Frank Cali’s Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Frank Cali, the reputed boss of the powerful Gambino crime family, was married to a woman with a powerful Sicilian Mafia pedigree. Cali’s wife, Rosaria Inzerillo, has ties to one of the most powerful mob clans in Palermo history.
New York police have confirmed that Franky Boy Cali was shot to death outside his home on Staten Island in the late evening hours. The suspect is still unknown, and there have been no arrests, but the hit was particularly brazen because, according to TMZ, Frank Cali’s wife and kids were inside the family home when he was slain.
It was the first murder of a New York mob boss since 1985, when John Gotti had Paul Castellano whacked so he could take over the family. After Gotti went to prison, Frank Cali purportedly took over the family in 2015. If you weren’t familiar with Frank Cali’s name, that was the point. The dapper don brought too much federal attention on the mob family, which opted for a lower profile among its leaders after Gotti’s downfall. The Gambinos are one of the infamous Five Families of New York.
Here’s what you need to know about Frank Cali’s family:
1. Frank Cali Was Married to Wife Rosaria Inzerillo, Who Is Related to a Powerful Mafia Clan
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Rosaria Inzerillo is Frank Cali’s wife, according to multiple published reports. Daily News reports that she is related to the infamous Inzerillo crime family of Sicily. For decades, the Inzerillo family was one of the most powerful Mafia clans in Sicily. However, that changed when they lost a war with the Corleones.
The Inzerillo mob clan was later referred to as exiles and runaways after they were allowed to leave Sicily to come to the United States by a Corleone mob boss who prevailed in a bloody war with them. They were told to never return to America, Time Magazine reports.
According to La Repubblica, Rosaria’s family hails from Passo di Rigano, where they serve “plates of pasta…on the tables of Nino’s Restaurant.” The site reports that various members of the Inzerillo family have settled back in Palermo over the years, returning there from the United States, as members from the old mob wars die.
Frank Cali was considered powerful on both sides of the ocean. Furthermore, Carlo Gambino was an Inzerillo cousin, which fortified the clan’s ties to the Gambinos in New York.
According to Staten Island Live, in 1997, an FBI agent “notified Italian police of Cali’s distinctive standing as a member of crime families on both sides of the ocean, after he was ‘combined’ into the Gambino family.” This was unique and stemmed from his marriage to the daughter of the powerful Palermo Mafia family.
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