By David Fisher, Tommy Dades, Mike Vecchione
Two embellished NYPD detectives with entry to the department's such a lot delicate details, Louie Eppolito and Steve Caracappa offered their badges to the Mafia—and turned murderers for the mob.
The most deadly corrupt police officers in American heritage, they left in the back of a pile of our bodies once they retired within the early Nineteen Nineties. For greater than a decade it appeared as though they have been going to escape with it—until Detective Tommy Dades and Brooklyn Assistant DA Mike Vecchione became a doubtless dead-end research into one among big apple City's maximum law-and-order stories.
For the 1st time, the total and surprising fact may be informed of the old case that rocked the realm of legislation enforcement.
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We had a hiring freeze in place so I was spending a couple of hours every day just juggling lawyers to make sure everything got covered. And then Tommy walks in and tells me he’s got this great case. I almost laughed. There was no way I had the time for it, whatever it was, no way. But with Tommy . . ” Dades and Vecchione had met in 1992, just after Mike had been named Chief of the Homicide Bureau. Tommy was still assigned to the Sixtyeighth Precinct Detective Squad. The ﬁrst case Tommy brought to him, the Casatelli case, wasn’t even a homicide.
But as usual, when Tommy got involved, the mother was in the middle of it. Casatelli started one night in 1992. Five college kids were celebrating a birthday in a Brooklyn bar. When they came out of the bar they got into some kind of dispute with three neighborhood tough guys. It was the basic egos-and-alcohol argument. The college kids then got into their car and drove away. Most nights it would have ended there, but not that night. That night lives changed. The locals followed in their own car.
Casso and Hydell apparently went back a few years. At one point Casso had been in a luncheonette when Hydell and some friends were tearing up a nearby Chinese restaurant. When the owner of that restaurant appealed to Casso for help, Gaspipe had confronted Jimmy Hydell and his friends. Hydell had his dog with him, a big dog who kept leaping toward Casso. After warning Hydell three times to get that dog away from him, Casso screwed a silencer onto the barrel of his gun and killed the dog. “Put him in the fucking trunk,” he ordered Hydell.