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Due to his diminished position in the family because of the house arrest, longtime Junior Soprano loyalist Robert "Bobby Bacala" Baccalieri was named acting Capo of the Junior Soprano crew after it became clear that his elderly, senile Capo, Murf Lupo, wasn't up for it anymore. Periods of unrest[ edit ] In the meantime, the Soprano Family continued to stay in a period of transition, with Richie Aprileolder brother of Jackie Aprile, taking over the previously defunct due to the death of Jackie Sr.
Aprile crew after his release from prison in Richie became a threat to Tony's power, crippling associate Beansie Gaeta and disobeying Tony repeatedly when it came to selling cocaine on garbage routes. Richie also came to Junior about overthrowing Tony, but Junior decided that he would be better off with his nephew. When Gigi Cestone, a Soprano crew soldier set to take over and spy on the Aprile crew, dies of a heart attack, Tony has no choice but to install rival Ralph Cifaretto as captain.
Tony had longtime problems with Ralph, despite the two having grown up together along with Jackie Aprile and Silvio Dante. At one point, Tony, in a fit of rage, hits Ralph after the latter murders a Bada Bing dancer named Tracee. Ralph also took under his wing Jackie Aprile Jr. Complicating matters is that Ralph is the family's best earner, running lucrative construction deals such as the Esplanade Construction site and HUD scams in Newark.
When a racehorse owned by Ralph and beloved by Tony named Pie-O-My dies in a stable fire, Tony becomes convinced that Ralph cruelly and intentionally killed the horse to help pay medical expenses for his hospitalized son wounded in an accident while playing with a friend with the insurance money. In a fit of anger and outrage, Tony attacks and kills Ralph. Christopher then helps Tony dispose of the body, dismembering it and placing the several body parts in different dump sites.
Tony blames Ralph's disappearance on the New York family—specifically Johnny Sack, who had had a beef with Ralph over a characteristically tasteless joke of Ralph's about Johnny's wife, Ginny, told at a Soprano mob family dinner.
Vito Spatafore was named captain of the Aprile crew in Christopher, already considered young to have been "made," was named acting Capo of the Gualtieri crew while Paulie Walnuts was in jail facing a gun charge later dropped.
In addition, Tony names Christopher his successor, a move that is severely compromised when Christopher is discovered to have a serious heroin addiction and is sent to rehab. It is during this period that the working relationship between the Lupertazzi Crime Family and the Sopranos reaches a rocky point inwhen the two families join together to control the Esplanade construction site in Newark, New Jersey.
Disagreements over the split of the money of the Esplanade, plus the HUD projects that Tony was keeping secret from Lupertazzi and the displeasure of Johnny Sack with Ralph Cifaretto, nearly cause the two families to go to war.
Johnny Sack and boss Carmine Lupertazzi blame one another for the conflict, and each of them reach out to Tony to whack the other as a means of ending the conflict.
In both cases, cooler heads prevail and the two families work out a deal. One problem in his family was solved when Feech La Manna was sent back to prison after stolen flat-screen televisions were found in his garage by a parole officer, presumably called on the orders of Tony Soprano.
The other problem was complicated when Tony B. When Angelo was killed in retaliation, Tony B. Faced with threats of war and torture from Johnny Sack and Phil Leotardo plus unease in his own family, Tony Soprano was left with no choice but to kill Tony B. He had a head injury after being hit with a boom microphone and knocked down the courthouse steps.
Several mini-strokes over the years increasingly diminished his capacity and led him to shoot Tony in the abdomen, mistakenly thinking that Tony was his already deceased nemesis "Little Pussy" Malanga.
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The shooting of Tony Soprano set off a media frenzy, with reporters stalking the Soprano house and outside the hospital where Tony lay in a coma. Junior Soprano was arrested and questioned about the shooting, which he insisted must have been a self-inflicted gunshot by Tony, whom he labeled as a "depression case".
The captains of the Family agreed to cut all ties to Junior and allow Tony to decide what happens to him. Junior was judged to be mentally unstable and was sent to a mental rehabilitation facility. With Tony incapacitated, his consigliere Silvio Dante took over as Acting Boss of the Soprano Crime Family; however, Silvio was unable to handle the pressure of being boss, and had an asthma attack that put him in the hospital.
Tony, after a near-death experience, would awake from his coma soon after, just in time to settle a dispute over the future of Barone Sanitation with Johnny Sack and Phil Leotardo. Tony refused at first, but had a change of heart after talking to Johnny Sack at his daughter's wedding. Tony conducted the execution of Millio with caution, bringing in two men from Naples to carry out the hit on Rusty and his soldier, Eddie Pietro.
More complications occurred in the organization when Vito Spataforethe top earning captain of the Aprile crew and cousin-in-law to Phil Leotardo, fled New Jersey after his homosexuality was revealed.
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Carlo Gervasi was named by Tony as the replacement point man for the Family's construction interests. After hiding in New Hampshire for months, Vito returned to New Jersey, approaching Tony about starting up a separate operation in Atlantic City involving prostitution.
Tony considered the request, but ultimately decided that Vito needed to be taken out in order to placate Phil Leotardo, who was incensed about Vito's lifestyle. However, Phil got to Vito first, breaking into his hotel room and watched while soldiers Dominic "Fat Dom" Gamiello and Gerry Torciano beat his cousin-in-law to death.
Tony, realizing that Phil was sending the message that New York can do whatever they want, decided to hurt Phil financially as payback for Vito. Tony reasoned that a war with New York would prevent his family from earning.
However, when Fat Dom went to Satriale's on a delivery stop and made jokes about Vito's death and implied Carlo was homosexual, Silvio and Carlo killed the New York soldier.
Tony's response to Vito's murder was to blow up a wire room held by Phil in Sheepshead Bay — Benny Fazio was on the scene for the explosion. At a conference with Gerry Torciano, Albie Cianfiore, and Butch DeConcini, a decision was reached to take out a high-ranking member of the Soprano crime family. Butch was particularly vocal in his desire to kill Tony, but Phil had more sense than that, and decided against it. Phil had a massive coronary soon afterwards and FBI Agent Harris informed Tony that someone on his crew could be in danger.
In an attempt to clear the air between them, Tony paid a visit to Phil's hospital bed, telling him of his own near-death experience. During his disagreement with Phil about an asbestos removal project, Tony reminds him of their discussion in the hospital but Phil snubs him.
Tony retaliates by taking two members of Phil's crew off a project payroll, after which one of them threatens Tony's daughter Meadow.
Tony retaliates by curb-stomping him on a wooden step in a restaurant in front of Butch DeConcini, shattering all of the threatener's teeth.
Phil refuses to meet with Tony after this incident and war between the two families seems imminent. The War of [ edit ] It becomes clear that there is no compromise available between NY and NJ, and as a result the wheels begin to turn.
The likely idea is that if Tony is killed, Silvio will take over and make peace, and Gervasi will be rewarded.
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Silvio responds by strangling Burt Gervasi at his house with a garotte. Soprano knew what had to be done, and arranged for Phil Leotardo to be executed. At the same time, Phil had a war-room discussion where he arranged for New Jersey to be wiped out.
Phil gives orders to "decapitate the leadership" of the Sopranos and "do business with what's left", and orders contracts on Tony Soprano, Silvio Dante and Robert "Bobby Bacala" Baccalieri. The Sopranos attempt to hit Phil went awry however when Phil's Ukrainian mistress and her father were mistaken for Phil and were mistakenly killed by the non-English-speaking Italians who were brought over from "the other side" specifically to perform this contract.
The hits on the Sopranos in New Jersey took place with more finesse, however. Bacala is killed at a model train shop when two assassins ambush him.
Word comes down that Leotardo has vanished, and the Soprano Family decides to do the same. In the ensuing carnage, Silvio Dante is shot multiple times but Parisi escapes. Silvio is rushed to a hospital where he is left in a coma.
Tony and some soldiers head to a safe house to hide, as the search for Phil continued.
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Tony, surrounded by bodyguards, attempts to sleep while holding an AR rifle in his arms, which Bobby gave to him on his 47th birthday, Tony came out of hiding shortly after and arranged a sit down with Butch DeConcini and Albie Cianflone through "Little" Carmine Lupertazzi and retired Five Families Boss, George Paglieri.
During this meeting the New York Family agreed that Phil Leotardo's decision to go to war with North Jersey was a bad one, has gone much too far and that consequently the New York leadership would back off. Tony also demanded that they give him a location on Phil, but Butch refused to tell of Phil's whereabouts either because he didn't know or still felt loyal to his boss.
Butch did, however, give Tony implicit permission to take Phil out should he find him, without retaliation from Butch and New York. Butch also agrees to financially compensate Bobby's widow.
Since Tony had previously given FBI Agent Harris information on two Arab men that used to be small-time associates of the family, Harris eventually told Tony that Phil had been making calls from a pay phone at a gas station in Oyster Bay. After cementing control of Boston from the Irish and Jewish gangs, he returned to Italy in Before he left for Italy he opened a restaurant for his Cook and her husband named "Mother Anna's" the name all of his boxers gave her as she cooked for them all.
While he was still in primary school, Vincent Teresa developed a gambling addiction that led him to plan and execute around one dozen burglaries. He was caught by authorities while robbing a meat market, but did not serve any jail time.
Due to several incidents of violence against teachers, Teresa was expelled from school after completing the ninth grade. He subsequently joined the United States Navywhere he worked as a cook. After an altercation with a superior officer, Teresa was court martialed and given a bad conduct discharge in February Teresa married his childhood sweetheart Blanche Bosselman in After his discharge from the Navy, he worked several odd jobs, all which he had to leave after stealing from his employers.
During this time, he also partnered with a forger to pass forged checks at different New England banks and embarked on a bank robbery spree. Career in the Mafia[ edit ] Using the mob connections of his uncle, Teresa began working for Enrico Tameleothe underboss of the Patriarca crime family.
Teresa earned money by buying up businesses and burning them down for insurance money. He also opened a nightclub on Cape Cod to use as a front for his loan sharking and racketeering operations.
InTeresa was detained by police in connection with a one-million-dollar heist of Ming dynasty jade. He was released due to lack of evidence. During the Irish Mob War, Teresa was once again detained by police, this time on suspicion of murdering Joseph Francione. He later stated that Joseph Barboza committed the murder.
In the mids, Teresa moved on to two new criminal enterprises. The first was the outwardly legitimate business of gambling junkets. Teresa arranged for large groups of wealthy gamblers to be flown to Las VegasEurope and the Caribbean where they gambled at casinos. He would take their money and not pay the interest, threatening them if they protested. His second venture involved a foray into selling stolen and forged bonds.
Inone of his associates was caught selling stolen securities and revealed Teresa's role to the FBI.