Valachi testifies

The unpublished autobiography of turncoat New York Mafioso Joseph Valachi is an important primary source of information on American Mafia history. The document, which runs 1,201 pages, was written by Valachi while in federal custody in 1964. Used as source material for The Valachi Papers by Peter Maas, Valachi’s document has been available to the …

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Edmond Valin’s recent addition to the Rat Trap section involves a New York mobster who relocated to the Windy City and deceived and betrayed the Chicago Outfit. See: “The Italian mobster who wasn’t.”

With help from the fine people at Google, we have incorporated a search tool into the main entry page of the Mafiahistory.us website. The tool will search for relevant articles on Mafiahistory.us and related sites (including Writersofwrongs.com and Buffalomob.com). We hope that this will guide visitors to items of interest to them and prevent them …

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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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Charlie Luciano

Salvatore Lucania, widely known as Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, late in 1931 became the most powerful crime boss in the U.S. He personally commanded a sprawling New York-based Mafia organization, held one of seven seats on the Mafia’s ruling Commission and maintained valuable alliances with non-Italian racketeering organizations across the country. Less than five years after …

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