On This Day

On This Day in 1955 Louis Campagna Died, Aged 54

Reading Time: Louis Campagna was born in Brooklyn in 1900, little is known about his early life however his first spot of criminal lifestyle was when he was just a teenager, when he joined the infamous New York Five Point’s Gang of Manhattan. Al Capone, who later brought Campagna to Chicago was also a one time member of the same gang. In 1919, New York mobster Al Capone had moved to Chicago to help out…

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On This Day in 2005 Richard ‘The Iceman’ Kuklinski Died, Aged 70

Richard ‘The Iceman’ Kuklinski known as ‘The Iceman’ due to the fact he would often freeze his victims to obscure their time of death, was described as one of the most violent contracted hitmen who worked for numerous prominent Mafia crime families. His death toll was widely believed to be between 100 and 200 men. He was born 11th of April 1935 in the Polish section of New Jersey, born to a devout Catholic mother…


On This Day in 1965 Jack Dragna Died, Aged 64

Jack Dragna was born in Corleone, Sicily on April 18th 1891, he was known to be active in both Italy and the US. On November 18th 1898, Dragna came to the US, and stayed in New York for ten years before returning to Sicily. As a young man, he joined the Italian Army and then later the Sicilian Mafia. In 1914, Dragna returned to America and was a suspect in the murder of Jewish poultry…


On This Day in 1997 Joey Aiuppa Died, Aged 89

Joseph Aiuppa was born December 1st 1907 in Melrose Park, Illinois, Chicago, and in 1918 at the age of 11 Aiuppa dropped out of school and started work as a gardener. He was first linked with John Dillinger and the Alvin Karpis gang, rumor has it that Aiuppa supplied guns to Dillinger’s gang and even helped bury slain bank robber John “Red” Hamilton. Soon he would find himself hooking up with the Italian mob, specifically…


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….