On This Day

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…


Bumpy Johnson: Born On This Day in 1905

On this day in 1905 the Harlem Godfather and Genovese Crime Family associate, Bumpy Johnson was born. Bumpy, whose real name was Ellsworth Johnson, was a feared mob boss who operated in the Harlem area, and he got his nickname Bumpy from a bump he had sustained on the back of his head earlier on in his life. Why Was He So Powerful? Bumpy, in the early Prohibition days was an associate of Madame Stephanie…


On This Day in 1905 Frank Bompensiero was Born

On this day in 1905 the former hitman and capo for the Los Angeles crime family was born. Bomp as he was also known as would take part in many mob related hits during his active years but was only ever confirmed and charged for 5 of them. “he had buried more bones than could be found in the brontosaurus room of the Museum of Natural History.” Frank’s family had close ties with the Balistrieri…


On This Day in 1940 John Gotti was Born

On this day in 1940 the mobster we would all come to know as the Dapper Don was born in The Bronx. John Gotti rose to prominence within the Gambino Crime Family during his criminal life, starting off in his teens by running errands for Carmine Fatico. He would eventually become the Gambino mob boss after the 1985 assassination of Paul Castellano. Gotti, although being a formidable character was surrounded by non-stop controversy who left…


On This Day in 1957 Albert Anastasia was Killed Aged 55

On this day in 1957 Albert Anastasia, the Lord High Executioner was shot while sitting back in a Barber’s chair at the Park Sheraton Hotel on 870 7th Avenue (which is now renamed to the Park Central Hotel on 56th and 7th Avenue). Anastasia was one of the most feared members of the mob in his day, running Murder Inc which was the Mafia’s enforcement arm as well as being the boss of what we…


On This Day in 1935 Dutch Schultz was Killed Aged 33

On this day in 1935 Arthur Flegenheimer who was better known as Dutch Schultz died from gunshot wounds received 22 hours beforehand. On October 23 at around 10:15pm The Dutchman was shot at the Palace Chophouse restaurant which he used as his base headquarters. The restaurant was situated at 12 East Park Street in New Jersey. During the shootout his two bodyguards and accountant were hit and died. Why Was a Contract Put on Schultz?…


On This Day in 1934 Pretty Boy Floyd was Killed Aged 30

On this day in 1934 Charles Floyd who was more popularly known as Pretty Boy Floyd was shot and killed while being pursued by FBI Agents in Ohio. After the death of John Dillinger on July 23 1934 Floyd became Public Enemy Number 1. He was mainly a bank robber who benefited from criminal exploits during the early 1930’s, but was a key figure in the Kansas City Massacre of 1933. The Kansas City Massacre of…