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Robert Perrino

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Robert Perrino

Robert Francis Perrino, also known as "Bobby Perrino" (February 9, 1938, Fordham, Bronx – May 4, 1992, Port Richmond, Staten Island) was the superintendent of deliveries at the New York Post from the 1970s until 1992, when he was murdered. He was a Bonanno crime family associate of Italian-American descent. Perrino was the leader of "The Post Circulation Crew" (as referred to by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau in court) which allegedly existed to control the circulation department of (the now defunct) New York Post printing press and distribution center (located at 210 South Street) by means of extortion, coercion, the falsification of business records, larceny and bribery. The crew also became involved in loan sharking, drug trafficking and the selling of stolen firearms. Biography Robert Perrino was the son-in-law of Bonanno crime family underboss and former consigliere Nicholas Marangello. He was born to American born parents of Italian immigrants from Gallo Matese, Italy, and not to be mis

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Rocco DiSiglio

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Rocco DiSiglio

Rocco DiSiglio, also known as Rocky DiSiglio (born April 11, 1939 Newton, Massachusetts - April 3, 1966 East Boston, Massachusetts) was an American professional welterweight boxer and associate of the Patriarca crime family who was involved in armed robbery and illegal gambling. Boxing career Little is known about his personal life except that he was born in Newton. His professional boxing record does not even contain a birth date for him. There are also discrepancies in the spelling of his last name, both "DeSiglio" and "DiSiglio" have been used by sources. As a professional boxer he used the "DiSiglio" spelling. the correct spelling is diseglio. He also used the name "Rocky", a derivative of his given name "Rocco". As an amateur boxer before he became professional he trained with future professional boxers Anthony Veranis, Joseph Barboza, Tommy Sullivan, George W. Holden, Americo Sacramone, Edward G. Connors and Joe DeNucci. He weighed between 141 and 148 pounds. He was also a criminal associate of mafios

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Robert's Lounge

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Robert's Lounge

Robert's Lounge was a saloon in New York City owned by Lucchese crime family associate James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke. It was located at 114-45 Lefferts Boulevard in South Ozone Park, Queens, near the John F. Kennedy International Airport Air Cargo Center. The saloon served as a mob headquarters from 1957 until early 1979. The saloon was long used as an informal headquarters by Paul Vario, whom The New York Times described as "a capo in the Antonio "Tony Ducks" Corallo crime family." The robbery of Lufthansa's secure freight storage at the Air Cargo Center on December 11, 1978, had its genesis in the lounge when Lufthansa freight supervisor Louis Werner described to the assembled mob-connected customers how a fortune in valuable freight could be stolen despite Lufthansa's security, described as "impregnable".[1] An estimated $5 million in currency and $875,000 in jewels were stolen in that robbery, described at the time as the "largest cash robbery ever committed on American soil."[2] Lucchese crime family as

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Rudolph Santobello

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Rudolph Santobello

Rudolph Santobello (1928 – May 2013) was a New York mobster who served as a caporegime in the Genovese crime family. On July 21, 1950, Santobello and Joseph Corbo murdered Alfred Loreto, an off-duty New York Police Department officer, during an attempted kidnapping of Ralph Sgueglia, a butcher arriving home after work, in the Bronx section of New York. Apprehended at the crime scene, Santobello later testified that police brought him to the police station and interrogated him all night. Santobello also claimed that police hit him on the head with their guns and dazed him with a blow on the nose with a billy club. In June 1951, Santobello was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.[1][2] In 1966, a U.S. Supreme Court decision on illegal searches by police resulted in Santobello's sentence being reversed and his release from prison. In 1968, detective and whistleblower Frank Serpico arrested Santobello in the South Bronx for numbers running. Santobello was later sentenced to one year

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Rochester crime family

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Rochester crime family

The Rochester crime family was a criminal organization based in Rochester, New York. It was considered a part of the American Cosa Nostra, also known as the Mafia. History The Rochester family's first well known official boss was Constenze "Stanley" Valenti. In 1957, after the Apalachin Conference, Stan and his brother Frank were both jailed for civil contempt, because they refused to answer questions about the meeting. In 1958, Stan was sentenced to 16 months in prison, and Jake Russo became the next boss.[1][2] Splitting from Buffalo In 1964, Frank Valenti returned to Rochester with his brother Stan, and Pittsburgh associate Angelo Vaccaro. Frank became an associate in the Pittsburgh crime family in John LaRocca's family. Stan Valenti was married to Antonio Ripepi's daughter, who was a capo in the Pittsburgh family. This time, Frank Valenti was taking over the Rochester family. By the end of the year, Russo went missing and his body has never been found. In 1970, Valenti wiped out the last Russo soldier

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Rosario Borgio

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Rosario Borgio

Rosario Giuseppe Borgio (January 18, 1861 – May 22, 1919) was an early Italian-American mobster establishing one of the first organized crime operations in the Midwest during the early 20th century. Black Hand Arriving in Akron, Ohio during the early 1900s, Rosario operated a successful general goods store (a front he used as a legitimate business as he soon began criminal operations in two backrooms of his store). Living above his store, Rosario claimed his home was "police proof", as the property was guarded by an extensive security system including alarms on both the front and back stairs, pits built into the stairs which held foot-long steel spikes, a solid steel door, and a large arsenal of weapons including shotguns, rifles, pistols, and submachine guns. By the early 1910s, Borgio controlled the Black Hand operations (aimed primarily at the cities growing Italian community) as well as dominating illegal gambling and prostitution. Borgio had extensive political protection, with much of the city's poli

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Russell Bufalino

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Russell Bufalino

Russell Bufalino (born Rosario Alberto Bufalino; Italian pronunciation: ; October 29, 1903 – February 25, 1994), also known as "McGee" and "The Old Man", was an Italian-American mafioso who became the boss of the Northeastern Pennsylvania crime family known as the Bufalino crime family, which he ruled from 1959 to 1989. Despite the family being small, Bufalino was a significant influence in the national Cosa Nostra criminal society. He was a cousin of attorney William Bufalino, the longtime counsel for Jimmy Hoffa. Early years Bufalino was born on October 29, 1903, in Montedoro, Sicily,[1] and immigrated with his family to the United States through the Port of New York in 1906, settling in Buffalo, New York, where he became a criminal during his teenage years. He married Carolina Sciandra, who came from a Sicilian Mafia family.[2] Bufalino worked alongside many Buffalo mobsters, some of whom would become top leaders in the Buffalo crime family and other future Cosa Nostra families along the East Coast of th

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Romie Nappi

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Romie Nappi

Romie J. Nappi, also known as Jack Nappi, was a World War II veteran[1] and a political fixer for the Chicago Outfit. He worked with Murray "The Hump" Humphreys and had powerful connections to Chicago 1st Ward bosses like Pat Marcy.[2] Romie Nappi was extremely good at staying under the radar of the government. One of the only instances he is mentioned in official government documents is in 1946. Towards the end of that year, Mob boss Tony Accardo ordered Pat Manno, Romie Nappi and several other Outfit associates down to Dallas, Texas in order to make sure local sheriff Steve Gutherie was copasetic with the Outfit's expansion into Dallas. This meeting included the participation of the now infamous Jack Ruby, who had a great deal of connections to law enforcement in the State of Texas.[3] This move ultimately met with failure. On December 18, 1946, the FBI reported that Romie Nappi was charged with attempted bribery of elected officials and held without bond.[4] References "Obiturary for Romie Nappi". C

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Salvatore Sabella

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Salvatore Sabella

Salvatore Sabella (Italian pronunciation: ; July 7, 1891 – 1962) was an Italian-born crime boss of the Philadelphia crime family in the 1920s. Early life Sabella was born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, on July 7, 1891, who became a butcher's apprentice as a young boy. In 1905, tired of dealing with the butcher's violent outbursts, 14-year-old Sabella murdered him. In 1908, Sabella was convicted of the butcher's murder and sent to prison in Milan, Italy for three years. At some point, either in prison or after his release, Sabella became involved with the Sicilian Mafia. After his release, Sabella left Italy for the United States, apparently as an illegal immigrant. In 1912, Sabella arrived in Brooklyn, New York and joined the Salvatore D'Aquila criminal organization, which consisted of many other Castellammarese immigrants. During the next few years, mobster Giuseppe Traina trained Sabella for a future role in the organization. Philadelphia mob boss In 1919, Sabella was sent to Philadelphia to build

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Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

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Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre was the 1929 Valentine's Day murder of seven members and associates of Chicago's North Side Gang. The men were gathered at a Lincoln Park garage on the morning of Valentine's Day. They were lined up against a wall and shot by four unknown assailants who were dressed like police officers. The incident resulted from the struggle to control organized crime in the city during Prohibition between the Irish North Siders and their Italian South Side rivals led by Al Capone.[2] The perpetrators have never been conclusively identified, but former members of the Egan's Rats gang working for Capone are suspected of a significant role, as are members of the Chicago Police Department who allegedly wanted revenge for the killing of a police officer's son. History At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 14, 1929, seven men were murdered at the garage at 2122 North Clark Street,[3][4] in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago's North Side. They were shot by four men using weapons that inclu

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Salvatore Santoro

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Salvatore Santoro

Salvatore T. "Tom Mix" Santoro, Sr. (November 18, 1915 [1] – January 2000)[2] served as underboss in the Lucchese crime family during the 1980s before being convicted in the Mafia Commission Trial and sentenced to 100 years in federal prison. Early life He was born in Leonia, New Jersey to Antonio and Teresa Bargio. He married Mary Zangaglia but did not father any children. He is the uncle to Lucchese family soldier and union boss Anthony DiLapi. He earned the mob moniker "Tom Mix" because in his younger years he closely resembled the Dutch-German-American western film actor by that name.[3] 107th Street gang Santoro started working for the Gagliano crime family, forerunner of the Lucchese family, in the early 1930s. He served as an associate of future boss Tommy "Three-Finger Brown" Lucchese's 107th Street gang [4] in operating extortion, loansharking, narcotics and prostitution rings 1930s. He was made sometime in the 1940s operating drug trafficking and loansharking rings. On July 6, 1942, Santoro rec

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Salvatore Testa

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Salvatore Testa

Salvatore "Salvie" Testa (March 31, 1956 - September 14, 1984), nicknamed The Crowned Prince of the Philadelphia Mob, was a Philadelphia gangster who served as a hitman for the Philadelphia crime family during a period of internal gang conflict. The son of former Philadelphia boss Philip, Testa was a rising star in the mob until he was killed on orders from Nicky Scarfo Sr. Early life Born on March 31, 1956 in Southwest Philadelphia, Testa was the son of Alfia Arcidiacono (1926–1980) and Philip "Chicken Man" Testa (1924–1981), a member of the Philadelphia family that served under Angelo Bruno. In 1974 he graduated from Saint John Neumann High School (Pennsylvania) and he attended Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a year, and then went into the real estate business. Testa had one sister, Maria, born in 1954 who managed a Center City, Philadelphia nightclub and restaurant. Maria married Scarfo mob associate and 'front man' Robert Sheeran who was listed as the officer of ETTENAJ Corporation

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Soldato

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Soldato

Structure of Mafia crime family A soldato or soldier is the first official level of both the American Mafia and the Sicilian Mafia in the formal Mafia hierarchy or cadre. The promotion to the rank of soldier is an elevation in the chain of command from the associate level. The associate must prove himself to the family and take the oath of Omertà. Picciotto (plural: picciotti) is often used to refer to a lower-level mafioso or soldato, but it usually indicates a younger, inexperienced soldato and may even be used to refer to a closely connected, up-and-coming associate who is not necessarily a made man yet (and therefore not yet officially a "soldato"). "Picciotti" usually perform simple tasks such as beatings and robbery. Duties and advantages An associate can only be promoted to soldier after a period of being "on record" with an incumbent member of a family. He must be sponsored by the incumbent soldier's caporegime (capo or captain), and personally cleared by the family's boss. Once inducted into the M

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Saverio Santora

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Saverio Santora

Saverio Santora (1935–1987), also known as "Sammy Black", was a New York mobster with the Genovese crime family who briefly served as family underboss. In the late 1970s, Santora took over as caporegime of Antonio "Buckaloo" Ferro's powerful 116th Street crew in the East Harlem section of Manhattan. Santora quickly became one of the most powerful captains in the family. The crew was involved in illegal gambling, bookmaking, loan sharking, heroin trafficking, and labor racketeering within the Carpenters' Union. In 1981, longtime Genovese boss Philip Lombardo went into semi-retirement. Vincent "Chin" Gigante and Santora were the prime candidates to succeed Lombardo as boss, being two of the most respected and influential members of the family. Lombardo made Gigante the boss and Santora the underboss. Santora continued as underboss of the family until his death in 1987. Current Genovese boss Liborio Bellomo was considered a protegeé of Santora. American Mafia Preceded byVincent "Chin" Gigante Genovese

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Silva Tagliagamba

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Silva Tagliagamba

Silvio Tagliagamba (died June 1922) was an early New York mobster and a member of the Morello crime family. Tagliagamba served as a bodyguard for mob boss Umberto Valenti during the early 1920s. On May 8, 1922, Valenti allegedly murdered mobster Vincent Morello in Manhattan. When Morello's ally, Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria, heard about the shooting, he supposedly set an ambush for Valenti later that day outside the Liquor Exchange, an open-air market for bootleggers, in downtown Manhattan. Other accounts suggest that it was Valenti, not Masseria, who set up the ambush. In any event, during the ambush, Masseria shot and fatally wounded Tagliagamba. Both Valenti and Tagliagamba escaped the scene while Masseria was arrested. In June 1922, Tagliagamba died from his wounds. Masseria was indicted on the Tagliagamba shooting, but the case never came to trial.[1][2] References "Chronology - Section III 1920-1931" Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine The American Mafia.com *The American "Mafia": W

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St. Louis crime family

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St. Louis crime family

The St. Louis crime family,[1][2] also known as the Giordano crime family, is an American Mafia crime family based in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.[3][4] History Historical Italian gangs in St. Louis The Green Ones[5] — was a Sicilian gang led by Vito Giannola. On September 9, 1927, Giannola underboss Alfonse Palazzolo was murdered. Then on December 28, 1927 the leader of the gang, Vito Giannola, was murdered.[3] The remaining members fled the city. The Russo Gang[5] — was a splinter group of the Green Ones. Led by Tony Russo, they were allies to Pillow gang leader Frisina. After the murders of Giannola and Palazzolo they fought with the Pillow gang. By 1928 the three remaining Russo brothers fled St. Louis.[6] The Pillow Gang[5] — was an Italian gang led by Pasquale Santino from 1911 until his murder in 1927. Carmelo Frisina took control of the gang, until he himself was murdered in 1931. The gang was then led by Thomas Buffa, who became boss of the St. Louis Mafia family. In 1943, Buffa fled

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Steven Mazzone

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Steven Mazzone

Steven Mazzone (born 1964) is an American mobster believed to be a high-ranking member of the Philadelphia crime family.[2] After the family was decimated by prosecutions during the Nicodemo Scarfo and John Stanfa eras, Ralph Natale was released from prison in 1994. It was at this time Mazzone became a major organized crime figure in Philadelphia.[3] Mazzone is a childhood friend of Joey Merlino. They both grew up in South Philadelphia and started there criminal careers together. According to Natale and law enforcement, Mazzone was inducted into the crime family in 1995 and made him a caporegime in 1996. Following Natale's 1998 arrest for drug trafficking, Merlino officially took over the family and become the new boss. However their reign was short. Mazzone was indicted and held without bail in 2000 along with Merlino, George Borgesi, and others for racketeering and murder. A year earlier, Natale, feeling slighted and now realizing he may have been a puppet for Merlino all along, decided to end his life as

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Stephen Grammauta

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Stephen Grammauta

Stephen "Stevie Coogan" Grammauta (December 6, 1916 – 2016[1]) was a caporegime with the Gambino crime family who allegedly participated in the murder of mob boss Albert "Mad Hatter" Anastasia.[2] Early life & crime Born in the Lower East Side section of Manhattan, Grammauta was a drug trafficker by the early 1930s. In the late 1940s, Graummauta became a full member, or made man, with the Mangano crime family, later known as the Gambino family, under its founder and boss Vincenzo "Don Vincent" Mangano. In 1951, with the disappearance of Vincent Mangano and the murder of his brother Phil Mangano in 1951, then caporegime Anastasia became boss. A former head of Murder, Inc., Anastasia was one of the most dangerous and murderous mobsters in New York. Anastasia promoted another caporegime after the murder of previous Anastasia underboss Frank Scalise, Carlo Gambino, to be his underboss. During this period, Grammauta worked in a crew with brothers Joseph "Joe Piney" Armone and Stephen Armone. Killing Anast

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Sylvestro Carolla

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Sylvestro Carolla

Sylvestro or Silvestro Carolla or Carollo (June 17, 1896 – 1972) was a leader of the New Orleans crime family who was nicknamed "Silver Dollar Sam". He transformed Charles Matranga's Black Hand gang into a Cosa Nostra crime family. Early years Carollo was born on June 17, 1896 in Terrasini, Sicily, and immigrated to the United States in 1903 to join his parents in the French Quarter of New Orleans. By 1918, Carollo was a high-ranking member of the New Orleans Black Hand gang. In 1922, Matranga retired and Carollo became gang leader. Taking over Matranga's minor bootlegging operations, Carollo waged war against rival bootleggers. In December 1930, with the murder of rival William Bailey, Carollo gained full control of bootlegging in New Orleans Carollo was married to Caterina Carollo and had three children, Anthony, Michael, and Sarah. Carollo owned several businesses in the New Orleans area, including the St. Charles Tavern, and a cafe in Terrasini. Height of power As his power increased, Carollo gained

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Stefano Badami

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Stefano Badami

Stefano Badami (December 10, 1888 – March 31, 1955) was the first boss of the Elizabeth crime family. Badami controlled the family from Elizabeth, New Jersey. In 1937, after D'Amico went into hiding his family gained rackets in Newark, New Jersey. Badami was murdered in 1955 in a power struggle between factions of his crime family.[1][2][3] References Scott M. Deitche (8 December 2017). Garden State Gangland: The Rise of the Mob in New Jersey. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 7–. ISBN 978-1-4422-6730-5. Michael Newton (6 April 2012). The Mafia at Apalachin, 1957. McFarland. pp. 95–. ISBN 978-0-7864-8986-2. Wilbur R. Miller (29 June 2012). The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: A-De. SAGE. pp. 1240–. ISBN 978-1-4129-8876-6.

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The Tanglewood Boys

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The Tanglewood Boys

The Tanglewood Boys was an Italian-American recruitment gang or "farm team" for the American Mafia, specifically the Lucchese crime family.[1] The gang frequently operated from the Tanglewood Shopping Center in Yonkers, New York.[2] History Crimes committed In the 1990s, the gang began to rise in the public eye as a "farm team" led by Anthony Santorelli for the Lucchese crime family.[3] Many members of the gang were sons of made men, who grew up north of New York City.[1] The gang was involved in murders, assaults, armed robbery, arsons, and bookmaking operations in Westchester, the Bronx and the Upper West Side of Manhattan.[4] On March 6, 1992, two members, Darin Mazzarella and Joseph Petrucelli got into a racial argument and shot Kasiem Merchant, a 16-year-old to death in New Rochelle.[5] Joseph Petrucelli received a life sentence for the murder.[5] On February 4, 1994, the Tanglewood Boys murdered Louis Balancio, a 21-year-old Mercy College student outside the Strike Zone Bar.[4] The same day, an FBI

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Theresa Ferrara

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Theresa Ferrara

Theresa Ferrara (September 5, 1951 – February 10, 1979) was an Italian-American born in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York. She worked with Lucchese crime family associates and eventually became an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Ferrara was a distant relative of New Orleans crime family boss Carlos Marcello. As a young woman, Ferrara moved from Long Island to Ozone Park, Queens, to pursue a career as a fashion model or actress. Mob connections With her natural blonde hair and deep suntan, Ferrara attracted the attention of Lucchese mob associate Tommy DeSimone. In 1972, Ferrara and the married DeSimone started an affair. Ferrara then began frequenting mob hangouts such as Robert's Lounge in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York and later Henry Hill's The Suite in Queens. Around this time, Ferrara also became a drug dealer, selling small quantities of cocaine and quaaludes to DeSimone and other Lucchese mobsters, and she opened a mob-funded beauty salon in Bellmore, Long Island, from w

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The Lanzetta Brothers

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The Lanzetta Brothers

The Lanzetta Brothers, also known as the Lanzetti Brothers (due to incorrect documentation), was a group of six brothers that ran bootlegging operations in Philadelphia and possibly Atlantic City.[1] Early lives There were six brothers in the gang: Leo (the leader), Pius "the Brain", Ignatius (who was a good dresser), Lucien (who had an explosive temper), Willie (the quiet one), and Teo "the Baby" Lanzetta (who was the youngest and made women swoon because of his good looks).[2] It is not known when the brothers were born, but what is known is that they were born to Italian parents, that Leo Lanzetta was the oldest, and that Teo Lanzetta was the youngest of the six. Prohibition and bootlegging When Prohibition went into effect in January 1920, the Lanzettas organized an "Alky Cooking" supply network by providing a contingent of row house dwellers with home stills and paying them to produce sale-able liquor.[3] The brothers then sold the liquor at higher prices. Their most trusted associates included Louis

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Thomas Cacciopoli

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Thomas Cacciopoli

Cacciopoli (left), with "Junior" Gotti (middle) and John Cavallo in an FBI surveillance photo. Thomas Cacciopoli (born September 5, 1949), also known as Tommy Sneakers and Cacci, is a high-ranking member of the Gambino crime family, holding the rank of caporegime in the Queens, New Jersey, and Westchester faction of the family. Days of John Gotti After John Gotti became boss in December 1985, Cacciopoli became a made member in the crew led by Gotti's son, John "Junior" Gotti and brother Peter Gotti. When John Gotti went to prison in 1992 and Junior Gotti became acting boss, Cacciopoli became Junior's top protegee and bodyguard. Cacciopoli allegedly received his moniker "Tommy Twitch" because he suffered from case facial neuralgia, an uncontrollable muscle spasm condition. Days of Junior Gotti During the late 1990s, Cacciopoli was indicted along with dozens of other members of the Gambino family, as the U.S. government charged Junior Gotti with conspiracy and association with known organized crime members

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Thomas Agro (November 29, 1931 – August 31, 1987), also known as "Tommy A", "T.A.", "Tipp", and "Thomas Ambrosiano", was a New York gangster with the Gambino crime family who ran lucrative bookmaking and gambling operations in Florida. Mobster In 1975 or 1976, Agro became a "made man," or full member, of the Gambino crime family. Agro was sponsored for membership by Joseph N. Gallo, the family consigliere and worked under Joseph Armone, one of Castellano's most trusted associates. While Agro was never promoted above street-level soldier, he enjoyed a privileged relationship with family boss Paul Castellano. During this period, Agro was sent to prison for bookmaking. By 1976, Agro was dividing his time between New York and Palm Beach County, Florida. Relations with Joseph Iannuzzi In Florida, Agro chose mobster Joseph Iannuzzi as his representative. Iannuzzi enjoyed the attention and respect he received when Agro was in Florida. The two mobsters frequented the top nightspots and betting tracks. It was whil

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The Plaza Suite

The Plaza Suite was a discothèque owned by Gambino crime family underboss Sammy Gravano in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York City. Building history The Plaza Suite was located at 2937 86th Street. The building was originally owned by four legitimate businessmen who formed a corporation called "Enjoy Yourself Incorporated" in 1979 and obtained a liquor license. The building is now an elementary academy school called Big Apple Academy. Further reading Peter Maas, Underboss: Life in the Mafia

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Thomas Sinito

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Thomas Sinito

Thomas James Sinito, also known as "The Chinaman" (September 18, 1938 − December 21, 1997), was a powerful Caporegime in the Cleveland crime family who was once accused of plotting the assassination of then mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, Dennis J. Kucinich in 1979.[1] Kucinich later became a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2004 and 2008 elections. Biography Early life Sinito was born on Woodland Ave in Cuyahoga, in Cleveland. His Father was a maternal cousin of the convicted corrupt Cleveland municipal prosecutor, Thomas Longo who represented the Bedford, Highland Hills and Chagrin Falls townships and was a candidate for the Bedford Municipal Judgship in May 1997.[2] Sinito was the nephew of (Giuseppe Antonio Berardinelli) Joey Maxim by marriage, the legendary Italian-American boxer who became the 1952 Lightweight Boxing Champion of the World.[3] Thomas Sinito married Irene B. Mitroff in 1960 and they had two children. In 1990, Irene died in a Lake Erie boating

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Tom Dragna

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Tom Dragna

Tom Dragna (born Gaetano Dragna; Italian pronunciation: ; 1889–1977) was a Sicilian-American bootlegger and mobster who became a member of the Los Angeles crime family. He is the brother of Jack Dragna and the father of Louis Tom Dragna. He remained an obscure figure until he was featured in The Last Mafioso: The Treacherous World of Jimmy Fratianno in 1981. Early life Dragna was born in Corleone in Sicily in 1889. He was the middle child of Francesco Paolo Dragna and Anna Dragna. He had an older sister, Giuseppa, and a younger brother Iganzio. At the age of eight, they moved to New York City on November 18, 1898.[1] Los Angeles The two brothers, who now renamed themselves Tom and Jack, respectively, then moved to Los Angeles. Unlike his brother, Tom became a naturalized citizen. While in California Tom married and fathered at least two children: Louis Tom Dragna and Frank Paul Dragna. He owned a ranch in West Puente Valley, California.[2] During the 1920s they were involved in bootlegging and were closel

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Tino Fiumara

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Tino Fiumara

FBI surveillance photo of Fiumara. Tino "T" Fiumara (pronounced "few-MAH-rah") (August 11, 1941 – September 16, 2010), also known as "The Greek", was a major figure in the Genovese crime family. Since the 1980s, he had been the leader of the Genovese New Jersey faction in northern New Jersey. After his final release from prison Fiumara lived on Long Island. Early criminal career Tino Fiumara was born in Livingston, New Jersey to parents from Ali Superiore, Italy. His associates usually called him "T" or "the good-looking guy." Fiumara later earned the nickname "The Greek" from operating a crew in a Greek neighborhood of Bergen County, New Jersey. Fiumara has allegedly been linked to several ruthless murders. He allegedly shot dead a childhood friend over a simple dispute.[1] On another occasion, Fiumara allegedly garroted a mob associate with a string of piano wire.[1][2] In the 1960s, Fiumara established himself in the New Jersey faction of the Genovese crime family. By the mid 1970s, the Fiumara crew co

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The Valachi hearings, also known as the McClellan hearings, investigated organized crime activities across America and leading mafia figures of the era such as Sam Giancana of Chicago and the Five Families of New York City. The hearings were initiated by Arkansas Senator John L. McClellan in 1963. Named after the major government witness against the American Mafia, foot soldier and made man Joseph Valachi, the trial exposed American organized crime to the world through Valachi's televised testimony.[1] Joe Valachi giving his televised testimony. Overview In October 1963, Valachi testified before Senator John L. McClellan's congressional committee on organized crime, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the U.S. Senate Committee on Government Operations. He gave the American public a firsthand account of Mafia activities in the United States.[2][3] Valachi had agreed to testify against the mafia and expose its dark past after landing in prison for a heroin charge alongside his boss, Don Vito G

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Victor Amuso

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Victor Amuso

Vittorio "Little Vic" Amuso (born November 4, 1934) is an American New York mobster and boss of the Lucchese crime family. He was described as a "Deadly Don" by Assistant United States Attorney Charles Rose.[1] Amuso's reign is credited to one of the bloodiest periods in American Mafia history during the late 1980s and early 1990s, alongside his former underboss and close protégé Anthony Casso, who turned informer against him in 1994. Since the death of Colombo crime family boss Carmine Persico in March 2019, Amuso is currently the longest-serving crime family boss of the Five Families and American Mafia, dating back to 1987. Amuso has been serving a life sentence since 1992 and is currently allocated at the Federal Correctional Institution, Cumberland, in Maryland, on murder and racketeering charges.[2] Early life Vittorio Amuso was born November 4, 1934 and grew up in Canarsie, Brooklyn. In the late 1940s, he was introduced to Anthony "Tony Ducks" Corallo, a prominent caporegime in the Gagliano crime fami

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Trafficante crime family

The Trafficante crime family, also known as the Tampa Mafia, is the only original Mafia crime family in the state of Florida History Tampa's underworld Tampa crime started with Charlie Wall who, in the 1920s, controlled a number of gambling rackets and corrupt government officials. Wall controlled Tampa from the neighborhood known as Ybor City, he employed Italians, Cubans and men of other ethnicities into his organization. Charlie Wall's only competition was Tampa's earliest Mafia boss Ignacio Antinori.[1] Antinori gang The first Italian gang in the Tampa Bay area was created by Ignacio Antinori in 1925. Antinori, a Sicilian-born immigrant, became a well-known drug kingpin and the Italian crime boss of Tampa in the late 1920s. A smaller Italian gang in the area was controlled by Santo Trafficante Sr., who had lived in Tampa since the age of 18. Trafficante had already set up Bolita games throughout the city and was a very powerful man. Antinori took notice of Santo Trafficante and invited him into his o

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Tomasso Petto

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Tomasso Petto

Tommaso "The Ox" Petto (1879–1905) was a New York mobster and leading hitman in the Morello crime family during the early 1900s. Born around 1879, Petto lived in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. His nickname "The Ox" came from his massive head and frame. Petto's nominal profession was that of a suit presser, but his real job was working for the Morello family. The Morello family was a Sicilian clan in Manhattan that became infamous for killing their rivals, stuffing them in barrels, and leaving them on street corners. On April 15, 1903, after a violent fight with New York Police Department (NYPD) detectives, Petto was arrested for the murder of Benedetto Madonia, one of the Barrel Murders. The police found a pawn ticket belonging to Madonia in Petto's possession. Petto was arraigned and held at the New York City Central Jail, known as "the Tombs", pending an inquest. However, jail officials released Petto by mistake and he disappeared from New York. Petto eventually resurfaced in Pennsylvania, where he

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Tony Rampino

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Tony Rampino

Anthony J. Rampino (c. 1939 Ozone Park, Queens – 20 December 2010, New Hartford, NY), also known as "Tony Roach", was a Gambino crime family mobster who was involved in truck hijacking and drug trafficking. Biography He earned the nickname "Tony Roach" or simply "Roach" because of his vague physical resemblance to the insect, the cockroach, the name assumed a double meaning not too long afterward when Rampino started smoking copious amounts of marijuana. He was involved in drug trafficking. He became a close friend of John Gotti, Angelo Ruggiero, Nicholas Corozzo , Leonard DiMaria and Pavle Stanimirovic. Anthony's passion was stickball and being a successful thief. He was a cadaverous looking man with huge hands and long arms that seemed to reach down past his knees, and an odd rubbery-looking face. He liked to contort his face into all kinds of horrible grimaces in front of a mirror, years of practice allowed him, at a second's notice, to shape his face into something like The Phantom of the Opera. He firm

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Umberto Valenti (gangster)

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Umberto Valenti (gangster)

Umberto "The Ghost" Valenti (August 14, 1891 – August 11, 1922) was a Sicilian-born New York City gangster and prominent member of the D'Aquila crime family during the 1910s. He is frequently confused with Rocco Valenti, a Camorra gunman of the same era. Career Valenti was born in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, Sicily and immigrated to America in 1910. After settling in the Lower East Side of New York, he joined the Mafia family led by capo di tutti capi Salvatore D'Aquila. He was said to have been the shooter in the May 1914 murder of D'Aquila's chief rival, Italian Harlem mobster Fortunato Lomonte,[1] After this successful hit, Valenti became known as D'Aquila's chief assassin. By the beginning of Prohibition, Valenti was considered one of the best gunmen in New York; he was suspected in at least twenty murders. During this period, Umberto Valenti had run afoul of his boss, Salvatore D'Aquila, and was one of twelve men (including Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo, Ciro Terranova and others) marked for death. Va

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Victor Spilotro

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Victor Spilotro

Victor P. Spilotro (October 8, 1933 – December 30, 1996) was the older brother of Chicago Outfit mobster, Tony Spilotro and of Outfit associate, Michael Spilotro. It was not until the 1980s that Victor started to get public attention. He was implicated in the unsolved murder/disappearance of millionaire heiress Helen Brach. Biography Spilotro was born in West Town, Chicago. He was the eldest son of Pasquale Spilotro, Sr. (1899–1954), known as "Patsy", a restaurant owner, and his wife, Antoinette. Pasquale Spilotro, Sr. had emigrated from Triggiano, in the Italian province of Bari in the southeastern region of Apulia, and had arrived at Ellis Island in 1914. He had arrived in America with no money, education, or particular skill, and became the owner of Patsy's Restaurant, 470 N. Ogden, which he operated with his wife. Mobsters such as Salvatore "Sam" Giancana, Jackie Cerone ("The Lackey"), Gus Alex and Frank Nitti ("Frank the Enforcer") regularly dined at Patsy's, which was on the west side at Grand Avenue

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Victor Orena

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Victor Orena

Vittorio "Little Vic" Orena (born August 4, 1934)[1] is a New York City mobster who became the temporary acting boss of the Colombo crime family.[2] A challenge by Orena to boss Carmine Persico triggered one of the bloodiest Mafia wars of the late 20th century, and the last major mob war in New York to date. Biography Background Born in New York City, Victor Orena's father died when he was a child. Orena spent time in a reform school and eventually dropped out of high school. According to his son, Orena entered the mob life because the wiseguys he knew has risen from humble beginnings and had become big figures in his neighborhood.[3] In the early 1970s, Carmine Persico, the boss of the Colombo crime family, allegedly had a few people "made" into his organization, even though the "books" had officially been closed since 1958, barring any new inductions. One of these men was Orena, who rose through the ranks and operated in Brooklyn, Long Island, and New Jersey primarily in labor racketeering. Orena was a w

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Vincent Badalamenti

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Vincent Badalamenti

Vincent Badalamenti (born 1958) is an American mobster who was acting boss of the Bonanno crime family.[1] Biography Badalamenti is the owner of Bagels Plus a bagel store in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.[2] He received his nickname "Vinny TV", because he used to own a Brooklyn electronics store.[1] It is also alleged that Badalamenti controls a mob social club on 20th Avenue and 72nd Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.[3] In January 2012, Badalamenti was indicted along with capo Nicholas Santora, soldiers Vito Balsamo and Anthony Calabrese, and Gambino crime family associate James LaForte.[1] Badalamenti was charged with extorting restaurants and bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan and extending a $50,000 loanshark loan in 1999.[4] These charges were primarily based on information from government informant Hector Pagan (Anthony Graziano's ex son-in-law).[1] On February 6, 2012, Maryann Santiago filed a lawsuit against three restaurants, including Bagels Plus, accusing the stores of violating the Americans With Disabilit

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Vincent M. Ferrara

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Vincent M. Ferrara

Vincent M. Ferrara, also known as "The Animal", (born 1949) is an Italian-American mobster from Boston, Massachusetts and former Capo of the New England-based Patriarca crime family of La Cosa Nostra. Criminal career On March 22, 1990, Ferrara was indicted on racketeering and related charges with six other alleged members and an associate of the Patriarca Family. More specifically, Ferrara, Raymond J. Patriarca, J.R. Russo, Robert Carrozza, Dennis Lepore, Carmen Tortora, Pasquale Barone and Angelo Mercurio, who was, significantly, a fugitive, were charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), by conspiring to participate in the affairs of a racketeering enterprise, and doing so, through a pattern of racketeering acts that included murder, extortion, and other crimes, some of which were also charged as separate substantive offenses.[1] Three years later, under a plea agreement with the government just as his case was about to go to trial, he pleaded guilty to racketeer

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Vincent Flemmi

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Vincent Flemmi

Vincent James Flemmi (September 5, 1935 – October 16, 1979), also known as "Jimmy The Bear", was an Italian-American mobster who freelanced for the Winter Hill Gang and the Patriarca crime family. He was also a longtime informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was also the brother of government informant Stephen Flemmi. Early life Vincent Flemmi was born in 1935, to Italian immigrant Giovanni Flemmi, and Mary Irene (née Misserville) Flemmi, who was of Irish descent. He was raised in the Orchard Park tenement located at 25 Ambrose Street in Roxbury, Massachusetts. His father Giovanni was a bricklayer who, according to fellow mobster Kevin Weeks, served in the Royal Italian Army during World War I. His mother was a full-time homemaker. He was the brother of Stephen Flemmi and Michael Flemmi. Criminal career During the Boston gang wars of the 1960s, Vincent, along with Joseph Barboza became so feared, that the city's newspaper photographers often attached a note on the back of their arrest photo

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Vincent Basciano

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Vincent Basciano

Vincent Basciano Vincent John Basciano (Italian pronunciation: ; born November 14, 1959)[1] is an American mobster who became acting boss of the Bonanno crime family after the arrest of boss Joseph Massino.[2] Biography Basciano is nicknamed "Vinny Gorgeous," due to owning a Bronx beauty salon called "Hello Gorgeous," and for his fastidious grooming, hairstyle and looks. In 2011, reporters noted that despite being imprisoned in solitary confinement the past four years, Basciano still looked perfectly groomed in the courtroom.[3] On May 6, 2006, Basciano was convicted in a racketeering trial for running illegal gambling and attempted murder. However, due to a hung jury, Basciano was not convicted of the 2001 murder of Frank Santoro.[4][5] After Basciano's first murder trial, prosecutors retried him on those counts on which the jury hung in the first trial. On August 1, 2007, Basciano was convicted of murdering Santoro, who tried to kidnap Basciano's son,[6][7] and was subsequently sentenced to life impris

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Vincent Palermo

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Vincent Palermo

Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo (born June 4, 1944) is a former Italian-American mobster who was de facto boss of the New Jersey DeCavalcante crime family before becoming a government witness. Fictional mob boss Tony Soprano, the protagonist of the HBO series The Sopranos, is said to be based upon Palermo.[1] Background Palermo was raised in a traditional Italian family in Brooklyn, New York. He has five sisters, including Claire and Nancy, and one brother. His father was an Italian immigrant who moved to New York when he was a teenager. Palermo came from a close-knit family, and was said to have lived a harmonious lifestyle. He was an altar boy during adolescence. When Palermo was sixteen, his father died, which forced him to leave school and work two jobs to help support his family, as his mother was a bedridden asthmatic. In his earlier years, Palermo worked at a wholesale fish business in the Fulton Fish Market, where he earned the nickname "Vinny Ocean". Palermo was very protective of children; he alleg

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Vincenzo Terranova

Vincenzo "the Tiger of Harlem" Terranova (May 1886 – May 8, 1922) was a gangster and an early Italian-American organized crime figure in the United States. He served as boss and underboss of the Morello crime family, today known as the Genovese crime family, the oldest of the Five Families in New York City. Terranova was born in Corleone, Sicily in 1886.[1] He was the first son of Bernardo Terranova, a member of the Mafia in Corleone, and his wife Angelina Piazza. Angelina had a son from a previous marriage, Giuseppe Morello, and would later give birth to Vincenzo's two brothers, Ciro Terranova and Nicolo Terranova.[1] Vincenzo, Nicolo and Ciro along with other relatives emigrated to the United States, arriving in New York on March 8, 1893.[1] Giuseppe Morello had immigrated to New York the previous year and sometime in the 1890s founded a gang known as the 107th Street Mob, which evolved into the Morello crime family. His three half brothers would eventually join him in this enterprise. Death On May 8, 19

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William Cutolo

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William Cutolo

William Cutolo (June 6, 1949 – May 26, 1999), also known as "Billy Fingers" and "Wild Bill", was a Brooklyn mobster in the Colombo crime family who committed several murders and was heavily involved in labor racketeering. Cutolo played a key role in the 1991 to 1993 Colombo war. Biography William Cutolo, christened Guglielmo Cutolo, was born in Potenza in Basilicata, Italy. William Sr. was the brother of Gertrude, Barbara, and Geraldine Cutolo. He was related to Italian Camorra mob boss Raffaele Cutolo. William Cutolo had three daughters and a son named William Jr., born 1972. In 1990, Cutolo had his third daughter, Dana, with his wife Bette Anne Fox, from Brooklyn. William Jr. followed his father into illegal gambling and loansharking and was eventually convicted of extortion and racketeering.[1] Cutolo was also involved with several charities. He was a fundraising chairman and board member for the National Leukemia Research Association in Garden City, New York.[2] Cutolo sat on the Medical Advisory Comm

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William Grasso

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William Grasso

William "Wild Guy" Grasso was an Italian-American gangster from East Haven, Connecticut who served as underboss to Raymond Patriarca, Jr. (a.k.a. "Junior") in the Patriarca crime family, also known as the New England crime family, the Providence crime family or the Boston crime family. The Patriarca family is a Mafia crime family based in New England. Succeeding his father Raymond L.S. Patriarca as boss after his father's death in 1984, Junior was considered a weak leader. He managed to keep the peace in his crime family due to the support of the Gambino crime family of New York. When Junior's original underboss Ilario "Larry Baione" Maria Antonio Zannino was sentenced to thirty years in prison in 1987, it further weakened Junior's position. With Zannino in jail, Grasso became underboss. Some law enforcement officials believed that Grasso, who was known for his ruthlessness,[1] was actually in charge, but these rumors ended when Grasso was killed on June 13, 1989.[1] With the death of Grasso, Raymond Patria

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Willie "Two-Knife" Altieri

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Willie "Two-Knife" Altieri

Willie "Two-Knife" Altieri (dates unknown) was a New York gangster who served as the chief enforcer for Frankie Yale's Italian-American "Black-Hand" gang, one of the most powerful criminal organizations in 1920s New York City. He got his nickname after his preferred method of dispatching a victim. Willie had killed dozens of rival gangsters during the 1920s and was considered an important figure in the "Black-Hand" gang. Background Little background information is known about Altieri, including his date of birth, background, or how he died although it is known that an attempted assassination by Pegleg Lonergan led to "Willie" jumping through a window, narrowly escaping death. He was described as standing 5 feet 7 inches, weighing 170 pounds, and having blond hair and blue eyes. Altieri's hands were described as "soft", like a woman's, and he would often be found using his knives to clean his fingernails. Altierri was known for preferring to dispatch his victims via the use of two knives[1], which he kept in

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William Cammisano

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William Cammisano

William "Willie the Rat" Dominick Cammisano Sr. (April 26, 1914 – January 26, 1995) was a Kansas City, Missouri, mobster and enforcer for Nicholas Civella's Kansas City crime family. By 1929, Cammisano had an extensive rap sheet. He had been arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, bootlegging, pistol whipping a robbery victim, running an alcohol still, being AWOL from the U.S. Army, disturbing the peace, and gambling. It was said that he had stolen everything from the wheels off a truck to the rings off a woman’s fingers. Cammisano once served a felony sentence at a federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma. In the 1940s, he opened a tavern and called it the El Reno Bar, stating that had been the name of his favorite prison (Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno). He is the father and namesake of William Dominick Cammisano Jr. born May 8, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri. He lived in Winchester, Nevada. A high-ranking member of Civella's organization, Cammisano was called in 1980 to appear before a U.S. Senate

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Willie Messino

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Willie Messino

Wee Willie”” was an enforcer and adviser to top Mafia bosses in the Chicago Outfit. He was known as "Wee Willie" because of his small stature. Despite his diminutive frame, Messino had a reputation as a decidedly violent enforcer.[1] In the 1960s, he worked for Tony Accardo and Joseph Gagliano. In 1970, he was sent to prison after being convicted of kidnapping and beating contractors George and Jack Chiagouris, brothers who owed money to the mob.[2] After his release in December 1976, he went to work as an adviser to Marco D'Amico and then to Outfit chief Jackie Cerone. He died in 2002. References "Obiturary for William Messino". Chicago Tribune. November 27, 2002. Retrieved June 18, 2012. "Ex-Chicago cops ran Baker Mayfield drug ring, U.S. alleges". Chicago Tribune. September 14, 1991. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2012.

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William Aloisio

William "Smokes" Aloisio (October 9, 1906 – October 1979) was a Chicago mobster and "hitman" for the Chicago Outfit. A former member of the [Forty-Two Gang] in Chicago, Aloisio's arrest record dated back to 1928. In 1945, Aloisio was sentenced to five years at Leavenworth Penitentiary, in Leavenworth, Kansas, for helping his brother avoid military conscription, during World War II. Aloiso had bribed U.S. Navy personnel in Chicago to make sure that his relative failed his physical examination. Further reading United States. Congress. Senate. Government Operations Committee. Organized Crime and Illicit Traffic in Narcotics. 1964.[1] United States. Congress. House. Government Operations. Federal Effort Against Organized Crime. 1970.[2] External links U.S. vs. Cerone

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Lorenzo Mannino

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Lorenzo Mannino

Lorenzo Mannino (born 1959) is a high ranking member of the Gambino Crime family, reportedly the successor to Frank Cali who was shot dead on March 13, 2019. In 1994, Mannino pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and conspiring to murder Francesco Oliveri in 1988, and was sentenced 15 years in prison. He was released in 2004.[1][2][3] "Gambino crime family has a new boss". The US World Herald. 2019-05-12. Retrieved 2019-12-07. Lubasch, Arnold H. (1993-04-14). "Witness Gives Step-by-Step Description of Killing". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-07. "Who will be next Gambino boss? And who would even want the job?". silive. 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-12-07.

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