Eddie Paradise grew up in the same neighborhood as his friend and fellow soldato, Cosimo "Momo" Barone. He became a made man in the Corleone family after Nick Geraci took over the regime of Salvatore Tessio. He was recognized as a tough enforcer for the family.
Paradise got his nickname, "The Turtle", as he was generally a slow and patient man. Eddie and Nick Geraci were also good friends and got along well. After Geraci's disposal in 1962, Eddie became the junior caporegime in the family and took over the "Tessio Regime" in Brooklyn. He was chosen over Momo Barone, an event that came back to hurt Michael Corleone.
He was never put in charge in the effort to locate Geraci, instead he kept an eye on Barone, who had been more closely associated with Geraci than he was. In 1963, he was put in charge of a Commission meeting on his territory, the BQE expressway. After the police came to take away Tom Hagen, everyone blamed Paradise for the misfortune. He was known to have many misfortunes happen to him.
In 1964, Geraci was lured to a meeting that he thought would make him the boss of the Corleone family. It was an ambush, as Eddie was forced to kill Geraci, and a cowardly Momo Barone, who had been unable to kill Geraci himself. Paradise got his reputation back after this and was respected in the family again.
Behind the scenes
- The surname "Paradise" is derived from the Italian surname "Paradiso", which may have been Paradise's original surname.