On This Day

On This Day in 1890 David Hennessy was Killed Aged 32

On this day in 1890 the police chief for New Orleans, David Hennessy was assassinated outside his home after returning from a meeting in town.  The reason for the killing was to prevent Hennessy from giving evidence and testifying in and upcoming trial against the Provenzano gang. Before Hennessy was killed a fruit importer by the name of Joseph Macheca who was assosicated with a rival gang of the Provenzano’s, the Matranga gang had made…


On This Day in 1925 Johnny Stompanato was Born

On this day in 1925 the enforcer and bodyguard to Mickey Cohen was born in Illinois. Johnny first started off his life as a US Marine, leaving the service in 1946 after being discharged.  Upon moving to Los Angeles he owned a gift shop, and was eventually introduced to Mickey Cohen through some connections in the mob that he had built up. Perhaps the main reason we know of Johnny Stompanato today is because of…


On This Day in 1977 Danny Greene was Killed Aged 43

On this day in 1977, in Lyndhurst, Ohio, Danny Greene who was an Irish-American mobster was killed in a car bomb outside Brainard Place office building, Greene died instantly. This all happened just a few months after his long-time ally John Nardi was also killed in a car bomb. Greene set up his own gang called the Celtic Club in the 1970’s and began setting up gambling operations across the city, which is where the…


On This Day in 1951 Willie Moretti was Killed Aged 57

On this day in 1951 the underboss in the Genovese Crime Family, and cousin to Frank Costello was gunned down in a mercy killing ordered by mob boss Vito Genovese. On October 4, Willie Moretti was sitting down to lunch at a restaurant called Joe’s Elbow Room in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. Accompanying him were four other mobsters, and the 5 of them were laughing and joking in Italian. Around 11:28am gun shots were fired,…


On This Day in 1910 Carmine Tramunti was Born

On this day in 1910 the former boss of the Lucchese Crime Family, Carmine Tramunti was born in New York.  He took over the Lucchese family after the passing of Tommy Lucchese back in 1967, with a helping hand from Carlo Gambino who used his power to help Tramunti take the reins. During the 70’s he was caught up in a number of indictments, some of which included stock fraud, criminal contempt and narcotics trafficking….


On This Day in 1902 Albert Anastasia was Born

On this day in 1902 Umberto Anastasio was born in Tropea, Italy. Better known as Albert Anastasia he gained a reputation as being one of the most violent hitmen and mob bosses of all time. Anastasia helped run the notorious Murder Inc with Lepke Buchalter during the 1930’s and 1940’s, a group of hitmen that were the mob’s enforcement arm. During this era they were responsible for up to 1,000 murders, and Albert gained the…


On This Day in 1903 Joseph Valachi was Born

On this day in 1903 Joe Valachi was born in East Harlem, and by the age of 27 he had become a soldier in the Reina Crime Family during the peak of the Castellammarese War. After the war had ended in the bloody murder of Joe Masseria, Valachi had become a bodyguard for Maranzano. He hadn’t switched allegiance as he always fought on the side of Maranzano but was offered this new position in the…


On This Day in 2005 Albert Tocco Died Aged 76

On this day in 2005 a major member of the Chicago Outfit, Albert Tocco who was also known as Caesar, died from a stroke at the age of 76 after spending the last 16 years of his life behind bars. During the 1970’s and 1980’s he controlled several rackets for the Outfit which included Al Capone’s old territory in Northern Indiana. During his time in the Outfit he was implicated in many mob killings and…