Philip Giaccone on November 16, 1980
|Born||July 12, 1932
|Died||5 May 1981
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Philip Giaccone also known as "Philly Lucky" and "The Priest" (July 12, 1932 - May 5, 1981) was a Bonanno crime family member.
The three capos murder
On May 5, 1981, Massino loyalists shot and killed Giaccone, along with Trinchera and Indelicato, in a Brooklyn nightclub. One of the gunmen was mobster Vito Rizzuto, who came from Montreal, Quebec with another Canadian mobster to help Massino.
After the killings, the Bonanno gunmen transported the three bodies to a lot in Lindenwood, Queens. The lot was a Gambino mob graveyard; Gambino crime family capo John Gotti arranged for his men to bury the bodies there as a favor to Massino. A few weeks after the shooting, authorities discovered Indelicato's body and removed it from the lot.
In October 2004, after some children reported finding a body in the Lindenwood lot, FBI agents excavated the property and discovered the bodies of Giaccone and Trinchera. Among the personal items they unearthed was a Piaget watch that had belonged to Giaccone's wife. In December 2004, the bodies were positively identified as Giaccone and Trichera.
On December 5, 2005, Massino, now a government witness, pled guilty to murdering Giaccone, Trinchera, and Indelicato. He received two life sentences in prison. In May, 2007, after being extradited to the United States, Rizzuto pled guilty in a Brooklyn court to reduced charges in the murder of three capos and was sentenced to ten years in state prison.
- "Human Remains Linked To Mob" New York Times
- Defendant Linked to Mob Murder Plot" New York Times, by Arnold H. Lubasch
- "Aftermath of a Hit" by David Amoruso, Gangsters Inc. May 8, 2007
- "Bloody B'klyn Rubout: Says Massino OKd '81 mob hit" by John Marzulli, New York Daily News June 30, 2004
- "In Court, Evidence Suggests Gotti Associates Buried Victims in Lot" by William K. Rashbaum New York Times October 9, 2004
- "Skeletal Remains Are Believed To Be Those of Mob Captains" by William K. Rashbaum New York Times October 13, 2004
- "Metro Briefing" New York Times December 21, 2004
- Bonanno crime boss is sentenced to two life terms" by ROBERT F. WORTH New York Times June 24, 2005
- "Canadian mobster pleads guilty to aiding 26 year old Mafia hit in New York" Mafia-News.com May 4, 2007