On This Day in 1943 Vito Cascioferro Died Aged 81

On this day in 1943 the boss of bosses known as Don Vito Cascioferro passed away, although the exact year of his death is uncertain. Many believe it was 1943 which would have made him 81 years old. He is most noted for bringing the practice of extortion from Sicily to the United States in which business owners paid protection money to the mob. Cascioferro was also believed to have been the triggerman in the…


Salvatore Maranzano – The Boss of Bosses

Maranzano was born in Sicily in 1886 and came to the US from his home town of Castellammare del Golfo around 1918 (the exact date is uncertain). Had the immigration authorities who welcomed him to the states at Ellis island realized what he would become, they would have put him on the first eastbound ship back across the Atlantic! For Maranzano was the founder of the modern US Mafia and became the one and only…


On This Day in 1961 James Gandolfini was Born

On this day in 1961 we saw the birth of the actor and producer best known for his role as Tony Soprano, a Mafia boss, in the hit HBO series The Sopranos. During his time on the show he won 3 Emmy Awards, 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe for Best Actor. The Sopranos Complete Boxset The Sopranos ran from 1999 until 2007 with 86 episodes being aired. As well as the…


Through Their Eyes Thursday: John Sacrimoni

Above all, I’m a Husband to Ginny & Father to my two girls. They have always been priority in my life over everything, Business, The Family, Money even. When I took my oath to become a member of the Lupertazzi Family I secretly told myself no one goes above Ginny and whatever children God grants us. Try sitting in the shadow of Carmine Lupertazzi for as long as i did. You’ll grow to resent a…



On This Day in 1911 Frank Valenti was Born

Frank Valenti was the boss of the Rochester Crime Family from 1964 until 1972, and then he was allowed to retire in 1977. During his time he attended the Apalachin Meeting of 1957, where he was underboss of the Rochester family (his brother was the boss at the time). In the 1963 Valachi hearings both Frank and his brother Constenze were identified as major Mafia figures, particularly Frank, as Joe Valachi stated that he was…


Through Their Eyes Thursday: Carlito Brigante

The street is watching. She’s watching all the time. From the moment Kleinfeld earned me my freedom back she was watching. I was ‘The Man’. I was connected. Wasn’t always that way. Growing up in Spanish Harlem it was tough. The man of the house abandoned us during my formative years so the streets being my only guidance I was drawn to crime. Petty shit, chain snatching. Then my Mother died during my teenage years…


On This Day in 1931 Salvatore Maranzano was Killed Aged 45

On this day in 1931 Lucky Luciano’s hitman entered Maranzano’s office building on the 9th floor of The Helmsley Building, posing as tax men to raid the building. Maranzano’s guards were disarmed, and fled the scene (including Mad Dog Coll who was about to sit in a meeting with Maranzano). The hitmen, said to consist of Vito Genovese, Albert Anastasia, Joe Adonis, and Samuel Levine stormed Maranzano’s office. They first grabbed Maranzano and then pinned…


On This Day in 1930 Frank Lucas was Born

On this day in 1930 Frank Lucas was born in La Grange, North Carolina. Lucas was known for drug trafficking in Harlem during the 1960’s and 1970’s, cutting out the middleman. He smuggled the drugs in pallets underneath the coffins of dead soldiers. He turned to crime after he witnessed his 12-year-old cousin murdered at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan for looking at a white woman. He was eventually taken under the wing…


10 Deadliest Members Of Murder Incorporated

Murder Incorporated; the name given by the media to the Mafia’s enforcement arm who operated between the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Lepke Buchalter started the murder for hire group in 1933 with the mission to kill anyone for a profit, as long as that contract was approved by the National Crime Syndicate. With Murder Inc protecting him from rivals, helping him to keep police and judges on his payroll, Lepke was one of the highest ranking mobsters in his…


10 Mobsters & Their Unique Nicknames

He might adorn a pinstriped suit, he may fire a Tommy gun, and he may make you an offer you can’t refuse, but he’s not a mobster without a cool nickname. Dons, made men and associates, all are known for their violent deeds, as well as their distinctive nicknames. Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik In the 1920’s, Jake Guzik was a high-ranking member in the Chicago Outfit, second only to Al Capone. He was Capone’s chief accountant….


On This Day in 2003 Marshall Joseph Caifano Died Aged 92

On this day in 2003 a high-ranking member of the Chicago Outfit, John Caifano who later became known as John Marshall, died of natural causes at the age of 92. In 1951 after the death of his brother Caifano headed up the mob-controlled casinos in Las Vegas, which would eventually be taken over by Tony Spilotro in 1971. It was around this time he changed his name to John Marshall. During his time in the…


10 Unsolved Murders Linked To The Mob

The expert hit is the trademark of organized gangs. These kind of murders are committed to get rid of a problematic person in the criminal world, and due to the specialist nature of such crimes, some of them remain unsolved. John Favara In the year 1980, John Favara lived in the Howard Beach part of NY, here he had the hard luck to meet quite a few members of the Mafia, counting his neighbor, John…


10 Deadliest Hitmen You May Have Never Heard of Before

History has provided us with stories of bloodthirsty hitmen from the mob world. Here are 10 of the most strange and prolific contract killers. Chester Wheeler Campbell All through the 1970s and ’80s, Campbell worked for both the Italian Mafia and the urban drug lords in Detroit. He had a lot more surveillance apparatus on him when you compared it with most of the tech that the police at that time, not to mention a weapon…