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“Accidents don't happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.”
Ciao e benvenuto! Come Va? Thanks for coming and checking out my profile. Mi chiamo Tommy and i"m 40yrs old, born and bred in New York and still living there. I am Italian American and I'm 5'10 in height and I weigh around 182. I have brown hair and blue eyes and keep my face clean shaven. I am a huge football fan and my favorite team is the New York Jets....Go Jets!!! In my spare time I hang out with my crew, work out, read and play video games when I get the chance. I dislike loud obnoxious people and bullies so pretty much anyone who thinks they are better than everyone else is on my sh*t list, lol. I have a few other profiles on VR so with this one I thought I'd do a Godfather theme which is my favorite movie of all time, hands down....forget about it....lol. If you head down to the NAV box, I listed my favorite movies, foods music, etc...I also put some info about the five major families of the NY mob. I gave a brief description of each one and listed some mob terms and quotes from famous gangsters. I also listed some books I would highly recommend on the subject if you are at all interested.
Just a quick FYI; the crime family portrayed in the movie Goodfellas is the Lucchese crime family and the family portrayed in the movie Donnie Brasco is the Bonanno crime family. The fictional Crime Families in the movie The Godfather are Corleone, Barzini, Tattaglia, Stracci and Cuneo. I would like to share a quote with you from A Bronx Tale;, which happens to be one of my favorite movies --'He's wrong, it don't take much strength to pull a trigger but try getting up every morning day after day and work for a living, let's see him try that, then we'll see who the real tough guy is, the working man is the tough guy, your father's the tough guy!' This quote says it all. Although I love reading and watching movies about gangsters, I am proud to be a working man. I can go out to my car and not have to look over my shoulder wondering if today is the day I get it. Once again thanks for stopping by and having a look. Also if you could throw me a rate on your way out that would be awesome. I wish all the best to you and your families. In the words of Don Vito -“Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family".
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*Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
*Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II
*Star Wars: The Old Republic
*Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
*The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
*The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
*he Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
*Scarface: The World Is Yours
*God of War
*God of War II
*God of War III
*Mass Effect 2
*Mass Effect 3
*Rome: Total War
*Medieval II: Total War
*Empire: Total War
*Napoleon: Total War
*Total War: Shogun 2
*Total War: Rome II
*Total War: Attila
*Neverwinter Nights 2
*Pool of Radiance
*J. R. R. Tolkien
*Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
*The Godfather Part II
*The Godfather Part III
*Helen of Troy
*Wrath of the Titans
*300: Rise of an Empire
*Clash of the Titans(1981)
*Jason and the Argonauts
*Conan the Barbarian (1982)
*Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
*Percy Jackson & the Olympians
*Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
*Big Trouble in Little China
*The Mummy Returns
*Reign of Fire
*Saturday Night Fever
*The Kingdom of Heaven
*Arn – The Knight Templar
*Monty Python and the Holy Grail
*Terminator 2: Judgment Day
*Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
*Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
*The Empire Strikes Back
*Terminator 2: Judgment Day
*Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
*An American Werewolf in London
*The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
*Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
*Dracula: Prince of Darkness
*Bram Stoker's Dracula
*The Scorpion King
*The Thing (1982)
*The Lost Boys
*Prince of Darkness
*Village of the Damned
*Escape from New York
*From Dusk til Dawn
*A Knight's Tale
*The Walking Dead
*American Horror Story
*Game of Thrones
*Ash vs Evil Dead
*Shewolf of London
*Highlander: The Series
*Friday the 13th (the series)
*Buffy the Vampire Slayer
*Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
*Xena: Warrior Princess
*The Cover Girls
The Five Families are the five major Italian-American Mafia crime families which have dominated organized crime in New York City since the 1930s. Prior to this was the Maranzano Family and the Masseria Family which ended up fighting each other during a period known as the Castellammarese War. The Five Families, under the supervision of Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, were responsible for the establishment of The Commission, a council which demarcated territory between the previously warring factions and governs American Mafia activities in the United States. The Five Families in New York remain as the powerhouse of the Italian Mafia in the US. The names of the Five Families are attributed to Mafia informant Joe Valachi. After his arrest in 1959, Valachi gave the police the names of the current bosses of the Five Families. The names of four of those bosses, Gaetano Lucchese, Vito Genovese, Carlo Gambino, and Joe Bonanno, were used to name their respective families. The fifth family was headed by Joe Profaci in 1959, but it is named after its 1960s era boss, Joseph Colombo.
The names of the Five Families are attributed to Mafia informant Joe Valachi. After his arrest in 1959, Valachi gave the police the names of the current bosses of the Five Families. The names of four of those bosses, Gaetano Lucchese, Vito Genovese, Carlo Gambino, and Joe Bonanno, were used to name their respective families. The fifth family was headed by Joe Profaci in 1959, but it is named after its 1960s era boss, Joseph Colombo. The Five familes operate throughout the New York Metropolitan area, but mainly within New York City's five boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island and also in Northern New Jersey. In the state of New York the families have increased their criminal rackets in Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk) and the counties of Westchester, Rockland and Albany. They have maintained an historical presence in the state of New Jersey since the Prohibition era. The families are also active in South Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Las Vegas.
The Genovese crime family — operates mainly in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn and New Jersey. But the family also maintains influence in Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Florida.
116th Street Crew — (operates in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx)
Greenwich Village Crew — (operates in Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan)
Genovese crime family New Jersey faction — (operates all over New Jersey)
The Gambino crime family — operates mainly in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and New Jersey. But also maintains influence in The Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut, Florida and Los Angeles.
The Ozone Park Boys — (operates in Queens and Long Island area)
DeMeo Crew — (operates in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan)
The Lucchese crime family — operates mainly in The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey. But also maintains influence in Queens, Long Island, Staten Island, Westchester County, and Florida.
Cutaia Crew — (operates in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island)
The Jersey Crew — (operates in and around all of New Jersey)
The Tanglewood Boys — (operates in Westchester County, The Bronx and Manhattan.)
The Bonanno crime family — operates mainly in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. But also maintains influence in Manhattan, The Bronx, Westchester County, New Jersey, Florida and Montreal, Quebec Canada.
The Motion Lounge crew — (operates in Brooklyn and Long Island)
The Colombo crime family — operates mainly in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. But also maintains influence in Staten Island, Manhattan, The Bronx, New Jersey and Florida.
Garfield Boys — (operates in the South Brooklyn area)
The Bonanno crime family is one of the "Five Families" that controls organized crime activities in New York City, United States, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). Founded and named after Joseph Bonanno, this family was the first one of the New York families to be kicked off the Commission (the second was the Colombo crime family in the 1990s). The Commission is a council of the bosses that help to maintain order in the Mafia. The unacceptable infractions that lead to the family being kicked off was the allegation that the family was actively dealing heroin and the inner family fighting for control of leadership.
These were unacceptable crimes and the commission members decided to kick out the Bonanno family. Since then the family faced shaky leadership with acting boss Carmine Galante being murdered on the order of imprisoned boss Philip Rastelli. This family has suffered two major indignities. The first came in 1981 when they learned that an FBI agent calling himself Donnie Brasco had infiltrated their ranks. The second time was in 2004 when boss Joseph Massino, who previously brought the family back to respectable stature and back on the commission, became the first-ever Mafia boss in history to become an FBI informant.
The Colombo crime family is the youngest of the "Five Families" that controls organized crime activities in New York City, United States, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). The family formerly known as the "Profaci crime family" was originally formed in 1928 by Joseph "The Olive Oil King" Profaci.The family has since gone through three separate family wars. The first war took place during the late 1950s when Crazy Joe Gallo began revolting against his boss Joe Profaci for demanding too much tribute. The war began to lose momentum in the early 1960s, when Crazy Joe was arrested and boss Joe Profaci died of cancer. The family came together under Joseph "Joe C." Colombo's command. After some years the second family war began immediately after the release of Crazy Joe from prison he ordered the shooting of Colombo in 1971. The Colombo supporters led by Carmine Persico won the war when, his side murdered Crazy Joe Gallo in a Little Italy restaurant in 1972.
After two decades of peace the third and bloodiest war erupted in 1991 when Victor Orena undermined the imprisoned boss Carmine Persico. The family then split into two separate faction's one loyal to the boss Persico and others to Orena. The Persico faction attacked soldiers and capos who were supporting Orena and vice versa. In 1993 with twelve family members dead and Orena imprisoned the war was finally over. Since then, the family has been hit again and again by prosecutions, informants and convictions due to the third war. Recently the family turned to a resident of Massachusetts, Ralph DeLeo, to run the family for Persico.
The Gambino crime family is one of the "Five Families" that control organized crime activity in New York City. It is a part of the United States-wide criminal network known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). The group is named after Carlo Gambino, boss of the family at the time of the McClellan hearings in 1963 when the structure of organized crime first gained public attention. The group's operations extend from New York and the eastern seaboard to California. Its illicit activities include labor and construction racketeering, gambling, loansharking, extortion, drug trafficking, money laundering, prostitution, murder for hire, solid and toxic waste dumping violations, construction, building and cement violations, fraud and wire fraud, hijacking, pier thefts and fencing.
The rise of what for a time was the most powerful crime family in America began in 1957, the day Albert Anastasia was assassinated while sitting in a barber chair at the Park-Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. Experts believe Carlo Gambino helped orchestrate the hit to take over the family. Gambino partnered with Meyer Lansky to control gambling interests in Cuba. The family’s fortunes grew through 1976, when Gambino appointed his brother-in-law, Paul Castellano, as boss. Castellano infuriated upstart capo John Gotti, who orchestrated Castellano's murder in 1985. Gotti's downfall came in 1992, when his underboss Sammy Gravano decided to cooperate with the FBI. Gravano's cooperation brought down Gotti, along with most of the top members of the Gambino family. The family is believed to be currently run by street boss John "Jackie" D'Amico.
The Genovese crime family is one of the "Five Families" that controls organized crime activities in New York City, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the American Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). The Genovese crime family has been nicknamed the "Ivy League" and "Rolls Royce" of organized crime. They are rivaled in size by only the Gambino crime family and Chicago Outfit and are unmatched in terms of power. They have generally maintained a varying degree of influence over many of the smaller mob families outside of New York, including ties with the Patriarca, Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany and Philadelphia crime families.
Finding new ways to make money in the 21st century, the Genovese family took advantage of lax due diligence by banks during the housing spike with a wave of mortgage frauds. Prosecutors say loan shark victims obtained home equity loans to pay off debts to their mob bankers. The family found ways to use new technology to improve on old reliable illegal gambling, with customers placing bets through offshore sites via the Internet. The modern family was founded by Lucky Luciano, but after 1957 it was renamed after boss Vito Genovese. Originally in control of the waterfront on the West Side of Manhattan (including the Fulton Fish Market), the family was run for years by "the Oddfather", Vincent " the Chin" Gigante, who feigned insanity by shuffling unshaven through New York’s Greenwich Village wearing a tattered bath robe and muttering to himself incoherently.
The Genovese family manipulated members of the Philadelphia crime family into murdering one time Boss Angelo Bruno so that the Genovese could gain control of Philadelphia territory in Atlantic City. Although the leadership of the Genovese family seemed to have been in limbo since the death of Gigante in 2005, the family still appears to be the most organized family and remains powerful. The family, now named after Vito Genovese, has endured like no other. Unique in today's Mafia, the family has benefited greatly from members following the code of Omertà. While many mobsters from across the country have testified against their crime families since the 1980s, the Genovese family has only had five members turn state's evidence in its history.
The Lucchese crime family is one of the "Five Families" that controls organized crime activities in New York City, U.S., within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra).Originally put together by Gaetano "Tommy" Reina in the early 1920s up until his murder in 1930, their illicit activities include profiting from labor and construction racketeering, illegal gambling, loansharking, extortion, drug trafficking, money laundering, hijacking, fraud, fencing and murder for hire.The family was taken over by Gaetano "Tommy" Gagliano during the Castellammarese War until his death in 1951. The family under Gagliano was peaceful and low key, concentrating their criminal actives in the Bronx, Manhattan and New Jersey. The next boss was Gaetano "Tommy Brown" Lucchese who turned the family around and became one of the most powerful Commission members. Lucchese teamed up with Gambino family boss Carlo Gambino to control organized crime in New York City together. When Lucchese died of natural causes in 1967, Carmine Tramunti controlled the family for a brief time; he was arrested in 1973. With the release from prison Lucchese’s successor Anthony "Tony Ducks" Corallo gained control of the family. Corallo was very secretive and soon became one of the most powerful members of the Commission. Corallo was arrested and tried in the famous Commission case of 1986.
Corallo decided to put Vittorio "Vic" Amuso and Anthony Casso in charge of the family. Casso was soon promoted to underboss and the family barely survived the reign. Casso, fearing arrest in the early 1990s, kept ordering those he felt unloyal to be murdered. The former street boss for Casso Alphonse "Little Al" D'Arco feared for his own life and turned informant. This led to the arrest of the entire Lucchese family hierarchy and Casso was finally caught. He quickly turned informant, trying to save his own life. The family lost power, respect and honor in the underworld. The family is still controlled by Amuso who is serving life and today is controlled by a three man panel of capos.
Associate: an almost-there; someone who works with and for wiseguys, but who hasn't been sworn in as a member of the Family.
Babania: Heroin, as in dealing. Lucrative but risky for mob insiders because if they're busted, long prison terms might compel them to cut a deal and squeal.
Babbo: A dope, idiot, useless underling.
Beef: a complaint or disagreement within the organization, usually discussed during a sit-down with higher-ups in the Family.
Big earner: someone who makes a lot of money for the Family. A LOT of money.
Books, the: euphemism for membership in the Family, since nothing is ever written down. When there is an availability (when someone dies), the books are "opened." When no one is being "made," the books are "closed."
Borgata: a crime Family; brugad.
Boss: the head of the crime Family; he is the only one who gives permission to "whack" or "make" someone, and he makes money from all Family operations; synonyms: don, chairman.
Boss of Bosses (Capo di tutti capi): While no one proclaims himself the Boss of Bosses anymore, the press awards this title to whomever they feel is the boss of the strongest of the five Families of New York, who is also said to preside over Commision meetings.
Broken: demoted in rank; "knocked down."
Brugad: a crime family; borgata.
Burn: to murder; synonyms: break an egg, clip, do a piece of work, hit, ice, pop, put out a contract on, whack.
Button: a "made" member of the Mafia; soldier, wiseguy, goodfella, Man of Honor.
Cafone: a phony or embarrassment to himself and others; "gavone" (slang pronunciation)
Capo: ranking member of a Family who heads a crew (or group) of soldiers; a skipper, short for capodecina.
Chased: to be banished from the Mafia and barred from associating or doing business with any made members. The punishment is merciful in that the offender is spared death.
Cleaning: taking the necessary steps (driving around, stopping in various locations) to avoid being followed.
Clip: to murder
Clock: to keep track of someone's movements and activities.
Comare: a Mafia mistress; "goumada" (slang pronunciation).
Come in: To go see the boss when summoned.
Commission, The: the Mafia "ruling body", typically a panel made up of the bosses of the five New York Families, Gambino, Genovese, Lucchese, Colombo, and Bonanno sometimes with representatives from other U.S. Families, such as Chicago.
Compare: crony, close pal, buddy. Literally, "godfather" in Italian.
Consigliere: the counselor in a crime Family; advises boss and handles disputes within the ranks.
Contract: a murder assignment.
Cosa Nostra: Italian for "this thing of ours," a mob family, the Mafia.
Crew: a group of soldiers that takes orders from a capo.
Cugine: a young toughguy looking to be made.
Do a piece of work: to murder.
Earner: someone whose expertise is making money for the Family.
Empty suit: someone with nothing to offer who tries to hang around with mobsters.
Enforcer: a person who threatens, maims, or kills someone who doesn't cooperate with Family rules or deals.
Fence: someone with worldwide outlets to liquidate swag.
Friend of mine: introduction of a third person who is not a member of the Family but who can be vouched for by a Family member.
Friend of ours: introduction of one made member to another.
Gavone: see cafone.
Get a place ready: To find a burial site.
Gift: A bribe, sometimes for a juror.
Give a pass: To grant a reprieve from being whacked.
Going: About to be whacked.
Going south: stealing, passing money under the table, going on the lam.
Goombah, goomba, gumba: Sicilian slang for the Italian compare; plural: goombata
Goumada: see comare.
Hard-on with a suitcase: mob lawyer; feminine: half a hard-on with a suitcase.
Hitting the mattresses: going to war with a rival Family or gang.
Hot place: a location suspected of being the target of law enforcement or surveillance.
Ice: to murder; see burn.
Joint, the: prison; synonyms: the can, the pen, go away to college.
Loanshark: someone who lends mob money at an exorbitant interest rate; a shylock.
Made: to be sworn into La Cosa Nostra; synonyms: to be "straightened out," to get your button.
Make a marriage: to bring two parties together for legitimate or illegitimate Family issues.
Meat eater: a corrupt cop (not exclusively mobspeak).
Mustache Petes: Old fashioned or older generation Mafiosi.
Nut, the: mobspeak for "the bottom line"; also the gross profit figure.
Omertá: the code of silence and one of the premier vows taken when being sworn into the Family. Violation is punishable by death.
Off the record: an action taken without the knowledge or approval of the Family.
On the record: an action sanctioned by the Family.
Piece: a gun.
Pop: to murder.
Problem: A liability, someone likely to be whacked.
Rat: a member who violates Omertá; synonyms: squealer, canary, snitch, stool pigeon, yellow dog.
Shylock: see loanshark
Sit-down: a meeting with the Family administration to settle disputes.
Skim: Tax-free gambling profits, as in the money taken that is not reported to the IRS.
Skipper: a capo.
Stand-up guy: someone who refuses to rat out the Family no matter what the pressure, offer, or threat.
Swag: stolen goods, also an acronym for "stolen without a gun."
Vig: the interest payment on a loan from a loanshark (short for "vigorish").Synonym:juice.
Vouch for: to personally guarantee--with one's life--the reputation of someone dealing with the Family.
Walk talk, take a walk: to conduct a sensitive discussion while striding up and down the block to avoid being overheard on those pesky eavesdropping devices.
Whack: to murder.
Young Turks: Younger, less traditional generation of Mafiosi. Less likely to live by the old rules.
Zips: American Mafiosi's derogatory term for Sicilian Mafiosi.
You can get much further with a kind word and a gun then you can with a kind word alone. ~Al Capone
Q: "Willie, why do you rob banks?"
A: "Cause that's where the money is." ~Willie Sutton
There are three sides to every story. Mine, yours and the truth. ~Joe Massino
At the end of the day we're all gonna die in jail ~Vincent Basciano
A little violence never hurt anyone ~Benjamin Ruggiero
I'm in the Gotti family; my wife's the boss ~ John Gotti, after being questioned by reporters whether or not he was the boss of the Gambino crime family
This life of ours, this is a wonderful life. If you can get through life like this, hey, thats great. But it's very, very unpredictable. There are so many ways you can screw it up. ~Paul Castellano
I've seen many lives destroyed. I've seen more people have problems with gambling than I have with drugs and alcohol. And there are some serious consequences if you get in over your head. ~Michael Franzese
"If you have a lot of what people want and can't get, then you can supply the demand and shovel in the dough." ~Lucky Luciano
Once in the racket you're always in it. ~Al Capone
Vote early and vote often. ~Al Capone
I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand.~Al Capone
I don't even know what street Canada is on. ~Al Capone
Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class. ~Al Capone
I have built my organization upon fear. ~Al Capone
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way. ~Al Capone
Now I know why tigers eat their young. ~Al Capone
Prohibition has made nothing but trouble. ~Al Capone
This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it. ~Al Capone
I never lie to any man because I don't fear anyone. The only time you lie is when you are afraid. ~John Gotti
I would be a billionaire if I was looking to be a selfish boss. That's not me. ~John Gotti
All I wanted was to be what I became to be. ~John Gotti
Be nice to bankers. Always be nice to pension fund managers. Always be nice to the media. In that order. ~John Gotti
Don't carry a gun. It's nice to have them close by, but don't carry them. You might get arrested. ~John Gott
If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn't have a job if he was any smarter. ~John Gotti
"No one will ever kill me, they wouldn't dare" ~Carmine Galante
"We don't break our captains. We kill them." ~Vincent Gigante to Vic Amuso
"Goodfellas don't sue Goodfellas....goodfellas kill goodfellas." ~Salvatore Profaci
The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name. It stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the father and son of a fictional New York crime family. The story, spanning 1945 to 1955, chronicles the family under the patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), focusing on the transformation of the son Michael Corleone (Pacino), raised to have a life outside of crime, from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss. n 1945, at his daughter Connie's wedding to Carlo Rizzi, Don Vito Corleone hears requests in his role as head of a New York crime family. His youngest son, Michael, who was a Marine during World War II, introduces his girlfriend, Kay Adams, to his family at the reception. Johnny Fontane, a famous singer and Vito's godson, seeks Vito's help in securing a movie role; Vito dispatches his consigliere, Tom Hagen, to Los Angeles to persuade studio head Jack Woltz to give Johnny the part. Woltz refuses until he wakes up in bed with the severed head of his prized stallion.
Shortly before Christmas, drug baron Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo, backed by the Tattaglia crime family, asks Vito for investment in his narcotics business and protection through his political connections. Wary of involvement in a dangerous new trade that risks alienating political insiders, Vito declines. Suspicious, Vito sends his enforcer, Luca Brasi, to spy on them. Brasi is garroted during his first meeting with Bruno Tattaglia and Sollozzo. Later Sollozzo has Vito gunned down in the street, then kidnaps Hagen. With Corleone first-born Sonny in command, Sollozzo pressures Hagen to persuade Sonny to accept Sollozzo's deal, then releases him. The family receives fish wrapped in Brasi's bullet-proof vest, indicating that Luca "sleeps with the fishes". Vito survives, and at the hospital Michael thwarts another attempt on his father. Michael's jaw is broken by NYPD Captain Marc McCluskey, Sollozzo's unofficial bodyguard. Sonny retaliates with a hit on Bruno Tattaglia. Michael plots to murder Sollozzo and McCluskey; feigning a desire to settle the dispute, Michael meets them in a Bronx restaurant, where after retrieving a planted handgun, he kills both men.
Despite a clampdown by the authorities, the Five Families erupt in open warfare, and Vito fears for his sons' safety. Michael takes refuge in Sicily and Fredo is sheltered by Moe Greene in Las Vegas. Sonny attacks Carlo on the street for abusing Connie, and threatens to kill him if it happens again. When it does, Sonny speeds to their home, but is ambushed at a highway toll booth and riddled with submachine gun fire. While in Sicily, Michael meets and marries Apollonia Vitelli, but a car bomb intended for him takes her life. Devastated by Sonny's death and realizing that the Tattaglias are controlled by the now-dominant Don Emilio Barzini, Vito attempts to end the feud. He assures the Five Families that he will withdraw his opposition to their heroin business and forgo avenging Sonny's murder. His safety guaranteed, Michael returns home to enter the family business and marry Kay, promising her that the business will be legitimate within five years. Kay gives birth to two children by the early 1950s. With his father nearing the end of his life and Fredo too weak, Michael takes the family reins.
He insists Hagen relocate to Las Vegas and relinquish his role to Vito because Tom is not a "wartime consigliere". Vito agrees Tom should "have no part in what will happen" in the coming battles with rival families. When Michael travels to Las Vegas to buy out Greene's stake in the family's casinos, he is dismayed to see that Fredo is more loyal to Greene than to his own family. In 1955, Vito suffers a fatal heart attack. At the funeral, Salvatore Tessio, a Corleone capo, asks Michael to meet with Don Barzini, signaling the betrayal that Vito had forewarned. The meeting is set for the same day as the baptism of Connie's baby. While Michael stands at the altar as the child's godfather, Corleone assassins murder the other New York dons and Moe Greene. Tessio is executed for his treachery and Michael extracts Carlo's confession to his complicity in setting up Sonny's murder for Barzini. A Corleone capo, Peter Clemenza, garrotes Carlo with a wire. Connie accuses Michael of the murder, telling Kay that Michael ordered all the killings. Kay is relieved when Michael finally denies it, but when the capos arrive, they address her husband as Don Corleone and she watches them pay reverence to Michael as the newly installed don as they close the door on her.
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