April Mafia Timeline of Events

On This Day in April…


1st

Frank Capone

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2nd

Tommaso Buscetta

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3rd

Joseph Valachi

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4th

Johnny Stompanato

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5th

Anthony Francis Caterine

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6th

James Iannone

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7th

Joey Gallo

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8th

Anthony Strollo

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9th

Joel Cacace Sr

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10th

Joe Morgan

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11th

Richard Kuklinski

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12th

Salvatore Miceli

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Orleans Parish Prison Lynchings

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13th

Jimmy Burke

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14th

Sam DeStefano

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15th

Joe Masseria

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16th

Johnny Torrio

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17th

Nino Gaggi

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18th

Jack Dragna

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Antonio Caponigro

On this day in 1980 the mobster who was responsible for the downfall of the Angelo Bruno era of the Philadelphia Crime Family, was himself, taken out in a retaliation hit from Bruno loyalists. Antonio Caponigro was Bruno’s consigliere during the 70’s, however the two mobsters had a different view of entering the Meth trade – Bruno refused, Caponigro was keen. Due to this dispute Caponigro ordered the hit on Bruno, without the nod from the commission.A few weeks after the Bruno hit, Joe “Mad Dog” Sullivan put 14 bullets into Caponigro, filling his mouth and anus with money to symbolize greed. He was then stuffed into the trunk of a car.


19th

Vincent Mangano

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20th

Salvatore La Barbera

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Joseph Agnello

In 1872 Joseph Agnello is shot to death on the Picayune Pier in New Orleans. This effectively ended the power of the Palermo faction as well as their rivals the Messinian/Trapanesi faction to see the rise of the Stuppaghieri headed by the Matranga’s.

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Frank Gagliano

On this day in 1930 NOLA Family member Frank Gagliano is born. Top man in Marcello’s Family and Underboss to Marcello successor Anthony Carollo.


21st

Philip Testa

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22nd

Tony Tursi

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23rd

Stefano Bontade

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Lee Harvey Oswald

On this day in 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald returns to New Orleans and spends the summer working for the Reilly Coffee Company as a machinery technician. He reportedly also works for his uncle Charles “Dutz” Murret as a numbers runner. Murret worked for NOLA Family member Sam Saia who ran gambling operations from a backroom in Felix’s Restaurant on Iberville St. in The Quarter. Oswald stays until September 25 when he boards a bus bound for Houston.


24th

Owney Madden

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William Stirling Parkerson

On this day in 1857 the man who is the driving force behind the 1891 Orleans Parish Prison lynching in New Orleans, William Stirling Parkerson, is born.


Special Citizens Investigating Committee

The Special Citizens Investigating Committee (SCIC) was a crime commission organized by the Commission Council and the Metropolitan Crime Commission to help overcome crime and corruption and to correct situations that bred crime. The SCIC was formed in reaction to the blatant role of organized crime in New Orleans as revealed by testimony given to the investigating committee headed by Senator C. Estes Kefauver in January, 1951. Interviewed by the New Orleans media on May 22, 1951, Kefauver recommended the local formation of a crime commission to suppress crime on a grand scale. In May 1952, a group of New Orleans businessmen and clergymen organized the Metropolitan Crime Commission. However, subsequent public scandals led to the formation of an independent investigative body, authorized by ordinance of the Commission Council on April 24, 1952. The committee consisted of three citizens (Leon D. Hubert, Jr., George C. Stohlman, and Dudley C. Foley, Jr.). Aaron M. Kohn, lawyer and former FBI agent, was selected to run the SCIC.


25th

Louis Consalvo

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Nofio Pecararo

On this day in 1906, New Orleans Family member Nofio Pecararo is born.


Joseph Poretto

On this day in 1983 New Orleans Family member Joseph Poretto dies. Like his boss Carlos Marcello, Poretto refused to answer questions when called before the Kefauver Committee in 1951. Mainly involved in gambling Poretto also ran the restaurant at Marcello headquarters Town and Country Motel. A witness described seeing Poretto meet with Lee Harvey Oswald at the restaurant in the months before the JFK assassination.


26th

Anthony Russo

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27th

Dom Cataldo

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28th

Tony Accardo

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29th

Johnny Dio

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30th

Giovanni Inzerillo

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