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Manna was a close associate of family boss Vincent "the Chin" Gigante; he rented an apartment in Greenwich Village, New York to be close to Gigante's headquarters at the Triangle Social Club. Louis stands at 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) and weighs 155 pounds (70 kg) with brown hair and brown eyes. However, Manna's power base was in New Jersey. He is the brother-in-law of Genovese crime family mob associate Gerald Dirazzo. He supervised four caporegimes while also serving as consigliere. He ran his personal criminal operations out of an Italian eatery called Casella's at 615 First Street in Hoboken, New Jersey. With the March 1980 murder of Angelo Bruno, boss of the Philadelphia crime family, the family's territory in New Jersey suddenly became open. Manna became the lead man for the Genovese family in discussions with the Gambino crime family on how to equitably divide up that area. Up until his conviction he lived in Bricktown, New Jersey.
In 1987, Manna began pushing the Genovese family to murder John Gotti, the new boss of the Gambino family. A Gambino capo, Gotti had arranged the murder of Gambino boss Paul Castellano in 1985 and taken control of the Gambino family without the approval of the other four New York crime families. Manna was especially unhappy about Gotti's unsanctioned coup against Castellano. In addition, Gotti wanted to take the lucrative South Jersey holdings that used to belong to the Philadelphia family and leave the less desirable North Jersey territory to the Genovese family.
Unfortunately for Manna, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had bugged Casella's and was listening to Manna's conversations about killing Gotti. Following Bureau policy, they notified Gotti about the planned hit and gave their evidence to prosecutors. In 1990, Manna was convicted of racketeering and conspiring to murder Gotti and his brother, Gene Gotti. He was also suspected but never convicted of placing murder contracts on U.S. Attorney Samuel Alito, Assistant United States Attorney Michael Chertoff and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Maryanne Trump Barry, the sister of Donald Trump.
- La Cosa Nostra – State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation 1989 Report The Genovese/Gigante Family
- "Louis Anthony Manna". Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
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