Nation: Why Lillo Is Lying Low

The would-be godfather is afraid of being killed

Night after night, just before bedtime for federal prisoners, two Mafia triggermen walked up to the modern twelve-story Metropolitan Correction Center near New York's city hall. With unidentified inside help, locked doors opened mysteriously for the gunmen, who took up positions in the hall outside one particular cell. Tossing restlessly on the hard pallet behind the bars was chunky Carmine ("Lillo") Galante, 68, who once aspired to become the Mafia's capo di tutti capi (boss of bosses). As lights dimmed in the cell block, the two...

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