There have been few hits ordered or carried out by any of the five new york Families in the last few years. They had a moratorium on murder because of all the heat it causes.
Vinny Basciano as temporary boss of the Bonanno family ordered Randolph "Randy" Pizzolo murdered and it caused him all kinds of trouble. The Boss Joey Massino wore a wire on him and got him to admit his part in it.
Michael Meldish controlled a group of crazy thugs called the Purple Gang that were aligned with the Lucchese, Genovese and Bonanno families. They took their name from the Prohibition Era gang also known as the Purple Gang or the Sugar Gang that operated in the Detroit area. A lot of former members have been absorbed into some of the five families. They controlled a lot of the drug trade in Harlem and the Bronx during the 1970-80’s. Meldish was also believed to have carried out at least 10 hits during that time. Others talk about his involvement in many more murders.
It can be no surprise that Michael Meldish was murdered after getting out of prison and returning to his old ways. He was found shot to death in his car in November 2013 in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx. He was in the passenger seat after being executed by a passenger.
The list of people who wanted him dead is long because he pissed off many powerful people over the years. It is being said that the underboss of the Lucchese family Matty Madonna may get wrapped up in this murder. Michael Meldish was said to run errands for him, but they had a falling out. I hear Michael Meldish didn't care what anyone said and he wanted to do his own thing. It is all about cocaine and who controls Westchester and Bronx cocaine territory. It is being said that it was being mostly run by (westside) Genovese guys at this point.
What I have heard is that the Lucchese family got the Genovese family's okay to take out Michael Meldish. The only problem is the guy who is charged, Christopher Londonio, killed him only a block away from where some Genovese guys like Ralph Balsamo, Patty Falcetti and others hang their hats. The Genovese might have given their blessing, but no way did they want it around them. Sounds like Londonio might have some problems if he gets out of this situation.
Londonio is going to have to use all the good will he has with Matty Madonna if he is ever on the street again.
Londonio could always blame it on the guy who law enforcement claim pulled the trigger, Terrance Caldwell, an associate. Caldwell is also charged with shooting a Bonanno guy, Enzo “The Baker” Stagno, in the chest, but he lived.
These guys were active and brought in cash for the family. Look at the price drugs cost everyone. You deal with low lifes and loose cannons that go to guns and start slinging lead at the drop of a hat.
The future of the Mafia is with crimes like gambling, loan sharking and fraud.
Crimes that draw less attention. The headlines are not so big when it's just a gambling bust with no bodies.