On This Day in October…
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. Read more: http://thencs.org/1j2B8Ww
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. Willie Moretti was dining at Joe’s Elbow Room when gunmen opened fire on him. Read what happened: http://thencs.org/1M90lFA
On this day in 1978 Tony Accardo’s “houseman” Michael Volpe was reported missing by a family member. He has never been seen since. A week before, the longtime friend of Accardo was up to testify in the case about the murdered burglars that broke into Accardo’s home. Volpe’s testimony took quite a bit of time, and allegedly it was “significant”.
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. Read more: http://thencs.org/1M9jyLy
On this day in 1925 Johnny Stompanato, 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. Read more: http://thencs.org/1WSQew9View more from this date in history
On this day in 1910, and eight month old Calogero Minacore arrives in New Orleans on-board the SS Liguria with his mother Luigia. His parents would later change their last name to Marcello and Calogero would become known as Carlos.
On this day in 1972 Paul Ricca passed away. Paul Ricca was a Chicago mobster who served as the nominal or de facto leader of the Chicago Outfit for 40 years. Ricca went into semi retirement and gave his position of top boss to Tony Accardo, Ricca assumed the role of adviser a position he would maintain until his death of a heart attack on October 11, 1972. Read more: http://thencs.org/2d6D9xpView more from this date in history
On this day in 1926 and just three weeks after the last assassination attempt on Al Capone, Hymie Weiss and his bodyguard were gunned down and three bystanders were wounded when the gangsters walked into their gang’s clubhouse, the second floor of gangster Dion O’Banion’s old flower shop, on north State Street. Across the street from O’Banion’s flower shop, Holy Name Cathedral still bears the bullet holes today from the ambush on Weiss. Read more: http://thencs.org/29XnfZK
On this day in 1881, in New Orleans Thomas Devereaux is killed by David Hennessey after Devereaux has a shootout with David’s cousin Michael on Gravier St. (See Shootout on Gravier Street story in the Crescent Corner)
On this day in 1976 we marked the peaceful passing of one of the mobs greatest masterminds and leaders, Carlo Gambino. Carlo Gambino earned the family over $500,000,000 a year, gave the nod for many contracted hits, ran the family with an iron fist for over 20 years, and somehow never received an attempt on his life. Read more: http://thencs.org/1MthOZBView more from this date in history
On this day in 1890, the New Orleans Chief of Police David Hennessey is ambushed and shot near his home on Girod Street close to midnight. Mafia elements in the city are accused of the shooting. Hennessey survives the initial confrontation but dies the following morning of his wounds.
On this day in 1890 David Hennessy the police chief for New Orleans 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. Read more: http://thencs.org/1ZHKuI0
On this day in 1931 Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion following a four-day trial in Chicago. While Capone’s original jury had been bribed by his underlings, the presiding federal trial judge switched the jury at the last minute.Capone’s close associate Paul Ricca was quoted explaining that Capone had to go away for a while, for the benefit of the organization.
Lee Harvey Oswald
On this day in 1939, Lee Harvey Oswald is born in New Orleans.
On this day in 1926 Al Capone’s gangland conference took place as planned, at the Hotel Sherman, across the street from a chief of police headquarters. All of the major city gangs attended, and a still living North Side Gang member presented the conference’s opening talk. But, the conference’s goodwill was temporary.
On this day in 1992, the former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison dies. Famous for his role in the investigation into the assassination of JFK he also had controversial ties to Carlos Marcello and the New Orleans Mob.
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. Read more: http://thencs.org/1PMBqh4
On October 23rd 1930, Aiello was making plans to permanently leave Chicago, allegedly to move to Mexico. Upon leaving Prestogiacomo’s building, a gunman in a second-floor window across the street started firing at Aiello with a submachine gun. Aiello toppled off the building steps and moved around the corner, out of the line of fire. Unfortunately for Aiello, he stumbled into the range of a second submachine gun nest on the third floor of another apartment block. Aiello was taken to Garfield Park Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.The coroner eventually removed 59 bullets from his body. Read more: http://thencs.org/2dVOzpc
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. Read more: http://thencs.org/1LMP3qV
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). Read more: http://thencs.org/1GpOx5nView more from this date in history
On this day in 1965, the New Orleans Family Soldier Sam Saia dies. Saia ran gambling operations out of his French Quarter restaurant, Felix’s Oyster Bar. He had a bagman by the name of Charles “Dutz” Murett working for him in the early 1960’s. Murett’s nephew, Lee Harvey Oswald, worked for his uncle in the summer of 1963.
On this day in 1940 the mobster we would all come to know as the Dapper and Teflon 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. Read more: http://thencs.org/1RbDBZs
On this day in 1943 the man widely considered the first Mafia boss of New Orleans, dies at his sister in laws home on Moss St., in New Orleans. Charles “Millionaire Charlie” Matranga, succumbs to natural causes at the age of 86, at approximately 12:15 am on the morning of Thursday, October 28. Read more: http://thencs.org/2eNvRDn
On this day in 1905 the former hitman and capo for the Los Angeles crime family was born. Frank Bompensiero, or Bomp as he was also known to many, would take part in many mob related hits during his active years but was only ever confirmed and charged for 5 of them. Read more: http://thencs.org/1il0nlFView more from this date in history
On this day in 1938, Carlos Marcello is convicted of selling 23 pounds of marijuana to an undercover agent. He is sentenced to a year and a day in prison and a $77,000.00 fine. He is committed to the Atlanta Penitentiary on November 4 1938. He is released after ten months and pays only $400.00 of his fine.
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. Read more: http://thencs.org/1N1kJZH