John Dillinger: Born On This Day in 1903

John Herbert Dillinger was born on June 22, 1903, in Indianapolis, Indiana. John Dillinger was the younger of two children born to John Wilson Dillinger and Mary Ellen “Molly” Lancaster, Molly, died of a stroke when he was only 3 years old. His sister, Audrey, who was significantly older, raised him until her own marriage a year later As a child, he went by “Johnnie.” Johnnie committed small time pranks and petty theft with his…


Bugsy Siegel: Died On This Day in 1947, Aged 41

Bugsy Siegel was born Benjamin Siegel, on February 28, 1906, in Brooklyn, New York. Siegel was known as one of the most “infamous and feared gangsters of his day”. He was handsome and charismatic, he became one of the first front-page-celebrity gangsters and a huge driving force behind the development of the Las Vegas Strip, Siegel criminal record was staggering, it included armed robbery, rape and murder dating back to his teenage years Siegel befriended…


James Gandolfini: Died On This Day in 2013, Aged 51

We don’t often break tradition here, and our timelines are usually reserved for mobsters that have been born or passed away. However, we make an excemption today because Sunday 19th June 2016 will mark the 3rd year since we lost James Gandolfini who was best known and loved for his role as Tony Soprano, an Italian American Mafia boss, in the HBO series The Sopranos. Gandolfini died at the age of 51 in Rome. After…


Tony Spilotro: Died On This Day in 1986, Aged 48

On this day in 1986 Tony Spilotro and his brother Michael were killed in true mob style. their bodies being uncovered a week later on Monday 23rd June 1986 by a farmer who thought that the remains of a deer killed out of season had been buried there by a poacher. Tony was born and raised in Chicago and gained the nickname “The Ant” by the media after Special Agent William Roemer referred to Spilotro as…


John Gotti: Died On This Day in 2002, Aged 61

On this day in 2002 we would mark the passing of one of the most famous mobsters of all time, John Gotti. Gotti first made his bones back in 1973 when he was a captain for Carmine Fatico’s crew, it was during this year that he would shoot and kill Jimmy McBratney who was a rival mobster. He was also a protege of Aniello Delacroce who was the Gambino underboss who everyone expected to become…


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We thought it was about time we updated our top ten mobsters page, don’t you think? So let’s put it to the vote (you get 10 votes each to choose your top 10): Once the voting is over we will update the page.


Tony Accardo: Born On This Day in 1906

Antonino ‘Tony’ Accardo was born in Chicago on April 28, 1906. He grew up in Little Sicily on Chicago’s Northwest Side. As a teenager Accardo began his life of crime, he started out as a pickpocket and stole cars. He was arrested numerous times throughout his life but never spent a night in jail. While working as an enforcer for John Torrio’s gang he got his nickname “Joe Batters.” Because he hit people who wouldn’t…


Joe Masseria: Died On This Day in 1931, Aged 45

Joe ‘The Boss’ Masseria was one of the most successful, loved and hated mafia bosses of the 1920’s, he was a member of the Morello gang before becoming the boss himself. Masseria was born on January 17, 1886 in Menfi in the Province of Agrigento, Sicily, before arriving  in the United States in 1902. Masseria and  Salvadore D’Aquila a New York City mobster who was the first boss of the later known Gambino Family became…