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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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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A biography of Brooklyn gangster Michael “Mike Schatz (or Shots)” Abbatemarco has been added to the American Mafia site’s Who Was Who. Abbatemarco reportedly was a close associate of Frank Yale, who met his end at about the same time and in about the same manner as Yale.

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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