this day in crime history: november 17, 1989

On this date in 1989, drug dealer and mobster Costabile “Gus” Farace, Jr. was shot and killed in his car in Brooklyn, NY. Joseph Scalfani, an associate of Farace, was also shot, but survived the attack. Farace, a low-level associate of the Bonanno crime family, was being sought by federal agents in connection with the shooting death of DEA Agent Everett Hatcher, who was killed in Staten Island the previous June. Farace’s murder would remain unsolved until 1999, when two former Bonanno associates, James Galione and Mario Gallo, pleaded guilty to the crime. Bonanno family members reportedly ordered the hit because they feared Farace would turn informant if the feds arrested him for Agent Hatcher’s murder.

Further reading:

Office Down Memorial Page – Special Agent Everett Emerson Hatcher

New York magazine – “Death of a Hood”

New York Times“In Plea Bargain, Two Admit guilt in Mob Figure’s ’89 Killing”

Wikipedia – Costabile Farace

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4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: november 17, 1989

  1. John D.:
    A good story that I was not familiar with…and some excellent links as source material.
    Talk about heeding things off before they even get started…
    Stay safe out there.

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  2. The story I heard at the time was that DEA, the FBI, and the NYPD put enormous pressure on the mob to give Farace up. When the DEA SAC, Robert Stutman, gave a press conference to announce the death of Farace, a reporter asked him if the authorities would exert the same effort to find Farace’s killer. Stutman’s response was, “Why would we do that?”

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