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ORGANIZED-CRIME CHIEF SHOT DEAD STEPPING FROM CAR ON E. 46TH ST.

Headline from the New York Times on 17 December 1985

about the assassination of Paul Castellano.

A reporter asked Castellano’s attorney:

 

“Did he have enemies?”

“I should think that would be obvious.”

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Mob boss “Big Paulie” Castellano

On 16 December 1985, he was assassinated on the orders of John Gotti. I was in New York on business at the time so remember the story well. He was killed immediately outside of Spark’s Steak House, a highly reputable steak house in midtown NYC and a hang out for the Wall Street crowd.

 

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Nephew Richard Castellano as mob underboss Peter Clemenza in “The Godfather.”

“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

 

Ironically, “Big Paulie” Castellano’s nephew, Richard Castellano, played mob underboss Peter Clemenza in the movie, “The Godfather.” Purportedly, he used his recollections of growing up in a mafiosi family to make the movie more authentic. He died of a heart attack in December of 1998. You can read more about Richard Castellano here:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0144710/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm

 

From the New York Times of 17 December 1985

By ROBERT D. McFADDEN
“Paul Castellano, the reputed leader of the nation’s largest and most powerful crime organization, and an underworld associate were shot to death late yesterday afternoon by three assassins on a busy street on Manhattan’s East Side….each shot about six times in the head and upper body…”

The entire article from the New York Times is here:

http://www.nytimes.com/1985/12/17/nyregion/organized-crime-chief-shot-dead-stepping-from-car-on-e-46th-st.html

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/