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Furious with this betrayal, Gagliano and Tommy Lucchese secretly defected to Maranzano.In September 1930, Lucchese lured Pinzolo to a Manhattan office building, where Pinzolo was murdered.
The family under Gagliano was peaceful and low key, concentrating their criminal activities in the Bronx, Manhattan and New Jersey.During the early 1920s, Reina became a powerful prohibition era boss and aligned himself with Joseph Masseria, the most powerful Italian-American crime boss in New York.Masseria soon became involved in the Castellammarese War, a vicious gang war with a rival Sicilian boss Salvatore Maranzano.Amuso later promoted one of his longtime partners, Anthony Casso to underboss.They instituted one of the bloodiest reigns in Mafia history, ordering virtually anyone who crossed them to be murdered.The early history of the Lucchese crime family can be traced to members of the Morello gang based in East Harlem and the Bronx.
Gaetano "Tommy" Reina would leave the Morellos around the time of World War I and created his own family based in East Harlem and the Bronx.
Racketeering, robbery, gambling, contract killing, drug trafficking, aircraft hijacking, smuggling, bribery, loan sharking, bookmaking, fraud, assault, fencing, money laundering, labor racketeering, extortion, murder, arms trafficking, and theft) is one of the "Five Families" that dominate organized crime activities in New York City, United States, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra).
The family originated in the early 1920s with Gaetano Reina serving as boss up until his murder in 1930.
It is estimated that Casso himself has murdered between 30-40 people and has ordered over 100 murders during his reign, he was sentenced to 455 years in prison.
Casso also had authority over NYPD detectives Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, both carried out at least 8 murders for him.
The highest-profile of these was acting boss Alphonse D'Arco, who became the first boss of a New York crime family to testify against the mob.