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Anthony "Skunge" Granza Gambino Family Soldier
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Anthony Granza was a Gambino soldier who lived in the Bronx. In the 1950s he was among the most wanted men being pursued by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He specialized in buying one to two ounce quantities of heroin for $600 per ounce. Granza was also most often seen in expensive clothes. His attire was embellished by expensive diamond rings and wrist watches. Busted by a fed agent on 1/22/51.
Albert Ackalitis Boss of the New York Waterfront
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Albert Ackalitis spent fourteen years in Dannemora Prison before he began his rise to power on the New York waterfront. Earlier he was a charter member of the notorious Arsenal gang that pulled robberies in New York City and New Jersey. As a hiring boss on the docks he was trusted because he exerted control and knew how to get things done. Of Lithuanian descent he was born in Pennsylvania.
Tampa, Florida Italian and Cuban Mafia Gambling and Political Corruption
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Salvatore Red Italiano headed a Italian mafia outfit that centered around Bolita, a Cuban lottery game played with 100 balls. It became a lucrative racket for Tampa organized crime. Italiano's men worked with a corrupt Hillsborough County sheriff who enriched himself and distributed the large profits among city, county and state agents. The crisis was exposed in 1951 by a U.S. Senate inquiry.
Four Unsolved Mafia Hits 1959 Chicago, Boston, Tampa and Kansas City
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Bennie Lazarra was a genial wholesale grocer in Tampa, Florida. Shortly after midnight he arrived home with his wife, who was a sister of a prominent Florida judge. Just as she was opening her car door Lazzara's wife watched as her husband was gunned down by an assassin who waited in ambush. Friends and relatives of Lazzara pooled their money in order to solve his murder. He had no known enemies.
Meyer Shapiro Brownsville, Brooklyn Thug
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Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, a former partner of Meyer Shapiro, later proved his undoing. The growth of the slot machine industry enriched them but eventually led to a split in their association. There was too much money to be earned in prostitution and various other rackets. Competition for territory in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side led Reles to move out on his own. He became the Shapiros' enemy.
Murdered Members of Teamsters Local 560 Hoboken, New Jersey
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Local 560 in Hoboken, New Jersey is an intriguing study of one family's dominance of a union. The Provenzano brothers controlled Local 560 until Anthony Provenzano's conviction in the murder of union treasurer Anthony Castellito. Castellito disappeared following a Local 560 meeting in June 1961. Never seen again, his slayers murdered him with piano wire. Several more Teamster dissidents also died.
Rosario Palmieri aka Sally Young Demoted Genovese Caporegime
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Rosario Palmieri was a Genovese syndicate soldier/caporegime who was active in the mob from the 1930s. Aka Sally Young, Palmieri was demoted from capo to soldier during the rise of Vincent "the Chin" Gigante in the Genovese crime network. Later in his career Palmieri secured the assets of deceased hoodlum Gerard "Gerry" Pappa. Palmieri is known for his role in the execution of Ferdinand Boccia.
Jersey City and Brooklyn Longshoremen Slayings Tied To Murder, Inc., and Albert Anastasia's Murder?
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On November 30, 1957 the bullet-riddled bodies of longshoremen Patrick "Paddy the Priest" Martignetti and Marino Romito were discovered by a 7-year-old Jersey City girl. After telling her parents about her discovery, the girl's father recalled a green sedan being parked on the curb over the weekend. Police surmised that the thugs had been killed elsewhere. Perhaps the motive was a gambling debt?
Joseph "Doc" Stacher Meyer Lansky's Gambling Partner
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In 1950 the Nevada State Tax Commission denied Doc Stacher a license to manage a Reno gambling casino. The decision was based on Stacher's history of associations with mobsters. Doc had also been indicted for his involvement in the Arrowhead Inn gambling operation in Ballston Spa, New York. Stacher awaited word on his extradition with two state troopers waiting to accompany him back to New York.
Medico Industries Pittston, Pennsylvania Defense Contractor Mafia Ties
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William Medico became friends with Mafioso Russell Bufalino during their youth in Pittston, Pennsylvania. By 1938 Bufalino moved to Buffalo and became an organized crime figure there. Phil Medico and James Osticco, both Medico Industries officers, were prominent figures in the Bufalino syndicate. The McClellan Committee investigating organized crime called Bufalino a thoroughly ruthless figure.
George "Blah Blah" Smurra Genovese Family Soldier
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George "Blah Blah" Smurra was an enforcer and hit man for the Genovese crime syndicate. As late as 1972 his name appears in a New York Magazine article of prominent members of the Genovese organization. Smurra began his life in crime in 1928. His rap sheet included arrests for burglary, felonious assault, assault, robbery and murder. He originally worked for Genovese capo Rocco Pellegrino.
Prohibition Era NYPD Corruption Jamaica, Queens Liquor Still
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The testimony of NYPD Deputy Police Commissioner Kelly was important in unraveling an illegal liquor distillery in Jamaica, Queens. The operation was based in a former piano factory building that its operators and a rogue police inspector had agreed on. Things were going smoothly until Thanksgiving Day 1931. NYPD patrolmen were alerted when the lid on the still popped open, sounding an alarm.
Julius Klein Jr. Babylon, New York Thug And the Framing of Yonkers/Genovese Mobster "Gentleman John" Masiello
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John Minuto testified before a New York State Investigative Commission in 1969. According to him a group led by Julius Klein Jr. had extorted $1.3 million in protection money from him. The recipient of the extorted money was Yonkers loanshark "Gentleman" John Masiello. In August 1967 plastics manufacturer Minuto also claimed he'd had $150,000 in stocks stolen from him by the same group of men.
Philip Buono Genovese Family Hit Man
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Raymond Donovan was nominated to become Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Labor. The former Schiavone, Queens executive had associated with mob figures such as William Masselli. A night before government witness Nat Masselli was scheduled to give testimony about Donovan's past criminal associations, the contractor was killed. One of those responsible for the gangland slaying was Masselli's godfather.
Anthony Spilotro Chicago and Las Vegas Mafia Enforcer
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Anthony Spilotro and his brother Michael were victims of Mafia hits in 1986. Their beating deaths occurred soon after they agreed to meet with unidentified parties. Michael ran a restaurant in Oak Park, Illinois. The Spilotro brothers were executed in Bensenville, Illinois and buried in an Enos, Indiana cornfield. Much of my research comes from the investigative reporting of writer Jack Anderson.
John "Handsome Jack" Giordano Gambino Family Caporegime
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John and Joseph Giordano were nephews of career Gambino associate Joseph "Piney" Armone. Born in Manhattan's Upper East Side, Armone was a Gambino underboss from 1986-1990. Having joined the Gambino syndicate in the 1950s Armone was scarred in a 1964 barroom fight. Shot at point blank range, its miraculous that the gangster survived. The Giordanos were prosecuted by Manhattan D.A. Morgenthau.
Johnny Dio Labor Racketeer and Mafia Enforcer
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Johnny Dio was a Mafia figure whose career was near its height in the 1950s and continued into the 1970s until his death in Lewisburg Prison. Of all the charges against him during his criminal career the most notorious was the acid throwing incident of pioneering newspaper columnist Victor Riesel. This took place outside a New York City eatery around 3 a.m. in 1956. Riesel was completely blinded.
Philadelphia's Moonglo Cafe' Bribery and Prostitution in National League Baseball
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Major League Baseball has hidden a secret from public knowledge for 55 years. The secret involves meetings between a Philadelphia prostitute and 3 major leaguers in the 1959 baseball season. The names of the players are known to Philadelphia Phillies' management, the Phila. Police Dept. and MLB execs. Baseball commissioner Ford Frick chose to keep the players' identities hidden from the public.
Sebastian "Benny" Biondo Suffolk County, New York Loanshark Colombo/Gambino Figure
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A May 24, 1972 New York Times article described the leader of a Nassau County, New York loansharking ring as a manager of the rock band Sly and the Family Stone. However, Columbia Records denied any association with the man whose name was Ned Vetrano. A Newsday expose' that began in March 1969 led to the arrests of eighty-three mobsters. 24, including Sebastian Biondo, were convicted in court.
Mafia Hit On Little Augie Pisano Queens, New York September 26, 1959
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It's questionable whether Anthony Carfano's murder was ordered by Vito Genovese, who headed a major New York City crime family in the 1950s. Carfano was a close associate of Frank Costello, a rival of Genovese's. I have chronicled a number of events in the life of Little Augie Pisano, using ancestry records and old newspapers as references. The murder of Little Augie remained unsolved in 1964.