Carini, who lived in the Mill Basin section of Brooklyn and worked as a florist, was the son of Carmine Carini, 58, who was convicted in 1985 of assassinating Brooklyn record store owner Verdi Kaja and throwing his body out of a car.In 2007, after serving 23 years for the 1983 mob hit, a judge vacated the elder Carini's murder conviction, owing to the fact that three years prior, a pair of federal cooperating witnesses had come forward claiming that Vincent Carini, Carmine's cousin, had confessed to Kaja's execution.The family's leadership crumbled due to a series of arrests and deaths over the following decades, leaving a power vacuum behind.Lucchese Named after 1950s boss Tommy "Three-Finger Brown" Lucchese, who united with the Gambino family to gain a monopoly over mob activities in New York City, the family was once one of the most powerful crime gangs in America.Carini was allowed to walk free after pleading guilty to a count of manslaughter and receiving a new sentence of seven to 21 years, which he had already served, as the New York Times reported at the time.Less than a year after he emerged from prison a free man, Carini was arrested again, this time for committing two home invasions, during one of which he pistol-whipped a victim.But it was torn apart after boss Anthony "Two Ducks" Corallo was arrested in 1986, naming Vittorio "Vic" Amuso and Anthony Casso to take his place.Casso ordered a series of murders of those he feared to be disloyal, leading to his former street boss defecting to the FBI in fear of his own life.
He was released on parole in 2009, but was re-arrested twice, in 20, for violating the conditions of his release.
Detectives with the 63rd Police Precinct reportedly had to rely on fingerprints to positively identify the victim.
Carini’s body was found floating near a dock, wrapped tightly in a blue tarp secured with duct taped, and chained to a cinder block.
Named after former boss Vito Genovese, the family is thought to have had no fixed leader since the 2005 death of Vincent Gigante, known as "the Oddfather" because he faked insanity by wandering the streets in a bath robe.
The Gambino crime family is thought to operate from New York to California, and was once held to be the most powerful mafia family in America.