John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

Connecticut Organized Crime: The short and sad life of Norman Bacchiocchi

In the 1972 blockbuster movie, The Godfather, Luca Brasi, a fictional character who is the main enforcer for the equally fictional Corleone Crime Family meets Bruno Tattaglia and Virgil Sollozzo, enemies to the Corleone Family, at a nightclub owned by Tattaglia. (The scene was actually filmed at the bar of the Hotel Edison on West 46th Street between 7th and 8th. The hallway and bar today, look exactly the way they appear in the film) 

In the scene, as Brasi speaks to Tattaglia and Sollozzo, another hood quietly comes up behind him Brasi and garrotes him to death with a piano wire.
 The actor who played the strangler was Norman Bacchiocchi, AKA Norman Beck, who hailed from Derby but right after the film was living between Las Vegas and his father’s house in the Valley as he tried to build a business running junkets from Connecticut Las Vegas. The Godfather was his only screen appearance and his only screen credit.
According to the police, at some point, Bacchiocchi fell in with members of the Gambino Crime family and became a gambler and suspected drug dealer who was into loan sharks over his gambling losses.  However, his father said none of that was true. His son was a law-abiding hairdresser who was training to become tour operator.
Norman Louis Bacchiocchi was born in Bridgeport on June 18, 1942, to Louis Bacchiocchi and Dorothy Vitello. The family moved to Derby where Norman was an outstanding athlete.
Besides an outstanding record in football, he was also considered “A virtual one-man track team” for Derby High. In the 1960 Housatonic League Track Meet, he was the top competitor in the meet while winning the high jump and javelin events, finishing second in the 220-yard dash and broad jump, third in the discus. He was also a member of Derby's winning relay team, as well as a member of the chorus and glee clubs.

Derby’s track coach at the time, and future Superintendent of Schools, Angelo Direnzo said that Bacchiocchi “…...was brilliant in track... and most of the top track colleges in the country were interested in him. He was an easy boy to coach and never gave me any trouble."
Like so many other lively teens, he had a series of driving offenses, all of which seemed to involve running red lights but otherwise was a well-known and well-liked kid.
Then, in June of 1960, for some unknown reason, he crossed the line. Bacchiocchi and Anthony Meneo, 19, of 14 Star Street, Ansonia and Vincent Thomas Velleco, Jr., 21, of 92 Cheever street, Ansonia, committed a violent assault and robbery.
Police reported that the young men accosted Ditore around 4 a.m. as he about to enter his home. They pulled a gun on him and forced him back into the car and had him drive to Torrington-Thomaston road, where he was hit over headthe  with a pistol and robbed of $60 and his wristwatch. The boys then leaped into a follow-up car and sped off towards Waterbury.
They were suspected, but not charged, with another similar robbery in New Haven the two days before, but the victim refused to cooperate with the police. In that case, Velleco and Meneo posed as hitchhikers and were picked up by a Wallingford man in New Haven. He was forced to drive at gunpoint to East Rock park in New Haven, where he was robbed of his wallet and a watch. Police said Bacchiocchi had been following them and picked them up a half a mile down the road.
Ditore, the victim in the second robbery, phoned the Torrington police and gave them the robber's license plate number. The Torrington police put out a statewide alarm for the car with its description.
About a half hour after the robbery, a Waterbury patrolman noticed the car driving erratically at a high speed and gave chase but lost them as they entered Naugatuck. He phoned into the Bethany State Troopers who were already looking for the car after and had managed to trace the plates to Bacchiocchi. They arrested him when he arrived home.
Bacchiocchi was sent to Cheshire Reformatory for his role in the robbery but only served a short time there. In 1961, he attended the University of Bridgeport where he was a member of the cappella choir but gave it up to move to California. After his appearance in the Godfather in New York, Bacchiocchi temporarily moved back to the valley and lived with his father in Shelton.
 In about the early Spring of 1979, Bacchiocchi got into a dispute over money with Mark Iuteri, described then as a low-level mob associate. In 1971 Iuteri severely beat a Fairfield man named Frank Satmary Jr with a blackjack. Iuteri was hired to do the beating by the father of one of Satmary's girlfriends, as retribution for an assault on his daughter. Iuteri was arrested in the case, but charges were dismissed.


In 1974, Iuteri operated a chemical company, Ako, and as part of that operation, was indicted for "holding a female against her will and forcing her to engage in sexual activities with certain customers of Alco." He was also charged with fraud, bribery of government purchasing agents, battery and threats of injury and death.
The FBI said that Iuteri offered protection for drug distribution, dealt drugs, shylocked and offered out murder-for-hire services, stating that "has successfully evaded prosecution in the past as a result of actual and implied . . . threats of death and serious bodily injury to those who would testify or provide information to law enforcement agencies,"
In 1977, Iuteri was behind a $10 million advance fee loan swindle in Hawaii. He was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison but somehow managed to walk out of jail after serving less than two years on the authority of the US Parole Commission.
Things went from bad to worse between Bacchiocchi and Iuteri and eventually became serious enough that New Haven mobster Salvatore Annunziato, the resident Capo for the Gambino Crime Family and Ralph “Whitey” Tropiano, New Haven Capo for the Genovese Crime Family called a “sit-down”, a meeting, over the incident.
It isn’t clear what happened at the meeting, but the bosses evidently sided with Iuteri because Bacchiocchi was murdered a few days later. Tropiano and Annunziato would have to have signed off on the murder. Another report says that after the first meeting with Tropiano and Annunziato, Iuteri and Bacchiocchi met with "a short balding guy" later identified as Tommy Gambino, son of Carlo Gambino and boss of the mob crew that ran the New Haven area for the Gambino operations there. Gambino also failed to end the hostilities. Police say that it was Gambino who authorized the Bacchiocchi murder.

On the night of May 25th, 1978, Bacchiocchi rented a car and drove to a secluded cabin near the entrance to West Rock Park in Hamden to attend a friend’s birthday party. The property belonged to Robert Racclo’s father. Once there, Iuteri and Anthony Puccino shot him to death. Raccio, a known drug dealer who had spent time in an insane asylum, hated Bacchiocchi and had been beaten by Bacchiocchi in the weeks past.
Bobby Raccio told his girlfriend that Bacchiocchi was killed because he “had a big mouth and owed a gambling debt he wouldn't pay off" and that after Iuteri shot Bacchiocchi several times he handed the gun to Raccio, so he could shoot him. But Raccio said he told Iuteri "Mark, I can't do it…...then Mark gave it to Tony (Anthony Puccino) and said, 'You do it."' Raccio said Puccino fired a single shot into Bacchiocchi already dead body. Raccio turned states witness after his girlfriend told him that she was a police informant and had tapped all of their conversations about the Bacchiocchi murder.
On the witness stand, Iuteri said that he lied to police in his confession about shooting and killing Bacchiocchi in order to cover for a man named Raccio. Iuteri said he left a nightclub in the early morning hours on the day Bacchiocchi was killed. He said that he, Raccio, Puccino, Bacchiocchi drove in separate cars to the New Raccio's father’s house where the killing took place and as he pulled into the driveway he heard screaming inside the house. Two men ran past him as he got out of his car and started walking up the driveway. He said he heard more screaming inside the house, then six gunshots.  "Bobby (Raccio) had a gun in his hand, an automatic. He was ranting and raving. Everybody hated him. (Bacchiocchi) He deserved it."
To back up his testimony, a dubious fellow named Richard Magnotti, of Hamden, said that he and Bacchiocchi had gone to a bar in New Haven just days before Bacchiocchi was killed, where they were confronted by Raccio. Magnotti said that when he and Bacchiocchi tried to leave Raccio tried to stop them and Bacchiocchi "threw (Raccio) out into the middle of the street."
Magnotti was an interesting fellow who had a habit of declaring mentally incompetency whenever he was arrested. A bank robber by trade, he was a one-time crime partner of Eugene Onofrio, AKA the Bull. A Genovese family hood best-known in Connecticut for the murder of Jimmy Cotter, a known associate of organized crime in New Haven.
Cotter was found barely clinging to life, shot multiple times, run over by a car and lying unconscious on a Milford, road in the early morning hours of June 28,1972. The first officer on the scene was Nick Pastore, who later became New Haven Police Chief.
Cotter was driving along East Town road near the Connecticut Post shopping center when three cars, one driven by Bobby “Suedes” Celentano, “Skippy” Don Perrotti and Eugene Onofrio, AKA Rooster, boxed him in. He said Perrotti and Onofrio leaped out of their car and fired on him as he tried run. He said ONofrio shoot him three times, Perrotti shot him twice and Celentano, ran over his leg as he lay in the road. The leg was later amputated at Milford hospital. 

He died six days later, catching an infection during surgery to remove the bullets from his body. He was only 35 years old when they killed him. He’s buried at Saint John the Baptist Greek Catholic Cemetery in Stratford.

Eugene Onofrio 

Eventually, after two trials, Eugene Onofrio was found guilty of manslaughter, but it was over turned on appeal. Bobby Suedes Celentano and Skippy Perrotti, were both acquitted.
Skippy Perrotti and his wife Rosemary owned the La Contessa restaurant in Orange, he eventually was made a member of the Gambino operation in Connecticut according to the state police.
Eugene Onofrio would eventually become a Capo in the Genovese crime family in Connecticut and would oversee the Genovese Family affairs in Manhattan’s Little Italy and Western Massachusetts for the Family’s longtime satellite wing in Springfield. He ran everything from his East Haven home. He was arrested in 2016, at age 74, for extortion and loan sharking. The feds caught Onofrio and Philadelphia boss Skinny Joe Merlino on tape in hundreds of conversations including one where Merlino said Onofrio “It’s simple. You’re my friend. You trust me. I tell you ‘Listen drive me home right now’ Get you in the car, I shoot you in fuck’n head and its over” Onofrio’s previous arrests included non-support in 1960, breach of the peace 1967 and gambling in 1973.
But back in March of 1970, O’Nofrio and Richard Magnotti were arrested in March 1970 for the robbery of the Second National Bank of New Haven branch in Hamden. His later conviction would include narcotic trafficking. Magnotti went on to rob another bank that same year, the People’s Savings Bank in Orange. He got away with $10,000 in cash but only got as far as the bank’s parking lot where police were waiting for him because a teller had managed to trip the alarm. Apparently, he had planned to hoof it on foot because his car had been stolen at gun point earlier in the day. In 1985, Magnotti was convicted of stabbing his father to death.
In the Bacchiocchi murder, remarkably, almost unbelievably, Iuteri and Puccino were released when the case ended in a mistrial in 1980.  In 1984, rather than stand trial again, Iuteri agreed to pled to a much-reduced charge of conspiracy to commit murder.
Iuteri boss on the Hawaiian swindle was said to be Charlie DeMartin described by police as a man "considered a major organized crime figure in City of New Haven, the New area, considered by the Bureau to be associate member of the Colombo (La Cosa Nostra) family in New York”
In the late 1970s, DeMartin ran a large policy racket in New Haven before he inadvertently brought an undercover FBI agent in the operation.  On July 21, 1979, DeMartin and Frank Altrui were arrested in New Haven on charges stemming from an incident involving the attempted shooting of Michael Solevo.
On July 21, 1979, Solevo was working at his family's restaurant, "Antonio's," on Main Street in East Haven. The Solevo family was "on its toes" while at work as a result of pressures on Solevo's father for money. Two weeks before, the front window of the Solevo home had been shot out.
At approximately 8:15 p. m., Solevo saw a black Cadillac Eldorado pull up and double-park in front of the restaurant. Inside the car were DeMartin and Altrui whom Solevo had known for ten years. Next, he saw what he assumed was a cane
 Solevo also saw what he thought might be a cane but was actually a shotgun. The shooting started. A series of bullets missed Solevo but hit two teens who were walking some distance from the restaurant. At approximately 8:30 p. m., New Haven police found DeMartin and Altrui at GG's Lounge in the Fair Haven section of New Haven, about three miles from Antonio's restaurant, and arrested them both. A 12-gauge shotgun and a .38 caliber nickel-plated revolver were on the front seat of Altrui’s car. A spent 12-gauge shotgun shell was discovered, as well as a live .38 caliber round.

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Bird seed eating Lab

Labs will eat until they explode.

Because it has snowed so much, so fast, I tossed out some bird seed and bread out the window to the birds who have just started gathering back in my yard where we keep 12 feeders. 

Eli was watching me and when I let him on out into the yard he ran over to the bird seed and bread until I chased him away, three hours later, I let him out again and....bam...straight to the bird feeders. I called him from the upstairs window and you could almost hear him say "damn it. Foiled again" 

I like the snow, but my dog LOVES the snow

I don't hold to any conspiracy theories in this case,

I don't hold to any conspiracy theories in this case, but the CIA should not be allowed to withhold this information. My guess, they are withholding the information because it will show that they screwed up again.

FK files: 15-year lawsuit over mysterious CIA agent drags as final files await release WASHINGTON — For 15 years, journalist, author and assassination expert Jefferson Morley has fought to compel the CIA to produce records about longtime spy George Joannides, who worked with a group associated with President John F. Kennedy's acknowledged assassin and then aided the committee that tried to investigate that killing. Morley returned to federal court again Monday, this time before a three-judge appeals court panel to get the government to pay legal fees that have climbed to more than $500,000, said Morley's attorney, James Lesar. Circumstances around Kennedy's murder and the various theories over the decades that reject the idea that the lone assassin was Oswald — who himself was murdered during a jail transfer two days after Kennedy was killed — can get pretty complicated. Morley, however, says his case is simple: The government needs to inform the public of its activities. Morley wants the appeals court in Washington to force the government to pay his legal fees and to get the CIA to reveal some of Joannides' records. "We're talking about very specific things. We are not talking about a Chinese box," he said in response to a question mentioning the term. Bill Miller, public information officer of the Washington U.S. Attorney's office, said the office had no comment on the case beyond its court motions and filings. As more and more government files have been released under the JFK Records Act since October, various long-held CIA secrets have been revealed, many of them not related to the assassination, at least directly. But even with the court case and the Records Act — with its final production due in April — files on Joannides remain scarce. In 1963, the year Kennedy was murdered, Joannides was the CIA case officer over students from Cuba eager to oust dictator Fidel Castro, who had seized power in 1959. In 1978, Joannides was named by the CIA as its contact with the House Select Committee on Assassinations. The committee wanted to know more about the student group, which was called the DRE and code-named AMSPELL. It was part of the CIA efforts to undermine Castro. Another CIA operation on a separate track even aimed to assassinate Castro, using the Mafia and assets within Cuba. Oswald had a bizarre interaction with a DRE member in New Orleans the summer leading up to Kennedy's Nov. 22 murder, in Dallas — to which Oswald moved from New Orleans. And just after the assassination, the DRE publicized that encounter with Oswald, and Oswald's avowed support of Castro. Committee staffers wanted to know more about Oswald and the DRE, but they were stymied by Joannides and the CIA, who did not tell the committee that the agent handled the DRE in 1963 was ... Joannides himself. CIA trying to chill inquiry, lawyer saysLesar, president of the Assassination Archives and Research Center, said the CIA is trying to chill further efforts to open more records by making the plaintiffs pay for the litigation even when there's a public benefit. So far, however, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon has disagreed, ruling there is no public benefit in records relating to Joannides, who died in 1990. Other appeals court proceedings have sent the issue back to Leon to address finer legal points. Monday's appeals court appearance is the fifth time Morley's case has been presented, Lesar said. A ruling from the panel of three circuit judges — Karen Henderson, Brett Kavanaugh and Gergory Kalsas — could come anywhere from a month to one and a half years, Lesar said. Most of the fees come from the years-long fight over who should pay, Lesar said. Morley's lawsuit began nearly 15 years ago, after the CIA refused to produce any records it had on Joannides that the National Archives didn't already have. Five years after that 2003 filing, Morley prevailed. The CIA produced records showing among other things that Joannides had a residence available to him in New Orleans possibly around the time Oswald had a very public altercation there with a member of the student group. The records also revealed that a then-retired Joannides got a "Career Intelligence Medal" in 1981. Morley said Monday that its reference to his work at headquarters is a pat on the back for stonewalling the House committee. Oswald's 1963 interaction with the DRE in New Orleans is one in a series of bizarre episodes in the life of the Marine who had earlier defected to the Soviet Union only to return two and half years later. On Aug. 5, 1963, Oswald approached a DRE member and offered his services to the militant anti-Castroites. Yet four days later the member, Carlos Bringuier, saw Oswald on a street handing out leaflets for a pro-Castro group. Called the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, the group's New Orleans chapter in reality wasn't a bona fide group at all, having only one member — Oswald. A fight ensued, and both were arrested. The two subsequently appeared on a radio debate over Cuba on a New Orleans radio station.

The Squillante's of Connecticut

The only people who didn’t think Albert Anastasia, AKA the Mad Hatter, was a very dangerous and unpredictable psychopath were the people who never heard of him. 

On the cold morning of October 25, 1957, Anastasia, the founder and iron-fisted ruler of what would become the Gambino Crime Family, was having a shave in a barber’s chair at the Park Sheraton Hotel on 56th and 7th Avenue. Either by plan or chance, his bodyguard and driver had left Anastasia alone while he parked the car in the Hotel’s underground garage. 
Anthony Coppolla, Anastasia's bodyguard and longtime friend who strangely wasn't where he was supposed to be when Anastasia was killed

Suddenly two men, their faces covered in winter scarfs, walked briskly, not running, enter the shop and fired ten bullets into Anastasia’s 55-year-old body. 

Allegedly, Anastasia leaped from the chair and lunged at the gunmen before falling dead to the floor. According to the barbers, Anastasia, confused and probably already hit several times, had actually dived at the shooters reflection in the mirror.

No one is really sure who the killers were. Most insiders believe it was the Gallo Brothers, other guess it was out of town killers brought in from the Raymond Patriarca Family in Providence.
 Top and bottom: The Gallo gang AKA the gang that Couldn't Shoot straight

 Seemingly everyone in the underworld had a reason to want Anastasia dead.  
One of the few people who didn’t want Anastasia dead was the man who was said to have come into the shop with Anastasia and was reportedly sitting next to him in the adjoining chair, Vincent James Squillante AKA Jimmy Jerome. (Below, in 1957)

Vincent Squillante and his brother Nunzio (1923-1990) were soldiers in Anastasia Family and briefly in its forerunner, The Gambino Crime Family. Both men were allegedly godsons of Albert Anastasia. The Squillante’s had been made onto Frank Scalise crew in the Bronx/East Harlem but James Squillante was allowed to create his own crew in the early 1950s.
Vincent Squillante

Squillante, who had deep investments in the heroin trade, was born in New York in 1919 as one of 9 children and started in crime as a soldier in the newly formed Mangano family in Brooklyn. The Underboss in the family was Albert Anastasia. Mangano was the last of old-time bosses and Anastasia, ambitious and greedy wanted him grown. In 1951, Anastasia learned that Mangano and his brother were planning his execution. Anastasia acted first. Philip Mangano was found murdered near Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn on April 19, 1951. Vincent disappeared the same day. His body was never found.

Vincent Mangano
Phillip Mangano

One of Anastasia first acts as boss was to elevate Vincent Squillante to the rank of capo\ and Squillante deserved it, he was a big money earner for the family. He brought in millions of dollars from garbage extortion rackets by “persuading” Long Island businesses to agree to have their garbage collected by companies owned by him and his brother Nunzio. Those who refused were harassed and threatened them or had the teamster turned loose on them.
When Anastasia was cut down in the barber shop, Squillante had the good sense to get up out of the chair and leave the barber shop before the cops arrived. Otherwise, he would have a lot to answer too. Earlier that year, June 17, 1957, Anastasia sent the Squillante’s to murder underboss Frank Scalise AKA "Don Cheech". The killers caught up with Scalise while he was buying vegetables in an outside market. The actual shooter was probably a hood named Arthur Leo, a Squillante crew member.

The murder was later reenacted in the film, The Godfather when Vito Corleone is gunned down while buying vegetables across from his office. A while later Scalise's brother Joseph was murdered, although his body was never found and the Squillante’s were the primary suspects in that murder as well. There are two versions of what may have become of Joey Scalise, who swore to revenge his brothers killing.  One version was that the Squillante invited Joe Scalise to his home on September 7, 1957, according to mob informant Joe Valachi. Then butchered his body in the basement, placed his remains in a garbage truck and dumped them in a garbage yard. The other has him being drown in the Long Island Sound.

A few months after that, also in 1957, Squillante and Bernard Adelstein, a carting union boss, were charged with extortion. Squillante was found guilty and in 1959 sentenced to from seven and a half to 15 years in prison. However, he was freed on $50,000,00-dollar bail.
1957, Carmen DeCabia, Vincent Squillante and Nuzio

That same year, Vincent Squillante and his brother Nunzio were called before the McClellan Crime Committee hearings, but the brothers refused to answer even the simplest of questions

Mr. Alderman. Mr. Squillante, are you related to Vincent J. Squillante?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground it might incriminate me.
Mr. Alderman. Is he your brother?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground it might incriminate me.
Mr. Alderman. Are you connected with the General Sanitation Co? (He was the owner of record)
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground it might incriminate me.
Mr. Alderman. Have you been a partner of Louis lannacine, also known as Lou Michaels, in the Corsair Carting Co.?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground that to do so might tend to incriminate me.
Mr. Alderman. Were you familiar with the criminal record of Mr. Louis lannacine when you were his partner?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground that to do so might tend to incriminate me.
Mr. Alderman. Were you familiar with the fact that Louis lannacine was convicted and jailed for labor extortion in New York?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the grounds that to do so might tend to incriminate me.
The Chairman. Did you ever hear of the fifth amendment?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground that to do so might tend to incriminate me.
The Chairman. I am going to overrule your answers unless you can invoke the fifth amendment.
Mr. Alderman. Mr. Squillante, what has been your previous occupation?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the grounds that it might incriminate me.
The Chairman. Are you invoking the fifth amendment, yes or no?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground it might incriminate me.
The Chairman. You are ordered to answer it.
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground it might incriminate me.
Mr. Alderman. Were you employed as a florist in 1953?
Mr. Squillante. I beg your pardon. I didn't understand that question.
Mr. Alderman. Were you employed as a florist or in a flower shop, in 1953? ...
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground it might incriminate me.
Mr. Alderman. Were you a stone mason before that time?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground it might tend to incriminate me.
Mr. Alderman. Had you ever had any experience in the garbage or refuse collection business until you became executive director of the Suffolk County Garbage Association?
Mr. Geary. (Squillante lawyer) I object to that question. I don't think the counsel intended it to read that way. It said something about a "refusal."
Mr. Alderman. What is that?
Mr. Geary. You said something about a "refusal."
Mr. Alderman. I asked if he collected any "refuse."
Mr. Geary. You said "refusal."
Mr. Alderman. I am sorry.
The Chairman. We are not trying to be cute here. Did you collect any garbage? Let us see if he can understand that one.
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground it might incriminate me.
The Chairman. Have you been down in the garbage somewhere?
Mr. Squillante. I beg your pardon?
The Chairman. Have you been involved in garbage?
Mr. Geary. I object to that question because you are badgering the witness, obviously.
The Chairman. Is it obvious? I thought I was being subtle. Have you been connected with the garbage business?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground it might incriminate me.
The Chairman. Do you belong to any union?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground it might incriminate me.
The Chairman. I think it will come nearer incriminating the union. Have you been active in behalf of any union?
Mr. Squillante. I beg your pardon?
The Chairman. Have you been active in behalf of any union?
Mr. Squillante.  I refuse to answer on the ground it might incriminate me.
The Chairman. Have you held any office, any official capacity in a union?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground it might incriminate me.
The Chairman. Are you now a member of a union?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the ground it might incriminate me.
The Chairman. Have you ever performed any mission for the union?
Mr. Squillante. I refuse to answer on the grounds it might incriminate me.

It went on like that for hours. The brothers invoked the 5th Amendment 40 times in all. Nunzio Squillante said he took the Fifth Amendment more than 40 times during the hearings, because he was afraid Senate investigators would "trap" him. He said he wanted to turn over all his records and tell them what he knew, but his attorneys advised him to "keep quiet" because, he claimed, he said he was harassed at the hearings by U. S. Senators Barry Goldwater and John McClellan and other federal authorities who were trying to get at his brother through him.

Shortly after the hearings were completed, Vincent, Nunzio and Teamster official Bernard Adelstein were convicted in Nassau County Court for extortion. They appealed, and the case was dismissed by the New York State Supreme Court.

By then Carlo Gambino had taken over the family after Anastasia was killed and immediately began cleaning house. Armand “Tommy Boy” Rava, an Anastasia loyalist was killed and replaced, and James Squillante was probably murdered for the same reason.

Squillante was powerful only as long as Anastasia was alive. After Anastasia's murder, all his powers and most of his rackets were taken away from him. In the 1950s, James Failla became close to Carlo Gambino while Gambino was underboss. After Anastasia was murdered, Gambino appointed Failla to take over the garbage hauling rackets and to push James Squillante out.

Another possible reason to kill was that in fall 1960, Squillante was indicted on extortion charges. The judge handed him a 7 to 15-year sentence, (his brother Nunzio got 3 to 5)  which troubled the Gambino Family bosses who worried that Squillante, never known as a street hood but rather as a spoiled favorite of Albert Anastasia, would break under pressure and decided to kill him, just to be safe.  

Another reason to kill him was for his part in the murder of the Scalise brothers.
On September 23, 1960, Squillante disappeared. The killer was more than probably an up and coming Gambino hood named Anthony Gaggi, a nephew of Scalise, who later told an FBI informant “We surprised him (Squillante) in the Bronx. We shot him in the head, stuffed him in the trunk, then dumped him for good.” Meaning they handcuffed him to the steering wheel of his car and then crushed in a car compactor in a dump owned by a hood named Frank Troiano. Troiano, Joseph Fiorello, Nick Rattenni and Leo Troiano were probably part of the plot to murder Squillante. Whatever happened to him, he was never seen again.
“I knew my brother was dead” Nunzio Squillante said years later from his home in East Hartford “when he didn't attend our mother's funeral. In Italian families, the oldest son is always the mother’s favorite. Jimmy loved our mother and would have come home to pay his respects' no matter where he was…. "I was going to find out (What happened to his brother) even if it meant getting killed myself. I talked to several people my brother knew. They told me to stop asking questions about him and go back home for my own good."

Nunzio said he brought his family to Glastonbury to get away from "all of that" and always denied being part of the Mafia "I've got too much of a heart to. be involved with the Mafia.  I loved my brother, but I was never involved with him."

The FBI followed him to Connecticut anyway. The Fed’s claimed that Nunzio Squillante was part of a Brooklyn based crew run by “Jimmy Brown” Failla, a senior caporegime with the Gambino crime family who was a major power in the garbage-hauling industry in New York City, with operations stretching into Staten Island and New Jersey. Others on the crew were said to be Joseph "Joey Cigars" Francolino, Joseph "the Cat" LaForte, Anthony Vitta, Thomas "Tommy Sparrow" Spinelli, Louis Astuto, Nunzio Squillante, Philip Mazzara, and Angelo Paccione.
“Jimmy Brown” Failla

Joseph "Joey Cigars" Francolino

Joseph "the Cat" LaForte

Squillante, who was said to be an enforcer for his brother back in New York, was named in connection with payoffs and kickbacks to area city officials in 1968 in an Albany, N.Y., investigation of illegal activities in the refuse business.

"I can remember FBI agents patting me on the head on my way to school in the mornings," Nunzio's son, Angelo, said. "They used to ' come to our home so often my mother would have coffee for them."

Angelo Squillante was the president of General Sanitation Corp., a refuse collection company he and his father started in East Hart ford and like his father denied involvement in organized crime.

In January of 1985, he was shot in East Hartford. At the time he was the manager of a garbage hauling operation called Admiral Trucking Company. The cops suspected the shooting had something to do with the mob, but they couldn’t prove it. Squillante was gunned down 6:58 p.m. as he was locking a chain link fence in front of his business at 285 Burnham Street. A small, dark car pulled within 10 feet of Squillante and fired three shot at him, hitting him in the lower legs. He survived the shooting.

By chance, minutes later, Squillante's 19-year-old son David and another man on drug charges in the driveway of his father home at 20 Berle Road in South Windsor. Apparently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said they were “monitoring” Squillante for possible connections with organized crime and the South Windsor police had Squillante’s house under surveillance which was how the son was arrested. Officer surveilling the house observed "what seemed to be a drug transaction" in the driveway.

Two years before that Angelo ran Angelo Squillante Associates Inc., which owned the building that housed the Hearthstone Restaurant in Hartford. The restaurant was the scene of an unsuccessful arson attempt in November 1982. At the time the restaurant being foreclosed because of $23,000 in unpaid taxes. An uncapped gas pipe had been left open in the restaurant basement. "It was done purposely, it was done by design, said Richard E. Smith, the resident agent for the U.S Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Connecticut. A timing device designed to ignite the gas failed to work, averting an explosion that would have caused significant damage to surrounding homes and an electrical power substation nearby.

The restaurant and equipment were owned by Mae Tantillo Inc., headed by Squillante's aunt, Mae Tantillo of Glastonbury. That corporation owes the city more than $2,020 in personal property taxes for 1981, 1982 and a pending bill due by July 1983. Tantillo's brother, Nunzio Squillante, was listed as corporation secretary.

Over the years Angelo was stung by several anti-trust charges for his involvement with a Manchester-based trucking company but was cleared by a jury of all charges. He also faced a series of state probes of operating an illegal landfill and creating a public health hazard with his two companies, Recycled Fibers and Carting and Recycling, before abandoning the Connecticut trash business altogether in the mid-’90s.
Nunzio Squillante died on September 13, 1990 at age 67.