|Joel J. Cacace Sr.|
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2007 federal prison mugshot in Florence, Colorado
|Born||April 9, 1941 (1941-04-09)|
Joel J. Cacace Sr. (born April 9, 1941) is a New York City mobster and acting head of the Colombo crime family. He was convicted of murder and trying to assassinate federal prosecutor William Aronwald.
Joel later married a woman named Diane Marie who bore him one child, Colombo crime family associate Joel Cacace Junior. Joel has formed close business ties with the Genovese crime family, specifically mob associate Carl Carrara Sr, who controlled the Local 14 and 15 unions along with Morris Diminno and extorted AMEC Construction worksites at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan and dozens of others.
In 1976, Joel Cacace Sr. was ambushed by three robbers near his florist shop in Brooklyn. After being shot in the chest, Cacace wrestled a handgun from one of the robbers, and shot and killed an assailant. The remaining robbers fled the scene and the critically wounded Cacace drove to a local police station with the robber's body in the backseat.
 Aronwald hit
In early 1987, imprisoned Colombo boss Carmine Persico ordered Cacace to kill William Aronwald, a federal prosecutor. Persico believed that Aronwald, who had helped prosecute Persico, had been personally disrespectful to him. Killing a prosecutor was normally forbidden in Cosa Nostra tradition, but Persico wanted him murdered anyway. Cacace arranged for brothers Vincent and Eddie Carnini to murder Aronwald outside his Brooklyn law office. Cacace literally showed the two hit men a piece of paper with the name Aronwald on it. However, Aronwald's father, George Aronwald, was also a lawyer and the gunmen thought he was the target. On March 20, 1987, the Carinis shot and killed George Aronwald Senior in a laundromat near his home. 
Furious at the Aronwald murder, the heads of the other New York "Five Families" demanded that the Colombos kill the Carnini Brothers. An enraged Cacace ordered Colombo mobsters Carmine Variale and Frank Santora to eliminate the Carninis. Later in 1987, both Carmini brothers were found murdered in their cars in Brooklyn.  Concerned about the loyalty of his assassins, Cacace decided to murder them also. At the Carninis' funeral, Cacace allegedly pointed out Variale and Santora to a second pair of hitmen. In September 1987, Variale and Santora were murdered outside a Brooklyn social club in broad daylight. This extraordinary caution helped to temporarily conceal Cacace's involvement in the Aronwald murder.
 Later years
Despite the Aronwald fiasco, Cacace's brutal reputation gained him a large following among his men. One family member supposedly commented, "With Joe dealing the cards, you never know where the next card is coming from - the top or the bottom or the middle of the deck." Following the Carnini murders, Eddie Carnini's widow, Kim T. Kennaugh, moved in with Cacace and later married him.
On February 26, 1992, during the 1990s Colombo War, Cacace was ambushed and shot again outside a social club in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn. Cacace was a supporter of acting boss Victor Orena, who was challenging Carmine Persico for control of the family. On the day of the attack, two gunmen in a parked station wagon fired 14 shots at Cacace. Although wounded, Cacace drew a handgun and exchanged shots with the men.  Colombo enforcer Greg Scarpa later boasted about participating in the Cacace murder attempt. As the Colombo War progressed, Cacace switched sides to the Persico faction, which ultimately won.
In January 2003, Cacace was indicted on the murders of Aronwald, Variale, and Santora. On August 13, 2004, Cacace pleaded guilty to charges of extortion, gambling and murder. On September 8, 2004, Cacace was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the Aronwald murder in the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. Cacace was later transferred to the United States Penitentiary (USP) in Beaumont, Texas.
On December 18, 2008, Cacace was charged with ordering the 1997 murder of New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Ralph Dols. According to the indictment, Cacase felt humiliated that Dols, a Latino policeman, had recently married Cacace's ex-wife, Kim Kennaugh. Cacace allegedly ordered Colombo capo Dino Calabro and soldier Dino Saracino to murder Dols. On August 25, 1997, Calabro and Saracino ambushed Dols outside his Brooklyn home and killed him.  
As of December 2010, Cacace is on trial in New York for the Dols murder and is incarcerated at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn. His current projected release date is June 23, 2020.