Thursday, May 26, 2011
Mob Wives: Louis Facciolo - A Friend Betrayed
Awhile back Chiara touched on Bruno Facciolo's story, also known as Uncle Bruno to Carla Facciolo of Mob Wives. Now I'll touch on his brother Louis Facciolo who is Carla Facciolo's father. Information is scarce on Louis Facciolo. Unlike his brother, Louis was not 'in' the mob. However, Mr. Facciolo was a known associate. By all accounts he had a tight relationship with his brother Bruno a hit man and chef. Louis Facciolo also seemed to be a devoted & generous friend. Would you believe his generosity to a trusted friend would lead to his getting caught up in a major undercover sting operation? I would after starting this blog.
Mr. Facciolo had a close friend Salvatore "Sonny" Visconti. Sonny was allegedly a hijacker. What he hijacked I don't know. Actually I do know I just don't care to go into it. Both friends had lost their beloved brothers. Louis' brother Bruno Facciolo was murdered. In 1990 he was found dead in his trunk with a canary stuffed in his mouth. To read the full story of Bruno Facciolo's death just <==== just click his name. Sonny's brother Alfred Visconti was shot & killed in 1991. Louis knowing his friend was short on cash, stepped in & paid for Alfred's funeral. Now I don't know what dirt Mr. Facciolo did or didn't do. What I do know is that was a stand up guy move. How many of us would pay for a friend's brother's funeral around $10,000? I'll write it here and now. My father died and his was cremated. So, I know I wouldn't do it.
It appears that Louis Facciolo's kindness & huge favor was forgotten. The FBI was conducting a sting operation to catch stolen goods traffickers. Alledgely Salvatore Visconti was a canary for some time unbeknownst to Louis. Once Salvatore became sick, he agreed to be a witness. Salvatore would use Facciolo's trust to enable him to introduce an undercover agent to the Carnarsie Crew.
The set up began when Sonny started thanking Louis excessively for stepping in and paying for Alfred's funeral. Sonny claimed to be on better financial footing. He wanted to pay his friend back. Louis told him that he didn't have to. However, Sonny insisted by giving Louis $500 and several VCRs. Not long after the first repayment Sonny would introduce Steve the fence, who was actually an undercover agent to Louis. The agent made good for well over a year before the bees came to his honey. Louis Facciolo was his in to the Gambino family. The dominos fell and a reported 50+ soldiers and associates were taken down.
There are many sites stating that Louis Facciolo died in 1990. I believe they are confusing his reported death with that of his brother's Bruno Facciolo who was murdered in 1990. We know Louis was alive in 1991 when he paid for Alfred's funeral. We also know he got unwittingly caught up in sting around 1992-1994. Carla Facciolo has mentioned that her father did time in the joint when she was in her 20s in the 90s. We have search public records and have yet to come up with a death certificate for Mr. Facciolo. Louis Facciolo is very much alive. We hope he is happy, healthy and loving his grandchildren.
At the end of the day, I may not care for the lifestyle. However, I get the duality of some of these men. I get that many of us see just criminals. Their families see loving and caring men who kept roofs over their heads and furs on their backs.