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.