Mak­ing His Bones

Carmine Per­sico cut his mafia teeth in stun­ning fash­ion and par­tic­i­pated in one of the most in­fa­mous hits ever: the as­sas­si­na­tion of Mur­der Inc.’ s hon­cho, Al­bert Anas­ta­sia

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Per­sico’s most defin­ing mob mo­ment sur­rounds the brazen as­sas­si­na­tion of Al­bert Anas­ta­sia in 1957. Al­legedly, Per­sico and co­hort Larry Gallo took credit for the shoot­ing. Some ac­counts state that Per­sico “made his bones” that day and he be­came a ‘ made man’ be­cause of it at 24 – the youngest in fam­ily his­tory.

Per­sico, Joe Gallo, Larry Gallo and Joe Jelly al­legedly got the or­ders to go kill Anas­ta­sia. Jelly, the Gallo Broth­ers and Per­sico went and killed him. Two gun­men went in; Joe Jelly and Joe Gallo. “That’s who al­legedly did the ac­tual shoot­ing. Larry and Per­sico were back- up,” Frank Dimatteo said. But the hit made Per­sico’s ca­reer and marked him as an up- and- com­ing gang­ster in New York City while still a young man.

“It wouldn’t be Carmine Per­sico if he didn’t make his bones in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion,” Michael Ben­son said. “Young Carmine ful­filled the last of his re­quire­ments for get­ting his but­ton when he be­came one of the bar­ber­shop quar­tet.” Bump­ing off Al­bert Anas­ta­sia, while the leader of Mur­der Inc. was been shaved, changed the course of mob his­tory.

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