Paul Castellano Biography
(American Crime Boss and Head of the Gambino Crime Family)
Birthday: June 26, 1915 (Cancer)
Born In: New York City, New York, United States
Paul Castellano was a gangster and racketeer of America. Popularly known as ‘The Howard Hughes of the Mob’, ‘Big Paul’, ‘The Pope’ and ‘The Chicken Man’, he was the head of the Gambino crime family which used to operate organized crime activities in New York City. During Apalachin Conference, police took him into custody. At that time he was one of 61 high ranking mobsters arrested. Later, his extravagant life style created envy and dissatisfaction within the Gambino family. As the son of a butcher, he left school in the eighth grade. As a criminal, he was popular for not disclosing the identity of his associates to police. As a boss, he started demanding more money from top ranking mafia leaders. Apart from that, he banned family members from running drug trafficking rackets, though he used to accept large amount of payment from drug business from the Cherry Hill Gambinos and the DeMeo crew. Though he was a hardcore criminal, he liked to consider himself as a businessman first. He did not mind being referred as a murderer. But he felt insulted when he thought that he was regarded as less than a gentleman by police. He was murdered by his rival John Gotti’s men.