Gunned down Gambino crime boss 'lured outside by fake vehicle accident'

Mar 15, 2019, 00:26
Gunned down Gambino crime boss 'lured outside by fake vehicle accident'

Gotti took over the crime organization; he died of cancer, in prison, in 2002.

According to The Daily Beast, Cali was made acting boss in 2015 after becoming a "made member" of the Gambino family in the late 1990's.

According to local media in New York, Cali took the helm of the family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu.

The last crime family boss to be shot in New York City was Paul Castellano.

Cali's killing comes less than a week after the death of legendary mobster Carmine Persico, the longtime boss of the Colombo crime family.

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Police were searching for the pickup truck that raced from the grisly scene, sources said.

Cali was not only shot several times, his killers even ran over him with their vehicle, according to the New York Post.

Cali, who was known throughout his life as "Franky Boy", is the nephew-in-law of Sicilian mobster John Gambino and had close ties to the Sicilian Mafia family led by Salvatore Inzerillo.

The gunmen pulled up in a blue pickup truck outside Cali's home at about 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday evening and opened fire as the victim stood outside his Todt Hill home, police reported.

Experts agree that Francesco Cali was the individual responsible for consolidating the Gambino family after John Gotti was sent to prison on murder and racketeering in 1992, leaving the mob outfit in a power vacuum so conspicuous, even the casual observer could sense their grip on the criminal underworld was on the fritz.

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Cali kept a much lower profile than Gotti and was killed in far less spectacular fashion than Castellano.

The Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno mafia families are believed to have controlled organised crime in NY for decades. He died at the Duke University Medical Center last Thursday.

It is believed he only had one criminal conviction, for conspiring to extort money in 2008 for which he served 16 months in prison. In October, reputed Bonanno associate Sylvester Zottola was fatally shot while waiting for a cup of coffee at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx. One man kneeled down next to Cali's body and sobbed, "Papa!"

Four days before the meeting, "On The Inside" reported that Cali was the choice among his comrades, who respected Cali's strong low-key, old-world approach to doing business successfully without attracting fanfare or agita.

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