and Rosemarie Uva
(often misspelled Rosemary
or Rose Marie
) were married ex-cons
from Ozone Park, Queens
and considered a modern day "Bonnie and Clyde
Thomas Uva had gotten out of prison in May 1992 at the age of 28. He and his 31 year old wife, who worked as the getaway driver, started holding up mafia social clubs
throughout New York City
that were owned by the Gambino crime family
and the Bonanno crime family
. As a result, mafia families put out an "open contract" to kill the couple.
On the morning of Christmas Eve 1992, the two decided to go out on a last minute Christmas shopping drive. They left their Ozone Park
home and got into their car. As they got to the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and 103rd Avenue, Dominick Pizzonia
, a Gambino family capo
, allegedly shot the couple several times in the head.
Their bodies were discovered moments later when the car rolled through the intersection, collided with an oncoming vehicle, and came to rest against the front curb of nearby residence. The victims, and their killer, all lived in the same neighborhood of Ozone Park, about half a mile from the murder scene. There have also been speculations that the murders were done by Bonanno family soldiers, Anthony Donato and Vincent Basciano.
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