The Nation: Where's Manny?

The continuing gang war between New York City's embattled Mafia clans has deteriorated from messy to just plain murky. The showdown began openly enough when reputed Mafia Chieftain Joe Colombo was gunned down last year at an outdoor rally for his Italian-American Civil Rights League. Then in April "Crazy Joe" Gallo, Colombo's archenemy, was assassinated in the relative privacy of a Little Italy clam house. Last month the nephew of Carlo Gambino, boss of the nation's strongest Mafia family and a Colombo ally, was kidnaped. Or was he?

The Gambino caper proved so perplexing...

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