On This Day in 2000 Tommaso Buscetta Died, Aged 71

On this day in 2000 Tommaso Buscetta died of cancer at the age of 71. He was said to be one of the first mob bosses to turn informant, when he was under interrogation by the late Giovanni Falcone. Buscetta, a Sicilian based mobster was the main star of the Maxi Trial and with his help 350 Mafia members were sent to prison.


On This Day in 1971 Joseph Valachi Died, Aged 67

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.


On This Day in 1965 Salvie Testa was Born

The Crowned Prince of the Philadelphia Mob was born on this day in 1965. Salvie Testa served as a hitman for the Philadelphia crime family during a period of internal gang conflict, and lead a group of young Turks under the watchful eye of mob boss Nicky Scarfo. Testa knew the streets like the back of his hand and was also the son of slain mob boss Philip Testa who he vowed to avenge (and…


On This Day in 1939 Joe Sullivan was Born

On this day in 1939 Mafia hitman Joe Sullivan was born in Queens, New York. He is currently serving three life sentences and still hold the title of the only known person to escape from Attica, in 1971. Sullivan was said to have been the mobster who transported Jimmy Hoffa’s body putting it in an oil drum, and in 1978 carried out a failed hit attempt on Carmine Galante. A year later, Galante was taken…


How Did Frank Nitti Get Killed? – Death Photos

Frank Nitti was the one of Al Capone’s top henchmen, known as The Enforcer who was in charge of all strong-arm and muscle operations for the Chicago Outfit, and later the front-man following Al Capone’s prison sentence. On December 19, 1932, a team of Chicago police, headed by Detective Sergeants Harry Lang and Harry Miller, raided Nitti’s office in Room 554, at 221 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago. Lang shot Nitti three times in the…


The Roaring Twenties Mobster Slang

The roaring 20’s was an age where Prohibition was enforced across the US bringing radical social and political changes. The Jazz age had touched down in the aftermath of World War I and mobsters saw there was plenty of money to be made in the bootlegging of alcohol across the country, in a decade that would see an economic boom as the US entered the age of consumerism. Technology has come on leaps and bounds…