The Eugene Catena Regime Chart lists all known and suspected soldiers of his New Jersey-based crew as well as many of their more significant criminal “associates.” But to better understand the chart that follows, let’s delve into a bit of history about the brothers Catena.
The Rise of the Catena Brothers
Born in 1904 in New Jersey, Eugene (Gene) Catena was an early member of what became known as the Vito Genovese Family. Along with his more notorious brother Gerardo, called Jerry, the Catena brothers were recognized as important members of the New Jersey wing of the Family.
By the early-1960s, Jerry had risen from a “caporegime” to the Family’s new “acting boss” after boss Vito Genovese was convicted in a highly-publicized trial and received 15 years in prison for narcotics conspiracy. He soon elevated Catena to serve as his eyes and ears over the borgata. Two other key aides were Thomas (Tommy Ryan) Eboli and Michele (Mike) Miranda, who rounded out a triumvirate serving as the “acting underboss” and “consigliere” respectively.