36% Say Lucky Luciano is The All-Time Boss of Bosses

We recently conducted a survey on the blog to see who you thought was the all-time boss of bosses. In the list of mobsters we included over 20 big names from the Mafia world and then let you cast your votes. The three biggest names to come out on top were: Lucky Luciano – 36% Carlo Gambino – 21% Tony Accardo – 11% There were plenty of mob bosses who didn’t receive a vote, but…


Carlo Gambino Infographic – Top 5 Facts

Carlo Gambino was a low-key mob boss, who had more power than the Mayor, and it was this secretive characteristic that helped him become one of the most strongest mob bosses of all time. In 1921 at the young age of 19, Carlo was already a made man, and it was soon after that, he emigrated to the United States as an illegal immigrant on-board a shipping boat. Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On Your…


On This Day in 1903 Joseph Valachi was Born

On this day in 1903 Joe Valachi was born in East Harlem, and by the age of 27 he had become a soldier in the Reina Crime Family during the peak of the Castellammarese War. After the war had ended in the bloody murder of Joe Masseria, Valachi had become a bodyguard for Maranzano. He hadn’t switched allegiance as he always fought on the side of Maranzano but was offered this new position in the…


On This Day in 2005 Albert Tocco Died Aged 76

On this day in 2005 a major member of the Chicago Outfit, Albert Tocco who was also known as Caesar, died from a stroke at the age of 76 after spending the last 16 years of his life behind bars. During the 1970’s and 1980’s he controlled several rackets for the Outfit which included Al Capone’s old territory in Northern Indiana. During his time in the Outfit he was implicated in many mob killings and…


On This Day in 1943 Vito Cascioferro Died Aged 81

On this day in 1943 the boss of bosses known as Don Vito Cascioferro passed away, although the exact year of his death is uncertain. Many believe it was 1943 which would have made him 81 years old. He is most noted for bringing the practice of extortion from Sicily to the United States in which business owners paid protection money to the mob. Cascioferro was also believed to have been the triggerman in the…


Salvatore Maranzano – The Boss of Bosses

Maranzano was born in Sicily in 1886 and came to the US from his home town of Castellammare del Golfo around 1918 (the exact date is uncertain). Had the immigration authorities who welcomed him to the states at Ellis island realized what he would become, they would have put him on the first eastbound ship back across the Atlantic! For Maranzano was the founder of the modern US Mafia and became the one and only…


On This Day in 1961 James Gandolfini was Born

On this day in 1961 we saw the birth of the actor and producer best known for his role as Tony Soprano, a Mafia boss, in the hit HBO series The Sopranos. During his time on the show he won 3 Emmy Awards, 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe for Best Actor. The Sopranos Complete Boxset The Sopranos ran from 1999 until 2007 with 86 episodes being aired. As well as the…


Through Their Eyes Thursday: John Sacrimoni

Above all, I’m a Husband to Ginny & Father to my two girls. They have always been priority in my life over everything, Business, The Family, Money even. When I took my oath to become a member of the Lupertazzi Family I secretly told myself no one goes above Ginny and whatever children God grants us. Try sitting in the shadow of Carmine Lupertazzi for as long as i did. You’ll grow to resent a…



On This Day in 1911 Frank Valenti was Born

Frank Valenti was the boss of the Rochester Crime Family from 1964 until 1972, and then he was allowed to retire in 1977. During his time he attended the Apalachin Meeting of 1957, where he was underboss of the Rochester family (his brother was the boss at the time). In the 1963 Valachi hearings both Frank and his brother Constenze were identified as major Mafia figures, particularly Frank, as Joe Valachi stated that he was…


Through Their Eyes Thursday: Carlito Brigante

The street is watching. She’s watching all the time. From the moment Kleinfeld earned me my freedom back she was watching. I was ‘The Man’. I was connected. Wasn’t always that way. Growing up in Spanish Harlem it was tough. The man of the house abandoned us during my formative years so the streets being my only guidance I was drawn to crime. Petty shit, chain snatching. Then my Mother died during my teenage years…


On This Day in 1931 Salvatore Maranzano was Killed Aged 45

On this day in 1931 Lucky Luciano’s hitman entered Maranzano’s office building on the 9th floor of The Helmsley Building, posing as tax men to raid the building. Maranzano’s guards were disarmed, and fled the scene (including Mad Dog Coll who was about to sit in a meeting with Maranzano). The hitmen, said to consist of Vito Genovese, Albert Anastasia, Joe Adonis, and Samuel Levine stormed Maranzano’s office. They first grabbed Maranzano and then pinned…