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Racketeer Joseph “Crazy Joey” Gallo Claims Confiscated Rifles Were for Hunting Deer

Oct. 11, 1961 - Joseph Gallo (pictured), one of the 13 gangsters rounded up by Brooklyn detectives on Tuesday, denied today that the gang had declared war on a rival faction in the Brooklyn underworld. The 32-year-old ex-convict, known as “Crazy Joey,” accused the police of “harassing us” in their investigation of the attempted strangling of his 33-year-old brother Lawrence and the unsolved murder of Joseph Magnasco, a member of the Gallo gang. Gallo was taken into custody after rifles were found in one of the gang’s hideouts. “Those guns have been there for years,” Joseph Gallo shouted today to reporters in the corridor of the Brooklyn Supreme Court, where he and the 12 gang members had been brought to testify before the rackets grand jury. “The police knew it. This is an election year. Everybody wants to get into the act. We use the guns for hunting deer.” Gallo denied that one rifle was loaded with “dum-dum” bullets. “You guys are making up something out of nothing,” he declared.


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