Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Richard Cantarella aka Shellackhead", Bonanno crime family

Richard Cantarella, also known as "Shellackhead", was a New York mobster who became a caporegime for the Bonanno crime family and later a government witness..As a skinny kid with jet-black hair, Cantarella got the name "Shellackhead" from the hair oil that he used. In October 2002, Cantarella was indicted on racketeering charges that included , loansharking, extortion, illegal gambling, and money laundering and murder..Cantarella flipped and testified at the murder trial of Bonanno boss Joseph Massino.and he testified at the murder and racketeering trial of Bonanno mobster Vincent Basciano As of 2009, it is assumed that Canterella and his family are part of the Witness Protection Program.