Updated: Jan 28
The previous underboss of the Lucchese family, Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso, died today on December 15th, 2020, at the age of 78.
Casso was a notoriously brutal mobster and served a 455-year life sentence at the United States Penitentiary Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. Like many inmates, Casso passed away from preexisting medical issues that escalated due to the COVID-19 virus.
Casso tested positive for COVID-19 on November 5th, 2020, and would eventually be transported to a nearby hospital. After a week of being hospitalized, Casso’s illness seemed to worsen. In an attempt to save his life, the medical team promptly put Casso on a ventilator.
Around this time, Casso’s request for “compassionate release” was denied as he was still deemed a threat to public safety. Casso had prostate cancer, kidney disease, lung disease, and was unable to move without a wheelchair.
Casso had a long history with the Italian-American Mafia and was extraordinarily ruthless and regarded as a “homicidal maniac” by Butron Kaplan and other mafia members. He was eventually incarcerated and put on trial for life-in-prison.
In fear of dying in prison, Casso turned informant and leaked a great deal of information about the Lucchese crime family. After his conviction, Casso was pulled out of the witness protection program due to various violations.
Written by Sean Harless for MobCity Productions.