Articles by Hayley Dean

Vincent Coll: Died On This Day in 1932, Aged 23

Vincent was born Uinseann Ó Colla in Gweedore, a small town in Co. Donegal, Ireland. His parents emigrated to the United States a year later after his birth, and of all the places to emigrate to, they settled in ‘The Bronx’. Coll was not raised by his parents, but by an elderly lady who classed him as her own. Coll was expelled from many catholic schools within the area and eventually joined The Gophers street…


Lepke Buchalter: Born On This Day in 1897

Louis “Lepke” Buchalter was one of the great Jewish gangsters of the 20th century, he was known for his violent personality, and led his very own Mafia private hit squad. Born February 6th 1897, on the Lower east side of Manhattan, populated largely with Jewish and Italian- American individuals, he got his nickname, Lepke, because his mother called him “Lepkeleh,” which means “Little Louis” in Yiddish. Out of all his family members, he was the…


Thomas DeSimone: Died On This Day in 1979, Aged 28

Thomas DeSimone was born in Brooklyn, New York. His paternal grandfather, Rosario DeSimone, was the former boss of the Los Angeles crime family. His paternal uncle, Frank DeSimone, was a criminal attorney-turned-mobster; “Uncle Frank”. Right from the outset Thomas was very familiar with the Mafia world and was known for his violent temper, his sister once quoting: Tommy’s teen-age years revolved around boxing, lifting weights, smoking cigarettes, and beating the shit out of a punching…


Giuseppe Greco: Born On This Day in 1952

Born: 4 January 1952 Died: 14 September 1985 Greco was born January 4th 1952 in Ciaculli, a town in Palermo, he was born into a life a crime his father also a hitman called ‘Scarpa’.  Giuseppe earned his own nickname ‘ Scarpuzzedda’ based upon his fathers, the nickname means ‘Little Shoe’ as his fathers was ‘Shoe’ Considered one of the most prolific killers in criminal History, killing between 55 to 300+ victims, his favorite method…


Joey Lombardo: Born On This Day in 1929

Joseph Lombardo was born January 1st 1929 in Chicago Illinois, from an early age Joey had connections with the mafia. Lombardo owned and operated an international fibre glass company in Elk Grove village, quite seemingly normal, however Joey was also an extortionist, arsonist, high level loan shark and street boss for the Chicago mob. In 1974, Lombardo was arrested for the infamous Teamster’s Union Pension Fraud, he defrauded them out of $1.4 million. Charges were…


The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino: Opened On This Day in 1946

On December 26, 1946, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the infamous Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opened The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino at a total cost of $6 million. The 40-acre facility wasn’t complete and Siegel was hoping to raise some revenue with the grand opening. Well-known singer and comedian Jimmy Durante headlined the entertainment, with music by Cuban band leader Xavier Cugat. Some of Siegel’s Hollywood friends, including actors George Raft, George Sanders, Sonny Tufts and…


Frank Cullotta: Born On This Day in 1938

Frank Cullotta was born on December 14, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois. He entered Steinmetz High School in 1953. He began his decades-long criminal career as a teenager, graduating from petty theft to burglary, armed robbery, arson and murder. He had an argument with another boy over a dispute over who could sell newspapers on a certain street, the boy’s name was Anthony Spilotro. The two then became friends and criminal allies when they found out…


Frankie Fraser: Died On This Day in 2014, Aged 90

Frank Davidson “Frankie” Fraser, better known as “Mad” Frankie Fraser was born on Cornwall Road in Waterloo, London, he grew up in poverty and was the youngest of five children, Fraser and his sister Eva, whom he was close too, turned to crime at the age of 10, on several occasions during World War 2, Fraser would escape his barracks and deserting many a times. During the War, it was quite easy to get into…