Gallo was born in New York City , where his father was a bootlegger during Prohibition. In his youth, Gallo was diagnosed with schizophrenia after an arrest. Gallo soon became an enforcer in the Profaci crime family , later forming his own crew that also included his brothers Larry and Albert. In , Joe Profaci allegedly asked Gallo and his crew to murder Albert Anastasia , the boss of the Gambino crime family ; Anastasia was murdered on October 25, at a barber shop in midtown Manhattan. In , the Gallos kidnapped four of Profaci's top men: underboss Joseph Magliocco , Frank Profaci Joe Profaci's brother , caporegime Salvatore Musacchia and soldier John Scimone, demanding a more favorable financial scheme for the hostages' release. After a few weeks of negotiation, Profaci and his consigliere, Charles "the Sidge" LoCicero, made a deal with the Gallos and secured the peaceful release of the hostages. This incited the First Colombo War. In November , Gallo was convicted of conspiracy and extortion for attempting to extort money from a businessman, and on December 21, , Gallo was sentenced to seven to 14 years in prison.
A Bloody Birthday
Joe Gallo was known as "Crazy Joe" for a reason.
As they ate, a group of men rushed into the room, guns in hand. The men began to fire as Gallo stood up and pulled out his own gun to fire back. Gallo knocked over a table to provide some cover from the bullets flying through the air and began moving towards the door, likely hoping to draw the fire away from his family. The bullets hit him, but he managed to struggle into the street where he finally collapsed. As the gunmen fled, the police raced to the scene and found the mortally wounded Gallo. Gallo was a mobster in the Profaci crime family in New York City. Born in Brooklyn to a father who had been a bootlegger during Prohibition, Gallo quickly followed him into a life of crime.
The Irishman is full of ripped-from-the-headlines true crime tales, including one of most well-known suspected crimes of the 20th century: the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. Gallo was born in Brooklyn, and reportedly began his mafia career working for the Profaci crime family. You do that, you die. This seems to be a true story—in , Gallo and his crew reportedly kidnapped and ransomed leaders of the Profaci crime organization, including the group's underboss. Later, he was convicted on extortion charges, and would spend eight years in prison.
Joseph Gallo, the Mafia figure known as Crazy Joe, was assassinated early yesterday as he celebrated his 43d birthday in a restaurant on Mulberry Street one block east of Police Headquarters. The killer fled by car. But Gallo's sister, Mrs. He added, that he had learned yesterday that Gallo planned to reactivivate a civil rights group called Americans of Italian Descent. The head of the group, former Representative Alfred Santangelo, said Gallo had met with him and volunteered his services. Colombo Sr. But Chief Seedman, speaking to reporters outside the bulletpocked restaurant, said the killing might also have stemmed from rivalry within the Gallo family, which has long been powerful in Brooklyn. Chief Seedman said the police planned to arrest the bodyguard, Pete Diapoulas, 42, for illegal possession of a. No other arrests were made yesterday. He was under police guard.