Born in 1959, Anthony “Tony” Capo grew up on Staten Island. In the early 1980s, Capo was a soldier in the DeCavalcante crime family. No one had heard of Tony Capo at the time, but that would all change. While everyone has heard of the TV show The Sopranos, few people realize that this show was largely based on the DeCavalcante crime family out of New Jersey.
In 1989, John Gotti, Sr. needed a favor, and the DeCavalcantes agreed to help. Fred Weiss, a local reporter, and developer, was rumored to be an informant. Gotti wanted to execute the “stool pigeon.” Tony Capo was the driver for the hit. This job earned him recognition on the street, but also from local law enforcement.
Later in 1990, Capo found himself embarking on a new criminal career: illegal gambling and loansharking. While he worked for John D’Amato, members of the family learned that the mob boss was bisexual. Tony Capo and others believed this didn’t look good for the family, so a hit was put out on D’Amato. On the day of the murder in 1992, Capo and the hit team invited D’Amato out to lunch. He never made it to lunch. D’Amato was shot in the back of the head by Capo in the back seat. His body has never been found.
There was one major problem with the murder of D’Amato. D’Amato was a family boss, and the big boys up north had not sanctioned his death. Capo avoided punishment, however, and he continued his deadly escapades. In 1997, he was involved in the plot to murder Charles Majuri, D’Amato’s replacement, which was, lucky for Majuri, eventually canceled.
The end finally came for Capo in 1999, when he was indicted on conspiracy charges, as well as racketeering, murder, and loansharking. To save his neck, he rolled over on the family and became a state witness. After being promised a spot in witness protection, he snitched not only on the DeCavalcante’s; but also on the Colombo and Genovese families. On January 23, 2012, Anthony Capo met his maker, dying of a heart attack while in the witness protection program. He was only 52.
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