Benedetto Madonia was dispatched from Buffalo to Pittsburgh by the Morello gang in February 1903. He was sent there to assist three counterfeiters who had been arrested and convicted only weeks before. After Madonia was murdered New York City Police detectives discovered letters written between the slain man and Giuseppe Morello the head of a counterfeiting ring. The notes led to numerous arrests.
My e-book looks at the murder of John J, Barbera and puts it into the context of Italian crime as it existed in Buffalo between 1938-1945. Barbera was a former associate of Joseph DiCarlo, who was termed Public Enemy #1 by a former Buffalo commissioner. DiCarlo was brought to justice in 1945 when he was tried with a corrupt policeman and another gangster. All received light misdemeanor sentences.
Little Frankie Gallucio dropped out of sight after the Prohitibition era, until he was suspicioned for a slaying that was attributed to Murder, Inc. Murder, Inc. was a crime combine that was based in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. It was famous for contracting murders for hire, beginning around 1933. William O'Dwyer, the Brooklyn D.A., tried to tie Gallucio and Ralph Sprizza to the crime.
My e-book looks at each of the defendants in the 1959 narcotics trial. Some defendants like Vincent the Chin Gigante had most of their criminal careers in front of them. Others like Genovese were nearing the end of their organized crime influence. Genovese died in prison following his conviction. A single woman defendant, Jean Capece was a friend of the DiPalermo brothers, Charles and Joseph.
In 1957 Carmine Palizzano was a soft-spoken family man who had lived at the same address in Woodside, Queens for a decade. Shortly before he answered a summons for a traffic violation Carmine was arrested in a roundup of drug dealers. His brother Ralph served prison time for interstate drug trafficking earlier. Both Palizzano brothers were involved in the manufacture and distribution of narcotics.
Johnny Silk Stockings Guistra's attempt to muscle in on the laundry racket led to his arrest for extortion and cost him his life. Guistra branched into the laundry racket months before he was murdered in an East Side tenement. With two accomplices Johnny wanted laundry owners to pay union dues of $5 for each employee on their payroll. Guistra's slaying was one of 4 in New York within a few days.
The early 1930s was a time of the Castellammarese War and the murder of "Joe the Boss" Masseria in a Coney Island restaurant in 1931. My ebook focuses on the short tenure of Salvatore Maranzano as Mafia boss of bosses. Specifically I look at the life of Angelo Caruso chosen by Maranzano as his underboss in 1930. Caruso was a career criminal who came to a bloody end in prison on Welfare Island.
My e-book looks at Lucky Luciano's career beginning with his arrest and conviction for compulsory prostitution in 1936.It continues until his fatal heart attack which occurred in 1962 at an airport in Naples. The text was researched in New York newspapers from the 1930s-1960s and books. Luciano was considered dangerous even in exile. At the end of his life he was planning a large narcotics ring.
Stefano Magaddino or Don Stefano was an all powerful Mafia leader in Buffalo and western New York during the 1960s. My e-book is a close look at the power structure of his operations. As the 60s continued he had yet to name a successor and Frederico Randaccio was considered one of the most likely. Yet Randaccio and Magaddino damaged their reputations by being indicted for crimes late in the 1960s.
Pasqualino Lolordo headed the Unione Siciliano for only just more than four months. He was an Al Capone plant during an era of gang warfare in Chicago unrivaled in any other era. Perhaps Lolordo's murder was the work of Giuseppe Joe Aiello or it may have been carried out by Sicilians from New York sent to avenge the death of Brooklyn gangster Tony Yale. My book was researched from news clippings.