Posted by Ron / on 10/15/2013 / 0 Comments

The eerie reputed Gambino graveyard in Queens was unloaded just two months ago to an unwitting developer who was set to begin building condos on it within days.

Ron Hershco, the head of GDY Properties, yesterday said he plunked down $1.6 million for the expansive, overgrown lot on 75th Street in Ozone Park. It's now the site of a grisly massive federal dig for the bones of victims of former don John Gotti and his Bonanno counterpart, Joe Massino.

"I had no idea whatsoever that anything was going on here . . . We were supposed to go right over all of this," Hershco said minutes after being tipped off by a reporter that the targeted lot he had read about in the papers was actually his. Still, Hershco didn't seem too concerned about the Mafia link to his land.

He said he still hopes to build 17 three-family homes on it and peddle them for $500,000 a pop.

"This is New York," he shrugged. "It's what you expect when you buy land, especially by the airport."

The wife of one of the previous owners, 83-year-old Gabrielle Mancini of Floral Park, yesterday denied having any knowledge of what the land may hold. Records show her husband and another person bought the property in 1969.

"We don't know anything about it," said the woman, who refused to give her name.

When authorities questioned her and relatives yesterday, the woman said, "My sister said to them, ‘Why do you want to know what happened so long ago?' And the [officer] said, ‘If it was you, wouldn't you want to know were your family is buried?'

"They say bodies are buried there, but nobody knows," the woman said.

The FBI's furious dig is now in its third day. It was triggered by detailed new information from several sources, including at least one suspected Bonanno informant, who pointed them to specific spots on the tract.

Authorities were told that at least five bodies - and possibly up to 20 - lie beneath up to four feet of cement at the site.

The suspected victims include John Favara, a neighbor of Gotti's who accidentally ran over and killed the don's 12-year-old son in 1980.

Other victims include Bonanno capos Dominick "Big Trin" Trinchera and Philip "Philly Lucky" Giaccone, who were part of a trio killed in a hit in 1981.

The site also is believed to be the final resting place of Tommy DeSimone, the crazed Lucchese family associate who inspired the character played by Joe Pesci in the flick "Goodfellas."

Sources yesterday also identified the fifth victim: Joseph "Joe the Barber" Spione.

Spione, a Lucchese associate, was supposed to help lure DeSimone to his death but backed out at the last minute, infuriating Gotti, who then killed him.

Frank Bostelman, a retired NYPD cop who owns a salvage company that used the lot for storage, said authorities were sniffing around a year ago.

It's believed that the feds were at the site at that time gathering evidence in their case against Massino, who was about to go on trial for his role in the three capos' murders.

The shot body of the third doomed capo, Alphonse "Sonny Red" Indelicato, had been found dumped at the lot just weeks after the slayings. In a twist, one of the men allegedly involved in Favara's disappearance - Ignacio "Iggy" Alogna - was busted as part of a mob roundup last week in Connecticut.

Additional reporting by Alisha Berger and Larry Celona



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