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Mar 15 - EXCLUSIVE: He was the good wise guy that went after bad wise guys [Frank Cali]
 

 
EXCLUSIVE: 'He was the good wise guy that went after bad wise guys': Mafia heir pays tribute to slain Gambino crime boss Frank Cali, 53



A Mafia heir and a close friend of slain Gambino crime boss Frank Cali has paid tribute to the mobster after he was gunned down outside his family home.

Giovanni Gambino told DailyMail.com that 53-year-old 'Franky Boy' was a constant feature in the New York charity scene and was someone he looked up to growing up.

The head of the notorious family was shot and k*lled in a hail of bullets and then run over in Staten Island, New York, on Wednesday night in a slaying that shattered a 30-year peace between the Five Families in the Big Apple and could lead to more bloodshed.

Cops could be looking into whether the hit was linked to Gene Gotti, a reputed gangster and the brother of John Gotti who was released from prison just six months ago following a 29-year term for heroin dealing.

The NYPD is also investigating the possibility Cali was lured from his home by the gunman, who then fled in a blue pickup, and are probing whether the hit was carried out by a lone wolf or ordered by factions in the Sicilian Costra Nostra,

Giovanni said Cali was one of the figures he looked to when he was growing up in the notorious family and said he always 'showed class'.

The Gambino scion also warned that there could soon be retribution by a rival gangster because Cali was considered one of the 'good' guys.

'He was the good wise guy that went after bad wise guys', Giovanni told DailyMailcom. 'The wise guy that showed class. He was the one that had the 'it' factor, growing up with my friends. We all looked up to him. He gave a great impression.'

'Nobody gets away with anything . Especially k*lling a good man,' he added.

Giovanni's cousin Carlo founded the Gambino crime family in 1957 when he immigrated from Italy and his father Francesco 'Ciccio' Gambino was a leading captain in the syndicate.

Francesco died in federal prison in 2012 while serving a 30-year sentence for racketeering and trafficking heroin from Sicily to the United States. Giovanni was raised by his mother and other members of the crime family while they were under the leadership of the likes of John Gotti and Domenico Cefalu.

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Gambino crime family boss Francesco 'Franky Boy' Cali was shot six times and run over by a pickup truck in front of his home in Staten Island on Wednesday night. His slaying shattered a relative peace between the Five Families in New York


Cali maintained a 'low-key' lifestyle, was a good friend to his family and always supported his passion to become a writer, Giovanni says. Cali is the basis for the protagonist in his novel, The Prince of Omerta.

Cali's murder on Wednesday night was the first hit on a Mafia boss since John Gotti arranged the a*sassination of then-Gambino head Paul Castellano in 1985.

Cali was shot six times and run over by a blue pickup truck outside his redbrick house in the upmarket Todt Hill neigborhood of Staten Island. Police are now hunting the k*ller.

Sources told the New York Daily News on Thursday that cops were eyeing ties to Gene Gotti, who may have orchestrated the hit to get back some the clout in the family business.

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Hand prints, likely caused by officers dusting for fingerprints, is seen on the side of a SUV being pulled from the scene

The source admitted the claims could be 'total speculation', but is 'something to look out for'.

The NYPD are scouring through surveillance footage on bridges off Staten Island to try and track the getaway vehicle.

The New York Post has also reported that he may have been lured outside his home when the k*ller smashed the pickup into his car in the driveway.

Photos from the scene show cops towing away a late-model silver Cadillac Escalade SUV.

It was covered in hand prints caused by crime scene technicians dusting for DNA.

Neighbors have described the terrifying hail of bullets they heard from inside their homes.

Many were watching TV when the chaos unfolded in the normally quiet neighborhood.

It is understood Cali's distraught family members ran outside after the shots were fired.

One man collapsed in front of the home crying: 'Papa! Papa!' as a woman shouted into her phone: 'Why doesn't the ambulance come? He's not breathing!'

No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing as police search for a blue pickup truck that fled the gruesome scene.

Aggressive federal prosecutions in the past 25 years decimated the ranks of New York's five Mafia families.

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Giovanni's cousin Carlo (left in 1970) founded the Gambino crime family that inspired The Godfather and his father Francesco 'Ciccio' Gambino (pictured with him right) died in federal prison in 2012 while serving a sentence for drag trafficking from his time in the mob

The cases resulted in long prison terms for their bosses - Gotti included - and encouraged their successors to keep a lower profile.

But the new generation still engages in old-school crimes - loansharking, gambling, extortion - that can make enemies and spark violence.

This week, prosecutors in Brooklyn announced a case against a long-time Gambino a*sociate accused of k*lling a suspected loanshark affiliated with the Lucchese crime family.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said on Thursday there has been a slight uptick in alleged mob-related violence in New York within the last year. But he said it is too soon to say whether that had anything to do with Cali's slaying.

Shea said the mob boss emerged from his home around 9:15 p.m. after the gunman backed his pickup into Cali's Cadillac SUV, damaging it. 'With what we know at this point in time, it's quite possible that was part of a plan,' Shea said.

Video showed the a*sailant pulling a 9 mm handgun and opening fire on Cali about a minute after they started talking, according to Shea. At least 12 shots were fired. After getting shot several times, Cali tried to crawl under his SUV to hide, Shea said.

Federal prosecutors referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Mafia's Gambino family, once one of the most powerful and feared crime organizations in the country. News accounts since 2015 said he had ascended to the top spot.

The last Mafia boss to be shot to death in New York City was Gambino don 'Big Paul' Castellano, a*sassinated on Gotti's direction while getting out of a black limousine outside a high-end midtown Manhattan steakhouse in 1985. Gotti then took control of the family.

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'We thought those days were over,' Mayor Bill de Blasio said of Cali's slaying. 'Very surprising, but I guess old habits die hard.'

Jerry Capeci, a mob expert who writes for the ganglandnews.com website, said Thursday that Cali is part of a Siclian faction now in control of the Gambino family. Capeci said the k*lling 'doesn't have the feel' of a Mafia-sanctioned hit.

'Frank Cali was a pretty likable guy, and also this is not a way the mob would k*ll one of their own,' he said. 'There are exceptions, but that's not the case with his guy.'

Cali kept a much lower profile than Gotti and was k*lled in far less spectacular fashion than Castellano. He was shot on a tree-lined street in one of New York City's less-glamorous outer boroughs, a short walk from ball fields, a country club and a day camp.

Gotti, with his expensive double-brea*ted suits and overcoats and silvery swept-back hair, became known as the Dapper Don, his smiling face all over the tabloids. As prosecutors tried and failed to bring him down, he came to be called the Teflon Don.

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Cali's home in the Todt Hill neighborhood of Staten Island. One man, believed to be a family member, ran outside, collapsed and cried, 'Papa! Papa!'

In 1992, Gotti was convicted in Castellano's murder and a multitude of other crimes. He was sentenced to life in prison and died of cancer in 2002.

On Wednesday, hours before Cali was k*lled, the reputed boss and consigliere of the Bonanno crime family were acquitted in a Brooklyn racketeering and extortion case. In October, reputed Bonanno a*sociate Sylvester Zottola was fatally shot while waiting for a cup of coffee at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx.

Last week, the longtime boss of the Colombo crime family, 85-year-old Carmine 'the Snake' Persico, died at a North Carolina hospital near the federal prison where he had been serving what was effectively a life sentence. Persico was convicted in a 1986 case overseen by then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Cali's only mob-related criminal conviction came a decade ago, when he pleaded guilty in an extortion scheme involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island. He was sentenced to 16 months behind bars and was released in 2009.

In that case, authorities intercepted conversations shedding light on his quiet underworld command. At a 2008 bail, a prosecutor said Cali was seen 'as a man of influence and power by organized crime members in Italy.'

One of Cali's neighbors, 58-old-year Salvatore, told the New York Times he heard a burst of about seven gunshots. 'I just heard the pow-pow-pow-pow-pow,' he said, adding, 'You never know who your neighbors are'.

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There are reports Cali may have been lured outside his home when the k*ller smashed the pickup into his car in the driveway

And one resident, Prashant Ranyal, 39, who lives blocks from the scene, told the New York Post: 'I've seen the [mob] movies . . . but I've never seen any activity that we feel at all that there's something strange about this area.'

Cali, who is married to John Gambino's niece, served on the family's ruling panel for several years before being promoted to acting boss in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu, also known as 'Greaseball'.

The organization reportedly focused its efforts on heroin and Oxycontin trafficking under his leadership.

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

He was considered to be a foil of John Gotti because 'no one ever sees him'.

Cali only had one criminal conviction, having spent 16 months for a 2008 federal extortion charge in connection with a failed bit to build a NASCAR race track in Staten Island.

The hit on Cali has come amid a resurgence in mob activity.

In October, Sylvester Zottola, 71 - an a*sociate of the Bonnano crime family - was gunned down at a Bronx McDonald's drive-thru.

Giovanni's cousin Carlo, the head of the Cosa Nostra during the 1970s, was arrested for orchestrating a multi-million dollar bank heist before he died of a heart attack in 1976.

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Police responding to a 911 call about an a*sault in progress just after 9.15pm arrived to find Cali with six gunshot wounds to the torso. He was pronounced dead at a hospital soon after.

Giovanni thinks the FBI has a long history of corruption, especially when it comes to members of his Italian community, and their strategies should be under more of a microscope.

He recently called President Trump to pardon his father Francesco, claiming fired FBI Director James Comey, who was responsible for taking down his father, treated his family unfairly.

Giovanni decided to shun the mafioso lifestyle and instead went into the pizzeria business.

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 4 days ago '15        #2
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First Mafia boss hit since the day Big Paul Castellano was whacked outside a steakhouse

Cali's murder is the first hit on a Mafia boss since John Gotti arranged the a*sassination of then-Gambino head 'Big Paul' Castellano - outside Sparks Steakhouse - in 1985.

The notorious a*sasination saw Castellano, 70, and his underboss Thomas Bilotti, 47, both shot in the face by a three-man hit squad just after the two victims had stepped out of their car.

Castellano's reign as kingpin had begun in 1976 after the death of Carlo Gambino.

The Gambinos were the most powerful of the five families of the New York City mafia and worth an estimated $500 million a year


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Gambino capo John Gotti (left) was part of a three-man hit squad that shot Mafia kingpin Paul Castellano (right) outside a steakhouse in 1985

Big Paul was made boss instead of the likely heir, the then-underboss Aniello Dellacroce - a decision which annoyed those loyal to Dellacroce.

They were further enraged by Castellano's insistence on living as a recluse in his mansion in Todt Hill, Staten Island, which earned him the moniker, 'the Howard Huges of the Mob'.

When Dellacroce died of cancer in 1985, Castellano disrepected the Family by not attending the funeral.


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The bodies of Castellano and Bilotti lay in a pool of blood after they were gunned down outside Sparks steakhouse in Manhattan

The final nail in his coffin was when he made Capo Thomas Bilotti his underboss.

John Gotti, who had been loyal to Dellacroce and didn't think Castellano was worthy of being the Don, and the irate Gambinos then decided to whack Castellano.


At the time, Castellano had been on trial in Manhattan federal court on racketeering charges involving three murders and an international stolen car ring but the trial was in recess.


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In 1957, Albert Anastasia lies on the floor of the barbershop at New York's Park Sheraton Hotel after his murder. Anastasia's crime family was then taken over by Carlo Gambino

On December 15, 1985 Gotti and the Dellacroce devised a plan to a*sassinate Castellano and Bilotti - by luring the boss to a meeting at Sparks Steakhouse on 210 E. 46th St., between Second and Third Avenues.


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The scene of the crime. Big Paul was made boss instead of the likely heir, the then-underboss Aniello Dellacroce - a decision which annoyed those loyal to Dellacroce

At around 5.30pm, Gotti and Salvatore 'Sammy the Bull' Gravano were driving in Gotti's Lincoln Town Car when they spotted the boss in his Black Lincoln Town Car.

Gotti drove on ahead and parked at a vantage point across the street from the restaurant.

At around 6pm, Castellano and his Underboss Thomas Bilotti pulled up at Sparks Steakhouse to attend a sit down with Frank DeCicco to apologize for missing Dellacroce's funeral.

Just as they exited the car, the a*sassin shot Castellano six times. He fell to the pavement and died. Bilotti, who was in the driver's seat was also shot dead.

Gotti then drove past the scene, while Gravano looked at Bilotti's body, saying 'he's gone'.


Soon after, John Gotti became Boss, Frank DeCicco became Underboss, and Gravano became Consigliere in 1986.

THE GAMBINO CRIME FAMILY

The Gambino crime family is one of what is widely referred to as 'The Five Families' of Italian organized crime operations in New York City and other parts of the United States.

The Gambinos' rise to become one of the most powerful mafia families in America started in 1957, when the family's namesake, Carlo Gambino - an Italian immigrant - orchestrated the murder of Albert Anastasia, who had organized a collection of Italian gangs into what now would be considered a 'crime family.'


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Gambino headed the organization until 1976, when he handed power over to his brother-in-law Paul Castellano.

Like other mafia families, the Gambinos took their methods from the crime families in Italy - La Cosa Nostra - and were involved in illegal activities like loan-sharking, extortion, prostitution, gambling and money laundering - as well as the frequent a*saults and murders a*sociated with those types of business ventures.

In 1985, Gambino 'capo' John Gotti orchestrated the murder of Castellano to become the most publicized boss of the family.


Gotti's reign came to an end when his underboss, Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano agreed to testify against him and other members of the family in a 1992 RICO trial.

Since Gotti's downfall, the Gambinos - and other mafia families - have lost much of the power they once had over politicians, judges and labor unions.

The family was headed by Domenico Cefalu until 2015, when Frank Cali took over as capo.



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Thanks for the tag brethren, good looks
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"The family was headed by Domenico Cefalu until 2015, when Frank Cali took over as boss"

Im starting to think that never happened...............

this entire thing is fu*king nuts............

especially with info coming out about how the american families are involved in the Canadian mob war and are so connected to the other side still.........

something thats being left out of a lot of these articles is the fact that Cali married into a Sicilian Mob Clan that lost a war and was almost k*lled off completely with Cali and John Gambino having to go to Sicily to save the remaining members(a lot of whom became Gambinos/Gambino a*sociates)...........something a lot of people say he never stopped doing.......

I seriously doubt the Gotti theory but it's hard to tell given the family history..........
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Appreciate the mention, good read
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smokeytheblunt2 5 heat pts
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if this was some kind of power play the bodies will start dropping soon enough..........

some these rumors are fu*king out there tho...........

everything from the Genovese taking him out for using their ports to a cartel taking him out for not protecting the coke shipment from the other day..........

that hit was way too smooth for for it to have been put together within a few days..........you'd think
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Cliffs comrade?
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 smokeytheblunt2 said
if this was some kind of power play the bodies will start dropping soon enough..........

some these rumors are fu*king out there tho...........

everything from the Genovese taking him out for using their ports to a cartel taking him out for not protecting the coke shipment from the other day..........

that hit was way too smooth for for it to have been put together within a few days..........you'd think
Where you read this stuff?
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BrotherMan 317 heat pts317 OP
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 Tha Boss said
Cliffs comrade?

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smokeytheblunt2 5 heat pts
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 PineappleOG said
Where you read this stuff?
one other site, news articles and two of my friends in NY that could care less but are being nice enough to pay attention to the rumors and repeat them back to me...........
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 BrotherMan said

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No. Of the first post
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 smokeytheblunt2 said

I seriously doubt the Gotti theory but it's hard to tell given the family history..........
im imagining the level of detail that would go into that .. they found prints on the vehicle which would suggest whoever did it probably isnt even in the country anymore
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damn. i read about this in the paper, in the paper.
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smokeytheblunt2 5 heat pts
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 dk man said
im imagining the level of detail that would go into that .. they found prints on the vehicle which would suggest whoever did it probably isnt even in the country anymore
that's a good possibility...........
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 Slingy said
damn. i read about this in the paper, in the paper.

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BREeZzze 
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who cares
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 smokeytheblunt2 said
"The family was headed by Domenico Cefalu until 2015, when Frank Cali took over as boss"

Im starting to think that never happened...............

this entire thing is fu*king nuts............

especially with info coming out about how the american families are involved in the Canadian mob war and are so connected to the other side still.........

something thats being left out of a lot of these articles is the fact that Cali married into a Sicilian Mob Clan that lost a war and was almost k*lled off completely with Cali and John Gambino having to go to Sicily to save the remaining members(a lot of whom became Gambinos/Gambino a*sociates)...........something a lot of people say he never stopped doing.......

I seriously doubt the Gotti theory but it's hard to tell given the family history..........
how is the NY mob be involve in the Canadian war, cause body gets drop every week in Montreal last few months

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I don't know sh*t



I ain't reading sh*t




Ain't no one whacking my family and giving me cement shoes
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Real boss sh*t without Instagram involvements.


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Amazing. But America had issues with black panthers. Smh
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 Bad said
Real boss sh*t without Instagram involvements.



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 MilliRock said

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Lol

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streetknowledge 
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Just watched Travolta's Gotti bipoic, sh*t was flames.
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 smokeytheblunt2 said
one other site, news articles and two of my friends in NY that could care less but are being nice enough to pay attention to the rumors and repeat them back to me...........
I think its clout chasers

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