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 Jerry Capeci for Huffington Post writes about the motive behind the feds intrest in the photos of a couple of mobsters hanging on the wall of Rao’s, a legendary Italian eatery in Harlem.  Gang Land  learned the FBI removed an old jailhouse picture of Theodore “Skinny Teddy” Persico Jr, nephew of Colombo Crime Family Boss, Carmine “the snake” Persico. The Feds like “Skinny Teddy” for the murder of Vincent “Scoobie” Lafaro, a small time drug dealer– who  was whacked in a drive-by shooting in front of his Bensonhurst, Brooklyn home on March 26, 1990. 

By Capeci

It made the front page of the New York Times, and it put much of Gang Land in a high state of anxiety. Which is why we raced to find out just why the feds are so very interested in a couple of arm-around photos on the wall of Rao’s, the legendary East Harlem eatery where governors, celebrities, writers, and wiseguys often rub elbows. Here’s the scoop:

Authorities are closing in on a Colombo family capo for a 1990 murder, Gang Land has learned. The FBI and prosecutors in Brooklyn have Theodore (Skinny Teddy) Persico Jr. in their sights for the slaying of a small time drug dealer who was killed in a drive-by shooting in front of his Bensonhurst, Brooklyn home on March 26, 1990.

Persico, a violence-prone gangster who has spent 20 of his 47 years in one prison or another, has long been suspected of having a role in the murder of Vincent (Scoobie) Lafaro, 27, even though Skinny Teddy was behind bars when the victim was shot to death.

No one has ever been charged with the slaying, but the motive was quickly apparent to police and federal authorities. Sources say Lafaro, who testified in 1988 at the federal racketeering trial of several members of a Colombo family crew headed by soldier Greg Scarpa Jr., also gave police information that ended with Persico being convicted of state drug dealing charges and sentenced to 20 years-to-life. To Read The rest by Capeci  Click here: Jerry Capeci: FBI Picture Takedown at Rao’s Tied to 1990 Brooklyn Murder