As the FBI entered the fight against organized crime on a national level, it benefited from considerable information supplied by confidential informants from within the Mafia families of northern California. Researcher Edmond Valin identifies three probable informants from the San Jose organization of Joseph Cerrito (photo at right) and another from San Francisco, who supplied the history of the regional underworld, as well as data on the members and associates of crime families.
"Bufalino rose to the leadership of a Pittson, Pennsylvania, based Mafia Family. The Family territory included northeastern Pennsylvania and part of upstate New York. Bufalino became acting boss for the Family possibly as early as 1949 but certainly by the mid-1950s. He succeeded to the top spot in the Mafia organization upon the death of John Sciandra."
By Scott Deitche: "In January of 2009, a home in the Shore Acres neighborhood of St. Petersburg, Florida, went on sale for $262,000. From the front, the 2,350-square-foot, ten-room house was guarded by two stone lions. Sold for more than half a million dollars at the height of the regional real estate boom a few years earlier, the house entertained some lookers but no buyers. What made the house unique was the claim that it was built by Al Capone for his mother Teresa." (October 2012 issue.)
Set in the Gilded Age of New Orleans, this historical biography conveys J.P. Macheca's epic life story, as it sets the record straight on the 1890 assassination of Police Chief David Hennessy and the 1891 Crescent City lynchings.
A longtime street warrior for the corrupt and ruthless New Orleans Democratic machine, Macheca was also the patron of the fledgling American Mafia in southern Louisiana. His underworld connections brought him into conflict with Hennessy and ultimately cost him his life in the largest lynching in American history.