Sunday, December 13, 2020

35 year anniversary of Castellano hit

The mob hit that went down at 5:26 p.m. on Dec. 16, 1985 in New York is considered among the most famous hits of the American Mafia. According to mob rat Gravano it was tapes of John Gotti's childhood friend, Angelo 'Quack Quack' Ruggiero that caused the hit. His big mouth, detailing his heroin dealing and giving the Feds a reason to bug boss Catellano put everyone in jeopardy. Gotti had ignored Castellano’s edict and continued to have his people trade heroin.

“It was common knowledge that John Gotti, Angelo Ruggierio and that whole crew was gonna get taken out,” Gravano said.
The gangsters took their positions near Sparks Steak House in Midtown Manhattan. A 4 man hit team waited near the restaurant entrance; positioned down the street were backup shooters Dominick Pizzonia, Angelo Ruggiero, and Anthony Rampino. Sitting across the street in a Lincoln Town Car were John Gotti and Gravano with a front row seat.

As he exited his limo, Castellano was shot in the head and was dead before he hit the ground. Seconds later, underboss and Big Paul’s driver Thomas Bilotti was also dead.

Gotti was behind the wheel of the Lincoln and drove over to see his crew’s handiwork.
Weeks after Castellano's murder, a meeting of capos elected Gotti as the new Gambino boss. The Castellano murder enraged Vincent Gigante, boss of the Genovese crime family, because Gotti never received permission from the Commission. Gigante solicited the help of Lucchese boss Anthony Corallo to kill Gotti.

On April 13, 1986, a car bomb meant for Gotti exploded, but the only casualty was Frank DeCicco. Afterward, Gotti and Gigante called a truce.