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…


An Interview with Award-Winning Author Dennis Griffin

Dennis Griffin currently works as a consultant to the Vegas Mob Tour, and speaker coordinator for Mob-Con. He retired in 1994, after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York State. In 1996 he wrote his first novel, The Morgue, and since then has published many other nonfiction and fiction novels. His debut in nonfiction came titled Policing Las Vegas – A History of Law Enforcement in Southern Nevada followed by The Battle for Las Vegas…


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…


On This Day in 1925 Anthony Gaggi was Born

On this day in 1925 the future capo of the Gambino Crime Family was born, Nino Gaggi made his fortune through loansharking operations as well as being a silent partner in many businesses in the New York area. In 1960 Gaggi made his bones in the mob when he served on a hit-team that was contracted to take out mobster Vincent Squillante (who was allegedly the mobster who killed Frank Scalise in 1957). According to Dominick…


On This Day in 1901 Dutch Schultz was Born

On this day in 1901 a German Jewish-American mobster by the name of Arthur Simon Flegenheimer was born in New York City. Know to many as Dutch Schultz, he operated throughout the Prohibtion era making his money from bootlegging and the numbers racket. Dutch had a violent temper and in one particular incident in a restuarant, he pulled a gun from his vest and stuck it into the mouth of another gangster before blowing him away….



What is a Garrote Wire Used For?

You may have heard the term “he was killed with a garrote”, but probably have no idea what this is. Back in the early 20th century this weapon was a Mafia favorite, and the weapon was very easy to make. All you needed was a piano wire, fishing line or some other type of cord, then the hitman would strangle the victim. As the wire would usually be made from steel the weapon was effective…


Did Frank Costello Ever Make His Bones?

Welcome back to the Social Club. For this edition of Uncle Frank’s Place I wanted to answer the question I get asked most often about the Prime Minister. You know the one, “Did Frank ever make his bones?” Out of everything I have Read about the man, I have only come across one story of Costello’s rum-running days that told of a dispute he had with a rival bootlegger over territory. This rival was later…


Mob Stories: Keeping it in the Family

We receive several mob related stories so we have decided to start putting them on the blog. Names and places have been removed, but some of these stories are interesting enough to share here. So I’m 46 now. Back in 1986 I started dating my ex wife in high school, I would hang out a lot at her house her mom was kinda of a hustler always working at the racetrack betting on horses. We started…