POST SCRIPT FUN FACT:The Genovese mafia have a long history of not being homophobic. As this story demonstrates, not being homophobic and being an LGBTQ+ ally are NOT the same thing.
In the 1910s until the 1930s, "Little Davey" Petillo (1908-1983) was one of the deadliest assassins in the Genovese family (Luciano crime family at the time). Petillo was a short man (5'-6") recruited from the streets early on worked with Lucky Luciano and was a body guard for Al Capone in Chicago for a while. Petillo worked alongside Charles "Chalutz" Gagliodotto (1908-1968), also a short man (5'-0").
Both men were cross-dressers, wearing women's clothes to get close to their victims. If you've ever seen or heard of the troupe of a woman dressed in all black, face covered in a veil, at a funeral that turns out to be an assassin for one of the mourners... it is based on Petillo and Gagliodotto who did exactly that. Together they were known as the 'Drag Queen Killers.'
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