Mafia boss shot dead outside home

Mafia boss shot dead outside home

Kerry Wise
March 15, 2019

Investigators believe Cali, 53, was inside his Todt Hill house with his family Wednesday night when the person or people responsible rammed the mob boss' vehicle with a blue pickup truck, prompting him to come outside, sources said. On April 6, 2009 he was released from prison.

He was promoted to acting boss of the Gambino crime family in 2015 and was involved in trafficking heroin and Oxycontin, they alleged. He was sentenced to life in prison and died of cancer in 2002.

In 2012, Cali was identified as the new underboss of the Gambino crime family.

"There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing", police said in a statement.

Cali was the first NY crime family boss shot in 34 years, according to WPIX.

Later, in November 2008, Weinstein lowered the prison term to 16 months after prosecutors recalculated the victim's loss as $8,000, not $13,000.

Following Castellano's murder, Gotti headed the Gambino family until his incarceration for conspiracy and murder in 1992.

Meanwhile, Cali's brother-in-law, Pietro (Tall Pete) Inzerillo, was a "well-documented solider" in the Gambino family, Probation wrote.

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Detectives stand over body of reputed mob boss Paul Castellano, after execution on 46th St. Body of Castellano's chauffeur, Thomas Bilotti, lies partially covered in the street, far left.

"Even Gotti had more respect", one police source told the New York Post.

In 2008, Cali was arrested and charged with federal racketeering as part of Operation Old Bridge - a code name for the February 7 arrests in Italy and the US that targeted the Gambino crime family. Unlike the well-dressed Dapper Don of the late 80s and early 90s, Cali had kept a low profile.

Last October, 71-year-old Sylvester Zottola of the Bonanno family was shot dead while waiting in his auto for an order from a Bronx McDonald's.

One man collapsed in front of the home crying: 'Papa!

The day after Castellano's December 1985 murder, The New York Times called the Mob boss' death "highly stylized", but Giuliani dismissed such morbid romanticism.

A Brooklyn native who catered to immigrants and descendants of his parents' native Sicily, Cali became a capo before turning 40, barely a decade before he was "made" - considered by many to be a swift rise, federal authorities said.