Castellano was aware of the pitfalls. To make matters worse, from his standpoint, DeMeo had also become a heavy dealer and user of cocaine. His behavior was increasingly erratic. This made him even more dangerous.
”Then Frankie DeCicco told me that Paul had ordered a hit on Roy. Frankie’s crew was given the contract. They couldn’t get to him, so Frankie used two guys who were with Roy. He told them that this was what the boss wanted and they did it.
”I understood why Frankie tipped me while I was up seeing Paul a day or two afterwards. He had me sit down. That girl, Gloria, got me coffee, and Paul threw down a newspaper in front of me. It was open to a page. ‘Here, read this,’ he said, walking all around. The story was about Roy DeMeo being found in the trunk of a car.
”What do you think of that?’ he said. He didn’t know that I know that he gave the order. He’s being devious. He wants to see my feelings. Like maybe I would say, ‘Hey, Roy was my best friend. I’m going to get even with whoever the fuck did this.’ He’s trying to gauge my reaction.
”So what I did as soon as I got done reading the article, I looked at him and said, ‘Paul, if you’re mad, I’m mad. If you ain’t mad,’ I said, putting the paper aside, ‘I don’t give a fuck.’
”He looked at me and said, ‘Oh, all right. You want something else with that coffee?’ Those were his exact words and it was over and done with. I guess he was happy with that answer.”
Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano.
Extract from ‘Underboss’ by Peter Maas
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