On This Day

Nicky Scarfo: Born On This Day in 1929

Nicodemo ‘Little Nicky’ Scarfo was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1929, the child of mob connected parents. Scarfo had his first major run-in with the law in 1963. During a fight at a Philadelphia restaurant, he reportedly stabbed a man to death. He and his associates fled the scene, but Scarfo later pled guilty to manslaughter. In 1964 Scarfo was released after serving less than a year in prison. After his release, Scarfo was…


Richard Kuklinski: Died On This Day in 2006, Aged 70

Richard ‘The Iceman’ Kuklinski known as ‘The Iceman’ due to the fact he would often freeze his victims to obscure their time of death, was described as one of the most violent contracted hitmen who worked for numerous prominent Mafia crime families. His death toll was widely believed to be between 100 and 200 men. He was born 11th of April 1935 in the Polish section of New Jersey, born to a devout Catholic mother…


Joey Aiuppa: Died On This Day in 1997, Aged 89

Joseph Aiuppa was born December 1st 1907 in Melrose Park, Illinois, Chicago, and in 1918 at the age of 11 Aiuppa dropped out of school and started work as a gardener. He was first linked with John Dillinger and the Alvin Karpis gang, rumor has it that Aiuppa supplied guns to Dillinger’s gang and even helped bury slain bank robber John “Red” Hamilton. Soon he would find himself hooking up with the Italian mob, specifically…


Carmine Galante: Born On This Day in 1910

Born 21st February 1910 in East Harlem in Manhattan, he was rarely seen without a cigar, earning him the nicknames ‘The Cigar’ and ‘Lilo’ (an Italian slang word for cigar). Galante was explosive, and whilst in prison in 1931, doctors diagnosed him as having a psychopathic personality. He was described as having a dead-eyed stare, his stare scaring law enforcement and other mafia members alike. Ralph Salerno, a former NYPD detective, once said, “Of all…


Frank Costello: Died On This Day in 1973, Aged 82

Francesco Castiglia, better known to many of us as Frank Costello was born in 1891 and would go on to become “The Prime Minister of the Underworld” and one of the most powerful and influential mob bosses of all time with key political influences and control of a large network of gambling operations. He escaped an assassination attempt in 1957, and led the Luciano Crime Family as an acting boss whilst Luciano was behind bars….


Jim Colosimo: Born On This Day in 1878

Born Vincenzo Colosimo on February 16th 1878, Big Jim was an Italian-American Mafia Crime Boss who emigrated from Calabria, Italy in 1895 to Chicago. He gained his power by running a chain of brothels as well as some petty crime, and he also led his own South-Side gang that was more famously known as ‘The Chicago Outfit‘. He gained his nickname ‘Diamond Jim‘ due to his attire, he frequently dressed in all white suits, wore…


Anthony Corallo: Born On This Day in 1913

Anthony Corallo was born in New York City on February 12, 1913, he was ranked #2 as one of the ‘Fifty most wealthy and powerful mobsters’ he was worth around $12 Billion, due to his immense wealth he was often bribe Police, Judges, District Attorneys, U.S. Attorneys, Politicians, and FBI Agents. Corallo often bribed jurors instead of intimidating them or even killing them like most other mobsters do, in order to avoid heat from Law…


Joe Barboza: Died On This Day in 1976, Aged 43

Joseph Barboza also known as ‘The Animal’ due to the fact he bit a man’s ear during a bar brawl, was born 20th September 1932 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Portuguese-American was one of the most feared mob hitmen for the Patriarca Crime Family during the 1960s. He is reputed to have murdered at least 26 men in his lifetime, but that had not yet been proven. Joe’s father was a middle-weight boxer, who abandoned…


Vincent Coll: Died On This Day in 1932, Aged 23

Vincent was born Uinseann Ó Colla in Gweedore, a small town in Co. Donegal, Ireland. His parents emigrated to the United States a year later after his birth, and of all the places to emigrate to, they settled in ‘The Bronx’. Coll was not raised by his parents, but by an elderly lady who classed him as her own. Coll was expelled from many catholic schools within the area and eventually joined The Gophers street…


Lepke Buchalter: Born On This Day in 1897

Louis “Lepke” Buchalter was one of the great Jewish gangsters of the 20th century, he was known for his violent personality, and led his very own Mafia private hit squad. Born February 6th 1897, on the Lower east side of Manhattan, populated largely with Jewish and Italian- American individuals, he got his nickname, Lepke, because his mother called him “Lepkeleh,” which means “Little Louis” in Yiddish. Out of all his family members, he was the…


Nicodemo Scarfo – Philadelphia Mob Boss Dead at 87

Scarfo was convicted in 1988 of 9 murders and numerous attempts to take out rival, Harry Riccobene, in the late 1980’s, along with other RICO charges. He was serving a life sentence in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary before being transferred to the Federal Medical Center in Butner, due to failing health, just over a year ago. On January 13, 2017, underworld sources have said that the mobster passed away while serving out his life sentence,…


Thomas DeSimone: Died On This Day in 1979, Aged 28

Thomas DeSimone was born in Brooklyn, New York. His paternal grandfather, Rosario DeSimone, was the former boss of the Los Angeles crime family. His paternal uncle, Frank DeSimone, was a criminal attorney-turned-mobster; “Uncle Frank”. Right from the outset Thomas was very familiar with the Mafia world and was known for his violent temper, his sister once quoting: Tommy’s teen-age years revolved around boxing, lifting weights, smoking cigarettes, and beating the shit out of a punching…