On This Day in 1902 Meyer Lansky was Born

Born Maier Suchowljansky on July 4th 1902 in the city of Grodno, Poland. His family immigrated to the United States in 1911, and, after his parents allegedly couldn’t recall Suchowljansky’s birth date, he was assigned the birthday of July 4 from his immigration records. Suchowljansky’s name was eventually Americanized to Meyer Lansky. Lansky grew up on Manhattan’s lower east side he had a hard life, often facing horrible violence as a child, yet this did…


On This Day in 1903 John Dillinger was Born

John Herbert Dillinger was born on June 22, 1903, in Indianapolis, Indiana. John Dillinger was the younger of two children born to John Wilson Dillinger and Mary Ellen “Molly” Lancaster, Molly, died of a stroke when he was only 3 years old. His sister, Audrey, who was significantly older, raised him until her own marriage a year later As a child, he went by “Johnnie.” Johnnie committed small time pranks and petty theft with his…


On This Day in Bugsy Siegel was Killed Aged 41

Bugsy Siegel was born Benjamin Siegel, on February 28, 1906, in Brooklyn, New York. Siegel was known as one of the most “infamous and feared gangsters of his day”. He was handsome and charismatic, he became one of the first front-page-celebrity gangsters and a huge driving force behind the development of the Las Vegas Strip, Siegel criminal record was staggering, it included armed robbery, rape and murder dating back to his teenage years Siegel befriended…


On This Day in 2013 James Gandolfini Died Aged 51

We don’t often break tradition here, and our timelines are usually reserved for mobsters that have been born or passed away. However, we make an excemption today because Sunday 19th June 2016 will mark the 3rd year since we lost James Gandolfini who was best known and loved for his role as Tony Soprano, an Italian American Mafia boss, in the HBO series The Sopranos. Gandolfini died at the age of 51 in Rome. After…


On This Day in 1986 Tony Spilotro was Killed Aged 48

Today marks the 30th year of Tony Spilotro and his brother Michael being killed in true mob style. their bodies being uncovered a week later on Monday 23rd June 1986 by a farmer who thought that the remains of a deer killed out of season had been buried there by a poacher. Tony was born and raised in Chicago and gained the nickname “The Ant” by the media after Special Agent William Roemer referred to Spilotro…


On This Day in 2002 John Gotti Died Aged 61

On this day in 2002 we would mark the passing of one of the most famous mobsters of all time, John Gotti. Gotti first made his bones back in 1973 when he was a captain for Carmine Fatico’s crew, it was during this year that he would shoot and kill Jimmy McBratney who was a rival mobster. He was also a protege of Aniello Delacroce who was the Gambino underboss who everyone expected to become…


Vote For Your Favorite Mobster!

We thought it was about time we updated our top ten mobsters page, don’t you think? So let’s put it to the vote (you get 10 votes each to choose your top 10): Once the voting is over we will update the page.


On This Day in 1906 Tony Accardo was Born

[sg_popup id=2] Antonino ‘Tony’ Accardo was born in Chicago on April 28, 1906. He grew up in Little Sicily on Chicago’s Northwest Side. As a teenager Accardo began his life of crime, he started out as a pickpocket and stole cars. He was arrested numerous times throughout his life but never spent a night in jail. While working as an enforcer for John Torrio’s gang he got his nickname “Joe Batters.” Because he hit people…


On This Day in 1931 Joe Masseria was Killed Aged 45

Joe ‘The Boss’ Masseria was one of the most successful, loved and hated mafia bosses of the 1920’s, he was a member of the Morello gang before becoming the boss himself. Masseria was born on January 17, 1886 in Menfi in the Province of Agrigento, Sicily, before arriving  in the United States in 1902. Masseria and  Salvadore D’Aquila a New York City mobster who was the first boss of the later known Gambino Family became…


On This Day in 1929 Joe Gallo was Born, He Also Died On This Day in 1972

Joey Gallo was born April 7, 1929, in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York.  He was one of three sons to probation bootlegger Umberto Gallo, in due-course Joey and his two brothers Larry and Albert ‘Kid Blast’ Gallo became involved within the world of organized crime. The man commonly known as ‘Crazy Joe’ and ‘Joe the Blonde’ due to his chest full of Blonde hair also had a softer side. He liked to…


On This Day in 1928 Vincent Gigante was Born

Vincent Gigante was an Italian-American mobster who led the Genovese crime family of New York City from the early 1980s until 2005.  Born in New York City on March 29th, 1928 he was known as ‘The Chin’ & ‘The Odd father’ & ‘The Enigma in the Bathrobe’ he was known to wonder the streets of the in a bathrobe an act that was deliberate to make people think he was insane; he checked into psychiatric hospitals…


On This Day in 1981 Philip Testa was Killed Aged 56

Philip Carlos Testa also known as “The Chicken Man” not just due to his later involvement in the poultry business but also due to his pockmarked face, the pockmarks are believed to have been caused by a horrible case of chicken pox with the scars never fully healing, he was also known as “The Julius Cesar of the Philadelphia Mob” or “Philly”. Philip was born April 21, 1924 in Mistretta, Sicily, he emigrated to New York…


On This Day in 1993 Carlos Marcello Died Aged 83

Carlos Marcello was born Calogero Minacori on February 6th 1910 in North Africa, He immigrated to the U.S, in 1929, immediately he was arrested for a bank robbery in New Orleans, these charges were later dropped, however the following year he was convicted of assault and robbery and was sent to prison for 9 years, only serving 5 of the 9. Taking Control of Louisiana By the late 1940s Marcello had taken control of Louisiana…


Lead Editor Casey McBride Takes The NCS to The Mob Museum

Casey, who also owns and runs the Frank Costello dedicated page over at Uncle Frank’s Place recently got the chance that everyone would give their right arm for, and that was to head to the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. Being loyal to the NCS family Casey decided to don his NCS t-shirt for the visit of a lifetime, and actually got stopped by a few members of the Mob Museum staff. The first was…