Fear City: New York vs The Mafia episode 3 recap – the ending explained Guilty, guilty, guilty.

July 22, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
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Episode 3 is a comprehensive end to the sensationalist crime story that rocked New York.

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4.5

Summary

Episode 3 is a comprehensive end to the sensationalist crime story that rocked New York.

This recap of Netflix documentary series Fear City: New York vs The Mafia episode 3, “Judgement Day” contains episodic information.

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How does Fear City: New York vs The Mafia episode 3, “Judgement Day” open?

Episode 3 opens up with New York getting plenty of construction projects, worth millions and millions of dollars, that the mob was exploiting.

A key player

The FBI knew they were on to something with the mob but they did not have a grip on the conspiracy at first, especially with The Commission. They overheard one of the soldiers called Ralph Scalpo at the table at the restaurant that was bugged — he was a president of one of the concrete worker’s unions and he was a key player. The investigation shifted and they bugged him.

Controlling the union

Episode 3 shows the leverage by the mob — they forced unions to go on strike which halted projects and forced people to pay them. Through the wire tappings, the FBI heard of “The Concrete Club” — Ralph stated that there are 8 companies connected to the club and anything over 2 million would only go to them, which was going into the pockets of mob families. It’s a billion-dollar operation and 1005 fixed. It’s an audacious scheme.

Proving crimes

Episode 3 shows the difficulty of nailing the case; the FBI couldn’t just present “The Concrete Club” as evidence, they needed to link it to other underlying crimes. So they looked into the murder of boss Carmine Galante. They needed to prove that The Commission authorized the murder.

Running palm prints

In 1984, they redid the investigation and checked the evidence again; they needed to run palm prints from an abandoned car to see if it was one of the soldiers of the mob families that murdered boss Carmine. The evidence pointed to one of the soldiers (promoted to captain), Bruno Indelicato, as one of the culprits.

Connecting the dots

Fear City: New York vs The Mafia episode 3 sees the FBI needing to connect the murder to The Commission. After the murder, there was a meeting including Indelicato at the Ravenite Social Club and spirits were high — Bruno goes to the boss of another family to be congratulated, which was very powerful evidence that The Commission ordered the murder. The FBI then collected evidence of all the bosses going to one meeting. There was enough evidence now.

The arrests

February 24, 1995 — the day of the arrests to all the bosses. NBC News knew it was going to happen and were ready to announce in the morning so the FBI had to arrest immediately before the bosses got wind of the impending news. It was sensational and one of the biggest cases for the New York prosecutors. On December 15, 1985, Paul Castellano was assassinated — a huge day for the mafia. Gotti had to make sure Paul did not discuss drugs at the trial. The police feared more bloodshed which put more pressure on the trial team.

A young trial team versus mob bosses

Episode 3 sees that the case became a media circus. It was a young team of prosecutors against formidable mob figures — some of the lawyers got death threats and had to be taught how to use a gun. At the trial, one of the elderly women jurors was struggling to understand what was happening with the tape recordings but eventually, they saw the link between the mob’s conversations and the evidence provided. The prosecutors put in as much gruesome evidence in the court as possible — Bruno Indelicato lost his cool at the trial as the seriousness of the situation dawned him. Two of the bosses calmed him down.

How does Fear City: New York vs The Mafia episode 3, “Judgement Day” end?

The jurors then go away to decide a verdict but there was a worry that the mob got to one of the jurors. If the verdict isn’t on the prosecutor’s side it could set them back 30 years. Several days pass and still no verdict which is concerning. And then the verdict came back… guilty, guilty, guilty. After all that work, justice was finally served. The mob bosses were given 100-year sentences each. The Attorney Rudy Giuliani later served as Mayor of New York from 1994 to 2001. Episode 3 is a comprehensive end to the sensationalist crime story that rocked New York.


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