The FBI is investigating Genovese boss Dominick Cirillo (in suit) regarding the murder of his son.
The FBI is pursuing a murder case against one-time Genovese boss Dominick (Quiet Dom) Cirillo for allegedly ordering the Mother’s Day murder of his son, the Daily News has learned.
Renewed interest in the son’s 2004 disappearance follows tesimony from ex-Bonanno boss-turned-informer Joseph Massino that the low-key Cirillo signed the death warrant for drug-addled 41-year-old Nicholas.
The younger Cirillo – whose body was never found – disappeared two weeks after a Bronx street fight with Bonanno soldier Dominick Cicale and second-generation gangster Vincent Basciano Jr.
Sources said Cirillo, who had a history of drug abuse, was high on crack during the scuffle.
“There was concern the kid [Nicholas] was out of control and he was going to cause problems for the [Genovese] family,” a source told The News.
The FBI believes it has identified the mob hit men who carried out the contract and is confident the Bonanno family was not responsible.
Nicholas was estranged from his old man, an ex-boxer and respected Genovese elder who served on the family’s ruling panel when longtime boss Vincent (Chin) Gigante was jailed.
Although his fight was with the Bonannos, his execution was handled by the Genovese clan – and approved by his father, the source confirmed.
“That came from Dom,” Bonanno acting boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basicano Sr. told Massino in a secretly taped 2005 jailhouse chat.
“Did we have anything to do with that?” asked Massino, waving his hand like it was a gun.
“Absolutely not,” Basciano replied.
A wiseguy taking out his own progeny, while extraordinarily rare, is not completely unknown in mob lore.
Legendary Colombo underboss John (Sonny) Franzese considered whacking his ne’er-do-well namesake for snitching – but ultimately spared him.
A late Gambino capo was suspected of sanctioning his son’s murder, although the feds could never confirm it.
Most mob fathers usually take one of two approaches with their sons: steering them clear of the business, or inviting them to join in.
Joseph (JoJo) Corazzo’s son, Joseph Jr., became a defense lawyer, but far more are lured into “The Life” – from Joe Bonanno’s son Bill in the ’60s to John Gotti’s son John in the ’90s.