On This Day

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…


Vito Genovese: Born On This Day in 1897

On this day in 1897 Vito Genovese was born in Italy, to Felice and Nunziata, he had two brothers called Michael and Carmine who you may recognize from the organized crime world. He rose to power in America during the Castellammarese War, and by the mid 1950’s Genovese was making a power move to become the boss of a crime family that he would eventually call his own. To do this he needed to take…


Joe Adonis: Died On This Day in 1971, Aged 69

On this day in 1971 Giuseppe Doto, who was better known as Joe Adonis passed away at the age of 69 in Ancona, Italy. In his twenties he decided to change his name to Joe Adonis, with Adonis being the Greek god of beauty and desire. It is said that the name change came from a chorus girl who nicknamed him Adonis whilst she was dating the mobster. Although, it was also known that Adonis…


On This Day in 1897 Lucky Luciano was Born

On this day in 1897 the Chairman of the Mob, Charles Luciano was born in Lercara Friddi in Sicily to his parents Antonio and Rosalia. Charles also had 4 other siblings, Bartolomeo, Filippa, Concetta and Giuseppe. By the age of 9 Charles and his family moved to the United States and settled in Manhattan. During his teenage years he joined the Five Points Gang, and during this era he met with Meyer Lansky whom he…


On This Day in 1928 Arnold Rothstein was Killed

On this day in 1928 Arnold ”The Brain” Rothstein was shot and killed after he failed to pay a large debt that resulted from a poker game that was fixed by Alvin Thomas (Titanic Thompson). The debt was believed to have been around $319,000 that was owed to a number of other gamblers, which would equate to over $4 million today. The 1919 World Series Rothstein was known to many because he taught Lucky Luciano…


On This Day in 1930 Stefano Ferrigno was Killed

On this day in 1930 one of the prominent New York mobsters of the prohibition era, Stefano Ferrigno, was assassinated during the height of the Castellammarese War. Ferrigno was a mid-level leader in the Salvatore D’Aquila crime family in the 1920’s and he led an important gang that would take part in everything from bootlegging, gambling, prostitution, extortion and controlling the longshoremens unions. After Joe Masseria ordered the killing of D’Aquila in 1928, Ferrigno became…


On This Day in 1980 Willie Sutton Died Aged 79

On this day in 1980 the notorious American bank robber Willie Sutton died. Sutton was a bright-eyed, 5ft 7-inch gentleman who was always chain-smoking, and always talking. He had a wise head on his shoulders and was considered the best bank robber that has ever lived. He would carry a pistol or a Tommy Gun on him at all times stating that… “You can’t rob a bank on charm and personality” Willie Sutton rose to…