Back in the 1980s, the duo began working for the Lucchese crime family of the New York Mafia. They passed along intelligence reports on mob rats and carried out several mafia hits for Lucchese family leader Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso. They acted as paid Mafia executions for Casso in exchange for a monthly salary. In 2005 things would come crashing down after both Eppolito and Caracappa were arrested by the DEA. Both of them were convicted in 2006 for their involvement in the eight murders carried out on behalf of the Cosa Nostra family and sentenced to life behind bars.
Louis Eppolito was 71 years old. The cause of death was not released but he had reportedly been struggling with multiple health issues. His daughter, Andrea Eppolito-Fisher wrote in a Facebook post “My father, Louis John Eppolito, died peacefully in his sleep at 9:03 pm. He died like he lived, on his own terms, as a fighter. And I will miss him and love him forever.”
Gruesome details of murders committed by Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa were revealed during their trial. In one hit carried out by the Mafia cops, a canary was shoved into the mouth of a dead Lucchese family associate that Casso and others suspected of rating out the organized crime family to the feds. Caracappa passed away back in 2017 at the age of 75.