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Joseph Zammuto (1897 – 1990) was a powerful Sicilian-born mob boss of the Rockford crime family from 1958-1973.  Zammuto was born in Aragona, Sicily. He immigrated to America during the early 1920s and quickly found a home in Chicago and then Rockford. He teamed up and successfully defeated the Giovingo brothers during the violent bootlegging wars working alongside crime boss Antonio Musso. In the aftermath, Zammuto was awarded capo status. When it was time for mob leaders to meet at the…

Joseph Zammuto (1897 – 1990) was a powerful Sicilian-born mob boss of the Rockford crime family from 1958-1973. Zammuto was born in Aragona, Sicily. He immigrated to America during the early 1920s and quickly found a home in Chicago and then Rockford. He teamed up and successfully defeated the Giovingo brothers during the violent bootlegging wars working alongside crime boss Antonio Musso. In the aftermath, Zammuto was awarded capo status. When it was time for mob leaders to meet at the…

Santos Traficante and to his left New Orleans boss Carlos Marcelo.

Santos Traficante and to his left New Orleans boss Carlos Marcelo.

Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Domenico Scarfo (born March 8, 1929) is a member of the American Mafia who eventually became the Boss of the Philadelphia crime family after the death of Angelo Bruno and Phil Testa. During his criminal career, Scarfo was by some accounts arrogant, nepotistic and full of avarice.[citation needed] Scarfo orchestrated a particularly ruthless regime and ordered over a dozen murders during his time as boss. He was often described by informants as cold-hearted and…

Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Domenico Scarfo (born March 8, 1929) is a member of the American Mafia who eventually became the Boss of the Philadelphia crime family after the death of Angelo Bruno and Phil Testa. During his criminal career, Scarfo was by some accounts arrogant, nepotistic and full of avarice.[citation needed] Scarfo orchestrated a particularly ruthless regime and ordered over a dozen murders during his time as boss. He was often described by informants as cold-hearted and…

Nick "Old Man" Licata succeeded DeSimone. Licata had strong ties with Mafia families in the Midwest and South and maintained contact with the mob in Las Vegas. By then, law enforcement knew much about mob activities in Los Angeles, which was helped by top hitman Frank Bompensiero becoming an undercover informant in 1967. Joe Valachi ousted the Mafia as a secret criminal society, aiding in law enforcements attacks on organized crime and fingered Licata as a high ranking mobster in Los…

Nick "Old Man" Licata succeeded DeSimone. Licata had strong ties with Mafia families in the Midwest and South and maintained contact with the mob in Las Vegas. By then, law enforcement knew much about mob activities in Los Angeles, which was helped by top hitman Frank Bompensiero becoming an undercover informant in 1967. Joe Valachi ousted the Mafia as a secret criminal society, aiding in law enforcements attacks on organized crime and fingered Licata as a high ranking mobster in Los…

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Joe Adonis - Police Photo

Mr. Asaro is accused of crimes including murder and the 1978 Lufthansa robbery, but unlike other suspects, he did not make a deal with the government.

Trial of Vincent Asaro Highlights Loss of Mafia’s Code of Silence

Mr. Asaro is accused of crimes including murder and the 1978 Lufthansa robbery, but unlike other suspects, he did not make a deal with the government.

RUGGIEO "RICHIE THE BOOT" BOIARDO    Birth: Dec. 8, 1890  Death: Oct. 29, 1984    Organized Crime Figure. He was a Capo in the Genovese Family from the days of Joe the Boss Masseria in the 1920's until his retirement in the early 1970's. He was based in the North Ward of Newark, New Jersey and he had absolute power over all organized crime in that city. His influence in City Hall brought about the arrest and conviction on racketeering charges of Newark Mayor Hugh Addonizio in 1969.

RUGGIEO "RICHIE THE BOOT" BOIARDO Birth: Dec. 8, 1890 Death: Oct. 29, 1984 Organized Crime Figure. He was a Capo in the Genovese Family from the days of Joe the Boss Masseria in the 1920's until his retirement in the early 1970's. He was based in the North Ward of Newark, New Jersey and he had absolute power over all organized crime in that city. His influence in City Hall brought about the arrest and conviction on racketeering charges of Newark Mayor Hugh Addonizio in 1969.

Alphonse "Scarface" Capone, Chicago’s most famous mob boss spent eight months at Eastern State in 1929-1930. His time in Eastern was spent in luxury compared to the other inmates.

Alphonse "Scarface" Capone, Chicago’s most famous mob boss spent eight months at Eastern State in 1929-1930. His time in Eastern was spent in luxury compared to the other inmates.

Benjamino Ruggiero, also known as "Lefty", "Lefty Guns", and "Lefty Two Guns" (April 19, 1926 – November 24, 1994), was a soldier in the Bonanno crime family. He is well known for his friendship and mentorship of FBI undercover agent Joseph "Donnie Brasco" Pistone. Ruggiero was an old school Cosa Nostra mobster who knew how Mafia politics worked. Ruggiero allegedly murdered around 26 people and refused to break omertà when arrested.

Benjamino Ruggiero, also known as "Lefty", "Lefty Guns", and "Lefty Two Guns" (April 19, 1926 – November 24, 1994), was a soldier in the Bonanno crime family. He is well known for his friendship and mentorship of FBI undercover agent Joseph "Donnie Brasco" Pistone. Ruggiero was an old school Cosa Nostra mobster who knew how Mafia politics worked. Ruggiero allegedly murdered around 26 people and refused to break omertà when arrested.

Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano  is a former underboss of the Gambino crime family. He is known as the man who helped bring down John Gotti, the family's boss, by agreeing to become a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) government witness.

Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano is a former underboss of the Gambino crime family. He is known as the man who helped bring down John Gotti, the family's boss, by agreeing to become a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) government witness.

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