DeFeo was said to oversee a large, well-established policy-numbers network operating in the Little Italy and Lower Westside dock areas. He controlled several bookmaking rings active in the area as well.
Pietro (Petey) DeFeo – aka “Pete Aquilino” – was born in Manhattan on March 4, 1902, to Giuseppe and Berta Nicolette (nee’ Aquilino.) DeFeo was raised, reared, and lived his entire life on the Lower Westside.
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