Joe came from a large, close-knit family. He mentioned relatives at the drop of a hat, and the total number reached unprecedented proportions.
Joe's mother, Rose, died several years ago.
His father, Eddie, has always been a source of exasperation to Joe. Eddie loved to interfere in his son's life, and even saddled him with a restaurant. Eddie was in town for the summer of 1995, then left for Italy to be with his brother Bruno.
Eddie and Rose were married in 1962.
Joe had his first child, Dante, in 1996.
Sofia Carlino. Joe's younger sister came to live with him in December 1995.
Giuseppe (RIP), paternal grandfather, died in 1997. Carmela *, aunt. Concetta *, aunt. Francesca *, aunt. Maria *, aunt. Paola *, aunt. Theresa *, aunt. Fiore * (RIP), uncle. Scunitz *, uncle. Bruno Carlino, uncle. Vito *, uncle. Anthony *, cousin. Dominic, cousin. Lucento, cousin. Rocco *, great-uncle. Isabella * (RIP), great-grandmother. Sergio Carlino (RIP), great-great-granduncle.
Joe dated Rachel's younger sister Nancy in high school.
In 1995 Joe was shot by Denny Beck, whom he had been investigating for failure to make child-support payments.
In 1997 Joe went undercover to flush out corrupt management in the police force. He went so far as to allow himself to be be arrested for taking bribes. After a short stay in prison, he revealed that Commissioner Raines was the corrupt party.
CURRENT AND FORMER OCCUPATIONS
Joe resigned from the police force at the end of 1994 after difficult experiences on the NYPD.
In 1995 he helped Frankie Frame investigate a case and they got along so well that they decided to open up a detective agency.
By fall 1995 Joe decided to rejoin the police force. In February 1997 he became acting captain upon the death of Gabe McNamara and so impressed the police commissioner that he was made captain despite not having taken the captain's exam.
He had his restaurant, Carlino's, foisted onto him at the end of 1995. For its first few years, it barely managed to keep its head above water.