Joseph Gallo April 7, — April 7, also known as "Crazy Joe" and "Joe the Blond", was an American gangster who was a notorious captain and hitman for the Profaci crime family, later known as the Colombo crime family. Gallo initiated one of the bloodiest mob conflicts since the Castellammarese War and was murdered as a result of it. His parents were Umberto and Mary Gallo. A bootlegger during Prohibition, Umberto did nothing to discourage his three sons from becoming criminals. Gallo was nicknamed "Joey the Blond" because of his full chest of blond hair. In , after an arrest, Gallo was temporarily placed in Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
A Bloody Birthday
Gallo was born in New York City , where his father was a bootlegger during Prohibition. In his youth, Gallo was diagnosed with schizophrenia after an arrest. Gallo soon became an enforcer in the Profaci crime family , later forming his own crew that also included his brothers Larry and Albert. In , Joe Profaci allegedly asked Gallo and his crew to murder Albert Anastasia , the boss of the Gambino crime family ; Anastasia was murdered on October 25, at a barber shop in midtown Manhattan.
As they ate, a group of men rushed into the room, guns in hand. The men began to fire as Gallo stood up and pulled out his own gun to fire back. Gallo knocked over a table to provide some cover from the bullets flying through the air and began moving towards the door, likely hoping to draw the fire away from his family. The bullets hit him, but he managed to struggle into the street where he finally collapsed.
Joseph Gallo, the Mafia figure known as Crazy Joe, was assassinated early yesterday as he celebrated his 43d birthday in a restaurant on Mulberry Street one block east of Police Headquarters. The killer fled by car. But Gallo's sister, Mrs.