Thou shalt not kill â€” even if youâ€™re praying in a church garden beforehand.
Colombo crime boss Thomas â€œTommy Shotsâ€ Gioeli plotted a top gangsterâ€™s murder in the same Long Island church garden where he regularly prayed to his maker, mob turncoat Dino Calabro revealed yesterday.
The genesis of the slaying of Colombo mobster William â€œWild Billâ€ Cutolo is just another example of Gioeliâ€™s unorthodox religious practices.
Prosecutors have claimed that Gioeli was involved in the 1982 murder of former Catholic nun Veronica Zuraw, who was hit by a stray shotgun blast when Gioeli and another thug were allegedly killing a pornographer and his son.
â€œIâ€™m going to hellâ€ for Zurawâ€™s death, Gioeli later moaned, court papers say.
Gioeli routinely prayed in the Massapequa, LI, church garden not far from his Farmingdale home, Calabro chirped yesterday in Brooklyn federal court. But any heavenly help Gioeli might have earned from his garden devotionals was offset by all the blood on his hands, which Calabro detailed.
In 1999, Colombo boss Alphonse â€œAllie Boyâ€ Persico and crime-family captain Jack DeRoss became concerned that Cutolo would make a play to take over the strife-ridden clan, Calabro testified.
One day that year, Calabro said, Gioeli summoned him to the church garden to discuss Cutoloâ€™s body, if not his soul.
â€œHe told me he had just left Pooch and Betty Boop,â€ said Calabro, explaining that those were nicknames for Persico and DeRoss. [more]