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.
Gaetano Reina was a wealthy ice dealer who earned around one million before he was slain by an assassin with a sawed off shotgun. This era before the modern Mafia families formed is an intriguing one. Reina once worked at Columbia Wet Wash Laundry, a firm owned by Tommaso Gagliano, who was later a Lucchese family boss. Reina was once of three men implicated in the murder of a rich poultry dealer.
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.
Sebastian Big John La Rocca was crime boss in Pittsburgh from 1956 until 1978. He succeeded Frank Amato of Braddock, Pennsylvania as head of organized crime in the steel city. It is uncertain whether Big John attended the 1957 Apalachin meeting in upstate New York because he took the 5th Amendment each time he was questioned before a Senate committee on the subject. La Rocca died in December 1984.
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.