Friday, March 29, 2019

Alphonse 'Little Al' D'Arco dead at 86

Alphonse "Little Al" D'Arco was a New York mobster who became the acting boss of the Lucchese crime family. He was the first boss, acting or otherwise, of a New York crime family to become a government witness.

Among the Mafia heavyweights brought down by D’Arco’s testimony at more than a dozen trials were “Mafia Cops” Stephen Caracappa and Louie Ippolito; Genovese family boss Vincent 'The Chin' Gigante; Colombo boss 'Little Vic' Orena; ex-Luchese cronies Vic Amuso and Anthony (Gaspipe) Casso; and Bonanno consigliere Anthony Spero.

Stephen Caracappa (l) and Louis Eppolito
The deal was done on Sept. 21, 1991, with the feds signing up perhaps their unlikeliest cooperator ever. In return for his work as a witness, D’Arco was sentenced to time served and fined $50 in November 2002.

D’Arco's defection to the federal Witness Protection Program delivered a devastating blow to New York's five Mafia families. He passed away this month from complications of kidney disease.
See ----->NYC cops Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito
See ----->Vincent Louis Gigante - 'The Chin'