Dominick Napolitano

Dominick Napolitano aka Sonny Black was born in New York City in 1930.

After a short stint as a solo criminal, Napolitano was recruited by the Bonanno crime family, headed by Carmine Galante. Over the years, he established himself as a leader in the family, reaching the rank of capo. As such, he had a crew of men underneath him that made money by doing odd crimes such as theft, hits, and bribery. They conducted their business out of Napolitano’s New York social club.

Napolitano was good friends with a man named Benjamin “Lefty” Ruggiero, who was also a member of Napolitano’s crew. When an undercover FBI agent named Joe Pistone became close friends with Lefty under the assumed name Donnie Brasco, Napolitano accepted Pistone into his crew. Napolitano had no idea that Pistone was an FBI agent and conducted many crimes with him.

After Galante died in the 1970s, the Bonanno family was taken over by Phillip Rastelli. Several high-ranking capos did not approve of Rastelli being the leader and attempted to overthrow him, but Napolitano, as a loyal supporter of Rastelli, helped to kill the dissenting capos. One of the dissenting capos was Alfonse Indelicato aka Sonny Red. Napolitano scheduled a meeting with Sonny Red and his crew in an old house, then ambushed them with guns. Their bodies were hacked up and never found, but with Sonny Red out of the way, Napolitano was free to take more power in the family.

At the suggestion of Pistone, Napolitano decided to expand operations into Florida. The primary purpose of the move was to establish trust between Pistone and Napolitano, therefore it was arranged by the FBI. The FBI set up an undercover agent with a restaurant to pose as Pistone’s friend. Napolitano bought the restaurant and even put caged lions in the place to attract customers.

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