Posts Tagged ‘famous mob hits’

The tragic fate of John Gotti’s neighbor

June 4, 2012

Late on the afternoon of March 18, 1980, John Favara was driving to his Howard Beach home.

The husband and father of two, who worked at a Castro Convertibles factory in Long Island, was minutes from his driveway on 86th Street when he hit a 12-year-old boy riding a motorbike.

It was Frank Gotti, son of Favara’s neighbor and Gambino crime boss John Gotti (right).

Frank died later that day; police determined that it was an accident and never charged Favara.

The anonymous threats started almost immediately. “Murderer” was spray-painted on Favara’s car, and Mrs. Gotti reportedly clubbed him over the fence separating their homes.

Police warned Favara to get out of town, but he apparently didn’t take their advice fast enough.

On July 28, Favara was spotted being forced into a van near the Castro factory. He was never seen dead or alive again.

A story emerged in 2001 that he had been shot and beaten, his body encased in cement and tossed into the Atlantic Ocean.

Then in 2009, papers filed by prosecutors against Gambino soldier Charles Carneglia alleged that Carneglia had carried out the hit.

According to the Daily News, after being shoved in the van, “[Favara was] shot in the legs. He was taken to another location in Brooklyn where he was killed and stuffed into a 55-gallon drum,” his body dissolved in an acid bath.

[Photo of John Favara's former Howard Beach home: Daily News]

A mob hit gone wrong on East 79th Street

March 5, 2010

On April 7, 1972, Colombo crime family racketeer Joseph “Crazy Joe” Gallo (below) was gunned down in Little Italy—celebrating his 43rd birthday at Umberto’s Clam House, no less.

His murder had to be avenged. So on August 11, a hit man was hired to take out the four Colombo loyalists behind Gallo’s slaying.

The hit man was told to go to Neapolitan Noodle, at 320 East 79th Street, and that his four targets were sitting at the bar.

The Colombo mobsters had been at the bar—but they got up and went to a table. Four kosher meat sellers who had nothing to do with the mafia took their places, each having a drink while waiting for their wives.

But the hit man didn’t realize this and gunned down the four meat sellers. Two died and two were wounded. No one was ever charged for these accidental, gruesome slayings.


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