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By Jonathan Dinst and Corky Simashko
When it came out that Gambino Gangster was shot dead outside of New York City, Mayor Bill de Blazio responded with amazement.
"We thought that these days were over," he said, when the police began investigating Francesco's "Frankie Boy" fatal shootings at Calais. "I think old habits are dying."
But the longtime observers of the crowd claim that the mafia has not gone ̵
"The crowd is alive and healthy," William Gale, FBI Deputy Commander, who heads the Operational Group on Organized Crime in New York, told NBC News New York. "They still carry the same grain and oil earnings they always have, for example, illegal gambling, which turns into lending, which turns into extortion."
Now the difference, says Gale, is that mobile families like Gambinos are no longer headed by headlines like John Getty, known as "DEEP Don", whose public figure attracted the attention of law enforcement agencies.
In addition, the crowd does not rub people, as before, Gail.
"We have not seen such a level of violence after a while, because violence is attracting attention," Gail said. "I think they learned that attention is not good for business."
In fact, Gale said, the fatal shooting of Kali on Wednesday is the first murder of a senior bandit since 1985.
This does not mean that bandits have turned a new sheet.
Only this month, the alleged partner of the seven Gambino offender at his Anthony Pandrell was charged with a deadly shot of an older Brooklyn man in his head, and then his robbery. US Department of Justice.
Also this month, the criminal "Napoleon" teenager Andrade, who was recently released from the federal prison, was shot and killed near the house halfway in Rhode Island . Among other things, Andrade managed to rob a 78-year-old employee of the criminal seven Gambino
Kali, 53, was the head of the criminal seven Gambino, according to two sources of NBC News. Kali's suspect could be interrupted by his death by a shooter who deliberately slammed into a pickup truck Cadillac.
A video observation shows that Cali comes out of his home in the Staten Island area and handshakes a pickup truck driver. The source, familiar with the investigation, told NBC News. Then the license plate on the truck falls, but the driver can be seen picking it up and tossing in the back. Then he unexpectedly pulled out a gun and began to shoot.
Kali hit six of the 12 shots, head of the New York Detective Dermot Shey
. . But he said that the past of the Kali family in the role of Gambino – "focal point of the investigation".
Translation: Cali may be the result of a crowd dispute.
Mafia in New York is still prevalent. The seven are Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Lukshez. And their tentacles extend far beyond the city.
"All of the families continue to operate in a hierarchical structure," Gail said. "We see their influence not only in New York but also at the national and international levels."
However, families are not as powerful as they used to be
Their leadership was damaged by a wave of convictions. and disruptions in the 1980s and 1990s, and they were faced with increased competition from competing Albanian and Russian criminal organizations and Latin American drug cartels.
"They are around, but they are the shadow of their old," said Ronald Goldstock, who headed the state of organized crime in New York for 13 years, and subsequently headed the New York Harbor Promenade Commission. "People still kill people, but from the point of view of the industry they controlled, the unions they controlled were infinitely less." Bridge "on February 7, 2008. File Polizia Italiana / AFP – Getty Images
Although reports have been reported that Gambinos importing mice from Sicily, since recruits raised by Americans do not cope with work, Gail said that the structures of these criminal organizations remain intact, and they have many electoral gangsters to choose from.
"We see young people entering the ranks of the mafia," said Gail. "When someone condemns, there is always someone ready to take their place. There is a young generation who seeks to fill these places. "
But they are not just a creme of criminal crops, says David Shapiro, a former FBI agent who is currently teaching at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
"People do not go to the crowd because they are Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein of a criminal class," Shapiro said.
However, Shapiro said that it is not surprising that Kali can seek recruits to the old country, because omertà – the legendary code of silence of the mafia – is not what it was before
"Loyalty is fine," he said. – Do you know the economy of the concert? And now we have a concert mafia. "
" There has always been an assumption that the mobile team has command and control, like our American corporations, "he added. "But I do not think it's more about it." Today, business units are more fluid. The cells are smaller. There is less loyalty to the boss and the manager who used to be.