Named after former boss Salvatore Gambetti
, the Gambetti Family is currently the most powerful of the five Liberty City families. The Gambetti Family have far reaching ties all over the city that are said to go as deep as capitol hill. The family consists of between 150 and 200 members as well as over 1500 associates.
Jon Gravelli - Boss
Jon Gravelli is the Boss of the Gambetti Crime Family and the highest power on the Liberty City Commission. Gravelli was born in Meadow Hills, Dukes to two Sicilian immigrants in 1923. At the time of Gravelli's birth his future mentor Sonny Cangelosi
was a Capo in Salvatore Gambetti's family who eventually ascended to the position of boss after arranging the murder of his former Don. Jon has been involved in La Cosa Nostra business from an early age, starting work in Cangelosi's club at the age of twelve where he served drinks to Liberty City's biggest mobsters on a daily basis. He dropped out of school in the eighth grade to work in the club full time and it was through this work that he also first became affiliated with the mafia, running a small time gambling operation at the age of 17 for which he had his first run in with the law. Although the case (like many others) never saw the inside of a court room thanks to Cangelosi's influence within the city.
No sooner had Jon turned 21 he was officially inducted into the Gambetti crime family, leaving his working class roots behind him once and for all. Over the next 30 years or so Gravelli worked his way up from a low level soldier to the role of acting underboss before taking over the family after Cangelosi's death in 1978. Many mobsters at the time believe that this honor should have went to Cangelosi's older and more experienced underboss Antonio LaRocca
and it was feared that his decision to pass the position on to Gravelli (who was little more than a high ranking Capo at the time) would cause a war to break out within the family. The war never materialised however due to the high level of respect Gravelli's underlings had for him and he is still ruling the family with an iron fist (and diseased kidneys) 30 years on. Despite being the subject of a number of arrests and several indictments Gravelli has never spent a day in prison, a fact attributed to his far reaching political and law enforcement connections which are thought to date back to at least 1946 when he was acquitted of attempted murder for shooting a man five times on a Broker street. It is alleged that he paid officer's $5,000 to drop the charges however when the bribery was discovered, the officers refused to admit before a grand jury that they had been paid off, leading to yet another acquittal. In recent years Gravelli has fallen into ill health and is currently a full time resident of the Schottler medical centre in Dukes where he is looked after on a permanent basis by mob enforcer Vincenzo Andolla
, the uterine nephew of long time loyal capo Artie Caruso
.Sammy Bottino - Underboss
Sammy Bottino is the former underboss of the Gambetti Family who relinquished his position to Roy Zito after going into hiding in 2007 in order to avoid prosecution for murder in Vice City. Sammy was born in South Broker in 1965 and lived in Little Italy, Algonquin for a time before moving back to Broker with his mother in 1972 after his parents seperated. After moving back to Broker Sammy didn't have much contact with his father who was a former marine and a violent drunk, instead growing up under the wing of his uncle Joseph Montigliano
who was a capo in the Lupisella family. Sammy began his criminal career under his uncle's tutelage in his mid teens, stealing cars for him with his crew (who would then either sell them whole or strip them for parts). When Sammy was 18 however his uncle Joey (who was more like a surrogate father to him) was shot dead in a Bohan bodega by an unknown shooter.
After his uncle's death Sammy became an associate of the Gambetti family and quickly became a big earner due to a lucrative truck highjacking operation he ran with a few of his close friends. Most of Bottino's early criminal career was spent behind bars but his loyalty to the family ensured that he never flipped to get out of jail time a fact that earned him great respect among his fellow mobsters. After a stint for manslaughter in the '80s, Bottino was officially inducted into the family, spearheading the Gambettis expansion into Vice City
soon after. Sammy has always had an eye for a good deal and this eye for a good business oppertunity has garnered him the nickname "Sonny" (or "Young Sonny") supposedly after the late Sonny Cangelosi, who in the 60's and 70's established the Gambetti Family as a dominating force in the Liberty City underworld. Despite Bottino's popularity among his peers however he is said to have a long running rivalry with fellow family member Roy Zito. When indictments started being handed out to members of the Gambetti family a year ago he preempted his arrest and went on the run. He is believed to be currently in hiding somewhere out west with his wife and daughter
however his exact whereabouts are unknown.
Roy Zito - (Acting) Underboss
Roy Zito is the current underboss of the Gambetti Family. Zito, a former car theif and convicted armed robber was inducted into the family in the 90s and since then has moved up quickly through the ranks all the way to his current position as the family's underboss at the relatively young age of 35. Zito and Don Gravelli are said to have a very close relationship with some sources claiming that Gravelli treats Zito better than his own son with many citing this as the reason for his quick ascent through the family's ranks. This closeness is not thought to have caused any animosity between Zito and Jon Jnr.
however as the two are said to be quite close, even being believed to have pulled several scores together in the past.
Outside of his mob business Zito is said to control many legitimate ventures including a popular social club in Broker and a chain of dry cleaners, although these are also expected to be merely fronts for other illegal activities. Since his ascention to underboss Zito has been a hot target for the FIB, however he doesn't seem to be phased by this attention and has been seen on many occasions to act seeminging without fear of prosecution and so far they haven't been able to get any substansial charges against him to stick.
Salvatore Mangano - Consigliere
Salvatore Mangano (Born 1943) is said to be the Gambetti Family's current Consigliere. Despite his alleged position as Jon Gravelli's go to guy however there is not a trace of evidence to link Mangano to any criminal activity after the mid '90s. Salvatore's public image is that of a successful entreprenure and part time political activist with some questionable friends, although witnesses and the FIB claim that this is nothing more than a cover up for his true occupation as a ruthless mafioso.
If these sources are to be believed which a recent Liberty Tree article claims "they most definitely are" then Mangano's tenure with the family dates back to the late '60's when he was a simple soldier in the family serving under Don Gravelli himself and over the years he has had a hand in the Gambetti Family's rise to the top of the Liberty City commission, dining with politicians (who he regards as personal friends) and sweet talking police commissioners, making sure evidence against the family never saw the light of day. All of this however is merely speculation.
Nicky Bottino - Soldier
Nicky Bottino is a soldier in the Gambetti Family. Being born the illegitimate son of mobster Sammy Bottino while he was serving four years in prison and then growing up in the Broker slums with his drug addict turned prostitute of a mother, "Little" Nicky Bottino was never really given many chances in life. After dropping out of high school Nicky began to look for his eduction elsewhere and started running with a gang of street thugs from his local neighbourhood who eventually lead him down the same criminal path as his father before him. At that time Nicky's main speciality was boosting cars, a skill which garnered him the respect of, then capo, Roy Zito who took Nicky under his wing.
After several years of doing grunt work for the Gambettis, Nicky finally got made into the Family, which served to fill the void left by his detachment from his own family and brought him closer to the father he never really knew. Being the archotypal product of his environment, Nicky is as you'd expect a callous and cold individual who genuinely enjoys voilence and the life of crime, a good man to have by your side by all accounts. Nicky is currently a member of high ranking Capo "Fat" Philly Narducci's
crew which also includes Jon Gravelli's nephew Peter Gravelli
and his personal bodyguard Vinny Andolla.
The Pavano Family was first established by an old style Sicilian named Giussepe Pavano
and was one of the founding families of the Liberty City Commission in the 1930's. Currently the family sits as the second most powerful family in the city, second only to the Gambettis having previously been the number one family for many years. The Pavano Family have traditionally been a very secretive faction, choosing to shy away from the media spotlight that some members of the other families embrace, deeply regarding the laws of ómerta. The family currently consists of 150 250 made members and well over 1,000 associates.
Mary Valvona - Boss
Mary Valvona otherwise known as "The Godmother" and "The Black Widow" is alleged to be the current boss of the Pavano Family. Born Maria Provenzano in 1948 in Palermo Sicily, Mary first emigrated to America with her widowed father and five siblings at the age of ten and began working in sweat shops around the Liberty City garment district to help support her brothers and sisters due to her father's low wages which he received for working the docks. In order to earn extra money she became involved in drug dealing and prostitution at the age of 12 and through this she became involved in further criminality, once reportedly kidnapping a child from a rich neighbourhood and extorting his parents into giving her money for his return. She was just 13 years old at the time. It was through her work in sweat shops however that she met an older man named Luigi Valvona
who ran the seamsters union for Giuseppe Pavano, and the two fell in love, despite their 20 year age gap. Luigi's wealth ensured that she would never have to work again and for years they had a seemingly very happy relationship, but as soon as Luigi became the Don of the Pavano family in the early 80s cracks began to show. Luigi had originally attempted to give her her own independence by setting her up with her own loansharking racket in the mid 70s which eventually lead to a violent assault on one of her customers but the conflict between the two soon reignited and between 1981 and 1989 they were said to have a very volatile relationship, apparently fueled on by a lack of trust due to constant rumours of Mary's cheating with Luigi's subordinates. From this a vicious power struggle between the two lovers ensued that would not become outwardly apparent until the investigation into Luigi's death from poisoning in 1990 (of which Mary was a suspect).
Since the death of her husband many rumours have surrounded Mary Valvona including tales about her violent temper and an apparent addiction to sex with younger men, with government informant and former Pavano enforcer Vito "Dog Meat" Menotti
labeling her a "maniac both sexually and mentally". It has also been said of her that she is driven only by money, power and domination with a total disregard for others. Although the truth behind these rumours is yet to be fully established, one must wonder how an elderly woman could control one of the most ruthless and powerful mafia families in America without such a vicious temper and domineering personality. Mary's current boyfriend is a cat burglar named Mario Venturella
. Although she is officially in charge of the family recent testimony suggests that she is in fact just a front boss for the alleged family underboss Ercole Romano
.Arthur Zapulla - Consigliere
Arthur Zapulla is the 40 year old former lawyer turned consigliere of the Pavano Family. Zapulla grew up in a prominently Italian neighbourhood in East Holland, the son of a Jewish mother and a Calabrian Father. As a child Arthur was very studious and he excelled in high school, particularly in math. In his late teens Arthur began to put this skill with numbers to use by setting up a small 'business' taking bets on sports games from people in his neighbourhood and ripping off local drunks in card and dice games with the use of card counting and complex probability equations. Through these little scams Arthur soon saw that he was able to make quite a bit of money and he began to favour continuing these activities over going to college. However, Arthur's scams soon caught the attention of local youths who became jealous of him and threatened to hurt him if he didn't cut them in on the action. Not wanting to be extorted by the youths, young Arthur fought back against them, earning him the respect of the (Pavano affiliated) mobsters in the area and shortly afterwards they built up a friendship based on mutual respect. It was from this friendship with these budding mafiosos that Arthur first became affiliated with the mob, rising quickly in their estimation due to his propensity for a good scam.
Around this time Arthur also began having an affair with the wife of the Pavano Family don Mary Valvona, a relationship that would see Zapulla being put through law school on Valvona's money on the pretense that he represent the family in all following trials. As Arthur and Mary began to become more and more enthralled in their affair Pavano boss Luigi Valvona became more and more of an obstacle in their path and it is alleged that they devised and carried out a plan to execute him via poisoning making it initially look like a natural occurrence a plan that put Mary in the position of the Family's boss and eventually placed Arthur at her right hand as the family's consigliere. After this romance ended in the mid 90s it all went a bit downhill for Arthur as he became the co-accused in a federal racketeering case involving his former lover and was subsequently caught in possession of several kilos of cocaine. Zapulla represented himself in both of these cases and managed to win with a (questionably) unanimous verdict of not guilty winning the latter case by convincing the jury that he was reenacting a scene from a vinewood blockbuster for friends. Despite winning these cases his reputation within the legal system was indelibly tarnished and he was disbarred from the law in 2002. Despite him being banned from being a lawyer however, he still provides legal advice to his fellow Pavano family members. In recent years he has also been partly instrumental in modernising the family by getting them involved in stock market and mortgage scams as well as many internet based rackets.
Joe Corrola - Caporegime
Joseph "Joey" Corrola was born in Presidents City, Algonquin in 1975. Growing up Joey developed a reputation around his neighbourhood as a bit of a tough guy and as a kid he would offer protection to smaller kids in the schoolyard for a cut of their lunch money. Being part of a relatively poor family Joey was forced to drop out of school at an early age in order to start working to help support his family. Shortly after dropping out of school he began to live his life as if he were 30 years old, drinking and smoking heavily and staying out until all hours of the night gambling with older men from his neighbourhood. It was also around this time that Joe began working odd jobs for the mob, selling bootlegged cigarettes and stealing cars.
When he was in his early twenties Joey began a relationship with Mary Valvona and like Arthur Zapulla before him he was elevated quickly within the family's ranks, becoming a capo only a matter of years after being inducted into the family, taking over from notorious heroin trafficker Mario Mad Dog Ciccone
, his former mentor, after he was sent to prison in 1998. In the position of capo Corrola was given charge of his own crew which began to specialise in the importation and sale of drugs, particularly heroin and took control of the Humboldt River dock workers union, using it as a front for importing drugs. Corrola has also become known for having close bonds with African American criminals seeing them as a way to make extra cash that would put the Pavanos ahead of other families on the commission due to them typically only working with Italian Americans. Corrola is noted for being quite proud of his appearance and often splashes out on expensive suits and jewellry and brushes his naturally curled hair frequently even between hits, being once quoted as saying "If I'm gonna whack a guy I want him to see how handsome his killer was before he hits the dirt".
Louie Santoro - Soldier
Louis The Cowboy Santoro was born in Liberty City in 1977 and grew up in the same neighbourhood as Joe Corrola. Growing up Louie was always fascinated by the high rolling criminals and he would often commit petty crimes in an attempt to impress them. When Louie reached his early twenties his dreams finally came true when he was inducted in to the Pavano family as part of Joe Corrolas crew of budding young gangsters. Over the years Louie has become a good earner for the family and has created a lot of connections for them all over the city, taking a more hands on approach to the drug market than his boss Joe Corrola. Louie has often been described as having an addictive personality and he has over the years had many problems with gambling and drugs which many people say have prevented him from moving higher than his current position within the family. Despite his outward appearance as a small time drug dealer however Louie is a shrewd businessman with some powerful connections.
In mob circles over the years Santoro has earned himself a reputation as a bit of a renegade and often goes off on his own and commits crimes that have not been authorised by his superiors, often earning him the ire of authority figures within the family. Despite his apparent lone wolf style of operation and dislike for authority however he often acts on what he feels will benefit the family in the long run and feels that he is not given enough credit for his work. On the flip side at times, mainly due to his admiration of mobsters growing up, Santoro is said to be very respectful in the company of those above him and has been known to be very loyal, at least to his captain Joe Corrola who is said to be one of the only men able to keep him in check. Many have said that Santoro (and others like him) are a sign of the future of a Cosa Nostra run by young turks with a chip on their shoulder and a hot burning fire in their bellies, others say that they will be it's downfall.
The Messina Family is said to have been created by Giuseppe "Big Joe" Messina
, a sicilian immigrant. The Messina family is said to be the third most powerful family in Liberty City after the Pavanos and the Gambettis. Over the years the family have become known mostly for their business sense and it is believed that is what has elevated them to the bronze medal position in the Liberty City commission. The family currently comprises of 115-130 made members and over 500 associates.
Harvey Noto - Boss
Harvey Noto is the current Boss of the Messina Family. He was born in Dukes, Liberty City in 1942 to two second generation Italian immigrants. Noto grew up in a rough neighbourhood on the border of Steinway and East Island City, later moving to the affluent neighbourhood of Meadow Hills. As a teen he garnered a reputation around his neighbourhood for being a delinquent and was frequently seen hanging around with drug dealers and low lives. He first became involved in carjacking in his early teens and when he turned 17 Noto was taken under the wing of a Capo within the Dukes based Messina family named Dominick Pistone
who put Noto to work as an enforcer in his loan sharking operation due to his domineering appearance. After learning the tricks of the trade from Pistone, Noto began his own loansharking operation for which he was arrested in 1960. On this occasion Noto was released without charge due to insufficient evidence (since nobody dared testify) but he was arrested later that same year for extorting a local florist earning him an 18 month prison term. From prison Noto allegedly had the man's business burned to the ground.
Some years after his release from prison Harvey was officially inducted into the Messina Family and moved up to the position of Capo ahead of his own crew just ten years after becoming a made man. By the early 60s many Messina family members began to question the leadership of patriarch Big Joe Messina, one of these being Noto's mentor Dominick Pistone, largely due to him spending most of his time away from Liberty City and promoting his son Joseph 'Little Joe' Messina
to the position of consigliere even though he was unqualified for the role. At this time Noto began to openly dispise Joe Messina and he and Pistone turned their attention to taking him out of his position by any means necessary. Noto also having a personal hatred for Joe Jnr. who in turn disliked Noto due to his involvement in narcotics (for which he was eventually arrested in 1970). Due to a failed assassination attempt by Noto, the senior Messina grew fearful of his life and he and his son moved away from Liberty City and the commission installed long time loyalist Tomaso "Tommy" Borelli
as his replacement. When Borelli died he was replaced by former Messina underboss Vincent Caruso
who was eventually murdered by Pistone's faction. Left with no other choice The Commission officially named Noto's mentor Dominick Pistone as the new boss of the family, a decision which was largely attributed to the influence of Noto's Meadow Hills neighbour Jon Gravelli who had long been a friend of Pistone and his supporters. This decision was immediately contested by certain members of the family and a civil war broke out which lasted for several years. In 1982 Noto had two of his underlings kill his former mentor due to his increasing volatility after becoming boss and later that year he and Messina had a famous meeting at the top of the observation towers in Meadows Park to discuss their differences that ended in Messina falling to his death from the top of the structure. Charges of manslaughter were brought against Noto but in the end it was ruled as an accident. Noto's actions did however earn him the wrath of some of the other families who attempted to assassinate him in the mid 80s. Over time however these issues were ironed out thanks once again in part to Don Gravelli and Noto became the undisputed boss of the Messina family with his longtime friend Charles "Chucky" D'Amato
(the family's current Underboss) by his side. In the early days he was seen as too flashy and too volatile to effectively lead a family - a trait also attributed to Pistone, but since the late 80s he has mellowed out and become an expert at avoiding the FIB's glare in a fashion more akin to old school bosses like Big Joe and others of his era. In fact to this day his family still carries the name of it's former patriarch 'out of respect for the late great Joe Messina' and is one of the dominating forces on the commission, largely due to Noto's influence.Harry Hall - Consigliere
Harry Hall is currently the consigliere of the Messina Family. Harry was born in Steinway, Dukes in 1948 to an Irish American mother and an estranged father who was believed to be of Sicilian descent. Harry's mother (who was a dancer) had many wealthy boyfriends who temporarily took on the role of his father and would buy him and his mother many nice things. As a young boy up until he was in his late teens Harry would often hang around the various clubs and bars where his mother would dance and would often entertain the other female dancers with song and dance numbers and stand up comedy routines, earning him a reputation as a bit of a ladies man quite early on. Around this time however young Harry would also be frequently exposed to the seedier side of the the Liberty City club scene, rubbing shoulders with drug users and scumbags on a regular basis. Years later Harry would himself become more and more involved in this scene and eventually began selling drugs and pimping whores, becoming quite wealthy as a result. In an attempt to keep himself out of trouble, in 1965 at the age of 17, Hall enlisted in the Army, at the height of the Vietnam war but after three years of service (during which his mother had died) he returned to Liberty City and met his future wife Catherine the following year. Over the next few years however Harry became re-involved in crime and was soon a big player in the worlds of prostitution and narcotics. It was around this time he caught the eye of Lupisella Family associate and fellow Irishman Mickey Callaghan
who for a time took Hall under his wing.
Through his work selling pussy and drugs Harry also became friends with many other notorious criminals around Dukes and Algonquin including Liberty City's Cosa Nostra families and members of the once powerful Irish Mob. Determined to be successful despite his acquired status as one of the big players in the underworld however Harry began to move into many legitimate and semi-legitimate ventures in the latter part of the 1970s, even managing to put himself through law school and setting up a million dollar private escort agency which acted as a front for full on prostitution and the production of hardcore porn movies. Around this time Hall got introduced to Messina Capo Harvey Noto. Impressed by Hall's ability to take the most illegal practices and make them seem above board, the future Boss formed a close bond with him. This friendship would later serve Harry well as when Noto took over the family, he took him on as his right hand man, serving primarily in an advisory capacity. It is thought by some that many family members thought of it as somewhat of an insult to have a man that was not fully Italian in such an esteemed position, these concerns however were usually met with unfavourable results when brought to the attention of Hall or Noto and over time they began to simply fade away. Often times Hall's mixed ancestry has worked to his advantage though, especially when it comes to prosecution for his mob membership since the notion of him being put forward as the family's consigliere would seem rediculous due to the Mafia's strong traditions of only inducting full blooded Italians into their inner circle, a fact that frustrates those who know otherwise. Although Harry is said to be proud of his Irish ancestry he has been known to try to disguise it. One method he used in the past was to dye his naturally ginger hair blonde. This however backfired in one notable instance where he attempted to bleach his own hair and ended up mistakenly pouring a hydrochloric acid solution over his head which lead to him losing much of his hair. For years he would cover up his bald patch by wearing a variety of hats, even while indoors, garnering him the nickname of "Harry the Hat" among mob circles. He has since managed to get a hair transplant but some people still refer to him by his former moniker "The Hat", possibly in order to circumvent FIB wiretaps.
Mark Volpe - Caporegime
Mark Anthony Volpe was born in Dukes in 1963. He is currently a capo within the Messina family and is one half of the infamous Volpe brothers. Mark and his brother were mischievous youths and would frequently be brought home in a cop car. Mark, who's father Mark senior's brother Alfredo
had been a mobster, began his career with the Messina family as a hitman for Harvey Noto (who would often pay young thugs to carry out hits) in the late 70's before even becoming an adult. In 1982 he was sentenced to ten years in prison for the Murder of Noto's former mentor Dominick Pistone in a Dukes opticians due to him standing in the way of Noto becoming the family's boss, witnesses said that Pistone literally never saw it coming since he had removed his glasses to try on another pair.
After his release from prison Mark became a fully fledged made man (as a reward for him murdering Pistone) and set up a lucrative loansharking and extortion operation on behalf of the family. Seemingly unfazed by his long stint in prison, Mark continued to carry out hits for Noto earning him two separate manslaughter convictions in 1994 and 1996. In late 1996 after being cleared in his second manslaughter case he was also promoted to Capo and he and his crew set up a sports betting ring operating throughout the four Liberty City Boroughs. Mark is said to have a violent temper and often beats people for little or no reason, once putting a parking attendant in a coma for giving him a ticket. He is also fiercely defensive of his family and is profusely intolerant to anybody speaking bad of them, once notoriously cutting out the tongue of enforcer Johnny Tightlips Ruggiero
for suggesting his brother Fredo was a police informant. Despite the fact that these claims are actually true, the elder Volpe had managed to largely fly under the governments radar due Fredo feeding his handlers false information and never recording incriminating conversations with him. That was until he was indicted for a city wide illegal gambling operation in 2000 (the second such indictment against him in two years). Thanks to Fredo's wiretap the government managed to collect a large amount of damning evidence against him but decided not to use it so as not to prematurely expose Fredo as an informant. In recent years Mark himself has become suspected of being an informant although members of the family are not so quick to accuse him, preferring to hold their tongue until some actual evidence emerges to implicate him of being a rat. He is however currently awaiting sentencing on his third manslaughter conviction which may cast doubts among his superiors who fear he may flip to avoid prosecution.
Fredo Volpe - Caporegime
Alfredo Fredo Volpe is a 42 year old capo within the Messina Family and is also the younger brother of fellow Messina capo Mark Volpe. As a youngster Fredo would constantly hang around his brother Mark and the two were said to have a very close bond. Like his brother Fredo also often found himself in trouble with the law for committing petty crimes and was said to have quite a knack for pick pocketing. Fredo's work with the Messina Family began around the same time as his brother's and he would often accompany him on hits for Harvey Noto, including the slaying of boss Dominick Pistone, acting as Mark's getaway driver in that instance. Following the hit on Pistone, Fredo was put on trial for the murder along with his brother, escaping with an accessory charge for his part in the crime while Mark was sentenced to ten years. Fredo blamed himself for his brother going to prison believing that he somehow lead the police to finding out that it was him who was behind the hit. This guilt sent Fredo into a depression and in turn forced him to become addicted to drugs which he also sold for the Messinas in his late teens. After many tough years Fredo eventually got clean and he began to earn big for the family through the execution of several big robberies on banks and stores around the city and became a made man in his brother's absence.
For many years Fredo continued to work hard for the family and two years after his brother he got promoted to capo in 1998. That same year Fredo was caught with a large shipment of stolen benzodiazepines and was arrested. Due to the value of the drugs in question and Volpe's arrest record he was facing up to 20 years so seeing an opportunity to gather information on the Messina Family the LCPD propositioned the newly made capo about becoming a police informant. Fredo initially refused but when played a tape of his father in law Harry Hall threatening to cut his balls off he became concerned for his own safety and quickly changed his mind and was released back into the family as a rat. It is believed that over the past ten years Fredo has collected enough incriminating evidence to bring down the whole Messina Family and its associates.
Jimmy Capra - Soldier
James Jimmy The Goat Capra was born in 1968 and grew up in the same neighbourhood as Mark and Fredo Volpe and would occasionally hang out and commit petty crimes with the two brothers. Capra was reportedly bullied throughout his childhood by his peers due to being overweight and having an absentee father who was frequently in trouble with the law. Capra suffered in silence for many years but eventually he began to stand up for himself resulting in violent altercations which usually ended with the other person being severely beaten or stabbed. Like Jimmy, his father Alberto
was also a violent man and had been a famous mobster for the Gambettis in the 1970s. Despite this Jimmy eventually opted to join the Messina family instead due to a belief that the Gambettis were involved in his father's murder, an event which is said to have effected him deeply in his teens and caused him psychological stress which lead to him being reclusive, showing no interest in making friends or developing romantic relationships. Eventually however he began to hang around with his old friend Fredo Volpe once again. Capra had been expelled from school due to his violent nature and found solace with the other neighbourhood truants and hoodlums who would give him validation for carrying out vicious beatings on their behalf. This connection eventually led to him becoming involved with the Messina family in the late '80s. Upon becoming involved with the Messinas he performed many brutal hits for them throughout the 1980s and 90s.
Over the years Capra has become increasingly famous among mob circles for his violent temper and the genuine pleasure he takes in killing with some mobsters labeling him a complete and utter psychopath. Recent testimony from mob informant Fredo Volpe describes him as the nastiest and most intimidating man he has ever met in all of his years as a mobster detailing his penchant for cutting up his victims after he has murdered them. Capra is also said to be frequently violent towards women and once savagely beat one of Harry Hall's prostitutes for refusing to have sex with him causing her to leave work permanently. This incident caused a temporary rift between Capra and Hall but their relationship has since been mended and they now work together distributing pornography. It is unknown exactly where Capra got his unusual nickname (which he reportedly hates), it may simply just be reference to his surname "Capra" (which means "Goat" in Italian) or it may have something to do with the ritualistic way in which he carries out the act of murder. Aside from being a violent enforcer, Capra is also involved in many lucrative businesses, running a car dealership, an auto repair shop and part owning a restaurant in Little Italy with fellow mobster Bobby The Bull Sarafino