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Anthony Senter in a New York Police Department mug shot, June 13, 1981

Anthony Senter (born 1955) is an American criminal who became of a member of the DeMeo crew in the New York Gambino crime family.

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Biography

Born in Canarsie, Brooklyn, Anthony Michael Senter was a nephew of Gambino caporegime Robert Senter. His uncle Robert was the owner of Canarsie Recycling Company located at 8029 Foster Avenue in Canarsie. He is also the cousin of Dominic Vulpis. Anthony was born to a first generation emigrant, Michael Senter from Rovereto, Italy and an Irish-American mother. His paternal uncle, Robert, requested that Paul Castellano induct Anthony, his paternal nephew as a made man in the Gambino crime family before he was sent to prison on June 1, 1973 for his role in the kidnap and murder of Manny Gambino, the son of Joseph Gambino and the nephew of Carlo Gambino. Anthony Senter was married to an Italian-American woman on July 24, 1977 at a catering hall in Canarsie, Brooklyn. The wedding was attending by many criminals including Roy DeMeo.

The DeMeo or Gemini crew was notorious for their wanton and ruthless violence.[citation needed] The crew was suspected to be involved in 75 to 200 murders throughout the mid 1970s and into the early 1980s, when the majority of the crew members still alive were brought to justice. Joseph "Joey" Testa and Anthony Senter became known as "the Gemini twins". It was said by associates who knew the friends well that Joseph would start a sentence and Anthony would finish it.[citation needed] Chris Rosenberg hired Anthony and Joseph to wax his Corvette and Porsche, and steal cars for him.

Anthony was raised in a turbulent household and had a contemptuous view of the outside legitimate world's ways which he fostered when growing up.[citation needed] While Anthony quit high school before Joseph, for the most part whatever Joseph did, Anthony followed. Joseph, two months older and quicker on his feet than Anthony, was one of nine children born to a transport truck driver and a housewife.

Growing up, mutual friends liked Anthony more than Joseph, but always ran to Joey when problems arose. Anthony was equally vicious.[citation needed] When Joseph was fifteen, a thirteen year old neighbour was mugged by a knife welding Puerto-Rican from East New York. The assaulted victim complained to Joseph, who rounded up Anthony, and a group led by Joseph borrowed someone's car and spent the day searching for the assailant. In 1973, when Joseph himself nearly died in a bar fight with a Puerto-Rican opponent after the blade punctured his lung, Anthony hunted the Puerto-Rican down and nearly beat him to death with his fists. Anthony stood at 5'11", two inches taller than Joey, and was more physically powerful.[citation needed]

Before following Joey into Chris and Roy's world of organized crime, he worked at his father's small debris removal business and his uncle Robert's sanitation company. He only had one sibling, a sister. His parents divorced when he was eight, then remarried one another when he was fourteen, but by then he was a full fledged criminal.

Anthony was a nephew of notorious Gambino crime family capo, Robert Senter who gained notoriety for the kidnapping and murder of Emanuel Gambino, the nephew of Gambino crime family boss Carlo Gambino and nephew of Paul Castellano. He is the paternal nephew of Robert Senter, a Colombo crime family capo who was indebted to Emanuel Gambino, the nephew of mob family patriarch Carlo Gambino for $21,000. Robert and an associate, an Irish-American named John Kilcullen gained notoriety as the individuals having actually orchestrated the kidnapping of Emanuel Gambino.

On December 4, 1972, Robert Senter was arrested and confessed to the murder of Gambino. He also revealed the identities of Richard Chaisson and Warren Schurman who were his two accomplices. On June 1, 1973, Robert pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. After his release Robert was murdered by Colombo crime family associates from Brooklyn on orders from Colombo crime family capo John Matera. Robert held influence in the Colombo crime family and arranged to have Anthony join the Gemini Crew, eventually becoming a praised and respected member.

Reputation on the streets

Joseph was considered more dangerous by reputation than him on the streets among criminal associates.[citation needed] By 1970, Anthony already had been convicted of auto theft three times when he was twelve years old. Joseph and Anthony were successful in having all of their cases dismissed because they were juveniles at the time.

Anthony was an accomplished car thief who was a large earner for the Gemini Lounge Crew, but was highly disliked by Albert DeMeo, the son of Roy DeMeo. Albert's personal judgement of Senter was that, "there was something slick and phony about him". He had a collapsed lung from a near fatal knife fight and chain smoked. He was always to be seen pressing his hand against his chest and complaining that he couldn't breathe.

As a young man, Senter jointed the DeMeo crew. He soon gained a reputation as a sadistic killer who enjoyed mutilating his victims.[citation needed] Senter also gained a reputation for providing the crew with significant revenue from auto theft. Senter's best friend in the DeMeo crew was mobster Joseph Testa. Crew members soon dubbed the two mobsters as the Gemini Twins because they enjoyed socializing together at the Gemini Lounge in Brooklyn. However, not everyone in the crew trusted Senter.

The Lucchese crime family

After the murder of Roy DeMeo, Senter and Testa drifted into the orbit of the Lucchese crime family. According to former Lucchese acting boss Anthony Casso, they were responsible for the murder on June 13, 1986 of Russian-American gangster Vladimir Reznikov. Reznikov had reportedly threatened the life and family of Marat Balagula, a Ukrainian immigrant who ruled the Russian Mafia in Brighton Beach. Balagula, who was then masterminding a multi-million dollar gasoline bootlegging operation, had been paying tribute to the Five Families, who regarded him as their biggest moneymaker after drugs.

Arrest and imprisonment

On September 14, 1989, Anthony Senter was sentenced to life imprisonment. As of February 2010, Senter continues to serve his sentence at the United States Penitentiary (USP) Allenwood in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. His projected release date is October 13, 2032.

Attempted Teamsters pension swindle

In 1994, it was discovered that pension dues were being paid into a Teamsters pension account in Senter's name by a cousin of Senter, one Dominic Vulpis, who owned a garbage company. A court investigator determined that $30,000 of dues had been paid into the account over a six-year period all the while Senter was in prison on a life sentence. Union officials said Senter could have qualified for a pension of $1,400 a month if the payments by Canarsie Recycling had continued for another five years. Senter will not collect the pension - the Teamsters disqualified Senter as a member and barred his pension. It is unclear if Senter's cousin, Dominic Vulpis, or the garbage company he owns received a refund of the fraudulent dues.[1]

References

  • Capeci, Jerry and Mustain, Gene, Murder Machine: A True Story of Murder, Madness, and the Mafia; Onyx Books, 1993. ISBN 0-451-40387-8.
  • For The Sins of My Father: A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy of a Mob Life, by Al DeMeo, 2003, ISBN 978-0-7679-1129-0
  • "Too Real For Reality TV", by Jerry Capeci. 5 September 2002. <www.ganglandnews.com.>

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