||New York| Venero Mangano
Birth: September 7, 1921
Death: August 18, 2017
Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano was a longtime member of the Genovese family and functioned as underboss. He is a relative to past generation Mafiabosses Phillip and Vincent Mangano.
Venero Mangano was born in Lower Manhattan in 1921. He earned his nickname Benny Eggs because his mother used to run an egg store. He became affiliated with the Mafia at an early age. He was largely involved in bookmaking, leading to his first conviction in 1946, and was close to Vincent Gigante after he had become boss of the family during the early '80s.
The windows case
In 1977 4 out of 5 NY Mafia families shook hands to cooperate in the windows installing business to increase their grip on the immense New York Housing Authority. It lasted 13 years for the FBI to complete their investigation proving that the Mafia had schemed about $140 million through window placing contracts. Several bigshots from the New York Mafia were taken into custody, such as Peter Gotti and Benedetto Aloi. Venero, alongside two others of the Genovese family, was arrested as well.
The windows-trial lasted for 6 months. Mangano was eventually found guilty to extortion and conspiracy and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. In 1997, while being jailed, he was asked to testify in a trial against Vincent Gigante, but he declined, telling prosecutors "I'm tired of these charades. You gave me 15 years already. I'm 76. Where am I going?".
In late 2006 Mangano was released from prison. Although being of old age and being confined to a wheelchair, he was believed to have retaken his roll as underboss and served as head of the family since boss Daniel Leo had been jailed.
Venero Mangano died in on august 18, 2017, in Greenwich Village, where had been running his operations for a long time. He was 95 years old.
(Source: "A Jailed Mobster Refuses To Testify in Mafia Case" NYtimes July 19, 1997; "2 Men Sentenced In Windows Trial" NYtimes March 28, 1993, nydailynews.com)
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