Murder on the Day the Pope Came to Town

Oct 14, 2009 - by Allan May - 0 Comments

James Eppolito

James Eppolito

Few writers get to tell about mob hits made on members of their own family. One writer who had the opportunity was Detective Louie Eppolito of the New York City Police Department. On the evening of October 1, 1979, the day Pope John Paul II visited the Big Apple, James Eppolito and his son were killed in Coney Island by members of the Gambino Crime Family.

by Allan May

Organized crime murders are often treated like sports statistics. Mark McGwire hit two home runs last night. Karl Malone dropped in 30 points. Terrell Davis scored three touchdowns. Two Gambino Crime Family members shot dead. Sometimes that’s all the information you get. Maybe it’s all you want.

Few writers get to tell about mob hits made on members of their own family. One writer who had the opportunity was Detective Louie Eppolito of the New York City Police Department. On the evening of October 1, 1979, the day Pope John Paul II visited the Big Apple, James Eppolito and his son were killed in Coney Island by members of the Gambino Crime Family.

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