Articles by Hayley Dean

Meyer Lansky: Died On This Day in 1983, Aged 80

On this day in 1983 Meier Suchowlański would pass away at the age of 80 from lung cancer, at his Miami Beach home. Meier Suchowlański who was better known to us as The Mob’s Accountant, Meyer Lansky, was an influential and instrumental part of the Mafia who along with Lucky Luciano helped form and then develop the National Crime Syndicate. Despite being Jewish Meyer had considerable influence and strength with the Italian-American Mafia and was never…


Nicky Grancio: Died On This Day in 1992

Died: 7th January, 1992 On this day in 1992 Nicholas Grancio, who was a Colombo soldier, was killed in a drive-by-shooting. In the early 1990’s an internal war broke-out in the Colombo crime family when capo Vittorio Orena challenge imprisoned mob boss Carmine Persico for the leadership of the family. “Nicky Black” sided up to the faction led by Orena making him a prime target for the Persico loyalists. Nicky pulled up at a set of…


Luciano Leggio: Born On This Day in 1925

On this day in 1925 the head of the Sicilian Mafia, Luciano Leggio was born in Corleone, Siclily. He would go on to make the Corleonesi the most dominant Mafia family in Sicily, and was known as the Sicilian John Gotti because of his ability to avoid convictions which ranged from homicide to racketeering. He was a volatile and violent mobster, who wore expensive suits, wore sunglasses and always had a grand cigar hanging out…


Who Was Dean O’Banion & How Did He Get Killed?

Dean O’Banion was the son of an Irish immigrant, Charles O’Banion, He was born on July 8th 1892 in Maroa Illinois, in 1901 Dean’s mother Emma died from tuberculosis and Charles Sr relocated with his sons to Chicago, his father was a painter by trade and raised his sons within a district in Chicago called Kilbubbin, it was known as Little hell because of it’s high crime and unemployment rates. Dean attended the Holy Name…


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…


How Did Frank Nitti Get Killed? – Death Photos

Frank Nitti was the one of Al Capone’s top henchmen, known as The Enforcer who was in charge of all strong-arm and muscle operations for the Chicago Outfit, and later the front-man following Al Capone’s prison sentence. On December 19, 1932, a team of Chicago police, headed by Detective Sergeants Harry Lang and Harry Miller, raided Nitti’s office in Room 554, at 221 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago. Lang shot Nitti three times in the…