As reports have shown, the reputed crime boss, Francesco Frank “Franky Boy” Cali, was shot fatally outside of his Todt Hill home in Staten Island, during dinner with his family around 9pm Wednesday. News of the shooting shook the news circuits, and reports often referred to Cali as the head of the Gambino Family, but facts about the family are not always woven into reports. What are five fast facts about the Gambino crime family?
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Gambino Family is Part of the “Five Families” in the New York Mafia
Because five families have run New York’s Mafia since 1931 according to reports, they are called, quite literally, the “Five Families.”
The Five Families include the Bonanno family, the Colombo family, the Gambino family, the Genovese family and the Lucchese family, according to reports.
As made apparent by reports on Thursday, the head of the Gambino family, was Frank Cali, 53, who was reportedly shot multiples times at his own residence, by a suspect who has not yet been identified.
“It’s quite unheard of in New York,” said a professor of criminology Federico Varese from Oxford University to the BBC. “It’s a very significant event and shows that the Italian-American Mafia is still active.”
Cali’s wife, Rosario Inzerillo, too is actually part of a mafia family, according to reports. The Inzerillo family reportedly fled Sicily for America in the 1980s, when they lost a mob war with their rivals.
2. The Last Reported Shooting of a Gambino Family Boss Was in 1985
Cali’s death reportedly marked the first killing of a Mafia boss in the city since the death of another Gambino family boss, Paul Castellano, in 1985.
Beyond deaths, the FBI has reportedly cracked down on more than 100 mobsters, including the reputed street boss of the Colombo family.
In an article dated January 20, 2011, The New York Times reported that “nearly 125” members of mob families were arrested in what the Times called “a sweeping mob round-up.”
It was known as the largest round-up in FBI history, according to the BBC.
The BBC also reports that the FBI New York office head said, “Convicting the hierarchies of the five families several times over has not eradicated the problem.” Organized crime is not eradicated: it is alive, even after so-named “round-ups.” Sources like the BBC’s Dr. Anna Sergi, a senior lecturer in criminology, agrees with this assertion.
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