Bookmakers mix with leg-breakers at the mob-controlled “Latin Quarter” nightclub in Manhattan. Seated third from the right is a young burglar named Joseph “Joe Yack” Yacovelli who 20 years later was appointed leader of the Columbo organization and credited with dispatching the team of gunmen that killed “Crazy” Joe Gallo as he dined with family on his 43rd birthday.
Joseph Gallo, a.k.a. "Crazy Joe" Gallo was a hit man for the Profaci and Colombo crime families and reportedly was the gunman behind the death of mobster and former leader of Murder Inc., Albert Anastasia. Gallo served 10 years for conspiracy and extortion. He was murdered in 1972 by the Colombo family while celebrating his 43rd birthday, one year after being released from prison.
Joe Gallo became involved in the mob after becoming an enforcer and hit man for Joe Profaci in the Profaci crime family. Gallo was involved in the murder of Albert Anastasia, a hit arranged by Carlo Gambino in order to take his place. A few years later, Gallo attempted to kidnap the Profaci family for money and ended up succeeding. In 1961, Gallo was sentenced to 7 to 14 years in prison for conspiracy and extortion. After Gallo was released from prison and Colombo was murdered, members of…
Crazy Joey Gallo was a member of the COLOMBO FAMILY (was the Profaci Crime Family). He was shot and killed in Umberto's Clam Bar by members of the Colombo Family thinking he had put a hit out on Joseph Colombo (the Boss of the Colombo Family) in
1972 | ‘Some' of the men responsible for the assassination of mobster Joseph ‘Crazy Joe' Gallo are in protective custody of the police. Source identified 1 man in protective custody as Joseph Luparelli, associate of Joseph Yacovelli (UR), the acting head of the Joseph Colombo crime family. The source also said Luparelli identified the other alleged killers of Gallo as Philip Gambino (LR) said to be a distant relative of Carlo Gambino & Carmine De Biase (LL) & w/2 unidentified.
In 1958 Gallo brothers were summoned to Washington to testify before the McClellan Committee of the U. Senate on organized crime. Upon walking on the Kennedy's office, "Crazy Joe" Gallo snapped: "Nice carpet you got here. Good for a crap game.
Joseph Gallo (April 7, 1929 – April 7, 1972), also known as "Crazy Joe" and "Joe the Blond", was a celebrated New York City gangster for the Profaci crime family, later known as the Colombo crime family. Gallo initiated one of the bloodiest mob conflicts since the 1931 Castellammarese War and was murdered as a result of it.