New York Mafia chieftain gunned down in front of mansion

15 March, 2019, 04:15 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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The New York Daily News reports that a panicked family member called 911 and told the dispatcher that Cali was run over before he was shot, although investigators were still looking into whether the gunman mowed the mobster down.

Most likely, he was already dead by the time the pickup sped away into the night.

Among law enforcement officials, Cali was known as a "real quiet old-school boss" - one police source told the New York Post. He was shot several times.

After all, it had been 34 years since a Mafia don like him had been "whacked" on the streets of NY.

It's unclear whether Cali's murder was carried out by a rogue actor or approved by other members of the Italian American mafia in New York City.

While imprisoned, John Gotti never betrayed the mafia code of silence known as Omerta, which allowed the Gambino family to remain operational.

After reportedly taking the reins in 2015, Cali was described by mafia watchers as the opposite of Gotti because "no-one ever sees him", the New York Post reported. But at the age of 89 - roughly five years after he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in 11 murders, Bulger was found dead in 2018 a West Virginia prison.

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Cali was named head of the family in summer 2013, DNA Info reported at the time, taking over total control of the more than 750-person organization.

"The Gambino crime family during Castellano's reign was the largest criminal organization in the USA, with law enforcement estimating it had some 250 "'made" members" and "more than 550 lower-ranking "associate' members". He was succeeded in 2011 by Domenico Cefalu, only to be replaced four years later by Cali.

The last "Don" to be murdered, "Big Paul" Castellano, was also head of the Gambino family.

Cali's wife and children were home at the time of the shooting. "But I guess old habits die hard".

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in NY in December 1985 after he and his bodyguards were gunned down at the direction of John Gotti, who then took over as boss.

The reputed Colombo boss, Carmine "The Snake" Persico died about a week ago, aged 85.

Last October, Bonanno crime family associate Sylvester Zottola, 71, was gunned down at a Bronx McDonald's drive-thru as he waited for a coffee. His son Salvatore had been shot three months earlier outside the family home, but survived.

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