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 February. 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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7 thoughts on “this day in crime history: november 17, 1989

  1. A couple of things:
    DEA SA Hatcher was killed in February, not June. I remember when it happened. I just confirmed the date on the Officer Down Memorial Page (odmp.org).
    The DEA Special Agent in Charge in New York at the time was a guy named Stutman. He held a press conference when SA Hatcher was killed (his agents called him Captain Video for his love of TV cameras) and vowed to get Farace. When an anonymous phone call led to Farace, who was found wrapped in a carpet, with 17 bullet holes in him, on the same bridge where he had killed SA Hatcher, Stutman held another news conference. A reporter asked him if he would work as hard to find Farace’s killer as he had worked to find Hatcher’s killer. Stutman replied, “Why would I do that?”
    There was a TV movie made about this case. Tony Danza played Farace. I didn’t see it.

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