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- "Lousy doublecrossin' snakes"
- ―Carmine Cuneo[src]
Carmine Cuneo was the head of the Cuneo family.
Known as one of the few Dons whose criminal activities had never been suspected by the police, Don Cuneo ran a fleet of milk trucks from The Bronx as a front for his illegal activities. This earned him the nickname 'The Milkman'. He was the second most senior Don on the Commission, after Vincent Forlenza of Cleveland. Always fond of children, during the peace meeting arranged by Don Corleone, Carmine made it a point that the future drug business would not involve children in any way.
Role in the WarEdit
Cuneo sided with his fellow dons against the Corleone family, in Emilio Barzini's plot to take their territory and assets, and spread the heroin trade through the entire city. His family became heavily involved in the mob war shortly after it began, assassinating two Corleone button men whilst they were stil eating their soup. They were some of the strongest fighters in the war. Don Cuneo despite his unassuming nature, was known to be a ruthless tactician.
For his part in the conspiracy, Don Cuneo was assassinated in 1955 by Corleone family soldier Willie Cicci, who trapped the unsuspecting Don in the revolving door of an hotel before shooting him through the glass four times with an M1911A1. Don Cuneo's death coincided with that of the other heads of the Five Families, in a move made to ensure Michael Corleone's move to Nevada could go ahead.
Personality and traitsEdit
Cuneo was known as an affable and good-natured figure, who was usually seen wearing a white fedora and carrying copious amounts of sweets in his pockets to bestow upon his grandchildren or upon children of his business associates. Such behaviour made him pass by the law unsuspected.
In the novelEdit
In the novel, he is known as Ottilio Cuneo. He is not executed during the Baptism, instead he joins the Corleone empire and works with them peacefully until his death years later.
In the video gameEdit
Cuneo features briefly in The Godfather: The Game, where he must be shot in the spinning doors upon exiting the Savannah Hotel in Midtown during the Baptism of Fire. He is the only Don in the game does that does not have a unique character model, he uses the same one used by a type of Cuneo Underboss.
Cuneo appears to be more inspired by Ottilio Cuneo, not Carmine due to his very old age and more rotund features. However, it his son Marco who is not suspected to be a Mafioso, not him. Therefore, he is mostly a "hybrid" between Carmine and Ottilio Cuneo.
|Don of the Cuneo crime family|
|1931 - 1955||Succeeded by:|