underboss Willie Moretti was becoming too chatty - it was believed that his mental state was deteriorating due to syphilis. While other mobsters who were called to testify at the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Organized Crime in 1950 remained staunchly silent, Moretti joked around and told stories. Fearing Moretti, a personable fellow who was buddies with Frank Sinatra
, would say something he shouldn't, boss Vito Genovese ordered to have him killed. On October 4, 1951, Moretti was shot in the face and head while having lunch at Joe's Elbow Room in Cliffside Park, NJ.