excerpt from the daily beast:
Not every family has a 350-pound skeleton in its closet. Albert “Tiny” Manzo, the hulking father-in-law to two of the Housewives, ended his life naked, bound in plastic, and stuffed in the trunk of a Lincoln Continental with four slugs in his chest. It has been reported that Tiny was whacked after he was caught skimming the take from an illegal casino owned by the Gambino crime family in Staten Island.
Such talk rankles Caroline, whose first episode quote, “Let me tell you something about my family: We’re as thick as thieves, and we protect each other to the end," has become her catchphrase.