William "Butch" Petrocelli was a feared killer who ran afoul of mob leaders and wound up in the crosshairs himself.
Angelo "The Hook" LaPietra was the man who set him up, sending him down the block from a Chinatown social club to his death.
Outfit killer Nicholas Calabrese recently gave a detailed accout of how Petrocelli was jumped when he entered a nearby office.
"Here he comes," someone said, as Petrocelli approached.
"It happened so fast, he was on the ground," Nicholas Calabrese testified.
"I remember holding him down, and my brother choking him," Nicholas Calabrese testified in court, sitting only a few yards away from that very brother, Frank Calabrese Sr.
Helping in killing Petrocelli was Jimmy LaPietra and Frank Santucci, Nicholas Calabrese said.
Outside waiting in cars were Frank Furio and Johnny "Apes" Monteleone.
Nicholas Calabrese knew that his brother later cut Petrocelli's throat.
It was allegedly a pattern with Frank Calabrese Sr., strangle the victim then cut his throat, just to make sure the guy was dead.
Nicholas Calabrese said he didn't know if anything else was done with the corpse. News accounts have long reported that Petrocelli was tortured before he was murdered, but Nicholas Calabrese described a straight forward strangling that led to his death.
The killers brought Petrocelli's corpse out a back door and into the back seat of a four-door Ford.
He was driven away from the murder scene, and Nick Calabrese was tasked with burning his corpse.
Nick Calabrese testified he went to a convenience store and bought two big cans of Zippo lighter fluid and emptied both cans into the car.
He threw a book of lit matches into the car and took off.
Frank Calabrese Sr., who was supervising nearby, yelled at his brother.
"You were supposed to leave a window open," Frank Calabrese Sr. scolded his brother.
The car windows were blackened, but the car didn't catch fire.
The failure to incinerate the corpse did not please the boss, Angelo LaPietra.
He was worried, Frank Calabrese told his brother.
LaPietra was concerned that Petrocelli somehow survived the attack and was still alive.
He needn't have worried.