CRIME: A Cigar for the Mafia

When Carlo Gambino died last October at 74, practically every cop, crook and crime reporter in the country wondered who would replace him as the new capo di tutti capi, the boss of all bosses —in other words, the Godfather. Last week, a rash of stories in the New York press—the Times, the Daily News and New York magazine—crowned a new Godfather: longtime Racketeer Carmine Galante, 67.

The New York City-born Galante, nicknamed "Lillo" and "The Cigar," possesses truly impressive criminal credentials. He has spent almost half his life in prison on charges ranging from gambling, narcotics trafficking and bootlegging to...

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