|Alicia DiMichele with husband Eddie “Tall Guy” Garofalo|
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Mob Wives: Gravanos vs Garofalos Family Feud
It’s the men’s business. It’s not supposed to be a storyline on Mob Wives. But, then again, inquiring minds like mine, want to know…since they brought it up. There is a lot more to the history between the Gravanos and the Garofalos than we know. In fact, from what I am reading, this is really a “family” affair in more ways than one. I hope you can follow this blog and I apologize in advance for any inaccuracies because this is really complicated and confusing.
Let’s try to get the participants straight. We have Sammy “the Bull” Gravano, his sister Fran is married to Edward “Cousin Eddie” Garafola, Sammy’s brother in-law, AND Edward “The Chink” Garofalo Sr. (Alicia’s father in-law or, as she calls him, “the victim”). I have to wonder if you can be in the mob and also claim to be a victim? PLEASE NOTE: the spellings of the two names are very similar Garafola and Garofalo!
Here’s what I could piece together…Sammy and his brother in-law, “Cousin Eddie” Garafola were both in the Gambino crime family and owned a disco and other businesses together. Garafola got in trouble with the Feds and was charged with several serious criminal counts. He was in trouble for a big stock fraud scheme along with 19 other mobsters, in addition to other crimes. Allegedly, Garafola tried to convince Sammy to cooperate, along with him, with the authorities in October, 1991. According to Sammy:
"Comes October (1991) and I'm still not even thinking of cooperating, it's my whining brother-in-law Eddie, a whining motherfucker all my life, who puts the idea in my head. He's caused me nothing but trouble with his devious ways, always looking for the angle. A couple of guys in my crew wanted to whack him. You can't trust him, they said. But he's got a big edge with me. His wife is my sister and I ain't ever going to hurt her, even though he's treating her like shit."
"He says, 'I hate to say this Sammy, but maybe you should cooperate. I'll go with you. Me and you cooperate and we'll go into a whole other life. Take our families and run after it's over…We'll make another life, Sammy.'" Gravano says he took Garafola's advice and agreed to cooperate, but Garafola, "double crosses me. You know, it's like when you're kids standing by the edge of the pool, and it's one, two, three, jump! Schmucko jumped, and he didn't."
In 1996, Peter Gotti, acting boss, allegedly met with John Gotti in prison and was given orders to kill Sammy Gravano, who was now in Arizona, having served his five years from the plea deal. His brother in-law, Eddie Garafola was one of the hit men sent to Arizona to carry out the orders. He made many trips, but failed. The plan was never completed because Sammy was arrested in 2000 for his participation in an Arizona ecstasy ring.
This is the same Edward “Cousin Eddie” Garafola who pleaded guilty in 2004 for participating in the murder of his cousin, Edward “The Chink” Garofalo, Alicia’s father in-law, in 1990. The hit was ordered by John Gotti and carried out by Sammy Gravano‘s crew, because it was allegedly thought that Garofalo was cooperating with authorities, amongst other reasons. Garofalo was gunned down outside his Brooklyn home. Sammy has recently agreed to testify on behalf of hit man, Daniel Fama, to say that the mob had no knowledge of Garofalo’s cooperation, he was killed for other reasons. The Feds have dubbed this murder, Gotti’s Last Hit. So this is the beef Alicia’s husband has with Karen, and it’s Alicia’s issue by proxy. Considering Karen was only about 17 years old when this murder took place, I can’t see why she should be held accountable in any way, shape or form by the Garofalos or any of Sammy’s other “victims.” I could be wrong but, from everything I have read, the mob doesn’t include women in their business, let alone 17 year old girls.
Meanwhile, the son of Eddie “the Chink” Garofalo Sr. and husband of Alicia, “Edward “Tall Guy,” Jr. has recently been sentenced to seven years in prison. Various sources report he has been indicted for racketeering, extortion, conspiracy to murder, witness tampering, and embezzlement. Do you think any of his crimes had victims? Did you ever hear Alicia say she was “distraught” over his victims and their families? I didn’t. But I did hear her say how much she loved her husband…and all I've ever heard Karen say was she loved her father.
And here is a little article about “Tall Guy” you might be interested in reading: Beat-the-Beep-out-of-him!
Quotes: Underboss by Peter Maas