Organized Crime: Bloody Message

Bloody Message

The infamous Mafia code of omerta, or silence, has been taking a beating lately. Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano, a witness against Gambino crime boss John Gotti in a New York City courtroom, is only the latest mobster to testify on the misdeeds of his cronies in exchange for lenient treatment. Last week Mafia gunmen appeared to send a brutal message to all would-be squealers by shooting and gravely wounding the sister of federal informer Peter (Fat Pete) Chiodo.

Patricia Capozzalo, a 38-year-old mother of three, was shot in the back and neck by masked men in front of her Brooklyn...

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