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'Capone of New Jersey': Abner Zwillman

Zwillman "One of the more powerful and influential New Jersey underworld figures of the Prohibition Era and beyond, Abner 'Longie' Zwillman became known as the 'Al Capone' of his state. A political powerhouse in the Newark area, Zwillman amassed a fortune through rum-running, gambling and coin-operated machines. He was regarded as generous with friends and underworld associates. But his downfall was his stinginess with Uncle Sam. Zwillman was born July 27, 1905 (some records indicate 1904 with a correction to 1905) in Newark, New Jersey. He was one of seven children born to Reuben and Anna Slavinsky Zwillman, Russian-Jewish immigrants. Reuben, born about 1870, entered the U.S. in 1900 and found work as a peddler and later as a real estate broker..."

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Gangland Profile: Frank Bonomo

Frank BonomoFrank Bonomo was a long-time member of the Bonanno Crime Family, who briefly may have served as a capodecina (group leader) during the late 1970s. Equally adept at avoiding the attention of law enforcement and the wrath of rivals, he survived the New York gangland "Banana War" and lived to the age of 86. Bonomo was born in the spring of 1901, in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, to Francesco and Giovanna Lananna Bonomo. At eight years old, Bonomo and his family traveled to the United States, arriving at Ellis Island, New York, aboard the S.S. Liguria on March 27, 1909...

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What do we know about Frankie Yale?

Frank YaleFrankie Yale was a Brooklyn gangster and businessman with ties to Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria and Al Capone. His 1928 assassination coincided with dramatic changes in the Brooklyn underworld and the Mafia of the United States. Yale apparently was born Jan. 22, 1893, in Longobucco, a town in the southern mainland Italian region of Calabria. The original spelling of his surname was probably "Ioele." His father, Domenick Ioele, was born about 1860. Census records indicate the birth year of his mother, Isabella DeSimone Ioele, was between 1863 and 1865. The couple's first son, John, was born in Longobucco about 1891-92. Frank's birth and the birth of a sister, Assunta, quickly followed, and two years later another brother, Angelo, was born...

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DiCarlo: Buffalo's First Family of Crime

DiCarlo book"A historical biography of Mafioso Joseph DiCarlo, once known as "the Al Capone of Buffalo" and as western New York's "Public Enemy No. 1." Son of the region's first known Sicilian underworld boss, DiCarlo was rejected as heir to his father's criminal empire. After spending troubled years as a vassal of the influential Stefano Magaddino, DiCarlo and his underlings wandered, seeking their fortunes in Youngstown, Ohio, and Miami Beach, Florida, before returning home to witness the disintegration of the western New York Mafia. The authors utilize DiCarlo's colorful and violent life story as a window into the history of the powerful Magaddino Crime Family, while chronicling the significant parallels between the man and the criminal organization."

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Deep Water: Joseph P. Macheca and the Birth of the American Mafia

Deep Water 2edSet 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.

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