Gaetano Del Gaudio

by Jon Black




Died: November 30th 1916

Where: 2031 1st Av

Cause: Shot

Killer: Unknown gunman

The Neapolitan Del Gaudio broth­ers were involved in gam­bling in East Harlem, but also had con­nec­tions with the Brooklyn based Navy St gangNicola Del Gaudio, broth­er to Gaetano, and own­er of a bar­ber shop on E104th, was killed in October 1914. The killing was attrib­uted to the pow­er­ful Giosue Gallucci, after Del Gaudio had become dis­pleased with his share of the East Harlem graft and demand­ed more.

Following the killing, Gaetano acquired a body­guard named George Esposito, who had pre­vi­ous­ly been a body­guard to Gallucci. Esposito was killed whilst he walked down E108th on 8th November, 1916

Later that month, at 3am on November 30th, Gaetano Del Gaudio was shot and killed. He had been serv­ing cof­fee to two men in his restau­rant at 2031 1st Av, when he was blast­ed by a shot­gun that been placed against the his restau­rant win­dow. He was tak­en to the Flower Hospital where he claimed to know the iden­ti­ty of his killer, but refused to name him.