August 28, 2014
This Week in Gang Land
Voice From The Grave Paints Gambino Capo As Heartless Brother-In-Law
When Gambino family capo Daniel Marino discovered that his gangster nephew had stolen $400,000 from him, he allegedly used a tried and true mob tactic: He threatened to kill someone. In this case, the death threats were close to home. According to his late sister-in-law, Marino allegedly told her and her husband that unless they signed their Brooklyn home over to him as payback, he'd kill them and their son.
This previously untold Gang Land tale from the early 1980s first emerged when Marino's sister-in-law, Betty Hydell, was preparing to testify at the 2006 murder trial of Mafia Cops Lou Eppolito and Steve Caracappa. Hydell's son Jimmy, who had stolen the $400,000 from his uncle, later became one of the mob cops' many victims after they kidnapped and delivered Hydell to his death at the hands of Luchese mobster Anthony (Gaspipe) Casso.
Betty Hydell related the family saga to a law enforcement official who befriended her, but the tale never surfaced at the trial, in court documents, or anywhere else. Until now.
A son of former acting Bonanno boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano has invoked a most unusual trio of allies in a plea for a lenient sentence for operating a marijuana route in the Bronx: Attorney General Eric Holder, The New York Times Editorial Board, and his imprisoned-for-life father. He's slated to face the music for his crimes tomorrow.
Manhattan Federal Judge P. Kevin Castel approved a government request to defer prosecution this week against a truck driver charged with stealing $16,000 worth of cardboard waste products on the same day that the judge told another truck driver to man up and go to prison next month to serve his seven month sentence for stealing garbage containers worth more than $30,000.
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