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Mafia Cop' finds himself, former NYPD pal ensnared in mob murder
Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Thursday, March 10, 2005 | JOHN L. SMITH

Posted on 03/10/2005 1:41:25 PM PST by rightoric

Louie Eppolito has been shopping movie scripts in search of a cinematic score to rival his popular paperback memoir, "Mafia Cop."

Wednesday night at Piero's Italian Cuisine on Convention Center Drive, the retired New York police officer and Las Vegas resident was handed an improbable plot twist courtesy of the FBI and DEA.

Title it the "Ghost of Eddie Lino."

At approximately 6 p.m., the 56-year-old Eppolito was arrested along with former NYPD partner Steve Caracappa in connection with the murder of Gambino and Bonanno crime family associate Eddie Lino.

Lino was among the shooters named by Gambino crime family underboss-turned-federal informant Sammy "The Bull" Gravano in the Dec. 16, 1985, murder of Gambino boss Paul Castellano outside Sparks Steak House on East 46th Street in New York.

Lino also was implicated in the murder of mob associate-turned-federal informant Wilfred "Willie Boy" Johnson. The murders of Castellano and his driver/confidant Tommy Bilotti paved the way for John Gotti to become boss of the family.

The problem is, mob murders are never as neat as planned. Perfect murders exist only in Hollywood. In the real world, and the underworld, someone always snitches.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: bonanno; cops; gambino; leo; mafia; nyc

1 posted on 03/10/2005 1:41:26 PM PST by rightoric
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To: rightoric

I've never eaten at Piero's, I'll try it tonight and update all on their menu tomorrow.

2 posted on 03/10/2005 1:49:12 PM PST by RIGHT IN LAS VEGAS
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