Gaspipe Casso last days
To learn more about Gaspipe Casso please go to my two-part podcast on the life and times of Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso. “Gaspipe” Casso hated John Gotti and tried to avenge the death of Paul Castellano. He also disclosed that two retired NYPD detectives had been on the Lucchese payroll. These detectives were later determined to be Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa committed eight of the eleven murders Casso had ordered. Carracappa and Eppolito had also given Casso information which led to many others as well, revealing the names of potential informants. They were subsequently found guilty on all charges and sentenced to life in prison. Casso enraged the US government by accusing Gambino turncoat Sammy Gravano of committing multiple felonies. Gravino would deny those crimes under cross-examination by Gotti’s lawyers. Casso claimed to have sold large amounts of narcotics to Gravano over two decades. The government was not interested and thought Casso was trying to discredit Gravano as a witness. Casso was vindicated later when Gravano pleaded guilty in 2000 to operating a massive narcotics ring while in Witness Protection. Casso was the second confessed underboss of a New York crime family to break his blood oath and turn informer, after Gambino underboss Gravano.
The government has enough of Gaspipe
In 1997, Casso was thrown out of the Witness Protection Program. Prosecutors found he had been bribing guards, assaulting other inmates, plus they added in the aforementioned false statements about Gravano and false statements discrediting another Lucchese turncoat witness named Alphonse D’Arco. the prosecutors sent him back for sentencing and Judge Block sentenced Casso to 455 years in prison without the possibility of parole. Casso later told mafia author Selwyn Raab, “I help them and I get life without parole,” he said. “This is really a fuckin’ joke.”
In a 2006 letter to Casso said he regretted his decision to cooperate.
I am truly regretful for my decision to cooperate with the Government. It was against all my beliefs and upbringing. I know for certain, had my father been alive, I would never have done so. I have disgraced my family heritage, lost the respect of my children and close friends, and most probably added to the sudden death of my wife and confidant for more than 35 years. I wish the clock could be turned back only to bring her back. I have never in my life informed on anyone. I have always hated rats and as strange as it may sound I still do. I surely hate myself, day after day. It would have definitely been different if the Government had honest witnesses from inception. I would have had a second chance to start a new life, and my wife Lillian would still be alive. It seems that the only people the Government awards freedom to are the ones who give prejudiced testimony to win convictions. “The Truth Will Set You Free,” means nothing in the Federal courts. Even at this point in my life, I consider myself to be a better man than most of the people on the streets these days.
Anthony Casso was a member of the Lucchese crime family. He is currently serving several life sentences. He was at a Supermax prison in Colorado. In 2013, he was transferred to a Residential Reentry Management (RRM) facility in Minneapolis. RRM is a type of halfway house for inmates in federal custody. However, it is doubtful if he will be released.
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