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The killing of Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali in New York City this week has shed a light on the past of the mob connection in hits in America.
Here are summaries of his death, and four other horrifying organized-crime murders that made headlines over the years:
New York police are hunting the hitman who gunned down Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali on Wednesday — witnesses and officials say that the killer then made sure that the 53-year-old Gambino mob boss was dead by him with a blue pick-up truck.
Cali was shot in front of his house in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island around 9:20 pm
Cali was the notorious crime family’s acting boss in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu, 68, according to the New York Daily News.
Castellano was the leader of the Gambino crime family when he was shot to death outside Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan in 1985.
Detectives stand over the body of alleged mafia boss Paul Castellano, after execution on 46th St. Body of Castellano’s chauffeur, Thomas Bilotti, lies partially covered in the street, far left. (Photo By: Tom Monastery/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
The 70-year-old owner of a sprawling mansion in the same neighborhood as Cali, called “The White House”, according to SI Live.
After exiting a limousine outside the restaurant, Castellano and incorporates, Thomas Bilotti, were approached by three men in trench coats who shot them each about six times, The New York Times reported at the time.
The subsequent media accounts linked the beating to Gambino capo and future don, John Gotti.
DeCicco was the Number 2 figure in the Gambino family in 1986, when he died in a car bombing in Brooklyn.
Police sources told The New York Times that year, it was likely he died in a retaliation for the Castellano is dead or was the victim of a power struggle within the Gambino family.
Frank DeCicco was killed in a car bombing in Brooklyn in 1986.
The police says DeCicco “took the brunt of the blast” when he opened the passenger side door of a 1985 Buick Electra. The deadly device was hidden under the car’s front-end and the explosion was strong enough to break windows of shops and buildings in the neighborhood.
The 77-year-old who would in the past been arrested in connection with loan sharking, was found dead in his home in Brooklyn October 2018.
Zito’s grandson, who lived in the house, came home from school one day to find his grandpa’s lifeless body in the living room with a gun lying next to him, and two bullet wounds in his head, according to the New York Post.
Vincent Zito was found dead in his home in Brooklyn October 2018.
The newspaper quoted a past report say Zito’s still-living older brother, Anthony, has ties with the Lucchese crime family and was imprisoned in the 1970s for extortion.
At one time, the infamous Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was one of the most wanted criminals in America. But at the age of 89 — it was about five years after he was sentenced to life in prison for his role in 11 murders, Bulger was found dead in 2018, a West Virginia prison.
This file booking photo provided by the U. S. Marshals Service shows James “Whitey” Bulger.
Bulger, who evaded federal authorities for years before 2011 arrest in Santa Monica, Calif., was killed the same day he was moved to the facility.
Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and Madeline Farber contributed to this report.