THE AMERICAN MAFIA - Chronology
Section II, 1901-1919

The Mafia network emerges in U.S., establishes hierarchy, eliminates competitors. Significant Mafia activity is seen in the major American cities of the Northeast and Midwest. The Secret Service scores an important victory over the leading Mafia figures in New York City.

Yr Mo Dy City State Person(s) Event
1901 2 21 Chicago IL Joseph Morici Mafia boss of Chicago's Little Sicily, Morici is arrested in connection with the murder of Neapolitan crime boss Salvatore DiGiovanni. He later admits to killing DiGiovanni in self-defense and is acquitted.
1901 7 23 New York NY Paolo Vaccarelli Vaccarelli, alias Paul Kelly, of 315 East 25th Street, is arrested during a prizefight at a blacksmith shop at 204 Hester Street. He is charged with being a principal in a prizefight and with breaking the nose of Leopold Sieno. The blacksmith, Patrick Lafey, was charged with assault and with permitted a prizefight at his shop. Four other men were arrested. As police arrived, a riot ensued.
1901 9 6 Buffalo NY President William McKinley President McKinley is shot in Buffalo, NY. He dies eight days later, and Theodore Roosevelt becomes President.
1901 9 30 New York NY Vito Cascio Ferro Cascio Ferro arrives in New York aboard La Champagne from Havre, France. The highly regarded Sicilian Mafioso previously lived in New York as a child and moved back to Sicily. He frequently ventured into other countries to escape prosecution and establish international contacts. At this time, his New York contacts appear to be the Morello family.
1901 Chicago IL Mariano Zagone Mafia boss of Chicago's Near North Side, Zagone is arrested on suspicion of coin counterfeiting. He is discharged for lack of evidence.
1901 Shreveport LA Joseph Piranio, Carlo T. Piranio A future crime boss of Dallas and brother of Carlo Piranio, Joseph Piranio arrives in the U.S.
1902 2 3 Port Allen LA Joseph Civello Future Dallas crime boss Joseph Francis Civello is born in Port Allen, Louisiana.
1902 2 26 Calabria Albert Anastasia Birth of future New York crime boss Albert Anastasia.
1902 5 21 New York NY Stella Frauto, Giuseppe Clemente, Giuseppe Romano, Vito Cascioferro Stella Frauto and her son Antonio are arrested for participating in a coin counterfeiting ring based in Hackensack. Also arrested are Giuseppe Clemente, Giuseppe Romano and Vito Cascioferro. All were locked up in Ludlow Street Jail. Frauto is said to be the widow of a man who died while serving an eight-year prison term.
1902 6 11 New Orleans LA Salvatore Luciano, Vincenzo Vetura Unidentified gangsters burst into a grocery and wine room at Basin and Poydras Streets. They shoot and stab Salvatore Luciano to death. Vetura also is shot to death, possibly by Salvatore's brother Louis Luciano, who believed Vetura was in league with the gangsters. The event is believed to be part of a feud between the Neapolitan family of Antonio Luciano and the Sicilian Calamia organization.
1902 7 4 Grodno Meyer Lansky One possible date of birth for Lansky (a.k.a. Maier Sucholjansky) in Grodno, Russia.
1902 7 22 Brooklyn NY Ignazio Lupo, Giuseppe Catania New York's Ignazio Lupo is believed responsible for the knifing death of Joe 'the Grocer' Catania.
1902 7 23 Brooklyn NY Joe Catania, Ignazio Lupo, Giuseppe Morello Catania's corpse is discovered packed in a potato sack linked with floor mats at 73rd Street at the bay. His throat had been cut and some bones broken (presumably after the killing in order to fit the corpse into the sack). Some boys heading into the bay for an early evening swim, discover the sack in some tall grass. Lupo and Morello are believed to have participated in the killing. Catania, 40, was a Brooklyn green grocer who allegedly worked with Lupo-Morello organization in a counterfeiting operation.Catania is believed to have violated the secrecy of the group.
1902 8 6 New York NY Dutch Schultz Arthur Flegenheimer (future Dutch Schultz) is born at 1690 Second Avenue, New York City.
1902 8 24 Palermo Palermo Carlo Gambino Future New York crime boss Carlo Gambino is born in Palermo, Sicily, to Tommasso and Felice Castellano Gambino.
1902 9 18 Chicago IL Anthony D'Andrea D'Andrea and his wife are arrested and charged with manufacturing counterfeit U.S. dimes. The arrest takes place at their home, 2125 Archer Avenue. Also arrested was Pasquale Cartabellata and Vincent Notara.
1902 9 29 New York NY Paolo Vaccarelli The Paul Kelly Club (gang), the Young Whyos, the Cherry Hill Club, the West Side Tigers, the Five Points Gang and the East Side Social Club engaged in an evening-long gang battle on Centre Street near Broome. Police arrested 15 gangsters. The rest scattered into Chinatown.
1902 10 16 New York NY Paolo Vaccarelli Vaccarelli, alias Paul Kelly, is one of 46 men arrested and charged with fraudulent voter registration. Kelly is believed to be leader of the Hoops Gang with a headquarters at 194 Mulberry Street. Another gang, the Chatham Club of Doyers Street, was also arrested.
1903 2 3 Lobdell LA Joseph Civello Future Dallas crime boss Civello is born in rural West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. He is the second child born to Philip and Catherine DiBenedetto Civello.
1903 4 6 Chicago IL Anthony D'Andrea Former priest D'Andrea, 31, is arraigned on charges he possessed 425 counterfeit dimes and passed four of them. He pleads guilty to the charges. Similar charges against his wife are dropped.
1903 4 9 New York NY Paolo Vaccarelli Paul Kelly is arrested for shooting (twice) Dutch Louis Melling, who he wrongly believes insulted a woman. The shooting occurred at 2 a.m. Melling, struck in the left arm and superficially across his forehead, was taklen to Gouverneur Hospital.
1903 4 14 New York NY Benedetto Madonia, Ignazio Lupo, Giuseppe Morello The unidentified remains of Madonia are found at 11th Street and Avenue D. The corpse, bearing more than a dozen stab wounds, is mostly buried in a barrel full of sawdust. His throat had been cut from ear to ear. Madonia's killing likely resulted from the apparent cooperation of his brother-in-law, Giuseppe DiPrimo, with police.
1903 4 17 New York NY Paolo Vaccarelli Gangs at Cherry Hill neighborhood (centered on Cherry Street and Catherine Street): Paul Kelly leads an Italian gang based at the Paul Kelly Association, second floor over a Mulberry Street saloon, north of Broome. Kelly recently released from Sing Sing, where he served 11 months for election fraud. Five Points Gang also Italian, Cherry Hill Boys are Irish. Drop the Limits gang is all nationalities, led by "Japanese," "Dutch Louis" and "Amio" Until recently the Five Points and the Kellys were deadly enemies, but they have amalgamated. The Kellys charge protection payments from local businesses.
1903 4 18 New York NY Benedetto Madonia New York police and Secret Service agents tell the press that a clue to the identity of the still-unnamed Barrel Murder victim soon might be found in New Orleans.
1903 4 20 New York NY Benedetto Madonia, Giuseppe DePrimo, Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo The identity of New York's barrel murder victim is revealed. He is Benedetto Madonia, a stone mason from Buffalo, NY. His address is 47 Trenton Avenue. Morello counterfeiting gang member Giuseppe DePrimo is Madonia's brother-in-law. Police round up Morello and known members of his gang.
1903 4 24 Chicago IL Anthony D'Andrea Convicted counterfeiter D'Andrea is sentenced to 13 months in prison.
1903 4 25 Chicago IL Anthony D'Andrea Convicted in federal court, U.S. Northern District of Illinois, D'Andrea is sent to Joliet prison for counterfeiting. His sentence is 13 months. He is assigned prisoner number 8292.
1903 5 1 New York NY Joseph Catania Arrived in U.S. aboard the S.S. Trojan Prince (leaving Palermo April 15): Francesca LaScala, 23; son Calogero Catania, 2; son Giuseppe Catania, 6 mos; to meet Antonio Catania, 351 E. 104th Street, NYC.
1903 5 9 Brooklyn NY Giovanni Zarcone, Giuseppe Morello, Benedetto Madonia Police detectives arrest Giovanni Zarcone at his home, 145 Hudson Avenue in Brooklyn, and charge him with participating in the murder of Benedetto Madonia. Zarcone was owner of the No. 16 Stanton Street butcher shop where the Morello gang met and where Madonia was last seen alive.
1903 5 9 New York NY Giuseppe Morello, Benedetto Madonia New York coroner releases Morello and five others after deciding there is no evidence to connect them to the barrel murder of Benedetto Madonia.
1903 5 14 New York NY Paolo Vaccarelli Paul Kelly wrestled with Joe Bernstein, the "Ghetto Champion," at Miner's Bowery Theater. The match was held before the Paul Kelly Association - 500 members strong - the Monk Eastman crowd and the Ike Bernstein "Guerrillas." Brnstein was disqualified for punching Kelly.
1903 5 16 Pittston NY Stefano LaTorre Montedoro Mafioso LaTorre arrives in New York aboard the S.S. Sicilian Prince and heads to Pittston PA, where his father Giuseppe lives.
1903 5 20 Chicago IL Joseph Nicolosi, Anthony D'Andrea An undercover agent P.G. Drautzberg (using the alias of Joe Bassini) aids the Secret Service in the breakup of a Chicago counterfeiting gang. Joseph Nicolosi, in-law of Mariano Zagone, is charged. Nicolosi is believed to have worked with Anthony D'Andrea.
1903 5 25 New York NY Paolo Vaccarelli Six members of the Paul Kelly Association, "known as one of the toughest organizations in the Cherry Hill District," were arraigned in Yorktown Court for trying to clean out the restaurant of John Leistner, 285 Bowery. Leistner opened the restaurant two weeks ago and refused demands for protection money. The Kelly gang promised they would put him out of business. They ate there without paying, broke windows, etc. Early on May 25, twenty members of the gang surrounded the restaurant. They told several women inside to leave. The gang then entered and proceeded to take everything of value from the building. As Leistner attempted to reach the pistol in his counter, he was stabbed over the right eye. He fired the weapon, and the gangsters dispersed.
1903 9 12 Carbondale PA Frank Mazzagari, Luigi Conoir, John Costa, Joseph Colandri Mazzagari and Conoir are arrested by Carbondale police on extortion charges. A committee of local Italian laborers stated that the two men had forced them to contribute to the Mafia criminal society. Mazzagari is said to be the local ringleader. He is middle aged and arrived in Carbondale about a year earlier. The men are believed to work as agents for a New York City Mafioso named Costa. The local police are being aided by Joseph Colandri, a former police chief from Italy.
1903 9 13 PA Calogero Calamera Calamera settles in Pennsylvania.
1903 9 14 Carbondale PA Frank Mazzagari, Luigi Conoir None of the original Italian complainants comes forward for the arraignement of Mazzagari and Conoir. Conoir is set free. Mazzagari is held on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses.
1903 9 16 New York NY Monk Eastman Eastman and his wife, held on suspicion after recent gang rioting, were released after an inquiry by Coroner Scholer.
1903 9 22 Naples Campania Joseph Valachi Joseph Valachi is born in Naples, Italy.
1903 11 25 New York NY Paolo Vaccarelli Paul Kelly was arrested in the afternoon while engaged in a fistfight at Sixth Street and the Bowery with liquor dealer George Bloss, 301 East 90th Street. Bloss severely beaten. Kelly gave police a false name, Frank Clark, but police recognized him. He was too drunk to be arraigned. Arraignment scheduled for Nov. 26.
1903 12 23 New York NY Ignazio Lupo, Salvatrice Terranova Married in New York.
1903 New York NY Annuziato Cappiello The New York Herald reports that Cappiello leads a group of Black Hand extortionists in the city.
1904 1 14 Carbondale PA Joseph Colandri Carbondale resident Colandri is mortally wounded by four Italian men wielding razors. Colandri, a former Italian police chief, had been aiding Carbondale police in their work against the Mafia.
1904 2 5 U.S. ends its post-Spanish-American War military occupation of Cuba.
1904 3 5 Chicago IL Anthony D'Andrea D'Andrea is released from Joliet Prison, where he served a little more than a year of his 13-month sentence.
1904 3 17 Pittson PA Charles Bufalino Montedoro Mafioso Charles (Calogero) Bufalino arrives in New York aboard the S.S. Nord America and travels to Pittston PA, where his cousin Salvatore Bufalino has lived since 1901.
1904 4 14 New York NY Monk Eastman Jury finds Monk Eastman guilty of first degree assault.
1904 7 4 Chicago IL Johnny Roselli Roselli claims this is his birthdate in Chicago.
1904 7 17 New York NY James Cagney Cagney is born in New York City.
1904 11 Carbondale PA Santo Carressi Carressi robs six homes in a single night.
1904 11 28 Carbondale PA Santo Carressi, Joseph Tolerico, Frank Ferressi As they attempt to aid in the arrest of Black Hand extortionist Carressi, vigilance committee members Tolerico and Ferressi are fired upon and killed by Carressi men. (Tolerico also known as Flarano. Ferressi also known as Ferrizo.)
1904 12 4 Pittsburgh PA Peter Scalise Sicilian immigrant Peter Scalise, 20, is awakened in his Pittsburgh apartment by three men, who then attempt to stab him to death. Relatives rush to Scalise's aid. He later tells police he has been fleeing from the Boston Camorra for years.
1904 12 18 Carbondale PA John Costa, Frank Mazurka, Pasquale Cerretti Carbondale police arrest two suspected Mafiosi. John Costa, found under the bed of a Carbondale friend, is believed to serve as a messenger/courier between the Carbondale Mafia and a larger Mafia organization in New York City. He is charged with shooting Cerretti, a former Mafiosi who threatened to provide evidence against the organization. Mazurka (also known as Frank Muncolo) is charged with forcing tribute payments from Carmen Pietro (Salvatore Pettnotte) under threats that he would cut out Pietro's eyes and burn down his house.
1905 1 9 Old Forge PA Vincenzo Laposi Police arrest Black Hander Vincenzo Laposi in Old Force, south of Scranton. Laposi is found to be in possession of Mafia credentials from New York City recommending to the Mafia societies in Old Forge and Carbondale. The credentials originated from 42 Mott Street.
1905 1 18 Castellammare del Golfo Trapani Joseph Bonanno Giuseppe 'Joe' Bonanno is born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily.
1905 1 Carbondale PA Father Antonio Cerutti Italian residents of Carbondale form the St. Joseph Protective Association to guard against the Mafia. The organization, dedicated to the memories of the late Tolerico/Flanaro and Ferressi/Ferrizo, spreads to Old Forge and Edgerton under the guidance of Father Antonio Cerutti of the Church of Mount Carmel, Carbondale.
1905 1 Carbondale PA Santo Carressi, Frank Mazurka, John Cambo Convicted of Mafia extortion, Carressi is sentenced to five years and nine months in prison. Mazurka and Cambo are sentenced to four years and six months.
1905 2 2 Carbondale PA Frank Mazurka Frank Mazurka/Muncolo pleads guilty to robbery by menace and is sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.
1905 2 3 Carbondale PA Joseph Cogliandro Charged with complicity in Mafia extortion, Cogliandro makes a full confession and reveals secrets of the Mafia organization.
1905 8 9 Joseph Barbara Birth of Joseph Barbara.
1905 9 14 New York NY Giuseppe DiCarlo Giuseppe DiCarlo, 29, merchant, of Palermo, arrived in New York City aboard the S.S. Lombardia of the Florio Line. His destiny was the home of his brother-in-law Pasquale Ernea, 66 “Niner” (Oliver St.) St., New York.
1905 10 24 Browntown PA Tomasso Petto While hiding out from authorities, Tomasso Petto is shot to death in Browntown, PA.
1905 10 24 Browntown PA Giuseppe DiPrimo, Tomasso Petto A DiPrimo ally apparently catches up with Tomaso Petto, who was believed to have had a role in the Benedetto Madonia barrel murder. (Petto was found to have a pawn ticket for Madonia's watch when he was arrested for the murder.) Petto the Bull had moved to the Wilkesbarre, Pa., area and changed his name to Lucanio Parenno. But that didn't save him from DiPrimo. Petto was murdered at his home. DiPrimo could not have done the deed himself, as he was in prison at the time.
1905 10 New York NY Giuseppe DiPrimo DiPrimo is released from prison. He has sworn to avenge the "barrel murder" of his brother-in-law Benedetto Madonia (1903).
1905 11 4 Salemi Trapani Gaspare Messina Future New England crime boss Gaspare Messina marries Francesca Riggio in Salemi, Sicily.
1905 11 25 New York NY Gaspare Messina Gaspare Messina, 26., of Salemi and his wife Francesca, 25, arrive in New York harbor aboard the S.S. Citta da Napoli. They are heading to Brooklyn to meet Messina cousin Francesco Accardi of 715 Flushing Ave.
1905 11 25 Carbondale PA Judge H.M. Edwards Judge Edwards, who recently sentenced two Mafiosi to long prison terms, receives a death threat from the Mafia.
1905 12 24 Pittston PA Charles Rizzo, Joseph Rizzo Black Hand extortionists are believed responsible for the dynamite bombing of the Rizzo home.
1905 Castellammare del Golfo Trapani Salvatore Sabella Sabella, just 14, murders his boss. The victim, who was training Sabella in the butcher's art (perhaps a little too well), is believed to have been repeatedly violent with his apprentice.
1905 New York NY Joseph Petrosino, Tony Strolle Petrosino arrests Neapolitan Strolle and succeeds in having him deported.
1905 Carlo Piranio Earliest possible time for Piranio's move from Shreveport LA to Dallas TX.
1906 1 1 New York NY Cassandro Bonasera Cassandro Bonasera, 8, arrives in New York aboard the S.S. Madonna from Naples. He was born in Vallelunga, Sicily.
1906 1 14 New York NY Rosario Bufalino Future northeast PA crime boss Bufalino arrives in the U.S. for the first time, sailing into New York harbor aboard the S.S. Brasile. Rosario, his mother and two siblings head to Elizabeth Street in New York City.
1906 1 18 Scranton PA Antonio Fazio An attempt is made to blow up the home of Antonio Fazio. He had refused Mafia demands for tribute payments.
1906 1 21 Scranton PA Father Antonio Cerutti Father Cerruti holds a meeting of his anti-Mafia St. Joseph's society at St. Lucia's Catholic Church in Scranton.
1906 2 28 Brooklyn NY Benjamin Siegel Benjamin Bugsy Siegel, future ally of Charlie Luciano and founder of Las Vegas' Flamingo Hotel, is born in Brooklyn.
1906 3 7 New York NY Ignazio Lupo, John Bozzufi John Bozzuffi, a young kidnap victim who escaped from his captors, identifies Ignazio Lupo as one of the men who kept him at a house on 59th Street. Lupo is arrested. Bail is set at $1,000, and Lupo is committed to the Tombs prison.
1906 4 28 Anthony Accardo Future Chicago boss Tony 'Big Tuna' Accardo is born.
1906 6 30 Pittston PA Santo Volpe Montedoro, Sicily, Mafia leader Santo Volpe arrives in New York aboard the S.S. Republic and heads to Pittston. Volpe's passage was paid for by Stefano LaTorre of Pittston.
1906 9 7 New York NY Angelo Palmeri Angelo Benedetto Palmeri, 28, arrives in U.S. aboard the S.S. Lombardia from Palermo. He settled in New York City.
1906 11 14 New York NY Girolamo Mondini Mondini, one of the men arrested in connection with the Barrel Murder, is shot to death at 305 E. 106th St. Two others associated with the Barrel Murder had been killed earlier.
1906 11 22 Campania Joe Adonis Birth of Joe 'Adonis' Doto in a village near Naples, Italy.
1906 Philadelphia PA Nicola Gentile Nicola Gentile is initiated into the Philadelphia Mafia in 1906.
1907 1 20 New York NY Giuseppe Palermo Under the alias of Salvatore Saracena, Palermo was arrested by Joseph Petrosino and charged with Black Hand extortion. He was discharged by Judge Finn of Police Court.
1907 2 15 Pittston PA Santo Volpe, Stefano LaTorre, Charles Bufalino Volpe, LaTorre, Bufalino and about 20 other Italian residents of the Pittston area are arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police and charged with conspiracy, extortion, attempted murder, dynamiting, and other offenses.
1907 2 22 New York NY Natale Evola Future New York crime boss Evola is born in New York City.
1907 3 29 New York NY Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo The Ignatz-Florio Co-operative Association Among Corleonesi borrows $15,000 from Realty Operating Company, using a property at 137th Street and Home Avenue as security.
1907 4 17 New York NY Joseph Petrosino, Enrico Alfano Petrosino arrests Alfano, believed to be the leader of the city's Camorra groups, begins process of having him deported.
1907 4 22 Wilkes-Barre PA Santo Volpe, Stefano LaTorre, Charles BUfalino The trial of 13 Italians accused of membership in a Mafia Black Hand Society begins in Wilkesbarre, PA.
1907 5 6 Wilkes-Barre PA Santo Volpe, Stefano LaTorre, Charles Bufalino Jury finds Black Hand defendants Santo Volpe and Andrew Paternoster not guilty but convicts 11 others, including Stefano LaTorre and Charles Bufalino.
1907 11 17 Chicago IL Chicago's Unione Siciliana organization publicly pledges to fight 'Black Hand' Italian criminal organizations.
1907 12 31 Los Angeles CA John Bentivazna Barber John Bentivazna is shot and mortally wounded through the window of his shop, 2205 East Ninth Street, in the heart of the Italian colony. He died on a hospital operating table one hour later. In Bentivazna's pocket, police found a threatening letter referring to a quarrel in New York City. The letter included a drawing of a black hand, a dagger and a skull, also the warning, "Leave. Your last chance."
1907 spring New Haven CT Vincenzo Sabatassae New York gangster Sabatassae is released from Sing Sing Prison after serving five years. He relocates to New Haven, CT, in the company of Annie Taddeo, and engaged in extortion, burglary, and arson.
1907 New York NY Giuseppe Morello Morello ends tenure as president of the Ignatz Florio Co-Operative Association.
1907 New York NY Charles Luciano Arrives at age 9 with his family in New York. Settles in Lower East Side, on First Avenue near 14th Street, in a neighborhood generally populated by Jews and Eastern Europeans.
1907 New York NY Giuseppe Masseria Arrested and received a suspended sentence for burglary and extortion.
1908 3 17 MA Raymond Patriarca Birth of future New England crime boss Raymond Loredo Patriarca in Massachusetts.
1908 4 24 Buffalo NY Giovanni Sciandra Future northeast PA crime boss Sciandra arrives in New York City aboard the S.S. Nord America. He travels with his mother and siblings to Buffalo, where they stay with his father Angelo Sciandra, 211 Court Street.
1908 5 24 Sam Giancana Future Chicago crime boss Sam Giancana is born.
1908 6 25 New York NY New York police officers called to investigate a Black Hand bombing allegedly extort $32 from the victim.
1908 7 2 New York NY John A. Philbrick, Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo Philbrick seeks to foreclose on property of the Ignatz Florio Co-operative Association Among Corleonesi. The association borrowed $15,000 from Realty Operating Company on March 29, 1907. Realty Operating assigned a bond and mortgage to John A. Philbrick & Bro. on April 26, 1907.
1908 7 26 Washington DC A group of special agents is formed within the Justice Department. It later becomes the federal Bureau of Investigation.
1908 12 1 New York NY Ignazio Lupo Creditors note that Ignazio Lupo has disappeared, leaving behind more than $100,000 in business debts for his grocery importing store at 210 to 214 Mott Street. The creditors bring a complaint into bankruptcy court. Lupo is ordered to appear before Jan. 14, 1909.
1908 12 16 New York NY Ignazio Lupo, Salvatore Manzella Bankruptcy petition is filed against Manzella, dealer of wines and Italian products at 196 Elizabeth St. Manzella claims he has been ruined by Lupo.
1908 sum Buffalo NY Giuseppe DiCarlo DiCarlo family arrives in Buffalo after spending some time in Brooklyn.
1908 Milan Salvatore Sabella Sabella begins a three-year sentence in a Milan prison for the murder of his boss in 1905.
1908 Jack Dragna With Dragna 8 years old, his family takes him back to Sicily after a brief stay in the United States.
1908 Ford unveils the Model T - 1908.
1908 Chicago IL Johnny Torrio, Jim Colosimo, Frank Yale Torrio leaves New York (he had been a leader of the Five Points gangs with Frank Yale) at the invitation of Chicago underworld leader Jim Colosimo. Torrio is assigned the task of eliminating Black Handers who are preying on Colosimo's operation.
1908 New York NY Vincent Terranova, Sam Sicci Is questioned and released following the murder of "Diamond Sam" Sicci.
1908 Brooklyn NY Joe Bonanno Bonanno, at age 3, comes to US with his family. Settles briefly in Brooklyn.
1908 New York NY Joseph Petrosino, Enrico Costabili Lt. Petrosino arrests Neapolitan criminal Costabili and arranges for his deportation.
1909 1 New York NY Ignazio Lupo Court rules that Lupo is bankrupt.
1909 2 1 New York NY Ignazio Lupo NYPD Commissioner Theodore Bingham requests the aid of Secretary of State Robert Bacon in arranging with Italy for the extradition of Lupo.
1909 2 7 New York NY Stefano Magaddino Stefano Magaddino, 17, single, of Castellammare del Golfo arrives in New York aboard the S.S. San Giorgio from Palermo.
1909 2 19 New York NY Theodore Bingham, Joseph Petrosino New York Police Commissioner Bingham is on record discussing the supposedly secret visit of Lt. Petrosino to Italy.
1909 2 21 Joseph Petrosino New York Police Lt. Joe Petrosino arrives in Italy to investigate Mafia.
1909 2 28 Joseph Petrosino New York Police Lt,. Joe Petrosino arrives in Sicily and conducts interviews relating to the Mafia.
1909 3 4 Washington DC William Taft Taft is inaugurated as U.S. President.
1909 3 9 New York NY Nicholas Sylvester Sylvester is arrested on suspicion of bomb throwing. He is discharged by Police Court Judge Herman.
1909 3 12 Palermo Palermo Joseph Petrosino NYPD Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino, leader of the Italian Squad, was shot to death in the Piazza Marina of Sicilian capital city Palermo. Petrosino was in Italy on official business of the NYPD.
1909 3 16 Washington DC The Bureau of Investigation - later known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation - is officially created within the Department of Justice in the William Taft Administration.
1909 5 7 Chicago IL Mariano Zagone Zagone is shot to death outside his son-in-law's Gault Court saloon.
1909 7 1 Washington DC Congress makes its first appropriation for the new Bureau of Investigation within the Justice Department.
1909 7 19 Frank DeSimone DeSimone is born. Later an attendee at Apalachin meeting.
1909 7 27 Danbury CT Giovanni Zarcone Zarcone, one of the men arrested in connection with the Barrel Murder, is shot to death at his farm home in Danbury, CT.
1909 8 6 New Haven CT Vincenzo Sabatasse Vincenzo Sabatassae, leader of an extortion ring in New Haven, CT, is sentenced to 28 years in prison.Sabatassae used the alias of Giuseppe Rosi. Police believed he was a member of a New York gang sent to New Haven to organize criminal activity. Codefendants Frank Guido, Jack Liboro, Natale Pascale (cousin of a city official) and Giuseppe Massaro are sentenced to jail terms between three and 25 years. The gang recently robbed hermit Fopoli of gold he brought back from Alaska. Sabatassae was arrested in New York.
1909 9 20 East Harlem NY Genaro Gallucci, Giosue Gallucci Police announce that Giosue Gallucci's brother Genaro has been apprehended and will be deported. Local merchants had complained that Genaro was demanding tribute payments. He had been away from the city for some time.
1909 11 12 New York NY Ignazio Lupo Lupo returns to New York City after nearly a year in hiding. He and his attorney Charles E. LeBarbier enter the office of bankruptcy referee Peter B. Olney, 68 William St. Lupo claims that he was the victim of Black Hand extortion. He says he went to Baltimore to raise money and then went on to Buffalo. He lived with a cousin on New York's West Side for two months and then spent four months living in Ardonia, NY.
1909 11 14 New York NY Genaro Gallucci, Giosue Gallucci, Aniello Prisco Genaro Gallucci is shot to death within his brother Giosue's bakery at 318 East 109th Street. His murderer is not identified but is widely suspected to be Neapolitan Black Hand gangster Aniello "Zopo the Gimp" Prisco.
1909 11 15 New York NY Ignazio Lupo, Giuseppe Morello, Antonio Comito, Antonio Cecala, Nicholas Terranova and others Lupo and Morello and 13 Italian associates are arrested for counterfeiting after police raid their printing plant a stone house in Highland, NY. Morello is arrested at his home and is found to be in possession of Black Hand correspondence with victims in New Orleans. One associate, Pasqual Vasi, is apprehended with 1,200 phoney bills on him. The Secret Service says it recovered counterfeit American and Canadian currency in the raid. Gang's printing specialist, Comito, agrees to testify against the other counterfeiters.
1909 11 17 New York NY Ignazio Lupo Arrested for extortion.
1909 11 24 Danville IL Joseph Mascari A large charge of dynamite, believed to have been placed by Black Handers, explodes under the fruit and wine business of Joseph Mascari, demolishing five buildings and doing an estimated $50,000 worth of damage.
1909 12 15 New York NY Nicholas Sylvester Accused of counterfeiting with the Morello-Lupo gang, Sylvester was also charged with burglarizing a feather company.
1909 New York NY Arnold Rothstein Rothstein opens gambling house at Hotel Francis on West 45th Street. It is reportedly his first established gaming location.
1910 1 9 New York NY Ignazio Lupo Charged with counterfeiting.
1910 1 26 New York NY Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo, Antonio Cecala, Salvatore Cina, Vincenzo Giglio, Giuseppe Calicchio, Giuseppe Palermo, Nicholas Sylvester Counterfeiting trial of Morello, Lupo and six others begins in Judge Ray's U.S. Circuit Court. Assembling the jury took half a day. The defendants are represented by Mirabeau L. Towns, Caesar B.F. Barra, Charles LeBarbier and William Byrnes. Prosecutor Abel F. Smith makes the opening statement. The first witness for the prosecution is Antonio Comito, a Calabrian, who says he unwillingly assisted in the printing of counterfeit currency for the gang.
1910 1 27 New York NY Antonio Comito, Salvatore Cina Comito continues his testimony regarding the printing of counterfeit currency at Salvatore Cina's stone house in Highland NY, across the river from Poughkeepsie. Plans called for bills to be circulated in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
1910 1 31 New York NY Antonio Comito Comito is cross-examined by Mirabeau L. Towns. Comito explains that he was educated in printing and engraving at Catanzaro, later qualified as a teacher and worked for a time as a lawyer and Protestant minister in Brazil (though he was never admitted to the bar or ordained). In New York, he lost a printing job during the economic troubles of 1907 and fell in with the counterfeiting gang in 1908.
1910 2 1 New York NY Antonio Comito Cross-examined by Charles LeBarbier, Comito is asked why he did not look into LeBarbier's face. Comito replies through an interpreter that he did not like LeBarbier's face because it reminded him of the faces of the thugs who forced him to print the counterfeit money.
1910 2 2 New York NY Antonio Comito, Katrina Pascuzzi Comito's cross examination concludes. His girlfriend Katrina Pascuzzi/Pasqussi is called to the stand to corroborate portions of his testimony. During cross examination, defense attorneys ask where she and Comito were living during the trial. Federal agents were holding them in a secret location.
1910 2 3 New York NY M. Danan Prosecution witnesses testify to seeing the counterfeiting defendants in the area of Highland NY. M. Dana says he sold a printing press to the gang.
1910 2 6 Tunisia Carlos Marcello Birth of future New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello to Sicilian parents in Tunisia.
1910 2 10 New York NY Ignazio Lupo U.S. government considers deporting Lupo back to Italy, where he faces a lengthy sentence for murder, but decides to hold him here.
1910 2 15 New York NY Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo Defense attorney Mirabeau L. Towns calls witnesses to the stand to testify to defendant alibis and good character.
1910 2 16 New York NY Ignazio Lupo Taking the witness stand, Lupo tells of his background in Sicily, and of the killing of storekeeper Salvatore Morello which prompted him to flee his homeland at age 19. He tells of his escape to England, then to Montreal and into the U.S. through Buffalo.
1910 2 19 New York NY Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo, Antonio Cecala, Salvatore Cina, Vincenzo Giglio, Giuseppe Calicchio, Giuseppe Palermo, Nicholas Sylvester Judge Ray delivers a charge to the jury lasting two hours and 35 minutes. The jury is sent out to lunch and deliberations at 2 p.m. It returns with guilty verdicts against the accused at 3:15 p.m.
1910 2 19 New York NY Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo, Antonio Cecala, Salvatore Cina, Vincenzo Giglio, Giuseppe Calicchio, Giuseppe Palermo, Nicholas Sylvester Judge Ray issues sentences for the convicted counterfeiters - none less than 15 years and a $1,000 fine. Lupo - 15 years and $500 Count 1, 15 years and $500 Count 2; Morello - 15 years and $500 Count 1, 10 years and $500 Count 2; Calicchio - 15 years Count 1, 2 years Count 2, $600 fine; Sylvester - 15 years and $1,000; Cecala - 12 years Count 1, 3 years Count 2, $1,000 fine; Cina - 15 years and $1,000; Giglio - 15 years and $1,000; Palermo - 18 years and $1,000. Eight other accused counterfeiters of the gang, plus Comito, are still to come to trial.
1910 2 20 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Committed to the United States Penitentiary at Atlanta, GA, as inmate #2882.
1910 2 20 Atlanta GA Ignazio Lupo Committed to the United States Penitentiary at Atlanta, GA, as inmate #2883.
1910 2 21 Atlanta GA Antonio Cecala Committed to the United States Penitentiary at Atlanta, GA, as inmate #2886. Sentenced to 15 years. Cecala was 35. He had been a barber. Full term expires Feb. 20, 1925. Short term expires March 18, 1920.
1910 2 21 Atlanta GA Salvatore Cina Committed to the United States Penitentiary at Atlanta, GA, as inmate #2879. Sentenced to 15 years. Full term expires Feb. 20, 1925. Short term expires March 18, 1920.
1910 2 21 Atlanta GA Vincenzo Giglio Committed to the United States Penitentiary at Atlanta, GA, as inmate #2880. Sentenced to 15 years. He was 30. Full term expires Feb. 20, 1925. Short term expires March 18, 1920.
1910 2 21 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Palermo Committed to the United States Penitentiary at Atlanta, GA, as inmate #2884. Sentenced to 18 years. He was 48. He had been a grocer and liquor merchant. In U.S. eight years. Full term expires Feb. 20, 1928. Short term expires March 23, 1922.
1910 2 21 Atlanta GA Nicholas Sylvester Committed to the United States Penitentiary at Atlanta, GA, as inmate #2884. Sentenced to 15 years. He was 21, employed as a chair maker. Full term expires Feb. 20, 1925. Short term expires March 18, 1920. Sylvester was also known as Nicolo Remegie. His parents were Montana/Monteno and Teresa Remegie, 343 E. 109th St.. His brother was Louis Remegie, 433 Midland Ave., Dunwoodie/Yonkers NY.
1910 2 24 New York NY George W. Ray Judge Ray reveals that he had received a Black Hand threat through the mail at the start of the Morello-Lupo counterfeiting trial. The letter was translated: "If the counterfeiters are not liberated, you will die like a dog. We have killed better men that you or Smith or Flynn."
1910 2 New York NY Nicholas Morello, Vincent Terranova, Ciro Terranova With the two most powerful Morello Mob personalities jailed, leadership of the gang falls to Nicholas "Coco" Terranova (who goes by the name Morello), 20, Vincent Terranova, 23, and Ciro Terranova, 21.
1910 3 7 New York NY Leoluca Vasi Vasi, 1680 3rd Ave., fruit merchant, pleads guilty in Judge Holt's U.S. Circuit Courtroom to possession of 1,148 counterfeit $2 bills. Sentencing is scheduled for March 14. The Secret Service's William Flynn discovers a bundle of phony bills under Vasi's bed. Vasi admits he distributed the bills while tending his fruit stand at 3rd Ave and 90th Street.
1910 3 17 New York NY Salvatore Matsisi Secret Service arrests Matsisi, charging him with distributing the Morello-Lupo gang's counterfeit Canadian currency. William Flynn announces that Matsisi had been one of the suspects in the 1903 Barrel Murder.
1910 3 24 Pueblo CO Sam Falcone Black Hander Sam Falcone is killed by a gunshot through the heart just before 4 p.m., when a sheriff's posse caught up with him. Falcone had been sending extortion letters to Tony Santuso, demanding that $2,000 be placed in a can at a location several miles from the county poor farm. The posse kept an eye on the location. Falcone and a companion were ordered to throw up their hands. Instead, they drew weapons. The companion was wounded but escaped on horseback.
1910 6 23 Atlanta GA Ignazio Lupo, Antonio Cecala Penalized "good time" for trying to bribe a guard to mail unauthorized letters. Lupo and Cecala both received three days in solitary on a restricted diet, lost 20 days of "good time."
1910 7 17 Pittsburgh PA Tony Gallucci Gallucci is arrested in Pittsburgh and held for a hearing before U.S. Commissioner W.T. Lindsey. He is believed to be part of the Morello-Lupo counterfeiting operation.
1910 12 1 New York NY Modesto DiSonna Secret Service agents and New York police discover a package of 500 counterfeit $2 bills within a basement fireplace at 86 Chrystie Street. They arrest 13 men and hold nine of them as "disciples" of Ignazio Lupo. The alleged leader of the nine is DiSonna, of 77 Chrystie Street.
1910 12 10 New York NY Giuseppe Boscarino A federal jury convicts Boscarino of passing counterfeit bills for the Morello-Lupo gang. Boscarino served as a distributor of phony bills. An early lead on Boscarino's activities led William Flynn of the Secret Service to the Morello-Lupo gang. After Morello and Lupo were convicted of counterfeiting, Boscarino attempted to reorganize the remnants of the gang and distribute what remained of the phony bills.
1911 1 1 Brooklyn NY Gaspare Messina Future New England crime boss Gaspare Messina resides in Brooklyn as his first son, Salvatore Joseph, is born.
1911 1 11 Palermo Palermo Giuseppe Piraino Piraino is convicted in Palermo court on unknown charge. He is sentenced to serve 25 years and one month in prison and a 72 lire fine. He escaped and traveled to U.S.
1911 1 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Rumors indicate that Morello is willing to provide information on the assassination of NYPD Lieutenant Petrosino in exchange for a shortened jail sentence. Morello reportedly provides information but refuses to sign his name to his statement. Officials believe he was warned by the Black Hand against cooperating.
1911 1 16 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello William Flynn says he knows nothing of a Morello confession. The idea that Morello was aware of the action against Petrosino in Sicily stemmed from telegrams exchanged between Morello and Carlo Costantino while Costantino was in Sicily.
1911 2 7 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello James V. Ortelero, stenographer for Deputy Police Commissioner (former Secret Service agent) William Flynn, writes to Atlanta Prison officials describing Morello's involvement in the murder of a Sicilian official 25 years earlier. Ortelero's father was blamed for the killing and jailed. Ortelero hoped Morello would confess to the killing.
1911 2 13 Atlanta GA Ignazio Lupo Lupo receives three days in solitary on restricted diet and loses 10 days of "good time" for "laughing, talking and making signs to #2885 Sylvester."
1911 2 15 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello James V. Ortelero writes to warden Moyer describing the murder 22 years earlier of Corleone, Sicily, police official Giovanni Vella. According to Ortelero, Morello and an accomplice were sent to murder Vella by the Mafia. The murder was blamed on Ortelero's father, a political opponent of Vella. A witness to the murder was killed, others frightened into silence. Ortelero mentions that he heard Morello was ready to inform on the murderers of Petrosino, and hopes Morello will take the blame for the Vella murder.
1911 3 20 New York NY Aniello Prisco, Pasquarella Spinelli Aniello Prisco is believed responsible for the shooting death of Pasquarella Spinelli in her East Harlem stables.
1911 4 17 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello James V. Ortelero, stenographer for Deputy Police Commissioner (former Secret Service agent) William Flynn, writes to warden William H. Moyer in anticipation of Morello's confession. Ortelero hopes Morello will confess to a killing for which his ailing father was imprisoned.
1911 4 19 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio writes to prison warden to discuss the presence of Mala Vita / Mafia within the prison, and its danger to him personally.
1911 4 26 Atlanta GA Antonio Cecala Reprimanded for wasting food.
1911 5 17 New York NY Nicholas Terranova Terranova files Declaration of Intention to become a U.S. citizen, Supreme Court of New York County. His address is 216 E. 105th Street. He works as a plasterer.
1911 6 19 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo, et al U.S. Attorney Wise writes to Attorney General George W. Wickersham to express his happiness at the Circuit Court of Appeals affirmation of the counterfeiting convictions. He notes that Secret Service's William Flynn hoped to be able to use the convictions to convince gang members to provide information.
1911 6 23 Washington DC Antonio Comito U.S. Attorney Wise acknowledges receipt of Attorney General's authorization to pay an additional $150 to informer Comito on the condition that he leave the country.
1911 7 11 Atlanta GA Nicholas Sylvester Sylvester is reprimanded and charged five days for quarreling with prisoner #2108 Richter.
1911 9 17 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Palermo Palermo is reprimanded for disorderly conduct.
1911 10 16 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Caliccho Calicchio is warned for disorderly conduct.
1911 10 29 New York NY "Chuck" Monaco, Aniello Prisco, Pasquarella Spinelli, Nelly Lenere Monaco, about 25, is stabbed to death by Lenere, 20, in the home she shares with her step-mother Spinelli. Police hear that Monaco, an associate of Priscos, gained entrance by telling Lenere he had information about her estranged husband who was near death. According to Lenere, Monaco had beaten here to learn the combination of a safe at the home at 239 E. 109th Street. As he attempted to open the safe, Lenere stabbed him 25 times. Some newspapers speculated that the incident was a lovers' quarrel. The police find that Lenere acted in self-defense, but Zopo reportedly swears vengeance on Lenere and Spinelli.
1911 12 26 New York NY Calogero Calamera Calamera, 30, arrives in New York City on Dec. 26, 1911, aboard the S.S. Duca Di Genova. Leaves behind wife Maria Campanella. Heads to Pittston to meet with brother in law Giuseppe Alba on Railroad Street.
1911 12 30 Hartford CT Antonio Pietrolino The body of Antonio Pietrolino, 20, was found face down in a Hartford-area lot. Pietrolino's right hand grasped a loaded revolver. A bullet had passed through his heart. Originally from San Stefano in Calabria, Pietrolino received his mail at the steamship agency of Salvatore DiCaprio, 302 East 44th Street, New York City. He ventured far from the city to extort money from victims.
1911 Buffalo NY Angelo Palmeri Angelo Benedetto Palmeri moves from New York City to Buffalo, and opens a saloon at 103 Dante Place.
1912 1 3 Hartford CT Antonio Pietrolino Authorities believe Pietrolino was killed by a society to which his victims belonged. His murder is linked to the discovery of a suitcase containing two revolvers and a bottle of chloroform puchased in Scranton, PA.
1912 3 20 New York NY Pasquarella Spinelli, Aniello Prisco, Nelly Lenere Prisco appears to follow through on his vow to avenge the 1911 death of Francesco "Chick" Monaco. At dusk, he and an associate corner Pasquarella in her stable, 334 E. 108th Street, and fire three bullets into her. She falls dead as her step-daughter, Lenere, watches from a front window of their new home across the street at 335 E. 108th Street. Lenere later flees the country. Some say she was subsequently found and murdered in Italy.
1912 4 14 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Palermo Disorderly conduct results in a punishment of three days in isolation and on restricted diet.
1912 4 16 New York NY Giuseppe Morello, Calogero Morello, Charles Bario, Joseph Pollizzo Morello's son, Calogero, is shot to death in a gunfight in East Harlem. Calogero and Joseph Pollizzo had shared an apartment, 214 E. 107th Street until Pollizzo was jailed for burglary - he was recently released. Bario lived at 249 E. 113th Street. Factions in the street gang blame each other for providing police with evidence used to convict Pollizzo. The three men leave a saloon at 114th Street and 3rd Ave. together after 9:30 p.m. Morello draws a handgun and fires point-blank into Bario. Bario returns fire, as Pollizzi fumbles momentarily with his weapon. Morello and Pollizzi shoot at each other, as Morello retreats. All are found near death.
1912 4 17 New York NY Conflict erupts between Sicilians and Neapolitans in the city. Asbury reports that five men are killed in a gun battle at 114th Street and Third Avenue.
1912 4 28 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo Morello's mother, Angela Piazza Morello, writes to warden William Moyer, asking that Morello be moved in with Ignazio Lupo at least temporarily, as Morello mourns the death of his son.
1912 5 14 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo Angela Piazza and Lina Morello (Morello's wife) write to warden Moyer asking that Morello be moved into a cell with Lupo, as Morello mourns the death of his son Calogero.
1912 5 16 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Vincent Terranova, 252 E. 105th Street, NYC, visits his brother Morello at Atlanta Prison.
1912 6 6 New York NY W. Bourke Cochran, Giuseppe Morello Attorney Cochran files an appeal of the verdict in Morello's counterfeiting trial. He argues that the prosecution earned a guilty verdict in the counterfeiting case by providing evidence that Morello had been guilty of murder. The verdict is upheld by the appeals court.
1912 6 10 Washington DC Giuseppe Morello U.S. Attorney Wise writes to the Solicitor General regarding writ of certiorari. "I sincerely trust that the Court will not grant the writ. It would be a great misfortune is there should be a reversal in that case, as the Government's witnesses have all disappeared and there could not be a retrial."
1912 6 10 Washington DC Giuseppe Morello U.S. Supreme Court denies a writ of certiorari in the case of Giuseppe Morello v. the United States, No. 1168, Oct. term 1911.
1912 6 10 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello, Nicholas Terranova Wife Nicolina Salemi Morello and brother Nicholas Terranova, 252 E. 105th St., visit Morello.
1912 7 14 Atlanta GA Ignazio Lupo News reports indicate that imprisoned counterfeiter Ignazio Lupo intends to assassinate Detective William J. Flynn and others who had a hand in his conviction.
1912 8 24 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Carmine Altieri of Estates Mortgage Securities Company, NYC, writes to the warden asking that he question Morello on what became of the Ignatz Florio Co-Operative Association. "I should like to know why the property situated at 512 and 516 East 80 th Street, which this company owned, was turned over to one of the stockholders and nothing given to the rest. There are about 150 stockholders in this company and they are desirous of knowing why this one was given preference. This company also owned eight more houses and the stockholders would like to know what has been done with these. The stockholders in this company are all poor and hardworking people who have invested all their earnings in this company."
1912 8 24 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Notes handwritten on back of Altieri letter above: "1. Now, does not exist. 2. Now knows nothing of this property. Has been in pen so long has forgotten everything."
1912 8 27 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Responding to Altieri, the warden writes, "I advise you that this prisoner says that 'The Ignatz Florio Co-Operative Association' does not now exist and that he knows nothing of this property."
1912 8 29 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Altieri writes again, asking what happened to other parcels on East 137th and East 138th Streets, NYC.
1912 9 20 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio asks warden for permission to work on a perpetual motion machine and to order parts from catalogs.
1912 9 22 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio writes to Scientific American magazine asking for $50 to help him build a perpetual motion machine.
1912 9 25 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Calicchio Prison warden writes to deputy warden: "…I will not approve any more special letters, nor will I specially approve the delivery of catalogues or books to him in furtherance of his alleged invention of a perpetual motion machine. So far as human knowledge extends now, perpetual motion is a human impossibility and, being so, there is no use in wasting time or money in considering it."
1912 10 3 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Palermo Palermo suffers paralysis to his left arm and left leg and is admitted to the prison hospital.
1912 10 5 Atlanta GA Vincenzo Giglio Disciplined for fighting, Giglio gets solitary confinement for five days.
1912 10 25 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Palermo With help from medical staff, Palermo begins limited walking.
1912 10 New York NY Frank Yale Yale is charged with disorderly conduct - first charge to go on his police record.
1912 12 16 East Harlem NY Aniello Prisco, Giosue Gallucci, John Russomano Black Hand extortionist Prisco, resident of 2133 First Avenue, has been attempting to extort money from East Harlem rackets boss Gallucci. A meeting is set up between the two men for late Dec. 16 at Nick DelGaudio's barbershop. Gallucci suddently takes ill before the meeting and sends word through assistant Tony Capilongo that he will meet Prisco in the rear room of a bake shop downstairs from the Gallucci apartment. As Prisco arrives, he is shot in the head by Gallucci bodyguard Russomano. Gallucci reports: Prisco shoved a revolver to his belly and demanded $100. Seeing that Russomano drew a weapon. Prisco turned toward Russomano but Russomano got the first shots off.
1912 12 19 East Harlem NY Aniello Prisco, John Russomano A coroner's jury decides that Russomano's killing of Prisco was done is self-defense. Russomano is released.
1912 Castellammare del Golfo Trapani Joe Bonanno The Bonanno family returns home to Sicily after learning of a threat to their interests their.
1912 Brooklyn NY Salvatore Sabella The future Philadelphia Mafia ruler arrives in Brooklyn after sailing from his native Sicily.
1913 1 11 Brooklyn NY Gaspare Messina Future New England crime boss Gaspare Messina resides in Brooklyn as his second son, Luciano, is born.
1913 2 9 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Calicchio, Antonio Cecala Calicchio is disciplined for stealing from the prison tailer shop. He took a light bulb to use in his cell. He is reprimanded and his cell is to be kept dark for 10 days. Cecala aided him in the theft and receives the same punishment.
1913 2 12 Anthony Corallo Future New York crime family head Antonio "Tony Ducks" Corallo is born.
1913 2 14 IN Jimmy Hoffa Birth of future Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.
1913 2 18 New York NY John Russomano, Tony Capilongo Unknown gunmen fire what are believed to be rifles equipped with silencing devices at Russomano and his bodyguard Capilongo as the two are about to enter Russomano's home at 329 E. 109th Street. No shots are heard, but Russomano tells police Capilongo (also known as Tony Vivola) turned, cried out and fell. It was then that Russomano felt a sting in one arm, then his back and then his other arm. He cried out for help, and Giosue Gallucci ran over from his nearby business. Police blocked off the street but could not find the gunmen. The incident is believed to be linked to Russomano's killing of Aniello Prisco (1912).
1913 3 4 Washington DC Woodrow Wilson Inaugurated as U.S. President.
1913 3 31 Henry A. Wise U.S. Attorney Wise announces plans to go into private practice in partnership with Ernest A. Bigelow, as his term as a federal prosecutor endd. Wise served as prosecutor for the Morello-Lupo counterfeiting case. He had been appointed by President Taft on April 1, 1909.
1913 4 9 New York NY Amadeo Buonomo, Aniello Prisco Buonomo is shot at close range in the back of the head as he begins to climb downstairs to a wine cellar at 113th Street and First Avenue. Buonomo is believed to have been a member of the Zopo Prisco gang.
1913 5 19 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Palermo Palermo's nephew Frank Minore writes to him, describing conversations he had with attorneys and with William Flynn. They "absolutely refuse that you come out of the penitentiary, as you are bad people, rabble of the Black Hand, and adding so many more bad words. What can we do? This was our fate, and this we must embrace..."
1913 5 23 New York NY Vito Genovese Genovese, 16, enters the U.S. at New York aboard the S.S. Taormina.
1913 5 23 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Palermo Palermo's nephew Frank Minore writes to him of the futility of trying for Presidential intervention. "They went personally to the President, and they had the answer that you belong to Lupo's band, that there is the hospital if you are sick, and the cemetery if you die; but that you will never come out of the prison. Do you understand? You are considered as the others; that is all..." "I would say and advise you to eat, drink and keep up your good conduct, and that is all to it."
1913 5 24 New York NY Charles Lomonte An unknown gunman opens fire on Fortunato "Charles" Lomonte as he drives a cart up Fifth Avenue near 108th Street. Lomonte escapes, but his bodyguard is shot to death.
1913 6 5 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Palermo Palermo's nephew Frank Minore writes to him comparing their attorneys to Black Handers: "They are robbing the money without accomplishing anything at all."
1913 10 15 Atlanta GA Nicholas Sylvester The President commutes Sylvester's sentence to five years. With good conduct allowance, his release date moves to Oct. 28, 1913.
1913 10 19 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio is disciplined for creating a disturbance in the cell houses - clapping and yelling. He is reprimanded and charged 30 days conditionally.
1913 10 20 Atlanta GA Ignazio Lupo Reprimanded and warned for disorderly conduct
1913 10 21 Atlanta GA Nicholas Sylvester Pardon Attorney James Finch writes to prison warden, sending him the warrant of commutation for Sylvester.
1913 10 23 Atlanta GA Nicholas Sylvester Sylvester notes that he had been penalized five days of good conduct time for an argument in July 1911. As that would have delayed his release, he asks the warden to restore the five days. In a separate note, he also asks that an overcoat be issued to him upon his release, "since I am going to New York City, where the weather is extremely cold at this time of year."
1913 10 25 Atlanta GA Nicholas Sylvester Warden decides to restore the five days good conduct time to Sylvester.
1913 10 28 Atlanta GA Nicholas Sylvester Sylvester is released. He is the first of the Morello-Lupo defendants to exit Atlanta penitentiary.
1913 11 3 New York NY Nicholas Terranova Terranova files petition for naturalization with the New York State Supreme Court. His address is 252 E. 105th St. He works as a plasterer.
1913 11 4 CT Three people - including one woman - are sentenced to death at the conclusion of a Connecticut murder trial.
1913 11 13 Jimmy Fratiano Aladena 'Jimmy' Fratiano is born in Italy.
1913 12 13 Atlanta GA Vincenzo Giglio Reprimanded for disorderly conduct in his cell. Musical privilege is suspended for a month.
1913 New York NY Giuseppe Masseria Masseria is arrested and sentenced to 4.5 years after a failed burglary of a pawn shop at 164 Bowery.
1914 1 8 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio is disciplined for infraction of rules and disorderly conduct. He is reprimanded and warned.
1914 2 7 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Asked for a medical progress report on Morello, prison physician J. Calvin Weaver responds, "This man is in rather a run-down condition, and requires a good deal of medical attention. He suffers a good deal from indigestion, and recently I issued a request that he be given a change of work to some light job. His condition is only fair."
1914 2 15 New York NY Rosario Bufalino Young Bufalino returns to the U.S. after a time in Italy following the death of his mother. He and his sister Giuseppa go to stay with their brother Calogero in Buffalo.
1914 2 19 New York NY Louis Lazazara, Pasqualina Spinelli Louis Lazazara, 62, is stabbed to death at First Avenue and East 108th Street. Lazazara was partner of Pasquarella Spinelli in a stable at 337 East 108th Street. Police arrest Angelo Lasco, saloonkeepyer, in front of 301 East 108th Street. He was blood-stained. Lazazara and "stableboy" Aniello Prisco had been arrested in connection with Spinelli's murder but were discharged.
1914 3 10 New York NY Nicholas Terranova Terranova is naturalized a citizen of the U.S.
1914 3 15 Aniello Dellacroce Birth of future New York crime family underboss Aniello Dellacroce.
1914 4 12 Boston MA Antonio Messina Antonio Messina, 30, claims not to know who fired three slugs into his body in East Boston. The shooting was done on Sumner Street in the early evening, within view of several bystanders.
1914 4 13 Boston MA Antonio Messina Boston police search for an unknown Italian male responsible for attempting to murder Antonio Messina, 30.
1914 4 29 John Dioguardi Birth of future New York labor racketeer Johnny Dioguardi.
1914 5 5 Atlanta GA Vincenzo Giglio Giglio dies in prison. Daughter later writes to prison asking for a photo of Giglio so she could remember him.
1914 5 23 East Harlem NY Charles Lomonte, Ciro Terranova, Giuseppe Masseria Fortunato "Charles" Lomonte, of 213 E. 107th Street, is gunned down at 116th Street and 1st Avenue at 11 a.m. He had been on his way to his grain company office, 2131 First Avenue. He is taken to Harlem Hospital with three bullet wounds. His brother Thomas refuses to assist authorities in their investigation. Fortunato Lomonte was an ally of Terranova and perhaps the Mafia chief of East Harlem. The murder was the result of conflict with Brooklyn-based Mafia boss of bosses Salvatore D'Aquila, who sent his top assassin Umberto Valenti to eliminate Lomonte.
1914 6 9 New York NY Ciro Terranova Terranova files Declaration of Intention to become a U.S. citizen, Supreme Court of New York County. His address at the time is 253 E. 105th Street. He works as a plaster contractor.
1914 7 7 New York NY Thomas Lomonte Gaetano "Thomas" Lomonte applies for U.S. citizenship.
1914 7 16 Chicago IL Jim Colosimo A Chicago detective is killed on Twenty-Second Street. Police believe saloonkeeper Jim Colosimo has information related to the crime.
1914 7 21 Chicago IL Jim Colosimo For refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the slaying of a detective, Chicago's 'Big Jim' Colosimo becomes a target of law enforcement and media attention.
1914 7 28 World War I begins in Europe - July 28, 1914.
1914 8 5 New York NY Angelo Genna Future Chicago Mafia boss Angelo Genna arrives in New York aboard the S.S. Venezia. He is on his way to meet his brother Pietro, 870 Blue Island Avenue in Chicago.
1914 8 27 Chicago IL Jim Colosimo Chicago newspapers report that Jim Colosimo, fearing costly legal judgments, put his real estate holdings into the name of his first wife, Victoria Moresco.
1914 10 19 East Harlem NY Nick DelGaudio Neapolitan gang boss DelGaudio, of 2029 First Avenue, is shot to death by a gunman in the upstairs loft of a stable at 421 East 104th Street near First Avenue.
1914 11 6 New York NY Owney Madden Owney "the Killer" Madden, leader of the Gophers gang, is shot five times by members of the Hudson Dusters gang while relaxing at the Arbor Dance Hall, Seventh Avenue and 52nd Street. Madden survives. He refuses to cooperate with police, choosing to handle the matter himself.
1914 11 15 Tampa FL Santo Trafficante Jr. Santo Trafficante Jr. is born to Santo Sr. and Maria Giuseppa Cacciatore Trafficante at Tampa.
1914 11 24 East Harlem NY Barnet Baff Poultry businessman Barnet Baff is murdered by Sicilian gunmen at his shop in Washington Market.
1914 11 26 New York NY Owney Madden, William Moore Gophers gang leader Owney Madden settles a score by killing Hudson Dusters gangster William Moore. (Alt date: 11-28-1914.)
1914 11 28 New York NY Owney Madden, William Moore Madden is believed to be responsible for ordering the killing of Hudson Duster William Moore. Moore is killed by Gopher gangsters in a saloon on Eighth Avenue and 41st Street.
1914 Philadelphia PA Salvatore Sabella The future Mafia boss is noted in the south Philadelphia business community.
1914 Chicago IL Jack Dragna Dragna returns to the U.S. for good. Briefly affiliated with Chicago gangs before establishing himself in southern California.
1915 1 3 Atlanta GA Antonio Cecala Parole is denied.
1915 1 9 Atlanta GA Ignazio Lupo Reprimanded and warned for spitting on the floor.
1915 1 28 New York NY Leopoldo Lauritano Brooklyn-based Camorra boss Lauritano is naturalized a citizen of the U.S. in New York City.
1915 1 30 Chicago IL Jim Colosimo After weeks of legal battles, Jim Colosimo's restaurant at 2128 Wabash Avenue in Chicago is allowed to reopen.
1915 2 4 During World War I, Germany declares Britain blockaded. All ships approaching the nation are considered targets for U-Boats.
1915 2 24 New York NY Calogero Calamera Calamera, 40, arrives in New York aboard the S.S. Stampalia. He leaves behind his wife Maria Campanella in Montedoro. He heads for Pittston PA, to nmeet his cousin Giuseppe Alba.
1915 4 27 Boston MA Gaspare Messina Gaspare Messina resides in Boston as his third son, Vito Anthony, is born.
1915 5 7 128 Americans killed after German U-Boat sinks British Lusitania - May 7, 1915.
1915 5 17 East Harlem NY Giosue Gallucci, Lucca Gallucci The "king" of the East Harlem underworld is shot along with his son Lucca at Lucca's coffeehouse, 336 E. 109th Street. Gallucci, born in Naples, had previously led a band of Sicilian and Neapolitan racketeers in East Harlem. The murders of Sicilian leader Charles Lomonte (1914) and Gallucci seems to indicate that the Sicilian and Neapolitan factions have split ands are warring.
1915 5 18 East Harlem NY Lucca Gallucci Lucca Gallucci dies at Bellevue Hospital of his gunshot wounds.
1915 5 21 East Harlem NY Giosue Gallucci East Harlem underworld boss Giosue Gallucci dies at Bellevue Hospital of his gunshot wounds.
1915 6 21 Boston MA Vincenzo Zenjazo, Girolamo Messina A man known as Vincenzo Zenjazo, 26, is arrested in Boston in connection with the shooting death of Girolamo Messina, 40.
1915 6 26 Brooklyn NY Paul Castellano Paul Castellano is born in Brooklyn. Given name is Constantino Paul Castellano.
1915 7 22 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Responding to a request from Warden Fred G. Zerbst, prison physician J. Calvin Weaver notes that Morello's weight increased from 154 pounds to 185 pounds since his imprisonment. "Morello has suffered a great deal from pains in the region of the heart, which apparently were caused by poor circulation, and on that account he was put on heart tonics and heart stimulants with very beneficial results." Doctor notes "considerable improvement" in the past year.
1915 8 21 Atlanta GA Ignazio Lupo Lupo receives five days in solitary on restricted diet for "renumbering clothing contrary to prison rules."
1915 10 13 East Harlem NY Thomas Lomonte Lomonte, brother of the murdered Charles Lomonte (1914), is also killed. He is shot at the corner of 116th Street and First Avenue.
1915 10 22 East Harlem NY Ippolito Greco Greco, owner of the East Harlem "murder stable" at 227 East 108th Street, is found dead there with a bullet wound in his head. Greco is believed to have been the middle man in the arrangement of the Barnet Baff murder of 1914.
1915 10 28 New York NY Vincenzo Terranova Terranova files Petition for Naturalization with New York State Supreme Court. He works as a merchant. His address is 350 E. 116th Street.
1915 New York NY Frank Costello Costello is jailed for one year for carrying a concealed weapon. Serves 10 months.
1915 CA Jack Dragna Dragna is convicted of extortion and sentenced to serve a prison term at San Quentin. He is later freed on appeal.
1916 1 5 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Palermo Parole is denied.
1916 2 9 East Harlem NY Barnet Baff, Frank Ferrara, Giuseppe Arichiello Ferrara confesses that he drove gunmen to murder Barnet Baff at his shop at the West Washington Market on Nov. 24, 1914. Ferrara indicates that Arichiello was Baff's murderer.
1916 4 Coney Island NY Pelligrino Morano, Alessandro Vollero, Tony Notaro Notaro is quickly initiated into Brooklyn Camorra as the group plans an attack on the Morello mob leadership.
1916 5 17 Atlanta GA Salvatore Cina President commutes Cina's sentence to 10 years.
1916 5 19 Atlanta GA Salvatore Cina Pardon Attorney James Finch writes to prison warden, sending him the warrant of commutation for Cina.
1916 5 23 Atlanta GA Salvatore Cina Cina receives warrant commuting his sentence to 10 years. Cina's release date is changed to Nov. 7, 1916.
1916 6 4 U.S. enters World War I - April 6, 1917.
1916 6 27 New York NY Charlie Luciano Luciano is arrested in New York on drug charges. He is sentenced to an indefinite term in the penitentiary.
1916 7 20 New York NY Giuseppe DeMarco As a possible retribution for the Lomonte killings, DeMarco, who ran a gambling establishment at 54 James St., is killed there. His friend Charles "Nine-Fingered Charlie" Lombardi is also killed. Ciro Terranova is believed to have ordered the hit. DeMarco was an East Harlem racketeer who recently opened gaming rooms downtown.
1916 7 21 New York NY Giuseppe DeMarco Police believe DeMarco may have been targeted for murder by the leaders of the Fourteenth Street and 105th Street gangs, or by a Black Hand boss "of equal power to the Galluccis" who worked as an importer.
1916 7 22 New York NY Giuseppe DeMarco Two women claim to be DeMarco's wives, attempt to claim his remains.
1916 9 Brooklyn NY Pelligrino Morano, Alessandro Vollero, Vincenzo Paragallo, Tony Notary, Ralph Daniello The leadership of the Brooklyn Camorra decides to attack directly against the leadership of the Manhattan Mafia (Morellos Mob). The Camorra is led by Morano, with Paragallo serving as his lieutenant. Vollero appears to have run an affiliated gang. The Camorra assigns Tony Notaro, from out of town, and Ralph Daniello to a group of assassins.
1916 9 7 Brooklyn NY Nicholas Terranova, Charles Ubriaco Mafiosi Nicholas Terranova and Charles Ubriaco, 27, 431 E. 116th St NYC, were shot to death during a gunfight on Johnson Street, between Fleet Place and Hudson Avenue, Brooklyn. Terranova was hit by six bullets, Ubriaco by two. Police identified Ubriaco from fingerprints - he had been arrested June 1915 for carrying a revolver. Ciro Terranova identified Nicholas as his brother. Detective Michael Mealli, former member of the Italian Squad, was one of the investigators. He thought he recognized Terranova.
1916 10 6 New York NY Antonio Notaro, Angelo Giordano, Giuseppe Verrazano Angelo Giordano orders Antonio Notaro to kill gambler Verrazano. The murder is accomplished in a restaurant at 341 Broome Street. After the killing, Giordano and Notaro attend a movie.
1916 10 12 Tom Russi, Cosmo DiNuccio Providence RI and Massachusetts police search for Fred and Tom Russi, believed to be responsible for the shooting of Cosmo DiNuccio and for a white slave ring in Providence.
1916 10 13 New York NY Salvatore DeMarco Police find the remains of Salvatore DeMarco, Neapolitan gang leader and brother of murdered Giuseppe DeMarco, under the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge. There was an ax wound to his head and a razor slash across his throat. DeMarco appeared ready to cooperate with police in the investigation of his brother's murder.
1916 12 8 East Harlem NY Gaetano DelGaudio DelGaudio is shot to death while serving coffee in his lunchroom near the East Harlem "murder stable."
1916 12 Atlanta GA Ignazio Lupo Deputy Warden Brock of Atlanta Prison is murdered as Lupo stands six feet away. Lupo later claims to know nothing of what happened. Another prisoner claims that Lupo knew of the murder before it happened and positioned himself because "he wanted to see this thing come off."
1916 New York NY Charles Luciano At 19, Luciano is sentenced to a year behind bars for dealing in narcotics. He serves just six months.
1916 Atlanta GA Ignazio Lupo Ignazio's father Rocco dies in Italy. He had returned there after living for a time in U.S.
1917 1 3 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Pardon Attorney Finch writes to the Atlanta warden to ask if there was evidence that Morello knew about the attack on the deputy warden.
1917 1 3 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo Warden Zerbst writes to Pardon Attorney Finch: "Giuseppe Morello is intimate with Lupo but no evidence developed showing Morello knew of intended killing of Deputy Warden. Indications are that Lupo knew."
1917 2 1 Germany begins unrestricted U-Boat campaign.
1917 3 3 New York NY Anthony Celantano New York police arrest Anthony Celantano and break up a large numbers racket.
1917 3 16 Yonkers NY Generoso Nazarro "Joe Chuck" Nazarro, member of A Harlem gang, is murdered in Yonkers on orders of a growing New York crime syndicate.
1917 4 6 Woodrow Wilson U.S. enters WWI with declaration of war against Germany.
1917 4 12 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio writes to Attorney General Gregory asking him to look into the sorry state of his family in Italy.
1917 4 15 New York NY Vito Genovese Vito Genovese is arrested for illegal possession of a revolver. He is convicted and sentenced to 60 days at the work house.
1917 5 7 Brooklyn NY Ralph Daniello, Louis Demarco Daniello is responsible for the shooting death of Demarco in front of 123 Navy Street in Brooklyn.
1917 5 29 Brookline MA John F. Kennedy Future U.S. President John F. Kennedy is born in Brookline, MA.
1917 6 10 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio is disciplined for wasting food. He loses baseball and moving picture privileges for three weeks.
1917 7 13 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Morello attorney Joel M. Marx sends an application for executive clemency to Morello for his signature.
1917 7 18 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Morello signs and returns the application for executive clemency.
1917 7 24 Detroit MI Andrea Lacatto, Emanuel Rogers Detective Sgt. Emanuel Rogers of Detroit is murdered by mobster Andrea Lacatto.
1917 7 31 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Morello's petition for executive clemency is filed.
1917 8 6 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Prison physician reports that Morello has developed an "organic heart lesion" and has lost weight.
1917 9 17 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Prison physician reports that Morello is in "rather poor condition" and suffers with "heart trouble."
1917 10 22 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio is disciplined for wasting food. He is placed in isolation on a restricted diet for three days.
1917 11 11 Brooklyn NY Antonio Mazzara, Antonio DiBenedetto Antonio Mazzara and Antonio DiBenedetto are killed at North Fifth Street and Roebling in Brooklyn.
1917 11 19 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Prison assistant physician reports that Morello's condition had become "very poor" and he has lost 12 pounds.
1917 11 22 Washington DC Giuseppe Morello President Woodrow Wilson writes to Attorney General T.W. Gregory to ask about the Morello case: "I would be very much obliged if you would be kind enough to have a memorandum sent me about the pardon case of Giuseppe Morello. I have been very much interested by what I have heard of it and would like to have a report on it."
1917 11 27 New York NY Ralph Daniello Daniello's confession causes police to arrest 10 gangsters around New York. Daniello tells of the Mafia-Camorra conflict and provides details related to 23 killings.
1917 11 28 New York NY Ralph Daniello, Michael Mealli Daniello tells prosecutors that Detective Michael Mealli was paid by the Camorra to ignore its crimes.
1917 11 30 New York NY Ralph Daniello, Ciro Terranova, Vincent Terranova, Anthony Santulli Daniello's confessions lead to the indictment of 17 men for murder. The defendants include Daniello, Santulli and the Terranova brothers.
1917 12 3 New York NY Ralph Daniello Daniello explains to prosecutors that there are three major areas of Italian criminal operations in the city - Brooklyn, East Harlem and Downtown Manhattan. There are 10 bosses in those areas - four in Brooklyn and three each in the other territories.
1917 12 17 Washington DC Woodrow Wilson WWI U.S. declaration of war against German ally Austria-Hungary.
1917 12 18 Los Angeles CA Pietro Matranga Pietro Matranga, Los Angeles fruit merchant, is shot to death at Eastlake Avenue and Henry Street.
1917 12 20 Los Angeles CA Mike Marino, Pietro Matranga Los Angeles police seek Mafia gunman Mike Marino, regarded as an international gunman in the employ of the Mafia. They believe Marino was involved in the slaying of Pietro Matranga.
1918 1 8 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Morello's counterfeiting sentence is commuted to 15 years by the President.
1918 1 10 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Morello's attorney writes to Atlanta Prison advising of the commutation of Morello's sentence.
1918 1 14 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Warrant for Morello's release, signed by Pardon Attorney James A. Finch, is delivered to Morello at Atlanta Prison.
1918 1 14 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Warden Zerbst writes to Morello's attorney, noting that the commutation document had been received, but explaining that Morello will not be eligible for parole until he has served one-third of his original sentence (June 20, 1918).
1918 1 24 Atlanta GA Ignazio Lupo Former Secret Service Agent William Flynn supports Lupo's application for executive clemency. "I believe this defendant has been sufficiently punished by his present imprisonment of eight years and I therefore beg to recommend the granting of executive clemency in this case."
1918 1 26 New York NY Ralph Daniello, Rocco Valente Daniello's confession leads to the roundup of Italian gang members, including Rocco Valente. Valente is arrested in Troy NY and charged with complicity in the murders of Joseph DeMarco and Charles Lombardi.
1918 2 5 Atlanta GA Ignazio Lupo Flynn writes again to the President on Lupo's behalf. He indicates that he believes the relative guilt of Morello and Lupo was the same and noted that Lupo's punishment has been greater.
1918 2 9 Brooklyn NY Joseph Florino Florino is arrested for assault and later discharged.
1918 2 14 Brooklyn NY Allessandro Vollero, Nicholas Terranova, Charles Ubriaco Wine merchant Vollero and eight others are tried for first degree murder in connection with the 1916 shooting deaths of Terranova and Ubriaco. The jury learns that, to avenge the earlier 1916 killing of Nicholas DelGaudio in Manhattan, Camorra leaders lured Terranova and Ubriaco to Brooklyn with the promise of a peace conference. Assistant D.A. Warbasse told the jury that, following the murders, the Vollero gang celebrated with a dinner at the San Lucia Restaurant of Pellegrino Morano at Coney Island.
1918 2 15 Brooklyn NY Allessandro Vollero, Nicholas Terranova, Charles Ubriaco, Ralph Daniello The day's testimony in Supreme Court Justice Isaac M. Kapper's courtroom is entirely provided by Daniello, He testifies to preparations for the killing of Terranova and Ubriaco and to a bribery fund gathered for former Italian Squad detective Michael Mealli.
1918 2 18 Brooklyn NY Allessandro Vollero, Nicholas Terranova, Charles Ubriaco Supreme Court Justice Isaac M. Kapper takes ill. A mistrial is declared in the murder trial of Vollero and eight other Camorrists. A new trial is expected to start March 4.
1918 3 8 Brooklyn NY Allessandro Vollero, Gasparino Vincinanza, Nicholas Terranova, Charles Ubriaco Vincinanza, a former cellmate of Vollero, testifies to Vollero's plotting against the Morello family, who he felt were responsible for the murder of his close friend.
1918 3 14 Brooklyn NY Allessandro Vollero, Nicholas Terranova, Charles Ubriaco Vollero is convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the 1916 slayings of Terranova and Ubriaco. Vollero is called the head of the Camorra organization based at Navy Street in Brooklyn.
1918 4 22 New York NY Vito Genovese Genovese is arrested for felonious assault and later discharged.
1918 4 26 New York NY Antonio Notaro, Angelo Giordano, Giuseppe Verrazano Notaro, previously convicted of the 1916 murder of Giuseppe Verrazano, testifies that Giordano ordered him to commit the murder or be killed himself.
1918 5 14 New York NY Tony Notaro, Ralph Daniello, Pelligrino Morano, Alessandro Vollero Gunman Tony Notaro testifies against Brooklyn Camorra boss Pellegrino Morano in a trial for the 1916 murders of Nicholas Terranova and Charles Ubriaco.
1918 5 20 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Atlanta Prison records clerk sends a letter to Joel M. Marx, noting that Morello's application for parole was denied.
1918 5 28 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Though Morello is confined to the prison hospital, the physician reports that he is not seriously ill.
1918 6 6 New York NY Ciro Terranova, John Esposito, Giuseppe DeMarco, Charles Lombardi, Leopoldo Lauritano Admitted assassin "Lefty" Esposito testifies against Terranova as Terranova stands trial for ordering the July 20, 1916, murder of Joseph DeMarco (Charles Lombardi was accidentally killed as well). Terranova is acquitted because the witnesses against him also are technically accomplices in the crimes charged against him and no independent corroboration is offered. Esposito says he was paid by and took orders from Brooklyn saloonkeeper Leopoldo Lauritano.
1918 6 7 New York NY Nicholas Terranova, Charles Ubriaco, John Esposito, James Notaro, Alphonse Sgroia "Lefty" Esposito, 26, 657 Degraw St.; "Mike the Fixer," Notaro, 25, Hempstead; and "Butch" Sgroia, 33, 331 43rd St. plead guilty to first degree manslaughter in connection with the 1916 killings of Terranova and Ubriaco. They had provided information to Assistant D.A. Herbert N. Warbasse.
1918 6 20 New York NY Ralph Daniello Daniello pleads guilty to second degree manslaughter and is given a suspended sentence.
1918 6 20 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Earliest possible parole date according to Morello's original sentence.
1918 6 New York NY Leopoldo Lauritano, Giuseppe Verrazano While held as a suspect in the Verrazano murder of October 1916, Lauritano is tried and convicted of manslaughter. He begins a sentence of 20 years in Sing Sing Prison.
1918 7 25 New York NY Ciro Terranova Terranova files Petition for Naturalization with New York State Supreme Court. He and his wife Tessie Catania have three children - Angelina, Benjamin and Anna. Their address is 350 E. 116th Street.
1918 9 7 New York NY Frank Patsui A murder occurs at the Knickerbocker Club - organization of waiters - at 78 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. "Patsy" Patsui later claims responsibility.
1918 9 12 Boston MA Gaspare Messina Gaspare Messina lives at 330 North Street in Boston as he registers for the World War I draft. He works as a baker at 275 North Street.
1918 9 12 Atlanta GA Ignazio Lupo While incarcerated in Atlanta, Lupo registers for the WWI draft. Card indicates home address of 423 Jefferson St., Hoboken, NJ; birthdate of March 21, 1877; nearest relative Salvatrice Lupo, 350 E. 16th Street, NYC; occupation of prisoner; height medium; build medium; eyes brown; hair gray.
1918 9 12 Atlanta GA Antonio Cecala While incarcerated in Atlanta, Cecala registers for the WWI draft. Card indicates home address of 204 E. 4th Street, NYC; birthdate of April 4, 1875; naturalized citizen; nearest relative Grace Cecala, 558 E 191st St. Bronx.; he is short, stout, brown eyes, black hair.
1918 10 16 Los Angeles CA Tony Matranga, Pietro Matranga, Sam Matranga, Stephen Ardizzone Los Angeles police believe Tony Matranga, father of deceased Mafiosi Pietro and Sam Matranga, is responsible for the shooting of Stephen Ardizzone.
1918 11 1 Los Angeles CA Tony Matranga, Stephen Ardizzone Witnesses to the shooting of Stephen Ardizzono in Los Angeles say prime suspect, Tony Matranga was not Ardizzono's assailant.
1918 11 11 Woodrow Wilson Armistice - ceasefire takes effect, ending hostilities of WWI.
1918 12 2 Brooklyn NY Giuseppe Piraino, Gasparino Candello "Clutching Hand" Piraino is arrested in connection with the murder of Candello. Candello had been stabbed 21 times, tied up and stuffed into a barrel found at 44th Street and Eighth Avenue in Brooklyn. Three other men also charged. Tried and acquitted.
1918 12 7 New York NY Giro Accunzo Accunzo, a Court Street butcher, is murdered.
1918 12 10 New York NY Giro Accunzo, Frank Patsui, Charles Passarelli, Joseph Mongelli, Joseph Vaccaro, John Panico Police arrest Patsui, Passarelli and Mongelli in connection with the murder of Accunzo. They learn of the involvement of Vaccaro and Panico in the murder.
1918 12 12 New York NY Giro Accunzo, Frank Patsui, Charles Passarelli, Joseph Mongelli, Joseph Vaccaro, John Panico Vaccaro and Panico are arrested and held for the murder of Accunzo. Vaccaro is accused of offering $1,000 to the killers.
1918 New York NY Influenza epidemic hits New York City. Single year flu deaths number 12,562 - 1918.
1919 1 2 Brooklyn NY Giuseppe Piraino "Clutching Hand is arrested and charged with murder. Later discharged by magistrate.
1919 1 4 Detroit MI Antonio Giannola Detroit mob boss Antonio Giannola is shot to death on Rivard Street in Detroit.
1919 1 21 Brooklyn NY Joseph Florino Florino is arrested for assault and later discharged.
1919 1 29 U.S. Eighteenth Amendment, Prohibition, is adopted.
1919 2 2 Detroit MI Pasquale Danni, Sam Giannola Pasquale Danni, brother-in-law of local mob boss Sam Giannola, is killed at Goddall Street and Biddle Avenue.
1919 2 11 New York NY Ciro Terranova Terranova is naturalized a citizen of the U.S.
1919 3 25 Brooklyn NY Joseph Florino Florino is arrested for assault and robbery. Later discharged.
1919 4 9 East Liberty PA Michael Genovese Future Pittsburgh crime boss Genovese is born in East Liberty.
1919 4 15 Brooklyn NY Joseph Florino Florino is arrested for assault and robbery. Later discharged.
1919 5 4 Detroit MI Joseph Buccellato, Mike Maltisi Joseph Buccellato and Mike Maltisi are shot to death in Detroit.
1919 5 11 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Angelina Morello, Giuseppe's daughter, writes to the Atlanta Prison warden, asking him to help with the release of her father.
1919 5 18 Chicago IL Jim Colosimo As he is questioned about vice charges, Chicago's Jim Colosimo physically assaults a Chicago Tribune reporter at his Arrowhead Inn establishment in Burham.
1919 5 19 Chicago IL Jim Colosimo Previously known as 'Colosimo the Immune' for his ability to avoid punishment, Chicago vice lord Jim Colosimo is arrested for assaulting a Chicago Tribune reporter.
1919 6 3 The U.S. Secret Service announces that mail bombs detonated in eight different cities can be linked to the same comon source.
1919 6 28 World War I ends - June 28, 1919.
1919 7 Brooklyn NY Ralph Daniello, George Buess Daniello and West Hoboken resident Buess argue at a Coney Island elevated train station. Daniello shoots and seriously wounds Buess.
1919 8 26 Ossining NY Allessandro Vollero Vollero, an inmate of Sing Sing prison's death house, is granted a seven-week stay of execution. He had been scheduled for execution in the first week of September. Vollero was convicted of first degree murder in 1918.
1919 9 5 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Palermo Parole was denied.
1919 9 Dallas TX Carlo Piranio The arrest of a Liberty bond thief leads to Dallas crime boss Piranio.
1919 10 3 Detroit MI Salvatore Giannola Gang boss Salvatore Giannola is shot to death in Detroit.
1919 10 13 New York NY Allessandro Vollero Sing Sing officials announce that Vollero had been transported back to New York City for his appeal.
1919 10 29 Brooklyn NY George Buess, Ralph Daniello Buess testifies in Coney Island police court that Daniello shot him the previous July at an elevated train station.
1919 11 8 Dallas TX Carlo Piranio Piranio is arraigned for his involvement in the theft of $2,500 worth of Liberty bonds. He is released on $1,000 bond. A middle man involved in the theft remains at large.
1919 12 17 Atlanta GA Giuseppe Morello Atlanta warden writes to Superintendent of Prisons D.S. Dickerson explaining that Presidential commutation of Morello's sentence wiped out the $1,000 fine for Morello and set his prison term at 15 years. Warden notes that good conduct allowance would permit release on March 18, 1920.
1919 Prohibition Era begins.
1919 Philadelphia PA Salvatore Sabella Sabella takes the reins of the Philadelphia Mafia. He was trained for his new position under Giuseppe Traina of the Toto D'Aquila organization in Brooklyn, NY.
1919 Chicago IL Alphonse Capone, Johnny Torrio, Frank Yale Capone, wanted for murder in New York, flees to Chicago to work with Torrio. Yale, mentor to Capone, reportedly made arrangements with Torrio. (As non-Sicilians, Torrio and Capone are viewed as allies but not members of the Mafia and the Unione Siciliana.)
1919 Boston MA Gaspare Messina Messina serves as rappresentante of the Boston Mafia organization.

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