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Gallo-Profaci War Continues in Brooklyn

Aug. 9, 1963 - The five-year underworld war between the Gallo and Profaci gangs of Brooklyn reached a new peak of violence today with the fatal shooting of two men and the wounding of a third. The first slaying took place soon after 9 a.m. on a tree-lined street in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Joseph (Joe Bat) Cardiello (pictured), described by the police as a 56-year-old thug who had shifted his allegiance from the Gallos to the Profacis, was shot four times as he sat in his car waiting for a stoplight to change. The second occurred at 2:10 p.m. on Route 80, about 2 miles south of Port Jefferson, L.I. The Suffolk County police said a car carrying two members of the Gallo gang had been sprayed with a dozen bullets from a 1958 Oldsmobile sedan in which three men were riding. The driver, identified as Louis Mariani, 26, died of a head wound 2½ hours later at Mather General Hospital. His companion, Anthony Getch, 26, was wounded. Getch, who was hit four times in the back, was reported in fair condition. A third occupant of the car, Mrs. Louis Mangriamile (pictured), 33, who sat in the back seat, escaped injury but was covered with the blood of her two companions. Mrs. Mangriamile was held as a material witness. The New York City police estimate the struggle for control of Brooklyn’s rackets has now claimed 12 lives, 7 of them in the last 2 months. In addition, two men have disappeared, and six have been wounded.


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