Who is Albert Tiny Manzo, was he mafia, and what is Tiny’s relation to Tommy and Caroline on Real Housewives of New Jersey? Albert Tiny Manzo is brought up in tonight’s Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion.
Caroline and Dina say they are unhappy that press are suggesting that Albert Tiny Manzo was murdered in a “mob-style hit” in 1983. Caroline says “it makes me feel horrible that it was even brought up.” Caroline reveals tonight how her father in law’s body was discovered on her birthday and that her husband bought he a ring to help make he forget the tragedy.
“And I looked at him dead in the eye and I said I love you, and I love your father, and I am proud to be his daughter-in-law.”
Danielle reportedly adds:
“Was it my father-in-law that was killed and shoved into a trunk? I’m dangerous? I knew about this through the whole show. I didn’t bring it up once. I’m classy.”
How has the press portrayed Tiny Manzo? Before the series premiered the New York Daily News called Tiny a “mobster” claiming the following:
Sisters Dina and Caroline Manzo …. Their father-in-law, Albert (Tiny) Manzo, was executed mob-style in August 1983, after he and Gambino family soldier Peter A. Campisi were suspected of skimming from a mob casino on Staten Island.
“A couple of weeks later, they found Tiny Manzo in the trunk of his car,” recalled Robert Buccino, a New Jersey organized crime expert.
The 350-pound mobster took four slugs to his torso. His * body – the arms and legs bound in plastic – was discovered in the trunk of his parked Lincoln-Continental outside a supermarket in Hillside, N.J.
The killing was never solved.
The report went on to explain that Tiny owned the Brownstone Restaurant, featured in the show, now operated by his sons Albert and Tommy, married to Dina and Caroline.
Another report says a case that went to the state Supreme Court ruled his window could not collect on a life insurance policy since Tiny at 350 lbs had lied on his application about not having diabetes.
Danielle Staub, Real Housewives of New Jersey