History

A Complete Guide to The St Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929

It was a cold and chilly morning in Chicago, the time was 10:30 a.m. and the date was February 14, 1929. This day would not only mark one of the most brutal mob killings in history, but it would also end the North and South side battle for power. A battle that dominated the Chicago underworld for years and saw over 200 mob murders. Some of those victims included North Side leaders, Dean O’Banion and…

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Who Was Frankie Yale & How Did He Die?

Becoming the Brooklyn Boss Francesco Ioele also known as Uale and or Yale was born January 22nd 1893 in Italy. His family immigrated to New York around 1901. Yale was known as the forgotten boss, however he was undoubtedly a murderous leader. Like most gangsters, Yale got an early introduction to the world of crime, his future mentor John ‘Papa Johnny’ Torrio got him admitted to one of the dominate street gangs in lower Manhattan,…


13 Places Where Mobsters Got Whacked: Then & Now

Whether its a mob hit from the 1920’s or one as early as the 2000’s its interesting to know what happened to some of the more famous places where mobsters drew their final breath. We take you through 13 (unlucky for some) of the most prominent Mafia killings from the last century. 1. Park Central Hotel: 870 Seventh Avenue, New York. Albert Anastasia was in a barbers chair at the Park Sheraton Hotel on 870 7th…


On This Day in 1911 Frank Valenti was Born

Frank Valenti was the boss of the Rochester Crime Family from 1964 until 1972, and then he was allowed to retire in 1977. During his time he attended the Apalachin Meeting of 1957, where he was underboss of the Rochester family (his brother was the boss at the time). In the 1963 Valachi hearings both Frank and his brother Constenze were identified as major Mafia figures, particularly Frank, as Joe Valachi stated that he was…


On This Day in 1931 Salvatore Maranzano was Killed Aged 45

On this day in 1931 Lucky Luciano’s hitman entered Maranzano’s office building on the 9th floor of The Helmsley Building, posing as tax men to raid the building. Maranzano’s guards were disarmed, and fled the scene (including Mad Dog Coll who was about to sit in a meeting with Maranzano). The hitmen, said to consist of Vito Genovese, Albert Anastasia, Joe Adonis, and Samuel Levine stormed Maranzano’s office. They first grabbed Maranzano and then pinned…


On This Day in 1930 Frank Lucas was Born

On this day in 1930 Frank Lucas was born in La Grange, North Carolina. Lucas was known for drug trafficking in Harlem during the 1960’s and 1970’s, cutting out the middleman. He smuggled the drugs in pallets underneath the coffins of dead soldiers. He turned to crime after he witnessed his 12-year-old cousin murdered at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan for looking at a white woman. He was eventually taken under the wing…


On This Day in 2003 Marshall Joseph Caifano Died Aged 92

On this day in 2003 a high-ranking member of the Chicago Outfit, John Caifano who later became known as John Marshall, died of natural causes at the age of 92. In 1951 after the death of his brother Caifano headed up the mob-controlled casinos in Las Vegas, which would eventually be taken over by Tony Spilotro in 1971. It was around this time he changed his name to John Marshall. During his time in the…


10 Unsolved Murders Linked To The Mob

The expert hit is the trademark of organized gangs. These kind of murders are committed to get rid of a problematic person in the criminal world, and due to the specialist nature of such crimes, some of them remain unsolved. John Favara In the year 1980, John Favara lived in the Howard Beach part of NY, here he had the hard luck to meet quite a few members of the Mafia, counting his neighbor, John…