Currently under construction: We are adding an extensive timeline relating to Jimmy Hoffa and his involvement in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union. At this moment the timeline features nearly 200 events up through the year 1959. All timeline items provide source information. Click on the document icon in an item to acquire source reference …

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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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After his retirement, former NYPD Homicide Bureau leader Arthur A. Carey penned an autobiographical book called, Memoirs of a Murder Man. A chapter in that book looked back at the 1903 Barrel Murder and police efforts to put the early Mafia organization of Giuseppe Morello out of business. Carey’s account is noticeably different from the …

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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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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.

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We have been working on a number of adjustments to the website in order to make it more “friendly” to mobile device users. Changes include less reliance on table formatting, scalable images and typesizes, and larger link buttons. These were prompted by Google’s announcement that sites deemed unfriendly to mobile users would be ranked poorly …

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