Chris Paciello was born Christian Ludwigsen in Brooklyn's Borough Park in 1971. By his mid-teens, he had already embarked on a criminal career that earned him the admiring street name "The Binger." According to his 2005 testimony at the trial of bank robber Eddie Boyle, Paciello began stealing car radios at age 15 and graduated to cars at 16. By the time he reached his early 20s, he had progressed to bank robbery, home invasion, and kidnapping, not to mention supplying guns in a 1990s civil war among different factions within the Colombo family that left ten dead, including two innocent bystanders. From an early age, Paciello was a prolific moneymaker, something neighborhood Mob bosses quickly noticed.

In a "Dear Judge" letter that he penned for a 2004 sentencing hearing, the high school dropout cited his heroin-addicted dad as the reason he turned to crime: "My father, my role model as a child, left me, my two brothers, and my beautiful mother with nothing... I became the man of the house and this is where my criminal life began. I began to steal, rob, and do whatever I had to, to help me and my family survive."

During a May 2001 interview with the FBI, Paciello described how after his father departed, his family moved from Brooklyn to Staten Island. That's where he first met Lee D'Avanzo, the leader of the New Springville Boys, a ragtag group of wannabe wise guys whom the government would later characterize as a "farm team" for the Bonanno crime family.

Clockwise from top left: Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico, Anthony Graziano, Joseph "Big Joe" Massino, and William "Wild Bill" Cutolo.
Clockwise from top left: Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico, Anthony Graziano, Joseph "Big Joe" Massino, and William "Wild Bill" Cutolo.

D'Avanzo was a meaty tough guy with a cleft chin, piercing eyes, and jet-black hair. A cousin of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, he was the son of a car thief and loan shark who was killed in 1977 after trying to run down an FBI agent. (The younger D'Avanzo achieved notoriety last year as the husband of Drita D'Avanzo in the VH1 reality series Mob Wives.)

Paciello worked with a number of overlapping Mafia cliques in Brooklyn and Staten Island, but the members of D'Avanzo's crew, the New Springville Boys, were the nearest to being his real friends.

These relationships didn't prevent him from spilling the dirt to lawmen about the range of D'Avanzo's criminal activities, from ripping off banks' night deposit boxes to burglarizing stores to breaking into drug dealers' homes. Paciello also exposed D'Avanzo's loan-sharking operation; D'Avanzo once confided to him that he had as much as $100,000 on the street at any one time.

Wrote FBI agent Massa: "D'Avanzo always had guns. He would keep a shotgun next to his bed. Whenever [Paciello] needed a gun, D'Avanzo would provide one."

Sometime in fall 1992, one of D'Avanzo's buddies was picking up drugs on Richmond Terrace in Staten Island when he saw a group of men loading bales of marijuana into a U-Haul truck, according to the FBI documents. He called D'Avanzo and together they followed the truck to a secluded location in New Jersey. They then phoned Paciello, who headed over from the city, broke into the vehicle, and drove it away. When the trio arrived back in Staten Island and jimmied open the U-Haul, they could barely believe their eyes. It was literally a ton of marijuana.

Paciello sold his portion of the pot to a low-level mobster after placing a tracking device in the load. He then stole it back.

Word soon reached Bonanno Mob capo Anthony Graziano, a stocky, brutish man with a permanent smirk, about the huge haul. Soon Paciello was ordered to deliver $50,000 in a brown paper bag. (Documents that describe this incident only list Paciello as "source," but it is clear from the context that this is Paciello.)

According to the FBI report: "[Paciello] went to Graziano's house and met in the garage with Graziano. Graziano questioned [Paciello] about how much money [he] had from the score. [Paciello] lied and said only $150,000. [Paciello] told Graziano that [he] had used the money to purchase a home for his mother."

Graziano must have sensed a lie because he instructed one of his soldiers "to deal with this kid." The soldier pulled Paciello aside: "You want to be around for all the weddings, but none of the funerals," he reprimanded him. It was a thinly veiled threat.

Over the next six months, Paciello acknowledged to the FBI and federal prosecutors, he and the New Springville Boys pulled off several bank jobs. In one, a gangster strapped a fake bomb to his chest and walked into a bank, where he threatened to blow up the building if the tellers didn't give up the money. They did: $300,000.

In December 1992, Paciello helped stage a $360,000 robbery of a Chemical Bank branch in the Staten Island Mall. Fourteen months later, in February 1994, he teamed up with seasoned bank robber Eddie Boyle to take down a Westminster Bank in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. This heist was meticulously prepared, according to testimony Paciello gave at Boyle's 2005 trial. The future club owner cased the bank for a full month, watching the comings and goings of employees and clocking the exact time the armored car arrived to pick up money.

The morning of the robbery, an empty work van was parked six blocks away in case the robbers needed a place to hide. While Paciello waited outside in the "crash car," three masked accomplices entered the bank's basement through an adjoining laundromat and handcuffed two employees who were preparing the money for transport.

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L2431
L2431

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L2431
L2431

how bout those Dave Corey's **FUMING!!!** hard time . it's a Crack addict scam you keep all the money . hott! and fast! ****ano CON THE CON ! ! ! ! !

tsshoola
tsshoola

It mentions in this article about how Chris seems to not have fear about about eventually being killed after becoming a government witness.   At the end of the HBO Richard Kuklinski (The Ice Man) documentary, Richard asks the psychiatrist his opinion about himself. The psych. mentioned that there are individuals that are naturally born fearless. In Kuklinski's case, being fearlesss mixed with not having a conscience and an abusive childhood led to him being a remorseles killer.  He noted that people that are born without the natural inclination to be afraid are risk takers and may become sky divers or race car drivers. Chris appears to be naturally fearless which has been an advantage to him in his lifetime. If he had the ability to experience fear like most people, it would be impossible for him to live a life under his circumstances so publicly. Just my opinion.

john buchanan
john buchanan

I got to know him pretty well when he and Ingrid ran Barroom in the late 90s and I wrote for Ocean Drive and other Miami and national magazines about the South Beach scene. I was totally shocked when he was arrested for the Shemtov murder because he had always been a total gentleman and very nice. He treated me very well. I knew his reputation as the baddest bad ass of all time with his fists, but I never saw him abuse or mistreat anybody. And the babes he attracted were of legendary quality (he was with Sofia then).

NeecaNeeca
NeecaNeeca

Oh so sad..he well get his believe that..never be a rat when you are part of the mafia smh

Delano? Really?
Delano? Really?

Is the Delano still paying this criminal? Is he still drinking? Is he still driving 80 MPH through residential neighborhoods?

Will he punch out a guest?

Huntington
Huntington

Rat bastard, at the end of the day the ONLY way you can call yourself a man is the fact you have a penis

Osmythe54
Osmythe54

SCUM just like the rest of the people in the South Beach HIGH life...

Michael
Michael

i would say... the mob didn't get weaker... i'd say the feds grew more criminal.... leave white social groups alone.... ;)

christina castro
christina castro

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Bknuckle47
Bknuckle47

What a punk, southbeach is history.

Loot101
Loot101

Major flaw with the story: You swoon about how good-looking, attractive, and gorgeous he is. WHAAAA??!!! Homeboy looks like a bloated meathead drag queen with eyebrow waxing and plastic surgery. Really -- the man is fug.

charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

The myth of this small time associate of organized crime and the former South Beach Club King continues to grow In a world of part fiction, part confession and nostalgia! There was a time in the 1980’s and 90's when there were literally thousands of these "button less" thugs hittin-the-licks on free-lance robberies, selling pot, using/dealing steroids, club drugs, stealing the Mercedes for export to Europe. All these gold rope, no neck deca dynabol wannabees starting fights at the Cleve'. The only thing unique about this story is the grandiose wiseguy fiction, (50%) the gullible FBI agents (bought every bit of it) and the fact many did not know who club dude really was in 1995 - So, what is the real “RISK” of ratting on shot-caller mobsters? I would say that is the only part of this recycled story we have yet to read about...CP better not take that reality for granted. Lastly, why does the FBI allow OC crime cats to keep their ill gotten coin? They always let these guys keep a cool Mil $ if they make a sexy NY Times headline for them...Seriously, the FBI is obsessed with spotlight and they did the same for Sammy da Bull and he ended up in Scottsdale with a bucket full of cash selling ecstasy to high school kids! I think "unprecedented cooperation" was the same buzz word they used on him as well.

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Ray
Ray

Ah Joey Massino brought down the Bonanno Family. C.P. just hung out with Pink Slime (AKA Madona).

Eddie Chestnut
Eddie Chestnut

"Whatever happened to Tequila ???" .....lmao ! Whatever happened to my Mafia..... Murray "The Camel" Humphries, Tony "Big Tuna" Accordo, , Meyer Lansky, Bugsy , Sam "Moony" Giancana etc. etc. It's not just most of music, movies and even books that suck nowadays.The criminal underworld sucks too. No honor or integrity nowadays (by no means did snitching just start recently) .... Snitching is just so Much More prevalent in this day and age (Witness T.I. being caught with umpteen submachine guns and doing only like 2 years) as opposed to back in the day 60's, 70's, 80's. And lastly to think.... Paciello is celebrated on South Beach as if he's the conquering hero returning from war. Getthef@ckouttaherewiththatbullsh@t

GhostFromThePast
GhostFromThePast

I realize the list of crimes is long enough, but I suspect he also burned down "Risk" and "Meet Me in Miami" in the process; probably for insurance money to help pay for "Liquid".

The Ghost Of Miami
The Ghost Of Miami

So typical of South Beach blah blah This guy is a crook that then ratted out his Mafia buddies.Welcome Home To South Beach you fit in perfectly. South Beach is a tourist trap.Before it became Manhattan South, it was a haven for old people.It never was what we once hoped it would be.....

Victor
Victor

I give him a week.

BULL-SHIT!
BULL-SHIT!

I can't believe that some of you are buying into this whole "I'm a changed man" bullshit! PEOPLE DO NOT CHANGE! Especially at Chris's age. Chris will always be Chris.

G. Gambino
G. Gambino

Dead Man Walking. Anyone who supports this thug just consider yourself collateral damage.

Pat Bens
Pat Bens

What's he doing back in Miami? Waiting to start clubs in Habana and be the next Meyer Lanski.

Scumbag
Scumbag

Daddy issues much? I can't believe he's blaming his father for turning to street life to make money. Grow up Chris, and take responsibility for your faults.

Lawsuit inevitable
Lawsuit inevitable

What's up with the Delano? Who runs the restaurant at the Delano? They need to hire murderers?

Liability?

Stephanie Naturalfitness
Stephanie Naturalfitness

Your a little outdated with reiterating all this old news. You couldn't find anything more to talk about then something that wasn't some many years ago? The only statement thats up to date in your 6 page spread is the last sentence. Aside from that, it looks like the only thing you seem to be good at is summarizing old public records.

Nelson Luis
Nelson Luis

Tremenda puta!!! Chiva!!, yegua!! Que clase de descarado. What we need is a website to call out all these #ussy's that snitch!!! A snitch database..

Ratrat
Ratrat

Chris is an asshole. I worked for him back in the day. He was always a douche and will remain a douche for the rest of his life.

tim3500
tim3500

A snitch,is a snitch,and a snitch.

Pat Bens
Pat Bens

When is the movie coming out?

Aj
Aj

If you have a criminal record just apply at the Delano. They take criminals, Drunks, Murders, Snitches, Rats, Most of all big Pussies! if you want to WORK AT A PLACE WITH POOR MANAGMENT, POOR JUDGMENT COME WORK HERE! Paciello now here! maybe Delano is laundering money! because the place sucks even with Chris.

unknown
unknown

So sad that the Delano allows this type of conduct. Drinking by pool side Parting drunk. At day light while guests are there. Managers need to stand up and be more incharge. Ges a pussy Rat not A Mobster. A RAT

Watch Chris beat up a guest
Watch Chris beat up a guest

What happens if he beats up a guest at the Delano? Or drives drunk and runs over a school kid waiting for a school bus?

Delano responsible?

Nicole
Nicole

CHRIS IS A LYING CHEATING SCUMBAG WHO ONLY CARES ABOUT HIMSELF! I HOPE YOU BURN IN HELL CHRIS!!! YOU ALWAYS BURN BRIDGES WITH PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT YOU

Diane
Diane

I can't believe he's still employed by the Delano! Somebody start a petition to get rid of that snitch! He's a threat to guests and patrons of the hotel

Still at Delano?
Still at Delano?

This dude has anger management issues. Is he getting paid by the Delano Hotel? Really?

Bashik Michel
Bashik Michel

Interesting one for sure and good read,for really tells the story of the once bad--- club promoter and spares no details too, man he really went for broke!!

Chris Paciello
Chris Paciello

Please the next time you decide to write something about me, contact me directly for accurate information. Your story is jaded, libelous and one-sided. You have no idea the pressure's the FEDS put on me, and you are trying to destroy my business and my livelihood! I hope the public can see through this garrish attempt to ruin my comeback.

Michael
Michael

you lie!!!!!!! your sister didn't make shite!!!!!!!

Frank Owen
Frank Owen

He denies burning down Risk. He doesn't deny his attempt to burn down Groove Jet and a failed attempt to rob Glam Slam, at least according to the FBI documents.

IdiotChris
IdiotChris

Meyer Lanski has more class than this idiot!

Frank Owen
Frank Owen

So Chris Paciello pleading guilty to conspiracy to murder Jerry Green Eyes Clemenza is not new or the New Springfield Boys asking permission from Anthony Graziano to murder Paciello. Care to point out where this has been reported before? That's right, you can't because it hasn't been reported before. BTW, the vast majority of the story is taken from sealed court documents and FBI interviews which are not part of the public record.

Anon
Anon

Chris, is that you? Some of this stuff is very new. Fucking snitch ass loser.

Wmitara
Wmitara

Your trash it's a shame the Delano allows you to even be near there your a a disgrace to your self and everyone around you go back to jail where u belong!

Thou Shall Not Tell
Thou Shall Not Tell

"Jaded, libelous and one-sided".. Thats some real shit. YOU worry about your comeback. How does the woman YOU had killed stage a comeback?? ... YOU say the feds put the screws to YOU. YOU forget that YOU were the one begging for bail. YOU are the one that decided to flip for YOUR own good. YOU are the one that continues to break the law but gets a free pass. YOU are the one that has to look in the mirror evryday and know that YOU are no good snitch. YOU NOW HAVE TO live with the fact that the ruff guy you once was is all washed away now.

Miami Beach resident
Miami Beach resident

Chris, you ruined your own 'comeback' when you drove drunk through a residential neighborhood at 80 MPH. I know that you've done a lot worse. But it showed that even on your best behavior you're a criminal. Even after rehabilitation, you have no respect for the community. You're a life-long criminal, and it's not the New Times' fault for pointing it out. It's your fault.

 
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