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    Potential Federal Death Penalty for Christopher Londonio and Terrance Caldwell in 2013 NY Slaying of Michael Meldish


    Christopher Londonio, 43, and Terrance Caldwell, 58, allegedly shot Michael Meldish in the head while he sat in his car in the Bronx, which prosecutors attribute to beef between 'families' of La Cosa Nostra - also known as the Italian Mob.


    Michael Meldish, 62, was shot execution-style inside his parked car at an Ellsworth Avenue crosswalk on Friday, November 15, 2013.


    By Robert Wirsing
    The Bronx Times

    Two men have been arrested and charged in connection to a brazen 2013 mob hit that rocked a quiet, tight-knit Country Club street.

    On Tuesday, May 5, police arrested Terrence Caldwell, 57, of 129 W. 147th Street for the execution-style shooting of Michael Meldish, 62, an infamous Bronx hit man allegedly responsible for more than a dozen contract killings.

    Caldwell was arrested on murder, manslaughter, and criminal possession of a weapon charges and has over 20 prior arrests dating back to 1973.

    According to an NYPD spokesperson, Christopher Londonio, 41, of 753 Revere Avenue was also arrested in connection with the hit on Monday, May 11 and is charged with murder and manslaughter.

    The NYPD added Londonio and Caldwell have had a long standing relationship.

    On Friday, November 15, 2013 at 10:30 p.m., police discovered Meldish shot execution style inside his Lincoln LS sedan parked in an Ellsworth Avenue crosswalk.

    Meldish, who had 18 prior arrests dating back to 1971, appeared to have pulled up to the crosswalk and was exiting his vehicle when the hit occurred.

    It was believed the assassin had either ambushed Meldish at this location or perhaps was his passenger.

    Further investigation determined Meldish was shot in the right side of his head from a short distance due to the lack of gun powder residue.

    It was previously reported that neither a bullet nor shell casing were recovered at the scene.

    “I’m thrilled to hear law enforcement is helping to finally close this case and it just goes to show that they won’t stop until they catch those responsible for committing such heinous crimes,” Bob Beider, 45th Precinct Community Council president expressed.

    Both Meldish and his younger brother, Joseph were leaders of the notorious ‘Purple Gang’ which conducted their heroin drug trade in the Bronx and Harlem during the 1970s and 1980s in addition to performing contract killings for the Bonanno, Lucchese, and Genovese crime families.

    The gang’s namesake was an alleged homage to a Prohibition-era Detroit gang with the same name and this more recent incarnation became well-known for often dismembering their rivals.

    It was believed the Purple Gang had alleged ties to Latin American terrorists who they traded firearms to in exchange for narcotics.

    By the late 1980s, the gang faded into obscurity when its members were apprehended in drug busts and the few remaining remnants joined the 116th Street Crew.

    Joseph Meldish, 60, is currently serving a 25-year to life sentence at Shawangunk Correctional Facility after being arrested and charged with murder in the 2nd degree for the 1999 mistaken identity execution of Joe Brown inside Frenchy’s Bar, formerly located in Throggs Neck.

    Meldish’s girlfriend, Kimberly Hanzlik, 50, is serving 20-years to life at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women and charged with murder in the 2nd degree for her involvement in the 1999 Brown execution.

    Back then, Hanzlik entered Frenchy’s searching for Brown’s brother Thomas who owed Meldish money, but mistook Brown for him.

    Concealing his identity behind a ski mask, Meldish approached a back table where Brown was sitting and executed him.

    The couple was arrested in 2007 and convicted of this crime in 2011.

    According to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Meldish will be eligible for parole on September 22, 2032 and Hanzlik will become eligible on February 14, 2031.

    http://www.bxtimes.com/stories/2015/...-05-15-bx.html

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    Michael Meldish's brother and partner-in-crime Joseph is currently serving 25 years in prison for a murder in 1999 - but is suspected of committing more than 70 contract killings.


    Two mobsters face multiple life sentences for the execution-style murder of rival 'Mafia hitman' who cops called a 'stone-cold killer'

    By Anna Hopkins
    The Daily Mail

    Two mobsters face three life sentences and number of additional charges in the execution-style death of a rival gangster in 2013.

    Christopher Londonio, 43, and Terrance Caldwell, 58, allegedly shot Michael Meldish in the head while he sat in his car in the Bronx.

    Prosecutors say the slaying was a result of a beef between 'families' of La Cosa Nostra - also known as the Italian Mob.

    The two New York natives were apprehended in 2015 for the killing, but now face trial for a slew of charges announced on Monday.

    They include racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit murder, murder, and firearms offenses.

    The indictment, which was filed on Wednesday in White Plains, New York federal court, alleges that on November 15, 2013, Londonio and Caldwell murdered Michael Meldish in the vicinity of Baisley Avenue and Ellsworth Avenue in the Bronx.

    His body was discovered by a resident of the family neighborhood, Janet Forbes, who noticed the car door ajar and found 62-year-old Meldish inside, with 'blood coming out of his ears,' the New York Daily News reported.

    Meldish's death was met with celebration from law enforcement officers, who called him a 'stone-cold killer,' believing him to have carried out at least 10 murders on the orders of the Mafia throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

    Joseph Coffey, former commanding officer of the NYPD's organized crime homicide task force, said at the time: 'It should have happened a long time ago,' he added. 'I call it vermin killing vermin — poetic justice.'

    Meldish was reportedly the co-leader of The Purple Gang - and controlled drug trade in the Bronx and Harlem during the 1970s and 1980s.

    The colorfully named gang was allegedly known for killing and dismembering their victims - dominating the heroin industry in New York at the time.

    Michael Meldish's brother and partner-in-crime Joseph is currently serving 25 years in prison for a murder in 1999 - but is suspected of committing more than 70 contract killings.

    Londonio and Caldwell face three charges that carry life sentences - two which could earn them the death penalty: murder in aid of racketeering and firearms charges that resulted in the death of another.

    Caldwell also faces additional charges in the attempted murder of the Bonnano crime family 'soldier' in the vicinity of First Avenue and 111th Street, in Manhattan in 2013 - assault and attempted murder in aid of racketeering.

    According to the US Attorney's Office, La Cosa Nostra operates through entities known as 'Families.' In the New York City area, those include the Genovese, Gambino, Luchese, Bonanno, Colombo, and Decavalcante Families.

    Each Family operates through groups of individuals known as 'crews' and 'regimes.' Every 'crew' has a leader, known as a 'Caporegime,' 'Capo,' 'Captain,' or 'Skipper,' who is responsible for supervising the criminal activities of his crew.

    They also provide 'soldiers' and associates with support and protection. In return, the Capo typically receives a share of the illegal earnings of each of his crew's Soldiers and associates, which is sometimes referred to as tribute.

    Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: 'The mob continues to kill and maim in the name of La Cosa Nostra, and as alleged, Christopher Londonio and Terrance Caldwell did just that.

    'In a misguided show of allegiance to this violent way of life, Londonio and Caldwell allegedly murdered Michael Meldish and attempted to kill a Bonanno Family soldier.

    'We thank the FBI, the NYPD, and the Bronx County District Attorney's Office for their dedication that led to the federal racketeering charges announced today.'

    FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said: 'Hollywood and popular fiction almost romanticize the mob, so much so the general public may not know it exists in real life anymore.

    However, the crimes members are accused of taking part in are violent and all too real for their victims. The men charged in this case allegedly committed murder, robbery, dealing illegal drugs and extortion to only name a few.

    The FBI Organized Crime Task Force investigates these families and their string of criminal behavior each day, proving the mob is still a legitimate threat to the community.'

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz4YfTMGni5

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