Friends and Family #64
No Sleep Till Brooklyn #4


Original Caption:

Brooklyn -- The body of reputed Mafia boss Carmine Galante, covered with a tablecloth, lies on the ground of a Brooklyn restaurant as a homicide detective looks over Galante's last meal. The underworld kingpin and an associate were shot here July 12 as they ate lunch, killed by four unidentified gunmen with automatic weapons. (1979)

3 comments:

Jon said...

At least one New York paper ran a more ghoulish photo of Galante's body uncovered. There was a detective leaning over the body, my Uncle, Freddy. One of my family's small claims to fame.

jim smith said...

The pic I remember shows old Carmine uncovered with his cigar still clenched in his teeth. The story at the time was that a big party began when the call from Brooklyn came in at Ponte's over here in Manhattan on Desbrosses Street. It was the beginning of Paulie Castellano's undisputed reign. Undisputed, that is, until that night in December 1985 when Paulie arrived at Sparks Steakhouse for dinner.

Fred said...

I remember the cigar picture as well. I'm pretty sure Rupert ran it on the cover of the Post. Considering one of Galante's nicknames was "Cigar" (the other was "Lilo"), it seems kind of appropriate.