Frank “Curly” Lino (born October 30, 1938) is a Sicilian-American caporegime within the Bonanno crime household who later grew to become an informant.
When the capos arrived on the 20/20, Massino and Bonanno mobster Gerlando Sciascia and Lino escorted them to the shop room. As the boys entered the room, Sciascia brushed his hand via his hair, giving the prearranged sign. Vitale and gunmen rushed out of the closet, with Rizzuto yelling “it is a hold-up”. Massino instantly punched Giaccone, knocking him to the ground, and in addition stopping Indelicato from escaping. Giaconne acquired up and tried to expire of the room, however was blocked up towards a wall with Trinchera. The gunmen killed Giaccone with a volley of submachine gun fireplace. The three capos had been unarmed, as was the rule when attending a peace assembly. Lino, who had escaped, was introduced as an alternative of Indelicato’s son, however was shortly gained over to Massino’s aspect.
Frank had finished all the pieces from promoting unlawful pornography to operating pump and dump schemes on Wall Street. Over the years he had been a loanshark, bookmaker, drug trafficker and contract killer for which he took half within the gangland slayings of six males together with his cousin’s drug supplier Michael “The Bear” Aiello and the infamous murders of Bonanno captains Alphonse Indelicato, Dominick Trinchera and Philip Giaccone. On May 5, 1981, Massino loyalists shot and killed Giaccone, Trinchera, and Indelicato in a Brooklyn evening membership. On the pretext of understanding a peace settlement, Massino had invited them to fulfill with him on the 20/20 Night Club in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. However, Massino’s actual plan was to assassinate the capos. The ambush was set within the membership retailer room, with Salvatore Vitale and three different gunmen carrying ski masks hiding in a closet. One of the gunmen was mobster Vito Rizzuto, who got here from Montreal, Quebec, Canada with one other Canadian mobster to assist Massino. Massino informed the boys to keep away from capturing in order that bullets would not spray across the room. Massino additionally introduced drop cloths and ropes for disposing of the our bodies afterwards.
Lino and 4 different folks together with Jerry Rosenberg took half within the theft of Borough Park Tobacco Company in Brooklyn on May 18, 1962. The theft was unsuccessful and resulted within the dying of two cops, 56-year-old Detective Luke Joseph Fallon (who was an 26-year-veteran with the NYPD) and 29-year-old Detective John Patrick “Big” Finnegan (who was a seven-year-veteran with the NYPD) from the seventieth Detective Squad.
He grew to become a made man of the Bonanno crime household on October 30, 1977, on Elizabeth Street in Little Italy, Manhattan at his capo Alphonse “Sonny Red” Indelicato’s house. It was his fortieth birthday. As he grew older Frank grew to become an increasing number of overweight. He gained an incredible quantity of weight and started to undergo from hypertension. During his 40-year profession in organized crime he was underneath the Genovese household in 1956, switched to the Colombo crime household in 1962 and switched to the Gambino household in 1969 earlier than in 1977 his good friend Frank Coppa helped him be a part of the Bonanno crime household.
Frank had darkish brown hair, and a spherical face with a ruddy complexion and later a bald head that “seemed like a unclean tennis ball”. He had a toothy smile and droopy eyes that had been set too shut collectively. Frank was a no-show college bus driver for the Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union and employed by a mob-owned bus firm Atlantic Express Transportation Corporation in positioned at 7 North Street in Port Richmond, Staten Island which continues to be in operation.
He is the daddy of two sons, one Joseph Lino born c. 1961 who grew to become a made member of the Bonanno household and Michael Lino. He is a son-in-law to Genovese crime household mob associates Francis Consalvo and Carmine Consalvo and distant uncle to Louis Consalvo. He is a primary cousin of Bonanno household capo Robert Lino, Sr. and a paternal uncle of Bonanno crime household capo Robert A. Lino, Jr. He is the godfather to Michael Lino and Frank Coppa, Jr., the sons of former Bonanno household capo and childhood good friend Frank Coppa. He is a cousin-in-law to Gambino crime household capo Salvatore Scala. He is a detailed good friend of the New York Mets pitcher John Franco and an avid baseball fan.
His cousin Edward Lino and brother Robert A. Lino, Jr. are each capos within the Gambino crime household. He is the daddy of profitable New York City Wall Street stockbroker Michael, and father of Joseph, who grew to become a made member of the Bonanno household. He is cousin-in-law to Grace Ann Scala-Lino, the sister of Gambino crime household capo Salvatore Scala and father of Colombo crime household mob affiliate Robert X. Grace Ann Lino was a buyer of drug supplier Michael (Mikey Bear) Aiello. Frank was enraged over Aiello promoting medicine to her and organized for his homicide, which he was presupposed to witness, however the homicide try was botched.
After dropping out of highschool within the Fifties he joined a violent avenue gang known as the “Avenue U Boys”. As a member of the “Avenue U Boys” Lino was concerned in robberies. Lino first grew to become related to the La Cosa Nostra on the age of seventeen, and operated the native floating card video games managed by a Genovese crime household made soldier. He was a detailed enterprise affiliate of Rosario Gangi.
Lino was born in a home on West Eight Street in Gravesend, Brooklyn, New York City. The marriage of his mobster father Robert A. Lino, Sr. and his mom was organized by Genovese crime household patriarch and founder Vito Genovese through the Nineteen Thirties. Frank attended Brooklyn’s Lafayette High School however dropped out in tenth grade. His father died in 1989, based on what Michael DiLeonardo stated throughout testimony towards John A. Gotti. Almost each male member of his household was concerned in La Cosa Nostra.