New York crime boss Francesco 'Frank' Cali shot dead outside home

Frederick Owens
March 16, 2019

The last crime family boss to be shot in NY was Paul Castellano, who was also a Gambino crime boss.

Legendary New York Post and Daily News crime beat writer Murray Weiss, now a producer for CBS News' "48 Hours", extensively covered the Gambino crime family and told WCBS 880's Steve Scott he has a theory that Cali's murder may also have a connection to the Gotti family.

Francesco Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso in the NY borough of Staten Island, the NYPD said.

According to the New York Daily News, Cali was shot six times in the chest by a someone in a blue pickup truck on Hilltop Terrace at around 9:15 p.m.

Police confirmed the identity of Cali, who was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital. Police are now investigating the matter and have yet to arrest anyone in connection. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Castellano, the Gambino family head at that time, was shot in the street on Manhattan's East Side while on trial for conspiracy to commit murder, among other charges.

Assassins gunned down Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali outside his Staten Island home on Wednesday night.

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Cali is thought to have taken the helm of the Gambino family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu.

Cali was elevated to acting boss of the Gambino crime family in 2015.

Otherwise known as "Franky Boy", Cali was considered the de facto godfather of the Gambino crime family, having served on its ruling panel for several years.

Cali shunned the limelight even after becoming don, ruling from the top while lying low in his affluent Todt Hill neighborhood in Staten Island, where Castellano also held court.

The Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno mafia families are believed to have controlled organised crime in NY for decades.

A man with reported ties to organized crime has been shot and killed in New York City. "But I guess old habits die hard".

Last October, 71-year-old Sylvester Zottola of the Bonanno family was shot dead while waiting in his auto for an order from a Bronx McDonald's.

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