The Mafia Commission is a well researched book on the nearly 100 year history of the Mafia's Board of Directors. It begins with the era before the formation of the Commission in 1931 and continues to the famous 1986 trial that brought the Commission to its knees.
Joseph Bonanno sent Carmine Galante to Montreal to organize the gambling and vice rackets. By the mid-1950s the syndicate was infested there. A cold-blooded killer, Galante used coercion to bring betting houses in line for the New York mob. Protection payments and extortion insured a steady flow of money from Montreal to Gotham. Then Luciano began the French Connection from exile in Naples.
Joe Lanza ascended the ranks at the Fulton Street Fish Market. First he was a laborer who unloaded fish from ships. Later he helped organize the Seafood Workers Union, Local 359. At one point Lanza went to prison for violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. He perfected a systematic method of extorting large sums of money from wholesale fish dealers, refusing to allow them to unload their own cargo.
Carmelo Liconti and Johnny Silk Stockings Guistra were two Italians from Calabria who attempted to broker a truce during the Castellammarese War for Mafia supremacy in New York City. Liconti and Guistra both lost their lives in this endeavor. Carmelo was strangled and garroted in the Hotel Paramount where he went for a presumed meeting in 1931. Liconti had ties to numerous mobsters of the era
In April 1931 Giuseppe Masseria was betrayed by one of his closest associates Lucky Luciano. Giuseppe's execution in a Coney Island restaurant was one of many events in a gang war in which the Masseria group lost 40 to 60 of its men to gun violence. My e-book looks at the murders of Masseria men, Steve Ferrigno and Al Mineo, Masseria's rise to power and his assassination by people he trusted most.
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.
The Genovese family had fallen on hard times by the time Funzi Tieri became its boss in the late 1970s, Both Vito Genovese and Tieri had been associates of Charles Lucky Luciano, whose legacy for narcotics racketeering and profit making was well known. The Mafia continued evolving. Atlantic City offered new rackets. Tieri profited from the execution of Philadelphia Boss Angelo Bruno in 1979.
Carmine Galante inherited the title of Mafia Boss of Bosses after Carlo Gambino's death in 1976. Galante was a career mobster who at one time was the lynchpin of Charles Lucky Luciano's narcotics ring. My e-book looks at Galante's possible role in the 1943 murder of Carlo Tresca. It also looks at a police pursuit of him in 1959 that ended with his capture on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.
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.
Giuseppe Masseria was involved in gambling, bootlegging, and also the food industry racket. Newspapers from the 1930s wrote that his power rivaled that of Al Capone, who he may have worked with or for. It is interesting that Masseria was lured from his base in Harlem to his death some distance away in Coney Island. It was a savage time in the history of organized crime, the beginning of the 1930s.