May 6, 2018, Prescott-
I called Papa and told him of Antonio’s ruse. He uttered a Sicilian oath and then told me to stay on his tail. “Keep the receipts and remember, this is business.”
Marco Siqueiros opted to get off I-84, at Rte. 9, and headed north. I figured, correctly, that Tony just didn’t want to pay tolls- so there was no Thruway and no river crossings. The chiselers blazed past Albany; so we did, too. When they stopped for gas, in Lake George, we waited by the curb, until they were almost ready to leave. Aurelio, a Mexican chauffeur for my Papa, was not known to Tony, so with cousin Donnie and me slumped down, “Rico” was able to gas up. As luck would have it, Marco had to use the facilities, so we still left in tandem with the schmucks.
The woods and plains of northeastern New York passed by in agonizing slowness, as Marco seemed rather leisurely in his northward jaunt. It was dark, when we followed them into Plattsburgh, where they took a room in a lakeside motel. Aurelio got a room in the same motel, while Donnie and I walked across the street to the Motel 6, with Rico promising to take cat naps and set the alarm for 3 AM, then for 6, and to alert us when he saw movement.
It was 4 AM, when the Acorenos woke- and the God of us all rousted Aurelio, with a full bladder. The driver threw himself together, mercifully taking a minute to brush his teeth, before following the two of them at a discrete distance. We got the signal, and were ready when our vehicle pulled to the curb.
From there, Tony and Marco took a predictable route- headed for the Canadian border. Papa had foreseen this, and had a plan in place, for this eventuality. When we buzzed home, Sonny answered and told us to turn around. “Youse don’t have any more to do. Papa has men to take over, on the other side. Head back to Baltimore.”
“Jeez Luweez! What are we, chopped chicken liver?”, I protested. Papa got on the line, posthaste. “Listen, Gino, you did a magnificent job. Now it’s time for me to call in a favour, from the Palmieri family in Montreal. Their guys are already waiting for Tony and his cousin. Come on back home. I love you, boy!”
We turned around, on a side street in Champlain. Aurelio did not see the bogus police cruiser pull in behind us. In a matter of seconds, the gunfire had taken him out, and wounded Donnie in the chest. I got by with a flesh wound, but we all were transported to the hospital, by a random farm worker, who called in the hit to the county sheriff. New York State police nabbed the two hit men, about seventeen miles out of Champlain, headed towards Massena, on a county road. Tony’s Plan B had run amok.
Poor Marco, though. The Palmieris took him out, with a single shot, three minutes into Quebec. Antonio Ribeiro was now in hiding, with no knowledge of the French language, and no car, as Mikey Palmieri had seen to the getaway car’s tires and radiator. At least he remembered his passport.