On July 12, 1979, Carmine “The Cigar” Galante was killed just as he finished eating lunch on an open patio at Joe and Mary’s Italian-American Restaurant in Brooklyn. At 2:45 pm, three ski-masked men entered the restaurant, walked into the patio, and opened fire with shotguns and handguns. Galante was killed instantly. A picture of the murdered Galante showed a cigar still in his mouth.

Richard “The Ice Man” Kuklinski was an American murderer and hitman. In 1988, he was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of killing two members of his burglary gang and two other associates.

In The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo, Rich details many of the murders he was involved in over his lifetime. He claims to be one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history. Richard Kuklinski alleged that he carried out dozens of murders on behalf of Gambino soldier Roy DeMeo, including that of Galante. Mob expert, Jerry Capeci dismissed Kuklinski’s claims as “mostly demented ramblings”