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Louis LaRasso

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Louis LaRasso

Louis "Fat Lou" LaRasso (1926–1991) was a New Jersey mobster and the longtime official underboss of the DeCavalcante crime family. Apalachin meeting After being promoted to capo by former boss Filippo "Phil" Amari, LaRasso and reputed underboss Frank Majuri attended the infamous 1957 Apalachin Meeting, as the only ones representing the newly made New Jersey family. Amari himself did not attend, as he reportedly retired due to family rivalry later that year, and was replaced by Nicholas "Nick" Delmore. This saw to it that Majuri was demoted to captain, as well as LaRasso was promoted underboss of the North Jersey rackets. [1] Sam the Plumber After Delmore's health turned ill and later died in 1964, he appointed his nephew Simone "Sam the Plumber" DeCavalcante to new boss of his family. DeCavalcante doubled the family's income and membership, and promoted back Majuri as the family consigliere, as well as keeping LaRasso as the reputed underboss. After Sam DeCavalcante and LaRasso were sent to prison due to

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Mafia bibliography

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Mafia bibliography

This page lists books about mafia organizations all over the world: Cosa Nostra Dickie, John (8 March 2007). Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia: A History of the Sicilian Mafia. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-1-84894-055-0. Jacobs, James B.; Panarella, Christopher; Worthington, Jay (1 October 1996). Busting the Mob: United States V. Cosa Nostra. NYU Press. ISBN 978-0-8147-4230-3. Sinai, Tamir (29 November 2007). "Terror at Midday" - The Cosa Nostra as a terrorist organisation. GRIN Verlag. ISBN 978-3-638-86833-4. Anderson, Annelise Graebner (1979). The Business of Organized Crime: A Cosa Nostra Family. Hoover Press. ISBN 978-0-8179-7013-0. Mafia Gambetta, Diego (1996). The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-80742-6. Lupo, Salvatore (13 August 2013). History of the Mafia. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-50539-0. Seindal, René (1 January 1998). Mafia: Money and Politics in Sicily, 1950-1997. Museum Tusculan

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Lucky Luciano

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Lucky Luciano

Charles "Lucky" Luciano ( LOO-chee-AH-noh,[1] Italian: ; born Salvatore Lucania[2] ;[3] November 24, 1897 – January 26, 1962) was an influential Italian-born mobster, criminal mastermind, and crime boss who operated mainly in the United States. Luciano is considered the father of modern organized crime in the United States for the establishment of the first Commission. He was also the first official boss of the modern Genovese crime family. Along with his associates, he was instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate. Luciano was tried and successfully convicted for compulsory prostitution and running a prostitution racket in 1936 after years of investigation by District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey. He was given a 30 to 50-year prison sentence, but during World War II an agreement was struck with the Department of the Navy through his associate Meyer Lansky to provide naval intelligence; for his alleged wartime cooperation, he was deported back to Italy, in 1946, to live his life freely outs

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Luigi Manocchio

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Luigi Manocchio

Luigi Giovanni "Baby Shacks" Manocchio (born June 23, 1927) is an Italian-American mobster from Providence, Rhode Island. He is the former boss of the New England-based Patriarca crime family, which is part of the American Mafia.[1][2] Criminal career Manocchio has a criminal record dating back to the 1940s. In November of 1967 he was shot in the neck and seriously wounded during a running gun battle on Federal Hill in Providence. In 1969, Manocchio was indicted for participating in the murders of Rudolph Marfeo and Anthony Melei.[3] He fled to France, but later returned to the United States, living undercover in New York City for most of the 1970s.[4] In 1979, Manocchio finally surrendered to law enforcement and pleaded guilty to several lesser charges. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison. In July 1996, Mannocchio was indicted with 43 others in a burglary ring. Prosecutors claimed that this Patriarca-sanctioned gang was responsible for stealing $10 million in merchandise. When his trial began in April

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Lucchese crime family New Jersey faction

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Lucchese crime family New Jersey faction

The Lucchese crime family's New Jersey faction, also known as The Jersey Crew,[2] is a powerful faction within the Lucchese crime family. The faction operates throughout the Northern New Jersey area. During the 1970s into the late 1980s, the faction was led by Anthony Accetturo and his protégé Michael Taccetta.[2] In 1987, Victor Amuso took over the family and began demanding a higher percentage of tribute from the faction.[2] Accetturo refused and a war erupted between the New Jersey faction and the New York faction.[2] This left brothers Michael and Martin Taccetta in charge of the faction as they tried to have Accetturo and his family murdered.[2] In 1993, Accetturo defected and became a government witness.[2] He helped convict Michael and Martin Taccetta.[3] Today the faction is controlled by Ralph Perna. History Early history The New Jersey faction was recognized as a bootlegging crew under Gaetano Reina's crime family. Throughout the prohibition era the crew smuggled alcohol into New York City. In 193

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Louis Marino

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Louis Marino

Louis Marino (March 14, 1933 - March 7, 2017 (aged 84)) was a crime boss for the Chicago Outfit criminal organization.[1] Early life Marino once worked for the Chicago-based Anthony Marano Company, a fruit and vegetable wholesaler.[2] Chicago Outfit career Marino was identified in a July 1986 Chicago Tribune article as an enforcer and driver for longtime Chicago mob boss Ernest Rocco Infelise.[3] In September 1986, Marino was identified as being a lieutenant of Chicago Outfit boss Joseph Ferriola, and as being recently elevated to be boss of the Outfit's gambling operation in McHenry County, Illinois.[4] Also, in September 1986, Marino sued the FBI for allegedly stealing his car while he left home for the Independence Day weekend. Marino had left his Chrysler Fifth Avenue for the weekend at his brother's house in Cicero, Illinois, and the FBI was alleged to have stolen his car and replaced it with a different Fifth Avenue. Marino returned earlier than expected and noticed the switch. The FBI returned th

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Mario Gigante

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Mario Gigante

Mario R. Gigante (born November 4, 1923 in Greenwich Village, Manhattan) is a New York City mobster who served as caporegime for the Genovese crime family. He is the older brother of late family boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante. Biography Gigante was born in Lower East Side, Manhattan to Salvatore Esposito Vulgo Gigante (April 26, 1900- April 1979), a jewel engraver, and Yolonda Santasilia-Gigante (1902-May 10, 1997), a seamstress and maternal niece of Dolores Santasilia. His parents and aunt were first generation immigrants from Naples, Italy and never learned the English language. Vincent and his extended family relatives settled in New York City and Westchester County including Connecticut and Massachusetts. He had four brothers, Vincent, Pasquale A. Gigante (October 18, 1921 - January 7, 1983) and Ralph Gigante (March 14, 1930 - 1994), who followed his brother Vincent into a life of organized crime. His last brother Louis Gigante became an ordained Roman Catholic priest at St. Athanasius Church in the So

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Martin Taccetta

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Martin Taccetta

New Jersey prison image of Martin Taccetta Martin "Marty" Taccetta (born May 2, 1951) is a New Jersey mobster who was the alleged boss of the Jersey Crew, a powerful faction of the Lucchese crime family.[1] Early life Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1951, Martin Taccetta is the son of Anthony Taccetta, a self-employed building materials supplier who allegedly belonged to the Lucchese family. Martin's older brother Michael "Mad Dog" Taccetta is a capo in the Lucchese family who later served as boss of the Jersey Crew. During the early 1960s, Martin Taccetta, his brother, and his cousins belonged to a tough street gang in Newark, New Jersey. Martin and brother Michael played on the same Little League baseball team as did their cousins, Daniel and Thomas Ricciardi and future mob associate Robert Spagnola. He is the cousin of mobsters Michael Perna, and Daniel, Joseph and Thomas Ricciardi. Michael is also the uncle of Joseph Perna born c.a. 1969, John G. Perna born c.a. 1977 and Ralph M. Perna Junior born c.a.

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Michael Clemente

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Michael Clemente

Michael Clemente (August 29, 1908 – December 1987), also known as "Mike Costello" and "Big Mike", was a New York mobster with the Genovese crime family who became a major force in controlling the East River waterfront of Manhattan from the 1940s to 1979. Piers 36 and 42 were his principal territory. He took over Joe "Socks" Lanza's waterfront rackets at the Fulton Fish Market on the East River when Lanza went to prison for 7 1/2 years in 1943 for extortion. Clemente was a lieutenant for Lanza. Biography Born in New York City, Clemente lived in Brooklyn. He married Josephine Tresonte and was the father of three daughters. His official jobs included labor organizer, secretary, and business agent for Manhattan Local 856 of the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA). Clemente's criminal record included rape, assault, disorderly conduct, extortion, conspiracy to violate federal liquor laws, and perjury. A lieutenant of mobster Rocco Pellegrino, Clemente used his power at the waterfront to extort money f

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Michael "Trigger Mike" Coppola

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Michael "Trigger Mike" Coppola

Michael "Trigger Mike" Coppola (July 2, 1900, New York City – October 1, 1966, Boston, Massachusetts) was a New York City mobster who became a caporegime of the 116th Street Crew, with the Genovese crime family. Coppola headed many Genovese family criminal operations from the late 1930s until the early 1960s. He should not be confused with the Michael "Mikey Cigars" Coppola, a current mobster of the Genovese crime family. Michael was born to Giuseppe and Angelina. He was the brother of Ralph, John, Vincent, Louis, Helen, Amelia, Josephine and Mary. He stood at 5'5 and weighed 155 pounds. He was first arrested in 1941 for burglary, then later assault, murder and drug dealing. Coppola entered the ranks of the New York mafiosi with a reputation as a sadistic and violent gunman during Prohibition. Following the end of the Castellammarese War gang war in New York, Coppola became a high-ranking member of Charles "Lucky" Luciano's family. In 1936, following the conviction of Luciano on prostitution charges and late

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Michael DeBatt

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Michael DeBatt

Michael "Mickey" DeBatt (pronounced Di-Bat; c. 1949 – November 2, 1987) was a reputed Gambino crime family mob associate who was involved in the gangland slaying of drug trafficker Frank Fiala. Biography DeBatt was born to first generation Calabrian emigrant Mackie DeBatt in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn who grew up in the same neighborhood as future friends and criminal associates Sammy Gravano and Frank DeCicco. He had one sister named Rosanna DeBatt-Massa. He was very close to his sister over the years. Mackie is perceived to have been a "connected guy" with the Gambino crime family but never officially inducted into the organization. He performed various tasks for Sammy Gravano and others throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Mackie was the successful owner of Tali's Restaurant and Lounge located at 6205 18th Avenue in Gravesend, Brooklyn. It is also suggested that his father Mackie suffered from the psychological disorder of being a pathological gambling addict. DeBatt did not inherit his father's gambling addiction

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Matthew Ianniello

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Matthew Ianniello

Matthew Joseph "Matty the Horse" Ianniello (June 18, 1920 – August 15, 2012) was a New York mobster with the Genovese crime family, of which he was once the acting boss. During the 1960s and 1970s, Ianniello controlled the lucrative sex industry centered near Times Square. He was convicted of bid rigging in construction, skimming union dues and wringing protection money from bar owners, pornography peddlers, and topless dancers as Times Square became filled with peep shows.[1] Early life Ianniello was born in 1920 in Little Italy, Manhattan and was one of eight children of his Italian immigrant parents.[1][2] Ianniello allegedly got his nickname "Matty The Horse" in a youth baseball game. During one game, the opposing pitcher threw a hard pitch into the face of the batter. A fight erupted in which Ianniello knocked down the pitcher, who was older and taller than he. After this episode, someone remarked about Ianniello: "That boy is as strong as a horse."[3] He worked as a waiter in a restaurant owned by h

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Michael James Genovese

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Michael James Genovese

Michael James Genovese (April 9, 1919 – October 31, 2006) was an alleged boss of the Pittsburgh crime family. References to Michael Genovese as the brother of Vito Genovese[1] are to a different Michael Genovese; Michael James Genovese was first cousin to New York mob boss Vito Genovese.[2] Early years Genovese was born to Anthony and Ursula Genovese[3] in East Liberty, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He had two brothers. Felix and Fiore, and three sisters: Virginia, Frances and Angeline. In his early years, Genovese was arrested for robbery and carrying concealed weapons.[4] Among his " legitimate businesses was a car wash.[4][5] According to a report by the then Pennsylvania Crime Commission, Genovese once controlled the Numbers Game in Western Pennsylvania.[6] His climb through the Pittsburgh crime family included stints as caporegime and under-boss to John Sebastian LaRocca, who became boss in 1956. In November 1957, Genovese accompanied LaRocca to the abortive Appalachian Conference of mob bosses in Apalachin

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Michael Mancuso

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Michael Mancuso

Michael "The Nose" Mancuso (born 1955) is an American mobster. He is a member of the American Mafia (Cosa Nostra) and the boss of the Bonanno crime family, one of Five Families in New York City.[1] Biography During the early 1980s, Mancuso was an associate of the Purple Gang.[2] In 1984, Mancuso fatally shot his wife Evelina and left her body on a bench in front of Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.[3] Mancuso pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served ten years in prison.[3] In 2004, acting boss Vincent Basciano promoted him to the acting underboss position. He became acting boss in November 2004, after Basciano was imprisoned.[3] In May 2005, Joseph Massino implicated Mancuso in the 1999 murder of Gerlando Sciascia.[2] In early 2006, Basciano allegedly ordered Mancuso's murder.[4] On February 16, 2006, Mancuso was arrested for ordering a 2004 murder.[5] Mancuso and imprisoned Basciano ordered the November 30, 2004, murder of Bonanno associate Randolph Pizzolo.[6] The hit was carried out by soldier Anthony "Ac

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Michael Rizzitello

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Michael Rizzitello

Michael Anthony Rizzitello (March 29, 1927 – October 26, 2005), also known as "Mike Rizzi", was an Italian American mobster in the Los Angeles crime family. Rizzitello's criminal record stretched back to 1947.[1] He was also featured in several biography novels by mobsters-turned-informants Jimmy Fratianno (The Last Mafioso and Vengeance Is Mine), Anthony Fiato (The Animal in Hollywood), and Kenny Gallo (Breakshot). Early life Rizzitello was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 29, 1927. He later moved to New York City and as an adult became associated with organized crime. He worked for "Crazy Joe" Gallo in the 1950s who was a member of the Profaci crime family (later named the Colombo crime family).[1] When Gallo attempted to take over the Profaci crime family, Rizzitello was one of his key gunmen. Rizzitello allegedly participated in the murder of mobster John Guariglia and Paul Ricci at the HiFi Lounge in Brooklyn on November 11, 1961, along with future LA mob soldier Tommy Ricciardi. Soon in 1956,

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Michael Magnafichi

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Michael Magnafichi

Michael Magnafichi is a member of the Chicago Outfit, an Italian-American organized crime syndicate based in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Lee Magnafichi, who also was a member of the Outfit, supposedly working under John "Jackie The Lackey" Cerone.[1] Michael would later become Jackie Cerone's personal driver. In a declassified 2002 FBI memorandum, Magnafichi was identified as one of the principal threats to the safety of mob turncoat Nick Calabrese, a cooperating witness in the Operation Family Secrets trial.[2][3] Some sources claim that Michael, along with Rudy Fratto, was or still is an Elmwood Park street boss under Peter DiFronzo, brother of Outfit leader John DiFronzo.[4] However, an in-depth interview of Michael Magnafichi by Outfit historian Joseph Fosco in 2011 suggested that Michael had not been actively involved with the Outfit for years.[5] In 2013, Michael, who spent years running book for the Chicago Outfit, began producing a sports podcast.[6] References "Outfit Capo Lee Magnafi

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Nicholas Mormando

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Nicholas Mormando

Nicholas Mormando, also known as "Nicky Cowboy" (October 28, 1944 Brooklyn, New York - January 1986 Bensonhurst, Brooklyn) was a Gambino crime family mob associate who was involved in the murder of Frank Fiala and member of Sammy Gravano's Bensonhurst, Brooklyn crew. Biography Nicholas Mormando was the son of Italian-American emigrants from Morimondo in Milan, Italy. Upon arriving to New York City their surname was changed to "Mormando". Unlike Sammy Gravano, Gerard Pappa, Ralph Ronga, James Emma and other notorious budding mobsters, Nicholas was born in Schenectady, New York. He was a close childhood friend of fellow Gambino crime family mob associate Michael DeBatt who was only two years older than himself. He was considered a "key man" in Sammy Gravano's crew with Joseph (Stymie) D'Angelo, Liborio (Louie) Milito, Joseph Paruta, Thomas (Huck) Carbonero. Unlike crew members Joseph D'Angelo Sr., Liborio Milito, Joseph Paruta and Michael DeBatt, Gravano does not mention having a close relationship with him o

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Michael Sarno

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Michael Sarno

Michael Sarno (left) and Salvatore Cataudella Michael Sarno (born January 7, 1958) is a Chicago mobster who has been identified as the alleged, current leader of the Cicero street crew, in the Chicago Outfit criminal organization. On February 8, 2012, Sarno was sentenced to 25 years in prison on charges of racketeering. Indictments and first imprisonment On February 7, 1990, Sarno was one of 20 Chicago mobsters named in a 42-count indictment alleging racketeering.[1] Sarno was jailed immediately but in an unusual move, was furloughed for several hours the following weekend to get married.[2] Among the other defendants charged with various crimes in the same indictment were Chicago Outfit leaders Harry Aleman and Rocco Infelice.[2] Sarno was identified in the indictment as being a mob money collector of extortion payments and juice loans and as the owner of a tavern in Cicero, Illinois. During hearings on whether to give Sarno bond, he also was reported by federal investigators to have severely beaten a r

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Milwaukee crime family

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Milwaukee crime family

The Milwaukee crime family or Balistrieri crime family is an American Mafia crime family based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1] The crime family was considered a branch of the Chicago Outfit. The family's most influential boss was Frank "Mr. Big" Balistrieri, who was greatly involved in the Las Vegas skimming casinos.[2] Today, the crime family is nearly extinct, since Balistrieri died in 1993, with the Chicago Outfit gaining control over some of the illegal rackets in the area.[3] Historical leadership Boss (official and acting) 1918-1921 — Vito Guardalabene — died on February 6, 1921 from natural causes.[3] 1921-1927 — Peter Guardalabene — the son of Vito Guardalabene was boss until 1927.[3] 1927 — Joseph Amato — died of natural causes on March 28, 1927.[3] 1927-1949 — Joseph Vallone — the Commission decided that the Milwaukee family would answer to and remain under the Chicago Outfit's power. Vallone retired in 1949 and died on March 18, 1952 from natural causes.[3] 1949-1952 — Salvatore "Sam" Ferrar

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Murray Humphreys

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Murray Humphreys

Murray Humphreys (20 April 1899[1] – November 23, 1965) (also known as The Camel or The Hump), was a Chicago mobster of Welsh descent who was the chief political and labor racketeer in the Chicago Outfit during Prohibition. Considered to be a ruthless but clever man, Humphreys believed in killing only as a last resort as he was known to place great trust in the corruptibility of authority figures; a favorite maxim of his was: "The difference between guilt and innocence in any court is who gets to the judge first with the most".[2] But perhaps the statement that best summed up Humphreys' philosophy of life was: "Any time you become weak, you might as well die".[3] Al Capone said of him, "Anybody can use a gun. 'The Hump' can shoot if he has to, but he likes to negotiate with cash when he can". Humphrey’s other role in the Chicago Outfit was to do everything in his power to ensure its members attracted as little press attention as possible. Whereas some mobsters, such as Sam Giancana and Filippo Sacco, welcome

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Nicholas Ciotti

Nicholas J. "Buddy" Ciotti was a Chicago Outfit associate and poker machine kingpin. Ciotti was the owner of All Games Amusement Inc., which supplied illegal video gambling machines to several Chicago suburbs, including Stone Park, Northlake, Melrose Park, Franklin Park and River Grove.[1] In 2000 he pleaded guilty in federal court to gambling conspiracy and money laundering charges.[2] He was released from prison on August 2, 2002[3] and died several months later at the age of 58. References "Chicago Video Gambling Machine Supplier Pleads Guilty". Casino City Times. 2000-11-16. Retrieved 2012-06-18. "Guilty plea entered in gambling case". Medill News Service. 2000-11-16. Retrieved 2012-06-18. "Inmate Locator". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 2012-06-18.

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Nicky Scarfo Jr.

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Nicky Scarfo Jr.

Nicodemo Salvatore "Nicky" Scarfo Jr.[1] (born June 9, 1965) is the second son of convicted Philadelphia crime family boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo Sr. In his 20s, he was allegedly inducted into the Lucchese crime family sometime in the mid 1990s by his father. Scarfo was the victim of a notorious assassination attempt by a masked gunman on Halloween in 1989. The attempted hit, by a gunman wearing a Batman mask,[2] occurred at Dante and Luigi's,[3] an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4] Scarfo is also known by the nicknames "Junior", "Nick Promo", and "Mr. Apple".[5] Early life Nicky Scarfo Jr. was born to Nicodemo and Domenica Scarfo. He has an older half-brother, Chris (born in 1957), and a younger brother, Mark (born in 1970).[1] Nicky is the first cousin of Phil Leonetti, an admitted former underboss of the Philadelphia crime family.[1] The Scarfo family moved from Philadelphia to Atlantic City, New Jersey before Nicky Jr.'s birth. Nicky Scarfo Jr. grew up on North Georgia Aven

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Nicola Gentile

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Nicola Gentile

Nicola Gentile (Italian pronunciation: ; June 12, 1885 – November 6, 1976),[1][2] also known as Nick Gentile, was a Sicilian mafioso and an organized crime figure in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. He was also known for publishing his memoirs which, violating the mafiosi code known as omerta, revealed many details of the Sicilian and American underworld. Gentile was born in Siculiana, a small village on the south coast of Sicily in the province of Agrigento. He immigrated to the United States arriving in New York at age 18, in 1903. Gentile fled the country in 1937 while out on $15,000 bail after an arrest for heroin trafficking and returned to Sicily to become a boss in the Sicilian Cosa Nostra. In the US, he was known as "Nick" and in Sicily as "Zu Cola" (Uncle Cola). Arrival in the United States After Nick Gentile arrived in the United States from Sicily in 1903, he quickly associated with the Black Hand during the early 20th century, Gentile would become a leader in America's early mafia and w

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Nicholas Santora

Nicholas Angelo "Nicky Mouth" Santora (June 21, 1942 - October 27, 2018) was the reputed underboss of the Bonanno crime family.[1] Biography Nicholas Santora was born on June 21, 1942, and became known in his teens as a tough mobster from New York City. He was the son of Modesto Santora, a sidewalk soldier for the Colombo crime family under boss Joseph Magliocco. Originally a member of a youth gang, Santora became a made man along with mobsters Dominick "Sonny Black" Napolitano, Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero and Joseph "Big Joey" Massino in the mid 1970s. Santora became involved with the Bonanno family while boss Philip "Rusty" Rastelli was imprisoned. Rastelli's reign was threatened by Carmine "Lilo" Galante, who felt he was the rightful boss because he had been underboss and consigliere under boss Joe Bonanno. Santora started out in a crew led by Galante-supporter Michael "Mikey" Sabella, and became heavily involved with extortion, loansharking, labor racketeering, illegal gambling, truck hijacking, and murd

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Nick Licata (mobster)

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Nick "Old Man" Licata (born Nicolò Licata; Italian pronunciation: ; February 20, 1897 - October 19, 1974) was an Italian American mobster who was the Boss of the Los Angeles crime family from 1967 until his death in 1974. Early life Licata was born on February 20, 1897 in the small Italian town of Camporeale, in Sicily[1] (although his surname may suggest family origins in Licata). He was the son of Calogero and Vita, and had six brothers and two sisters.[1] According to his records at Ellis Island, he boarded the Sant' Anna in Palermo at age 16 with $25. On December 5, 1913, Licata arrived in the United States and joined his brother Leonardo in Brooklyn. He later legally anglicised his first name to "Nick". During the 1920s Licata became involved in bootlegging in Detroit during the prohibition era. He eventually became a made man in the Detroit crime family. He left for Los Angeles after offending its boss, Joseph Zerilli. He endeared himself to L.A. Boss Jack Dragna who was able to convince Zerilli to ca

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Nicholas Scibetta

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Nicholas Scibetta

Nicholas Scibetta, also known as "Little Nicky" (died 1978), was a Sicilian American mobster[1] who was the nephew of Joseph and John Zicarelli, the brother-in-law of mobster Sammy Gravano[2] and uncle of Gerard Gravano, who was a Gambino crime family mob associate who was later marked as an informant by fellow crime family members. Early life Scibetta was born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, like his future brother-in-law Gravano. He was the only son born to first generation immigrants, his father from Cammarata in the province of Agrigento, Sicily, and his Italian-American mother from Bayonne, New Jersey. Scibetta had two older sisters, Debra and Diane. His mother was a housewife and their father was "a terrific father, but very strict" man who was a certified electrical engineer who worked the night shift for Western Electric (now AT&T Technologies) putting together circuit boards for the telephone company. In 1971, Gravano married Debra.[3] Falling out with the Gambino crime family and murde

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Paul Ricca

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Paul Ricca

Paul Ricca (born Felice DeLucia; 1897 – October 11, 1972), was a Chicago mobster who served as the nominal or de facto leader of the Chicago Outfit for 40 years. Early life Ricca was born in Naples, Italy in 1897, and by age 17, he was working for organized crime in Naples (Camorra). In 1915, he stabbed Emilio Parrillo to death on Mafia orders. Ricca later claimed that he killed Parillo for breaking an engagement to his sister. After serving two years in an Italian prison, DeLucia then killed Vincenzo Capasso, who had testified against him in the Parillo trial, by slitting his throat. After killing Capasso, Ricca assumed the name "Paolo Maglio" and fled to the United States by way of Cuba. On August 10, 1920, Ricca arrived in New York City and Americanized his name to "Paul Ricca". Joining the mob While in Cuba, Ricca had met Joseph "Diamond Joe" Esposito, a Chicago bootlegger and restaurant owner. After Ricca arrived in New York, Esposito brought him to Chicago. Esposito put Ricca to work smuggling whis

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Pasquale Conte

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Pasquale Conte

Pasquale Conte (March 12, 1925 – December 27, 2017) also known as "Patsy", was a New York mobster who became a caporegime with the Gambino crime family Conte was replaced by Domenico Cefalu as capo in 1994 and subsequently retired by the administration due to alzheimers. Background Born in Sicily, Conte was a resident of Roslyn, New York. Conte was a New York City businessman/capo in the Gambino crime family area.[1] He sat on the Board of Directors for the Key Food supermarket franchise chain until 1987. Alfano murder On February 18, 1987, Conte was indicted on charges of ordering the shooting of Sicilian mobster Pietro Alfano in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan. Authorities arrested Conte at Kennedy International Airport as he was preparing to fly to Puerto Rico.[2] Conte was holding $7,000 cash . On May 20, 1987, the government dropped the charges against him without any explanation.[3] DiBono murder In 1990, Gambino boss John Gotti ordered the murder of mobster Louis DiBono, DiBono had all

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Nicolo Schiro

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Nicolo Schiro

Nicolo "Cola" Schiro (born Nicolò Schirò;[a] Italian pronunciation: ; September 2, 1872 – April 29, 1957) was an early Sicilian-born New York City mobster. In 1912, he became the boss of the mafia gang that later became known as the Bonanno crime family. After nearly two decades as boss, a conflict with rival gangster Joe Masseria in 1930 would force Schiro out and elevate Salvatore Maranzano as his replacement. Following his ouster, Schiro returned to Sicily. Early life Nicolò Schirò was born on September 2, 1872 in the town of Roccamena, in the Province of Palermo, Sicily to Matteo Schirò and his wife, Maria Antonia Rizzuto. He was named after his paternal grandfather, a mayor of Roccamena in the 1840s who came from the Arbëreshë community of Contessa Entellina.[2] A few years later, Schiro's family moved to his mother's hometown in nearby Camporeale.[2] Paolo Orlando, a cousin born in Camporeale, reportedly became a mafia boss in the large Italian community of the French colony of Tunis.[3][4] Schiro im

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Paul Sciacca

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Paul Sciacca

Paul Sciacca (June 15, 1909 – August 27, 1986) was a New York City mobster who became boss of the Bonanno crime family.[1][2] Bonanno family war In 1964, a rivalry in the Bonanno crime family started when boss Joseph Bonanno promoted his son, Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno, to the position of consigliere over senior capo Gaspar DiGregorio. The family broke into two factions: the Bonanno faction and DiGregorio-Sciacca faction. On January 28, 1966, an attempt was made on the life of Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno, the son of Joseph Bonanno. The Bonanno's suspected Paul Sciacca and his crew, who were loyal to Gaspar DiGregorio. The newspapers began calling the Bonanno family war the "Bananas War". The shooting war began in May 1966 with what became known as "The Troutman St. Ambush", where Bill Bonanno and three of his associates were lured to an alleged peace meeting and then ambushed from doorways, windows and rooftops along Troutman Street, but Bonanno and his associates escaped unharmed. Paul Sciacca and underling Fr

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Peter DiFronzo

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Peter DiFronzo

Peter DiFronzo (May 13, 1933) is the brother of John DiFronzo (reputed to be the leader of the Chicago Outfit)[1] and Joseph DiFronzo. Peter DiFronzo is supposedly a made man.[1] In 1965, he was arrested for interstate stolen property and served ten years in prison. He was featured in William F. Roemer Jr's War of the Godfathers: The Bloody Confrontation Between the Chicago and New York Families for Control of Las Vegas in 1990. His wife, Josephine, is part owner of D&P Trucking, located in Chicago, Illinois, though authorities believe it is Peter and his brothers Joe and John that actually run the enterprise.[2] Peter is also supposedly active in some of the Outfit's racketeering schemes.[3] He has a conviction for transporting stolen goods and served time in Leavenworth.[4] His name appeared on a 2002 FBI list as a potential threat to the life of Nick Calabrese, a star witness in Operation Family Secrets under federal protection.[5] References "I-Team Report: Lunch with 'No Nose' | abc7chicago.co

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Peter Simone

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Peter Simone

Peter Joseph Simone (born 1945) is an American organized crime figure from Kansas City, Missouri who is thought to be involved in running illegal gambling activities. In April 1992, Simone was convicted of money laundering in a video poker scam and sentenced to four years' imprisonment. Simone was released on probation in 1996 and placed on three years' probation. In May 1997, Simone was listed in the Missouri Gaming Commission "Black Book", which bars undesirables from entering Missouri casinos. On January 2, 1999, only two months before the end of his probation period, Simone was caught playing craps at Harrah's North Kansas City Hotel & Casino. Although sentenced to spend one day in jail, Simone's probation period was extended 12 months with four months of electronically monitored house arrest.[1] Later in 1999, Simone violated probation again as Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents observed him at a strip club for over three hours.[2] This time, Simone went back to prison. On February 29,

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Perry Criscitelli

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Perry Criscitelli

Perry Criscitelli (born 1950) is a New York restaurant owner who is an alleged member of the Bonanno crime family. Criscitelli owns several restaurants and previously managed a popular city street festival. In 1996, Criscitelli was selected as president of Figli di San Gennaro, the Feast of San Gennaro, an Italian street festival that takes place every September on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, Manhattan. In 1995, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani had threatened to close the festival because it was controlled by the Genovese crime family. Instead, he chose Criscitelli to run it because Criscitelli was supposedly not associated with organized crime. However, during the 2004 trial of Bonanno crime family boss Joe Massino, it was revealed in court that Criscitelli joined the Bonanno family in 2001 and was a major moneymaker for them.[1] Mobster Richard Cantarella testified that he attended Criscitelli's induction ceremony, and that mob figures regularly discussed family business at one of Criscitelli's restauran

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Peter LoCascio

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Peter LoCascio

Peter J. "Mr. Bread" LoCascio (10 June 1916 – 2 September 1997[1][2]) was a New York mobster, drug trafficker and brother of Carmine LoCascio. LoCascio has an arrest record dating from 1935, that includes arrests for illegal alcohol trafficking, narcotics violations, and forgery. A lieutenant under his brother Carmine, Peter LoCascio was the main supplier of heroin on New York's Prince and Elizabeth Street. He was also an associate of John Ormento, Solomon Kaplan and brothers Joseph and Peter DiPalermo, prior to the Apalachin Meeting in 1957. Further reading United States. Congress. House. Appropriations. Treasury Department - Post Office Appropriations for 1951. 1951. [1] References http://www.peoplay.com/cgi-bin/magic_numbers?&type=10&id=61995 http://www.death-record.com/l/96024000/Peter-J-Locascio Kelly, Robert J. Encyclopedia of Organized Crime in the United States. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2000. ISBN 0-313-30653-2 Sifakis, Carl. The Mafia Encyclopedia. New Yor

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Paul Vario

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Paul Vario

Paul Frank "Paulie" Vario (July 9, 1914 – May 3, 1988), was an American mobster and made man in the Lucchese crime family. Vario was a caporegime and had his own crew of mobsters in Brooklyn, New York. He was portrayed as 'Paul Cicero' by Paul Sorvino in the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas. Personal life Paul Vario was born in New York City, where he later became a member of the Lucchese Crime Family. In 1925, at age eleven, Vario was sentenced to seven months in juvenile detention for truancy.[1] Nicknamed "Paulie," Vario stood six foot three (190.5 centimeters) and weighed 250 pounds (113 kilograms). Vario was arrested for loan-sharking, burglary, tax evasion, bribery, bookmaking, contempt of court and assault.[2] Vario allegedly had a very violent temper. One night Vario took his wife, Phyllis, out to dinner. While they were sitting at the table, the maitre d' accidentally poured wine on Phyllis' dress, then tried to dry it with a dirty rag. An enraged Vario hit the maitre d' twice and chased him to t

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Pizza Connection Trial

Turncoat witness Tommaso Buscetta (in sunglasses) is led into court at the "Maxi Trial", circa 1986. The Pizza Connection Trial was a criminal trial against the Sicilian and American Mafias that took place in New York City, New York. The trial centered on a number of independently owned pizza parlors used as fronts for narcotics sales and collections that had imported $1.65 billion of heroin from Southwest Asia to the U.S. between 1975 and 1984.[1] The trial lasted from September 30, 1985, to March 2, 1987, ending with 17 convictions, with sentences handed down on June 22, 1987.[1] Lasting almost two years, it was the longest in the judicial history of the United States.[2][3] Scope of the trial The trial centered on a Mafia-run enterprise that distributed vast quantities of heroin and cocaine in the United States, and then laundered the cash before sending it back to the suppliers in Sicily. The U.S. defendants utilized a number of independently owned pizza parlors as fronts for narcotics sales and collec

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Phil Leonetti

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Phil Leonetti

Philip Michael Leonetti (born March 27, 1953)[1] is an American mobster and author who became the underboss of the Philadelphia crime family under his mentor, uncle and former boss, Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, before becoming a government informant in 1989 while facing a lengthy sentence of 45 years for racketeering.[2][3][4] At the time, he was the highest-ranking member of the American Mafia to break his blood oath and turn informer.[5] Early life Leonetti was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4] Having been abandoned by his father at an early age, he was brought up by his mother.[6] He moved to Ducktown, the Little Italy of Atlantic City, New Jersey shortly after, where he was protected and supervised by his uncle and other Scarfo members. He appeared to be the opposite of his uncle, a quiet and laid back personality.[7] Leonetti has alleged that at 8 years old, he was used as a decoy by Scarfo to dispose of a dead body, explaining to the young Leonetti that he brutally stabbed a man in a New Jerse

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Philip Lombardo

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Philip Lombardo

Philip Lombardo (pronounced "loam-BAR-doh") (October 6, 1908 in New York City – April 29, 1987) also known as "Benny Squint" and "Cockeyed Phil", was the boss of the Genovese crime family from the late 1960s until the beginning of the 1980s. Lombardo began his career as a soldier on Michael "Trigger Mike" Coppola's powerful 116th Street Crew in the East Harlem section of New York. During the 1940s, Lombardo served a brief prison stretch for narcotics trafficking, his only imprisonment. Due to his thick eyeglasses Lombardo earned the nickname, "Benny Squint." In 1959, family boss Vito Genovese was sent to prison. However, Genovese used a series of acting bosses to maintain control of the family from prison. His three acting bosses, or Ruling Panel, were Capo Michele Miranda, underboss Gerardo "Jerry" Catena, and acting boss Thomas "Tommy Ryan" Eboli. The trio panel was known to authorities but in 1962 former mobster turned government witness Joseph Valachi stated before a US Senate subcommittee that Lombardo

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Philip Mangano

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Philip Mangano

Philip Mangano (born Filippo Mangano; Italian: ; April 13, 1898 – April 19, 1951)[1] was an Italian-born caporegime[2] and second consigliere in the Gambino crime family in New York City and reigned consigliere for 20 years between 1931 and 1951 when his brother, Vincent, was boss. Mangano was involved with the International Longshoremen's Association and in New York City politics. In 1923, Mangano was indicted on murder charges, but was never convicted.[3] Death On April 19, 1951, a woman in a fishing boat discovered Philip Mangano's body in a marshland area of Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn while she had been walking through the tall grass.[4] Mangano had been shot three times; once in the neck and twice in the face.[3] He was murdered along with his brother on the orders of family underboss Albert Anastasia in Brooklyn in 1951.[5] Philip Mangano is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. See also List of solved missing persons cases List of unsolved murders References Wilson, Scott (20

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Philip Rastelli

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Philip Rastelli

Philip "Rusty" Rastelli (January 31, 1918 – June 24, 1991) was a New York mobster and former boss of the Bonanno crime family, though he spent all but two years of his reign in prison. Biography Rastelli was born and raised in Maspeth, Queens. He had three brothers (Carmine, Marinello, and Augustus) and two sisters (Justina Devita and Antonette Brigandi ).[1] Rastelli was married to Connie Rastelli. Rastelli was heavily involved in loansharking, extortion and drug trafficking activities before joining the Bonanno crime family. Rastelli also had a lunch wagon business. After moving to Greenpoint, Brooklyn where he lived until his incarceration, he met and became close friends with Dominick "Sonny Black" Napolitano, Carmine Galante, Joseph Bonanno and Joseph Massino. On December 3, 1953, Rastelli and an associate allegedly shot Michael Russo in Queens. However, Russo survived the shooting and Rastelli, fearing identification, went into hiding. Over the next year, Rastelli's wife Connie repeatedly approached

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Ralph Daniello

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Ralph Daniello

Ralph "The Barber" Daniello (1886–1925) was a New York criminal who belonged to the Brooklyn Navy Street Gang and participated in a major gang slaying. Daniello eventually became an informant and helped destroy the Camorra crime gangs in Brooklyn. Early life Daniello's real name was Alfonso Pepe. In Italy he was arrested for attacking a woman and on suspicion of involvement in a murder.[1] After his escape from prison in 1906 he made his way to the French port of Le Havre, from which he sailed to New York where he was smuggled in illegally.[2] In New York, Daniello became a low-level criminal who participated in labor racketeering and extortion. He was involved in the 1913 Labor slugger war. Mafia-Camorra War In 1916 he became involved in the Mafia-Camorra War. He was a member of the Navy Street Gang, made up primarily of Italians from Naples, Italy. In November 1916, Daniello participated in the ambush murders of Nicholas Morello and Charles Ubriaco on a New York Street.[3] These killings were part of an

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Primo Cassarino

Primo Cassarino (born April 26, 1956) is a New York mobster who became an enforcer for Gambino crime family, and extorted money from actor Steven Seagal. Foulest mouth in Brooklyn Born in 1956 to first generation immigrants from Sicily, Italy, Cassarino was the son of a longshoreman. His cousin is Gambino soldier Mario Cassarino. As a young man, Primo Cassarino joined the Gambino family and eventually became a made man, or full member. Cassarino belonged to Gambino capo Anthony "Sonny" Ciccone's crew, soon becoming the leading "bagman" and extortionist on the Staten Island, New York waterfront. Casserino's legitimate job was as a sanitation worker for the New York Department of Sanitation. In 1991, Casserino was injured falling off a garbage truck. Over the next 15 years, he was involved in litigation with the City for a special disability pension.[1] Cassarino's own lawyer once observed that his client had "the foulest mouth in Brooklyn."[2] At one point, law enforcement recorded Cassarino berating a debt

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Ray Ferritto

Raymond W. Ferritto (April 8, 1929 − May 10, 2004) was an Italian American mobster from Erie, Pennsylvania. Ferritto is best known for the 1977 murder of Irish mob boss Danny Greene. He served as hitman and soldier for the Cleveland and Los Angeles crime families.[1][2] Career Ferritto got involved in criminal activities in his youth. In 1942, at the relatively young age of 13, he was convicted of burglarizing two gas stations and was sentenced to two years of probation. One year later, while Ferritto was working at a bronzing factory, an accident caused the amputation of two of his toes. Ferritto left high school at the age of 17 and joined the Marine Corps, but was medically discharged a month later because of the injuries sustained to his foot. During his twenties, Ferritto was a bookmaker and vending machine route man in Erie. He got married in 1948, and fathered three children before he divorced in 1956. He remarried in 1957 and had one child. By that time, Ferritto had moved to Warren, Ohio where he

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Richard Cantarella

Richard Cantarella (a.k.a. "Shellackhead") (born 1944), was a New York mobster who became a caporegime for the Bonanno crime family and later a government witness. Biography Cantarella was born to Italian parents on the Lower East Side, Manhattan and raised in Knickerbocker Village, a public housing development that was home to many Bonanno family members. A skinny kid with jet-black hair, Cantarella got the name "Shellackhead" from his hair pomade. Cantarella was married to Lauretta Castelli and they had a son, Paul Cantarella.[1] As a young man, Cantarella was introduced to the Bonanno family by his uncle, mobster Alfred Embarrato. Embarrato controlled the distribution center for the New York Post through local union of newspaper workers. In 1963, Embarrato obtained a job for Cantarella at the Post as a delivery truck driver. However, Cantarella and his cousin, Bonanno mobster Joseph D'Amico, actually served as enforcers on the newspaper's loading docks, jobs they would perform for over thirty years. Fro

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Richard Kuklinski

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Richard Kuklinski

Richard Leonard Kuklinski (April 11, 1935 – March 5, 2006) was an American murderer. In 1988, he was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of killing two members of his burglary gang and three other associates. In 2003, he received an additional 30-year sentence after confessing to the murder of a mob-connected police officer.[4] He was given the nickname The Iceman by authorities after they discovered that he had frozen the body of one of his victims in an attempt to disguise the time of death.[5] Among his associates, Kuklinski was known as "the one-man army" or "the devil himself"[6] due to his fearsome reputation and imposing physique of 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) and 270 pounds (120 kg). Kuklinski was engaged in criminal activities for most of his adult life. He bought and sold stolen goods, ran a burglary and car theft ring, and was also linked to narcotics dealing, pornography, arms dealing and money laundering. Prosecutors described him as someone who killed for profit. Eventually he came to t

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Raymond Loreda Salvatore Patriarca Sr. (March 18, 1908 – July 11, 1984) was an Italian-American mobster from Providence, Rhode Island, who became the longtime boss of the Patriarca crime family, whose control extended throughout New England for more than three decades. He was one of the most powerful crime bosses in the United States, and often mediated disputes between Cosa Nostra families outside the region. He was the father of Raymond Patriarca Jr. Early life Raymond Patriarca's Providence Police photo Patriarca was born to an Italian immigrant father in Worcester, Massachusetts; his mother was born in Massachusetts, according to the 1930 census. He was charged during his teenage years for hijacking, armed robbery, assault, safecracking, and auto theft. He was indicted as an accessory to murder before Prohibition's end in 1933. During the 1930s, the Providence Board of Public Safety named him "public enemy No. 1". He was sentenced to five years in prison for robbery, but he was paroled in 1938 after

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Robert "Bob" Carey (August 25, 1894 – July 30, 1932) was a Midwestern armed robber and contract killer responsible for many crimes during the Prohibition era. He is considered a suspect in the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. Born and raised in St. Louis, Carey joined the Egan's Rats gang in his early twenties. By 1917, he had made fast friends with Fred "Killer" Burke, who would turn out to be one of his closest criminal associates. After U.S. Army service during World War I, Carey remained a low-level associate of the Egan Gang. At this time, Burke was away in prison and Bob Carey became associated with Cincinnati hoodlum, Raymond "Crane Neck" Nugent. Both men were suspected of robbing of a Cincinnati bank messenger in December 1921 and trying to fence the bonds through the Egan's Rats. Carey was an alcoholic who got quite sloppy and violent when he drank. Nevertheless, it was Carey who was suspected of convincing Fred Burke to don a fake police uniform to rob a St. Louis distillery of $80,0

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Joseph Todaro Jr.

Joseph "Big Joe" Todaro Jr. (born 1945 or 1946)[1] is a Buffalo, New York businessman and organized crime figure allegedly involved in labor racketeering, loansharking, illegal gambling, narcotics, and murder for hire. The son of former mafioso Joseph Todaro Sr., recent Canadian court proceedings allege that Joe is the current boss of the Buffalo crime family.[2][3][4] He became a business agent for the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 210.[5] Joe Todaro Jr. was accused of being involved in an unsuccessful plot to murder Faust Novino in 1976. Allegedly, the ambush was set up by Novino's long-time associate and friend Louis Pisa who approached him about committing a burglary at a warehouse at 463 Connecticut Street on Buffalo's west side. Novino testified that he believed that he and Pisa were alone when he noticed a heavyset man, whom he identified as John Sacco, raising his arm to hit him. At that moment he drew his .45 and shot Sacco. Then, hearing footsteps behind him, he turne

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Joseph Todaro Sr.

Joseph Todaro Sr. (September 18, 1923 – December 26, 2012)[1] was a prominent Buffalo, New York businessman, and Mafia boss. According to local and national law enforcement agencies, including the United States Department of Justice,[2] Joseph Todaro Sr. was known on the streets of Buffalo and throughout the underworld as "Lead Pipe Joe", a high level member of the North American Cosa Nostra or Mafia. Todaro Sr. had been a top figure in the Buffalo crime family and was suspected to have headed the family since the retirement of former boss, Samuel Frangiamore in late 1984, although his son Joseph Todaro Jr. reportedly oversees the day-to-day operations since Todaro Sr. began frequently vacationing at his southern Florida condo during the 1990s. The testimony of government operative Ron Fino[3] as well as Todaro Sr.'s long-documented history in labor racketeering activities[4] had also supported such claims of his position in the organization. Despite known organized crime activity, no member of Mr. Todaro's

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Rocco Valenti

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Rocco Valenti

Rocco Valenti (born in 1895, date of death unknown) was a New York City gangster and prominent member of the Camorra in New York during the early 1910s.[1] He is often confused with contemporary Mafioso, Umberto Valenti. Mafia-Camorra War Valenti joined the Neapolitan Navy Street Gang in the early 1910s. On July 20, 1916, Valenti and fellow gang member Nick Sassi helped George "Lefty" Esposito, Tom Pagano, and Giuseppe Verizzano escape after murdering Joe DeMarco and Charles Lombardi. On September 7, 1916, Valenti was arrested in a local pool hall for carrying a concealed weapon. His arrest came several hours after a shootout that resulted in the deaths of Nicholas Morello and Charles Ubriaco. However, Valenti was later released. On January 26, 1918, Valenti was arrested in Troy, New York and convicted as an accessory in the DeMarco and Lombardi murders. After serving ten months in prison, Valenti was released in November 1918. He also testified for Charles Giordano during his trial in March 1919.[1] He

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