James “Jimmy the Clam” Eppolito, a Gambino crime family caporegime, clashed with fellow mobsters Anthony Gaggi and Roy DeMeo over drug trafficking, territory disputes, and a failed cocaine deal. His involvement in a children’s charity scam heightened tensions, fearing law enforcement retaliation. As they met to resolve differences, Eppolito sensed danger and tried to flee, but it was too late. Gaggi and DeMeo fatally shot James Eppolito Sr. and his son, James Eppolito Jr., bringing a tragic end to their story.