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Full EpisodeGangland Graveyard

It started with a severed foot in a vacant lot. By the time the painstaking FBI investigation ended, a powerful Mafia crime family was shattered and its once-invincible “Don” faced life behind bars. The story centers on the events of May 5, 1981, when three Mafia captains — “Philly Lucky” Giaccone, “Big Trin” Trinchera, and “Sonny Red” Indelicato — were invited to a sit-down in a Bensonhurst, Brooklyn social club for what was said to be an “administrative meeting.” It was an ambush. The three wiseguys were killed on the orders of capo Joseph Massino, who was making a successful play for control of the Bonanno crime family. But, until recently, it was never clear what really occurred that evening, or what happened to the bodies of Giaccone and Trinchera.

Viewers enter into the world of the Mafia through expert insight provided by Joseph D. Pistone. From 1976 to 1981, posing as tough-talking jewel thief Donnie Brasco, Pistone gained the trust of the highest levels of the Bonanno Family. He became such an integral part of the organization that he was almost asked to be one of the hit-men who helped ambush Massino’s competitors.

Depicting the latest forensic techniques used by the FBI, including DNA testing and wound analysis, “Gangland Graveyard” finally answers the question of what happened on that fateful night of May 5, 1981.

Production Credits Print

An Optomen Production for Thirteen/WNET New York in association with Channel Four Television and Channel Four International.

Writer, Producer, and Director:
Larry Engel

Associate Producer:
Melissa Hetzner

Liev Schreiber

Production Manager:
Shelley Gale

Project Manager:
Julie Schapiro Thorman

Post Production Supervisor:
Tara Thomas

Production Assistant:
Stephanie Carter

Executive in Charge:
William R. Grant

Executive Producer, Optomen Productions:
Beth Hoppe

Executive Producer:
Jared Lipworth

© 2005 Educational Broadcasting Corporation and Optomen Production. All Rights Reserved.