Hitman handed license plate to mob boss before shooting him to death

Clay Curtis
March 16, 2019

The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family, Francesco "Frank" Cali, was shot dead outside his NY home, police said.

Cali is the first mob boss murdered in the Big Apple since 1985, when then-Gambino boss Paul Castellano was gunned down at Sparks steakhouse in Midtown on the orders of John Gotti. According to a report published by CNN, Francesco "Frank" Cali was scooped up by investigators on the front steps of his Staten Island residence with fatal gunshot wounds across his torso.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said police are reviewing surveillance footage that captured the events surrounding Frank Cali's death yesterday in Staten Island. Police are now investigating the matter and have yet to arrest anyone in connection.

Charges against members of Mafia operations, including Gambino family operatives, have included murder, loan sharking, gambling and illegal drug distribution, Reuters has reported.

He died in prison in 2002, leaving a notorious legacy that cemented New York's place in mob lore.

"Anybody who was making a move on boss of a crime family - besides a one-off renegade, you know, insane character - would have to have the backing of captains in that crime family".

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Otherwise known as "Franky Boy", Cali was considered the de facto godfather of the Gambino crime family, having served on its ruling panel for several years.

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The Gambino family is one of New York's five historic Italian Mafia families - along with the Genoveses, Luccheses, Colombos and Bonannos.

NY media say it is the first targeted killing of a mob boss in the city since 1985. 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.

After prosecutors called him "a danger to the community" Pandrella, 59, pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn federal court to accusations of shooting Zito in his own home and stealing money from him.

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