Vincent "the Chin" Gigante was known for his failed attempt to convince federal authorities that he was just a demented fool rather than a Mafia boss, and apparently the crazy act was predicated on his fear that if he returned to prison he'd become gay -- turn "squishy" as it's sometimes called -- according to FBI documents unearthed by Larry McShane in his new biography Chin.
In a recent interview McShane was asked by Cosa Nostra News blogger Ed Scarpo "what inspired the Chin to play the Oddfather role," and he answered as follows:
One thing: He did not want to return to prison after doing his time in the drug case. There was also an FBI memo suggesting, oddly enough, that Chin was afraid a return to prison would make him "crack" -- and become an informant or a homosexual. But he was absolutely determined to stay on the streets, even if it meant walking them in a bathrobe and slippers.
Silly mobster! Everyone knows that prison can't turn one gay; rather, it only provides the opportunity to embrace your already-existing deeply-entrenched man-on-man desires, and many wise guys once behind bars have been unable to resist all that rough trade as their suppressed homosexual longings finally bubble up to the surface. No wonder so many gay sex clubs with hidden mob interests in New York City had fantasy prison cells where DL gangsters could re-create their incarcerated passions!
Curiously enough, homosexuality runs in the Gigante family. The Chin's daughter Rita is a lesbian who recently married her partner, and researchers believe that lesbians get the so-called gay gene from their fathers. But don't accuse the Chin's brother Louis -- a retired Catholic priest -- of being a homo! Indeed, according to author Jill Jonnes in South Bronx Rising developer Ramon Velez once called "Father G" a "maricon" -- that's Spanish for faggot -- and the good father allegedly punched Velez in the nose. Now that wasn't very Christian! What happened to turning the other cheek, Father G?