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Ruggiero with John Gotti
Angelo "Quack Quack" Ruggiero was a New York mobster and member
of the Gambino crime family
. He was a longtime associate and friend of John Gotti
and participated in the 1985
gangland slaying of Gambino boss Paul Castellano
with Anthony "Tony Roach" Rampino, John
Carneglia and Gotti. He was also involved in the 1973
murder of James McBratney and suspected in the 1980 disappearance of John Favara
, a neighbor
of John Gotti who had accidently killed Gotti's 12 year-old son in a car accident.
His brother, Salvatore Ruggiero, was a drug trafficker who was killed in a plane crash in
1982. His son John Ruggiero followed his fathers footsteps and also joined the family. John died in September 2008 of cancer at the age of 45.
Ruggiero became the subject of a government undercover investigation as mobster turned government
informant Wilfred Johnson
provided information including a layout for Ruggerio's home
for bugs and wire taps to monitor his activities in narcotics. The later recorded conversations between
him and Gene Gotti
implicating themselves in Castellano's murder. Ruggiero died of cancer in Howard Beach
, Queens at the age of 49.