CRIME: Consolidating the Clans

The pattern of death in New York's protracted mob war became clearer last week as one of the city's highest-ranking Mafiosi became victim No. 18 in more than a year of gangland slayings. Found on a Brooklyn street with five .32 caliber wounds in his head was Thomas (Tommy Ryan) Eboli, 61, a top leader of one of New York's five Mafia families. Federal officials now believe that much of the bloodshed is part of a clever and brutal drive by the nation's most powerful Mafia commander, Carlo Gambino, 73, to seize firm...