Joe Bruno on the Mob – Lynda Milito – Part Four

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There is no record of when it happened, but according to Lynda, Louie got his button in the Gambino Crime Family in 1977. Carlo Gambino had died in 1976, and the new boss was Gambino’s cousin: Paul Castellano.

 Louie Milito was induced into the crew of Capo Salvatore “Toddo” Aurello. At that time, Sammy Gravano had already been a made  man. However, for some reason, Aurello resigned as Capo (a made man is usually “resigned” with a bullet in the back of his head), and Castellano promoted Gravano as Milito’s new boss. Also in Gravano’s crew were Louis Vallario, Joseph Paruta, Joseph D’Angelo Sr., Nicholas Mormando, and Michael DeBatt.

With Louie in his crew, Gravano made frequent trips to Milito’s home. This did not please Lynda too much.

“Day after day he (Gravano) used to come to the house, and I didn’t want to answer the door,” Lynda said. “I just knew he was just no good.”

On August 16, 1977, Gravano and Louie Milito were driving on King’s Highway, near West 8th street in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Gravano had a cast on his right ankle, due to a mishap he incurred when his nightclub was robbed by Aldo Candito. Both Gravano and Milito, as usual, were packing heavy heat.

Suddenly,  Gravano told Milito, “Pull over! That’s the guy who robbed my place!”

Both men jumped out of the car, and blasted their victim several times in the head and chest. The only problem was, the dead man was not Aldo Candito, but, in fact, 16-year-old Alan Kaiser, who was just walking down the street minding his own business.

In 1978, Milito murdered again; this time at the command of  Gambino underboss  Frank DeCicco.

The victim was mob associate Nicholas Scibetta, who just happened to be the brother of Gravano’s wife, Debbie. DeCicco, as he was ordered by Castellano,  bypassed Gravano and gave the order directly to Milito and Joseph “Stymie” DeAngelo. Milito put up a beef, and Decicco finally decided, with Castellano’s blessing, that they should tell Gravano what was up their sleeve. Castellano made this concession with one stipulation: if Gravano vehemently opposed Scibetta’s killing, Gravano would get the same.

Gravano hemmed and hawed (after all Schibetta was Gravano’s brother-in-law), but he finally relented. Gravano knew that an order from the top could not be overruled, and if he offered any resistance, he would be offering up his own life as a sacrifice.

Milito and D’Angleo whacked Scibetta in an unknown manner (a few shots to the head is a good guess). Scibetta’s body was never found (his right hand did turn up later), and he was declared legally dead in 1985.

With Louie Milito using his Staten Island home as a meeting place for his pals, and a place to throw holiday parties, Lynda settled in with Louie’s crew the best she could. She liked most of Louie’s friends; except one – Sammy Gravano. This was an especially ticklish situation, since Gravano, whom Louie had known since they were kids, was now Louie’s best bud.

Lynda wrote in Mafia Wife, “I didn’t like Sammy Gravano. I didn’t like Sammy’s face.  I didn’t like his voice. I didn’t like the way he sucked up to Louie, and I couldn’t understand why he didn’t look me in the eye for more than a split second. I can’t explain it, but I felt from the beginning that he resented Louie and could in some way hurt him. Even now, finding his name in the papers, or hearing it mentioned on TV, makes me sick to my stomach.”

In 1979, Lynda decided to get involved in real estate. She took the required state test and got her real estate license. Soon afterwards, Gravano decided he wanted to move from a smaller home on Staten Island to Todt Hill, the most exclusive section of Staten Island, and where Paul Castellano lived in a joint derisively called “The White House.”

Soon after she got her real estate license, Louie told her of Gravano’s wishes, and he asked Lynda if she could find Sammy a house on Todt Hill. Lynda didn’t like the idea, but she finally relented, telling her husband, “I’ll do it, but I’m not doing Sammy any favors. I want my full commission.”

Softening a bit, Louie agreed. “Go ahead, do what you gotta do. People have to pay for your services. I don’t expect you to have to do it for nothing.”

Lynda found Gravano a house for $375,000; half cash, half mortgage. Gravano bought the house, then immediately tore it down. On the site he built a mansion, almost as big as Castellano’s. People called it “Sammy’s Shrine to Sammy.”

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