On This Day

On This Day in 1995 Joseph N. Gallo Died Aged 83

Joseph Gallo was a mobster who spent most of his criminal life working as a consigliere for the Gambino Crime Family. He was first given the position by Carlo Gambino in the early 1970’s a few years before the Gambino boss passed away, he then continued in the position after Paul Castellano took the ropes, and finally retained the position in 1986 when John Gotti took over the family. He would only remain Gotti’s consigliere…


On This Day in 1949 Anthony Fiato was Born

On this day in 1949 Craig Anthony Fiato who went by the name Tony Rome or The Animal, was born. He is a former Los Angeles Crime Family mobster who later went on to become an FBI informant in which he testified against some 70 other mobsters. His main role in the LA mob was as an enforcer and street boss, he worked with the likes of Joe Russo, Jimmy Fratianno, Tony Spilotro, Johnny Roselli…


On This Day in 1988 Willie Boy Johnson was Killed Aged 52

On this day in 1988 the FBI informant, Willie Boy Johnson was ambushed as he made his way to his car, which was parked outside his Brooklyn home. Bonanno hitmen Thomas Pitera and Vincent Giattino shot him 19 times at point blank range in the back, thighs, and head. Pitera had carried out the hit as a favor to John Gotti as the FBI were trying to get Willie Boy to inform and testify against…


On This Day in 1908 Peter Casella was Born

On this day in 1908 the underboss to Philip Testa in the Philadelphia Crime Family was born. Peter Casella was a prime suspect in the eventual death of Testa as he planned to takeover the family with assistance from Frank Narducci and Rocco Marinucci. Testa was blown up in a nail bomb that was planted at the front porch of his house in 1981. Casella was only made underboss by Testa in 1980, and soon…


On This Day in 1933 Vincent Cafaro was Born

On this day in 1933 the protege of Fat Tony Salerno would be born. Vincent Cafaro was a high-ranking member of the Genovese Crime Family during the 70’s and 80’s. In 1986 he was indicted with 14 other members of the Mafia for racketeering charges, and whilst serving his time in jail awaiting trial he decided to turn informant. During the next few years he would wear a wire during family sit downs. He would…


On This Day in 1916 Virginia Hill was Born

On this day in 1916 we would see the birth of the Queen of the Gangsters’ Molls, Virginia Hill. Hill was a Chicago Outfit courier who was famous for being the mistress, and then girlfriend of Murder Inc mobster Bugsy Siegel, following the breakdown of his marriage. Her main aspirations in life were to make it to the big stage as a Hollywood actress. In her younger life she held down many jobs to support…


On This Day in 1921 Cesare Terranova was Born

On this day in 1921 the Sicilian magistrate Cesare Terranova was born. He would go on to become one of the first to seriously investigate the operations of the Mafia, a predecessor to Falcone and Borsellino. From 1958 through to 1971 Terranova worked as the examining magistrate at the Palermo prosecuting office, leading investigations into connections between politics and the mob, and the exploits of Salvatore Lima. His real focus was to bring down Luciano Leggio…


On This Day in 2000 Tony Corallo Died Aged 87

On this day in 2000 the former boss of the Lucchese Crime Family, Tony Corallo passed away at the Federal Medical Center for prisoners in Missouri. At the time of his death Corallo had been in prison for 13 years. On January 13, 1987, he was sentenced to 100 years in federal prison when he was convicted under the Mafia Commission Trial of the 1980’s. In his early criminal days, during the mid 1930’s, Corallo…


On This Day in 1893 Bugs Moran was Born

On this day in 1893 one of the future North Side Gang leaders would be born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Adelard Cunin was a Prohibition mobster who was known better by his name “George Moran” or “Bugs Moran”. He was arrested and jailed three times before he turned 21, mainly for his part in robberies and an incident which involved the death of a police officer. It was during his early career that he would…


On This Day in 1991 Joey Naples was Killed Aged 59

On this day in 1991 Joey Naples, a capo in the Pittsburgh Crime Family (Youngstown, Ohio faction) was killed in a contracted mob hit at the age of 59. Joey was killed by a single bullet from a high-powered sniper rifle, and the hit was said to have been orchestrated by Lenny Strollo in a power move to take over the Youngstown operations. During his mob life Joey was a major player in the gambling…


On This Day in 1948 Harold Rothman was Killed Aged 38

On this day in 1948 the enforcement arm to Mickey Cohen during the Battle of Sunset Strip was killed. Known to many as Harry or Hooky, Harold Rothman was one of Cohen’s trusted bodyguards. The war started when the hit on Bugsy Siegel occurred in 1947, which promoted Jack Dragna to make a power move in order to take over Siegels rackets. Cohen and his mobsters decided that wasn’t going to happen. In one instance,…


On This Day in 1981 Dominick Napolitano was Killed Aged 51

On this day in 1981 Dominick Napolitano, better known as Sonny Black was killed by order of the mob for allowing an FBI agent to breach Mafia security. He of course is well known to many through the film Donnie Brasco, in which he allowed FBI Agent Joe Pistone to become an associate in the Bonanno Crime Family during the 1970’s, and nearly getting him made. The two developed a close friendship during Pistone’s infiltration,…