On this day in 1971 Joseph Valachi passed away in El Paso, Texas at the age of 67 from heart attack. Joe was of course the mobster who made Cosa Nostra a household name and front newspaper headlines as he lifted the lid on the inner workings of the mob. Valachi outlived Vito Genovese by 2 years and the $100k bounty Genovese put on Valachi’s head went uncollected.