On This Day

Tony Accardo: Born On This Day in 1906

Antonino ‘Tony’ Accardo was born in Chicago on April 28, 1906. He grew up in Little Sicily on Chicago’s Northwest Side. As a teenager Accardo began his life of crime, he started out as a pickpocket and stole cars. He was arrested numerous times throughout his life but never spent a night in jail. While working as an enforcer for John Torrio’s gang he got his nickname “Joe Batters.” Because he hit people who wouldn’t…


Joe Masseria: Died On This Day in 1931, Aged 45

Joe ‘The Boss’ Masseria was one of the most successful, loved and hated mafia bosses of the 1920’s, he was a member of the Morello gang before becoming the boss himself. Masseria was born on January 17, 1886 in Menfi in the Province of Agrigento, Sicily, before arriving  in the United States in 1902. Masseria and  Salvadore D’Aquila a New York City mobster who was the first boss of the later known Gambino Family became…


Crazy Joe Gallo: Died On This Day in 1972, Aged 43

ÌJoey Gallo was born April 7, 1929, in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York.  He was one of three sons to probation bootlegger Umberto Gallo, in due-course Joey and his two brothers Larry and Albert ‘Kid Blast’ Gallo became involved within the world of organized crime. The man commonly known as ‘Crazy Joe’ and ‘Joe the Blonde’ due to his chest full of Blonde hair also had a softer side. He liked to…


Vincent Gigante: Born On This Day in 1928

Vincent Gigante was an Italian-American mobster who led the Genovese crime family of New York City from the early 1980s until 2005.  Born in New York City on March 29th, 1928 he was known as ‘The Chin’ & ‘The Odd father’ & ‘The Enigma in the Bathrobe’ he was known to wonder the streets of the in a bathrobe an act that was deliberate to make people think he was insane; he checked into psychiatric hospitals…


Philip Testa: Died On This Day in 1981, Aged 56

Philip Carlos Testa also known as “The Chicken Man” not just due to his later involvement in the poultry business but also due to his pockmarked face, the pockmarks are believed to have been caused by a horrible case of chicken pox with the scars never fully healing, he was also known as “The Julius Cesar of the Philadelphia Mob” or “Philly”. Philip was born April 21, 1924 in Mistretta, Sicily, he emigrated to New York…


Carlos Marcello: Died On This Day in 1993, Aged 83

Carlos Marcello was born Calogero Minacori on February 6th 1910 in North Africa, He immigrated to the U.S, in 1929, immediately he was arrested for a bank robbery in New Orleans, these charges were later dropped, however the following year he was convicted of assault and robbery and was sent to prison for 9 years, only serving 5 of the 9. Taking Control of Louisiana By the late 1940s Marcello had taken control of Louisiana…


Who Was Frankie Yale & How Did He Die?

Becoming the Brooklyn Boss Francesco Ioele also known as Uale and or Yale was born January 22nd 1893 in Italy. His family immigrated to New York around 1901. Yale was known as the forgotten boss, however he was undoubtedly a murderous leader. Like most gangsters, Yale got an early introduction to the world of crime, his future mentor John ‘Papa Johnny’ Torrio got him admitted to one of the dominate street gangs in lower Manhattan,…


Frank Nitti: Born On This Day in 1886

On this day in 1886 Francesco Raffaele Nitto was born in Angri, Italy. He of course was known better as Frank Nitti who was the enforcement arm of the Chicago Outfit under his first cousin Al Capone. Facing a lengthy jail sentence and being a severe claustrophobe, Nitti ended his own life by shooting himself in the head by a railway track in 1943 at the age of 57. Although we tend to call him…