Apalachin meeting was to try to avoid any further top-echelon bloodletting. But making peace among the Bosses was, in the broader scheme of things, the least important agenda item to be treated at Joe Barbara's big barbecue. Also to be dealt ^ith was a recruiting scandal that embarrassingly belied the much-touted "code of honor," posed a grievous threat to internal securit)', and demonstrated to what degree the Mafia had absorbed America's commercial culture a culture that regarded anything as a potential commodity.