Articles by Ronald Rawson

A Few Days in New Orleans

May 5 1890 A group of men employed by Charles Matranga as stevedores are ambushed at the intersection of Esplanade and Claiborne Ave’s. The men are: Antonino Matranga, Frank and Tony LoCascio, Vincent Caruso, Rocco Geraci, Bastion Incardona and Salvatore Sunseri. Antonino Matranga is wounded so badly that he loses his right leg but they all survive. May 6 1890 The Matranga men that were ambushed name six men from the Provenzano faction as those…


Where New Orleans Buries it’s Dead Mobsters: Greenwood Cemetery

One of the first things I did when Craig and Casey were kind enough to offer me a bit of space on NCS, was to put down some New Orleans stories, one being a piece titled where New Orleans Buries it’s Dead Mobsters. It was right around Halloween as well, a couple years back. Been meaning to get a second part up for some time now but guess Halloween is the right time. The last time…


Carlos Marcello’s “Spectacular Debut as a Criminal”

If you’re anything like me you probably always figured that the guys writing these books on the Mafia that we all enjoy, really know their shit. Right? Wellllll……! I’ll take what I read at face value. After all, I’m no expert. I’ll take it at face value until I find something contradictory. Now, that doesn’t mean the new, contradictory, info is correct. Just that it’s something to look into. Sometimes it may just be a…




The Murders of Stroncone, Masotto and Siracusa

On July 29 1942 at around 6:30 AM a woman’s body was discovered on the side of the road near Tucker’s Corner in upstate New York near Poughkeepsie. The body was that of Mrs. Yolanda Stroncone. She had been viciously stabbed 14 times with what was later determined to be a knife with a 5″ blade and an ice pick. Her car, money and a diamond ring was missing. Robbery was clearly a motive but…


Marcello Gumbo and a Big Easy Lagniappe

A mixture of New Orleans and Marcello stories, factoids, rumors and sayings. Everyone knows that Mosca’s Restaurant was Carlos’s favorite place to eat. It became Mosca’s in 1946 and is still in operation today. Prior to 1946 it was called Willswood Tavern. The story goes that Carlos liked the cooking of Provino Mosca so much that he gave the place to him and his wife and even built a small house for them to live…


The Death of New Orleans First Godfather (Part 2)

When we last left New Orleans it was April 1st 1869 and New Orleans first Godfather, Raffaele Agnello, had been shot down on Toulouse Street in The French Quarter, or as it was called at the time, Little Palermo. His brother Joseph, known as Peppino, would take over his spot as ruler of the Italians of New Orleans but it would be short lived and Peppino was never quite as effective as his brother. Another…