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 Cesare “The Tall Guy” Bonventre

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Cesare “The Tall Guy” Bonventre

  • Birth 1 Jan 1951 Castellammare del Golfo, Provincia di Trapani, Sicilia, Italy
  • Death 16 Apr 1984 Garfield, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
  • Plot Sec. 46, Row L, Grave 114
  • Memorial ID 8485322

Organized Crime Figure. He as a member of both the Sicilian Mafia and the Bonanno Organized Crime Family operating out of Brooklyn, New York. A bodyguard to Bonanno boss Carmine Galante on the day Galante and three others were murdered. Bonventre survived the massacre and escaped. He was arrested a week later, but told the FBI he saw nothing and was freed. He was a member of the Salvatore Catalano Crew. A main importer and trafficker of heroin from Sicily. He was murdered one month before the "Pizza Connection" arrests brought down Catalano, Giuseppe Ganci and others. The Pizza Connection trial (the name was chosen because the heroin was sold out of pizza parlors though out the U.S.) was the largest narcotics trials in United States history. Bonventre was shot to death, then sawed in half and stuffed into two 55 gallon drums of glue. An informer lead the FBI to the drums and three months later Bonventre was positively identified.

Bio by: Bill Heneage


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bill Heneage
  • Added: 8 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8485322
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cesare “The Tall Guy” Bonventre (1 Jan 1951–16 Apr 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8485322, citing Saint Charles Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .