And then as a final coup de grace, the crime lord was run over several times.
No arrests have been made. He served a 16-month sentence.
The Gambino crime family has been in the spotlight for years because of its high-profile former leaders, the late John Gotti and his son John "Junior" Gotti.
The body of former mob boss John Gotti is carried from Papavero Funeral Home in the Queens borough of NY 15 June 2002.
The Gambino crime family is one of what is widely referred to as "The Five Families" of Italian organized crime operations in New York City and other parts of the United States.
Meanwhile, Cali's brother-in-law, Pietro (Tall Pete) Inzerillo, was a "well-documented solider" in the Gambino family, Probation wrote.
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Pandrella, 59, is accusing of shooting Zito in his own home and stealing money from him - before returning to the scene of the crime hours later to grieve with the older man's family.
Experts agree that Francesco Cali was the individual responsible for consolidating the Gambino family after John Gotti was sent to prison on murder and racketeering in 1992, leaving the mob outfit in a power vacuum so conspicuous, even the casual observer could sense their grip on the criminal underworld was on the fritz.
"It takes a certain type of evil to murder a friend in their own home, and then console the grieving relatives", said Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director in charge William Sweeney.
Last October, 71-year-old Sylvester Zottola, a reputed associate of the Bonanno organisation, was shot dead at a takeaway restaurant in the Bronx, New York.
The day after Castellano's December 1985 murder, The New York Times called the Mob boss' death "highly stylized", but Giuliani dismissed such morbid romanticism. He died at the Duke University Medical Center last Thursday.
It is unclear who killed Cali, who reportedly became the head of the crime organization in 2015.
One man collapsed in front of the home crying: 'Papa!