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- Victor Amuso
- Murder, Extortion, Racketeering
- Died in Prison
The arrest of Victor Amuso:
He's the head of one of the five major New York City crime families, but has been in prison for years with decades of incarceration still ahead of him. Vittorio Amuso heads up the Lucchese gang but is serving a life sentence in the Federal Prison in Cumberland, Maryland…
…on murder and racketeering convictions.
Born in Brooklyn, "Little Vic" started working for local mobsters as a teenager and later became an enforcer for Joey Gallo.
Amuso's accused of killing some members of the Profaci gang on Gallo's orders but was sent to prison in the 1960's on extortion charges.
After Gallo was gunned down at a Little Italy Birthday celebration in early 1972, Amuso defected and joined the Lucchese crew. Amuso and Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso…
…eventually ran the gang. And Amuso got the reputation of being especially ruthless, for killing anyone who crossed him on the spot.
Casso and Amuso were indicted as part of a major racketeering investigation in 1991 and "Little Vic" was sentenced to life in prison in 1992.
But he remains the official boss of the Lucchese family, even though the family lost more than half its members to prison, murder or turning state's evidence.