Teddy Persico Sr and the Colombo War.
Teddy Sr is the brother of imprisoned-for-life Boss Carmine "Gimpy" Persico. They had another brother Big Allie Boy "Alphonse" Persico who died in the 1980's. After Carmine and his son Little Allie went away in the 1980's, Teddy Sr worked with a panel to run the family. Little Vic Orena was made acting Boss of the Colombo Family. Little Vic was good for the family. He knew that in the future the Family would have to adapt and work on new things. He inducted new blood into the family.
One ceremony took place in a nondescript house in Queens. Three men were to be "Badged" that day. Little Vic, his sons, Joe Scopo and others would preside over the induction. The men had been told to be dressed nice and they were picked up around Brooklyn and driven to the location. Joe Baudanza was badged that day with a young guy (future informant) and an old guy nobody ever saw again. They were brought downstairs and they each took the oath. I was told recently by the future informant that the “ceremony” was a big let down and afterwards he felt stupid because he had been so eager to be in the family.
Little Vic and Billy Cutolo Sr got along very well with the other families and when they went to Commission Meetings they always had John Gotti's patronage. Little Vic and Billy Sr could speak to the families, they were good with the rules and they knew the intricate Union business so the Colombo's would get their fair share from the other families.
Teddy Sr had other ideas about who should be the acting boss of the family. He began promoting Consigliere Vincent "Jimmy" Angilino for the top spot. Little Vic discussed it with the other families and they wanted things to stay as they had been. So Carmine Sessa took out Jimmy Angilino and took over his spot in the family. Teddy Sr started telling family members that Little Vic was trying to take over the family. Little Vic and Billy Sr again went to the Commission and they were told to poll the Capo's and see who they wanted as Boss. Some of them came in when they were sent for, and others did not. Carmine Sessa, being the backstabber that he was, went to the Persico faction and gave up Little Vic. Carmine Sessa gathered a crew to blast Little Vic but Little Vic caught the move when he was coming home and he drove away. The Little Vic faction then went back to the Commission and they were urged to settle it without bloodshed. They suggested that they take out Capo Greg Scarpa because it had been ordered and he was long suspected of being an informant. They could get rid of a problem and also see how the Persico's reacted to the hit.
They had a van and when they saw Greg Scarpa he was with his daughter and the baby but they decided to hit him anyway. Frankie Notch was so eager to get Greg that he fired his pistol getting out of the van. The noise scared Greg, who got away. They had blown the Scarpa hit, so Little Vic, Billy Sr and Joe Scopo went to see John Gotti who backed them behind the scenes.
The Soldiers in Brooklyn went to ground hiding out and business stopped. The soldiers under Little Vic were given 200 dollars a week. The war was really 13the Ave against 11the Ave but it would prove costly. The street war resulted in 68 indictments, 58 convictions and ten guys flipping. What a waste.
This is where Teddy Persico Jr came from and soon Teddy Persico Sr will be a free man. Where will the Colombo Family go from here?