Articles by Dr. J. Michael Niotta PhD

Peacekeepers and Killers: The Early Days of Los Angeles With Dr J. Michael Niotta

This widely circulated mugshot of one of the earliest Bosses of the Los Angeles Crime Family is the only image of the native of Piana dei Greci, Sicily, that researchers and mob enthusiasts typically encounter. Depicted, is twenty-nine-year-old Joseph “strong man” Ardizzone. Joe stood for the photo in 1914, roughly eight years after committing the crime. In another decade he would assume leadership of L.A.’s Sicilian fraternity. The crime Joe Ardizzone faced, was the murder…