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Meet the Family, Part Three

If he’s lookin’ for you, there’s a good chance you won’t hear him commin’.

Story by Teo J. Babini - teo@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by Icarus Blake
Charlie “’Stache” Scarcella

Charlie “’Stache” Scarcella

Charlie “’Stache” Scarcella: Charlie “’Stache” is well past his prime, a member of the old guard. Been lookin’ after “Mickey” since he was in short pants and time has not shaken his loyalty, nor dulled his senses. He’s one of those guys that know how the story goes, even if the ending ain’t been written yet. Like some kind of street sage, you’ll never catch him unprepared of off-guard. The ol’ timer was practically born on his toes, with a knife in his diaper and gun under his pillow. Soft-spoken for a soldato, he commands a kind of gentle persuasion; feels like you’re getting’ advice from your old man or somethin’. But don’t let his age fool ya, Charlie’s been a killer for a long time, and shows no signs of early retirement. If he’s lookin’ for you, there’s a good chance you won’t hear him commin’.

“L’Orso”: “L’Orso”

“L’Orso”: “L’Orso”

“L’Orso”: “L’Orso” is a hulking figure who works as a soldier under “John Wayne”. He’s the mysterious type, no one really knows too much about him. Some say he ain’t even Italian, say he’s some kind of Russian. I don’t really know the score, but from personal experience I can tell ya the guy might as well be a mute. All he ever does is nod and gesture. But I guess a guy that size really don’t hafta say all that much. To his credit, Italians are know for talkin’ with their hands. And if his hands do the talkin’, he’s the loudest guy in the crew.

Bartolomeo “Bug Eye” Babini

Bartolomeo “Bug Eye” Babini

Bartolomeo “Bug Eye” Babini: “Bugs” ain’t a made man, but you’ll see him around just about everywhere. Always talkin’ this and that; guy can’t keep his mouth shut. It’s said that he could sell you your own teeth, just out of sheer annoyance. Most guys would do anything to shut him up, but he’s tolerated for the same reasons. When it comes to product, of any kind, he’ll find a way to unload it. The fence of all fences. The guy will get rid of just about anything, from cars to coats. Shit, you could put a piece of modern art in his hands and he’ll find a way. Used to work with stones until his eyes went bust, but I’ve heard you could drop one in his hand and he could price it without a second thought. Not a bad guy to have on the payroll.

Alessandro “El Gaucho” Magi

Alessandro “El Gaucho” Magi

Alessandro “El Gaucho” Magi: Some people call him the “Magic Man”, ‘cause he makes things disappear, usually things that used to have a pulse. He’s a guinea, but only speaks Spanish, on account of him comin’ from Argentina. He’s your typical outside/inside type: not exactly in the family, but dear to our hearts. Nobody can make a body do the Houdini like “Gaucho”. Pulls pieces outta people like rabbits outta hats. I mean, the guy works like a trained surgeon; cool as ice with a tool shed like a butcher. Funny thing is, for a fella who spends his days with corpses, he always smells great… I guess clean is part of the repertoire.

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