Articles by Michael Maffucci

Informants, “Rats”, Dirty Cops and Hypocrisy

First of all, let me state that I have never been in “the life”. I’ve never been on the wrong side of the law. I’m just a regular civilian with an opinion. Since I’ve been involved in mob groups I’ve gotten sick of the term “rat”. People just throw it around like it’s nothing. I can definitely understand people who were/are involved in things that could get them in some trouble to be angry or…


Dial M For Mob: Part 9 – Philly, Gambino and the Genovese

Angelo Annaloro, aka Angelo Bruno, aka The Gentle Don came to the U.S. from Sicily when he was in his teens in the late 1920s. He didn’t take long to get involved in criminal activity. At that time, the boss in Philly was Salvatore Sabella. He had started the Philadelphia family in 1911. Angelo set up gambling and bootlegging operations under Sabella. This is also when Bruno met Carlo Gambino. There are a couple of…


Dial M For Mob: Part 8 – The Legend of the Dapper Don

Another polarizing figure in the world of the Mafia is John Gotti. John is either the worst mob boss of all time or the second coming of Al Capone. There is no in-between with him. Well with most people anyway. John is a Bronx kid. His family moved to Brooklyn because the neighborhood they live in was too rough. They were also a very poor family. This seemed to drive John once he grew up….


Dial M For Mob: Part 7 – The Accidental Don

I admittedly know very little about Joe Colombo prior to him being given the contract on Carlo Gambino and Tommy Lucchese. Anybody want to fill me in, I’d appreciate it. His father was a member of the Profaci family and was killed in 1938 when Joe was 15. Joe had some legitimate jobs and also spent some time in the U.S. Coast Guard. At some point Joe followed in his father’s footsteps and got with…


Dial M For Mob: Part 6 – The Legend of Vito Genovese

I’ll give you two words and you tell me what first comes to you mind. Vito Genovese………. Don Vitone is one of those polarizing figures. People either love him or hate him. If you love him, he was a tough street guy who commanded respect and left his family in great shape with guys who would lead long into the future. If you hate him, he’s a treacherous, jealous sociopath. Of course us mob nerds…


Dial M For Mob: Part 5 – The Assassination of Albert “Lord High Executioner” Anastasia

Umberto Anastasio was born September 26, 1902 in Tropea, Italy. He was one of 9 brothers and 3 sisters. In 1919 Umberto and 3 of his brothers working a freighter deserted the ship in New York and soon started working as longshoreman on the Brooklyn docks. On March 17, 1921 Umberto was convicted of murdering fellow longshoreman George Turino and Albert “Lord High Executioner” Anastasia was born. Rising in power quickly on the waterfront Albert…


Dial M For Mob: Part 4 – The Shooting of Frank Costello

An intriguing event in the history of the mob is the shooting of Frank Costello. On May 2, 1957 after entering the lobby of his residence, The Majestic at 115 Central Park West in Manhattan, a gunman enters the lobby behind him, calls out “This is for you, Frank!” and shoots. Luckily, Frank turned as the gun was fired and the bullet while penetrating the skin of his head did not actually cause much damage….


Dial M For Mob Series: Part 3 – Las Vegas

And then there’s Vegas. The mecca of gambling in the United States. Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, New York gangster, went out there in 1945 and had the famous/infamous Flamingo Hotel and Casino built. Most know of the financial issues that occurred. The project went way over budget and had a poor opening night. It actually closed right after the grand opening so that the hotel could be finished. Bugsy was killed shortly after its grand re-opening…


Dial M For Mob: Part 2 – Where It All Began

Well, looks like I’m back. After this week there may be some doubt. Today I’d like to talk about who started the modern American mob that we know today. If Christian Cipollini is out there this may be where you’ll want to look away. It is widely accepted that Salvatore Lucania, aka Charlie Lucky Luciano is the father of today’s American mafia. He was certainly there at its inception but so were a bunch of…


Dial M For Mob Series: Part 1 – Introduction

If you are a serious mob researcher with firm opinions of what’s what and who’s who then this series is not for you. I’m planning on talking about probabilities and will probably even ask questions. After all, I wasn’t there and neither were you. And don’t tell me about the info the Feds had. They had what they were allowed to have. If this bothers you, feel free to click off the page. We’ll wait………..