Crescent City Corner

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…

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Carlos Marcello Makes a Name for Himself as Fagin

Today marks the birthday of the Little Guy, The Tomato Salesman. The one time Godfather of New Orleans and the South, Carlos Marcello. When I first started digging into all of the New Orleans history I was of the mind that I wouldn’t focus too much on the Little Guy. I knew about him of course, knew the basic history and the more famous stories and was more than familiar with the JFK angle. I didn’t…


The Life and Times of Vito DiGiorgio

Two armed men entered the shop of Debilia Liacola as Vito DiGiorgio was sitting in the barber chair and James Casaio was playing pool. The gunmen drew pistols. “You take the one in the chair and I’ll take the one playing pool” one yelled. ~ Police believe the slayers trailed the men over the country to assassinate them. ~From the Freeport Journal-Standard in Freeport Illinois, Saturday May 13 1922~ Vito Di Giorgio, arguably the first…


A Shootout in New Orleans

Jonathan was six years old and standing with his mother on Gravier Street in New Orleans. He was bored. Mother was talking with one of her friends on the banquette. They were talking about another lady that his mother knew and although he didn’t quite understand all that they were saying about her he didn’t think that mother and her friend liked the lady very much. Mother saw her friend while they were out running…