Donald Gaetano Scarpa was born 1979 in the Mott Haven, Bronx district of New York city, to Bonanno acting-captain Gaetano "Gezzi" Scarpa and Annalisa (neé Pitello) Scarpa. Nicknamed "Donnie Blue" amongst his childhood mob cohorts, predominantly because of his blue eyes, much similar to Gaetano Scarpa, Scarpa's involvement with the New York based Bonanno family of New York began as early as the age of 17. By that time, Gaetano Scarpa had already solidified his existence within the Bonanno family as a loyal soldier, later surpassing Vincenzo Statti at the helm of his crew sometime in 1989 at his time of death. However, Gezzi's reign as acting-captain was short lived; and in 1991, he was indicted on the murder of suspected informant Anthony Licitello and was sentenced to life imprisonment. At that time, Donald was 12 years old when his father was indicted.
With Gezzi's absence to his personal family, the Scarpas settled into a small apartment just off the corner of Plymouth Avenue, Mott Haven. The neighborhood was reputable for being the stomping grounds of the 'Plymouth Avenue Boys', a local teenage Italian-American gang that occupied the area with the sole purpose of protecting their neighborhood from the African Americans that dominated E 136th Street. At the time of re-adjusting to his new neighborhood, Scarpa befriended 18 year-old William "Billy" Basciano, and later on became a 'Plymouth Avenue Boy' by the age of 15. With Annalisa's negligence towards the money she was receiving from her former husband's Mafia members, her priority was only to keep her home in Mott Haven, which limited her supervision over Donald. He became hostile against those who posed a threat to the friends he's come to make during his time as a Plymouth Avenue Boy member, which later turned into a lifetime hate for African-Americans and law enforcement. Despite the opportunities at hand through education, Donald dropped out of school his junior year and stuck to committing petty crimes with his gang at the age of 17. He frequently visited his father in the Greenhaven State Penitentiary at any chance he had; which eventually led to his involvement with the mob.
With William Basciano's job as a sweeper at the local E 147th barbershop, he befriended and later became known as John 'Johnny Boy' Maggio's underling sometime in 1995. Johnny Boy Maggio, as his friends would call him, was a Bonanno soldier within Lino D'Aquila's crew, a newly anointed Captain who had interests in expanding his operations throughout Plymouth Avenue. Scarpa was later brought into the fold at the age of 19 under Basciano, who performed tasks such as collecting and running numbers for Maggio. However, that same year, Basciano was murdered during a failed hijacking attempt of a truck carrying DVDs. As a result of Basciano's death, the light was casted down to Scarpa to be Maggio's new underling, and from that day forward, Scarpa worked directly under Bonanno made-man John Maggio. His mother by that time had disowned him, fearing that he'd suffer the same fate as his father.
Scarpa's reputation as an enforcer for the Lino D'Aquila crew was attributed to both his involvement with John Maggio and the reign of his father as a former acting-captain for the Bonanno family. He was formally recognized as a full-fledged associate of the Lino D'Aquila crew at Maggio's behest, along with the backing of Michael Renna and Daniel Cardini, both Bonanno soldiers with gruesome reputations. Scarpa had officially solidified his role in Lino D'Aquila's crew as a very lucrative earner, profiting from mainly extortion schemes and continuing Maggio's numbers-running operation. By 2004, aged 25, Scarpa became well-acquainted with hair dresser: Cassandra Bertucci. Mob associate by day, lover by night, Scarpa kept the two distant and Cassandra was never aware of his involvement with the Mob. In May 2011, the Valenti Crime Family began to rapidly decline in leadership as former Genovese-captain Santino 'The Butcher' was incarcerated after the violation of five RICO predicates. With the head of the family behind bars, a power struggle ensued, and the role as boss erupted into chaos as gangsters such as Joey "Buddha" Panzarino, Anthony Solari, Anthony Corsaro, Samuel "The Beak" Beccarini, Vincent Malacci, Nicholas Diopare, and Anthony Sutera fought for control over the Valenti empire. The commission feared that the bloodshed in Los Santos needed to be controlled, and a new crew should take the reigns to become the eyes and ears of the five families in New York.
The captains in the Bonanno family came together to conclude the affirmative action of spearheading a delegation of New York mobsters to begin operations in Los Santos out of Valenti's ashes. Lino D'Aquila quickly seized the opportunity of leading the New York-backed crew alongside Joseph Uttaro, another Bonanno captain and uncle to the late Nicholas Diopare. Having established himself in the D'Aquila crew as well-known associate and now at the age of 35, Scarpa moved to Los Santos in the late summer of 2014, along with Cassandra Bertucci. Marina became the crew's stomping grounds in Los Santos, and the media dubbed this new wave of gangsters as the D'Aquila Crime Family, seizing just the majority of the Valentis' rackets. Lino D'Aquila was later seen as the boss of his very own family in Los Santos, constantly venturing back to New York for sit downs.
With D'Aquila's role as boss of his own family solidified and backed by the five families of New York, a change within the crew was ensued and Michael Renna was later appointed as Scarpa's captain, with Maggio sitting as his right hand man. Similar to the way things worked in New York, Renna mentored Scarpa through oldschool schemes of making money. Through Renna crew associate Robert "Bobby" Malino, Scarpa established himself as an arms dealer through Vladimir "Vova" Korneyev. Scarpa's easy-going personality established himself as an open-ended businessman who raked in a hefty amount of money that was kicked upstairs; and on Halloween of 2014 that year, he was inducted as a made man in the D'Aquila family alongside former Uttaro crew associate Samuel "Sammy Loops" Lupo. In order to prosper in the world of organized crime, most members are qualified to be an inducted member through being an earner, and murdering at the behest of the family's superiors. It was rumored that former mob associate Nick "Nicky" Costanzo stirred up tension with Samuel Lupo at the time, thus resulting in the order given to Scarpa to murder Costanzo on D'Aquila's request. Nick Costanzo's murder turned out to be his ticket to finally achieving what any small-time associate could ever dream of; being a made man.
With Scarpa's induction into Cosa Nostra came another change in leadership. With Renna's frequent hospital visits, it limited his supervision over the crew. During Renna's absence, John Maggio was appointed as the acting Captain of the Michael Renna crew, thus pushing forth Scarpa to be a key soldier of the crew alongside soldiers Daniel Cardini and Francis Corrao. Scarpa continued to dwell in the arts of arms trafficking and extorting club owners, all on the while grooming the likes of associates Michael Delucci and Troy Azzolina under his wing. Scarpa personally took a liking to Azzolina due to his gritty ways of earning, which made him fit the perfect role as an enforcer. He was considered his best friend and was often visiting Scarpa's house on multiple occasions; a bond that was more sacred than William Basciano's. Despite the fact that Azzolina was held accountable as one of the crew's major earners, it was rumored that Azzolina had an affair with Maggio's soon-to-be new wife: Maria Amici. Maria Amici is the youngest and only daughter to Frank Amici, a Bonanno soldier who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and died sometime in 2003. Despite Scarpa's efforts to defend the accusations against Azzolina for having the affair; it was later confirmed by Maggio after coming across various messages indicating that the two were communicating nearly every day. He was later given the order by Maggio personally to kill his best friend and number one earner.
Scarpa's first and only murder for the family was Nick Costanzo, and that was the gateway to being an inducted member of Cosa Nostra. Refusing to kill at Maggio's behest would've marked a target on his back instead. This situation took a toll on Scarpa, however, he was more angry with Amici rather than Azzolina who's been subjected to death. Before the event took place; Scarpa wouldn't have thought twice about murdering anyone outside the family if given the order to do so. However, it was a completely different situation when it came to his best friend. On one end he'd lose his best friend, but on the other end, it would only make Maggio trust him more than anyone else, and it could also make him prosper in the family as an obedient soldier. On January 20, 2015, while riding on his boat,Scarpa executed Troy Azzolina on the orders of John Maggio. Azzolina's corpse has never been found.
Amici soon skipped town after fearing the worse has happened to Azzolina, and Maggio's personal family issues began to arise when his wife filed for divorce, leaving the crew in complete absence of leadership.Francis Corrao was indicted on witness tampering charges, while Daniel Cardini is constantly aiding Lino D'Aquila to and from New York for sit downs. The Renna crew entered a period of depression, for nobody at the time was recognized as a sufficient candidate to fill the shoes of Michael Renna's crew during his recovery period, as well as Maggio's. The D'Aquila family at the time had opened the books to welcome in new soldiers, eventually inducting Uttaro crew associate James Alessi into the fold. Due to Renna's surgery recovery and Uttaro's sentencing in SACF, Angelo "Primo" Gallifoco took the helm of Lino D'Aquila's family and personally promoted Samuel Lupo and Donald Scarpa as Captains of their respective crews.
Based out of popular Star Street strip club; "Pink Paradise" and dominating a handful of businesses along the way, the Scarpa crew maintained a foothold over gambling, extortion, murder, loan sharking, and telemarketing scams. In the midst of his newly anointed leadership role, he personally took the opportunity to bring in Nathan Tempesta under his wing, another associate whose family has a long history of being involved with the mob as well. Scarpa entirely paved way for a new era of gangsters to wrap their hands around the many ways of earning cash that the city of Los Santos has to offer, which also resulted in the public and law enforcement to become aware of his standing within the criminal underworld. On June 14, 2015 while outside an East LS apartment complex, Scarpa was held at gunpoint and later suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the shoulder.
Reputed mobster nearly cashes in his chips after being hospitalized in an East Side showdown.By William Daddano, Jr
Alleged mob captain Donald Scarpa, circa 2013
Photo: Los Santos' mugshot database
Longtime gambler and alleged mob captain Donald Scarpa, was close to cashing in his chips Sunday after an encounter with a unidentified gunman in an East Side shootout.
Investigators from the Los Santos Police Department relayed information exclusively to reporters on scene, the detectives describe the scene as a 'robbery gone wrong'. They reported that a revolver wielding bandit attempted a grab and dash on Scarpa, a typical happening in an gang infested area, an argument ensued and Scarpa was left with a shot to the lower abdomen.
Was this reputed capo on the wrong side of town?
Donald Scarpa is the son of Gaetano Scarpa, a well loyal and longtime soldier of the Bonanno family serving 25 years in Green Haven Correctional Facility.
Scarpa's current state is unknown. Though, he's being treated at Los Santos' All Saints General Hospital.
For the very first time, the public became aware of Scarpa's position in the nationwide criminal phenomenon dominating Los Santos. Cassandra Bertucci, his fiancee at the time, caught wind of the media's article. Almost immediately after Scarpa was finally released from the hospital; Bertucci left Scarpa that following month after the media's public exposure of his involvement with the crime family controlling Los Santos.
Despite the fact that Bertucci had left Scarpa, it never distracted him from being the helm of his crew. Infact, Scarpa's demeanor changed entirely, and his eagerness to contain his reputation on the streets flourished through his mind. This new gruesome and ruthless mentality was shown when Scarpa ordered the death of longtime Renna crew associate Vincent Genova when he returned to Los Santos without announcing his absence. Scarpa's new prodigy, Nathan Tempesta, carried out the hit, which also lead to his induction as a soldier for the D'Aquila family. In turbulent times, Scarpa entirely ordered the deaths of many others, including Vincent "Vinny" Amuso, a longtime associate for his crew. On July 25, 2015, while having a drink with a business partner in Obsidian Nightclub, Scarpa caught the eyes of Lorraine Aiello. The two had not taken their eyes off of each other through the entire opening of the Obsidian club. Aiello stood at 5"4 and just about matched the same eyes as Scarpa did. However, a local in the area was harassing both Aiello and Scarpa, allegedly because Aiello spilled her drink on him. The crowd that followed Patrick Swift tailed the duo outside to confront them. The situation escalated in a matter of seconds, and after a brief shouting match, Scarpa was jumped by Swift's crowd outside the Obsidian, and Lorraine Aiello was left with a bruised cheek. On July 29, 2015, Swift and his entourage that started the altercation were all gunned down respectively at Scarpa's behest.
Over the course of a few months of dating, it was no surprise to Lorraine that Donald was involved with serious matters that required his presence at some of the most odd times. Unlike Cassandra, Lorraine embraced Donald's involvement with the mob the day she came across the very same article that caused Cassandra to leave him.
Joseph 'The Barber' Uttaro, a former caporegime for the New York Bonanno family and D'Aquila branch of the Bonannos, was finally released from prison after pleading guilty to witness tampering charges. Due to Uttaro's impeccable reputation, his leadership never came into question, thus resulting in a swift taking of the position as boss of the D'Aquila family. Angelo 'Primo' Gallifoco returned to New York to re-assume his position as caporegime of his own crew, which also led to Michael Renna becoming underboss. Following Renna's promotion to underboss came John Maggio's promotion to streetboss, which completely solidified the administration of the D'Aquila crime family. The D'Aquila crime family became a driving force in many of the major extortion schemes known to occur on the streets of Los Santos; primarily at the behest of the recently appointed caporegimes Donald Scarpa and Samuel Lupo.
The Scarpa crew continued to maintain heavy influence around Star Street while dwelling in a plethora of money making schemes. As if a cult leader, Scarpa seized a reputation which still continued to attract faithful foot soldiers. Another trait of his, as seen by Mafia experts and law enforcement as an anomaly. Each and every member of Scarpa's crew had bared witness to his willingness to enforce fear into those who may pose as a threat. However, at the helm of crew, there are more trusted individuals who have another theory in mind that serves nothing but a benefit to themselves only. On Monday, August 5, 2015, Scarpa was spotted assaulting porn king Donovan Tate in an alleyway by a witness. He was later sentenced three months in jail for assault.
Scarpa's first absence as a caporegime away from his crew proved to be detrimental in his case. The order was given for Michael Delucci, one of Scarpa's trusted associates, to be killed while Scarpa was doing time in jail. Delucci's death later turned out to be carried out by Nathan Tempesta, a soldier in Scarpa's crew who also had a sterling reputation for violence and being one of Scarpa's top earners in the crew.While Scarpa was behind bars, there was nothing he could've done to prevent Delucci from being killed. His time in jail took a turn for the worst as his crew that was once known for it's gruesome reputation had been overturned by a new reputation for being in complete disarray. Internal conflict proved to be futile, thus resulting in Scarpa crew soldier Francis Corrao to join forces with Samuel Lupofor the better of Nathan Tempesta's rise as acting captain for Scarpa's crew.
In the midst of Scarpa's three month sentencing, a new breed of mobsters hailing from Detroit began operations in Los Santos. Tensions clashed between the New York and Detroit organized crime groups and an all out war erupted, all while Scarpa was behind bars. In the end, with New York decapitating a vast majority of the Detroit Mob's lieutenants, a peace offering was ensued and all bloodshed had ended. The D'Aquila family took the time to induct two new soldiers; George "Jerry" Destefano and Peter Mazza, both well-known earners within Samuel Lupo's crew. While Lupo's crew was soaking up all the glory, Scarpa's crew remained in the shadows, struggling to retain it's former glory ever since his 3 month absence from the outside world. Tempesta was forced to step down as acting captain at Uttaro's demand until a new caporegime was appointed.
On Sunday morning, November 29th, 2015 Scarpa was released. Lorraine maintained a steady income from a local bakery while staying at a friend's place. Eager to bring his crew out of the shadows, Scarpa's first move was to meet with boss Joseph Uttaro to announce his return, and to be given his seat as a caporegime. Uttaro was reluctant to give Scarpa his crew back, as the decision was made within the administration to appoint a new caporegime. It had occurred to Scarpa that nearly everyone he's come to know during his rise in the family had forgotten about his enthusiasm and loyalty. His mentor and longtime friend, John Maggio, put on a facade that he was backing the decision to put Scarpa back as captain. In the end, it was Bonanno soldier Daniel Cardini who Maggio backed as the newly appointed captain, a decision that Scarpa had already expected.
Daniel Cardini's reputation as a loyal and trustworthy soldier within the Bonanno family dates back to a time before Scarpa was even recognized to be a member of Lino D'Aquila's crew. He was credited to be a notorious scam artist, and by Maggio's backing, he wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty. Cardini's promotion to captain over Scarpa would bring the disheveled crew back to it's former glory, and would make Scarpa no more than an ordinary key soldier. Scarpa's only choice was to not oppose the family's administration's decision and drop back into earning and showing face around Los Santos. By December, he had already re-established his connections with local gangs and other foreign factions, to which he resorted to dabbling in the narcotics trade. This, however, sparked a new way of earning that he had never thought of before; contract killing.
Scarpa's first taste at the benefits of contract killing occurred when a rival Mexican gang leader orchestrated a robbery of one of Keith Roux's buildings in the local Temple district. Roux, who happens to be a business partner and longtime friend of Lino D'Aquila,checked into a hospital the following night that the incident occurred. It was then decided that due to their friendship, D'Aquila himself would give the order to eradicate the gang leader, a task that Scarpa didn't hesitate to take on. On December 9th, Scarpa enacted on his first contract kill bykilling Nathan Pelayo behind the Temple apartments. Anthony Cannella, a longtime associate of John Maggio and fairly new member of the Cardini crew, aided Scarpa on the manhunt for Pelayo and was shocked at the gruesome actions he had witnessed.
Contract killing, narcotics trafficking, and extortion were Scarpa's new practices. As expected, he maintained his reputation as a loyal soldier and an earner by kicking his money upstairs. Scarpa had accumulated a substantial amount of wealth from this opportunity and eventually he and Lorraine settled into a nice apartment just on Pershing Square. His newly solidified connections brought him new breeds of young Italian-Americans looking to reek in the benefits of being in the Mob, an opportunity such as the likes of Christopher "Speedy" Curatola was anxious to take on. Curatola, under Scarpa's supervision, was given a job to work the bar at Fabio's, the family's main hangout.
By January 2nd, 2016, the Cardini Crew had incredibly grown in size. Aside from soldiers Nathan Tempesta, Donald Scarpa, and Domenic Bompensiero, the crew attracted a lot of new blood. The newly found crew consisted of Christopher "Speedy" Curatola, Joseph Cafaro, Christopher Pierno, Vincent Caiazzo, Patrick Narcarazzo, Anthony Todaro, and Anthony Cannella. Ultimately, the Cardini crew was organized with the associates under a soldier within the crew. In this case, Curatola and Narcarazzo were under Scarpa's wing, while the others were either under Nathan Tempesta's or Domenic Bompensiero's. In this era, the crew had finally emerged from the shadows and appeared to be full of life, as well as a large quantity of the crew's earnings being kicked upstairs. One of the most common schemes that soldiers in the Cardini crew took part in was gun trafficking, which quickly solidified numerous connections across the city, predominantly other crews of Italian-American descent. Patrick Narcarazzo acted as a liaison between these groups, as well as aiding Scarpa on the ventures to meet with the figureheads of the opposing factions. A new crew that based its operations around Central Avenue emerged as one of Scarpa's number one customers in the gun trade, a relationship that soon resulted to the crew becoming subordinates in Cardini's crew.
The Chicago originated crew based out of Central Avenue was lead by Jerry Mancuso and consisted of associates Thomas Palamara and Matthew Priore. On February 16th,a sit-down was held between the two factions and the Central Avenue crew was brought in under New York's superiority.