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John "Johnny Boy" D'Amato
(? - 1992) U.S.A.

John D'Amato

Mafia boss

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Acting boss (1991-1992) of New Jersey's DeCavalcante family, which was rumoured to be the real-life inspiration for The Sopranos TV show family.

In early 1992, after some high-level discussions, the DeCavalcante family sent out a hit team to whack acting boss John (Johnny Boy) D'Amato for committing an unconscionable and most dishonorable crime: being gay.

The family had learned from his girlfriend that D'Amato was a "swinger" who was cheating on her and attending "wild parties" where he engaged in homosexual activity with other men.

Consigliere Stefano Vitabile, former acting boss Vincent (Vinny Ocean) Palermo, soldiers Anthony Capo and Anthony Rotondo, and associate Victor DiChiara took part in a plot to dispatch D'Amato and dispose of his body so it would never be found, according to court records.

In a 2003 mob trial in Manhattan's Federal Court, Anthony Capo testified that he shot and killed his former boss D'Amato in 1992 after learning he was gay, saying,

"Nobody's gonna respect us if we have a gay homosexual boss sitting down discussing La Cosa Nostra business. ... It shocked me. ... He couldn't be acting that way - he was a leader of men."

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