During a massive bust on Wednesday, May 31, nearly two dozen of the very powerful LUCCHESE crime family were arrested by federal agents!!!
Authorities say they are linked to the 2013 murder of Michael Meldish, a notorious reputed gangster whose body was discovered in his car in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx. Meldish, who was found with a single gunshot wound to the head, was suspected of carrying out more than 10 murders in the 1970s and 1980s.
Some of the suspects are also are charged in connection with the attempted murder of a member of the Bonanno family in May 23, the attempted murder of a Bonanno crime family associate in late 2012, and the attempted murder in October 2016 of a witnesses to Lucchese criminal activity.
The suspects include accused Lucchese street boss Matthew Madonna, alleged underboss Steven "Wonder Boy" Crea Sr., and accused consigliere Joseph DiNapoli.
Madonna and DiNapoli, both 81, were already in custody in New Jersey from a 2015 conviction.
-- Crea's son, Steven Crea Sr.
-- Dominic Truscello
-- John "Big John" Castelucci
-- Tindaro "Tino" Corso
-- Joseph Venice
-- James "Jimmy the Jew" Maffucci
-- Joseph "Big Joe" and "Joey Glasses" Gatello
-- Paul "Paulie Roast Beef" Cassano
-- Christopher Londonio
-- Terrance "T" Caldwell
-- Vincent Bruno
-- Brian Vaughan
-- Carmine "Spanish Carmine" Garcia
-- Richard O'Connor
-- Robert Camilli
-- John Incatasciato
ESQUIRE Magazine ranks the NICKNAMES:
9. Big John
While this is a classic, it could belong to a member of basically any crime family.
8. Big Joe
Definitely less common, and not as straightforward a derivative from Tindaro.
Straight, to the point, and it takes some gumption to steal Mr. Soprano's go-to.
5. Spanish Carmine
Does this mean Carmine is Spanish? You're curious now.
4. Joey Glasses
While plenty of Joes wear glasses, there's only one Joey Glasses.
3. Jimmy the Jew
See above. Classic friend-of-the-family fare.
2. Wonder Boy
1. Paulie Roast Beef