Mafia boss shot dead outside home

Blanche Robertson
March 14, 2019

Gambino family mobster Francesco "Frank" Cali has been murdered in what local media say is the first major NY gang killing in more than 30 years. "His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open", the witness told the outlet.

Police said there have been no arrests and an investigation is ongoing.

The New York Daily News reported in 2015 that cali had been made acting boss of the Gambino crime family: "Frank Cali, 49, of Staten Island, who has served on the family's ruling panel for several years, has been elevated to acting boss, replacing 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu, the website reported Thursday".

Prosecutors claimed that Cali was the Gambinos' ambassador to the Sicilian mobsters and the go-between for the two organisations.

The reputed head of New York's Gambino crime family, Frank Cali, has been killed outside his home, the city's police have told USA media.

John Gotti, who organised the hit, then took power at the helm of the Gambino family.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in New York after he and his bodyguard were gunned down Dec. 16 1985

According to a 2008 Advance report, Cali - who also went by "Franky Boy", - was born in Brooklyn and married into the Inzerillo family of Palermo and cultivated close ties with members of the Siderno cartel in Italy.

Gotti died of cancer in prison in 2002.

According to the Post, Cali steered the organization in expanding its illicit drug trade, particularly in heroin and OxyContin. He was arrested in 2008 as part of a sweeping indictment by the Justice Department against organized crime but has mostly kept a low profile since.

Unlike other mobsters, Cali had few run-ins with the law. The Daily Beast noted, "Cali's home is a two-minute drive from where one of his predecessors, late Gambino boss Paul Castellano, lived in an ostentatious mansion dubbed the White House until he was executed outside Sparks Steak House in Manhattan in 1985".

Cali, who was born and raised in NY, was the nephew-in-law of John Gambino and the great-nephew of Bonanno mobsters Vito Bonventre and Giovanni Bonventre. He was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison and was released in 2009.

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