Lucky Luciano Infographic – Top 5 Facts

Lucky Luciano was one of the most influential and memorable mobsters of the 20th century, after surviving a brutal attack on his life he split New York City into five crime families, and created The Commission, a governing body that dealt with organized crime matters on a nationwide level. Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On Your Site!Image Width%px<img src="http://www.nationalcrimesyndicate.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/lucky-infographics.png" alt="Lucky Luciano Infographic &#8211; Top 5 Facts – An Infographic from " width="100%" class="infographic_embedder" /><p class="infographic_attr">Embedded from…


On This Day in 1908 Peter Casella was Born

On this day in 1908 the underboss to Philip Testa in the Philadelphia Crime Family was born. Peter Casella was a prime suspect in the eventual death of Testa as he planned to takeover the family with assistance from Frank Narducci and Rocco Marinucci. Testa was blown up in a nail bomb that was planted at the front porch of his house in 1981. Casella was only made underboss by Testa in 1980, and soon…


Murder Incorporated: The Mafia’s Enforcement Arm

Who Were Murder Inc? Murder incorporated also known as The Combination within the syndicate circle was the name given by the press to organized crime groups. Murder Inc. were split up based upon ethnic lines, these were Jewish and Italian groups, Joe Valachi a Mafia turncoat insisted within his own biography that Murder Inc. did not commit crimes for the Mafia. Murder, Inc. was established after the formation of the commission of the National Crime…


Through Their Eyes Thursday: Vito Corleone

My name is Vito Corleone. Above all I am a Family man. A man of honor, a man of respect. I’ve done my best for my family in the best way I knew. I’ve played the hand I was given as best I could. I lived my life my way, never dancing on a string like a puppet. I lived by a code. Women and children are exempt from this life we lead. I’m the…


On This Day in 1933 Vincent Cafaro was Born

On this day in 1933 the protege of Fat Tony Salerno would be born. Vincent Cafaro was a high-ranking member of the Genovese Crime Family during the 70’s and 80’s. In 1986 he was indicted with 14 other members of the Mafia for racketeering charges, and whilst serving his time in jail awaiting trial he decided to turn informant. During the next few years he would wear a wire during family sit downs. He would…


On This Day in 1916 Virginia Hill was Born

On this day in 1916 we would see the birth of the Queen of the Gangsters’ Molls, Virginia Hill. Hill was a Chicago Outfit courier who was famous for being the mistress, and then girlfriend of Murder Inc mobster Bugsy Siegel, following the breakdown of his marriage. Her main aspirations in life were to make it to the big stage as a Hollywood actress. In her younger life she held down many jobs to support…


On This Day in 1921 Cesare Terranova was Born

On this day in 1921 the Sicilian magistrate Cesare Terranova was born. He would go on to become one of the first to seriously investigate the operations of the Mafia, a predecessor to Falcone and Borsellino. From 1958 through to 1971 Terranova worked as the examining magistrate at the Palermo prosecuting office, leading investigations into connections between politics and the mob, and the exploits of Salvatore Lima. His real focus was to bring down Luciano Leggio…


On This Day in 2000 Tony Corallo Died Aged 87

On this day in 2000 the former boss of the Lucchese Crime Family, Tony Corallo passed away at the Federal Medical Center for prisoners in Missouri. At the time of his death Corallo had been in prison for 13 years. On January 13, 1987, he was sentenced to 100 years in federal prison when he was convicted under the Mafia Commission Trial of the 1980’s. In his early criminal days, during the mid 1930’s, Corallo…


On This Day in 1893 Bugs Moran was Born

On this day in 1893 one of the future North Side Gang leaders would be born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Adelard Cunin was a Prohibition mobster who was known better by his name “George Moran” or “Bugs Moran”. He was arrested and jailed three times before he turned 21, mainly for his part in robberies and an incident which involved the death of a police officer. It was during his early career that he would…


An Interview with Award-Winning Author Dennis Griffin

Dennis Griffin currently works as a consultant to the Vegas Mob Tour, and speaker coordinator for Mob-Con. He retired in 1994, after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York State. In 1996 he wrote his first novel, The Morgue, and since then has published many other nonfiction and fiction novels. His debut in nonfiction came titled Policing Las Vegas – A History of Law Enforcement in Southern Nevada followed by The Battle for Las Vegas…


On This Day in 1991 Joey Naples was Killed Aged 59

On this day in 1991 Joey Naples, a capo in the Pittsburgh Crime Family (Youngstown, Ohio faction) was killed in a contracted mob hit at the age of 59. Joey was killed by a single bullet from a high-powered sniper rifle, and the hit was said to have been orchestrated by Lenny Strollo in a power move to take over the Youngstown operations. During his mob life Joey was a major player in the gambling…


On This Day in 1948 Harold Rothman was Killed Aged 38

On this day in 1948 the enforcement arm to Mickey Cohen during the Battle of Sunset Strip was killed. Known to many as Harry or Hooky, Harold Rothman was one of Cohen’s trusted bodyguards. The war started when the hit on Bugsy Siegel occurred in 1947, which promoted Jack Dragna to make a power move in order to take over Siegels rackets. Cohen and his mobsters decided that wasn’t going to happen. In one instance,…


On This Day in 1981 Dominick Napolitano was Killed Aged 51

On this day in 1981 Dominick Napolitano, better known as Sonny Black was killed by order of the mob for allowing an FBI agent to breach Mafia security. He of course is well known to many through the film Donnie Brasco, in which he allowed FBI Agent Joe Pistone to become an associate in the Bonanno Crime Family during the 1970’s, and nearly getting him made. The two developed a close friendship during Pistone’s infiltration,…


On This Day in 2011 Jimmy Caci Died Aged 86

On this day in 2011, Jimmy Caci, who was a capo in the Los Angeles Crime Family died at the age of 86. He started off his criminal career in New York but in his 40’s he was sentenced to an 8 year spell behind bars after being charged with armed robbery. Jimmy spent the 8 years in Attica prison, a maximum security facility in New York. It was during this time he met with…