New York mobster, triple murderer escapes in Florida by failing to return from medical appointment

A famed New York mob hitman and triple murderer escaped from federal custody on Monday in Florida when he didn’t return to his halfway house from an approved medical appointment, the Daily Caller reported.

Dominic Taddeo, 64, was scheduled to be released in a year when he disappeared.

Taddeo was originally arrested on firearms charges in 1987 but disappeared after posting bail. He was recaptured two years later in Ohio and pleaded guilty to RICO crimes including the three killings in 1992.

He was sentenced to 54 years behind bars for his crimes, including killing Nicholas Mastrodonato, Gerald Pelusio, and Dino Tortatice in 1982 and 1983.

Still a risk

Taddeo was refused compassionate release for medical reasons in 2020, and police said at the time that he was still considered a risk.

At the time, U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. wrote, “Taddeo’s prior convictions are for crimes including assault, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and, most notably, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) conspiracy arising from his employment and association with Rochester’s La Cosa Nostra organized crime family.”

“The RICO charges involve the murder of three individuals, attempted murder of two more individuals, and conspiracy to murder a fifth person,” he continued.

While in prison, Taddeo apparently had a clean discipline record and availed himself of educational opportunities.

Famous murder attempt

The hired killer was most famous for attempting to murder mob captain Thomas Marotta during wars between factions of the crime family.

He shot Marotta six times in April 1983, but Marotta survived. In November 1983, Taddeo shot Marotta three more times, but again Marotta survived.

The two murder attempts were part of his jail sentence in 1992.

Police did not seem sure about how dangerous Taddeo is now or whether he would be capable of committing further violence.

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