Mafia godfather shot six in front of New York home, first since 1985

The assassination of Frank Cali, boss of the Gambino clan, Thursday in New York, occurs while the city knows a recrudescence of settlements between henchmen.

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New York police at the scene of the killing of mobster Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, in Staten Island, on March 14. BRENDAN MCDERMID / REUTERS

So are the godfathers of the New York Mafia: we discover their faces during their trial or when they are murdered. Frank Cali enters the second category, shot six times in the chest on Wednesday, March 13 at approximately 9:20 pm He was murdered outside his home in Staten Island, one of the five districts of New York. A blue pickup truck rolled over her body before fleeing. Police arriving at the scene found Francesco Cali's body on the ground: he was pronounced dead at the Staten Island Hospital.

Francesco Cali, 53, was the boss of the Gambino clan, one of New York's most powerful crime syndicates in the 1990s. It was headed at the time by the famous John Gotti, known for his frequent nightlife. -clubs and restaurants the most chic of Big Apple, escorted by his bodyguards. This native of Brooklyn had taken power in December 1985, organizing the assassination of his predecessor, Paul Castellano, in front of a steak house in Manhattan. He had witnessed the crime from his car, as shown by the movie Gotti, released in 2018, where he is played by John Travolta. Finally, John Gotti was convicted of murder and racketeering in 1992 and ended his life in prison before dying of cancer in 2002 at age 61.

The assassination of Cali is the first of a New York godfather since that of Castellano. Settling accounts, in front of his house where his wife and young children were present, visibly violates the usual "codes". "Even Gotti had more respect. He was doing this outside, in Manhattan, " a police officer told the New York Post tabloid .

One conviction

Nicknamed "Franky Boy", Frank Cali had strong ties with Sicily, where his father was born: he sold equipment in Palermo before moving to Brooklyn and opening a video store. It was in New York that his son Frank was born in 1965.

An investigation by the daily La Repubblica published in 2008 described him as "the invisible godfather, who wants to recover Palermo" . Since the early 2000s, Frank Cali was shuttling between Sicily and New York, where he had been knighted by the Gambino clan. He took the lead in 2015.

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According to the New York Post, he sought to develop his mafia activities on the trafficking of heroin and OxyContin, a highly addictive opioid wreaking havoc in the United States. However, Frank Cali was never prosecuted for being the boss of the gang: he was particularly discreet, not using a mobile phone and forbidding other mafia to call him. A behavior opposed to the exuberance of John Gotti. Since a 1986 federal trial, the sponsors have avoided, it is true, the ostentatious behavior of their elders.


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