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Sinistro: The Underworld Career of Giuseppe Morello

Zwillman "Giuseppe Morello was the first known boss of bosses of the American Mafia. While he was a unifying force initially, he later became a central figure in underworld conflicts and was an early casualty of the Castellammarese War. Morello was born on May 2, 1867, to Calogero and Angela Piazza Morello in Corleone, Sicily. A sister, Maria, was born several years later. Calogero Morello died in the early 1870s, and Angela subsequently married Bernardo Terranova. The couple had three sons, Vincent, Ciro and Nicholas 'Coco,' and three daughters, Lucia, Salvatrice 'Dora,' and Rosalia. A birth defect left Morello with a badly disfigured right hand. The only identifiable digit on that hand was the fourth finger, the rest were curled together into a small knot. The affliction may have provoked fear among superstitious observers in an Italian culture that equated left-handedness with evil..."

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'The Barrel Mystery' by William Flynn

William Flynn"The Barrel Mystery" book by William J. Flynn is presented here as a window into the operations of the Turn-of-the-20th-Century Morello Gang. Giuseppe Morello, boss of bosses of the U.S. Mafia, oversaw extensive counterfeiting operations, "Black Hand" extortion and other illegal rackets. His gang was responsible for the brutal 1903 Barrel Murder, from which the book gets its name. Flynn guided Secret Service investigations that resulted in the successful prosecution of Morello and members of his organization for counterfeiting. The Barrel Mystery was published in 1919 (copyright expired), as former U.S. Secret Service chief Flynn was settling into a fresh Washington job as chief of a newly formed Bureau of Investigation (the agency's name would later become the Federal Bureau of Investigation). Serving under Attorney General Palmer, he was assigned to seek out Communist agents within the United States....

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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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