Tommy Gagliano

Posted: 13th April 2011 by admin in Lucchese Family, New York

Tommy Gagliano

(1884 – February 16, 1951)

There’s little information found regarding the early life of Tommy Gagliano. He was also known as Thomas Gagliano.He was supposed to have arrived in New York in the early 1920’s from Sicily. While he was in Bronx, he joined a Sicilian criminal gang under Gaetano “Tom” Reina . By the middle of the 1920’s, he became underboss to Reina.

If the ingredients for being a successful mob boss include keeping a low profile, avoiding arrest, shunning media publicity, and above all else longevity, then no Mafia leader can match the ghost-like performance of Gaetano “Thomas” Gagliano.

Thomas, Tommy or Tommaso, is a relative of Frank Gagliano, and the son of a deported mobster. He was also the cousin of mob boss Thomas Eboli’s chauffer and bodyguard, future Genovese crime family underboss Dominick Alongi who would later achieve notoriety when they were among the many mobsters arrested fleeing the famous 1957 Apalachin Meeting. He is a blood relative of mobster Joseph Gagliano. Early in his life, Gagliano became a criminal accomplice and childhood friend of Joseph Valachi. Because they were friends, the two performed many burglaries and armed robberies together.

Gaetano “Tommy” Gagliano was a New York gangster who founded the Lucchese crime family, one of the powerful “Five Families” of New York. He served as its low-profile Boss for over two decades. His successor was his longtime loyalist and Underboss, Gaetano Lucchese.

These Families had interests both in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Bronx, however, was the main domain of the third Family that was headed by Tom Reina. In this family were such men as Tommy Lucchese, Steve Rondelli and Gaetano Gagliano. It was also Gagliano and Antonio Monforte who organized the Plasters’ Information Bureau in the Bronx during April 1928. The contractors who refused to join the association and pay their dues were soon visited by a strong-arm goon squad.

The two partners established the United Lathing Company In the year 1929 and hired Michael McCloskey, or better known as the “czar” of the Lathers’ Union, to help them gain a foothold in that trade. The Treasury Department probe revealed that an amount of $500,000 was gained from the industry that year.  Gagliano was handed a sentence of 15 months after he was convicted on tax violations.

Gagliano rose to prominence along with Tommy Lucchese in the Mafia family of Gaetano Reina which was Bronx-based. As trouble between Joe Masseria and the Brooklyn Castellammarese Mafia began in 1930, Reina’s organization was divided. Reina outwardly sided with Masseria but his sympathies were with the Castellammarese. When Reina was assassinated, it was alleged that it was probably at the hands of Masseria men. This development caused Gagliano and Lucchese to give their support to the Castellammarese.

Joe Pinzolo, a Masseria puppet installed as Family leader after Reina’s death was assassinated in 1930. It appeared that Gagliano and Lucchese cooperated in the assassination.

The Gaetano Gagliano family of Cosa Nostra was seriously involved in the black marketing of sugar, gasoline ration stamps, and meat during World War II.

Gagliano was officially recognized as boss of the old Reina group after the war ended in 1931 with  Lucchese as his underboss until about 1951.It is also presumed that , Gagliano  died of natural causes during that time .





Thomas “Tommy Ryan” Eboli

Posted: 13th April 2011 by admin in Genovese Family, New York

Thomas “Tommy Ryan” Eboli

(June 13, 1911 - July 16, 1972)

In the mafia world, Thomas Eboli was likewise known as “Tommy Ryan”. His real name though, was Tommaso Eboli, He was born on June 13, 1911 and died on July 16, 1972. He was a New York City mobster, known for being the acting boss of the Genovese crime family from 1960 through 1969.

Eboli was born in Italy in 1911. Little is known about his early years. His arrest record, dating back to 1933, included half-dozen arrests for gambling and disorderly conduct. Despite his long involvement with highly organized crime his only prison time was a 60-day sentence for assaulting a boxing referee. During the 1940’s, Eboli was been involved in the fight games and even managed several boxers. In 1952, while managing boxer Rocky Castellani, Eboli became angry over referee Ray Miller’s decision in a bout against Ernie Durando in Madison Square Garden. Eboli jumped into the ring and attacked Miller. After that incident he was banned from further participation in boxing events.

Eboli has plenty of connections and relatives in the mafia world. He has two sons in the  Genovese crime family mobster  namely Thomas Eboli Jr. and Chicago Outfit mobster Louis “The Mooch” Eboli.  Likewise, he is the brother of Colombo crime family capo Pasquale “Patty Ryan” Eboli.  Lucchese crime family boss Thomas Gagliano was the cousin of his chauffeur and bodyguard Dominick Alongi.

Eboli’s business interests included restaurants and some vending machines in Greenwich Village. His operations in midtown and lower Manhattan would include bars and nightclubs that catered to the gay community. He was also involved in the music industry as a partner in the Promo Record Company. It was reported that Eboli’s bookmaking operation brought in a whooping $20,000 a day.

When Lucky Luciano was deported to Sicily in 1946, couriers carried money to him and kept him updated of what was going on in New York City. Tommy Eboli and his younger brother Pasquale, or Pat, made several of these trips. Luciano admired Pat, but did not like or trust Tommy because of his close relationship to Genovese, whom Luciano despised.

Eboli was described as hot headed and possessing a fiery temper. Because of this characteristic, he was not a popular boss. He did little to strengthen the family and did even less to support his underlings. When Genovese died in Feb. 1969, Eboli was the logical choice to be anointed the new boss of the family.

During his three years as the official boss, Eboli was called upon to appear before grand juries or governmental inquiries into organized crime activities. He tried to avoid these appearances by feigning illness. The newspapers claimed that in his later years he had suffered several heart attacks.

Eboli was murdered on July 16, 1972, at around 1:00 a.m., allegedly after he was unable to repay Carlo Gambino $4 million dollars he had borrowed for a drug deal, much of which authorities seized in a raid. Eboli was leaving the apartment of a girlfriend in the Crown Heights district of Brooklyn when he was murdered.  When he reached his automobile he was shot five times in the head and neck.



Thomas DeSimone

Posted: 13th April 2011 by admin in Lucchese Family, New York

Thomas DeSimone

(May 24, 1950 – May 17, 2007)

Thomas Anthony DeSimone was also known as “Two-Gun Tommy”. He was born in Brooklyn, New York United States of America where he lived for most of his life. He was born on May 24, 1950 and died on January 14, 1979 by murder. He was and Italian-American gangster and associate of the Lucchese Crime Family of New York.  DeSimone was a womanizer, legally married to Angelica Spione but had many other women in his life who became his mistresses.

DeSimone’s criminal career involved illegal activities on murder, stealing, hijacking, extortion, fraud, and many others. He worked under mafia capo Paul Vario along with Jimmy Hill.

The largest robbery in the US history, estimated to be almost $6,000,000 in 1978 was the Lufthansa heist at JFK International Airport. De Simone was said to have participated in the crime. He was also the one who suggested that his ex cellmate, Angelo Sepe, be recruited as participant for the crime. Stories went that DeSimone was promised that he will be a “made” member of the Lucchese Family  after he has murdered  Parnell” Stacks” Edwards..The sad thing about it is DeSimone was a good friend of Stacks. DeSimone was instructed to kill Stacks in exchange for becoming a member of the family. Stacks failed to dispose of the truck used in the Lufthansa heist, exposing them to danger of being discovered.  When he was told by a ranking mafioso that he could become a made man because of this hit, he said yes even if he and Stacks were friends. He looked for Stacks and once he found out where Stacks was hiding, he shot him six times in the chest and head which caused Stacks’ death.

Edwards was a Lufthansa robber and gang messenger, the murder took place right at Edward’s home in Ozone Park, Queens after Christmas of 1978.Killing was an ordinary thing for DeSimone. According to Hill, a mafia who turned state witness, he mentioned that while in prison, DeSimone had killed around four people. This brings to 10 the number of people he has killed or murdered.

DeSimone’s reasons for killing or murdering someone are baseless and often without reason. Sometimes, he just wanted to try a new gun, thus pull the trigger and kill someone who’s an innocent target of his practice. Sometimes, he just wanted to practice shooting and all these at the expense of another innocent person’s life. DeSimone earned a reputation of being a cold and careless killer.

One brutal murder committed by DeSimone was that of the teenager named “Spider.” DeSimone once shot the young man in the foot while ordering him to dance. One night while Spider was recovering from the incident, DeSimone started in on him again. But this time Spider stood up for himself and told DeSimone to “go fuck himself.” After being goaded by the others in the room, DeSimone pulled a gun and shot the teenager three times in the chest, killing him instantly.

On January 14, 1979, Cookie DeSimone, Thomas’ wife, notified the police authorities that her husband had disappeared. Although his body was never found Hill reaffirmed that Gotti had killed DeSimone On May 17, 2007.