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Carmine Galante
Carmine Galante
A street-hardened man nicknamed "Cigar" for his habit of always having one between his teeth, Carmine "Lilo" Galante began his life of crime began at a young age — he was involved in street gangs before he was a teenager. He was arrested for the first time at the age of 14 and sent to reform school, only to be arrested again for second-degree assault and robbery and sent to prison at the age of 16. Using his underworld prowess and business sense, Galante quickly moved up the ranks, becoming a Mafia associate during Prohibition. After a nine year stint in prison, Galante began carrying out contract killings for Genovese family boss Vito Genovese, and became involved in a large-scale narcotics smuggling ring headed by Genovese. His participation in the ring eventually cost Galante twelve years in federal prison amongst countless other mafiosi, where he enjoyed special privileges, such as being allowed to keep three cats. While incarcerated, Galante was diagnosed with psychopathic personality disorder. When Galante was released on parole, Bonnano boss Phillip "Rusty" Rastelli was sent to prison, so Galante became the family's acting boss. While in power, he ruthlessly ordered the deaths of many of his rivals, refusing to allow anyone to stand in the way of his money-making ventures. In 1979, Galante himself was murdered, along with his bodyguard and the owner of the restaurant where he was enjoying a lunch of Italian food. The shooting was a coup attempt ordered by Alphonse "Sonny Red" Indelicato, Galante's underboss.

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