“ Instead of [the restaurant owner] getting killed, he’d have to pay a tax. It was basically a penalty.”
That’s alleged mobster Salvator Volpe, describing the tax one unidentified Staten Island restaurant owner paid the Bonanno crime family in lieu of getting killed. And what did this guy do to deserve this no-death penalty? He impregnated the wife of Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, who was then nearly tricked into thinking the baby was his own. Not that Vinny Gorgeous is a real class act—transcripts of his tapped conversations with another mob guy in jail were released last week, and VG was talking about his mistress (and the baby he had with that mistress) like it wasn’t even a thing. But that’s love for you. Nobody gets out alive unless they pay.