Crime: Crazy Like a Clam

One of the meanest mobsters in the U.S. is a small, tight-lipped hood from Brooklyn named Joseph ("Crazy Joey") Gallo. In 1959, when he met Robert Kennedy, then counsel for Senator John Mc-Clellan's rackets-investigating committee, Crazy Joey examined Kennedy's office rug and offered his professional opinion: "It would be nice for a crap game."

With the same sneering aplomb, Gallo last week went on trial in Manhattan on charges of trying to muscle in on a Brooklyn restaurant owned by one Theodore Moss. Not only did Gallo try to sell him $48,000 worth of stolen liquor, testified Moss, but he had...

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