Carlo Gambino boss of Gambino Family


Carlo “Don Carlo” Gambino, (August 24, 1902 – October 15, 1976) was a Sicilian mafioso who became boss of the Gambino crime family, that still bears his name today. He was one of several national bosses gathering at the 1957 Apalachin Convention. Gambino was known for being low-key and secretive. Gambino lived to the age of 74, when he died of a heart attack in bed, “in a state of grace”,

In the early 1960s, Gambino took out the rest of the Anastasia loyalists, headed by Gambino crime family caporegime, Armand “Tommy” Rava, and expanded his rackets all over the country. New Gambino rackets were created in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Gambino also, to regain complete control of Manhattan, took over the New York Longshoremen Union, where more than 90% of all New York City’s ports were controlled. It was a profitable time, when money rolled in from every Gambino racket in the U.S. and became, with the exception of the Chicago Outfit, America’s most powerful crime family. Gambino also made his own family policy: “Deal and Die.” This was Gambino’s message to every Gambino family member; heroin and cocaine were highly lucrative, but were dangerous, and would also attract attention. The punishment for dealing drugs, in Gambino style, was death. It is documented that in 1962, the Gambino family had about 30 crews and over 1,000 soldiers alone, making the family to a $500,000,000-a-year-enterprise

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