The 1980s Manhattan case, against a mysterious Sicilian Mafia clan charged with masterminding a billion-dollar drug pipeline into the country using pizzerias and other fronts, lasted 17 months and became one of the longest criminals trials in federal history. It began on Sept. 30, 1985 with 22 defendants and ended on March 2, 1987 with 16 (one having been shot dead and another wounded in the meantime), and all but one found guilty. * * * The convicted included an accused boss of bosses of the Sicilian Mafia, Gaetano Badalamenti, who had been seized in Madrid, and many of his family members and associates, along with Salvatore Catalano, a Queens baker identified as a captain in the Bonanno crime family, which the F.B.I. was surprised to have found operating alongside a shadowy Sicililian component here.
Blumenthal wrote Last Days of the Sicilians about the case.