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Bartholomew Boriello (the tall man in the suit).

Bartholomew "Bobby" Boriello (March 31, 1944 - April 13, 1991) was an Italian-American mobster who was a captain in the Gambino crime family and served as Gambino boss John Gotti's favorite bodyguard, hitman and chauffeur. A prominent hitman during the 1980s, Boriello participated in the 1990 murder of Gambino soldier Louis DiBono.

Early years

Boriello grew up in South Brooklyn, New York, surrounded by prominent mobsters from the Five Families. His older brother Stevie was a close friend of notorious gangsters Joey Gallo, Albert Gallo and Frank Illiano, and after Joey's murder, Stevie was instrumental in securing the crew's South Brooklyn rackets. A tall, well-built, burly, 6-foot-5, 270-pound man, Boriello, a vicious killer and feared hitman for the Colombo crime family.

Between 1967 and 1972, Boriello was arrested six times, on charges of weapons possession, assault, larceny and gambling. when the gallo crew broke up following the murder of Joe Gallo in 1972, Boriello transferred to the Gambino crime family.

In the 1980s, Boriello became a made man, or full member, in the Gambino crime family. He quickly developed close relationships with John Gotti, Salvatore Gravano and two brothers, Nicholas Corozzo and Joseph Corozzo. Boriello and Gotti would often spend weekends together on Long Island, New York, partying, gambling, and attending performances by singer Jay Black, a childhood friend of Gotti. Boriello owned a social club in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn that was run by his brother Stevie. Boriello also conducted business at the One Over Golf Club, a social club in Carroll Gardens, operated by Gambino soldier Joseph "Joe Pits" Conigliaro, a paraplegic gangster involved in loan sharking and gambling in the neighborhood who was killed a few years ago.

During his early days, Boriello was suspected in several gangland slayings, as well as involvement in extortion, loan sharking, contract killing, bombing, and drug trafficking.

Making ceremony

Former Gambino capo Michael DiLeonardo testified that on December 24, 1988, he was led into an apartment located on Mulberry Street, Little Italy (the apartment belonged to Joseph Corrao's mother). Inside were the other men who were going to be inducted that evening, including Bobby Boriello, John A. "Junior" Gotti Dominick Pizzonia, and Nicholas LaSorsa. The men stood there with family capo John D'Amico, along with other capo Gene Gotti. Sitting at the table, administering the oath was Salvatore Gravano, and Pasquale Conte.

Junior Gotti Crew

Bartholomew Boriello (the tall man in beige overcoat)

After John Gotti promoted his son to capo at the behest of Salvatore Gravano, and gave him his own crew, Gotti assigned Bobby Boriello to the Junior Gotti crew. Other crew soldiers included John "Jackie" Cavallo, Charles Carneglia, Thomas Cacciopoli, and later on the crew included Dominic "Fat Dom" Borghese, Vincent "Vinnie Butch" Corrao, Carmine Agnello, and Craig DePalma. The crew's associates included Steve Kaplan, Frank Lividisi, Michael McLaughlin, Jeff and Steve Dobies, John Ruggiero, John Alite, Louis Casaneti.

Boriello's business dealings were conducted in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and throughout Brooklyn, especially South Brooklyn, where he associated with Gambino family wiseguys Angelo Paccione, Anthony Anastasio, Joseph Chirico, Anthony Ciccone, and many others, with interests in trucking, construction, and loan sharking.

Steven Kaplan was paying Boriello and John A. "Junior" Gotti tribute for his investments in strip clubs up and down the East Coast. In 1987, Boriello crew member and close associate Anthony "Shorty" Mascuzzio from Carroll Gardens was killed in a New York nightclub owned by Kaplan. Low level mob associate David Fisher had been in a physical altercation with Mascuzzio, over a business squabble, and ended up shooting him to death.

Boriello's promotion

John Gotti leaving court on February 6th 1990 with Peter Gotti and bodyguard Bartholomew Boriello (tall man on the right).

Boriello, being the most powerful and closest ally to John Gotti in the crew, Boriello was appointed acting capo of the Junior Gotti crew. In December 1990, soon after Junior became a capo, his father was indicted and set up a 5-man ruling panel to which Junior was appointed. Boriello operated his rackets from his Brooklyn social club where he was about to re-change the order of rank of crew members from club at the time he was killed.

Mob hit

In 1990, Gotti told Boriello to murder Gambino soldier Louis DiBono. DiBono had secured, most likely through bribery, the lucrative contract to install fireproofing foam on the infrastructure of the Twin Towers of the New York World Trade Center. After DiBono's death, Gravano took over the business.

On another occasion, Boriello unsuccessfully tried to kill Gambino crime family associate Preston Geritano on a Brooklyn street, firing shots at him in public. Since Geritano had relatives in Genovese crime family, Genovese and Gambino representatives met to discuss his fate. Eventually the Gambinos released Geritano to the Genovese with the condition that he be killed if he tried to retalliate against Boriello. In 2004 Geritano's own brother-in-law Andrew Gargiulo stabbed him to death in broad day light.


On April 13, 1991, Bobby Boriello was shot to death outside his Bensonhurst, Brooklyn home, on orders from Lucchese crime family underboss Anthony Casso. Casso received information to perform the Boriello murder from Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, two New York Police Department officers working for the mob. The hit was carried out by Lucchese captain Frank Lastorino. Lastorino shot Boriello twice in the head, and five times in the torso. Boriello died in the street beside his 1991 Lincoln Town Car, outside his home on Bay 29th Street. Borriello's wife, Susan, and their two young children were inside the home at the time of the shooting.

At the time of his murder, Boriello had been under investigation by multiple federal agencies and the Kings County District Attorney's Office for directing a cocaine trafficking conspiracy, as well as his suspected involvement in the murder of former family boss Paul Castellano. In fact, Gambino informant Dominick LoFaro, fingered Boriello as one of the shooters in the slaying, reasoning that Boriello had been one of the more accomplished "hitters" in the family.

When John Gotti heard about Boriello's murder, he was furious. In jail at the time, he ordered Gambino family members to meet with the leaders of the Genovese family. Keeping to their earlier agreement, they agreed to kill Geritano. However, it wasn't until 2004 that Geritano was stabbed to death outside a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn restaurant. Salvatore Gravano attended a sit-down with Genovese family acting boss Liborio Bellomo, seeking Geritano's execution, but nothing ever came of it. John Gotti sent word to Stevie Boriello that he had permission to avenge his brother's death by killing whoever he needed to, and had the backing of Gotti and Gravano.

Stevie Boriello remained involved with the family after his brother's death, handling loan sharking, gambling, and extortion rackets in Brooklyn and Staten Island, where he currently resides.