this day in crime history: december 16, 1985

On this date in 1985, Gambino crime family boss Paul Castellano and his underboss/bodyguard Thomas Bilotti, were shot dead outside Sparks Steak House in Manhattan. The hit was reportedly carried out at the order of John Gotti, a captain in the Gambino family. Following Castellano’s death, Gotti would take over as the family’s teflon-covered boss. The teflon wore off in 1992, when Gotti was convicted of thirteen counts of murder, including those of Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Paul Castellano

Gangsters, Inc. – John Gotti

Sparks Steak House

7 thoughts on “this day in crime history: december 16, 1985

  1. John D.:
    As soon as I saw the photo, I figured this was an EAST coast “hit”.
    (‘ya just know the territory…lol)

    Spark’s must had one HELLUIVA “menu”..
    (why yes, I WOULD like a side order of homicide to go with my porterhouse)

    Good story.

    Roll safe.

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