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…


Crazy Joe Gallo: Died On This Day in 1972, Aged 43

ÌJoey Gallo was born April 7, 1929, in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York.  He was one of three sons to probation bootlegger Umberto Gallo, in due-course Joey and his two brothers Larry and Albert ‘Kid Blast’ Gallo became involved within the world of organized crime. The man commonly known as ‘Crazy Joe’ and ‘Joe the Blonde’ due to his chest full of Blonde hair also had a softer side. He liked to…


Vincent Gigante: Born On This Day in 1928

Vincent Gigante was an Italian-American mobster who led the Genovese crime family of New York City from the early 1980s until 2005.  Born in New York City on March 29th, 1928 he was known as ‘The Chin’ & ‘The Odd father’ & ‘The Enigma in the Bathrobe’ he was known to wonder the streets of the in a bathrobe an act that was deliberate to make people think he was insane; he checked into psychiatric hospitals…


Philip Testa: Died On This Day in 1981, Aged 56

Philip Carlos Testa also known as “The Chicken Man” not just due to his later involvement in the poultry business but also due to his pockmarked face, the pockmarks are believed to have been caused by a horrible case of chicken pox with the scars never fully healing, he was also known as “The Julius Cesar of the Philadelphia Mob” or “Philly”. Philip was born April 21, 1924 in Mistretta, Sicily, he emigrated to New York…


Carlos Marcello: Died On This Day in 1993, Aged 83

Carlos Marcello was born Calogero Minacori on February 6th 1910 in North Africa, He immigrated to the U.S, in 1929, immediately he was arrested for a bank robbery in New Orleans, these charges were later dropped, however the following year he was convicted of assault and robbery and was sent to prison for 9 years, only serving 5 of the 9. Taking Control of Louisiana By the late 1940s Marcello had taken control of Louisiana…