Anthony Senter and Joseph Testa, better known the Gemini twins[1] are two mobsters in the Lucchese crime family. Senter and Testa are former members of the DeMeo crew in the Gambino crime family. In 1989, both Senter and Testa were found guilty of racketeering and 10 counts of murder and both were sentenced to life in federal prison.[2]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Anthony Senter[edit | edit source]

Anthony Michael Senter
Born 1955
Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Allegiance

Gambino crime family - DeMeo crew

Lucchese crime family
Conviction(s) Racketeering, 10 counts of murder
Penalty Life imprisonment

Anthony Michael Senter was born in Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York to immigrants Michael Senter (Northern Italian) and wife from Rovereto, Italy. Senter's uncle, Gambino and Colombo associate, Robert Senter owned the Canarsie Recycling Company in Canarsie. As a young man Anthony worked at both his father's small debris removal business and his uncle's sanitation company. Robert Senter gained notoriety for the kidnapping and murder of Emanuel Gambino, the nephew of Gambino crime family boss Carlo Gambino and nephew of Paul Castellano.

On December 4, 1972, Robert Senter was arrested and confessed to the murder of Gambino. He also revealed the identities of Richard Chaisson and Warren Schurman who were his two accomplices. On June 1, 1973, Robert pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. After his release Robert was murdered by Colombo crime family associates from Brooklyn on orders from Colombo crime family capo John Matera. Anthony Senter married an Italian-American woman on July 24, 1977 at a catering hall in Canarsie, Brooklyn. The wedding was attended by many criminals including Gambino crime family associate Roy DeMeo.

Joseph Testa[edit | edit source]

Joseph Carmine Testa
Joseph Testa and Roy DeMeo in a 1982 FBI surveillance photo.
Joseph Testa and Roy DeMeo in a 1982 FBI surveillance photo.
Born 1955
Allegiance

Gambino crime family - DeMeo crew

Lucchese crime family
Conviction(s) Racketeering, 10 counts of murder
Penalty Life imprisonment

Joseph Carmine Testa was born 1955 in the United States. Testa was one of nine children born to a transport truck driver and a housewife. His brother Patrick Testa also became a mobster joining the DeMeo crew.

Gemini twins[edit | edit source]

Growing up Anthony Senter became close friends with Joseph Testa. When Testa was fifteen, a thirteen year old neighbor was mugged by a knife wielding Puerto-Rican man from East New York. The assaulted victim complained to Testa, who gathered Senter among others, and led the group in a borrowed car spending the day searching for the assailant. In 1973, Testa was nearly killed in a bar fight with a Puerto-Rican opponent when the assailant's knife punctured his lung. Senter hunted down the Puerto-Rican and nearly beat him to death with his fists.

Testa was considered more dangerous by reputation than Senter among criminal associates.[citation needed] By 1970, Senter had already been convicted of auto theft three times by the age of 12. Testa and Senter were successful in having all of their cases dismissed because they were juveniles at the time. Testa and Senter became known as the Gemini twins because they were always together and the primary hangout of the DeMeo crew was the Gemini Lounge.[2]

DeMeo crew[edit | edit source]

Chris Rosenberg hired Senter and Testa to wax his Corvette and Porsche and steal cars for him. Rosenberg introduced his friends Senter and Testa to Roy DeMeo who asked them to join his crew. DeMeo, Rosenberg, Senter and Testa became the core of the DeMeo crew who became notorious for their ruthless violence. The crew was suspected to be involved in 75 to 200 murders throughout the mid 1970s and into the early 1980s, when the majority of the crew members still alive were brought to justice.

When Senter joined the DeMeo crew, he gained a reputation as a sadistic killer who enjoyed mutilating his victims.[citation needed] Senter also gained a reputation for providing the crew with significant revenue from auto theft. Testa was a full-blooded Italian and was eligible to be inducted into the mafia.

Although, Senter was a large earner for the Gemini Lounge crew he was highly disliked by Albert DeMeo, the son of Roy DeMeo. Albert's personal judgment of Senter was that, "there was something slick and phony about him". He had a collapsed lung from a near fatal knife fight and chain smoked. He was always to be seen pressing his hand against his chest and complaining that he couldn't breathe.

Murder of DeMeo[edit | edit source]

On January 10, 1983, Roy DeMeo went to crew member Patrick Testa's bodyshop for a meeting with his men. A few days later, on January 18, he was found murdered in his abandoned car's trunk. He had been shot multiple times in the head and had a bullet wound in his hand, assumed by law enforcement as being from throwing his hand up to his face in a self-defense reflex when the shots were fired at him. Anthony Gaggi was originally suspected by law enforcement officials of being the one who personally killed DeMeo. Gaggi was not charged with the crime.[2]

According to former Lucchese acting boss Anthony Casso, DeMeo was killed at Patrick Testa's Canarsie home by Joseph Testa and Senter following an agreement with Casso, who was given the contract by Gambino crime family Boss Paul Castellano and Frank DeCicco after they were unable to kill DeMeo in the fall of 1982. DeMeo was seated, about to receive coffee, when Testa and Senter opened fire. Anthony Gaggi was not present.[3]

Move to the Lucchese family[edit | edit source]

After the murder of Roy DeMeo, Senter and Testa drifted into the Lucchese crime family. According to Casso, they were responsible for the murder on June 13, 1986 of Russian-American gangster Vladimir Reznikov. Reznikov had reportedly threatened the life and family of Marat Balagula, a Ukrainian immigrant who ruled the Russian Mafia in Brighton Beach. Balagula, who was then masterminding a multi-million dollar gasoline bootlegging operation, had been paying tribute to the Five Families, who regarded him as their biggest moneymaker after drugs.

Arrest and aftermath[edit | edit source]

On September 14, 1989, Senter and Testa were both sentenced to life imprisonment. As of 22nd September 2012, Senter continues to serve his sentence at the United States Penitentiary (USP), Allenwood, Pennsylvania. Testa is currently serving the sentence at Federal Correctional Complex, Butner for crimes that include multiple murders.[2]

In 1994, it was discovered that pension dues were being paid into a Teamsters pension account in Senter's name by a cousin of Senter, one Dominic Vulpis, who owned a garbage company. A court investigator determined that $30,000 of dues had been paid into the account over a six-year period all the while Senter was in prison on a life sentence. Union officials said Senter could have qualified for a pension of $1,400 a month if the payments by Canarsie Recycling had continued for another five years.

Senter will not collect the pension - the Teamsters disqualified Senter as a member and barred his pension. It is unclear if Senter's cousin, Dominic Vulpis, or the garbage company he owns received a refund of the fraudulent dues.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

Sources

  • DeMeo, Albert. For The Sins of My Father: A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy of a Mob Life, 2003, ISBN 978-0-7679-1129-0
  • Mustain, Gene and Capeci, Jerry. Murder Machine. 1993, Onyx 0-451-40387-8
  • Carlo, Philip. Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss 2009, Harper 0061429856

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