Carmine "Mr. Gribbs" Tramunti
(October 1, 1910 – October 15, 1978) was a New York mobster who was the boss of the Lucchese crime family
.Axthelm, Pete. The Night the Bettors Mutinied at Yonkers.
July 12, 1971. New York Magazine.
Operating in Harlem
Tramunti was born in 1910 in Manhattan, New York
and raised in a tenement on 107th street. Tramunti eventually controlled a large part of the numbers racket in Harlem
. He also ran the "Harlem Game", one of the major floating craps
games in New York. Tramunti was a beefy man who stood 5'10, had a triple chin, and bore a remarkable resemblance to comedian Jonathan Winters
. Tramunti's headquarters was The Stage Delicatessen located at 834 7th Avenue in Manhattan
. The Stage Delicatessen is under new management and has no links to organized crime currently. His underboss was Stefano LaSalle
and his consigliere was Vincent Rao
, and acting underboss Paul Vario
In 1967, with the death of Lucchese boss Tommy Lucchese
, Tramunti became the official boss of the Lucchese family. Carlo Gambino
, the head of the Gambino crime family
, allegedly used his influence to make Tramunti the Lucchese boss. As a result, Tramunti may have been a "front boss", or figurehead; some people believed that during this period Gambino controlled both the Gambino and Lucchese families.
In 1971, Tramunti was acquitted in a multi-million dollar stock swindle. By 1973, Tramunti was also under... Read More