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Gangster was shot in front of his home in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blazio reacted with surprise .
"We thought these days were over," he said, when the police began investigating the fatal picture of Francesco "Frankie Boy" Kali. "I guess old habits die hard."
But long-time mafia observers say the mafia has not disappeared – it just works with a lower profile. "The Mafia is alive and healthy," William Gail, a FBI assistant agent responsible for the New York Organized Crime Group, told NBC News New York: "They are still conducting the same bread and butter activities, as they have always had, such as illicit gambling, which is becoming a usury for a loan that becomes extortion. "
Gambinos are no longer led by superiors such as John Gotti, also known as Dapper Don, whose public personality drew the attention of law enforcement authorities.
Also, the crowd does not erase "We have not seen the same level of violence for some time, because violence attracts attention," Gail said, "I think they have learned that attention is not good for business."
] Actually, Gail said, Kale's fatal shooting on Wednesday was the first murder of a high-ranking gangster since 1985
This does not mean that the mobsters have overturned a new sheet.
Right this month, the alleged partner of the Gambino family, named Anthony Pandrela, is charged with the death of an elderly Brooklyn man in his head and then robbed, according to the US Department of Justice.
Also this month, a career criminologist named Napoleon "Pentecka" Andrade, who was recently released from the federal prison, was shot and killed in front of the Rhode Island house. Among other things, Andrade had found time to plunder a 78-year-old Gambino crime family associate.
Kali, 53, was a tenant in the Gambino crime family, two sources from NBC News reported. suspect Kali may have been nailed to death by a shooter who deliberately entered the parked Cadillac SUV with a pickup truck.
The surveillance video shows that Kali goes out of his house in the Stanton neighborhood and shakes hands with the pickup. a source familiar with the investigation, told NBC News. Then the registration number of the truck falls and the driver can be seen lifting it and throwing it in the back.
Kali was hit by six of the 12 shots, the head of the New York police detectives in Dermott Shea said.
Investigators have not arrested a suspect, and Shea will not comment on a possible motive. But he said Kali's past as a Gambian family was a "focal point of the investigation."
Translated: Kali may be the result of a mafia dispute.
The Mafia in New York is still dominated by five. families – Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Lucchese. Their tentacles stretch far beyond the boundaries of the city.
"All five families are still working under a hierarchical structure," Gail says. "We see their influence not only in the New York area, but also at national and international levels."
But the five families are not as powerful as they were, say experts.
Their leadership is crippled by a series of convictions. and degradations in the 1980s and 1990s, and are facing growing competition from competing Albanian and Russian criminal organizations and Latin American drug cartels.
"They are around, but they are the shadow of their old self," Ronald said. Goldstock, who heads the 13-year-old organized crime group in New York, and later serves as the head of the New York Harbor Commission. "People still kill people, but with regard to the industries they control, the unions they control are infinitely smaller."
that Gambinos is importing Sicilian muscles because recruits from America are not working, Gail said the structures of these criminal organizations are still intact and they have a lot of deceptive gangsters to choose from.
"We see young people joining the ranks of the mafia," Gail said. "When we condemn someone, there is always someone ready to take their place. There is a younger generation who is ready to fill these places. "
But they are not exactly the cream of criminal culture, says David Shapiro, a former FBI agent who now teaches at John Jay College of Law.
"People do not enter the crowd because they are Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein of the criminal class," Shapiro said.
However, Shapiro said he was not surprised that Kali might seek recruits in the old country, because the omepeta, the legendary Mafia silence code, is not as it was. – Do you know the economy of the concert? Now we have the mafia at the concert. "
" There has always been the assumption that there is command and control in the families of the crowds, like our American corporations, "he added." But I do not think it's already being applied so much. "Today business units are more fluid. "If you can not support a crew, you will not have a crew."