Carmine John Persico Jr. was an American mobster and the long-time boss of the Colombo crime family in New York City from 1973 until his death in 2019.

On May 19, 1963, Carmine “The Snake” Persico and his longtime associate, Alphonse “Funzi” D’Ambosio, were ambushed by gunmen on their way to downtown Brooklyn. The shots neatly pierced the car’s windshield. Carmine took hot lead to his cheek, left hand, and shoulder. He stumbled over to the sidewalk and spit out a bloody bullet. Carmine never named his attackers to the police. Carmine, who had the nicknames, “Junior” and “Snake,” now picked up a new one, “The Immortal.”