On This Day

Mickey Cohen: Born On This Day in 1913

On this day in 1913 the King of Los Angeles was born, Meyer Harris who was better known as Mickey Cohen was part of the Jewish Mafia with strong ties to the Italian-American Mafia. He operated through the 1930’s through to the 1960’s starting off his criminal career as an enforcer for the Chicago Outfit under the reign of Al Capone. By the late 1930’s Meyer Lansky had sent Cohen out to LA where he…


Whitey Bulger: Born On This Day in 1929

On this day In 1929 one of the  most controversial mob bosses was born. James Bulger was a former boss of the Boston Irish mob, also known as the Winter Hill Gang. Better known as Whitey Bulger he was indicted on 19 counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, extortion, narcotics distribution, money laundering and racketeering. In 1997 Bulger was publicly tied to the FBI and he fled to Boston after receiving a tip off…


On This Day in 1902 Angelo DeCarlo was Born

On This Day in 1902 the Genovese Crime Family mobster, Angelo DeCarlo aka Gyp was born. Gyp was probably most notorious because he was the subject of a two-year FBI undercover operation from 1961 until 1963 which would tie Frank Sinatra to the mob, as well as exposing the extent of corruption in New Jersey. His main activities for the mob were dominating loansharking operations in the New Jersey area, and running his own crew….


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…