Mafia Five Families of New York BBC Documentary 2017



the Italian mafia the original outlaw Empire that inspired them all blood and money that's the life is blood and money with an appeal as old as time itself the idea of family in that life is very important is everything really a family built on trust and secrecy he said it's north of America if you violate this if you betray your brothers you're gonna die and you're gonna burn in hell taken down by one of its own members I found out that the family was gonna have me taken out that they were gonna whack me now I'm told only by the men who lifted the story of the Italian mafia they loved killing they made Ted Bundy look like mr. Rogers on this episode of outlaw empires outlaws of shape the destiny of this country America wouldn't be the same without the influence of these inspired renegades outlaw empires is an in-depth look at some of the most infamous criminal organizations told from the inside out Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has spent years researching and dramatizing the lives of fictional anti-heroes I'm not an historian or a member of law enforcement I'm a storyteller now he digs deeper into the human condition of real men exploring their lives motivations and actions this show isn't about making a judgment call we're not trying to decide what's good or evil we're not justifying bad behavior these are the personal stories of those who have built and shaped criminal empires where it's hanging out here in a bar telling wildly epic tales but unlike most stories you hear in the bar ours happen to all be true I had six thirty round clips which could have taken out half a person person I saw the Manhattan faction walk out I'm thinking of which one I should shoot first which was gaudy then della Croce then gene Gotti then Tony Roche and I'm standing there sweating because I mean forgot to kill these people you got to leave the country no you got to get out of here totally when you mention organized crime the Cosa Nostra is sort of the first organization that comes to your mind the interesting thing for me and hearing Dominick and Michael tell their stories is that you understand the nature of I am in the family and therefore I you know I have that opportunity to become you know part of the family business I mean you see movies like Goodfellas yeah great but they don't really depict what the life is really about they're only movies as Dominic Monti Leo grew up in Brooklyn in the 1950s the Mafia was the only life he knew the Italian mafia represented to me family because everyone and my family my cousins my uncles were involved Dominick came of age under the wing of his uncle Anthony nino gaggi Nino was on his way to becoming a capo or captain in what would soon be known as the Gambino family we all lived in one house at that time me and my mother had one room in the middle for Nino lives in the basement normally Nino was very two-sided pea the scared somebody to death or he just loved somebody it was a love-hate relationship just a few miles away in Long Island the Colombo crime family provided the backdrop for the childhood of Michael Franzese his father was John's Sonny Franzese an underboss or second in command of the Colombo's my dad was extremely high-profile you know he was always a major target of law enforcement always a target of the media so I grew up with law enforcement really around us at sometimes 24/7 he tried never to bring that into the house she never really let it bother him and he was a great father so I grew up loving and idolizing my dad in hating the police the founders of the American Mafia were the ancestors of men like Dominick and Michael Italian immigrants who landed here after World War one they were known as La Cosa Nostra Italian for this thing of ours the thing that makes the Cosa Nostra's so unique from the other outlaw empires is the very specific connection to an ethnicity that you have to be a full-blooded Italian to become a made man to become a full member in the beginning the Mafia was an organization forged in family ties and steeped in tradition my life is very very attractive I think it's all about the prestige the power what comes along with the life this brotherhood among guys along with respect and honor the Mafia also focused on profits the empire was launched by smuggling liquor and laundering money and the spoils were divided among five New York crime families thanks to his family ties Dominick was already on the inside as a kid from you know when I was born Paul Castellano Carlo Gambino and a host of other pretty famous names we're very close with me kalo Gambino was actually like a grandfather to me and colleagues to put me on his lap and just talk to me to me he was just a sweet old man forget that he had like a thousand people murdered at the time an underboss to Albert Anastasia Gambino was a rising force in a world where the chain of command is carefully spelled out the higher up in any one of the families starts by the bottom with the associates now the soldiers are made guys the next step is you became a capo then there's the underboss if the boss dies normally takes over there is a position called con so we re not the one Robert Duvall played in The Godfather that was fictional because you got to be Italian and you don't have to be a lawyer in outlaw empires the throne is never completely safe and Gambino was plotting to take the reigns from his boss Anastasia whenever there is any kind of conflict or war in the family it's always a civil war it's a war within one of the families and it's normally over control of power or leadership I was 10 it was a very strange circumstance I wasn't allowed out of the house I couldn't go to school I think what I remember about it the most is the relatives I lost a couple of husbands were found in trunks of cause and you know you would see it on the news it was probably the first awareness that I had that our family just wasn't really normal in October of 1957 the war came to a sudden and shocking end Albert Anastasia went to a hotel for a hot shave two gunmen shot him to death in a barber's chair after it ended Carlo Gambino basically took over the family Dominic's uncle Nino who had backed Gambino now found himself in a position of wealth and power all of a sudden Nino and the family we went from eating pork and beans to where he had a brand-new Cadillac it was the beginning of my training period so to speak in cinema because my uncle would take me all over with Dominic's training was cut short when he joined the Army in 1966 by the time he returned to Brooklyn five years later the Gambino family was operating in all five boroughs of the city uncle Nino had helped build them into the most powerful of the five families Carlo Gambino was the boss and he hello della Croce was the underboss Nino was the captain in the beginning I started off as basically a soldier as a kid I hadn't any real plans to join the way I got involved I didn't really understand the life enough to know that once you got in you're in you know and you're gonna have to do things you don't want to do but you're after you know because we don't know when they're gonna kill you as a young soldier in the Gambino family Dominick was assigned to work with a notorious figure named Roy DeMeo me and Roy did not get along because he knew I knew what he was he was a punk I mean he was a killer but all kill is on a brave people Roy he would shoot you but he had to shoot you in the back of the head Dominick was family but to climb the ranks he'd have to be willing to spill blood really the term is work when you're called upon to do work you do it and that work could be putting somebody in a hospital or put a bullet in their head and as Dominick would find out your target could be an enemy or a friend I was sitting in his kitchen and Nino comes up to me and he says I just got word that Vinnie Mook is back in town so we got to keep our eyes out and find this guy and that's when I asked him I said you know for what but he told me the story about how he was with my aunts and Vinny and his friends were hanging out and they made a comment about my hand and Nino got a hammer from under his seat and went to attack them and Vinnie hidden and broke his nose and he says we gotta kill him I said he broke your nose 12 years ago why we gotta kill him he says you gotta kill him I said why I said I don't know Vinnie since we're in fifth grade Dominic was faced with a choice kill an old friend or defy his mobbed-up uncle what he did next would alter the course of his life Nina said Royce comin over the house he's bringing a hand grenade and you gotta rig the hand grenade inside the car according to Nino I had to gain respect amongst the crew so I had to be a killer too I think there's such a rich mysterious history to the inside workings of the Italian mafia more so I think than any other outlaw organization if you are a member and if you're a soldier you have to make decisions that that ultimately you know can lead to life or death it's not violence for violence sake it's part of the life it's something that has to be done in Dominic's case that meant rigging the car of intended victim Vinnie McGovern ara a friend from childhood with a hand grenade what I was nervous about was getting in and out of the car because it was this shift changing for the 6-2 precinct the 6-2 was like two blocks down so we worked it out where Nino was gonna stay in front of the car boy he was gonna stay in back of the car and I wasn't gonna get in the car and ring the grenade I didn't see them but every time police cars come by Nina would knock on the front hood with the gun so I know they were around I took fish hooks and I put one around the body of the hand grenade I hooked one into the carpet and the other one to the door that would pull the pin when he opened the door so when I got out of car broke toothpicks and all the locks except for the driver's side lock so he had to use that door with a grenade with spricht and it was only three blocks from where we lived so we all went home and I sat on the porch because where the car was parked was right next to an elementary school I was gonna wait till six o'clock in the morning and if I didn't hear a boom I was gonna go under it biggest kids to be walking right by there so I was just waiting to hear that sound but then about four o'clock in the morning we heard the boom and I probably sat there for about two three minutes watched some fire engines in the water eventually I just said well you know it's silly for me to sit out here so I went upstairs brushing my teeth went to bed in my experience when I when I watch these guys there's a level that happens when they're discussing the act it's almost like they're able to sort of step out of it and describe it as if they're watching somebody else to do it you can see them physically and emotionally compartmentalizing it as they're telling the stories the next morning we drove by and the call was just a puddle this road was left of it but then it found out it blew venu out of the car and blew him up on the maquis that the lost movie theater and it's across the street he was in the hospital for a while he had a broken leg because his shoulder was broke his face was all messed up he was burned so he took off and went to California to me we were even though Vinnie survived Dominic had passed his first real test of loyalty as a result he expected to move up the ranks of the Gambino family while the willingness to kill in the Mafia definitely ups your stock now I knew that was gonna bring me into a whole nother way of life now you were a Killa a year after the car-bombing boss Carlo Gambino died of a heart attack while watching a Yankees game on TV the Empire had lost its godfather but for Dominick the hurt went much deeper I just felt like I lost my grandfather you know I felt like I lost a real good friend the mentor somebody that I really cared about you know I mean he was family to me with the leadership of the Gambino's up for grabs there was tension in the air the mob from all over was there you couldn't read who really wanted him dead and who didn't want him dead you see had a lot of control over these families with him out of the picture that changes Carlo Gambino his successor was his brother-in-law Paul Castellano some guys didn't like the fact that Paul was the boss they didn't feel he was the best qualified they taught O'Neal Delacroix was better there was two factions of the Gambino family one was in Manhattan and Wanda's in Brooklyn now the Brooklyn side of the family was closest to call Oh the Manhattan side of the family was the underboss Aniello delacro CH one of his lieutenants was John Gotti Gotti was highly pissed off Kahlo named Paul as the new boss instead of a hand yellow there was a sense that it could go down for two decades the Gambino's had grown in power and reach but after Don Carlos death the family ruptured and Dominick was caught in the crossfire Nino told me to go to the Gemini lounge and pick up a package from Roy I once his Gemini he handed me a package just wrapped in newspaper and I could tell it was a rifle I went back to our house and told me no I said well I got to just call me and I said well what's going on he said well they're gonna make Paul tonight and we're gonna have the Manhattan faction over he said this not supposed to be anyone's he wanted me to go to the window on the top floor and stay there with the carbine and he said if anything happens down here tonight and you see that Manhattan faction coming out kill them all cuz that means we're all dead downstairs anyway as Dominick took aim from the window the future of the Gambino family hung in the balance at that point it was just like Vietnam you learn it from the commander you take him first and you go down the line I was just right up there ready to pop him from 1957 to 1976 New York's most powerful organized crime Empire was ruled by Carlo Gambino he operated largely in the shadows yet also used a quiet deal-making to vastly increase the wealth and influence of his crime family the idea of family in that life is very important is everything really that's why they call this mob families you know we're not gangs when I groups without sex were families family unity was fractured by Carlos death in 1976 before dying Carlo decreed that his brother-in-law Paul Castellano be the new dawn of the Gambino family by passing a competing Manhattan under Boston the Manhattan faction wanted an elo delle clubs to be the boss he was much more of a gangster than Paulie Paulie was businessman he didn't have the street experience as an elo or any of that now on the evening of a sit-down to settle matters once and for all Dominic Monti Leo was upstairs at his uncle Nino's house a rifle in his hands he was under orders from Nino to fire on della Croce and his crew if they moved on the new boss I had six thirty round clips I had a pillow and I had the rifle far enough inside the window where I could cover the driveway but the muzzle wasn't sticking out and I had all the lights off so you couldn't see it to begin with but I had a clear view of them because all the lights on the driveway were on the first car that pulled up was our people Tommy Bilotti totally caught mind the doctor they went downstairs five minutes later the Manhattan faction pulled off the first hand it was identify who was who when he hello close was like 80 years old you could tell him walking and John Gotti would his swagger gene body and Tony Roche was a heroin addict so he was always like this walking and then they went inside I couldn't hear anything because it's like it was three floors down there was an air shaft in the bathroom so every once in a while I'd go and listen in the air shaft just to see if there was voices being raised or arguments or whatever they hated each other but no hollering no uh raising voices and I had no mixed emotions I didn't have any emotions at that point if those down bad this is what you got to do we're a 30-round clip and a car being at 70 feet they weren't get into that car so all of a sudden I saw the Manhattan faction walk out I'm thinking of which one I should shoot first which his body dan della Croce Dan Jean body then Tony Roche and I'm standing there sweating because I mean if you've got to kill these people you got to leave the country you got to get out of here totally and then I heard a knock on my door and I Nino was standing there and I said what one down and he said police no boss the crisis in leadership had miraculously been resolved without bloodshed and the Brooklyn faction had prevailed but the Gambino family had another problem when Castellano took over no new members had been brought into the Mafia for nearly 30 years they weren't bringing new guys into the family and the expression they used for that was that the books were closed they would only bring a guy in or make a guy when somebody got killed then you were allowed to do it other than that all the families agreed we're not bringing we're not building up and it was mainly for security reasons because it is this secret society and you know it's steeped in such mythology is a much more sort of private and personal and almost spiritual experience crossing over and to becoming a member shortly into his reign Paul Castellano reopened the books by this time Michael Franzese of the Colombo family had distinguished himself as an earner and for him being made the Mafia's sacred rite of passage was the ultimate honor I walked into Rome and it was meant to be very imposing it was a dimly lit room the boss was seated at the head of the table and the underboss kansui area to his left and right and all the captains they were alongside of them and I walked down the aisle stood in front of the boss he looked at me with a very serious look in his face like you know this is it and the ceremony began they took a knife cut my fingers some blood dropped on the floor i cupped my hands and Andrew put a picture of a sankt it was a it was a Catholic altar card and he lit it aflame he said to me tonight Michael Franzese you are being born again into a new life and to La Cosa Nostra if you violate this oath if you betray your brothers and you're gonna die and you're gonna burn in hell like this st. is burning in your hands he said do you willingly accept it so I said I do he said it's north of America you never talk about what happens outside of the family we welcome you you are now amigo nostril a friend of ours when you take the oath of omertà part of that process is sharing blood the philosophy of that was really you know unique and incredibly smart it really kept them insulated it really kept them protected in this very specific cultural bubble for for four generations the power and prestige of becoming a made man spoke for itself yet the honor came with a price a cut of the profits from every piece of illegal mob business always had to be kicked up to the boss so let's say we have our crew and we made $300,000 a lieutenant takes our money and gives the capo who would be say Nino a hundred thousand Nina would keep maybe 25,000 give Paul these 75,000 for the Mafia Brotherhood had its place but it was money and violence that kept the Empire afloat as Dominic would soon learn when it came to either one the mob never forgot unfinished business it was my wife's birthday everybody's happy champagne was being popped the cake was out and white says to Nina Oh guess who I just saw on the corner 85th Street said Vinnie moon says oh god here we go by the late 70s the Italian mafia had sunk his criminal tentacles into everything from prostitution and narcotics to trucking and construction but for Dominic Montague Leo there was some old business to attend to the childhood friend who had assaulted his uncle Nino years earlier was back in town boy came over and told Nino that he just seen Vinny Mook on 85th Street Nina said okay come on and we got in the hallway and he said let's go downstairs load up get some disguises on and go take care of this so we can get back to the party and I had like one of them hats with sunglasses and the mustache and you know had a mustache Sean and I had Roy what no disguise whatsoever there's way you can care he just was that crazy and we used Roy's car which we very rarely would use a legitimate car and we parked that about a block away I took a walk across the street I saw Vinny he probably had about 12 people there I went back to told me now about where who was there was three over here it was four over there it was two over here and that's when he decided that it had to be shock and awe all of a sudden Vinny started going towards the car and we started crossing the street when he saw his crossing the street he took off because he knew something was going down we just had to wait for him to separate himself from the pack mr. pack came after us and I stand in the street at this point the gun at them and say just get them down and they all got down I succeed so is it he'll drop he didn't drop you know because there was shooting in the back sort of tower two bullets was just driving him forward then he just fell face down we just started running for Roy's car by the time we got back to the car Nino as mustache was hanging off and we get into Roy's car and then somebody had blocked us in pretty tight so we were back him trying to get out of space and as his fight behind this blowing his horn wouldn't yet off his horn so a little Sydney no and just says you know I'm gonna get at a cost you this kind head this way we get out of the parking space real good he said all he's done is blowing his horn he says yeah he's like that's himself in it like that he would do that he would do that so we finally got out of this face we didn't hurt the guy with horn and we went over the Brooklyn Bridge we dumped all the guns we took the clothes that we were wearing and batched at all I put it in the backseat we headed into Manhattan went down to the Bowery gave it all out to the bombs we're back to the birthday party like nothing happened they put the candles on the cake till we got back and then we had the cake we had smoke you know champagne and then we opened the presents I wouldn't have done it the way he was done but it wasn't up to me it was up to my uncle and he decided to do it that way once again Dominic had proven himself royal to Nino and the family with the books now open it seemed inevitable that he'd become a made man I was supposed to get made what made me really angry was I saw people yet he made had never did any street work with Dominic's bait in his hands uncle Nino made a decision that planted the seeds of betrayal my uncle used to say he said if he keep him down they stay more loyal to you in which I totally disagree with you keep him down and that's when they get pissed off but that was his philosophy he kept me down the Mafia you work your way up the ranks you don't really begin to earn and and reap the rewards of the life until you know until you were made especially for Dominic I think he felt like it was his rite of passage that he'd been born into it you know him getting passed over I think you know there was a sense of disrespect when you get into the life you kind of find your way there's guys that aren't money for the family and the other one is the guys that do work for the family thugs are the guys that are capable of committing to an act of violence the work that's what they call an ally if the work the guys that do work for the family are not really expected to earn money because they can't hear you either have that ability you don't there's a lot of scheming to in a live a we got this guy think she's gonna be made but we'll use him for the next 20 years guys are not made all the time I mean they could be recruits forever Gambino family soldier Dominic Montague Leo had spent years operating under his uncle Nino gages leadership working alongside mobster Roy DeMeo I started to realize how crazy Roy was because it was just more and more people disappearing the FBI said he had the most vicious crew that they've ever ran across in the United States they loved killing he understand that they made Ted Bundy look like mr. Rogers and every one of them was a serial killer by now Roy DeMeo was a made man thanks to his earning power but when the time came for Dominick uncle Nino the man who brought him into the outlaw Empire refused to back him but when they opened the books I was supposed to get made Paul put me up Nino knocked me down Nino tell me says you know I didn't put you in this time and I said why I said there's guys being maids didn't even hurt anybody didn't kill anybody didn't do anything all they do is earn money he says well you know I want to keep you down this way this Paul he wants you to be his driver which meant that have to leave Nino Nino wanted me with him and he knew if I got mail I could put my own crew together so many know kind of had a falling out I just said screw this and packed up my family at like 4:00 in the morning and we left and headed for California where I had a friend that I could stay with for three years Dominic laid low on the west coast he had no contact with Nino or anyone else back in New York the Gambino's became the target of federal prosecutors looking to bring down boss Paul Castellano and the rest of the family and after Dominic returned in 1983 to collect on a debt he was arrested I got arrested for extortion by the organized crime task force that's when this that when the real problem started when I was locked up I found out that the family was gonna have me taken out that they were gonna whack me first night a lawyer came in and said your uncle sent me he said I can get you out and I said yeah he can get me out today which he could've I would have been dead that afternoon uh I was devastated I was because I couldn't figure it out you know what the reason was most of these men have made the decision to say I'm not gonna live like you've decided to live the rest of America and we're gonna live by these set of rules and earning them by the standards we want to live by and and yet the irony for me is that more often than not within these outlaw structures there are almost more rules and more regulations than we have in society in the Mafia the most important of these rules is the law of omertà or silence and now after more than a decade in the life Dominick was poised to break that rule doing so would sever his ties to the family forever I decided instead of leaving my children and my wife behind and dying for nothing because I hadn't done nothing I was gonna get in touch with the feds and offer my testimony to them by the early 1980s federal prosecutors had drawn a bead on the leaders of the five Mafia families of New York including the Gambino's in 1983 Dominic was arrested facing a minimum sentence of 20 years for extortion and other crimes he broke ranks with his mafia brothers knowing that it would risk his life he violated the family's code of silence and decided to cooperate with the authorities so they took me put me in a safe house then I got to briefed by the ATF the IRS every federal agency and with a postal service even the grilling went on for year and F the bog and I made with the federal government was I had to admit to all the crimes I did and then they would take my cooperation into consideration for my sentencing in 1984 on Dominic's confession contributed to the arrests of 24 gangsters in the Gambino family on racketeering charges among them were boss Paul Castellano and Dominic's uncle Nino a year later the Dons of all five families were indicted in the Mafia Commission trial a new era had arrived and a hard-nosed prosecutor named Rudy Giuliani was determined to wipe the city clean of organized crime this case charges more Mafia bosses in one indictment than any ever before and the ADEs as these families started to spread out and gain more power and move into more businesses they obviously became a bigger threat to law enforcement so there was this desperate need by law enforcement to start bringing these guys in I think Giuliani really was the guy that spearheaded this for whatever political reasons he had in mind but he started to use the racketeering law effectively the fear of the government at some point time trumped at the fear of the boss for Michael Franzese the end came just two years after Dominic's arrest in 1985 he was indicted on 14 counts stemming from a gasoline bootlegging scam I knew I probably have to do some jail time at some point in time but I wasn't afraid of that I mean I visited my father for how many years you survive in jail you do you think you come home but for Michael home would no longer be safe while in prison he decided to break with the Colombo family you know leaving the life for me was the hardest thing that I ever did even though I knew the route the life was wrong I had I feel horrible I mean I felt like I was betraying my dad betraying my oath honestly till today I mean 20 years later I stole I don't like to hear I don't like the word betrayer to be put on me when I walked into the courtroom I saw a Nino Pauly all the DeMeo crew these are all people you've been with all your life and you know it's very difficult to do that they were all staring at here's what they do that's probably the thing that's there and then you have people in the audience going like this you know and stuff like that once you get over that that's it the prosecutor he told me said just tell the truth and once I got that in my head then staring in all their antics didn't faze me at all and I was up on that stand a lot during the trial underboss and yellow della Croce died of lung cancer on December 2nd 1985 two weeks later Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a steakhouse in Manhattan in a hit authorities believe was ordered by delacro cheese heir apparent John Gotti police say Paul Castellano godfather of the Gambino family was shot as he stepped out of his black Lincoln three men wearing trench coats suddenly appeared pumped a hail of bullets into the mob boss and his driver then calmly walked away I saw it coming I didn't know what was gonna happen when it happened but I knew something was going to happen the bosses from the other families they were aware of it that goes to show you me nobody really did anything to stop it Paul Castellano did not like John or be part of his crew and when O'Neill died who was kind of God his protector I think God he knew he had act first to keep him safe from mob retaliation Dominic lived out the years that followed in the witness protection program and his uncle Nino who had introduced him to the life died in jail of a heart attack 25 years after Dominic helped set in motion the downfall of the Gambino family the Mafia has begun to enjoy a surprising resurgence new members have helped it regain its status as one of the world's most powerful outlaw empires but former insiders say that the old values of blood and family have been weakened in recent generations you know I think the tradition was certainly more important to the old-timers what an honorable life it was what it meant to our families younger guys today don't feel that way the mob used to be about blood and money and today it's just about the money and I don't think that the family structure is there anymore the family may have changed but for insiders like Dominic the deeds done in the name of the family have left a haunting legacy from which there's no escape after years and years and years of living this life if you don't have the emotional skill set to keep it tucked away you start thinking about the choices that you've made and those demons sort of catch up to you I have a recurring nightmare which I've had for quite a few years now it's daytime it's me walking out of Nino's apartment he had a blue Cadillac Coupe DeVille hope and when I walk out the door to hold the mail for all her underneath the car with their little heads popped out stuff and one of them holy saying dominic come to hell with us I didn't have in that dream for a long time when I have that dream it keeps me up I just stay up and watch TV and smoke cigarettes and I probably will wind up in hell with them so with the health you know it's just a prelude family you know leaving the life for me was the hardest thing that I ever did even though I knew the life was wrong I had I felt horrible I mean I felt like I was betraying my dad betraying my oath honestly till today I mean 20 years later I stole I don't like to hear I don't like the word betrayer to be put on me when I walked into the courtroom I saw a Nino Pauly all the DeMeo crew these are all people who you've been with all your life and you know it's very difficult to do that they were all staring at here's what they do has probably a famous stare and then you have people in the audience going like this you know and stuff like that once you get over that that's it the prosecutor he told me said just tell the truth and once I got that in my head then staring in all their antics didn't faze me at all and I was up on that stand a lot during the trial underboss and yellow della Croce died of lung cancer on December 2nd 1985 two weeks later Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a steakhouse in Manhattan in a hit authorities believe was ordered by delacro cheese heir apparent John Gotti police say Paul Castellano godfather of the Gambino family was shot as he stepped out of his black Lincoln three men wearing trench coats suddenly appeared pumped a hail of bullets into the mob boss and his driver then calmly walked away I saw it coming I didn't know what was gonna happen when it happened but I knew something was going to happen the bosses from the other families they were aware of it that goes to show you me nobody really did anything to stop it Paul Castellano did not like John or a part of his crew and when O'Neill died who was kind of God his protector I think God he knew he had act first to keep him safe from mob retaliation Dominic lived out the years that followed in the witness protection program and his uncle Nino who had introduced him to the life died in jail of a heart attack 25 years after Dominic helped set in motion the downfall of the Gambino family the Mafia has begun to enjoy a surprising resurgence new members have helped it regain its status as one of the world's most powerful outlaw empires but former insiders say that the old values of blood and family have been weakened in recent generations you know I think the tradition was certainly more important to the old-timers what an honorable life it was what it meant to our families younger guys today don't feel that way the mob used to be about blood that changes Carlo Gambino his successor was his brother-in-law Paul Castellano some guys didn't like the fact that Paul was the boss they didn't feel he was the best qualified they taught O'Neil della Croce was better there was two factions of the Gambino family one was in Manhattan and Linda's in Brooklyn now the Brooklyn side of the family was closest to call Oh the Manhattan side of the family was the underboss Aniello delacro CH one of his lieutenants was John Gotti Gotti was highly pissed off Kahlo named Paul as the new boss instead of an yellow there was a sense that it could go down for two decades the Gambino's had grown in power and reach but after Don Carlos death the family ruptured and Dominick was caught in the crossfire Nino told me to go to the Gemini lounge and pick up a package from Roy I once his Gemini he handed me a package just wrapped in newspaper and I could tell it was a rifle I went back to our house and told me no I said well I got to just call me and I said what's going on he said well they're gonna make Paul tonight and we're gonna have the Manhattan faction out whoa he said that's not supposed to be anyone's he wanted me to go to the window on the top floor and stay there with the carbine and he said if anything happens down here tonight and you see that Manhattan faction coming out kill them all cuz that means we're all dead downstairs anyway as Dominick took aim from the window the future of the Gambino family hung in the balance at that point it was just like Vietnam you learn it from the commander you take him first and you go down the line I was just right up there ready to pop him from 1957 to 1976 New York's most powerful organized crime Empire was ruled by Carlo Gambino he operated largely in the shadows yet also used a quiet deal-making to vastly increase the wealth and influence of his crime family the idea of family in that life is very important is everything really that's why they call it smart families you know we're not gangs when it groups we're not sex were families family unity was fractured by Carlos death in 1976 before dying Carlo decreed that his brother-in-law Paul Castellano be the new dawn of the Gambino family by passing a competing Manhattan under Boston the Manhattan faction wanted an elo delle clubs to be the boss he was much more of a gangster in Paulie Paulie was businessman he didn't he was in the hospital for a while he had a broken leg because his shoulder was broke his face was all mister bernd so he took off and went to California to me we were even though Vinnie survived Dominic had passed his first real test of loyalty as a result he expected to move up the ranks of the Gambino family while the willingness to kill in the Mafia definitely ups you stock and I knew that was gonna bring me into a whole nother way of life now you were a Killa a year after the car-bombing boss Carlo Gambino died of a heart attack while watching a Yankees game on TV the Empire had lost its godfather but for Dominick the hurt went much deeper I just felt like I lost my grandfather you know I felt like I lost a real good friend the mentor somebody that really cared about you know I mean he was family to me with the leadership of the Gambino's up for grabs there was tension in the air the mob from all over was there you couldn't read who really wanted him dead and who didn't want him dead you see had a lot of control over these families with him out of the picture that changes Carlo Gambino his successor was his brother-in-law Paul Castellano some guys didn't like the fact that Paul was the boss they didn't feel he was the best-qualified they taught O'Neal Delacroix was better there was two factions of the Gambino family one was in Manhattan and one was in Brooklyn now the Brooklyn side of the family was closest to call the Manhattan side of the family was the underboss Aniello Dellacroce one of his lieutenants was John Gotti Gotti was highly pissed off Kahlo named Paul as the new boss instead of a hand yellow there was a sense that it could go down for two decades the Gambino's had grown in power and reach but after Don Carlos death the family ruptured and Dominic was caught in the crossfire Nino told me to go to the Gemini lounge and pick up a package from Roy I want his Gemini he handed me a package just wrapped in newspaper and I could tell it was a rifle I went back to our house and told me no I said well I got to just call me and I said what's going on he said well they're gonna make Paul tonight and we're gonna have the Manhattan faction out what he said that's not supposed to be anyone's he wanted me to go to the window on the top floor and stay there with the carbine I started to realize how crazy Roy was because he was just more and more people disappearing the FBI said he had the most vicious crew that they've ever ran across in the United States they loved killer you gotta understand that they made Ted Bundy look like mr. Rogers and every one of them was a serial killer by now Roy DeMeo was a made man thanks to his earning power but when the time came for Dominick uncle Nino the man who brought him into the outlaw Empire refused to back him but when they opened the books I was supposed to get made Paul put me up Nino knocked me down Nino tell me says you know I didn't put you in this time then I said why I said there's guys being maids didn't even hurt anybody didn't kill anybody didn't do anything all they do is earn money he says well you know I want to keep it down this way this Paul he wants you to be his driver which meant that have fellini know they don't want to meet with him and he knew if I got Nate I could put my own crew together so many know kind of had a falling out I just said screw this and packed up my family at like 4:00 in the morning and we left and headed for California where I had a friend that I could stay with for three years Dominic laid low on the west coast he had no contact with Nino or anyone else back in New York the Gambino's became the target of federal prosecutors looking to bring down boss Paul Castellano and the rest of the family and after Dominic returned in 1983 to collect on a debt he was arrested I got arrested for extortion by the organized crime task force that's when this that when the real problem started when I was locked up I found out that the family was gonna have me taken out that they were gonna whack me first night a lawyer came in said your uncle sent me he said I can get you out and I said yeah he can get me out today which he could've I would have been dead that afternoon uh I was devastated I was because I couldn't figure it out you know what the reason was most of these men have made the decision to say I'm not gonna live like you've decided to live the rest of America and we're gonna live by these set of rules and earning by the standards we want to live by and and yet the irony for me is that more often than not within these outlaw structures there are almost more rules and more regulations than we have in society in a position of wealth and power all of a sudden Nino and the family we went from eating pork and beans to where he had a brand-new Cadillac it was the beginning of my training period so to speak in cinema because my uncle would take me all over with him Dominic's training was cut short when he joined the army in 1966 by the time he returned to Brooklyn five years later the Gambino family was operating in all five boroughs of the city uncle Nino had helped build them into the most powerful of the five families Carlo Gambino was the boss and he hello della Croce was the underboss Nino was the captain in the beginning I started off as basically a soldier as a kid I hadn't any real plans to join the way I got involved I didn't really understand the life enough to know that once you got in you're in you know and you're gonna have to do things you don't want to do but you're after you know because we don't know when they're gonna kill you as a young soldier in the Gambino family Dominick was assigned to work with a notorious figure named Roy DeMeo me and Roy did not get along because he knew I knew what he was he was a punk I mean he was a killer but all killers are brave people Roy would shoot you but he had to shoot you in the back of the head Dominick was family but to climb the ranks he'd have to be willing to spill blood really the term is work when you're called upon to do work you do it and that work could be putting somebody in the hospital or put a bullet in their head and as Dominick would find out your target could be an enemy or a friend I was sitting in his kitchen and Nino comes up to me and he says I just got word did he move his back in town so we got to keep our eyes open and find the sky and that's when I asked him I said you know for what but he told me the story about how he was with my hands and Vinny and his friends were hanging out and they made a comment about my hand and Nino got a hammer from under his seat and went to attack them and Vinnie hit him and broke his nose he says we gotta kill him I said he broke your nose 12 years ago why we gotta kill him he says you gotta kill him I said why I said I know Vinnie since we're in fifth grade Dominic was faced with a choice kill an old friend or defy his mobbed-up uncle what he did next would alter the course of his life Nina said boys comin over the house he's bringing a hand grenade and you gotta rig the hand grenade inside the car according definitely ups you stock and I knew that was gonna bring me into a whole nother way of life now you were a killer a year after the car-bombing boss Carlo Gambino died of a heart attack while watching a Yankees game on TV the Empire had lost its godfather but for Dominick the hurt went much deeper I just felt like I lost my grandfather you know I felt like I lost a real good friend a mentor somebody that I really cared about you know I mean he was family to me with the leadership of the Gambino's up for grabs there was tension in the air the mob from all over was there you couldn't read who really wanted him dead and who didn't want him that you see had a lot of control over these families with him out of the picture that changes Carlo Gambino his successor was his brother-in-law Paul Castellano some guys didn't like the fact that Paul was the boss they didn't feel he was the best-qualified they thought O'Neal della Croce was better there was two factions of the Gambino family one was in Manhattan and one was in Brooklyn but how the Brooklyn side of the family was closest to call the Manhattan side of the family was the underboss Aniello delacro CH one of his lieutenants was John Gotti Gotti was highly pissed off Kahlo named Paul as the new boss instead of yellow there was a sense that it could go down for two decades the Gambino's had grown in power and reach but after Don Carlos death the family ruptured and Dominick was caught in the crossfire Nino told me to go to the Gemini lounge and pick up a package from Roy I went his Gemini he handed me a package just wrapped the newspaper and I could tell it was a rifle I went back to our house and told me no I said well I got this call me and I said what's going on he said well they're gonna make Pole tonight and we're gonna have the Manhattan faction over he said this not supposed to be anyone's he wanted me to go to the window on the top floor and stay there with the carbine and he said if anything happens down here tonight and you see that Manhattan faction coming out kill them all cuz that means we're all dead downstairs anyway as Dominick took aim from the window the future of the Gambino family hung in the balance at that point it was just like Vietnam you line it from the commander you take him first and you go down the line I mean I said okay come on and we got in the hallway and he said let's go downstairs and load up get some disguises on and go take care of this so we can get back to the party and I had like one of them hats with sunglasses and the mustache and you know had a mustache on and a hat Roy what no disguise whatsoever there's where didn't care he just was that crazy and we used Roy's car which we very rarely would use a legitimate car and we parked that about a block away I took a walk across the street I saw Vinny he probably had about 12 people there I went back and told me now about whether who was there was three over here there's four over there there was two over here and that's when he decided that it had to be shock and awe all of a sudden then he started going towards the car and we started crossing the street when he saw us crossing the street he took off because he knew something was going down we just had to wait for him to separate himself from the pack mr. pack came after us and I stand in the street at this point the gun at them I say just get them down and they all got down I could see each pose it here you'll drop he didn't drop you'll know because they were shooting in the back sort of tower to bullets we just driving him forward and he just fell face down we just started running for Roy's car by the time we got back to the car Nino as mustache was hanging off and we get into Roy's car and then somebody had blocked this VIN pretty tight so we were back and trying to get out of space and as his fight behind us blowing this one wouldn't get off his horn so lately Sydney no just says you know I'm gonna get at her cost you this guy in the head this way we get out of the parking space real but he said all he's done is blowing his horn he says he's like that that's him something like that you see royal would do that he would do that so we finally got out of this race we didn't hurt the guy with horn and we went over the Brooklyn Bridge we dumped all the guns which of the clothes that we were wearing and batched at all I put it in the backseat we headed into Manhattan went down to the Bowery gave it all out to the bum and stayed there with the carbine and he said if anything happens down here tonight and you see that Manhattan faction coming out kill them all cuz that means we're all dead downstairs anyway as Dominick took aim from the window the future of the Gambino family hung in the balance at that point it was just like Vietnam you learn it from the commander you take him first and you go down the line I was just right up there ready to pop him from 1957 to 1976 New York's most powerful organized crime Empire was ruled by Carlo Gambino he operated largely in the shadows yet also used a quiet deal-making to vastly increase the wealth and influence of his crime family the idea of family in that life is very important is everything really that's why they call it smart families you know we're not gangs when I groups were not sex were families family unity was fractured by Carlos death in 1976 before dying Carlo decreed that his brother-in-law Paul Castellano be the new dawn of the Gambino family by passing a competing Manhattan under Boston the Manhattan faction wanted an elo delle clubs to be the boss he was much more of a gangster in Paulie Paulie was businessman he didn't have the street experience as an elo did or any of that now on the evening of a sit-down to settle matters once and for all Dominic Monti Leo was upstairs at his uncle Nino's house a rifle in his hands he was under orders from you know to fire on della Croce and his crew if they moved on the new boss I had six thirty round clips I had a pillow and I had the rifle far enough inside the window where I could cover the driveway but the muzzle wasn't sticking out and I had all the lights off so you couldn't see it to begin with but I had a clear view of them because all the lights on the driveway were on the first car had pulled up was our people Tommy Bilotti Paulie call mind the doctor they went downstairs five minutes later the Manhattan faction pulled off the first hand did was identify who was who plan he hello clothes was like 80 years old you could tell him walking and John Gotti with his swag gene body and Tony Roche was a heroin addict so he was always like this walking and then they went inside I couldn't hear anything warned again into a new life and to La Cosa Nostra if you violate this oath if you betray your brothers and you're gonna die and you're gonna burn in hell like this Saint is burning in your hands he said do you willingly accept this all I said I do he said it's north of America you never talk about what happens outside of the family we welcome you you are now I'm Egon Australia a friend of ours when you take the oath of omertà part of that process is sharing blood the philosophy of that was really you know unique and incredibly smart it really kept them insulated it really kept them protected in this very specific cultural bubble for for four generations the power and prestige of becoming a made man spoke for itself yet the honor came with a price a cut of the profits from every piece of illegal mob business always had to be kicked up to the boss so let's say we had our crew and we made $300,000 a lieutenant takes our money and gives the capo who would be say Nino a hundred thousand Nina would keep maybe 25,000 give Paul these 75,000 for the Mafia Brotherhood had its place but it was money and violence that kept the Empire afloat as Dominic would soon learn when it came to either one the mob never forgotten unfinished business it was my wife's birthday everybody's happy champagne was being popped the cake was out and white says to Nina Oh guess who I just saw on the corner 85th Street he said Vinnie moolah so I said oh god here we go by the late 70s the Italian mafia had sunk his criminal tentacles into everything from prostitution and narcotics to trucking and construction but for Dominic Montague Leo there was some old business to attend to the childhood friend who had assaulted his uncle Nino years earlier was back in town Roy came over and told Nino that he just seen Vinny Mook on 85th Street Nina said ok come on and we got in the hallway and he said let's go downstairs and load up get some disguises on and go take care of this so we can get back to the party and I had like one of them hats with sunglasses and the mustache and you know had a mustache on and a hat Roy what no disguise whatsoever there's way he didn't care he just was that crazy whassa fee of that was really you know unique and incredibly smart it really kept them insulated it really kept them protected in this very specific cultural bubble for for four generations the power and prestige of becoming a made man spoke for itself yet the honor came with a price a cut of the profits from every piece of illegal mob business always had to be kicked up to the boss so let's say we have our crew and we made $300,000 a lieutenant takes our money and gives the capo who would be say Nino a hundred thousand Nina would keep maybe twenty five thousand give Paulie seventy five thousand for the Mafia Brotherhood had its place but it was money and violence that kept the empire afloat as Dominic would soon learn when it came to either one the mob never forgot unfinished business it was my wife's birthday everybody's happy champagne was being popped the cake was out and white says Toninho guess who I just saw on the corner 85th Street said Vinnie move so I said oh god here we go by the late 70s the Italian mafia had sunk his criminal tentacles into everything from prostitution and narcotics the trucking and construction but for Dominic Montague leo there was some old business to attend to the childhood friend who had assaulted his uncle Nino years earlier was back in town Roy came over and told Nino that he just seen Vinny Mook on 85th Street Nina said okay come on and we got in the hallway and he said let's go downstairs and load up get some describes a sound and go take care of this so we can get back to the party and I had like one of them hats with sunglasses and the mustache and you know had a mustache on and a hat Roy wore no disguise whatsoever there's way didn't care he just was that crazy and we used Roy's car which we very rarely would use a legitimate car and we parked that about a block away I took a walk across the street I saw Vinny he probably had about 12 people there I went back to told me now about where who was there was three over here it was four over there it was two over here and that's when he decided that it had to be shock-and-awe all of a sudden then he started going towards the car and we started crossing the street

48 thoughts on “Mafia Five Families of New York BBC Documentary 2017

  1. Fransece is full of shit. He is a betrayer. Why can’t he be a born again Christian and not tell on his friends.

  2. The cartels russians and italians the real mafias..not like this street level bandana clowns like crips or bloods or others

  3. That’s why Nino never made you. He knew you were soft. You were a drug addict tell everyone that. Dominic wasn’t an earner and he never put work in. He was just backup in all his stories. He’s not a shooter just the getaway driver it’s a different kind of adrenaline to slump someone.

  4. Same old same old same old. After John gotti no new gangster videos. Ironic. Now we have video camera. Street camera. I phone but no new mafia documentaries. ? Same old story

  5. Omerta is a mind game played to control members. The reality is that there is no loyalty among these people. Loyalty should be something you can count on. But these people are loyal until they don't want to be loyal anymore. That's not really something you can count on.

  6. Bullshit video. Waste of time. Don’t watch this bullshit. So bad it starts again after 43 mins. Have a wank instead

  7. The difference between the american-italian mafia and the italian mafia: italians care firstly about prestige,power,respect,status of the family and to be remembered like men of honor for ever. And they're ready to die,go to prison,or hide somewhere underground. The american mobsters care only about money and fame,and when the things go wrong,they're ready to talk and become rats.

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  9. They got em sucking dick 5 dolla especially getting mad cause they cant have it do they fuck to peope name

  10. A lot of the italians were scared of the westies. That's why they took them under their wing. Watch mobsters "the westies". Jimmy coonan and Eddie "the butcher" Cumminsky used to carry human heads in bags and would go up to people in known bars. Open up the bag and say "don't fuck with us."

  11. Whyyy did you guys not shoot the incessant horn blower? Those types are SO annoying! All your codes and shit.. you could have done a real service to society right then if it weren't for those damn codes!

  12. Rudy Giuliani trying to rid NYC of crime as mayor when he's now defending someone with ties to the Gambino and Lucchese Crime Families. How fucking ironic.

  13. The mafia isn't the same more then half snitch when there looking at time the code has been losted making videos trying to john never snitched mother fucked them every chase he got..rip to the real mob.the real would u a vacation for making any kind of videos about their life these 2 are rats rt it ain't no walking away from the real mob no matter how much money you made them rt an now that the ogs gone for life an dead these fuckers start showing there face wow bitch.

  14. The Glasgow Razor Gangs Were Almost Stopped Overnight With One Really Long Sentence – Guy Thought Maybe a Year – He Got Ten Years – – Put A Message Out – – And Like Clockwork The Razor Gangs Became Less Off A Problem – – These People Are Basically Vermin That Do No Positive For 99 Percent of The People – Its Incredible How They Hold Such an Exciting Image Within the General Public – You Could Eradicate Them Very Easily – Somebody Somewhere Wants This To Continue – Strange –

  15. The five New York family's are nearly non existent in 2019. The Mafia has been crushed by law enforcement and unjust law's such as R.I.C.O. How the Government got away with doing what they did is PUTRID and the Mafia is no longer the powerful organisation it became in the earlier part of the Century!! Lucky Luciano would be turning in his grave!!

  16. seek "advice", along with yourself and others around "righteous", reasonable and necessary "advice" towards meaning and "protecting the right" in family life and social life

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