The Italian Mafia enjoys a rich, storied history unlike many others in this world. We all love movies depicting the Mafioso life, but if you’re a real mobster, you don’t need the movies. You have all the stories for yourself. Gangland News came with such a story. One of the sites sources came to him with the story from the now late Betty Hydell who was testified in the 2006 murder trial of “Mafia Cops” Lou Eppolito and Steve Caracappa. Off the record, she told a story about Gambino family capo Danny Marino (not the quarterback) and what happened when his nephew, an up and coming (and late) gangster stole $400,000 cash from him (Marinos lawyers have said that the story is fictional of course).
Allegedly, in the early 80’s, Marino and his wife asked Hydell to open u a safe deposit box for them i case they needed to stash any cash or valuables in a pinch. She obliged. Hydell and Marino were given the only keys, which was all you needed to get access to the box. A few years later, Danny went to the box and found it empty, much to Hydell’s chagrin. She didn’t give any answers, but she knew her youngest son, Marino’s nephew, Jimmy, had taken the $400,000 that was in the box from the Mafioso.
Jimmy Hydell was in the streets making his bones. He was a murderer, an armed robber, but was still living with his parents at the time. Marino wasn’t impressed by any of that, but Hydell refused to give up her son. A furious Marino threatened to kill Hydell, her son and her bus driver husband James if they didn’t sign over their house as well as land they owned in the Poconos. The Hydells did just that, picking up and moving their six member family to an apartment in Staten Island.
The next few years weren’t sweet for the Hydell clan. Jimmy was kidnapped by the aforementioned “Mafia Cops” and delivered to his killer, Luchese mobster, Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso. Casso wanted Jimmy’s head for being active in a failed attempt on his life. Marino still was hot with Jimmy over the theft and did nothing to prevent his nephews torture and killing. A decade later, Jimmy’s younger brother, Frank was killed by the Gambinos for being an FBI informant. Once again, Marino turned his head and his silence was as good as a green light.
Marino was recently released from federal custody at the age of 73. The Mafioso served five years for “taking part in” the murder of Frank Hydell. He served house arrest two blocks from the Hydell’s old home.