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
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.