Vincent Mangano (born Vincenzo Giovanni Mangano; March 28, 1888 – April 19, 1951), also known as “The Executioner” as he was named in a Brooklyn newspaper, was the head of what would come to be known as the Gambino crime family from 1931 to 1951. His brother, Philip Mangano, was his right-hand man and de facto, or substituto, underboss.Read More →

Thomas “Tommy” Lucchese (born Gaetano Lucchese, December 1, 1899 – July 13, 1967) was a Sicilian-born American gangster and founding member of the Mafia in the United States, an offshoot of the Cosa Nostra in Sicily. From 1951 until 1967, he was the boss of the Lucchese crime family, one of the Five Families that dominates organized crime in New York City. Early life Gaetano Lucchese was born on DecemberRead More →

Meyer Harris “Mickey” Cohen (September 4, 1913 – July 29, 1976) was an American gangster based in Los Angeles and boss of the Cohen crime family. Mickey Cohen became the West Coast racket boss in 1947, after his mentor and predecessor, Bugsy Siegel, was assassinated. He also had strong ties to the Italian American Mafia from theRead More →

Salvatore Maranzano (Italian pronunciation: [salvatore marandzano]) (July 31, 1886 – September 10, 1931) was an organized crime figure from the town of Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, and an early Cosa Nostra boss who led what later would become the Bonanno crime family in the United States. He instigated the Castellammarese War to seize control of the American Mafia operations and briefly became the Mafia’s capoRead More →

Joe Adonis (born Giuseppe Antonio Doto; November 22, 1902 – November 26, 1971), also known as “Joey A”, “Joe Adone”, “Joe Arosa”, “James Arosa”, and “Joe DiMeo”, was a New York mobster who was an important participant in the formation of the modern Cosa Nostra crime families. ジョー・アドニス(1902年11月22日 – 1972年11月26日)は、イタリアおよびアメリカの犯罪組織コーサ・ノストラの幹部。本名はジュゼッペ・アントニオ・ドート。 プロフィール 初期Read More →

Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (February 28, 1906  – June 20, 1947) was an American mobster. Siegel was known as one of the most “infamous and feared gangsters of his day”. Described as handsome and charismatic, he became one of the first front-page celebrity gangsters. He was also a driving force behindRead More →

Carlos Marcello, also known as The Godfather and “The Little Man” (February 6, 1910 – March 2, 1993), was a Sicilian-American mafioso who ruled the New Orleans crime family from 1947 until the 1980s. Credible investigators, mob figures and Robert F. Kennedy reportedly believed Marcello masterminded the 1963 assassination ofRead More →

John “Handsome Johnny” Roselli (born Filippo Sacco; July 4, 1905 – August 9, 1976), sometimes spelled Rosselli, was an influential mobster for the Chicago Outfit who helped that organization control Hollywood and the Las Vegas Strip. In the early 1960s, Roselli was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) inRead More →

Frank “the Prime Minister” Costello (born Francesco Castiglia; January 26, 1891 – February 18, 1973) was an Italian-American Mafia gangster and crime boss. Costello rose to the top of American organized crime, controlled a vast gambling empire, and enjoyed political influence. Nicknamed “The Prime Minister of the Underworld,” he becameRead More →

Vito “Don Vitone” Genovese (November 27, 1897 – February 14, 1969) was an Italian-American mobster who rose to power during Prohibition as an enforcer in the American Mafia. A long time associate of Charles Luciano, Genovese took part in the Castellammarese War and helped shape the rise of the MafiaRead More →

Joseph Charles Bonanno Sr. ( born as Giuseppe Bonanno in Castellammare del Golfo, a town on the northwestern coast of Sicily, Italy, January 18, 1905 – May 11, 2002) was an American mafioso who became the boss of the Bonanno crime family, one of the New York Mafia’s Five Families.Read More →

Giuseppe “Joe the Boss” Masseria (January 17, 1886 – April 15, 1931) was an early Mafia boss in New York City. He was boss of what is now called the Genovese crime family, one of the New York Mafia’s Five Families, from 1922 to 1931. He waged a bloody war toRead More →

Meyer Lansky (born Meier Suchowlański; July 4, 1902 – January 15, 1983), known as the “Mob’s Accountant”, was a major organized crime figure who, along with his associate Charles “Lucky” Luciano, was instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate in the United States. Associated with the Jewish mob, LanskyRead More →

Carlo “Don Carlo” Gambino (August 24, 1902 – October 15, 1976) was a Sicilian-American mobster and former boss of the Gambino crime family, which is still named after him. After the 1957 Apalachin Convention, he unexpectedly seized control of the Commission of the American Mafia. Gambino was known for being low-keyRead More →

Charles “Lucky” Luciano (born Salvatore Lucania November 24, 1897 – January 26, 1962) was an Italian-American mobster and crime boss. Luciano is considered the father of modern organized crime in the United States for the establishment of the first Commission. He was also the first official boss of the modernRead More →

Alphonse Gabriel Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947), sometimes known by the nickname Scarface, was an American mobster, crime boss, and businessman who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. His seven-year reign as crime boss ended when he was 33.Read More →

Salvatore “Sam” Giancana (born Salvatore Giangana; June 15, 1908 – June 19, 1975), better known as Sam Giancana, was a Sicilian American mobster, notable for being boss of the criminal Chicago Outfit from 1957–1966. His nicknames were “Mooney”, “Momo”, “Sam the Cigar,” and “Sammy”. Early Life Giancana was born SalvatoreRead More →