The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Friends and Family #56


Original Caption:

Brooklyn -- Vincent Emmino, 18-year-old brother of Ralph 'Buck' Emmino, reputed underworld character slain gangland style in Brooklyn last evening, is restrained by police after identifying his brother's body. The older Emmino, 38, was found dead at 41st Street, between Bath and Benson Avenues. Police discovered two bullets in his chest and a third in his head. Authorities said Emmino had a long crime career highlighted by robberies. The younger Emmino swore vengeance when he saw his brother's corpse. (1952)

7 comments :

Simon FC said...

In May of 1952, at the Regina Pacis Votive shrine at 12th Avenue and 65th Street in Brooklyn, jeweled crowns worth $100,000 were stolen from the altar.

Joe "Olive Oil King" Profaci was outraged. He sent his boys out, the jewels were returned, and Ralph "Bucky" Emmino, 38, of Brooklyn was found mysteriously shot to death on the Fourth of July.

Simon FC said...

He won't do that again...

David said...

well, did he get his veneance!?

Kreisler said...

Classic case of 'Hold Me Back' (no intention of going any further)

Marshall P. Smith said...

Interesting rest of the story.

Brent McKee said...

If his brother had been smart he'd have taken the next boat, plane truck train or mule cart to South America to drive a nitroglycerin truck. His life expectancy would have been longer.

Tommy O'C said...

Perhaps the Brothers Gallo did that piece of work, as fast-rising Profaci triggermen in the Fifties.

In Wiseguy, Henry Hill recounts how everyone knows the rules and the inevitable consequences for breaking them. Yet, wiseguys and would-be wiseguys break the mob's rules all the time. A violation such as Emmino's is a sacrilege of the highest order and, traditionally, the mob goes all out to make an example of the perpetrators.

At age 38, what made Emmino, a career criminal, think he'd get away with this?

BTW, the first post is identical to an excerpt dated July 12, 2004 ("Mobsters and church") from a NY Post column by Steve Dunleavy at: http://pennsylvanianinexile.
blogspot.com/search?q=ralph+emmino.

Unless Steve Dunleavy is posting here under an alias, I believe an attribution is in order.

Speaking of rules, in the age of Google, what makes someone think they can--well, you get the idea...