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nyc.politics - Apr 1 2005, 10:53 pm by Obwon - 1 message - 1 author
Double lives of New York's 'Mafia' cops
By Laura Trevelyan
BBC News, New York
'Betrayal of the badge'
The pair were convicted of eight killings carried out between 1986 and 1990 in return for money from Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the number two in the Luchese hierarchy.
The prosecution described the case against the Mafia Cops as "the bloodiest, most violent betrayal of the badge this city has ever seen".
The duo began as well-regarded policemen.
Caracappa, in an ironic twist, helped establish the city police department's office for Mafia murder probes.
Eppolito, the son of a Gambino crime family member, was a respected street officer.
Yet somewhere along the line the men entered into a blood tie with the murderous Brooklyn mobster Casso.
The go-between was an elderly marijuana dealer, who gave the willing executioners their orders at a Staten Island graveyard and at Long Island highway service stations.