Crime Scene Photography · New York

Carmine “The Cigar” Galante is assassinated at a restaurant

July 12, 1979
Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York
Mob boss Carmine “The Cigar” Galante is gunned down as he eats at a restaurant

Galante had recently brought the ire of other crime families following an attempt to usurp the narcotics market. Despite knowing the anger directed toward him, Galante reportedly stated “No one will ever kill me, they wouldn’t dare.”

On July 12, someone dared.

Three men wearing ski masks approached Galante as he finished eating on a patio of an Italian restaurant. The assailants gunned down Galante and two of his companions, both of whom were his subordinates. Galante’s body guards did not attempt to protect their boss and were left unharmed, leading many to believe the hit was orchestrated from the inside.

It was later determined the three killers were Anthony Indelicato, Dominick Trinchera, and Dominick Napolitano. Indelicato was convicted of Galante’s murder in 1986 and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Trinchera and Napolitano were killed during separate incidents in 1981.

Galante’s assassination is referred to in the movie Donnie Brasco, and Galante’s death scene photo, with his signature cigar still in his mouth, was called a “fuckin’ beautiful hit” on The Sopranos.

Galante’s mugshot, 1947

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