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John "Tuna" Capra is a late thirties LS based mobster, primarily serving as a made man/soldier in The Conti Crime Family. It is rumored Capra arrived in Los Santos with ambitions to continue his semi-successful sales career. However, his lust for money seems to have taken a turn for the worse after introduction to Gerald Marchetti, at the time, a leading solider in The Conti Crime Family. The introduction seems to have occurred due to Capra's ownership of Zampa's Quality Meats & Deli, once owned by long-term associate of The Los Santos Crime Family, Paul "The Butcher" Zampa. It is said that Capra was hosting an underground card game alongside Nicholas Trisano where he first came on Marchetti's radar and subsequently put on record with the mafia. Since taking the role of manager in famous, fine dining restaurant Giovanni's Trattoria, it is believed Capra answered to long-term consigliere Joseph Campagna. However, his brief stint with Campagna was short lived as he left to Europe for unknown reasons. Capra returned to Marchetti and helped create the foundations of the Clinton Avenue Crew as the crew's ringleader alongside long term partner Nicholas Trisano. In late-April Capra used his accumulated financial wealth from his numerous rackets to invest in a rundown warehouse building in Clinton Avenue, Vinewood. This new business venture has led to Capra being the sole founder of The Lucky Fish casino, supposedly named by Conti underboss Dominic Altomare after Capra's nickname "Tuna". As well as Zampa's Quality Meats & Deli, it is believed to be the home of Capra's operations which span from extortion, bookmaking, drug trafficking and loansharking. During Capra's time as an associate in the Clinton Avenue Crew, led by newly promoted captain Gerald Marchetti, he was noticed by leaders of the Conti Crime Family after pulling off the biggest heist in the borgata's history. In early May, Capra and Trisano walked away from Bad Day Goods, a pawn shop used as a front for arms trafficking, with a $671,000.00 take. It was dubbed by criminal circles as the "Bad Days Haul." Yoska Makula, the owner of Bad Days Goods, disappeared and in typical mob fashion his body was never found. Shortly after, Marchetti vouched for Capra's membership into the borgata. Capra received his button and was inducted into the America Mafia at the prime age of 39. ((John Capra has been my character for the last few months. I've wanted to create a character topic for a while but feared it was too late. Though, after consideration have decided to go for it. I'll update regularly with screenshots and upload important ones below that were integral to John's character development. The character story will host recycled LCN based screens from The Conti Crime Family faction thread and showcase screenshots that are either lore relevant or show off John's character. ))
Carmine 'The Weasel' Gallo (Carmine Gallo being surveyed in Burton, Los Santos) Carmine 'The Weasel' Gallo is a made man, or soldier, in the Los Santos based faction of the American Mafia known as the Conti Crime Family. Dealing primarily in drug and arms trafficking, his other crimes include fraud, theft, money laundering, and murder for hire. Among his predominant traits are his wisecracking and weasel-like laugh thus earning him the moniker 'The Weasel'. Carmine Gallo was born September 4, 1983 in Little Italy, Algonquin, Liberty City to parents Samuel 'Sammy' Gallo and Alessandra 'Sandra' Gallo (née Catalano) as their second and last child. Carmine's household growing up was anything but stable. His father was an abusive addict, dependent on opioids. This instilled in Carmine and his older brother William from a young age to despise and look down upon addicts, a conviction Carmine would hold up until the modern day. When his father died when he was eighteen, Carmine dropped out of university after a semester and took a job with his uncle Louis 'Lou' Gallo's construction company. It was working for his uncle, who was associated to a few minor Liberty City Cosa Nostra figureheads, that Carmine was first introduced into the life of organized crime. Peddling drugs, bootleg goods, acting as muscle when needed all played a part in shaping Gallo into the criminal he became. After a few years of working for his uncle, Carmine left Liberty City for Los Santos. There he settled into a cheap apartment on Bay City Avenue in the Morningwood neighborhood. It was there he met Penny Watson, his future wife. Carmine having quite the controlling personality easily attached himself to the timid Watson, and it wasn't so long since they met that they were engaged to be married. It was around this time that Carmine began to work for Dominic Altomare, reputed Underboss of the Conti Crime Family. His first official job within Los Santos was at Digital Den in West Vinewood, a business owned by Altomare. Not soon long after he started there, Carmine bought the business from his boss, all the while engaging the drug and gun trade. Carmine nearly met his end when carrying out a hit-for-hire contract with fellow associate David 'Vinewood Dave' Pillini during a power struggle within the Israeli organized crime-ring in Los Santos. Pillini saved Gallo's life however, and from then on Carmine took a more backseat approach to business. He purchased a cafe in Burton, and made it his primary source of legal income. He and Penny moved into an expensive apartment within West Vinewood, and Carmine began to invest in multiple businesses including The Vinewood Boxing Gym and Guido's Takeout ran by his distant uncle Victor Catalano. Some time in mid-June 2020, Carmine was inducted into the Mafia as a made-man, or soldier. Still serving directly under Dominic Altomare, Carmine focuses on his legal businesses while expanding his drug trafficking and arms dealing enterprises, working through numerous associates to spread the illegal goods across Los Santos and San Andreas as a whole. Time will tell how Gallo will proceed within his new position within the Mafia. (( This thread will follow the development of Carmine Gallo and have aspects of both his criminal doings as well as his personal life. Most screens posted will be original solely for this thread, while others will be posted within the Conti Crime Family faction thread. A few other people besides myself will be able to post in this thread to give different perspectives and insight on Carmine and his journey. ))
MARCO “VINEWOOD” CARUSO Marco upon release from his third degree burglary stint at TTCF, picture taken at twenty-seven years old. Marco Caruso is an ambitious LS based associate in The Conti Crime Family. It seems a life of crime was never Caruso's main ambition; he graduated with a bachelors in business administration from the University of Liberty City. Caruso was promised a new career, interning in a successful financial advisory firm which prompted his move to Los Santos. However, the firm was quickly shut down due to fraudulent claims; Caruso was left jobless in a city where he knew no-one. As a result, Caruso went business-to-business, eventually meeting John "Tuna" Capra, a leading soldier in the Conti Crime Family who promised him quick and easy cash. Capra organised Caruso's employment at the reputable, fine dining restaurant Giovanni's Trattoria, however on the side he quickly began dealing stolen designer goods. Due to his salesmanship, he began dealing small quantities of drugs for Capra. Caruso had proven himself a formidable associate of Capra's. His success was rewarded through an introduction to Joseph Campagna, the consigliere for the Conti Crime Family and subsequently put on record with the mafia. However, it was short lived. Caruso was arrested for burglary charges. His time in Twin Towers Correctional Facility led to Caruso making connections with several white prison gangs. Upon his return he discovered that Campagna had taken an extended trip to Europe. Caruso was reunited with Capra and introduced to Gerald Marchetti, the captain of the notorious Clinton Avenue Crew. From there on, he has managed legal businesses such as The Rubicon, a bar owned by Conti underboss Dominic Altomare. Caruso's rackets span from various illegal enterprises from drugs and arms trafficking, grand larceny, pimping and murder for hire. This thread will showcase Marco’s development both related and unrelated to The Conti Crime Family.