On This Day

Meyer Lansky: Died On This Day in 1983, Aged 80

On this day in 1983 Meier Suchowlański would pass away at the age of 80 from lung cancer, at his Miami Beach home. Meier Suchowlański who was better known to us as The Mob’s Accountant, Meyer Lansky, was an influential and instrumental part of the Mafia who along with Lucky Luciano helped form and then develop the National Crime Syndicate. Despite being Jewish Meyer had considerable influence and strength with the Italian-American Mafia and was never…


Nicky Grancio: Died On This Day in 1992

Died: 7th January, 1992 On this day in 1992 Nicholas Grancio, who was a Colombo soldier, was killed in a drive-by-shooting. In the early 1990’s an internal war broke-out in the Colombo crime family when capo Vittorio Orena challenge imprisoned mob boss Carmine Persico for the leadership of the family. “Nicky Black” sided up to the faction led by Orena making him a prime target for the Persico loyalists. Nicky pulled up at a set of…


Luciano Leggio: Born On This Day in 1925

On this day in 1925 the head of the Sicilian Mafia, Luciano Leggio was born in Corleone, Siclily. He would go on to make the Corleonesi the most dominant Mafia family in Sicily, and was known as the Sicilian John Gotti because of his ability to avoid convictions which ranged from homicide to racketeering. He was a volatile and violent mobster, who wore expensive suits, wore sunglasses and always had a grand cigar hanging out…


Vito Rizzuto: Died On This Day in 2013, Aged 67

On this day in 2013 the boss of the Sicilian Mafia in Canada, Vito Rizzuto passed away at the age of 67 after battling with complications of lung cancer. In 2003 Vito was indicted by a grand jury in relation to racketeering, loansharking and murder (the murder charges were connected to the 1981 killings of rival Bonanno capos, with orders given by Joe Massino). In 2007 Rizzuto ended up pleading guilty on triple murder charges…


The Havana Conference: Held On This Day in 1946

On this day back in 1946 we would see the beginning of an historic meeting of Mafia members in Cuba. The summit was to take its place in history as the most important conference in mob history as the decision made here would impact the mob and how it worked for decades after. The summit was known as the Havana Conference, located at the Hotel Nacional. The conference was setup by the Chairman of the…


Vincent Gigante: Died On This Day in 2005, Aged 77

Today we mark the anniversary of the passing of Genovese mob boss Vincent Gigante who died at the age of 77 years old. “This is for you Frank!” Those were the words that saved the life of mob boss Frank Costello, and the words that could have ended Vincent Gigante’s mob career and his life, for botching a hit. For many mobsters who failed a mob hit, it would have ended with their own life being…


Jack “Legs” Diamond: Died On This Day in 1931, Aged 34

On this day in 1931 the Prohibition era mobster who was a close associate of Arnold Rothstein was finally killed by hitmen after 15 years of evading multiple attempts on his life. He was aged just 34 at the time of his death. To provide his bars with alcohol, Diamond and his team held up booze trucks, and he was known for making rapid getaways, which got him the nickname of “Legs.” One of his main…


Paul Castellano: Died On This Day in 1985, Aged 70

On this day in 1985 we would see the culmination of years of standing by, come to an end, when John Gotti finally made a power move to take control of the Gambino Crime Family. Paul had been given the throne by Carlo Gambino in 1976 after he passed away in the October of that year in Massapequa. To many Gambino mobsters they would have put their house on Aniello Dellacroce being made the new…