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Pasquale "Pat Titters" Natarelli Buffalo Mafioso
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In November 1967 a U.S. District Court in Buffalo, New York named Pasquale Natarelli as one of five men who planned 2 major jewelry robberies in Los Angeles. Although the robberies never occurred the conspiracy involved $500,000. Former North Tonawanda resident Pasquale Calabrese gave damaging testimony in the trial involving the conspirators. One defendant, Louis Sorgi, formerly lived in Buffalo.
Anthony Perna The Criminal Career of a Buffalo, New York Hoodlum
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Anthony Perna's career as a gangster/ mobster began in the late 1920s. In 1927 he was indicted and convicted for raping a 14-year-old girl. Before his assault conviction was overturned in 1932, Perna and an accomplice had kidnapped a Buffalo contractor. Listed as Buffalo Public Enemy #9 Perna was questioned in the 1933 murders of the Calleo brothers, alcohol distributors. Perna died in March 1968.
Magaddino Mafia Family Buffalo, New York 1963-1970
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John V. Cammillieri was a prominent lieutenant in the Magaddino crime family. Charged with perjury, i.e. lying to a grand jury, Cammillieri went on trial in Erie County. His court ordeal is a part of this story of nearly a decade in the life of the Magaddino group. Cammillieri was assassinated outside a Buffalo restaurant in 1974. The Magaddino syndicate was comprised of multiple ethnicities.
Rosario "Roy" Carlisi Buffalo Restaurateur And Mafia Associate
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Rosario "Roy" Carlisi was among the hoodlums rounded up by Buffalo Police in a 1967 raid on Panaro's nightclub. Given as a wedding dinner for a Tonawanda pizzeria owner, authorities believed it was actually a La Cosa Nostra promotion. Many of the attendees were pigging out in a first floor dining room. Others were sequestered in the club's basement gambling. More than fifty arrests took place.
Dominic D'Agostino Niagara Falls Mafioso
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Dominick D'Agostino was linked to organized crime as early as the late 1920s. He was part of a drug ring that flourished in Niagara Falls and the neighboring region. Federal agents and local police cracked down on this drug operation in 1930. Narcotics were seized and brought to Syracuse where they were impounded under guard. One of the ring leaders, Archie Renda, was later tried with D'Agostino.
Armand "Tommy" Rava Gambino Family Capo
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Armand Rava's 1958 disappearance/murder have never been fully explained. He was reported to have been murdered during a card game. Rava's unexplained demise is typical of Mafiosi who went missing in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The most well known of these was the abduction, and presumed murder, of Anthony Strollo aka "Tough Tony" Bender. Mobster Joseph Vallachi mentioned Rava in his testimony.
New Kensington, Pennsylvania Mobster Gabriel "Kelly" Mannarino
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Gabriel "Kelly" Mannarino was a mob delegate who attended the November 14, 1957 Apalachin convention in upstate New York. Only weeks after Albert Anastasia was executed in a barber's chair at the Park Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, the Mafia meeting is profiled at length in my e-book. Mannarino was later indicted as part of a scheme to loan and derive kickbacks from a Teamsters Union pension fund.
Rosario "Russell" Mancuso Utica, New York Mobster
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Rosario Mancuso disappeared for months beginning in January 1958. Arriving home in May, he was interviewed extensively by reporters for the Utica Observer-Dispatch. Mancuso is closely associated with the disappearance/unsolved death of Oneida hoodlum Mariano "Happy" Longo. Longo was last seen in a car in the company of Mancuso. Declared legally dead in 1964, his body was never discovered.
Jimmy Hoffa Is Shot With An Air Pistol Nashville, Tennessee December 5, 1962
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Warren Swanson was a former mental patient who'd been confined to the Camarillo State Hospital as late as January 1962. Following his release he made his way to Cincinnati. While there he claimed to have received a message to kill Jimmy Hoffa while he was reading a Bible in his hotel room. Finding an ad for an air pistol at the back of a magazine, he purchased the gun through the mail.
Frank Matula Los Angeles Teamsters Official Jimmy Hoffa Associate
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Los Angeles Teamster Frank Matula was one of many unsavory associates of International Brotherhood of Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa. During the U.S. Senate Rackets Committee hearings in 1957 details of Hoffa's corrupt friends and colleagues came to light. Among the most prominent was a relationship with garment industry hoodlum John "Johnny Dio" Dioguardi. Hoffa and Dio organized paper unions.
John "Poppa John" Priziola Detroit Mafia Boss
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John Priziola was one of multiple Detroit area Mafia bosses in the years between the 1930s and the 1960s. He was involved in numerous rackets, most notably the lucrative narcotics trade. Michigan's largest city became a nexus of a thriving drug trade that operated internationally. Detroit Police Commissioner, George Clifton Edwards, testified about the city's huge mob problem in October 1963.
August 1958 Teamsters Union Business Agent Is Burning Torch Victim?
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Frank Kierdorf's "human torch" ordeal made headlines throughout the United States in August 1958. A business agent for the Teamsters Union in Flint, Michigan, he arrived helpless near the entrance of St. Joseph's Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. His traumatic story also involved his uncle, ex-con Herman Kierdorf. Released after questioning, Herman later fled from Oakland County authorities.
Anthony "Tony Ducks" Corallo Lucchese Family Boss
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The December 1966 bribery scandal involving Tony Ducks Corallo and the New York City Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity was a multifaceted kickback scheme. The fiasco proved an immense embarrassment to NYC Mayor John Lindsey. The crime began when Water Commissioner James Marcus borrowed $10,000 from Corallo. The loan contract stipulated that the loan be repaid in the amount of $40K.
William "Klondike" O'Donnell Beer Racketeer In Capone Era Chicago
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The O'Donnell brothers, William "Klondike" and Myles were Chicago's equal of Dutch Schultz in New York during the Prohibition era of the 1920s and early 1930s. My e-book looks at how the O'Donnells built their business and managed it over time. Like Murray Humphries and William Three-Fingered White, Klondike O'Donnell was a Capone era survivor. Each of them encroached on Teamsters Union territory.
The FBI Closes In On Milwaukee Phil Alderisio
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A heavyweight fight between Muhammad Ali and Ernie Terrell is discussed in my e-book about Milwaukee Phil Alderisio. Terrell was managed by Chicago businessman Bernie Glickman, who owed a restaurant and awning company. Glickman endured a frightful beating at the hands of Milwaukee Phil's enforcers at his Chicago apartment. The assault followed the cancellation of Ali-Terrell in New York City.
Brooklyn Mafia War Profaci Vs. Gallo February-October 1961
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At one point during the Profaci-Gallo struggle for Mafia supremacy in Brooklyn several Profaci men were held prisoner in a Manhattan hotel. The Gallos asked for a meeting with Profaci and his Commission. Granted, this conclave only brought a temporary resolution to a very ugly war that erupted among underworld figures. The Gallos accused Joseph Profaci of breaking promises to them repeatedly.
Joe Gulmi Deal Broker for the Gambino Crime Family
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Joe Gulmi was a shady figure who was closely connected to the Gambino crime family. He encouraged New York area businesses to align themselves with a Gambino related law firm and to deal with Manufacturer Hanovers Trust Bank. He promised to take care of any tax troubles the businesses might incur with the IRS. These Mafia targets had no idea of the pandora's box that would soon consume them.
Harry Stromberg Alias Nig Rosen Philadelphia Mafioso
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Nig Rosen was an important Jewish gangster who was active in three U.S. cities, particularly in the 1930s and 1940s. In January 1937 four of his associates were arrested by police during a Camden, New Jersey sting. On one occasion Rosen's men were taken into custody in an Upper Darby, Pennsylvania home. They were apprehended by police raiders in the basement of a home while using adding machines.
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.
Anthony and Vito Giacalone Detroit Mobster Brothers
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Anthony Giacalone may have been part of the reason that the Detroit Tigers lost a close pennant race to the Boston Red Sox in 1967. Sports Illustrated reported that Tigers' star pitcher Denny McLain's toes were dislocated in a bizarre incident near season's end. An organist and bookie in a Flint, Michigan steak house, Denny paid out funds to a disgruntled bettor who'd lost money in a horse race.

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