Joey D’Angelo Jr. grew up in the world of the Gambino Family. He was the son of Joseph “Stymie” D’Angelo, the best friend of former Gambino Family Underboss Sammy the Bull.
He started driving Sammy around after his father was killed in a Brooklyn bar. He became close to Sammy and even after Sammy started cooperating with the Government he remained a loyal Gambino Associate. He was in Lou Vallario’s crew as an associate when he was sent for by John Gotti Jr. Mikey Scars, a Gambino Capo, found him and brought him to a diner in Queens where he was paired with Mikey Yannotti to abduct and beat Curtis Sliwa, the outspoken radio host and founder of the Guardian Angels. Joey was the driver of the stolen taxi cab that was waiting for Curtis to exit his apartment. He picked up Curtis and as soon as he was in the backseat Joey locked the doors. Then without warning an overzealous Mikey Y popped up from the front seat and ended up shooting Curtis instead of beating him. Curtis was able to jump out of the moving cab despite being wounded. The blunder must not have mattered much to John Gotti Jr. because in 1994 Joey D’Angelo became a made member of the Gambino Family. He had taken part in a successful hit in Brooklyn in August of 1990 on a Gambino Associate named Edward “The Chink” Garofalo. Joey had been one of the shooters on this hit. The Chink was suspected of being an informant for the FBI but it is more likely Sammy just wanted his business. The Chink is the father of Eddie Garofalo, the Colombo Associate that has his wife Alicia on the show Mob Wives. The Chink was also the brother of Manny Garofalo a guy who was taken down on Mafia take down day but got no time.
Joey had come to learn the construction business but he had never actually worked a day in life. He had a series of no show jobs or job on construction sites where he sat around and read magazines. He was later in Mikey Scars crew, who sat on the Gambino family Construction panel. The so called construction panel was made up a few Gambino members who knew the business and knew how to make money from it. They decided who got what jobs and how much the companies had to pay. They would also deal with the other crime families and their Unions. This panel would bring in millions of dollars for the Gambinos. Joey was busy picking up payments, kickbacks, making threats, extorting and if necessary committing assaults if the Gambino family needed it to keep the construction money flowing.
I found out some new information when I was going through some of Joey’s files (court and FBI records). Joey agreed to participate in a murder in the late 1980s for John Gotti Sr. The target was a Colombo Family Capo named Greg Scarpa. Greg Scarpa, who was also known as “The Grim Reaper” was a tough earner who was very loyal to Carmine “The Snake” Persico. Greg Scarpa had also been a long time FBI informant who used his government contacts to expand his power base. Scarpa was no ordinary informant, it has long been rumored that in 1964 when three civil rights workers disappeared and were murdered that the FBI put Scarpa on plane and he forced the burial information from one of the Ku Klux Klan members. John Gotti Sr. wanted Greg Scarpa killed because he said he was a rat, which I find funny because look at what his own Underboss would do. Fast forward and look what his own son John Jr. would do. Maybe Gotti Sr. just wanted to get rid of Greg so he could control the Colombo Family. Joey did sit on Greg Scarpa a few times but Gotti Sr. called off the hit. Gotti Sr. told Gravano to let the Colombo Family handle their own business.
Joey would end up flipping in 2004 and he would help the FBI make cases on over 40 Gambino family members and associates.