? to Nov. 5, 1930.
Al Manfré, Al Manfredi
A loyal supporter of "Joe the Boss" Masseria, Mineo was given control of the Toto D'Aquila crime family in 1928 after Masseria disposed of D'Aquila.
D'Aquila had been boss of bosses of the American Mafia, and his family had considerable strength. Mineo, therefore, was a powerful ally for Masseria as the Castellammarese War began.
The forces of Masseria archrival Salvatore Maranzano, staking out known Masseria safehouses, reportedly stumbled upon a Bronx meeting of the top Masseria men in November of 1930. Maranzano gunmen waited for Masseria to emerge from the building but feared that he had escaped through another unwatched exit. The gunmen pounced when they saw Mineo and his lieutenant, Steve Ferrigno (Fannuzzo), leave the building. Both were gunned down on the sidewalk.
The loss of Mineo and Ferrigno was damaging to the Joe the Boss's war effort.
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