Illinois Police &
One of 19 Victims of Mob Hitman
Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano
Garofalo Relative Speaks Out
The daughters of murdered New York contractor Eddie Garofalo expressed
their gratitude to CCPA President John J. Flood in an e-mail
letter this week.
Garofalo, a New York construction contractor, was murdered by Salvatore
Sammy the Bull Gravano, who confessed to murdering 19 people during his
long, vicious career as a New York Gambino Crime Family hitman and later underboss to now
incarcerated John Gotti. Garofalo, who has 3 children, was related to Gravano by
marriage. Garofalo's daughters, Laura and Karen, have joined with the
families of 14 other Gravano murder victims to prevent Gravano from profiting from the Peter
Maas book, Underboss.
Eddie Garofalo was related to Gravano. Gravano admitted to murdering him allegedly
on orders from the late Gambino Crime Family Boss Paul Big
Pauly Castellano and Gotti.
Gottis version of the killing is sharply contrasts Gravanos, who was released
from jail after serving only 5 years in a plea agreement that had him testify against
Gotti and some 3 dozen other New York mob hoodlums.
According to Gotti, and verified during interviews with Garofalo relatives, Gravano
demanded the killing and after the murder, assumed control over all of his murdered
brother-in-laws construction business enterprises.
It was FBI taped conversations of Gotti and others complaining about Gravanos
business greed and his manipulation of the Gambino Crime Family to have business rivals
murdered, including union liaison and friend Robert DiB
DiB was shot in the back of the head by a Gravano underling while DiB was having coffee
with Gravano at Gravanos office. Garofalo was shot by Gravano in his construction
Eight of the murdered victims were killed while Gravano worked as underboss to Gotti,
including the killings of Paul Castellano and Big Paulys driver, Thomas Bilotti.
The remaining eleven were murdered by Gravano while Gravano was a hitman for Castellano
and Castellanos predecessor, Don Carlo Gambino.
Karen and Laura Garofalo and the children of other Gravano killings have formed a
support group to battle Gravano and to insure that he does not financially benefit from
his story, which was detailed in a new book by Valachi Papers author Peters Maas called
Underboss. The support group is called "Families United for Justice."
Karen Garofalo writes:
Finally, a law enforcement official who understands JUSTICE!
I would like officer Flood to accept my heartfelt appreciation.
I am Karen Garofalo, daughter of one of Gravanos victims and Im working
hard to see that Gravano can no longer abuse the system.
Thanks again for your help.
Laura Garofalo adds:
"We, myself and 14 other families, have formed FAMILIES UNITED FOR JUSTICE, a
foundation whose strength will hopefully prevent Gravano from profiting from his book.
We've gottent he support of New York's Governor George Pataki and the NY State's Attorney
General Dennis has filed suit against Gravano, Harper Collins (the publisher) and Peter
Maas -- all this based ont he Son-of-Sam Law stating that a murderer cannot profit from
We wish them all luck and support and encouragement.
Thank you, Karen and Laura!