Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali — the purported head of the Gambino crime family — is dead.

The mobster was fatally shot Wednesday outside his Staten Island home.

The murder makes him the highest-ranking NY mob figure in years to get whacked.

According to the New York Post, Franky took several bullets in the torso around 9:20 p.m. A witness who called emergency services reported at least 6 shots. The 53-year-old kingpin was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital North.

Franky’s neighbor, 58-year-old “Salvatore,” told The New York Times he heard about 7 rounds go boom.

“I just heard the pow-pow-pow-pow-pow,” he recounted.

No arrest has been made.

The notorious boss ascended to power in 2015, replacing 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu.

As per the Post, Franky was known for his low profile, unlike showy former Gambino boss John Gotti.

A police source explained:

“He was a real quiet old-school boss.”

Fox News noted the historical significance and context of the murder:

Cali, who had roots in Sicily and ties to the Sicilian Mafia, was the highest-ranking organized crime figure to be murdered in New York City since 1985, when Paul Castellano was assassinated outside Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan, according to WPIX-TV.

Periodically, organized crime makes the news — in October, James “Whitey” Bulger was murdered in prison, in a style clearly indicating a mob hit (here).

Yet, despite the ice-cold sinisterness of the mafia, no reported syndicate crime — so far as I’m aware — approaches the evil recently endorsed by the murderous organizations known as the New York and Virginia state governments (here, here, and here).

-Alex

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: herehere, here, and here.

See 3 more pieces from me: Mickey goes gay, a man models nighties, and the vengeance of the po-po.

Find all my RedState work here.

And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below. For iPhone instructions, see the bottom of this page.

 

 

If you have an iPhone and want to comment, select the box with the upward arrow at the bottom of your screen; swipe left and choose “Request Desktop Site.” If it fails to automatically refresh, manually reload the page. Scroll down to the red horizontal bar that says “Show Comments.”