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Gotti neighbor allegedly killed, dumped in acid

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Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2009 12:00 am

The body of a Howard Beach father who accidentally ran over John Gotti Sr.’s son 29 years ago was dumped in a barrel of acid by a Gambino hit man, according to an informant cited in court papers filed last week.

Charles “Charlie Canig” Carneglia, who is awaiting trial for five Mafia murders, had boasted to a Gambino family associate, now a government witness, that he dissolved the corpse of John Favara in a 55-gallon drum of acid, according to Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Roger Burlingame.

It is alleged that Carneglia, 62, was one of a seven-man hit squad acting on orders given by Gotti, the Gambino crime family boss, to kill Favara in retaliation for the death of his 12-year-old son, Frank. Favara, 51, struck and killed the boy when he raced onto the street, riding a borrowed dirt bike.

For several weeks after the accident, Favara was repeatedly threatened and told to move out of the area: he found the word “murder” written on his car and was beaten with a bat by Gotti’s wife, Victoria. But Favara had not heeded the warnings.

It was reported that Gambino members finally nabbed Favara outside the New Hyde Park, L.I. Castro Convertible warehouse where he worked, forced him into a van and shot him in the legs.

His killers — identified by cops as John Carneglia, Charles’ brother, Gene Gotti, Anthony Rampino, Wilfred “Willie Boy” Johnson and Richard “Redbird” Gomes — then took him to different location in Brooklyn, killed him and stuffed him in the vat, according to published reports.

In court papers, Burlingame wrote of a discussion regarding Carneglia’s “expertise at disposing of bodies for the Gambino family.” During that discussion, there was mention of a book about dismemberment that the crime family soldier was reading, and Carneglia “informed another Gambino family associate that acid was the best method to use to avoid detection,” Burlingame noted.

Carneglia was one of 62 mobsters arrested and charged with a host of federal crimes in early February 2008. He is the only one who did not plead guilty. His trial is set to begin next month.

Carneglia is accused of fatally shooting Albert Gelb — a Brooklyn Criminal Court officer who was scheduled to testify against him four days later — multiple times in the face as the officer parked his car near Atlantic and 95th avenues on March 11, 1976.

The Mafia soldier allegedly stabbed to death two fellow Gambino members: Michael Cotillo, outside Cross Bay Boulevard’s Blue Fountain Diner in October 1977, and Salvatore Puma, on the corner of 156th Avenue and 79th Street in Howard Beach in July 1983.

It is alleged that Carneglia shot and killed fellow Gambino soldier Louis Di Bono in Manhattan in October 1990 and armored truck guard Jose Delgado Rivera in December of that year at Kennedy International Airport.

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