By Joseph F. O'Brien, Andris Kurins
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Paul Castellano headed New York's immensely strong Gambino crime kinfolk for greater than ten years. On December sixteen, 1985, he was once gunned down in a incredible taking pictures on Manhattan's stylish East part.
At the time of his dying, Paul Castellano used to be less than indictment. So have been lots of the significant Mafia figures in manhattan. Why? simply because in 1983 the FBI had hidden a microphone within the kitchen of Castellano's Staten Island mansion. The six hundred hours of recorndings resulted in 8 legal trials. And this book.
Agents Joe O'Brien and Andris Kurins planted that mike. They listened to the voices. Now they carry you the main revealing glance contained in the Mafia ever ... within the Mafia's personal phrases.
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We want day to shrug his shoulders and say, 'Don't worry, they don't know nothing. ' We want him to say it so often, to so many different people, that after a while he's not so sure. " investigation that "RH" "Wreak Havoc," which hoped their contact with street-level mobsters would have on the smooth running of the Gambino organization and on the magisterial calm of Paul Castellano. Apalachin had proved that even a small dose of police pres- was the stood, phonetically, for effect they ence could go a long way in disrupting Mob serenity though of course, a lot had changed since then.
As for the cards sent to Castellano himself, they were chosen with a degiee of care appropriate to purchasing a gift for the Boss. The one O'Brien remembered most fondly pictured an enormous basket of colored eggs, set in front of a mansion that somewhat resembled the Staten Island White House. " It was well that O'Brien took pains with the cards he sent to Castellano because, as sources would reveal and Big Paul himself would later confirm, the Boss most assuredly took notice of them. The first time an O'Brien birthday card was laid before him, it was some moments before Castellano realized it was from the FBI.
Meester Paul gets mails from assholes? she asked. table, " " "Lots of assholes, said Castellano, dropping O'Brien's birthday greeting into the trash. As for the business card, he " it into little pieces and swept it from the table as though were something unclean. The same fate befell O'Brien's second missive, and the third. By the fourth contact, however, Castellano had decided to keep Joe O'Brien's business card on file. It never tore it 52 BOSS OF BOSSES he reasoned, to know who you were dealing with.