The Government called it the Boyle Crew but I think it is safe to say it was just a loose group of changing Organized Criminals that were mostly associates of the Gambino Family (but not always). The Government claimed in the indictment that the so called Boyle Crew led by Edmund "Eddie" Boyle stole 1,970,151 from banks by punching out the night deposit boxes. They made special tools so they could grab the bank bags of cash deposited by businesses over long weekends. They would search all over for banks in area's with a lot of business and that catered to them. This loose group of thieves was the only group taking down scores like this in country.
They also charged Eddie, Letterio DeCarlo and Tommy Dono with killing Frank Hydell for the Gambino Family. Frank Hydell was a nephew of Gambino Capo Danny Marino and he was also the brother of James Hydell who was kidnapped by the Mafia Cops Louis Eppolito and Stephan Carracapa. They delivered him to Lucchese underboss Gaspipe Casso so he could torture him and then kill him because he believed that James tried to kill him. Frank Hydell, whatever his reasons were, decided to cooperate with the Feds. He gave up 10 to 20 crimes committed by Mobsters. He also alerted the Feds about a burglary that was going down in New Jersey in 1998 where they were caught in the act. The Gambino Family gave the contract to Thomas "Huck" Carbonara who in turn enlisted Edmond Boyle, Letterio Decarlo, John Matera and Tommy Dono. On April 28 1998 John Matera, who was a close friend of Frank Hydell, lured him to Scarletts Strip Club. Outside the club, just after midnight a Lincoln Continental sat idling in the parking lot of Scarletts Strip Club on Staten Island. The men inside were watching the front door and a white 1998 Camry when they saw Frank Hydell exit the club at 12:15 am two of the men got out and started walking towards him. Frank had just opened his door when Eddie Boyle blasted him 3 times in the back. The Lincoln, driven by Huck Carbonara, pulled up and they made their getaway. The car would be found a few miles away still running with a .357 Pistol under the front seat. Tommy Dono would be proposed into the Gambino Family for his part in this murder in 2001.
Who is Eddie Boyle and how did this Irish criminal get so close to the Gambino family? Eddie was a great car thief and he was valued for it. That was his main part in the bank gang. He grew up in the neighborhood and his family was close to Hucks.
He has been in the news lately because he is trying to get a new trial by using the so called Withdrawal Defense. What this defense is basically is because he was charged with RICO all his crimes have to committed in a 10 year period as part of a conspiracy. The Gambino Family is just that conspiracy but Eddie is claiming that in 2003 he walked away from the family. He claims that he told Huck’s wife that he was done with the family and for her to tell Huck. There are a few things wrong with this defense. Why would he just tell Huck’s wife, when he could easily pass the message himself. This is the same defense that Junior Gotti used but Baby Gotti actually went in for a pro offer session with the prosecutors. He actually gave up guys like Danny Marino and Joe Watts. Eddie should have done that before he claimed the Withdrawal Defense. Things do not look good for Eddie because he was already doing 12 years when he went to trial for the murder of Frank Hydell. He was cleared of being the shooter but guilty of racketeering conspiracy. The judge ruled that the evidence showed that he was up to his ears with the Gambinos so she sentenced him to 20 years.