Roy DeMeo’s crew was based in New York City in the 1970’s
and early 80’s. This was the deadliest crew of murderers ever assembled
since the days of Murder, Inc. in the 1940’s.
Nino Gaggi was DeMeo’s
crime boss. Gaggi handed out death sentences, DeMeo would assign crew
members to carry out the contracts. The DeMeo crew killed with knives
and guns. The bodies would be dismembered and buried in cement or thrown
into rivers. The victims were wiseguys and potential witnesses. DeMeo
ruled his organization with an iron fist.
DeMeo was a big earner for
the Mob, he bought drugs from Central America, sold stolen cars to Kuwait, managed
a loansharking business and sold kiddie porn. After subtracting the mob’s
cut, DeMeo averaged $100,000 per week.
The DeMeo crew killed over
200 people, most of the killings were done without provocation. The Mob
became worried. DeMeo was so feared, no one would volunteer to talk to
him for fear of retaliation.
Away from Mob activities,
DeMeo lived a charmed life. He and his family lived in a mansion on the
outskirts of Long Island. DeMeo was a devoted dad to his three kids.
Dom Montigilio was the nephew
of DeMeo’s boss, Nino Gaggi. Montigilio was a decorated Green Beret.
When he returned from the service, Nino lured him into the family business.
Montigilio began collecting
on loanshark payments for DeMeo, he was on a salary of $250 per week, after
his wife had their third child, he asked for an increase, DeMeo declined.
To supplement his income, Montigilio sold cocaine at Studio 54. His customers
included celebrities and he started an affair with a former Penthouse Pet Of
The authorities compiled enough
information on Montigilio to issue an arrest warrant, he packed up his wife
and kids and fled to Los Angeles where he worked as an enforcer for a drug crew.
During this time, Montigilio developed a drug habit and was short on
cash. He remembered, he had an outstanding loansharking debt to collect
on in New York City. He contacted the man who owed the debt, they agreed
to meet at an restaurant.
Montigilio hailed a cab from
the airport and went straight to the restaurant. As soon as he entered
the restaurant, he was arrested without incident. The authorities had
enough evidence on his criminal activities to warrant a long arrest. Montigilio
became a government informant.
led to the indictments of Roy DeMeo and Nino Gaggi. Before he could testify,
DeMeo was assassinated and stuffed in a trunk, a chandelier covered his body.
Nino Gaggi was convicted and
sentenced to life without parole. He would die in prison of a heart attack.
Various other DeMeo crew members were convicted and are currently serving
Dom Montiglio divorced his
wife and currently lives in the Witness Protection Program. He is the
owner of a successful merchandise business.
Source: “Murder Machine”
by: Gene Mustain and Jerry Capeci