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Brooklyn Authorities Arrest Gallo Criminal Gang

Dec. 10, 1963 - Brooklyn authorities sought today to end the bloody Gallo-Profaci Mafia war by arresting and arraigning one of the “armies” — the survivors of the Gallo mob. In pre-dawn raids, the police arrested Albert Gallo Jr., a leader of the dissident faction of the Cosa Nostra crime syndicate in Brooklyn, 14 of his henchmen, and one woman. The roundup of the 16 gathered in virtually all of the Gallo mob still alive and at liberty after several years of vicious street warfare. They were arraigned later before Supreme Court Justice Julius Helfand on a 20-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to kill 22 members of the so-called Profaci “family,” recognized holders of the main Mafia crime franchise for Brooklyn. Lawrence Gallo (pictured), brother of Albert, was also indicted and will be arrested on his release Dec. 20 from the Manhattan House of Detention. He has been serving a four-month term for fraud in connection with a G.I. loan on his home. Since the Gallos first broke with their Profaci overlords in a bid for greater shares of the “action” — illegal profits — in 1960, at least 12 members of the two factions — most of them Gallo mobsters — have been murdered. According to gangland sources, most of those arrested had been marked for death. Their undisciplined revolt against superiors in the syndicate had won them the hostility of the main organization, which condemns intra-gang “muscle” tactics of the Roaring Twenties in the Sophisticated Sixties. The 15 men arraigned under heavy guard were held in bail ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 each. The woman, 39-year-old Gloria Patane, wife of Santo Patane, one of the arrested mobsters, was released in the custody of her attorney.

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