Ferdinand "the Shadow" Boccia was a setup man for the Luciano crime syndicate gambling ring. Boccia lured a rich Italian traveler into a rigged dice game that cost him $150,000. Boccia made the mistake of asking for his $35,000 share in the racket plot. A group of hoodlums led by Vito "Don Vitone" Genovese put on a hit on Ferdinand at a Brooklyn clubhouse/restaurant run by his uncle Bennie Boccia. New York Police continued their search for Boccia's killers for another twelve years.