Meldish ran the infamous Purple Gang that was responsible for drug trafficking, extortion, and did contract killing for the New York mafia. The independent crew was originally associated with the Lucchese family and then later to the Genovese and Bonanno families of Cosa Nostra. Micheal and his brother Joseph Meldish who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence were allegedly responsible for multiple murders during their reign as leaders of the gang. Michael was shot in the head sitting in his car in the Bronx back in 2013 although motives for the hit are unclear it may have resulted from tensions between him and mafia leaders.
Caldwell has also been indicted by a federal grand jury for the attempted murder of Bonanno crime family soldier Enzo “The Baker” Stagno in 2013. Stagno was shot in the chest while he was in his SUV near his home making a phone call according to authorities. This is the first time anyone has been charged in the shooting of Stagno. It was unclear as to the motive behind the attempted mob hit on Stagno but authorities believed the hit was sanctioned by leaders of the Lucchese family. Sources at that time claimed the hit on the mobster may have been part of a feud between the Bonanno and Lucchese families. Both Caldwell and Londonio are already behind bars on Bronx state charges linked to the murder of Meldish.
The duo is also facing other mafia related charges along with the murder charges which could earn them life sentences and possibly even the death penalty. The feds have also investigated high ranking Lucchese family mobster Matthew “Matty” Madonna for possible links to the Meldish hit as previously reported here but so far he has not been charged in the case.