By Joseph F. O'Brien, Andris Kurins
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Paul Castellano headed New York's immensely strong Gambino crime kin for greater than ten years. On December sixteen, 1985, he used to be gunned down in a superb taking pictures on Manhattan's trendy East part.
At the time of his dying, Paul Castellano used to be less than indictment. So have been many of the significant Mafia figures in long island. Why? simply because in 1983 the FBI had hidden a microphone within the kitchen of Castellano's Staten Island mansion. The six hundred hours of recorndings resulted in 8 legal trials. And this book.
Agents Joe O'Brien and Andris Kurins planted that mike. They listened to the voices. Now they create you the main revealing glance contained in the Mafia ever ... within the Mafia's personal phrases.
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Additional info for Boss of Bosses: The FBI and Paul Castellano
In 1959, Castellano was called to testify before a grand jur\' New York Cit\' about his participation at the Apalachin in On that occasion, his self-possession, which had abandoned him in the face of sinister Nature, held up faultlessly. He was back in his element, among the cracked sidewalks, the numbers runners, the coal dust, and the noise, and he played the old game of terse defiance. He told the grand jurv' that he had gone to visit Joe Barbara to talk with him meeting. about a shared heart condition.
As of 1957, no one had ever publicly admitted membership, and while the term "Mafia" occasionally found its way into print, it was used imprecisely and generically to indicate almost any group of criminals acting in real or apparent concert. " Different criminal activities affected that image in different ways. Efficient intra-Mob rubouts, for instance, sent the message that the Mob was a tightly run ship that enforced an iron discipline within its own ranks but did not harass outsiders. This was good; this suggested toughness with responsibility, bru- lano's inheritance is concerned to think in — — tality within fitting limits.
M. on a Thursday in November 1980, Kurins paid his money and slipped past the discreetly threatening bouncer into the Upper East Side nightspot called Regine's. His target: a Gambino soldier named Tommy Agro, known to be a regular there, and allegedly the point man for the unholy alliance that was believed to exist between the ultrachic nightspot and the Mob. Nightclubs and the Mafia seemed made for each other. The clubs, for their orderly running, needed freedom from labor hassles, snag-free supplies of linen, garbage collection in the wee hours of the morning.
Boss of Bosses: The FBI and Paul Castellano by Joseph F. O'Brien, Andris Kurins