On This Day

On This Day in 2000 Tony Corallo Died Aged 87

On this day in 2000 the former boss of the Lucchese Crime Family, Tony Corallo passed away at the Federal Medical Center for prisoners in Missouri. At the time of his death Corallo had been in prison for 13 years. On January 13, 1987, he was sentenced to 100 years in federal prison when he was convicted under the Mafia Commission Trial of the 1980’s. In his early criminal days, during the mid 1930’s, Corallo…


On This Day in 1893 Bugs Moran was Born

On this day in 1893 one of the future North Side Gang leaders would be born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Adelard Cunin was a Prohibition mobster who was known better by his name “George Moran” or “Bugs Moran”. He was arrested and jailed three times before he turned 21, mainly for his part in robberies and an incident which involved the death of a police officer. It was during his early career that he would…


On This Day in 1991 Joey Naples was Killed Aged 59

On this day in 1991 Joey Naples, a capo in the Pittsburgh Crime Family (Youngstown, Ohio faction) was killed in a contracted mob hit at the age of 59. Joey was killed by a single bullet from a high-powered sniper rifle, and the hit was said to have been orchestrated by Lenny Strollo in a power move to take over the Youngstown operations. During his mob life Joey was a major player in the gambling…


On This Day in 1948 Harold Rothman was Killed Aged 38

On this day in 1948 the enforcement arm to Mickey Cohen during the Battle of Sunset Strip was killed. Known to many as Harry or Hooky, Harold Rothman was one of Cohen’s trusted bodyguards. The war started when the hit on Bugsy Siegel occurred in 1947, which promoted Jack Dragna to make a power move in order to take over Siegels rackets. Cohen and his mobsters decided that wasn’t going to happen. In one instance,…


On This Day in 1981 Dominick Napolitano was Killed Aged 51

On this day in 1981 Dominick Napolitano, better known as Sonny Black was killed by order of the mob for allowing an FBI agent to breach Mafia security. He of course is well known to many through the film Donnie Brasco, in which he allowed FBI Agent Joe Pistone to become an associate in the Bonanno Crime Family during the 1970’s, and nearly getting him made. The two developed a close friendship during Pistone’s infiltration,…


On This Day in 2011 Jimmy Caci Died Aged 86

On this day in 2011, Jimmy Caci, who was a capo in the Los Angeles Crime Family died at the age of 86. He started off his criminal career in New York but in his 40’s he was sentenced to an 8 year spell behind bars after being charged with armed robbery. Jimmy spent the 8 years in Attica prison, a maximum security facility in New York. It was during this time he met with…


On This Day in 1949 Frank DeMayo Died Aged 64

On this day in 1949 the crime boss of the Kansas City Crime Family, Frank DeMayo passed away at the age of 64 (although some sources state he died 10 days earlier). He was such a successful boss during the Prohibition era of America that Prohibition Agents had discovered that he was grossing more than $1 million a year from bootlegging operations. He had also started involving himself in narcotics during this era which brought…


On This Day in 1922 Umberto Valenti was Killed Aged 31

On this day in 1922 the New York mobster by the name of Umberto Valenti who was part of the D’Aquila Crime Family in the 1910’s was gunned down on the corner of Second Avenue and E. 12th Street. The hit on Valenti was provoked due to the Valenti vs Masseria war in the early 1920’s. 48 hours before Valenti’s death he and his man drew fire on Joe Masseria as he was leaving his apartment…