From 1986 to 1993, NYPD detectives Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa received $4,000 in monthly payoff money from Lucchese crime family underboss Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso in exchange for confidential information on police informants and investigations. Casso also paid Eppolito and Caracappa much more to assist in eight murders, including $70,000 for one whack. They received about $375,000 in all.

“Gaspipe” called the two men his “Crystal Ball,” said he hired them in 1986 on a salary of $4,000 a month to copy intelligence reports on NYPD probes and files naming Mob informants, so “Gaspipe” could order the informers killed. The deal lasted until 1990.