Killing witness' kin allegedly discussed Gravano family said to be target of mobsters.

March 19, 1992|By Newsday

NEW YORK -- Members of New York's Genovese crime family tTC and a member of another crime family discussed killing Gambino mob turncoat Salvatore Gravano's wife and two children, according to a wide-ranging racketeering indictment.

Gravano, 47, recently completed nine days of testimony as the government's star witness against alleged Gambino boss John Gotti, on trial in Brooklyn federal court on murder and racketeering charges. The government expects to wind up its case tomorrow.

The indictment unsealed yesterday in Newark, N.J., charges that on Jan. 22, while meeting in Boston, two reputed Genovese members and a capo in the Patriarca family discussed killing Gravano's wife, Debra, and their two teen-age children, Gerard, 19, and Karen, 16.

A long-standing crime family rule prohibits harming women and children. That rule was broken last week when the sister of former Luchese capo-turned-government witness Peter Chiodo was shot.

New York law-enforcement sources said yesterday that the alleged talk of killing Gravano's kin seems odd, given Debra Gravano's renunciation of her husband after he turned state's witness. Longtime Gotti attorney Bruce Cutler dismissed the conversation as nonsense.

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