Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso
Brooklyn native Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso prided himself on having corrupt cops "in his pocket" and committing murders for him, namely Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, who were later convicted of racketeering, extortion and murder after a high-profile trial. While hunted by authorities and serving as acting boss of the Lucchese family, a position that the responsibility-shirking Casso never wanted, he went into hiding in New Jersey, and ran the family from afar. Like all mobsters, Casso publicly proclaimed his hatred of informants, or "stool pigeons," but later turned informant himself when prosecutor Charles Rose offered him a deal for his testimony. The deal did not go through, and Casso remains in prison, his mafia reputation marred by his turncoat tactics.
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