Cali was not only shot several times, his killers even ran over him with their vehicle, according to the New York Post. The other families are the Lucchese, Bonanno, Colombo, and Genovese families. Gotti then took control of the family.
In 2008, Cali was arrested and charged with federal racketeering as part of Operation Old Bridge - a code name for the February 7 arrests in Italy and the USA that targeted the Gambino crime family. Capeci said the killing "doesn't have the feel" of a Mafia-sanctioned hit.
"It takes a certain type of evil to murder a friend in their own home, and then console the grieving relatives", said Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director in charge William Sweeney. "There are exceptions, but that's not the case with his guy".
Cali kept a much lower profile than Gotti and was killed in far less spectacular fashion than Castellano.
Gotti, with his expensive double-breasted suits and overcoats and silvery swept- back hair, became known as the Dapper Don, his smiling face all over the tabloids.
Gotti then ran the Gambino family until he was convicted in 1992 of racketeering and five counts of murder.
NY media reported that 53-year-old Cali was shot multiple times outside his vehicle on Staten Island on Wednesday evening, local time, by an unidentified man who then fled the scene in a blue auto. He died at the Duke University Medical Center last Thursday.
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Last October, Sylvester Zottola, 71, reportedly of the Bonanno crime family, was gunned down at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx. Rudy Giuliani, then USA attorney for the Southern District of NY and now President Donald Trump's personal attorney, was handling the prosecution.
Cali was shot outside his house in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island around 9:20 p.m.
Two months later, Weinstein sentenced Cali to 18 months in prison, plus three years' supervised release and fined him $30,000.
In that case, authorities intercepted conversations shedding light on his quiet underworld command.
The day after Castellano's December 1985 murder, The New York Times called the Mob boss' death "highly stylized", but Giuliani dismissed such morbid romanticism.
Cali was first reported to be in charge of the Gambino family in 2015.
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