||New York| Alphonse - Sonny Red - Indelicato
Birth: February 25, 1928 - Brooklyn
Death: May 5, 1981 - Brooklyn
Alphonse "Sonny Red" Indelicato was a capo in the Bonanno Family. His son Anthony also became a member of the organization.
Alphonse Indelicato was born in 1928 in New York City to Sicilian immigrants. He earned his nickname "Sonny Red" by oftenly wearing red leather cowboy boots. At a young age Indelicato became an associate and later soldier of the Bonanno Family. He married the daughter of Lucchese soldier Charles Ruvolo with who'm he fathered a son Anthony.
In 1950 Indelicato was convicted for drugpossession and was sentenced to 6 months. A couple of years later he was involved in a shooting which left one man, Mike Errichiello, dead. He was convicted for murder and was sentenced at Sing Sing prison for the next 12 years. In 1966 Indelicato was freed from prison and returned to heroin trafficking. During those years the Bonanno family was joined by several new members from Sicily to ensure their overseas drug pipeline. The Sicilian branch became known as "Zips" but were not liked by everyone, including Indelicato.
During the mid 1970's the Bonanno family had become a divided house with boss Phillip Rastelli behind bars and Carmine Galante taking over without clear permission. Galante, a legend amongst mobsters, surrounded himself with the families Sicilian side and with this lowered the involvement in the heroin business for others such as Indelicato. Tensions were growing and the commission eventually backed the idea of assassinating Galante. On July 12, 1979, Galante and 2 others were gunned down while having lunch at a restaurant. The hitmen all consisted out of men or associates from Indelicato, also including his son Anthony. As reward he and associates Dominick Trinchera and Phillip Giaccone were all named capo in the Bonanno family.
Forming the opposition
By now Indelicato had become a powerfull member of the organization. Some of his best friends were themselves Bonanno capo's and he also maintained good relations with members from the Lucchese and Colombo families. Although Galante was murdered, the Zips were still very active. Tensions were also growing between him and fellow capo's Joseph Massino and Dominick "Sonny Black" Napolitano. Tensions which again involved the Zips and the heroin trade. Several meetings were held to make peace, but both sides remained stubborn.
Although being jailed, boss Philip Rastelli still had his say in the family. Therefore Massino, being Rastelli's most trusted capo, benefitted from his support. Also Gambino boss Paul Castellano favored the Massino side, mainly because the Zips worked closely together with the Gambino's. In a last effort for peace Joseph Massino and Gerlando Scascia invited Indelicato and his closest associates to a meeting in Brooklyn. Indelicato however had a bad feeling about it and asked his son to stay home and have Frank Lino with him instead. Before the meeting took place Indelicato told his son that if they didn't return he had to "kill everybody in the Zips, Joseph Massino and Sonny Black", a statement which proves his hate towards his rivals.
On May 5, 1981, they arrived at the social club were they were welcomed by several men such as Massino, Sciascia, Salvatore Vitale, Anthony Giordano and Montreal boss Vito Rizzuto. The men were led to a room where all hell broke loose. Trinchera tried to fight his way out but was shotgunned to death. Giaccone was also gunned down and Indelicato was shot through the head. All 3 capo's died instantly, only Frank Lino managed to escape the building. After the murder the bodies were carried away to be buried. Because Indelicato's son Anthony was not present during the rubbout, Sonny Black got the orders to find and kill him. The hit was however aborted after the FBI revealed to Sonny Black that one of his closest men, Donnie Brasco, was in fact an undercover police agent.
On May 27, 1981, police discovered the wrapped body of Alphonse Indelicato. The bodies of Trinchera and Giaccone were located somewhere else and were discovered 23 years later after boss-turned-rat Joseph Massino had pointed the location to the FBI.
(Source: "The Sixth Family" by Adrian Humphreys; "ABA Journal" March 1994; "Slaying suspect seized" NYtimes January 18, 1952, ookaboo.com)
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