Since the start of 2019, there have been many changes and additions at Mafiahistory.us. Here are the major developments: The planned April shutdown of the Google-Plus social network, where we hosted a longtime “community” on American Mafia history, prompted us to look into alternative methods of communicating with the 437 existing members of the community …

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There have been a few updates and additions to Mafiahistory.us recently. These have included: – Detroit Bosses – new research, reorganized, reformatted. – Biographies for Frank Calabrese Sr of Chicago, Salvatore Giannola of Detroit, Antonino Giannola of Detroit, Vito Adamo of Detroit, Thomas Altamura of Florida, William Dara of Florida, Gus Alex of Chicago. – …

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Recent additions to the Who Was Who collection of American Mafia biographies: Frank “Butsey” Morelli (1896-1965) Frank “Butsey” Morelli was an early leader of Italian organized crime in Rhode Island, mentoring a number of later Mafiosi, including Raymond Patriarca and Henry Tameleo. Morelli and some of his brothers long have been suspected of involvement in …

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A biography of Vincent “Jimmy Blue Eyes” Alo has been added to the website’s Who Was Who section. Alo, a longtime pal of Meyer Lansky, was the inspiration for a number of fictional underworld characters, including “Johnny Ola” of the movie, The Godfather Part II. In real life, Alo was born in Harlem and became …

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Several biographies have been added to the Who Was Who section of the website (click on a name to jump to the bio):  Antonio “Tony Bender” Strollo (1899-1962) – longtime leader in the Genovese Crime Family.  Tomasso “the Ox” Petto (1879-1905) – Enforcer for the early New York Mafia organization of Giuseppe Morello.  Salvatore “Charlie …

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Giuseppe Morello

A brief biography of early New York Mafia boss and U.S. Mafia boss of bosses Giuseppe Morello has been added to the website. Entitled, “Sinistro: The Underworld Career of Giuseppe Morello (1867-1930),” the article includes more than 40 endnotes containing references to numerous sources.

A biography of Brooklyn Mafioso Frank “Frankie Shots” Abbatemarco has been added to the American Mafia site’s Who Was Who. Abbatemarco, brother of Mike Abbatemarco, became a powerful and independent-minded capodecina in the Profaci Crime Family. His 1959 murder appeared to be intended to restore discipline in the Profaci organization but, instead, triggered a determined …

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The American Mafia history website’s Who Was Who database continues to grow. There are 41 crime and law enforcement bios in the database at this moment, and more are being added daily. The database will be tied into the website shortly. Until then, the entries can be accessed through: http://mob-who.blogspot.com/

The American Mafia history website’s Who Was Who biographies are slowly coming online in a new location. While they will remain accessible from the main mafiahistory.us website, the biographies will be held in their own site on Blogger.com. The direct address for accessing the biographies is: http://mob-who.blogspot.com/ . By placing the biography entries into the blogger site, …

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