Carmine Galante

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  • Topic: Joseph Bonanno, Bonanno crime family, Frank Costello
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The son of a fisherman, Galante was born in an East Harlem tenement to Vincenzo "James" Galante an immigrant from the town of San Germano dei Berici in Veneto and Vincenza Russo, who had immigrated from Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily in 1906. His career in crime started when he was only 11, forming a juvenile street gang on New York's Lower East Side. He is the father of Bonanno family reputed capo James Galante. As a teenager, Galante became a mafia associate during the Prohibition era, becoming a leading enforcer by the end of the decade. In 1930, Galante and other gang members were caught by New York police officer Joseph Meenahan attempting to hijack a truck in Williamsburg. In the resulting gun battle, Galante wounded Meenahan and a six-year-old girl who happened to be nearby. Both victims survived and Galante was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison. In 1939, Galante was released on parole from prison. By 1940, he was carrying out "hits" for Vito Genovese, one of the most powerful mobsters in New York. Galante had an underworld reputation for viciousness and was suspected by the NYPD of being a participant or conspirator in over 80 murders.[1] Galante is believed to have murdered the left-wing, anti-Mafia Italian journalist Carlo Tresca in 1943 on orders from Genovese and as a favor to Benito Mussolini.

Galante went from being chauffeur of Bonanno family boss, Joseph Bonanno, to caporegime and then underboss. He was said to have been loyal to his boss and often spoke of him with great admiration. They also shared a common enemy, Carlo Gambino. In 1957, Bonanno and Galante made a deal in Palermo with the Sicilian mafia to import heroin into America. Galante who was fluent in Italian, French, and Spanish, dealt with Europeans for multi-million dollar drug deals. Galante's rise to power was halted temporarily in 1962 when he was sentenced to 20-years for drug offences in a drug bust engineered by Frank Costello and other enemies. While in prison,...
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