this day in crime history: july 12, 1979

On this date in 1979, acting Bonanno crime family boss Carmine “The Cigar” Galante was murdered at a restaurant in Brooklyn. Galante, whose tenure as boss caused friction with the other New York crime families, had engineered the assassination of several Gambino family members in order to take over their narcotics trafficking business.

By the middle of 1979, the bosses of the other families agreed to have Galante killed. On July 12th, he was having lunch at a restaurant with Bonanno family members Leonard Coppola and Giuseppe Turano. Two Sicilian bodyguards stood watch as the men dined. As they finished lunch, three masked men walked up and opened fire with pistols and shotguns. Galante and his two companions were killed. The bodyguards, who took no action to protect Galante, were unharmed.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Carmine Galante

FBI Records – Carmine Galante

9 thoughts on “this day in crime history: july 12, 1979

  1. I remember seeing that picture when it happened. At the time I thought it was pretty neat that he held onto his cigar. I still think so.
    And, a nice touch, shooting him so his blood ran into the drain. Very ecologically-minded.

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  2. John D.:
    I guess that saying of “Never rub another man’s rhubarb” kinda hit “home” for Galante.

    (at least he DID get a LAST MEAL.)
    Helluva DESSERT, though.

    Good post.

    Roll safe out there.


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