Organized Crime: The Underworld Is Their Oyster

The Underworld Is Their Oyster John Gotti may get the headlines, but Vincent Gigante's Mob family ranks as the real powerhouse in a $100 billion industry

"With the unions behind us, we could shut down the city, or the country for that matter, if we needed to, to get our way."

-- Genovese soldier Vincent (Fish) Cafaro, in 1988 Senate testimony

Peter (Blackheart) Savino, an associate of the Genovese crime family, was a man with a mission and a machine gun. As he drove down Scott Avenue in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was furious with PECO Corp., a window manufacturer. The company, which had ties to the Genovese family, had started to succumb to overtures by the smaller Lucchese clan. This was cutting Savino out of his kickbacks....

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