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Babe Triscaro Cleveland Teamsters Boss Contraband Military Aircraft Merchant
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Babe Triscaro persuaded Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa to use a portion of the Central States Teamsters Pension Fund to finance a deal to sell surplus military aircraft to Cuba in 1959. Each of the Globemaster planes was loaded with armaments and were destined for delivery in the Dominican Republic. Triscaro and his associates made numerous trips from Miami to Havana to get the deal done.
Joey Glimco Chicago Teamster
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The 1957 and 1958 McClellan labor racketeering trials were covered worldwide in newspapers and on television. Union boss Joey Glimco took the 5th Amendment to avoid incriminating himself on 70 separate occasions. Former Local 777 President Dominic Abata told U.S. Senate investigators that Glimco had thrown him out of the Teamsters affiliate. Abata later defeated Glimco as a rebel candidate.
Louis "Pretty" Amberg and the Brooklyn Loansharking War
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The deaths of Louis "Pretty" Amberg and his brother, Joseph "Joey", mystified New York Police detectives for some time. Joey was murdered in a garage while Pretty's body was found bagged and burning inside a car in Manhattan. The Amberg brothers were masters of shylocking which came to be known as loan sharking. They met opposition when they tried expanding out of New York's Lower East Side.
Passaic County Police Arrest 8 New York Mobsters The Mountain View, New Jersey Stakeout June 1935
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"Tough Tommy" Protheroe was gunned down with his girlfriend in Sunnyside, Queens on May 16, 1935. Protheroe, the son of an Irish woman who immigrated to New York in 1900, had served prison terms at Sing Sing. His murder was among those that authorities found clues to when they raided a gangster retreat in Mountain View, New Jersey. Passaic County officials fought extradition to New York.
William Bufalino Detroit Teamster and Jimmy Hoffa's Lawyer
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William Bufalino came head to head with Senate Rackets Committee Chief Counsel Robert Kennedy in 1959. Kennedy and committee chairman John McClellan were convinced of Bufalino's ties to organized crime. Bufalino denied this as a witness and sued Kennedy following the conclusion of the Senate proceedings. Bufalino later defended Alan Markowitz, a topless dance club owner, before retiring in 1982.
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.
Aniello DellaCroce Gambino Family Underboss
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Aniello DellaCroce was a resident of Mulberry Street in New York City's Little Italy. Oddly he avoided indictment for the 1974 murder of Charles Calise, a principal in DellaCroce's Gambino loansharking operation. Calise had turned FBI informant before his assassination. DellaCroce's residence was just across the street from the Ravenite Social Club, a center of Gambino family crime activity.
Thomas "Tommy Karate" Pitera Bonanno Family Hit Man
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Thomas Karate Pitera was a methodical killer who dismembered his victims and kept parts of their anatomy, i.e. ears, etc., as trophies. He had a long career with the Bonanno family and was most recently confined to a Federal prison in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Pitera was a skilled martial arts proponent who preferred killing with a gun. He buried his victims on a Staten Island beach.
Loan Sharks And Hit Men Murder, Inc. Brooklyn, NY 1939-1941
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The fate of Irving Puggy Feinstein is an example of the sheer ruthlessness of Murder, Inc.operatives. On September 4, 1939 Feinstein was tortured with a rope and ice pick at the instigation of Abe "Kid Twist" Reles. Later Reles and Anthony "Duke" Maffetore would turn on their associates. Both of them lost their lives in the process. Reles jumped or was pushed out of a hotel window in Coney Island.
The Mafia, the NYPD and the Murder of Gambler Herman Rosenthal
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Herbert Bayard Swope was a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for a New York newspaper. He was the only journalist to write damaging stories alleging strong ties between the NYPD and the New York City underworld. The principal operative of a gambling racket, NYPD Lt. Charles Becker died in the electric chair at Sing Sing in 1915. A year earlier his Mafia accomplices were executed in the same chair.
Louis Pioggi New York City Gang Leader
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The assassinations of Max Zweifach aka Kid Twist and Sam Tietch aka "Cyclone Louis" prompted a manhunt for Louis Pioggi aka Louis the Lump. A short man with dark brown hair and eyes, Pioggi was a young thug. He rose to the top of Paul Kelly's infamous Five Points band. In an era of dives haunted by gangsters in Chinatown, Coney Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan, police pursued Pioggi to Connecticut.
Murray the Camel Humphreys Al Capone Associate
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Murray Humphreys was born to an affluent Welsh family on Chicago's North Side. Some biographers believe he left school after the third grade while others have written that he completed high school. Suave and debonair he possessed qualities that mobsters like Al Capone found invaluable to their organizations. Humphreys organized laundry unions and then expanded to unionize milk truckers and others.
Brooklyn Mobster Joe Colombo 1970s Mafia Murders
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Samuel Carbone was involved in loan sharking. Along with notorious racketeer Joseph Zicarelli he faced multiple indictments. Then in the summer of 1971 he was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car on a Newark street. He had a single bullet in the back of his head. Soon a series of gangland murders followed, including that of former boxer Cowboy Joe Lucignano. The Campisis were involved.
Joseph And Anthony Stassi Gambino Family Brothers
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Joseph Stassi was a large player in the gambling rackets managed by Joseph 'Bayonne Joe' Zicarelli. Their main area was Elizabeth and Union County, New Jersey. By 1969 Joe and Anthony were enmeshed in a heroin smuggling ring that originated in Europe. The narcotics were shipped to New York via Montreal, Quebec.In 1976 there was an attempt to break the brothers out of a New York prison.
Morris "Moe" Kleinman Cleveland Mobster
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Moe Kleinman was involved in murder along with the gambling and liquor rackets he controlled. Among the most publicized murders linked to him was the 1931 slaying of Cleveland City Councilman William Potter. Moe Dalitz recalled the details of Potter's demise. At first the murder appeared to be a suicide. Then police found Potter dead inside an apartment suite. A Kleinman associate was seen there.
Joseph Canepi Jr. Yonkers Contractor, Gambler and Extortionist
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Joseph Canepi Jr., like his father was a successful contractor in Yonkers and Westchester County. Elsewhere in business life however, Canepi's ethics can be called into question. For example he was accused of secreting a car that he took from a business in 1915. In 1903 he was one of six men indicted in a poolroom racket. In 1932 Canepi was involved with a man who impersonated a federal agent.
Thomas Lucchese Dress Manufacturer and Mafioso
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Thomas Lucchese and his brother Giuseppe "Joe Brown" Lucchese were partners in the garment and trucking business. Thomas was held briefly for the murder of a street peddler in 1928. The man's name was Louis Cerasulo and he was gunned down while talking with his uncle near East 114th Street. Police later discovered that the victim was part of a chicken protection extortion racket in Harlem.
Ciro Terranova Sicilian Mobster
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Ciro Terranova had a brief career as an important Mafioso in New York City. He worked as an underboss for Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria before Masseria was slain on Coney Island during the Castellammarese War. Ciro's star as a mobster declined after Charles Lucky Luciano took charge of Mafia operations. My book focuses on two obscure crimes in Terranova's life, one in 1909 and another in 1930.
Salvatore D'Aquila First Gambino Family Boss
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Toto D'Aquila was shot 5 times by unknown assailants in October 1928. He had just driven from the Bronx to take his wife to a doctor in Manhattan. As his wife and four children made their way into the physician's office Toto stepped outside to repair his car. Looking up from the hood of the auto he spoke with the men briefly before they shot him multiple times. D'Aquila was the first Gambino boss.
Alphonse Attardi Gambino Family Soldier
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Before 1970 Alphonse Attardi changed his name to Jim Carra, had plastic surgery and gave a detailed interview to syndicated columnist Jack Anderson. He turned his back on the Mafia, opting to risk his life as an informant, someone who was constantly chased by mobster executioners. The information he provided federal agents was crucial to prosecuting organized crime cases of the mid 20th century.