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26 Interesting And Bizarre Facts About Joe Valachi

Joseph Michael “Joe Cargo” Valachi was an American gangster who is notable as the first member of the Italian-American Mafia to acknowledge its existence publicly. He is credited with popularization of the term “cosa nostra.” Take a look below for 25 more interesting and bizarre facts about Joe Valachi. 1. In 1963, Valachi testified before…

32 Strange And Interesting Facts About Johnny Torrio

Johnny Donato Torrio was an Italian-born American mobster who helped to build a criminal organization, the Chicago Outfit, in the 1920s; it was later inherited by his protege, Al Capone. He also put forth the idea of the National Crime Syndicate in the 1930s and later became an unofficial adviser to the Genovese crime family….

30 Interesting And Strange Facts About Arnold Rothstein

Arnold Rothstein, nicknamed “The Brain,” was an American racketeer, businessman and gambler who became a kingpin of the Jewish mob in New York City. Rothstein was widely reputed to have organized corruption in professional athletics, including conspiring to fix the 1919 World Series. Take a look below for 30 more interesting and strange facts about…

25 Strange And Bizarre Facts About Paul Ricca

Paul Ricca, nicknamed “The Waiter”, was a Chicago mobster who served as the nominal or de facto leader of the Chicago Outfit for 40 years. Take a look below for 25 more strange and bizarre facts about Paul Ricca. 1. Ricca was born in Naples, Italy, as Felice DeLucia. 2. By the age of 17,…

26 Strange And Interesting Facts About Enoch Johnson

Enoch Lewis “Nucky” Johnson was an Atlantic City, New Jersey political boss, Sheriff of Atlantic County, New Jersey, businessman and racketeer. He was the undisputed “boss” of the political machine that controlled Atlantic City and the Atlantic County government from the 1910’s until his conviction and imprisonment in 1941. Take a look below for 26…

30 Interesting And Scary Facts About John Gotti

John Joseph Gotti Jr. was an Italian-American gangster who became boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Gotti and his brothers grew up in poverty and turned to a life of crime at an early age. Take a look below for 30 more interesting and scary facts about John Gotti. 1. Gotti…

30 Interesting And Scary Facts About Vito Genovese

Vito “Don Vitone” Genovese was an Italian-American mobster who rose to power during Prohibition as an enforcer in the American Mafia. A long-time associate and childhood friend of Charles Luciano, Genovese took part in the Castellammarese War and helped shape the rise of the Mafia and organized crime in the United States. Take a look…

30 Interesting And Bizarre Facts About Carlo Gambino

Carlo “Don Carlo” Gambino was a Sicilian-American mobster and boss of the Gambino crime family, which is still named after him. After the 1957 Apalachin Convention, he unexpectedly seized control of the Commission of the American Mafia. Take a look below for 30 more interesting and bizarre facts about Carlo Gambino. 1. Gambino was inconspicuous…

30 Bizarre And Interesting Facts About John Dillinger

John Herbert Dillinger was an American gangster in the Depression-era United States. He operated with a group of men known as the Dillinger Gang or Terror Gang, which was accused of robbing 24 banks and four police stations, among other activities. Take a look below for 30 more bizarre and interesting facts about John Dillinger….

30 Interesting And Scary Facts About Frank Costello

Frank “The Prime Minister” Costello was an Italian-American Mafia gangster and crime boss. He rose to the top of American organized crime, controlled a vast gambling empire, and enjoyed political influence. Take a look below for 30 more interesting and scary facts about Frank Costello. 1. Nicknamed “The Prime Minister of the Underworld,” he became…

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