In Old Days, LCN Would've Handled 'Son of Sal'

 Salvatore Perrone confessed to two killings he’s accused of.
'Son of Sal' serial killer Sal Perrone    (JOE MARINO/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
The NY Daily News reports: "It’s ironic that the accused serial killer came from a Brooklyn neighborhood known for mob killings."

The serial killer in question is from Bensonhurst and is named Sal Perrone, aka the "Son of Sal" murderer.
“If people [read: made guys] knew this lone-wolf wacko was out there whacking people he would have been stopped,” an old Bensonhurst street guy says in the story. “But this Perrone was an empty-suit nobody, a mouse that you knew just by his neighborhood face. You didn’t think he could kill time, never mind three people in cold blood.”

The story goes out of its way to separate Sal from mobsters; after all Bensonhurst historically has been ground zero for wiseguys. But nobody who knows would've had any confusion about these murders, or whether the mob or a lone nut committed them. 

"He wasn’t a ‘connected’ guy. Just a guy you’d see in the pork store or the bakery on 18th Ave," another neighborhood guy says in the story. "When I seen his face in the Daily News as the Son of Sal I could place him in the local cafés, sippin’ an espresso, always with a big fat long cigar, smoothin’ his thinning hair all the time. Heard he liked to gamble. Last thing you’re thinking is this guy is a serial killer outta some ‘Criminal Minds’ rerun.”

Bensonhurst has been home to a number of mob hits over the years (that number is probably in the thousands?), and as the article notes, these include hits ordered by the likes of Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso who is known to have paid the "Mafia Cops," ex-NYPD detectives Louie Eppolito and Steven Caracappa, to do hits in the area.

The article goes on to explain that after the RICO act decimated the mob in the early 1990s, wiseguys went away to prison in truckloads, either for life or into the warm embrace of Witness Protection, giving rise to a new breed of killers who seem to scare the public a hell of a lot more than the mob ever did.
“If they were mob hits nobody worried because that would be ‘business,’” one local says in the story. “As long as it wasn’t your business, you had nothing to worry about.”

Even the cops knew the "shopkeeper murders" were not the work of organized crime, the article notes.

One neighborhood guy said that "in the old days, 'when 18th Ave. was 18th Ave.,' locals would be out trying to find out who was doing these mindless killings."

“It’s just creepy that we had a serial killer in our neighborhood of Bensonhurst,” says the old street guy, "a glint of cold Brooklyn irony in his eye."

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  1. This is just silly observation. Police got Son of Sam when the streets were full of mob guys. I remember being out in the clubs at the time. There was a lot of talk, but no action since none of us had any idea where to start.


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