On This Day

BREAKING NEWS: Feared Sicilian Mob Boss Toto Riina Dead at 87

Just a day after his 87th birthday we have been informed that the former Sicilian Boss of Bosses has passed away at Parma’s hospital in the North of Italy, after spending days in an induced coma. The Sicilian mafia godfather who ordered the killings of judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, as well as politicians and mobsters, had suffered from heart problems for the last few years. As well as a heart condition he was…

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On This Day in 1996 Jimmy Burke Died, Aged 64

James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke was one of the most notorious Irish-American gangsters of all time, a violent, ruthless criminal responsible for countless murders and one of the largest cash robberies in American history. Ironically Burke was never a member of the Mafia, but did spend most of his career working closely with made mafia men and the associates of two of the New York Crime Families. Born James Conway on July 5, 1931, in…


On This Day in 1914 Aniello Dellacroce was Born

Aniello “Mr. Neil” Dellacroce was born March 15th 1914 in New York City, being 5’10 and broad shouldered, Dellacroce was often seen with organized crime figures such as the likes of Carlo Gambino, Tommy Lucchese and Albert Anastasia. His stare was menacing, NYPD detective Ralph Salerno once told the media “You looked at Dellacroce’s eyes and you could see how frightening they were, the frigid glare of a killer.” In the 1930s, Dellacroce joined the…


On This Day in 1929 Nicky Scarfo was Born

Nicodemo ‘Little Nicky’ Scarfo was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1929, the child of mob connected parents. Scarfo had his first major run-in with the law in 1963. During a fight at a Philadelphia restaurant, he reportedly stabbed a man to death. He and his associates fled the scene, but Scarfo later pled guilty to manslaughter. In 1964 Scarfo was released after serving less than a year in prison. After his release, Scarfo was…


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…