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Carmine Persico

Carmine PersicoAKA Carmine John Persico, Jr.

Born: 8-Aug-1933
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Criminal

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Boss, Colombo Crime Family

Writes Sal Polisi in My Life Inside the New York Mafia,

We were all with Carmine Perscio, the powerful Colombo capo who had a lot of influence in the Family even though he was in prison. The Snake was one guy I'd never want to mess with. He made headlines way back in 1950 when he was seventeen years old and was arrested for killing a guy in a street gang fight. He was a made guy in the Profaci Family before he turned twenty-five. During the civil war, the Gallos trapped him in a can't-miss crossfire. Persico was shot five or six times. In the ambulance on the way to the hospital, he woke up and spit out a bullet that had got lodged in his teeth.[1]


[1] Sal Polisi with Steve Dougherty, The Sinatra Club: My Life Inside the New York Mafia (2012), page 54.

Father: Carmine John Persico, Sr.
Mother: Assunta Plantamura ("Susan")
Brother: Alphonse Persico (mafia capo, d. 1978)
Brother: Theodore Persico (mafia capo)
Son: Alphonse Persico (mafia underboss, "Allie Boy")
Son: Lawrence Persico
Son: Michael Persico

    High School: (dropped out)

    Colombo Crime Family Boss (1973-)
    Attempted Murder of Larry Gallo (1961, indicted, charge dropped)
    Shot 19-May-1963 (twice, under orders of Gallo)
    Extortion 1963 (charged)
    Hijacking 1968 (convicted, imprisoned until 1979)
    Racketeering 1971 (37 various charged, not guilty on all)
    Hijacking 1973 (convicted, served concurrently to 1979)
    Loansharking 1973 (convicted, served concurrently to 1979)
    Conspiracy to bribe IRS agent, guilty plea, 5 year sentence (1981)
    Racketeering multiple counts, 100 year sentence (1984)


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