or Gaspare DiGregorio
(1905 – June 11, 1970) was a New York mobster and a high-ranking member of the Bonanno crime family
who was a key figure in the so-called "Banana War".
in the Bonanno family, DiGregorio had aspirations of becoming consigliere
. However, family boss Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonanno
made his son Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno
consigliere, leaving hard feelings with DiGregorio. In 1964, fearful for his life, Joe Bonanno disappeared from New York. After a while, the New York Mafia Commission
appointed DiGregorio as the new family boss. That decision was opposed by Joe's appointed successor Salvatore Bonanno
and a war soon erupted within the Bonanno family. At one point, DiGregorio arranged a nighttime peace meeting with the Bonannos in a house in Brookyn. DiGregorio and his men arrived first; when the Bonannos arrived, DiGregorio's men started shooting. Miraculously, no one was hurt.
The so-called Bonanno War continued even with the brief return of Joe Bonanno in 1966. Although DiGregorio was supported by Mafia Commission
members such as Carlo Gambino
, Tommy Lucchese
, Joe Colombo
and Stefano Magaddino
, they eventually became dissatisfied with DiGregorio's efforts at quelling the family rebellion. They eventually dropped DiGregorio and swung their support to Paul Sciacca
. The war effectively ended in 1968 when Joe Bonanno suffered a heart attack and Sciacca became boss. DiGregorio was out in the cold.
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