• Rod Kackley

Gangster Falls to Covid-19

Former Lucchese Family mob underboss Anthony ‘Gaspipe’ Casso is dead, killed not by a fellow mobster but by the murderous disease, Covid-19.

Casso was one of two inmates at the United States Penitentiary Tucson who succumbed to the disease on the same day, December 15.

It’s not like Casso had other plans. After all, Gaspipe was only 22 years into a 455-year prison sentence stemming from convictions on racketeering, murder, and conspiracy to commit murder, along with other charges relating to bribery, extortion, and tax evasion.

With Gaspipe hooked up to a ventilator, kept alive by machines, his attorneys tried to get Gaspipe freed with a compassionate release motion, a move opposed by prosecutors and rejected by a judge.

“All defendants sentenced to life in prison will, at some point, begin to succumb to one disease or another, or suffer from failing health due to old age,” federal prosecutors wrote in response to Casso’s application for release.

Brooklyn federal judge Frederic Block couldn’t have agreed more, and he rejected the defense motion on November 28.

Gaspipe’s last days were rough. The ailing mafioso also suffered from prostate cancer and severe heart and lung problems, as reported by the New York Daily News.

Anthony ‘Gaspipe’ Casso actually got his nickname from his father, who, reportedly, carried around a small gas pipe as his weapon of choice. Anthony respected the old man so much, he took on the tradition and adopted the nickname.

Gaspipe made it a practice to kill guys who ratted out the mob and those he thought might become rats. Prosecutors have said he personally killed at least 40 people and ordered the deaths of 100 more.

The FBI dragged him out of a shower at a hideout in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, in 1993, the end of a three-year manhunt.

After pleading guilty to 11 counts of racketeering, Gaspipe started talking to the FBI. He swung a plea deal and entered the federal witness protection program.

However, the feds kicked him back on to the street after discovering Gaspipe was lying about crimes his fellow gangsters committed. He was also accused of bribery and assault.

In 1998, a judge sentenced Gaspipe to the 455-years in prison with no chance of parole.

Still, Gaspipe’s daughter, Jolen Geraci, told the New York Daily News, “My father was a very good man to his family and children, and that’s all that matters to me, not what anyone else has to say about him.”

Murder Mystery. Thriller. International Conspiracy.

The patriarch of one of the most powerful families in Kentucky politics is dead. Murdered. And it’s up to private investigator Ron Delaney to figure out who killed his hero. With a $25,000 check from the dead politician’s mistress in his pocket, Ron sets off on a journey that will lead him into conflict with one of the most powerful families in the Russian Mafia.

Empty Minute: A Murder Mystery is available wherever you buy books.

3 views0 comments