On This Day

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…


John Stanfa: Born On This Day in 1940

On this day in 1940 the former boss of the Philadelphia Crime Family, John Stanfa was born in Caccamo, Sicily. He headed up the family for a period of 4 years from 1991 – 1995 until he was convicted and sentenced to five consecutive life sentences. “You know what I’ll do. I’ll get a knife…I’ll cut out his tongue and we’ll send it to the wife. That’s all… We put it in an envelope. Put…


Aniello Dellacroce: Died On This Day in 1985, Aged 71

On this day in 1985 Mr. Neil who was the underboss in the Gambino Crime Family during Carlo Gambino’s reign, passed away from lung cancer at the age of 71. He took over the underboss role from Joseph Biondo in 1965 and became a mentor to future Gambino boss, John Gotti. Dellacroce was one of the mobs most feared men, with one news reporter stating: “His eyes had no color… as if his soul was…


Thomas Pitera: Born On This Day in 1954

Thomas Pitera, also known as Tommy Karate will turn 61 today, and is currently serving a life sentence at the Federal Correctional Complex, Allenwood, in Pennsylvania. Pitera’s inmate number is 29465-053. During his criminal career Tommy worked as a hitman for the Bonanno crime family and quickly earned the reputation as a sadistic and dangerous killer who would take pleasure from his killings. Do this date the FBI reckon that he is responsible for at…


Tommy Lucchese: Born On This Day in 1899

  As we head into the December period we look back and celebrate the birth of Gaetano Lucchese, who was a founding member of the American Mafia. From 1951 until his death in 1967 he headed up his own crime family, the Lucchese Crime Family, who were one of the main five families that controlled organized crime in New York. Lucchese was born to Baldassarre and Francesca in Palermo, Sicily, but like many other families of…