The Men Behind Mob Wives: Benjamin “Lefty Guns” Ruggiero
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NAME: Benjamin “Lefty Guns” Ruggiero
OCCUPATION: Soldier in the Bonanno Crime Family
BIRTH DATE: April 19, 1926
DEATH DATE: November 24, 1994
PLACE OF BIRTH: Manhattan, New York
NICKNAME: Lefty Guns
Benjamin Ruggiero was well known in the Cosa Nostra as “Lefty Two Guns”, “Lefty Guns” and “Lefty.” He was given the nickname, Lefty, because when he shot dice, he always roll them with his left hand. The nickname, Two Guns, came from the observation that whenever he shot someone, he always did it with one gun in each hand.
Ruggiero was a Bonanno crime family soldier, who is well known as the friend and mentor of undercover FBI agent Joseph "Donnie Brasco" Pistone. The hit movie “Donnie Brasco” was based on this agent's interactions with Lefty. The role of Lefty was played by Al Pacino.