10 Facts About Benjamin Lefty Ruggiero

Benjamin Lefty Ruggiero is one of the most notorious mobsters in American history. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926 and rose to prominence as a caporegime (captain) in the Bonanno crime family. He was known for his violent temper and ruthless attitude, but also for his loyalty to fellow mobsters and his street smarts.

Lefty is best known for being involved in the Mafia Commission Trial of 1985-1986—a landmark case that saw the prosecution of several high-ranking Mafia figures from five families. During the trial, Lefty’s reputation as a loyal and feared gangster was cemented when he refused to give up any information about other gangsters. Despite facing up to 20 years in prison, Lefty never testified against any of his co-defendants.

Lefty’s story was further immortalized by actor Al Pacino’s portrayal of him in Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed film “Goodfellas” (1990). In the scene which Pacino portrays Lefty talking about a past incident with Tina trying to run away and him having to spank her with a coat hanger, or another incident involving a girlfriend Lorraine arguing with Tina and threatening her with a pistol, we get an insight into how intense and volatile Lefty could be when pushed.

Lefty passed away due to lung cancer at age 69 while serving time at USP Atlanta in 1995. His legacy continues on through movies like Goodfellas, books such as FBI agent Joseph Pistone’s Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business (1999) among others, and even video games like Grand Theft Auto III (2001). Benjamin Lefty Ruggiero will forever be remembered as one of America’s most notorious mobsters.

What Happened To Benjamin Lefty Guns Ruggiero?

Benjamin Lefty Guns Ruggiero was a mobster and associate of the Gambino crime family in New York City. He was involved in various criminal activities, including loan sharking, extortion, and racketeering. In April 1993, suffering from lung and testicular cancer, Ruggiero was released from prison after serving almost 11 years. He died on November 24, 1994.

Does Lefty Get Killed?

In the movie “Donnie Brasco”, Lefty is killed by Sonny Black after Donnie (undercover FBI agent Joseph Pistone) is accepted into the Bonanno crime family. In real life, Sonny Black was the one who was killed, and Lefty (the character played by Al Pacino) survived. Lefty’s actions in the movie parallel Sonny Black’s actual actions before he was killed. For example, both Lefty and Sonny Black left thir apartments after putting on disguises (Lefty put on a wig and sunglasses, while Sonny Black put on a hat and fake beard). Additionally, both Lefty and Sonny Black had conversations with their wives in which they said goodbye and told them that they loved them.

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What Rank Was Lefty Ruggiero?

Lefty Ruggiero was a soldato, the first level in the hierarchy of the American as well as the Sicilian Mafia.

How Much Of Donnie Brasco Is True?

Joseph D. Pistone, an FBI agent who went undercover as Donnie Brasco, stated that the movie is 85 percent accurate. This means that many of the key events in the movie actually happened, although there may be some minor inaccuracies. For example, Pistone’s family did not actually move away whie he was undercover, and he did not have to go without seeing them for two years. However, the movie does capture the essence of Pistone’s experience as an undercover agent and the challenges he faced during that time.

Is Joseph Pistone Still Married?

Yes, Joseph Pistone is still married to Maggie Pistone. They have tree children together.

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Why Did The FBI Give Up Donnie Brasco?

The FBI decided to finally end Operation Donnie Brasco in mid-1981 ater mob bosses ordered Pistone to kill a rival. It was the bureau’s final cue to pull him out.

Did Joe Pistone Cut Body?

There is no evidence that Joe Pistone ever assisted in the murder of Sonny Red, or sliced anyone into pieces. The contract was carried out by Lefty and another three guys.

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What Happens In Donnie Brasco?

Donnie Brasco is a 1997 movie based on the true story of FBI agent Joe Pistone’s infiltration of the Bonanno crime family in New York. Pistone spent six years undercover, becoming friendly with Mafia members and even becoming part of the family himself. His work eventually led to dozens of arrests and convictions.

In the movie, Donnie Brasco (played by Johnny Depp) is an undercover agent who befriends Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino), a member of the Bonanno family. As he spends more time with Lefty and his associates, Donnie begins to lose sight of his original mission and starts to think like a gangster. He becomes paranoid and distrustful, convinced that everyone is out to get him. Eventually, he decides to abandon his cover and flee the country.

The real-life Joe Pistone had a very different experience. He was actually able to bring down the Bonanno family by incriminating them with evidence he collected while undercover. When he was finally revealed as an FBI agent, most of the mobsters simply went to prison without putting up much resistance.

Was Joe Pistone A Made Man?

No, Joe Pistone was not a made man. He was an undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family in order to gain intelligence on teir activities.

Is Donnie Brasco A True Story?

Yes, Donnie Brasco is based on a true story. The film is loosely based on the true story of Pistone (Depp), an FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family in New York City during the 1970s, under the alias Donnie Brasco, a jewel thief from Vero Beach, Florida.

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William Armstrong

William Armstrong is a senior editor with H-O-M-E.org, where he writes on a wide variety of topics. He has also worked as a radio reporter and holds a degree from Moody College of Communication. William was born in Denton, TX and currently resides in Austin.