“We’re back to the ’90s,” said Rich Frankel, a former FBI special agent in charge of the criminal division in New York and current ABC News contributor. “We haven’t had a hit like this in at least 30 years.
Robert Boyce, the former New York Police Department chief of detectives who is now an ABC News contributor, said that Cali was a protégé of John “Jackie the Nose” D’Amico — a former prominent figure in the Gambino family.
Cali was arrested and convicted at least once, which pales in comparison to other mob leaders. In 2008, Cali was sentenced to 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to extortion conspiracy, according to federal court records.
“This guy was really good. He kept a low profile,” Boyce said.
Brendan McDermid/ReutersNew York City Police officer is seen at the scene where reported New York Mafia Gambino family crime boss, Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, was killed outside his home in the Staten Island borough of New York, March 14, 2019.
The families are distinctly different with unique histories and members, but oftentimes they would dabble in similar criminal circuits which focus on: racketeering, drug trafficking, loan sharking, corruption, extortion and murder, among other things, according to the FBI.
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“Most of the heroin in this country comes from Mexico now — not from the mid-east, which the mob once controlled,” Boyce said.
Looking for clues in Cali’s shooting
Joe Cantamessa, a retired FBI special agent in charge from the New York division’s special operations, was involved with a key mob boss case: he was responsible for installing the microphone in the home of Paul Castellano, the Gambino family boss whose assassination was orchestrated by his successor, Gotti.
“If a senior guy gets hit and if it’s not a sanctioned hit, it’s bad news for somebody,” Cantamessa told ABC News.
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“You’ve got to get permission to take out a ‘made’ member, somebody who’s actually a member of a family,” he said, noting that Cali fit that bill. “If anybody within the family or in a rival family steps outside the bounds then there would be consequences.
It’s all about permissions: nobody does anything to a made member without permission.”
“That’s a great piece of evidence, because whoever made that [call or text], unless it was a spoof [where the number is distorted], that’s the person who drew him out,” said Frankel, who now works as a contributor for ABC News.
“Because of the way he was shot and who he is — he’s a high ranking member of the Gambino family, he was shot 10 times on the street — it wasn’t something that was hidden. Someone was definitely trying to say ‘Franky’s dead and he deserved to die.
While some of the optics of the latest hit seem to point to some obvious conclusions, there are still quite a few questions that investigators will have to tackle.
“Are they hitting him because he did something or are they hitting him to get rid of him? Did he go somewhere he shouldn’t have gone? Did he go outside his crew or his family and cause trouble with another family?” Frankel said.
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Past precedent seems to be an indicator for Boyce’s best guesses.
“Is he bringing outsiders into the organization? Is there resentment that comes up from that?” Boyce said.