On This Day

On This Day in 1965 Owney Madden Died, Aged 73

Owen Vincent Madden was born in Leeds, England on December 18th 1891. Due to the fact the family wanted work, they moved first to Wigan before moving on to Liverpool, his father’s intentions were to finally move the family towards the United States, this was fulfilled in 1901. However tragedy struck the family, and Owney’s father died before he could complete his ambition. The family moved to Manhattan before finding a new home in New…

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On This Day in 1910 Carmine Galante was Born

Born 21st February 1910 in East Harlem in Manhattan, he was rarely seen without a cigar, earning him the nicknames ‘The Cigar’ and ‘Lilo’ (an Italian slang word for cigar). Galante was explosive, and whilst in prison in 1931, doctors diagnosed him as having a psychopathic personality. He was described as having a dead-eyed stare, his stare scaring law enforcement and other mafia members alike. Ralph Salerno, a former NYPD detective, once said, “Of all…


On This Day in 1973 Frank Costello Died, Aged 82

Francesco Castiglia, better known to many of us as Frank Costello was born in 1891 and would go on to become “The Prime Minister of the Underworld” and one of the most powerful and influential mob bosses of all time with key political influences and control of a large network of gambling operations. He escaped an assassination attempt in 1957, and led the Luciano Crime Family as an acting boss whilst Luciano was behind bars….


On This Day in 1878 Jim Colosimo was Born

Born Vincenzo Colosimo on February 16th 1878, Big Jim was an Italian-American Mafia Crime Boss who emigrated from Calabria, Italy in 1895 to Chicago. He gained his power by running a chain of brothels as well as some petty crime, and he also led his own South-Side gang that was more famously known as ‘The Chicago Outfit‘. He gained his nickname ‘Diamond Jim‘ due to his attire, he frequently dressed in all white suits, wore…


On This Day in 1913 Anthony Corallo was Born

Anthony Corallo was born in New York City on February 12, 1913, he was ranked #2 as one of the ‘Fifty most wealthy and powerful mobsters’ he was worth around $12 Billion, due to his immense wealth he was often bribe Police, Judges, District Attorneys, U.S. Attorneys, Politicians, and FBI Agents. Corallo often bribed jurors instead of intimidating them or even killing them like most other mobsters do, in order to avoid heat from Law…


On This Day in 1976 Joe Barboza was Killed, Aged 43

Joseph Barboza also known as ‘The Animal’ due to the fact he bit a man’s ear during a bar brawl, was born 20th September 1932 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Portuguese-American was one of the most feared mob hitmen for the Patriarca Crime Family during the 1960s. He is reputed to have murdered at least 26 men in his lifetime, but that has not yet been proven. Joe’s father was a middle-weight boxer, who abandoned…


On This Day in 1932 Vincent Coll was Killed, Aged 23

Vincent was born Uinseann Ó Colla in Gweedore, a small town in Co. Donegal, Ireland. His parents emigrated to the United States a year later after his birth, and of all the places to emigrate to, they settled in ‘The Bronx’. Coll was not raised by his parents, but by an elderly lady who classed him as her own. Coll was expelled from many catholic schools within the area and eventually joined The Gophers street…


On This Day in 1897 Lepke Buchalter was Born

Louis “Lepke” Buchalter was one of the great Jewish gangsters of the 20th century, he was known for his violent personality, and led his very own Mafia private hit squad. Born February 6th 1897, on the Lower east side of Manhattan, populated largely with Jewish and Italian- American individuals, he got his nickname, Lepke, because his mother called him “Lepkeleh,” which means “Little Louis” in Yiddish. Out of all his family members, he was the…