Louis Anthony "Bobby" Manna (born December 2, 1929, Hoboken, New Jersey), is a New Jersey mobster and former consigliere of the Genovese crime family.
Genovese crime family
Manna was a close associate of family boss Vincent Gigante; he rented an apartment in Greenwich Village, New York to be close to Gigante's headquarters at the Triangle Social Club. Louis stands at 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) and weighs 155 pounds (70 kg) with brown hair and brown eyes. However, Manna's power base was in New Jersey. He is the brother-in-law of Genovese crime family mob associate Gerald Dirazzo. He supervised four caporegimes while also serving as consigliere. He ran his personal criminal operations out of an Italian eatery called Casella's in Hoboken, New Jersey. With the March 1980 murder of Angelo Bruno, boss of the Philadelphia crime family, the family's territory in New Jersey suddenly became open. Manna became the lead man for the Genovese family in discussions with the Gambino crime family on how to equitably divide up that area. Up until his conviction he lived in Bricktown, New Jersey.
Gambino crime family
In 1987, Manna began pushing the Genovese crime family to murder John Gotti, the boss of the Gambino family. then Gambino capo, Gotti had arranged the murder of Gambino boss Paul Castellano in 1985 and taken control of the Gambino family without the approval of the other four New York crime families. Manna was especially unhappy about Gotti's unsanctioned coup against Castellano. In addition, Gotti wanted to take the lucrative South Jersey holdings that used to belong to the Philadelphia crime family and leave the less desirable North Jersey territory to the Genovese family.
Unfortunately for Manna, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had bugged Casella's restaurant and were listening to Manna's conversations about killing Gotti. Following Bureau policy, they notified John Gotti about the planned hit and gave their evidence to prosecutors. In 1990, Manna was convicted of racketeering and conspiring to murder Gotti and his brother, Gene Gotti.
As of March 2012, Manna is incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Fairton in New Jersey. His projected release date is February 20, 2056, effectively life without parole.