Federal Prosecutors Say Retired N.Y. Police Detectives Worked for the Mob While on the Force:
What a surprise. You have probably the largest criminal enterprise in the world working in a city. It controls sanitation, food and laundry distribution, and most of the major labor unions in Metropolitan New York. Growing up just outside of New York it was understood that the police force had officers on the take, otherwise how could the mob stayed one step ahead.
Two retired police detectives living in Las Vegas led double lives as Mafia hitmen while on the force and gave confidential information to the mob for more than a decade, federal prosecutors charged.
One of the suspects, Louis Eppolito, wrote an autobiography titled “Mafia Cop: The Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob,” which dealt with, among other things, what he said were false charges of Mafia involvement.
He and his former partner, Stephen Caracappa, were arrested Wednesday night at a restaurant off the Las Vegas Strip, law enforcement officials said Thursday. The pair have been living in Las Vegas since retiring in the early 1990s.
Each is charged with eight murders, two attempted murders, murder conspiracy, obstruction of justice, drug distribution and money laundering
Now here are the biography’s of these fine gentleman:
Eppolito, the grandson, son and nephew of Mafia members, became known in the 1970s and ’80s as much for his suspected ties to the mob as his rough-and-tumble arrests of street thugs. In his 1992 autobiography, he described his family background and decorated career, while rebutting the mob allegations.
Caracappa, who helped found the New York Police Department’s Organized Crime Homicide Unit, was a gatekeeper of information about Mafia killings investigated by police.