Friday, March 8, 2019

Mob Boss Carmine 'The Snake' Persico dead at 85

Carmine John Persico Jr., known variously as "Junior" and "The Snake," was born in 1933 in Brooklyn. Prosecutors said Persico took over the murderous New York-based Colombo Family in the early 1970s when it was at the height of its powers. In the summer of 1986, he was convicted of racketeering and murder in a prosecution of mob bosses led by then U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani and sentenced to more than a century in prison. He acted as his own lawyer at trial.
Sentenced to more than 100 years in prison in 1987, Persico was reputed to still exert authority over the Colombo family from behind bars for decades. In prison, he befriended fraudster Bernie Madoff.

Persico was the last surviving defendant of the famous mid-‘80s “Commission trial,” which put three of the city’s five crime family bosses in prison.