Carmine Marino was born in Sicily and was a third cousin of the Bocchicchio clan. He was taken to America in 1956 to be a hostage held by Donnie Bags, Ritchie Nobilio, and Joe Bono, while Michael Corleone and Peter Clemenza went to a Commission meeting. He immediately bonded with everybody, and became a made man shortly after.
He was trained by Nick Geraci for several years in the swamps of New Jersey, supervised by the Stracci family. His target was the Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, whom President James Shea personally wanted dead. He left for Cuba in the summer of 1961, and stayed there for another year to become familiar with the place.
The Castro Hit
If Castro was to be killed, it would have been a sort-of revenge for Michael Corleone, who lost millions on the Cuba deal when the Mafia was kicked out of the lucrative casinos. Finally in June of 1962, female assassins provided him with supplies he needed to kill Castro. He went up in a tower and spotted Castro from his motorcade, aimed, then fired and Castro was down. He thought he had killed the leader of Cuba when he had in fact had only killed a body double. This precautionary measure was taken up following numerous attempted hits on Castro.
Marino dressed as a woman to escape Cuba, but Cuban authorities captured him before he could escape. They tortured him, but he would not speak. Then, finally in 1963, the CIA killed Marino to keep him from spilling information. The hit was organized by CIA agent Joe Lucadello.
Following Marino's death, Cesare Indelicato disallowed the Bocchicchio clan from acting as mediators, as there were not enough of them left. Two Bocchicchio cousins attempted to avenge Carmine, the first failing in his attempt to murder Nick Geraci, whilst the second Italo, succeeded at the cost of his own life.
Behind the scenes
- The killing of a body-double was also a mirror image of a Puzo novel in which communists had thought they had assassinated Fulgencio Batista in 1955, but it turned out to be a body double as well.