On This Day in 1943 Charles Matranga Dies Aged 86

On this day the man widely considered the first Mafia boss of New Orleans, dies at his sister in laws home on Moss St., in New Orleans. Charles “Millionaire Charlie” Matranga, succumbs to natural causes at the age of 86, at approximately 12:15 am on the morning of Thursday, October 28, 1943. Born in Monreale Sicily in 1857, he is brought to New Orleans, in 1858. Over the next three decades his family are players…


Victoria Gotti Would Have Cut John Gotti’s Throat if he’d Talked Like Trump

Victoria DiGiorgio Gotti (not to be confused with her daughter of the same name), may have been the Wife of Gambino Crime Family mob boss, John Gotti. Who would have been celebrating his 76th birthday today, but she said even they didn’t talk about women the way Donald Trump has. “I was married to the #1 gangster and would have cut his throat if he ever said such a foul thing to me,” Gotti told a pen…


Where New Orleans Buries it’s Dead Mobsters

Ever wonder where New Orleans, buries it’s dead mobsters? Probably not unless you have a bit of ghoul in you. BUT, just in case the thought did pop into your head, the NCS and The Crescent Corner, have compiled a handy dandy (kinda) quick reference guide for you to consult. I do have a bit of the ghoulish in me, and have spent hours walking around in NOLA cemeteries looking for some friends of ours….


On This Day in 1930 Joe Aiello was Killed Aged 39

Guiseppe Aiello was born in Bagheria, Sicily, and he was one of 10 boys in his family. In July 1907, Aiello immigrated to the United States to join various members who were already there. The Aiello family set up a number of businesses in both New York and Chicago. They became importers of groceries such as olive oil, cheeses, and sugar. Aiello was the co-owner of a cheese importing business alongside fellow Sicilian, Antonio ‘The…


The Origins of La Cosa Nostra

It should be noted that the concept of the Mafia is sufficiently large and can be studied in a range of different areas, which are: . . . as a mirror of traditional society, with attention to political, economic or –  more often – sociocultural facts; as a company or type of criminal industry; as secret organization more or less centralized; as legal system parallel to the state, or as anti-State. The concept becomes more…


On This Day in 1976 Carlo Gambino Died Aged 74

On this day in 1976 we marked the peaceful passing of one of the mobs greatest masterminds and leaders, Carlo Gambino. Carlo Gambino earned the family over $500,000,000 a year, gave the nod for many contracted hits, ran the family with an iron fist for over 20 years, and somehow never received an attempt on his life. He was a low-key mob boss, who had more power than the Mayor, and it was this secretive…


Corrado Giacona: New Orleans Mob Boss (1922 – 1944)

“Pietro, I thank you and your son for the hospitality and the wonderful food, but this saddens me very much. We are friends and what I ask is not such a terrible hardship on a successful man like yourself. Please just say you’ll pay us the money and things will be as they always have been.” The men sat on the back porch of Pietro’s home. Pietro’s son, Corrado, sat next to him at the table holding a small…


On This Day in 1972 Paul Ricca Died Aged 74

Paul “The Waiter” Ricca was born Felice DeLucia in 1897 in Naples, Italy. He got his first taste of  Prison in 1915 when he murdered Emilio Parrillo, Ricca served 2 years for the crime, on release he once again murdered, Vincenzo Capasso an eyewitness to the murder of Parrillo. Ricca immediately changed his name to Paolo Maglio and fled to Apricena, North of Naples, he then preceded to move on to France before boarding a…


The Ultimate Mafia Glossary

Don’t know your Waste Management Business from your Shylock Business? Our ultimate Mafia glossary is an on-going project here at the NCS that we are going to add to overtime. Scrub up on your mob slang. Administration: the top-level “management” of an organized crime Family — the boss, underboss and consigliere. Associate: one who works with mobsters, but hasn’t been asked to take the vow of Omertà; an almost confirmed, or made guy. Connected Guy:…


On This Day in 1980 The Marlborough Diamond Heist Took Place

Joseph Jerome “Jerry” Scalise was born December 25th 1937, he was a high ranking member of the Chicago outfit. Scalise served as a soldier for Chicago mob boss Albert Tocco in the 1970’s and was allegedly part of the Chicago mob killing crew known as the “Wild Bunch.” However, he was never was charged with any murders. On September 11th 1980, Scalise and his colleague, Arthur ‘The Brain’ Rachel were in London about to commit one…


On This Day in 1928 Antonio Lombardo was Killed Aged 36

Lombardo was born in the town of Galati Mamertino in Sicily on November 23, 1891. In the early 20th century, Lombardo moved to the United States where he became a successful wholesale grocery business owner in Chicago. After Johnny Torrio retired in 1925, Lombardo became Al Capone’s advisor and possibly his consigliere, resolving disputes within the family, it was possible he could have helped Capone in taking over Chicago’s Unione Siciliana. Reportedly many objected to…


What Was The Lufthansa Heist?

The Lufthansa Heist was one of the biggest cash thefts on American soil, it has been popularized in many a book and movie, the biggest being Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Goodfellas was of course the movie where Robert De Niro portrayed Jimmy Burke, who, in the movie had his name changed to ‘James Conway’ (which was in-fact his birth name), and not forgetting the book written by one of the organizers himself ‘The Lufthansa Heist – By…


On This Day in 1902 Carlo Gambino was Born

On this day in 1902 one of the most notorious Mafia leaders was born in Palermo, Sicily. Carlo Gambino was one of the mobs most notable bosses and the largest crime family in the US still goes by the name of the Gambino Crime Family, the family that Carlo took over from Albert Anastasia after his assassination in 1957. Carlo was said to be a great family man, but even that couldn’t curb his enthusiasm…


On This Day in 1930 Giuseppe Morello was Killed Aged 63

In 1892 at the age of twenty-five Morello was forced to immigrate to the United States after becoming a suspect in a murder in Corleone and after his counterfeiting ring had been settled. He was now in the United States, however the Italian government brought the counterfeiting case to court. In September 1894 he was found guilty whilst not present and sentenced to 6 years and 45 days in prison. He never returned to Italy again. Six months after arriving in…