The DiMeo crime family is a fictional crime family and the protagonistic group in The Sopranos.
- 1 Formation (1940s)
- 2 Unrest of '83 (1983)
- 3 Rise of Tony Soprano (1986)
- 4 Aprile Ascends to Acting Boss (1995)
- 5 War of '99 (early 1999)
- 6 FBI Crackdown & Investigation (April 2000-April 2003)
- 7 Periods of Unrest
- 8 Class of 2004
- 9 Shooting of Tony Soprano (April 2006)
- 10 Tension with New York (August 2006-December 2007)
- 11 The New York-Jersey War (December 2007)
- 12 Organizational structure
- 13 Organization of the family
- 14 As of September 1998-April 1999
- 15 As of August 1999-June 2000
- 16 As of September 2000-May 2003
- 17 As of December 2004
- 18 As of October 2006
- 19 As of August 2007
- 20 December 2007
- 21 Crews
The DiMeo crime family is believed to have been formed in Northern New Jersey in the 1940s. Ercole DiMeo is believed to have been the first Official Boss. Key members from the 1960s include brothers John Francis "Johnny Boy" Soprano and Corrado "Junior" Soprano, as well as Michele "Feech" La Manna and Raymond "Buffalo Ray" Curto. The Sopranos were a key faction in the DiMeo Crime Family, running two separate crews led by Johnny Boy and Junior, and also had longstanding ties with the five New York Families (particularly the Lupertazzi crime family led by Carmine Lupertazzi). Despite DiMeo's reign as Boss, it is implied throughout the series and stated in the finale by Tony Soprano that the two Soprano brothers unofficially ran North Jersey, being heads of the faction of the DiMeo crime family.
Unrest of '83 (1983)
During the early 1980s many DiMeo crime family members and associates were arrested, causing the biggest blow to the family since its formation. Among those arrested were Michele 'Feech' La Manna, sentenced to 20 years.
It was during the Unrest of '83 that Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero, a cat burglar and associate in the Johnny Boy Soprano crew, stood up for Johnny Boy Soprano. Bonpensiero, also a close friend of Johnny Boy's son, Tony Soprano, would make his bones by killing a small time bookie, as seen in Walk Like A Man and become a made man shortly thereafter.
Rise of Tony Soprano (1986)
Johnny Boy Soprano died of emphysema in October 1986. Before his death, he requested that his son become the capo of the Soprano crew. Tony, one of the fastest rising stars in the Family after holding up Feech La Manna's card game with Aprile crew chief Giacomo "Jackie" Aprile, was a relatively young man to be a capo at the age of 27. Tony's transition into captain was aided by the loyalty of Bonpensiero, longtime Johnny Boy Soprano soldier Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri, and childhood friend Silvio Dante. Tony would also avoid a long stint in prison when he missed a failed hijacking involving his cousin, Tony Blundetto. Caught by the police, Tony B. ended up spending 17 years in prison, while Tony became one of the top earners in the DiMeo Family.
Aprile Ascends to Acting Boss (1995)
Ercole DiMeo was convicted and given a life sentence in prison in 1995. Jackie Aprile was named Acting Boss of the family by DiMeo, much to the chagrin of Junior Soprano. It was assumed that a Soprano would take over the reins when DiMeo died or went to prison, but DiMeo was impressed by Jackie Aprile's leadership abilities (the Aprile crew has been the top earner and best-run crew of the family for years). Jackie was the official boss but chose the title of "Acting Boss" out of respect to the Old Man Eckley DiMeo, but could also be to fool the feds.
War of '99 (early 1999)
When Jackie Aprile was diagnosed with cancer in 1998, his closest friend—Junior's nephew Tony Soprano—took over Jackie's responsibilities, to Junior's displeasure. Uncle Junior and Tony were at that point at each other's throats because Junior plotted to murder a rival, "Little Pussy" Malanga, in Malanga's favorite restaurant, Vesuvio, a restaurant owned by Tony's childhood friend Artie Bucco. Tony foiled Junior's plans by ordering Silvio Dante to set Artie's restaurant on fire.
Tony's nephew Christopher Moltisanti and his associate Brendan Filone were hijacking trucks from Comley Trucking, a business that paid protection to Junior. Junior's enforcer, Mikey Palmice, killed Brendan, and Russian associates performed a mock execution on Christopher under Junior's orders. When Jackie Aprile died in September 1998 and tensions between Junior and Tony were at an all-time high, it was assumed that the two would go to war over the top position. Tony instead deferred to Junior, giving him the title as Boss. This was effectively in name only, as Tony still controlled the capos in the family and was the main conduit to the Lupertazzi Family, represented by underboss "Johnny Sack."
Tensions flared up between Junior and Tony after Tony's mother, Livia Soprano, revealed that Tony was seeing a psychiatrist and had been meeting secretly with Junior's capos. On March 25 1999 an assassination attempt on Tony was made, but Tony managed to escape with just an injury to the ear, leaving one hitman dead. After the FBI showed Tony that the failed attempt was a plan concocted by Junior, Tony ordered the deaths of key members of Junior's crew: soldier Chucky Signore, consigliere Mikey Palmice, and capo Philly Parisi. Junior Soprano was spared when he was indicted by the federal government (along with underboss Joseph "Beppy" Sasso and capo Larry Boy Barese), and because Tony wished to keep him as the lightning rod that took the hits for the Family. Tony then took over virtually all of Junior's business and became the Boss of the now renamed Soprano Crime Family. Former Junior Soprano soldiers Gigi Cestone and Pasquale "Patsy" Parisi defected over to the Soprano crew. Tony named Silvio Dante as his consigliere, and promoted soldier Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri to captain of his old crew, renamed the Gualtieri crew.
Although Junior has been usurped of nearly all power and is under house arrest awaiting trial, he still retained the title of Boss and acted as a mentor and advisor to Tony. One of the factors that brought the two closer together was when Junior was diagnosed with stomach cancer in October 2000. However, Tony continued to punish Junior through business arrangements. Junior managed to beat the disease In January 2001 before the RICO trial against him started.
FBI Crackdown & Investigation (April 2000-April 2003)
After years of investigating Tony Soprano (at one point trying to turn him into an informant) and failing to connect him to anything (the closest they came was pinning him to the murder of associate Matthew Bevilaqua in April 2000, which was tossed out when an eyewitness retracted his statement after finding out one of the shooters may have been Tony Soprano), the FBI arrested (?) Tony in June 2000 when it was discovered that he had been extorting Davey Scatino. While busting out Scatino's sporting goods store, Tony had been receiving stolen airline tickets, which was discovered due to information given by turncoat Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero and when Tony gave one of the stolen tickets to his mother, Livia. The case fell through when Big Pussy "disappeared" and when Livia died of a stroke in September 2000. The FBI continued to build a case against Tony, but fell on difficult times when a wiretapping of his basement was compromised and because of the deaths of several FBI informants.
In April 2003, the RICO trial against Junior Soprano ended in a hung jury, but the government moved to schedule a re-trial, meaning Junior had to stay under house arrest. Due to his diminished position in the family because of the house arrest, longtime Junior Soprano loyalist Robert "Bobby Bacala" Baccalieri was named acting captain of the Junior Soprano crew.
Periods of Unrest
In the meantime, the Soprano Family continued to stay in a period of transition, with Richie Aprile, older brother of Jackie Aprile, taking over the previously defunct (due to the death of Jackie Sr.) Aprile crew after his release from prison in August 1999. 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. Tony caught wind of Richie's plot and set the wheels in motion to whack him, but he was spared the trouble when Richie was murdered by his fiancée, who coincidentally happened to be Tony's sister Janice Soprano.
When Gigi Cestone, a Soprano crew soldier set to take over the Aprile crew, died of a heart attack in November 2000, Tony had no choice but to install rival Ralph Cifaretto as captain. Tony had longtime problems with Ralph, despite the fact that the two grew up together with Jackie Aprile and Silvio Dante. Tony, in a fit of rage, once hit Ralph after he murdered a Bada Bing dancer named Tracee. Ralph also took Jackie Aprile, Jr. under his wing, even though Tony and Jackie Sr. both wanted to keep Jackie Jr. out of the family business. In January 2001 Jackie Jr. held up one of Ralph's poker games and shot at made men Furio Giunta and Christopher Moltisanti in an attempt to emulate his father, Ralph had no choice but to order Jackie's death at the hands of Vito Spatafore.
Despite disagreements with Tony, Ralph became the top earner in the family, running lucrative construction deals such as the Esplanade Construction site and HUD scams in Newark. Ralph also owned a racehorse named Pie-O-My that died in February 2003 due to a stable fire. Convinced that Ralph killed the horse in order to pay for his disabled son's medical bills, Tony attacked and killed Ralph. He blamed the disappearance of Ralph on the New York family, particularly Johnny Sack, who had a problem with Ralph due to a joke that was made about his wife, Ginny. Vito Spatafore was named captain of the Aprile crew in 2003.
During that time, Tony Soprano began to groom his cousin/nephew, Christopher Moltisanti, into a leadership role. Christopher, already a young made man, was named acting Capo of the Gualtieri crew in September 2002 when Paulie Walnuts was jailed on a gun charge (which was later dropped). Patsy Parisi was dissatisfied with this choice, as was Silvio Dante, who wanted to see Patsy as Capo. Christopher was also named by Tony as his successor, but that was compromised when Christopher was found out to have a serious heroin addiction and was sent to rehab. Christopher temporarily cleaned up and proved his loyalty to Tony by giving up his fiancée, Adriana La Cerva, for execution when it was discovered that she had been cooperating with the FBI. As a reward for putting the Family above his own fiancée, Chris was made captain of the Gualtieri crew when Paulie Walnuts was elevated to Underboss.
It was also during this period that the working relationship between the Lupertazzi crime family and the Sopranos reached a rocky point in 2002, when the two families joined 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 caused the two families to go to war. Both Johnny Sack and boss Carmine Lupertazzi blamed one another for the conflict, and reached out to Tony to whack the other as a means of ending the conflict. In both cases, cooler heads prevailed and the two families worked out a deal.
Class of 2004
In March 2004 The prison release of "The Class of 2004" (Phil Leotardo, Angelo Garepe, Michele "Feech" La Manna, and Tony Blundetto) along with the death of Carmine Lupertazzi set off another series of conflicts. "Little" Carmine Lupertazzi and Johnny Sack went to war over the position of Boss in New York, and Tony had to deal with the insubordination of Feech La Manna and his cousin, Tony Blundetto. 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 probation officer called on the orders of Tony Soprano. The other problem was complicated when Tony B. killed Lupertazzi associate Joe Peeps in July 2004 on the orders of Lupertazzi Capo Rusty Millio and consigliere Angelo Garepe. When Angelo was killed in retaliation, Tony B. went after Phil Leotardo and killed his brother, Billy Leotardo, in an unsanctioned hit. 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. himself.
The relationship between New York and New Jersey families was further complicated when Johnny Sack was busted by the FBI in December 2004 and sent to prison to await trial, and Phil Leotardo, still nursing hard feelings about Blundetto, was named Acting Boss of the Lupertazzi Family.
Shooting of Tony Soprano (April 2006)
In April 2006 during his house arrest and trials/re-trials, Junior would develop signs of dementia due to a head injury sustained after being hit with a boom microphone and knocked down the courthouse steps, as well as several mini-strokes over the years. Junior's increasingly diminished capacity led him to shoot Tony in the abdomen, mistakenly thinking that Tony was former already deceased nemesis "Little Pussy" Malanga.
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 suffered 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.
Tension with New York (August 2006-December 2007)
In August 2006 While in jail, Johnny Sack reached out to Tony through Phil Leotardo to whack his insubordinate capo, Rusty Millio. 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. Johnny Sack later pleaded guilty in his RICO trial to lessen his sentence, thus making Phil Leotardo the boss in all but title.
More complications occurred in the organization when Vito Spatafore, the top earning captain of the Aprile crew and cousin-in-law to Phil Leotardo, fled New Jersey after his homosexuality was revealed. 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 sexuality. 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 a 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. After a sit-down between the New Jersey and New York Families, a truce was nearly reached before a reference from Little Carmine to the death of Billy Leotardo resulted in Phil Leotardo storming out. 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 suffered 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 Meadow. Tony retaliates by nearly beating him to death. Phil refuses to meet with Tony after this incident and war between the two families seems imminent.
The New York-Jersey War (December 2007)
It becomes clear that there is no compromise available between NY and NJ, and as a result the wheels begin to move. New York convinces Burt Gervasi to switch sides, and he approaches Silvio Dante to join in on a coup d'état attempt on Soprano. The likely idea is that if Tony is killed, Silvio will take over and make peace, and Gervasi will be rewarded. Silvio responds by betraying Burt Gervasi, and strangles him to death in his home 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. He put contracts on Tony Soprano, Silvio Dante and Bobby Bacala. The hit on Phil went awry, however, as Phil's Ukranian mistress and her father who was mistaken for Phil were killed.
The hits on New Jersey go much better, however. Bobby 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. However, as Patsy Parisi and Silvio Dante attempt to go on the lam, they are ambushed by a pair of New York hitmen outside the Bada Bing. 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, and Tony attempts to sleep while holding the AR-10 rifle in his arms, which Bobby gave to him on his 47th birthday, surrounded by bodyguards.
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; and had gone too far with killing Bobby and that they would back off. Tony also demanded that they give him a location on Phil to pay back for killing Bobby. Butch refused to tell of Phil's whereabouts, but was willing to give some kind of payment in retribution for Bobby's death. After Tony had given FBI Agent Harris information on two Pakastani men that had been hanging around The Bada Bing he eventually told Tony that Phil had been seen making a call from a pay-phone at a gas station. The Soprano Family began patrolling the area's gas stations looking for Phil. It wasn't long before Walden Belfiore, a Soprano Soldier, caught up with Phil at the gas station. Phil was shot in the head in front of his wife and grandchildren thus ending the New York/New Jersey War bringing the HBO series to its final conclusion.
The Many Saints of Newark (1968–1972)
- Boss — Ercole "Eckley" DiMeo (c. 1950s—present) — Also known as "Boot"; the figurehead of the family, DiMeo is a respected leader. He attends the funeral of soldier Buddha Bonpensiero when he dies in a shootout with Harold McBrayer's gang, where he also meets with his confidants to discuss family matters.
- Underboss — Unknown
- Consigliere — Unknown
- Soprano Crew — John "Johnny Boy" Soprano (c. 1950s—present) — The father of future capo and boss Tony Soprano and a respected member. Johnny Boy spent four years in prison from 1968 to 1972, and after getting out, he partook in the gang war between Dickie Moltisanti and Harold McBrayer, engaging in a shootout with him and his gang.
- Acting — Corrado "Junior" Soprano (1968–1972) — Stepped up as acting captain of his brother's crew after he was imprisoned.
- Junior Soprano Crew — Corrado "Junior" Soprano (c. 1950s—present) — The older brother of Johnny Soprano, Junior feels like the less respected and more underminded Soprano in the family, and is deeply internally insecure, which leads him to make brutal decisions. When soldier Dickie Moltisanti laughed at him after falling down a set of stairs, Junior sent a hitman to murder Dickie in December 1972.
- Peter "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri — He is a close friend of Johnny Soprano and an associate of Dickie Moltisanti. Dickie had him, Silvio Dante and Pussy Bonpensiero torture the cousin of his rival Harold McBrayer, Cyril, for information on Harold during their feud in 1972. Cyril was ultimately killed after he resisted.
- Dickie Moltisanti — A prominent soldier, Dickie Moltisanti is the son of notorious associate Hollywood Dick Moltisanti and the father of future capo Christopher Moltisanti. Dickie beat his father to death after an altercation in 1968 and then made it seem as though he had been killed during the concurrent race riots. A childhood friend of black gangster Harold McBrayer, he eventually turned on Dickie, and a war erupted between the two, culminating with a shootout which ended inconclusively. Dickie also murdered his mistress Giuseppina by drowning her in the ocean. He was killed by one of Junior Soprano's men in December 1972 after laughing at Junior when he fell down a set of stairs.
Organization of the family
Boss - Ercole DiMeo (incarcerated)
As of September 1998-April 1999
As of August 1999-June 2000
As of September 2000-May 2003
As of December 2004
As of October 2006
As of August 2007
|Formerly known as the Soprano Crew, now known as the Gualtieri Crew. Paulie Gualtieri becomes capo of this crew and the Aprile crew was merged into the Gualtieri crew.|
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|The crew is formerly known as the Junior Soprano crew. Then became the Baccalieri crew. It is unknown who became the capo of the crew after the shooting of Bobby Baccalieri.|
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|Aprile/Cestone/Cifaretto/Spatafore Crew (defunct)|
|Formerly known as the Aprile crew, the Cestone crew, the Cifaretto crew or the Spatafore crew.|
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|In 2006, the Aprile crew merged with the Altieri crew under capo Carlo Gervasi.|
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|Former members||Anthony "Tony B" Blundetto (Associate)|
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|In 2007, the crew is merged with the Soprano/Gualtieri crew under capo Paulie Gualtieri.|
|The Barese crew is known for its large crew of made men. Although it's the biggest crew in the family, very few members are actually seen or named on the show. The Barese crew is shown to be involved in the garbage business. Larry Barese's brother Albert took over the crew since his incarceration and has been running it ever since.|
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It is currently unknown of who took over the Curto crew after the passing of its Capo, Raymond Curto.
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