Thursday, December 15, 2022

Anniversary of Paul 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 in the history 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 Paul Castellano put everyone in jeopardy. Gotti had ignored Castellano’s edict and continued to have his people sell 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.

John Carneglia with Gene Gotti
John Carneglia is the one who put the bullets into Paul Castellano's head. On July 7, 1989, Carneglia was sentenced to 50 years in prison and fined $75k. He was released in 2018. Eddie Lino and Salvatore 'Fat Sal' Scala shot Tommy Bilotti. 'Fat Sal' Scala died in jail. Lino was shot nine times by notorious NYPD Detectives Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa. Vincent “Vinny” Artuso's gun jammed. He died in 2021.
Weeks after Castellano's murder capos elected Gotti as the new Gambino boss. The murder enraged Vincent Gigante, boss of the Genovese crime family, because Gotti never received permission from the Commission.

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.
See ----->John Gotti the 'Teflon Don'