On This Day

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…


Lucky Luciano: Died On This Day in 1962, Aged 64

On this day in 1962 we marked the passing of an all-time great. Lucky Luciano had attended a meeting with Martin Gosch at Naples International Airport to discuss a film based on his life. Upon leaving Lucky collapsed and died from a heart-attack. The Chairman and Founding Father of the mob left an incredible legacy behind him. It was on February 1946 that Lucky Luciano would say his final farewell to the United States, until…


Al Capone: Died On This Day in 1947, Aged 48

On this day in 1947 the world would mark the passing of one of the most notorious mobsters to have ever lived. At the age of 48 The Big Shot suffered from a stroke but managed to improve from it (this was just 4 days after he celebrated his 48th birthday). However, after managing to regain consciousness from the stroke he contracted pneumonia; on the 25th January 4 days after the stroke he suffered a…


Frankie Yale: Born On This Day in 1893

On this day in 1893 notorious Prohibition era mobster Francesco Ioele was born, and was Al Capone’s boss during the Brooklyn days. Francesco was better known as Frankie Yale and met his end in spectacular mob style, after Capone sanctioned a drive-by shooting on his old friend and boss, Yale. Frankie was born in Calabria in Italy and spent around 7 years in the country before he would move to the United States with his…


Johnny Torrio: Born On This Day in 1882

Papa Johnny helped build what is today known as the Chicago Outfit, and was Al Capone’s mentor. He helped with the creation of the National Crime Syndicate and escaped numerous assassination attempts from the North Side Gang. ‪ Despite not being one of the more popular mobsters mentioned today, Johnny was classed as the smartest by the U.S Treasury and Chicago Crime Commission. They stated that Johnny Torrio: “was the biggest gangster in America, he…


Joe Bonanno: Born On This Day in 1905

On this day in 1905 Joe Bonanno was born in Castellammare del Golfo, which was a small town in Sicily where Salvatore Maranzano was also born. Bonanno would go on to lead his own crime family, living until the age of 97 years old. Like many inhabitants of Sicily during the early 1900’s, Bonanno and his family moved to the United States, but only spent 10 years in Brooklyn before returning back to their homeland. However…


Al Capone: Born On This Day in 1899

On this day in 1899 Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York. Better to known to the world as Al Capone, he would go on to become one of the most familiar and talked about mobsters of all time. In the early days Capone worked at a bowling alley and a local candy store, and it was during this period of his life where he met Johnny Torrio who would prove to be…