Tom Kapatos

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Thomas Kapatos, also known as "The Greek" (died January 22, 1977) was a New York City mobster and an enforcer to Mickey Spillane during his war against Jimmy Coonan during the 1960s. He was born to Greek-American emigrants from Karpathos and his last name "Kapatos" is derived from the island. On the afternoon of January 22, 1977, Kapatos was gunned down on West 34th Street by a hired assassin in the employ of Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno; he had been one of many of who had been killed in a six-month killing spree to secretly eliminate Spillane's associates.


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