Gambino LCN Family

Florida Representatives

New Jersey Bosses

Dons (Bosses)

Vincent Mangano

In 1922 Vincent Mangano, his father and Joseph Profaci left Sicily and entered the United States. He would team up with early Brooklyn rackest boss Al Mineo and Mangano would eventually control a "family" himself starting in 1931. Appointed by Charlie Luciano, recoginzed by the National Commission as a boss, Mangano would control gambling, loan sharking, narcotics trafficking and shakedowns in Brooklyn. Some of most well known sections within the Brooklyn borough, were Bensonhurst, Bedford Stuyvesant and Bath Beach.

Mangano gained his biggest racket through the control of International Longshoremen Union vice-president Emil Camarada. Mangano would use his power to steal incoming items, extorting shipping companies and kickback schemes involving desperate dock workers and their wages. To control Brooklyn's waterfront rackets Mangano placed a notorious hitman, dubbed "Lord High Executioner" by the press, Umberto "Albert Anastasia" Anastasio. It was also thought that Mangano's brother Phillip served as underboss with Anastasia as consigliere. The trio dealt over business at the City Democratic Club.

Anastasia would gain close ties with Manhattan crime boss Frank Costello. On April 15, 1951 the murdered body of Phillip Mangano was found near the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn. Before the sun set on that fateful day Vincent Mangano would dissapear and has never been seen since. All sources point to Anastasia and who would take over the family rackets. Vincent Mangano developed the Brooklyn waterfront rackets, giving the material for actor Marlon Brando's most memorable role in the film "On the Waterfront", as a power base for his family and a criminal treasure chest that lasted through to the late 1970. His best known racket would also cause the City of New York to lose the most active port in the United States, as a result of pilfering and union corruption.

Umberto "Albert Anastasia" Anastasio

Umberto Anastasio, better known as Albert Anastasio, assumed control of the Mangano Crime Family and was most likely the mastermind behind the brothers' demise.Dubbed the "Mad Hatter" or "Lord High Executioner" by the press, Anastasia, a one time leader of the Jewish enforcement squad known as "Murder, Inc." by the media, would rule the crime family with an iron fist, violent temper and expand rackets into New Jersey.

The year 1957 would be a fateful one for Anastasio. He would be ordered to have his underboss Frank Scalise killed as result of selling spots to Italian-American gangsters for membership into the La Cosa Nostra Syndicate. On October 25th of that year Anastasio was relaxing while having a shave at a baberbershop located at Manhattan's Sheraton Hotel. At 10:15AM a gang thought to have been led by Profaci soldier Joseph "Crazy Joe" Gallo blasted Anastasio as he lounged with his face covered by a steamed cloth. Jerry Capeci's site, which can be accessed from the links page, reported that Gambino mobster Stephen Grammauta may have actually been the triggerman in one of the most spectactular mob "hits".

Carlo "Don Carlo" Gambino

"Without Vito (Genovese) backing him, Carlo would have never went for it," Genovese LCN Family soldier turned government witness Joseph "Joe Cago" Valachi told a Senate committee investigating organized crime. In the end Carlo Gambino would surpass Genovese and leave law enforcement acknowledging that he was the king of crime.

Carlo Gambino, a stowaway Sicilian immigrant, would orchestrate one of the most prolific mob rubouts and go nearly unscathed. His crime family would literally grab everything on the table. Among the table sat gambling, payola shakedowns, loan sharking, insider trading, narcotics, prostitution, pornography, labor racketeering, union corruption, theft and fraud. He expanded the influence of the old Anastasia Family, now called the Gambino, and expand into New Jersey, California, Florida, Baltimore and Connecticut. Probably his only bad decision would be leaving his empire to his cousin/brother in law Paul Castellano. Gambino, a diminuitive gangster capable of sending someone to die by wagging a finger, would die on October 15, 1976.

Paul "Big Paul" Castellano
Born in 1915, Paul Constantine Castellano was a Bensonhurst, Brooklyn native and cousin to Carlo Gambino. Later they would be brother in laws in Sicilian tradition by keeping everything in the family through inner-familia marriage. Castellano was groomed as a butcher, working for his father and also served as manager over a backdoor numbers operation.

"Big Paul" made his first headlines at the age of nineteen, serving a year stint in jail for attempted armed robbery and later was picked up dashing through the woods for his part at the police raided mob summit at Apalachin, NY in 1957. His presence there shows his importance and capabilities Carlo Gambino saw in him.

Castellano was a "racketeer's racketeer". He would have control over many industries, learning labor racketeering from Gambino himself and others. In December 1976, at the Brooklyn home of Gambino capo Anthony "Nino" Gaggi, Castellano was officially "made" boss of the Gambino LCN Family. Castellano then began to sit back and direct operations from his palatial estate in Staten Island. Eventually his rules and hard handed tactics fell him out of favor. Queens capodecina John Gotti led a coup, colletively known as "The Fist" and Castellano was struck down by gunshot on December 16, 1985.

John "Johnny Boy" Gotti
John "Johnny Boy" Gotti took control of the Gambino LCN Family after he orchestrated the murders of both Paul Castellano and Tommy Bilotti. His tenure as boss was fast, furious and very public. He went to trial on two cases, one which involved the shooting of a union official and was acquitted. This earned him the knickname "The Tefelon Don" because a case couldnt stick to him. The fashion publications called him 'The Dapper Don" for his lavish tastes. Andy Warhol even painted his portrait for a 1986 issue of Time Magazine. Everybody wanted to be near Gotti and he referred to them as "my public".

Coming out of Queens, originally a Brooklyn native, Gotti ran the crime family like the days of old. His knowledge was "from the streets", specializing in loan sharking, gambling and narcotics. Unfortunately the days of old were bygone and law enforcement would catch up with him. Gotti just didnt possess the sophistication for white collar rackets. Gotti also preferred to discuss rackets and murder at his Ravenite Social Club in Manhattan's Litle Italy district. The FBI caught on and planted a series of listening devices to capture his own words.

In December 1991 Gotti, acting consigliere/capo Francis "Frankie Loc" Locasio and underboss Salvatore "Sammy The Bull" Gravano would be arrested and indicted on multiple RICO violations. They had also been charged with the murders of Castellano and Bilotti, among others. In the end Gravano would testify against him and Locasio. The unlikely duo, Locasio was a private, old style gangster, were sentenced to life in prison. Gotti was originally subjected to 23 hour lockdown. Throughout 1999 and 2000 he developed throat cancer, possibly brought on by dental repair he received in prison, and was shipped to the Springfield Federal Prison Medical Facility at Springfield, MO. His brother Pete acted on his behalf.

John Gotti succumbed to cancer on July 10, 2002 at the Federal Prison Hospital at Springfield, MO

Peter "Pete" Gotti
Pete Gotti is seen as the defacto head of the Gambino LCN Family. Originally a gopher and courier for his famous brother, shuttling tribute to him on the weekends from crews. He later managed the Bergin Hunt & Fish Social Club of Ozone Park, Queens, which served as the "dapper don's" original headquarters and later his daytime "office".

Pete Gotti had originally surprised mob watchers and law enforcement. He proved much less talkative, preferring to meet irregularly and rarely in public. However this former sanitation employee has since been snagged in two serious indictments. The first involved a shakedown on action film actor Steven Seagal. The second is the extortion of container facilities and labor racketeering involving the ILA union on the Brooklyn waterfront. He was indicted along with capo Sonny Ciccone. His subsequent indictment and refusal by American justice to grant him bail, prevented him from attending his brother's public funeral in July 2002.

In 2004 Gotti along with his brother Richard, nephew Richie and Sonny Ciccone were convicted in the waterfront case His nephew and brother received less than 3 years. Ciccone, the eldest, received nearly 10 years. Gotti was handed 20 years and nearly 10 for the case involving Steven Seagal. His projected release wont be until 2032, which effectively is a life sentence.

sotto capi (Underbosses)

Philip Mangano
Phillip Mangano served as underboss to his brother Vincent. The brothers operated in the area of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Their combined power, along with Albert Anastasia controlled the International Longshoremen's union through vice president Emil Camarda. The brothers formed the City Democratic Club, influencing local politics and ensuring political corruption. They were thought to have also used the site as a headquarters. By 1951 consigliere Albert Anastasia had grown close to seveal rival crime bosses. He saw his opening and on April 19, 1951 Mangano's body was found close to the area of Sheepshead Bay. His boss and brother would dissapear. (Photo credit: Thom L. Jones)

Frank "Don Cheech" Scalise
Frank "Don Cheech" Scalise, who was one of the pre-Luciano Brooklyn dons, was welcomed back as the underboss to Albert Anastasia. He had established vice rackets, which were thought to have been narcotics trafficking, loansharking and gambling. He was a known criminal powerhouse in East Manhattan and the Bronx. His international exploits were establishing Luciano conceived international heroin routes and shuffling of payments. He was seen by Italian authorities visiting the exiled crime boss.

On June 17, 1957 Scalise was gunned down in front of a Bronx fruit stand. This event was thought to have given author Mario Puzo the idea for the attempted murder of character "Don Corleone" in the bestselling novel The Godfather. Scalise's murder was result of him selling membership into the Anastasia crime syndicate at $50,000-$100,000 a piece. His murderer was believed to have been known racketeer Vincent "Jerome" Squillante. Scalise's brother, Joseph, made threats of revenge and later went into hiding out of fear. Squillante convinced him otherwise and Scalise dissapeared on September 19, 1957. Both murders were thought to have been ordered by Anastasia.

Carlo "Carl" Gambino
Carlo Gambino, known to many as "Carl" and before he was "Don Carlo", had operated a crew in Brooklyn on behalf the Anastasia crew. He was a known labor racketeer, later establishing SGA Labor Consulting, provider of illegal gambling and loanshark. His earliest criminal forays incuded bootlegging and counterfeiting commodity rations during World War II.

Following the murder of Frank Scalise, Gambino was given the underboss spot and served only briefly. He would conspire with New York crime czars Vito Genovese, Tommy Lucchese and Tampa-Cuba mob boss Santo Traficante, Jr. to eliminate Anastasia. He reached out to the Gallo brothers (Larry, Albert and Joe) and had the murderous crime boss gunned down on October 25, 1957 at the New York Sheraton Hotel barbershop. He would rename the crime syndicate to his and become arguably the most powerful east coast crime boss during his nineteen year tenure at the top.

Joseph "Joe Bandi" Biondo
Joe Biondo served as underboss for Carlo Gambino. He had conspired with Gambino and others to murder crime boss Albert Anastasia in November of 1957. He was heavily involved in gambling, loansharking, labor racketeering and extortion. In mid 1965 he was demoted to soldier. The reason for this was because he had "muscled in" or extorted a waste dump in New Jersey without Gambino's consent. This was made aware by wiretaps used on New Jersey mob boss Sam Decavalcante. He is mentioned as being "broken down" or demoted. His demotion, rather than possible murder, was thought to have been to avoid uprising among Gambino's troops. Biondo later owned a cabstand and died unknown in 1973.

Aniello "Neil" Dellacroce
Aniello Dellacroce, a second generation Italian-American, was born and raised in Manhattan's Little Italy district. He was reportedly "made" or formally inducted into the Mangano crime family before the age of 25. While under the years of Anastasia's control Dellacroce was elevated to caporegime or crew leader.

Upon the demotion of underboss Joe Biondo, Carlo Gambino reached out to the "hoodlum's hoodlum" and brought him on as underboss. Their arrangement allowed for Dellacroce to collect a bulk share of illicit profits from crews based in the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens. They were referred to as "blue collar" crews. Thsi relationship continued while under boss Paul Castellano. He groomed such notables as Tony Plata, the Gotti brothers and Angelo Ruggiero. While under indictment Dellacroce died from a brain tumor on December 5, 1985. His death ended an uneasy peace.

Thomas "Tommy" Bilotti
While Paul Castellano rubbed elbows with bankers and accountants, Tommy Bilotti served as a reminder of his roots. He was loyal pit bull bodyguard and driver, who was promoted to capo during the early stages of Castellano's reign. Bilotti would watch over Staten Island construction rackets and wield a basball bat to enforce his large loanshark book.

Bilotti's time as underboss was right after Aniello Dellacroce's death. It was rather brief because he was gunned down on December 16, 1985 along side Castellano. Upon his murder Gambino LCN Family associate and Castellano pal Joe Watts inherited Bilotti's loansharking interest.

Frank "Frankie" DeCicco
Frank DeCicco was groomed under the capo Jimmy Fiala. He became a capo under Paul Castellano, earning from Fialla's trademark garbage rackets, gambling dens and after hour clubs. In time he was said to have been an emissary for Castellano in the state of New Jersey and was highly respected.

When John Gotti started to make waves about overthrowing Castellano, DeCicco was his first contact and he needed the Brooklyn capo to back him. DeCicco made the fateful date in December for a mid town Manhattan dinner with Castellano. It was DeCicco that allowed it to happen and led to the murder of Castello and his underboss Tommy Bilotti. For his role he was awarded the underboss slot.

On April 13, 1986 DeCicco and his Buick were blown away in front of a Brooklyn social club. The conspirators were the Lucchese and Genovese LCN Families. The practice of car bombings had been outlawed by the La Cosa Nostra syndicate since its creation. The attack was also meant for Gotti but he wasnt available. His murder was said to have forever changed the Gambino LCN Family.

Joseph "Joe Piney" Armone
Joe Armone had come through the ranks as a trusted capo and aide to Paul Castellano. He had acted as his eyes and ears on the streets. He operated in Manhattan and was represented in South Florida by psychopathic soldier Tommy Agro. Upon the bombing death of Frank DeCicco, Armone was selected as underboss and would serve the majority of his role while in prison. In December 1987, as a result of an associate tied to Agro, Armone was convicted of bribery charges and sentenced to twelve years. He was switched to role as consigliere in 1990. In April 1992 he died in prison at the age of 74.

Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano
Coming out of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano would rise fast and furious to become John Gotti's right hand man. A labor racketeer, who was involved with 19 murders during his career, Gravano oversaw the Gambino LCN Family's construction interest. Indicted with Gotti and acting consigliere Frank Locasio, Gravano decided to testify against them. He was sentenced to five years in 1992 for his life as a mobster. He provided additional testimony, resulting in thirty seven convictions or plea agreements. In 2000 Gravano was arrested for narcotics trafficking, under the disguise of Jimmy Moran, in Arizona.

Giuseppe "Joe" Arcuri

 Decades from now when historians and mobsters look back at cosa nostra and the Gambino crime family, the name Joe Arcuri probably won't be mentioned in the same breath as Carlo Gambino, John Gotti or Albert Anastasia. And you know what? That is how Joe Arcuri would want it. Joe Arcuri, known to many mobsters as "Joe T.", dated back to the crime family during the heyday reign of Albert Anastasia. Back then Arcuri had opened up a liquor store in the Upper Manhattan area and readily supplied whiskey and champaign to Anastasia as a jesture of respect.

  Following Anastasia's murder in 1957, Arcuri played it cool and to the cuff. Carlo Gambino emerged as boss and quickly found an ally with Arcuri. During the near 20 year reign of Gambino, Arcuri operated out of the Victory Star Social Club, which was located close to his store. By the time Gambino got things rolling Arcuri was suspected to have been the proprietor of a large bookmaking and loansharking operation.

 It wasn't long before Arcuri stepped up and would take control of the unions LIUNA Locals 1010 and 1018. The unions represented highway workers and those that specialized in road paving. For the next thirty years Arcuri would work deals that enabled him to skim from road contractors that repaired the streets of Manhattan and elsewhere. Eventually he placed his nephew and fellow made man Salvatore Franco in as a leader in the unions. This relationship between Franco and the LIUNA locals would last until 1998 when he was ousted by the organizations. By now Arcuri had long earned the rank of capo, outlasted Gambino, who died of natural causes and his successor Paul Castellano, who was murdered in 1985.

 With John Gotti as boss Arcuri was clearly at odds with the flashy era of the 'tefelon don' and his nightlife seeking crew. In fact Gotti would often refer to Arcuri as a "pain in the ass old timer" because of Arcuri's deferment to the cosa nostra code. Gotti and those around him, including many of his estimated 21 captains (1991) or the mob's middle managment, probably should have followed Arcuri's lifestyle. Out of the crew of gangsters, besides Arcuri, only two others avoided prosecution while others either saw significant jail time, died while in prison or are still behind bars.

 Following the defection of Sammy Gravano, Arcuri filled the rank of underboss and attempted to bring order to the brief reign of Gotti's son John "Junior". By the time this was deemed a failure, Arcuri had retired from the game and had served five mob bosses while himself never serving a prison sentence, something that would be an impossible feat by most mobsters.

 Joe Arcuri died in December 2007 at the age of 94. He had spent at least sixty years of his life as a Gambino family operator. Upon hearing of his death the FBI agents that collected data on him for decades described him as a 'gentleman'. Gangsters, wannabees and those who knew came out in droves to give Joe T. a final send off. .

Arnold "Zeke" Squitieri
Inducted into the Gambino crime family in 1986, Arnold "Zeke" Squitieri was a heroin trafficking New Jersey mobster and was behind the murder of Gambino soldier Louie Milito in 1988. Squitieri, along with Gambino soldier Alphonse Sisca, spent the majority of the 1990s behind prison walls for selling heroin. Prior to his release he was given the number two spot and is said to be the current underboss. His probation agreements make it difficult for this narcotics merchant to operate in New York and only time will tell if he is able to stay away from the prison walls.

Anthony "The Genius" Megale

  Anthony "The Genius" Megale has quietly climbed the criminal ladder of the Gambino crime family only to see himself become dismantled. Following the conviction of Pete Gotti in 2003 and his continual legal woes both Anthony Squitieri and Anthony Megale 'stepped up to the plate' and out of the shadows. Authorities speculate that both mobsters are conducting illicit business while Nick Corozzo officially takes over the battered helm of the boss's seat.

  Anthony Megale dated back to Bridgeport, Connecticut and surrounding area to the days of the original Nutmeg State operator and Gambino capo Frank Piccolo. Following Piccolo's murder in 1981, criminal matters were taken over by Thomas Debrizzi and he too would would replicate Piccolo's date when he was murdered in 1988. Following the murder of Debrizzi, Connecticut criminal operations fell under Megale and he was spotted on at least one occasion visiting John Gotti at the infamous Ravenite Social Club. It was when underboss turned government witness Salvatore Gravano that Megale would be identified as the Gambinos' point man in the Nutmeg State.

  Megale operated rather quietly during the 1990s, rackets such as illegal sports betting, narcotics trafficking, loansharking and labor racketeering were slowly being tied to him. He would 'answer' to capo Tommy Gambino and later George "Big George" Remini. It wasn't until he was promoted to the underboss slot that authorities pressed hard against his operations. A persistent pursuit by authorities would lead a series of indictments against 'The Genius', proving that being a cosa nostra member isn't the smartest career choice to make and only leads to an eventual dead end street.

  In September 2004 Megale along with his Connecticut associates, which consisted of VICTOR RICCITELLI, NICOLA MELIA, GERARD GRECCO, ATHANASIOS TSIROPOULOS, IGNAZIO ALOGNA, JOSEPH MASCIA, JOHN MASCIA, JR., ALFRED SCIVOLA, JR., VINCENT FIORE and WILLIAM WILLIAMS, JR., found themselves indicted on large-scale racketeering charges. The charges were for extorting a Fairfield county nightclub owner at a tune of $2,000 a month, a Fairfield county vending machine business owner that paid Megale directly the sum of $200 a month, operating illegal poker machines, operating a bookmaking operation and loansharking. For the record Alogna is a longtime Gotti family friend and holds the rank of caporegime from New York and Scivola is a 'made member' of the New England crime family.

  What was more interesting were certain details that the Department of Justice released with this indictment. The Justice Department stated that Megale was elevated to caporegime status in August 2001 and shortly thereafter was promoted to the rank of underboss. It also stated that in July 2003 Riccitelli became a made soldier in the crime family and in August of the same year Fiore also was 'welcomed in' the criminal brotherhood. We hear have to wonder why someone would accept such an offer given the likelyhood of life behind bars for 'making them bones'?

  These bits of specific inductions and promotions for the Megale camp would make sense in April 2005. It was then that it the FBI announced a bombshell. Beginning in December 2002 an FBI undercover agent using the name Jack Falcone began associating with Gambino associate turned government witness Peter Forchetti. Soon Forchetti would go undercover along with the agent to bring in Gambino capo Gregory DePalma. DePalma was fresh out of prison after a six year sentence and had beaten an attempted murder charge that also included imprisoned Trafficante crime family fringe operator Sam Cagnina. It should be noted that way back in 1978, long deceased Gambino mobster and DePalma's 'sponsor' into the crime family, Anthony "Nino" Gaggi had warned others that DePalma was a bit of a loudmouth and could not keep his mouth shut. Maybe the FBI took note of Gaggi's claims, which have since been proven correct, when they went after DePalma? For whatever reason DePalma began to drop names to Forchetti and 'Falcone', identifying Squitieri as the 'acting boss'. Forchetti later supplied DePalma with a cell phone, compliments of the FBI and conversation revealed identified Megale as the underboss. Since then DePalma has been indicted while Squitieri and Megale sit in jail awaiting trial.

  The decision for "The Genius" to come out of the shadows and operate on such a high-level while babbling with DePalma was a dumb move. His perceived brains or intelligence level probably wont save him from the ultimate outcome. Then again maybe he will 'flip' as so many of the Gambino rank and file have opted to do.

Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu

  Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu has quietly scaled the Gambino crime family tree to become one of their highest ranking members. Following the federal onslaught against principal members Pete Gotti, Anthony Megale "of Connecticut," and Arnold "Zeke" Squitieri in the past two years. The Corozzo brothers along with street boss and longtime John Gotti pal Jackie D'Amico are thought to managing the syndicate. Cefalu is reportedly the acting underboss. Allegedly Cefalu manages the 'Sicilian wing' of the crime family, which possibly means the remaining rackets overseen by the Cherry Hill Gambino crew.

  Cefalu previously served time in 1982 after being convicted of heroin trafficking, which was the primary racket of the Cherry Hill crew then led by the Gambino brothers. Cefalu was became a 'made member' in November 1990 by then crime boss John Gotti. A month later the FBI arrested Gotti and he would never return to the streets; eventually receiving a life sentence and dying in prison. Cefalu then would sit much of the late 1990s in prison for contempt in a case involving a murder charge of a Gambino capo. According to federal authorities the remaining Gambino crew is thought to have become more insular.

  In 2008 Cefalu along with many high ranking Gambinos were rounded up in Operation Old Bridge. The case eventually fell apart as the informant and primary witness Joseph Vollero became compromised. During the trial it was revealed that hidden tapes picked up younger Gambino mobsters referring to Cefalu as the "old greaser or greaseball". Cefalu, an old school Sicilian mafioso, was said to be irrate and furious over the phrases. Cefalu eventually pled out and can stew in prison for a total of 33 months.

Consiglieri (Advisors)

"Staten Island Joe"
Joe Riccobono conspired with Gambino and Tampa mob boss Santo Traficante in the murder of Albert Anastasia in 1975. In November of that year he was one of many picked up by the police at the mob summit held in Apalachin, NY. The fedreal government would describe Rioccobono being involved in "counterfieting, loansharking, gambling and labor racketeering". He died in May 1975 in Staten Island.

Joseph N. Gallo
Joe N. Gallo served as consigliere under both Carlo Gambino and Paul Castellano. His stomping grounds was Astoria, Queens. He operated numbers and bookmaking operations. He also groomed a young upstart named Tomny Agro and proposed him for membership in the Gambino crew. In the end, Agro, who showed some promise, would be a liability.

Gallo became a top target for the FBI in the mid 1980s. Also at this time he was about to become involved in a bribery scandal which involved former Agro associate turned informant Joe Ianuzzi. Agro and Ianuzzi were involved in several illegal schemes in southeast Florida and Gallo had ordered the murder of Ianuzzi. Agro did beat him to a pulp but the informant survived and sought revenge.

Gallo once boasted if he was arrested by the FBI ( in fact he hadnt been indicted on any charges during most of criminal climb ) he would die of a heart attack. In fact when the FBI did come for him he pouted like a baby and displayed a childish act that was uncommon to his nature. It was said that agents were astonished by his display.

Gallo, who turned his back on Paul Castellano and allowed for his murder, was broken down by John Gotti. He had attempted to make a claim on the boss's chair and was told by Gotti, "Joe you aint no Paulie (Castellano)". In 1987 he was sentenced to ten years for bribery and racketeering and died in 1995 from natural causes.

Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano
Sammy Gravano was an emerging capo over the Bensonhurst, Brooklyn crew. He was an established loanshark and labor racketeer. He would also garner 19 known murders under his belt. Gravano, who suuported John Gotti's overthrow plans against Gambino rackets boss Paul Castellano, was promoted to underboss following Gotti's removal of the elder advisor.

Joseph "Joe Piney" Armone
Served his term as advisor while in prison after being found guilty of bribery charges in 1987. He died while in prison in 1992.

Joseph "Jo Jo" Corozzo
Joseph "Jo Jo" Corozzo is one of three Corozzo brothers operating within the Gambino crew. Brother Nick is away in prison unil 2004 and yet another brother is said to operate a sizeable bookmaing operation. The climb up the tattered Gambino criminal ladder, which hasn't gone unnoticed by the feds, has come quickly and quietly for the Corozzos. They are said to have been "approved" by the Genovese crime family.

Joseph Corozzo was elevated some time after 1992 to the role of consigliere or counselor to the crime family. Oddly enough his son Joseph is a mob lawyer. The only blotter on the father's rap sheet is a plea agreement in 1994 for illegally owning poker machines in Louisiana. Recently (2003), long time Gotti loyalist Mikey DiLeonardo dropped a bombshell when he cooperated with the federal government. He also brought new light to who is who withn the Gambino crew. DiLeonardo claims that the current underboss is Anthony Squitieri of New Jersey and Joseph Corozzo is thought to be the final word in "family matters". With DiLeonardo's recent cooperation, which began with a rocky start, Corozzo will have a tough time managing a criminal empire on the brink of falling apart.

Following the implosion of the FBI's Operation Old Bridge case, the Gambino consigliere pled out to conspiracy for his involvement in attempting to shakedown a cement company for $100,000. In June 2008 he agreed to a sentence of 46 months.

Capiregime (Captains)


Carmine "The Doctor" Lombardozzi
Carmine "The Doctor" Lombardozzi was an early rabbi or mentor for the Profaci's Gallo gang. Under The Doctor, the Gallos learned the trade of jukebox rackets and finer points of labor racketeering through restaurant workers union. Lombardozzi soon then became the Gambino's "Man on Wall Street", pilfering safes of brokerages for bonds and stocks, reselling them on the streets. He was seen as a top earner up through the 1980s and seeing very little in the way of prisons.

Upon the murder of Paul Castellano in 1985, law enforcement pegged Lombardozzi as possibly the new crime boss. This was not to be as forces under John Gotti guaranteed the placement of a new administration. By then, however, The Doctor was semi retired and spending much of his time in Florida. He would die of natural causes in 1992.

Vincent "Jimmy The Blond" Corrao
Member of the Gambino's Brooklyn arm, with operations in both in his native borough and Manhattan, Vincent Corrao would establish a sizable loan shark racket and gambling operation. He died in 1976 from natural causes, the same year as his boss. His crew was inherited by his son Joseph.

Joseph "Joe Butch" Corrao
Joe Corrao was a close confidant to former boss Paul Castellano. A regular earner and a top loan shark in the crime family operations, he wasn't consulted about the planned murder of his boss in 1985. Following the bombing death of underboss Frank DeCicco, Corrao would serve as acting second in command and was offered the slot by John Gotti.

Corrao, whose restaurants Tarominis and Cafe Biondo located along Mulberry Street in Manhattan's Little Italy District, was seen in the "Dapper Don's" regular walks. His restaurants also served as his loanshark bank and disguised his heavily trafficked "Hawain Moonlighters Social Club".

Gotti and Corrao had a severe falling out going into the late 1980s. As Gotti prepared battle against the federal government, Corrao was facing his own legal problems involving bribery and obstruction of justice. Gotti had demanded that all Gambino members fight it out and Corrao was preparing a plea agreement. In 1994 he began serving a five year sentence for the above mentioned charges. While in prison he suffered a loss of several toes due to diabetes and allowed his well groomed son to act on his behalf when it came to street matters. Upon his release he retired and died from complications of diabetes in November 2001.

Vincent Corrao
Although technically considered a soldier by the federal government, mobster Vincent Corrao served as acting capo during his father Joseph's incarceration. He is seen by many as the future of the Gambino LCN Family but not of this generation. He quietly operates just as his father and grandfather before him. In January 2000 the third generation Gambino member was caught carrying a small amount of the night club drug Ecstasy in Staten Island. This isnt really shocking considering his grandfather, Vincent Corrao, also chaulked up a narcotics conviction.

Anthony "Nino" Gaggi
Anthony "Nino" Gaggi was one of the most prolific and memorable Gambino crime family members, he was groomed under his relative Frank Scalise. Later he would be closely alligned with Carlo Gambino and Paul Castellano, accepted into their inner sanctum. When Castellano would rise as boss, following the death of Gambino in 1976, Gaggi replaced him as capo over the Bath Beach, Brooklyn crew. He and Castellano opened up the "Veterans and Friends Social Club" and "Nino" was assigned overseer of the Brooklyn wing of the Castellano syndicate. Later, after faltering, Gaggi would be replaced by the likes of Frankie DeCicco and Jimmy Failla as overlords.

Gaggi was believed to have "made his bones" or murdered for the Gambino syndicate in 1962. He later boasted to his nephew about murdering capo Jerome Squillante as revenge against the murder of Scalise in 1957. Squillante was believed to have been behind the murder of Scalise.

Gaggi, who operated loanshark, used car sales and insurance fraud rackets, would find a money well in a Brooklyn native named Roy DeMeo. A supposed reluctant Castellano even inducted DeMeo as a member into his criminal empire. DeMeo would then devise a crew specialized in narcotics trafficking, loansharking, bookmaking, pornography and an international stolen car ring. He would then dump mounds of cash on the laps of Castellano and Gaggi. Later the violent crew and DeMeo would ultimately go into a tail spin, with an estimated forty murders. DeMeo would later be murdered on the orders of Castellano in 1983.

In December 1985 Castellano was murdered by a upstart capo named John Gotti. Gaggi, who was under indictment for a public shootout with an off duty policeman, refused to come see Gotti as the new king of the heap. An irrate Gotti never did get to see Gaggi give his respect. Gaggi would die at the Manhattan Correctional Facility in 1986 while awaiting shipping to another correction facility.

Louis "Big Lou" Vallario
Louis Vallario took over the Bensonhurst crew led by Sammy Gravano and ultimatley was promoted as a Brooklyn capo upon the other's rise. Vallario, who was referred to by Gotti as "the coffee boy", was no slouch. An established loanshark and bookmaker, he would move the crew to th Red Hook section of Brooklyn. He was one of the select few that Gravano refused to testify against when he became a government witness. A reliable source has shared with us that some of his crew members have been heavily involved in narcotics trafficking. This would contrast with the statements given by Gravano in his debriefing. In May 2002 Vallario received a $500 fine and three years probation for his involvement in a labor-bribery scandal involving members of the Genovese LCN Family in a massive indictment.

Michael "Mikey Scars" DiLeonardo
Mikey DiLeonardo was a fast rising soldier under Sammy Gravano. Following the testimony of Gravano and conviction of mob boss John Gotti, DiLeonardo stepped up his role and was elevated to caporegime. He then became an active member assisting the panel installed following Gotti's permanent leave of absence.

DiLeonardo became involved with shaking strip clubs down with the jailed don's son John "Junior". These clubs were the Scores joint in New York, several clubs based in Ft. Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, Florida and The Gold Club of Atlanta. The Gold Club case went to trial, resulting in Gotti and DiLeonardo ultimately not being brought in for their alleged involvement.

In June 2002 DiLeonardo was indicted with Gravano's old crew, these included leader Louis Vallario, Eddie Garafola and Frank "Fapppy" Fappiano for a 1989 murder. In September DiLeonardo and Vallario were then returned to the Manhattan Metro Correctional Center and held without bail. During the Christmas season of 2002 DiLeonardo was granted an oddity when he was allowed leave to visit family members-his personal family. Upon his return, a severely depressed DiLeonardo announced he would cooperate with the federal government and then said he wouldn't. His change of heart was the result of lack of support from his family. At present time he is held in a high security wing and his future remains uncertain. (Photo Compliments:

The Brooklyn Waterfront

Anthony "Tough Tony" Anastasio
Brother to one time rackets boss Albert, with the exception of the last vowel in their name, 'Tough Tony" ruled supreme over the Brooklyn docks. He controlled the International Longshoreman's Union with a iron fist and violence. He watched over as his crime family would shake down haulers and pilfer goods, creating a legendary racket. In 1962 he spoke to law enforcement about the changes in leadership in La Cosa Nostra and in 1963 died of natural causes. He left his piers and the rackets to his son in law Anthony Scotto.

Anthony "Tony" Scotto
Came from Gambino LCN Family "royalty" and proved his capabilities as a well organized earner and political influence. Anthony Scotto would rise to become a powerful influence over the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA).

Scotto, a college educated gangster, served as a political fundraiser for former New York governor Hugh Carey, former NYC mayors Robert Wagoner and John Lindsey. He even associated with former president Jimmy Carter and was once a candidate for the position of Secretary of Labor.

In 1979 he was convicted for taking payoffs while serving as ILA vice president. He would serve just over three years and was released in 1984. When John Gotti came aboard in 1986 he felt it was time for a change and demoted Scotto to the rank of soldier. It didn't matter because the Brooklyn docks were slowly loosing their criminal prestige. More recently his son was exposed as an informer for the Los Angeles Police Department. Scotto continues to deny claims that he is a member of the Gambino LCN Family.

Anthony "Sonny" Ciccone
Anthony "Sonny" Ciccone was placed on the Brooklyn docks to oversee union shakedowns by John Gotti in 1986. He proved himself profitable despite the slowdown of economic activity along the infamous piers. In the late 1990s he served a six month stretch for probation violations. He remains active and is still listed as a capo in the Gambino crime network.

Following a conviction for the case involving Peter Gotti, the Brooklyn waterfront and a shakedown attempt of actor Steven Seagal, Ciccone was handed a 10 year sentence.


Carmine "Charlie Wagons" Fatico
Carmine Fatico originally hailed from Brooklyn. He was the purveyor of secret lounges catering to gay men. He would charge them high priced drinks and cover charges, often accompanied with threats of extortion or blackmail. This would eventually lead to the "Stone Wall Riots" of 1969.

In the late 1960s or early 1970s he packed his bags and opened up shop in Ozone Park, Queens. By now he had a string of card games and dice pits, along with bookmaking and loansharking rackets. He also added truck hijacking, hence the knickname "Wagons" to his capabilities.

Fatico would serve time, along with his brother Daniel "Danny Wags", in the early 1970s for hijacking. Afterwards this "Dellacroce loyalist" would retire and by 1977 had left John Gotti in charge of criminal affairs. He died of natural causes in 1992.

Angelo "Angie" Ruggiero
Childhood friend to John Gotti, Angelo Ruggiero would follow his pal all the way to the top and prove to be a downfall. Ruggiero had been groomed under the Fatico brothers of Ozone Park, Queens. He and Gotti served time together and did their first "piece of work" (murder) side by side. When Gotti was promoted as capo Ruggiero actually served as an acting leader. When Gotti made plans to take out Castellano, Ruggiero was the first to throw in his support and campaign for assistance from other Gambino family members.

In 1979 his brother Sal died while a fugitive in a plane crash and Ruggiero inherited a massive heroin racket. He brought the Ozone Park crew into the fold and ultimately the demise of Gene Gotti. They were both indicted in 1983 for the above mentioned crime and Gene Gotti was sentenced to 50 years in 1989. Much of the evidence was supplied by phone taps against Ruggiero, who spoke often and he was dubbed "Quack Quack" by his pals. Ruggiero was "shelved" by John Gotti as a result of his poor discretion and died of lung cancer in 1989.

Nicholas "Little Nick" Corozzo
Nick Corozzo, a Queens based racketeer, came under the FBI spotlight following the conviction of John Gotti. He, along with capos Lenny DiMaria and John D'Amico comprised a three mobster governing panel. It was believed that the Gambino crew were feeling the heat from the Commission regarding appointing a new official leader.

Corozzo was hand picked by Gotti to assume the role as the new don. However, the FBI had ben tracking and collecting evidence against Corozzo and DiMaria's south Florida crew. Many of the rackets and crewmembers had previously fallen under capo Anthony "Fat Andy" Ruggiano, including his son Anthony, Jr. The crew work illegal gambling and loansharking rackets, bootlegged and stolen merchandise sales.

In 1996 Corozzo was brought in from Florida via the federal government, In 1997 he was sentenced seven years, which will run concurrent with a New York state conviction and is expected to be released in 2004. Upon his release it isn't known whether he will be the new crme boss of the Gambino crew.

Eugene "Genie" Gotti
Gene Gotti was the ever loyal and often dim witted brother to John Gotti. In their younger days the duo may have been feared but it was well known that "Genie" often blundered on criminal scores. Officially promoted to caporegime rank following the 1986 takeover of his brother, Genie had some serious legal issue with Gotti pal and fellow capo Angelo Ruggiero. They, along with John Carneglia, had been indicted for heroin trafficking. Ruggiero, as a result of lung cancer, was severed from the case.

Gene Gotti would take over the Ozone Park, Queens crew following the demotion of Ruggiero and merged his crew into his brother's famous stomping grounds. His official role as captain over the "Bergin Crew" was brief and he was convicted of the trafficking charges in 1989, receiving fifty years. He is scheduled for release in 2018, when he will be very old and his brother Pete continues to watch over both brothers' interest.

Peter "Pete" Gotti
Peter Gotti is the last of the Gotti brothers on the streets. He was once a city sanitation employee until an injury allowed him to collect disability and devote his time to La Cosa Nostra. Tried and acquitted in the "Windows Case", brother Pete became a collector of profits on behalf of his brother and became more active in day to day criminal affairs. When his nephew John "Junior" was convicted for racketeering in 2000, Uncle Pete stepped up and took over as acting boss. Originally seen as not so bright he has proven himself capable and effective. He still calls the Bergen Hunt Fish Social Club of Ozone Park, Queens his homebase. He occasionally stops by but has desperately tried to avoid the spotlight which plagued his brother John during his brief and public time as criminal head.

John "Junior" Gotti
John "Junior" Gotti was not like his father in several ways. He was privy to the ill gotten spoils as the son of a top earning Gambino capo and later boss. He had completed high school and was raised in the respectable Queens neighborhood of Howard Beach. This was unlike his father who never even made it to junior high and was raised in near poverty conditions of Brooklyn. The younger Gotti donned sweatsuits not the Italian suits that were so prominently a part of his father's wardrobe.

Upon being "made", he was given capo status. His crew was mainly younger Gambino soldiers, often considered reckless and he too preferred to make the rounds of Manhattan as one. He would be the executive of a trucking company, although appears to have never worked an honest day's work in his life and was later building his own portfolio. The younger Gotti would rely on loansharking and bookmaking, funneling profits into the now defunct Club Boca of Boca Raton, FL and several property holdings in the sunshine state. It should be noted that two unsolved murders in both Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton, with ties to the Gambino LCN Family, would occur during "Junior's" tenure.

Upon his father's 1992 conviction a rotating panels of capos would act as boss and leader of the Gambino crime family. As a result of turncoat underboss Sammy Gravano, most would cop pleas in fear of his testimony. The younger Gotti and his uncle Peter would fill the role as the new leaders. With this, law enforcement began to step up their investigation on him and his uncle.

When the FBI raided his home, an estimated $358,000 from his wedding purse was found, along with a list of mobsters who attended, the amounts they gave and respective family affiliation. In addition there was guns and a list of recently inducted Lucchese LCN family soldiers. The younger Gotti took a plea on racketeering charges in 1999, unlike his father who fought and lost. He is expected to be released in 2004.

Richard "Richie" Gotti
(late 1990's-present)
Youngest of the Gotti brothers, Richard Gotti was a longtime player of the Bergin Hunt crew of Ozone Park, Queens. The younger Gotti was a close pal to bank robber and crew member Mathew Traynor. Much later Traynor would agree to testify and then ditch the idea, serving five years for purgery.

The Gotti brother had a reputation of bumbling robberies and shakedown, eventually being regulated to managing social clubs for the mob boss. In June 2002 he and brother Pete, along with capo Sonny Ciccone, were indicted for extortion and money laundering charges. The charges involve a shakedown of a film producer. Convicted with his brother Peter in a Brooklyn waterfront case, Richard Gotti was spared and handed a less than 3 year sentence. He was released in 2005.

Ronald "One Arm" Trucchio
Ronald Trucchio is currently thought to be a capo in the Gambino crime family. He operates out of, not surprisingly, the borough of Queens. Since the meteoric rise of John Gotti and company the turf of the Gambino LCN Family has shifted from Brooklyn to Queens. Trucchio appears to be a lesser known and his odd nickname didn't come from luck on a slots machine. His unique handle was derived from his youth, after being ran over by a car and having his arm partially paralyzed as a result.

With the media generated by the recent of indictments of crime boss Pete Gotti and legendary Brooklyn waterfront overlord Sonny Ciccone, Trucchio's own brush with the law has generated very little publicity. In January 2003 Trucchio faced charges that stated he and an estimated thirty members/associates, one which included his son, operated a $30 million a year bookmaking/gambling racket.

In April 2003 Trucchio pled out to gambling charges and is expected to serve 3-5 years. Newspapers and law enforcement described have described him as "figure whose power within the Gambino family was growing at the time of his arrest". Trucchio was sentenced to a term of 20 years and assessed a $250,000 fine on August 11, 2005.

Salvatore "Fat Sally" Scala
Sally Scala came out of the Queens' Bergin Crew as a faithful attendent to Pete Gotti. In 1985 he participated in the murder of Gambino head Paul Castellano and his underboss Tommy Billotti. Previously in 1983 he suffered an indictment for heroin trafficking, the same charge that gave Gene Gotti fifty years, but was eventually dismissed. This shows he had been in the inner circle of Gotti for several years.

In May 2001 Scala was convicted along with long time soldier and Gotti pal Charles Carneglia for extorting a Long Island based adult bookstore. The scheme appears to have netted the wiseguys a paltry $50 a week-times must be rough for "made" men. In September of 2001 Scala and Carneglia were sentenced to five years for their "poor man's" scheme. On December 30, 2008 it was reported that Scala succumbed to liver cancer while behind bars.

The Bronx

Francis "Frankie Loc" Locascio
Frankie Locascio was an oldtimer in the Gambino LCN Family upon the rise of John Gotti. He was promoted to capo status in 1986 with the official status of Gotti's first year as crime chief. Locascio was "made" under Carlo Gambino and suffered one gambling arrest from way back, so long ago that we haven't bothered tracking it. As soon as his promotion was made he was given "acting underboss" status and later "acting consigliere".

A capable wiseguy, that huggged the shadows and chased cameras away when walking with the Don, Locasio's crew operated minor gambling and loansharking rackets in the Bronx borough. His spoils allowed him a horse farm just outside of Whiteplains, NY. Upon the conviction of Gotti in 1992, Locasio received the same and currently spends his life behind bars at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute, IN.

Salvatore "Tore" Locascio
Taking over his father's small Bronx crew, son Tore took over where his left off and continues to derive earnings from gambling rackets. It has long been alledged by law enforcement that he is involved with internet gambling sites. In 1999 he plead out to tax evasion charges and received a sentence of less than 12 months.

On May 20, 2003 Locascio was arrested in Naples, FL and indicted for his role in an internet porn site fraud investigation. He will stand trial in 2004 along with alledged conspirator and Gambino soldier Richard Martino.

Louis "Braciole" Ricco
Louis Ricco is a Bronx based capo that pled guilty to racketeering charges alongside then acting boss John "Junior" Gotti in 1999. The charges stemmed from his long time profession-illegal gambling and loansharking. He is expected to be released in September 2002 and may also stand charges for allegedly operating with the Bonanno LCN Family in similiar illegal activities.


Vincent "Jerome" Squillante
Vincent "Jerome" Squillante was said to have been sitting next to Albert Anastasia on the day he was clipped in a barber chair. Not a haircut but with a gun. He was also believed to be responsible for the previous murder of Anastasia underboss Frank Scalise.

Upon the rise of Carlo Gambino, Squillante was given capo status and went about "organizing" waste haulers. The city of New York had decreed that garbage hauling would be open to private carting. This gave Don Carlo and Squillante a perfect entrance into shaking down haulers via with union labor problems or sheer violence.

In 1962 Squillante was looking at some prison time and Gambino began to sweat. That same year he just dissapeared but not his racket. It was believed that an aspiring wiseguy named Anthony Gaggi did the deed.

James "Jimmy Brown" Failla
James "Jimmy Brown" Failla served as loyal bodyguard and driver for mob boss Carlo Gambino. He was believed to have inherited the Squillante garbage rackets. He then expanded his racket into Brooklyn and other boroughs, in fact attempting to establish a similiar racket with Cleveland's Frankie Brancato. Failla was the proprietor of the Brooklyn base Our Friends Social Club and organized the garbage racket through his devised Trade Waste Association.

Failla would then form close alliances to Paul Castellano, then betray him and throw his misguided loyalty to John Gotti. In 1986 he would be acquitted of racketeering charges. The evidence stemming from bugs planted in Castellano's home. In 1994 Failla was sentenced to six years after a plea arrangement for murder conspiracy. He had participated in a Gotti ordered murder. In August 1999 he died while serving time at the Fort Worth Federal Prison.

John "Good Looking Jack" Giordano
John "Good Looking Jack", "Jack the Actor" Giordano was a long time soldier under the Manhattan crew led by Joe Armone, which was heavily based in Manhattan's Lower East Side. In 1986 Armone was promoted to the Gotti administration and bequeathed Giordano as capo over his crew.

Giordano was just fresh out of the federal pen from his 1985 release. Giordano would go on to build an illegal gambling racket that was said to have boasted $300 million in annual illegal profits. In 1992 he was convicted of running this bookmaking operation. In 1994 he was seriously wounded over a shakedown. As a result he suffers partial parlysis. A search of Giordano's records suggested he never went to a federal prison for his conviction. He has since thought to have stepped down as capo and turned over operations to Steve Grammauta.

Thomas "Tommy" Gambino
Thomas Gambino, son of mob boss Carlo, never quite reached the rank of his father. He, however, married into mob royalty, the daughter of fellow mobster Tommy Lucchese and received the elder's interest in Manhattan's Garment District. Through union influence and the founding of trade associations, which were disguised fronts for shakedowns, Gambino built a multi-million dollar trucking operation.

College educated, he wasn't inducted into the crime family until after his father's death and promoted to rank of caporegime under John Gotti. He would inherit a Connecticut gambling operation, following the overseer, Thomas DeBrizzi's untimely murder in 1988, which would be managed by Anthony Megale. He also had long time mob soldier George Remini by his side.

In December 1990 Gambino, Gotti, Frank Locasio and Sammy Gravano were indicted for multiple RICO violations. Gambino probably knew it was Gotti's time to pay up and fought a fierce battle to be severed from a trial. He won and had his charges reduced to loansharking, for which he served five years from 1995-2000. In addition, the federal government went after him and his brother Joseph for the role in trucking in Manhattan's Garment District. The charge was monopolizing. Eventually the Gambinos agreed to pay fines in excess of $2 million and would forgoe short distance trucking. He has since relocated from New York, following his release from prison and last known to be residing in Beverly Hills.

Stephen "Stevie Coogan" Grammauta
Stephen "Stevie Coogan" Grammauta came into the spotlight written by our friends at According to that great web page Steve Grammauta was the genuine article when it came to Albert Anastasia back in 1957, although the rubout was said to have been Joe Profaci's Gallo brother. Grammauta teamed up with the aspiring Joe Armone, under the leadership of Armone's brother Steve and the duo spent five years in prison for heroin trafficking, from 1965-1970. He has since emerged as a capo, thought to have taken over Jack Giordano's crew and is believed to filling an "acting" administration role.

George "Fat Georgie" Remini
George Remini, having taken over the interest previously held by Thomas Gambino, which includes rackets based in Conmnecticut, has quietly avoided the spotlight. His climb has been slow but he is recognized by the FBI, New Jersey State Police and NYPD Organized Crime Strike Force team as a capo in the Gambino crew.

In 1969 he was convicted of trafficking in stolen property and served three years federal. In 1970 his wife, who runs a Jewish private school, gave birth to their daughter Leah. His daughter would later star in the TV sitcoms Head of the Class and The King of Queens. Remini later dabbled in absestos removal work. It probably helped that the Gambino crew held such influence over unions and building projects, making Remini a wealthy mobster. In 1992 he served just over a year for obstruction of justice. He had refused to testify in Tommy Gambino's trial. In 2002 the State of New Jersey inducted him into the banned gamblers book for Atlantic City casinos. He is desribed as an "active patron". Remini is considered an active member of the Gambino crime family.

Solidati (Soldiers)

Liborio "Louie" Milito
(Mid 1970s-1988)
There is some debate on who brought Louie Milito and Sammy Gravano into the Gambino crime family. The Milito side says they brought in Gravano and the former underboss says he brought Milito into the Brooklyn crime family. Either way these life long friends would be bonded not only by history but a partnership of crime.

Liborio Milito made his way into the crew of then capo Salvatore "Toddo" Aurello by shaking down anything. He ran rackets ranging from rolling back miles on odometers to ripping off payphones. He eventually made his way into heavy loansharking and was considered a Castellano loyalist. There is some debate to whether he was actually made a caporegime just before he went to prison for income tax evasion in the mid 1980s.

Milito, prior to being shipped off to Lewisburg Federal Prison, had become a partner with Gravano in Gem Steel. It was a construction company that benefitted from Castellano's influence of labor unions. He was also said to be a partner of Gravano in his Bensonurst, Brooklyn hangout "Tali's Lounge". Milito, much to his undoing, was heavily tied in with Gravano and the Bensonhurst scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Milito was said to know that Gravano, and more importantly John Gotti, were falling out of favor with Paul Castellano. Sensing he would lose his investment, and by association his life with Gravano, he pulled out of Gem Steel and invested in a construction company controlled by Gambino capo Tommy Bilotti. It was a mistake that would cost him his life.

Upon his release from prison, he wasn't on the streets during the December 1985 murder of Castellano, Milito returned to the streets and sought to form a bond with Gravano. He was said to have been shocked upon hearing John Gotti was the new boss. In early April 1988 Milito paid his old friends a visit at capo Lou Vallario's social club. His murder, according to Gravano, was done by Gene Gotti and his crew members-John Carneglia and Anthony Squitieri. Following his murder soldier Mario Mastromarino took over Milito's loanshark business. His body was never recovered and John Gotti was convicted of conspiring against Milito.