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Chicago’s 19th ward (Little Italy) leader Salvatore di Giovanni killed
Salvatore di Giovanni was shot 21 february 1901 when he passed a dark alleyway after being lured from his home, he died on his way to hospital. He was the leader of the Italian colony in Chicago and police arrest next to the dying man Carlo Battista. He was prominent in the 19th ward politics. (pro John Powers or anti Powers???) Carlo Battista identifies Joseph Mariso as the shooter.

Chicago: "Big" Jim Colosimo
In 1902 marries Big Jim Colosimo his wife Victoria Moresco, the operator of a Levee brothel. Soon he himself was operating three Levee houses of prostitution.

Chicago, Levee district: Everleigh Club
The sisters Ada and Minna Everleigh became so famous that in 1902, while touring the U.S., Prince Henry of Prussia asked to visit the Everleigh Club (Nash, 1981:72). Legend has it that Prince Henry drank champagne from the shoe of one of the girls who had lost it while dancing on his table, thus creating a new tradition.

Monte Carlo: opera singer Caruso
In 1902 the Napolitan Enrico Caruso makes an entry in music when he performs in Monte Carlo with the famous soprano Nellie Melba and his career gets a start.

In 1903 was Anthony D’Andrea released from prison after serving 13 months on a counterfeiting charge.

Teamster president Con Shea
In 1905 the IBT backed a bloody strike at the Chicago based Montgomery Ward Company which costed 21 lives, the strike was broken.

Teamster president Con Shea
In june 1908 Chicago police sought to arrest Shea on charges of mail fraud, but could not locate him. In july Shea was arrested in Boston and tried for abandoning his wife and 2 children and got 6 months.

Chicago’s Bella Napoli Café owner “Diamond” Joe Esposito
Diamond Joe Esposito was businessagent and treasurer of the International Hod Carriers Building Construction Laborers Union. Esposito was also the leader of the socalled 42 Gang which included Sam giancana and Ricca (who worked at his restaurant). In august 1908 Esposito shot and killed his barber Mack Geaquenta.

Teamster president Con Shea in New York
In January 1909 Shea moved to New York City after being hired by a Teamsters local there and was elected secretary treasurer. Shea was arrested 29 april 1909 in connection with a fist fight during a strike but was released. Shea’s Chicago mistress Alice Walsh followed him to New York and moved into his apartment. 21 may 1909 a drunken Shea slashed and stabbed Walsh 27 times. Shea got 23 july then 5 to 25 years Sing Sing. Shea came free in September 1914.

Chicago, “the Barracks”: Little Italy's Deadman's corner
The worst of these dives were in a poor Italian slum section called "Little Hell," that centered around Oak Street and Cleveland. There were so many murders at the corner of Oak & Cleveland, that it was called "Death Corner," or "Deadman's Corner." Between January 1, 1910 and March 26, 1911, there were 42 unsolved murders at this corner.

Chicago: Black Hand
8 Januari 1910 Beneditto Cinene (60) was shot to death. In 1910 Black Hand members kill 25 people in Chicago. Between 1 januari 1910 and 26 march 1911 shoots the Sicilian assassin for hire Shotgun Man 15 Italians to death for the Black Hand, only in march 1911 he shoots 4 to death in 72 hours at Death corner. In the same period the Black hand kills 38.

Chicago: Genna Family (Marsala diaspora)
In 1910 father Genna let his sons Sam, Vincenzo "Jim", Pete, Angelo, Tony and Mike Genna come from Marsala, Sicly, to chicago. They get protection from the political boss diamond Joe Esposito and live in little Sicly in the South Side where they run a brothel and they are members of the Black Hand.

Chicago, Levee district
More importantly, the political strength of the First Ward depended on the revenue that it obtained from the red light district and from gambling. These revenues allowed Aldermen Coughlin and Kenna to buy flophouse votes in large quantities and help ensure the election of office seekers endorsed by the First Ward organization.

1911 June 7
Informal portrait of police detectives Steve Barry and William Schubert standing outside the doorway by the Holand Brothers Co. in Chicago, Illinois. The men were associated with the investigation of the murder of William (Dutch) Gentlemen (also known as the Enright case).

Steamfitters and Helpers Union Local 520 business agent Maurice Enright
Maurice Enright, a business agent for the Steamfitters and Helpers Union, Local 520, confessed to shooting and killing William (Dutch) Gentleman at Patrick O'Malley's bar on 162 North State Street in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. Newspaper mogul Hearsts circulation lieutenant “dutch”Gentleman was shot and killed in a gin mill by the Tribune’s distributor Mossy Enright. murder inquest held at the Harrison Police Station in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Union racketeer Maurice “Mossy” Enright
In 1911 Maurice “Mossy”Enright killed Vincent Altman a slugger who worked for a rival labor group. Enright started to serve a life sentence for the murder. In 1913 Enright was released by governor Edward Dunne.

Cleveland, Newspaper war and McBride
In 1913 hires Daniel Hanna sr than “Mickey” Mcbride from Chicago in to fight his war with the rival Plain Dealer in Cleveland and mcbride hires in the Mayfield road Mob.

Arthur B. "Mickey" McBride
In 1913, McBride was hired by Clevelander Daniel R. Hanna to manage the circulation department of the Cleveland News, an afternoon daily. This was one of two newspapers owned by Hanna, the son of famed politician Marcus A. Hanna. The other newspaper, the Cleveland Leader was a morning edition. Hanna hired McBride’s friend James M. Ragen, Sr. as circulation manager there.

Milwaukee, Moe Annenberg
Both Moe and Max were highly competitive. Moe, for his part, could not stand the implication that he had achieved his position by riding his older brother’s coattails. When this became too much for Moe to bear, he sold his wife’s jewelry, borrowed money, and moved to Milwaukee to handle distribution of the Chicago papers there. Moe’s timing was good because Hearst’s newspapers soon got into a bloody circulation war with Colonel Robert McCormick’s Chicago Tribune. By the time the battles were over in 1913, 27 news dealers had been murdered and many others injured. Before the bloodshed began, Max had left Hearst to return to the Tribune, a move that placed him at the center of the mayhem that took place. Although Max would be indicted for wounding a man, the sharp lawyers under McCormick’s command argued a successful self-defense plea for him. The brutality associated with Max’s actions would stain the Annenberg name for years to come and follow Moe wherever he went. The Milwaukee News Agency became very profitable for Moe and he quickly invested his money in local businesses such as liquor stores, dry cleaners, and bowling alleys. He later bought into a taxicab partnership with his mentor, millionaire Frank L. Mulkern.

Chicago, White Hand quits
In 1913 the White Hand society stops her work because the judges always release the criminals they bring to court.

Chicago’s Bella Napoli Café owner “Diamond” Joe Esposito
The Bella Napoli Café was run by Esposito’s enforcer Tony “mops”Volpe and was owned by Diamond Joe Esposito and was opened at 850 Halsted in 1913. In 1913 Esposito (41) married Carmela Marchese (16).

Genna family
Frank Lombardi was killed 21 february 1916 by Samuel Amatuna (17) on the orders of the Genna brothers.

Chicago: Black hand boss D'Andrea
In 1916 the Black hand boss Anthony D’Andrea tries to be chosen into a political position in the 19th district of Chicago that is better known as the Bloody Ward and there also lays Little Italy which was the domain of the irish Johnny Powers whose man James Bowler opposed D’Andrea in the elections. 21 Februari 1916 Powers Italian supporter Frank Raimondi was killed by the Genna broers at the orders of D'Andrea and both sides commit several murders but D’Andrea loses the elections.

Chicago: Samuel "Nails" Morton
When Samuel "Nails" Morton in 1917 gets arrested he gets the choice prison or the army, he enlists and get decorated during WW1 the croix de guerre.

Chicago: Fur Sammons
Fur Sammons escaped in 1917 from death row where he had been in solitary confinement and committed a series of robberies until he was captured. Like Three Fingers Jack White, Sammons was paroled in 1923 by Governor Len Small after paying a small fortune in bribe money to Porky Dillon, now a Touhy gunman who was then working as one of Small's bagmen and quickly returned to the mobs working for the O'Donnell brothers.

Naples (Italy): Paul 'The Waiter' Ricca
Paul Ricca, better known as Paul the waiter, was an enigma to those around him. The little that is known about his background, for he was a very secretive man, is that he was born Paul De Luca Angelo Ciolo in Naples 1897. In 1917, Ricca killed Emilia Parillo. Ricca liked to say that he knifed Parillo to death because Parillo, just a boy at the time Ricca snuffed out his life, dared to ask for Ricca's sister, Amelia's hand in marriage and later that he killed Parillo because he had jilted her. Ricca liked that story so much that he spread it around and even paid some newspaper people to print it for him. The truth is that Parillo was killed in a retaliation murder for the Mafia which Ricca was already a member of in 1917. Whatever the reason, the 17-year-old Ricca stabbed the unarmed boy to death while he begged for his life and then left him on a dark street to bleed to death. Ricca was arrested and did some time for the killing, but only two years since it was a crime of passion and in the village life view of things, Ricca had acted honorably if his story was to be believed. However, when Ricca was released from jail, he hunted down the witness against him, a young man named Vincenzo Capasso, and slit his throat from ear to ear and then fled to America using the name Paul Maglio, a village friend. There was no doubt who had killed Capasso. Ricca was tried in absentia and convicted to twenty-two years in prison. Ricca arrived in America just before his twenty-first birthday by way of Cuba to avoid annoying questions by the Immigration department.

Moe Annenberg
In 1917, Moe’s career went from newspaper circulation manager to newspaper publisher when he took control of the Wisconsin News owned by Arthur Brisbane. Annenberg soon was credited with increasing the News circulation from 25,000 to 80,000. Brisbane then sold the newspaper to Hearst and introduced him to Moe. When he realized that Hearst was called "W. R." he dropped the name "Moe" and began calling himself "M. L." Hearst quickly came to admire M. L. and Annenberg was soon on his way to New York City to oversee the circulation of all of Hearst’s newspaper and magazine publications. Despite the business empire M.L. had built in Milwaukee, just three days after the offer was made, M.L., his family, and all their belongings were on their way to New York. M.L. moved into a plush Manhattan apartment as well as a "palatial estate" on King’s Point, Long Island formerly owned by George M. Cohan. Soon M.L. was asked to take on the additional responsibility of publisher of Hearst’s newest paper, the New York Daily Mirror. It was a responsibility that M.L. eagerly accepted. One reason was that the paper was in direct competition with the New York Daily News, a strong morning paper that had a circulation manager by the name of Max Annenberg. In the early 1920s M.L. hired young turks Charles "Lucky" Luciano and Meyer Lansky to help oversee the circulation of the fledgling Mirror. Years later, Luciano would claim, "I used to think of the Mirror as my paper. I always thought of Annenberg as my kind of guy." In 1922 Brisbane would again have a profound effect on M.L.’s life when he introduced him to a special-interest publication devoted to horse racing – the Daily Racing Form. The small publication listed the names of the horses that were racing that day along with information about their previous performances. Frank Bruenell, a former sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, started the publication in Chicago in 1894. M.L. approached Bruenell about buying his publication. Bruenell wanted $400,000 in cash. M.L. delivered it. He then hired Joseph Bannon and Hugh Murray to run it. Gambling fever seemed to be sweeping the country like no time previously. With the popularity of horseracing on the increase since a "wartime slump," there were now 29 racetracks operating throughout the country and millions of people eager to bet. Annenberg felt that he could do a "razzle-dazzle" promotional campaign and then increase the information being offered. Annenberg quickly imparted the shrewd negotiating methods he developed over the years and used his position as circulation manager for the Hearst Corporation to promote his new interest. He forced retailers to purchase the new Racing Form by threatening to cut off other Hearst publications if they refused. Since the Hearst distributed magazines and newspapers were a large part of their sales, few retailers refused. His next step in dominating the race information service was to buy out other publications coast to coast. When money didn’t work, his army of tough circulation men helped change the minds of would-be holdouts. In 1926, with his Racing Form taking up more of his time, Annenberg left Hearst. Like Hearst during the newspaper circulation wars, Annenberg worked hard to distance himself from the violence which accompanied his business endeavors. He cared little for the violence and the strong-armed tactics his men resorted to on occasion. Few of Annenberg’s rivals, however, fought back. In 1927, Annenberg was faced with a business decision that would be the most lucrative he would ever be involved in. He was looking at purchasing controlling interest in Mont Tennes General News Bureau, known as the race wire service. Tennes was being squeezed by the Capone mob in Chicago to relinquish control. With the potential profits that Annenberg envisioned could be achieved under careful management of the service, he made his bid.

Union gangster Shea
Shea came free in September 1914. In the summer of 1916 Shea moved to Chicago and joined Timothy D “Big Tim”Murphy’s gang. Shea worked as a bartender at the Halstead Street Hotel, his coemployee was William “Wild Bill”Rooney who was tried in april 1917 for jury tampering and Shea defended Rooney. In may 1917 the Halstead Street Hotel saloon’s license was revoked when authorities find out it is run by Shea. 29 May 1917 Shea was arrested for complicity in a payroll robbery when the thieves hid in his saloon.

Union gangster Shea
In june 1919 Chicago police suspected Shea of involvement in a bank robbery.

New York mayor William Jay Gaynor
William Jay Gaynor his reputation as an honest reformer helped win him election as mayor in 1909.

Chicago, Levee district
On October 18, 1909, the English evangelist Rodney "Gipsy" Smith led 2,000 faithful down into the Levee and by the time they reached Twenty-second Street they had 20,000 onlookers following them. To tunes like "Where is the wandering boy tonight?" they marched back and forth across the Levee, kneeling to pray in front of the Everleigh club as the girls boarded up the windows.

Chicago, Big Jim Colosimo
B ig Jim's empire grew and spread out of the Levee and to help him keep track of things he hired on the best gunmen in the city; Jim "Duffy the Goat" Franche, Mac Fitzpatrick, Joseph "Jew Kid" Grabiner, Billy Leathers, Harry Gullet and Colosimo’s brother-in-law Joe Moresco. Big Jim forced all of them to take an oath on his family bible to defend Big Jim with their lives. It was at this point, about 1909, that Big Jim and his flashy lifestyle came to the attention of another Italian import, the Black Hand. When Big Jim got his letter from the Black Hand he took it seriously. So Big Jim called his boys, his brother-in-law Joe Moresco, Mac Fitzpatrick (a San Francisco gunman for hire), Billy Leathers, "Chicken Harry" Gullet and Joe "Jew Kid" Gabiner. The next demand for money called for Big Jim to drop the money in a package under the South Street bridge. Colosimo wrapped a bundle of blank paper together, armed himself and the boys with shotguns and pistols and waited. When the three Blackhanders came for their money, Colosimo opened and his men opened up and killed them all.

Torrio moves to Chicago
Then Big Jim Colosimo called from Chicago. Thirty-one year old Johnny Torrio arrived to Chicago in 1909 and a few weeks later three more Blackhanders, who had been tormenting Big Jim, were found shot to death under the Rock Island Railroad overpass on Archer Avenue. A short while later, another Blackhander and Levee regular named Sunny Jim Cosmano tried to shake Big Jim down for $10,000 and Torrio's boys fired a shotgun into his stomach. He lived but lying in the hospital under police guard, detectives grilled Sunny Jim Cosmano day and night, they wanted to know who shot him and why. Troubled, Sunny Jim asked one of his visitors, a labor racketeer named Big Tim Murphy what he should do. Big Tim laid out the plan. Sunny Jim should have his boys come and visit, knock out the cops, drag Sunny Jim and bring him out of state for a while and that's what happened.

Sunny jim Colosimo was 1912 wounded when he was shot by Johnny Torrio??

Chicago: Big Jim Colosimo
In 1909 Colosimo gets his wife's nephew John Torrio (31) from New York to Chicago and he arranges the killings of 3 black handers who extorted Colosimo.

Chicago, Levee district: partners Maurice Van Bever and "Big" Jim Colosimo
Maurice van Bever’s brothels “Paris”at 2102 Armour Street and “White City”at 2102 Dearborn Street. Van Bever and his wife Julia and Big Jim Colosimo decided to go into the white slavery business together in 1903 and started making contact stations in New York, St. Louis and Milwaukee. Over the next six years and up until 1909, they imported no less than 600 young women for sale into the Levee and other fleshpots across the country. Maurice van Bever manager Paul Auer.

At the time of his arrest Bovo was bringing the prostitutes Pearl Hendren and Hazel Elbe from St Louis to work in the Colosimo- van Bever brothels.

J Harrington confessed that he and Dick Tyler (sort of manager for van Bever) enticed the women Frankie Grace, Grace davis and “Tootsie”Thomas from St Louis last July ???(1909??)

Torrio took over the Colosimo-Van Beaver white slave ring and made it the city's largest. Once, there was a minor problem when Torrio, Van Bever and his wife Julia and five others were arrested for bringing slaves over state lines. However, the state's main witness, a pimp named Joe Bovo, refused to testify against Torrio and Big Jim.

2 october 1909 Albert Hopper was sentenced to 10 months and 300 dollars fine for bringing girls from St Louis to Chicago. Brothel “Paris”bartender “Mike”hart (got 30 october 1909 sentenced to 6 months and 300 dollar fine) and his wife Mollie Fern (got 11 october 1909 sentenced to 10 months and 300 dollar fine). Maurice van Bever got in November 1909 one year and 1000 dollars fine. His wife Julia van Bever also got one year and a fine of 1000 dollars. David Garfinkel of St Louis got 18 november 1909 8 months in Chicago. Joe bovo got 24 december 1909 six months and 300 dollars fine.

Chicago, Levee district
Colosimo was a prime target after one of the girls he had transported on his Chicago, Kansas City-St. Louis circuit went to the cops in New York and turned evidence on Colosimo. While prosecutors awaited the indictments for Colosimo, Torrio and the Van Beavers, the witness was whisked away to Bridgeport, Connecticut for safe keeping. Torrio, using his old New York contacts within the Five Points gangs, found out where the woman was in hiding. Several days later two men who had identified themselves as federal agents placed the girl in the car and drove away. She was found shot to death with 12 bullets, her body sprawled across a gravesite in Bridgeport.

23 October 1912 police find the body of the prostitute Rose Buonomo aka Rose White aka Rose Bennett aka Rose Bruno who had been kidnapped and killed by 5 men. Police say they were afraid she would talk about the working of the white slave traffic between Chicago and NY. Her busband Joe Buonomo aka Joe Bruncey was a suspect.

Without a witness, the case against Big Jim was dropped. Big Jim was so happy about the young hooker's death that he handed over to Torrio a percentage of his brothel, saloon and gambling business.

Chicago, Levee district
Then, on November 19, 1912, twenty women were arrested in Big Jim's operation and two other houses. Raids by the Morals squads also resulted in the eviction of 1,000 hookers from the area; by the end of November the Levee district was virtually empty. At this point, the Frisco, the Casino, Dreamland, The Mint, The Bon Ton, Rosenbens, and the Capitol were still open, but the cops came back and nailed them shut and the Levee was dead.

Chicago: John Torrio
In 1912 Torrio married the jewish Anna Jacobs, they lived in a large leased apartment on the South side.

New York mayor William Jay Gaynor
On January 1, 1910, he walked to City Hall from his home in Brooklyn and addressed the 1,500 people gathered to greet him. Early in his first term in 1910, Gaynor was shot in the throat by a discharged city employee, the only New York City mayor to suffer an assassination attempt. Although he quickly recovered, the bullet remained lodged in his throat for the next three years.

New York police commissioner
James C Cropsey 1910- 1911

New York police commissioner
Rhinelander Waldo 1911- 1913

New York commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
When Rhinelander Waldo (35) became in 1911 commissioner in New York he took lieutenant Charles Becker as his righthand.

New York police lieutenant Charles Becker and murdercase Rosenthal
lieutenant Charles Becker extorted with his men Jack Rose, Big Jack Zelig, Bridgie Weber, Sam Schepps and Harry Vallon the prostitutes and gambling bosses. One of his victims was Arnold Rothstein’s friend Herman Rosenthal who paid loyally till Becker wanted to much and Rosenthal decided to turn Becker in. 21 July 1911 was Rosenthal killed in cafe Metropole by Harry Horowitz, Frank Cirofici, Louis Rosenberg and Jacob Siedenshuer. Connected to the murder of Rosenthal were also the former opiumdealers from Chinatown Bridgey Webber and Harry Vallon who had lured him into the trap. The 4 killers Becker had gotten from Zelig, Jack Rose the chauffeur of the killers was arrested and when Becker doesn't soon enough bail him out he told everything. Rose became witness and the killers got the death sentence and executed. 22 July 1912 police arrest Harry Vallon, he is the 6th arrested.

Little Rock’s poolroom at 396 Broome Street the headquarters of Chick Tricker and Jack Sirocco
14 February 1912 walked lieutenant Becker with 2 of his men into Little Rock’s poolroom and started to beat up the present youngsters with the billiard cues.

New York police lieutenant Charles Becker
7 June 1912 lieutenant Becker and his men enter the saloon of Fred Lucas in James Street and found 2 revolvers, a dirk, a blackjack and a sandbag. Five customers of the place had cocaine in their possession.

police lieutenant Becker executed
7 July 1915 was Becker electrocuted for ordering the murder of Rosenthal.

New York police commissioner
Douglas I McKay 1913- 1914

New York police commissioner
Arthur woods 1914- 1918

New York police commissioner
Frederick H Bugler 1918

New York police commissioner
Richard E Enright 1918- 1925

Tunesia: Minacore (Marcello) family (from Ravanusa)
In 1908 arrive in Tunesia Giuseppe Minacore and his wife Luigia from Ravanusa.

New orleans: Minacore (Marcello) family (from Ravanusa)
At the end of september 1909 Giuseppe Minacore leaves for New Orleans.

New orleans: Minacore (Marcello) family (from Ravanusa)
6 February 1910 Calogero "Carlos" Marcello was born. In october 1910 Luigia and the baby go to New Orleans, they change their name to Marcello. Carlos marcello has 8 brothers: Joseph "Joe" jr, Anthony Jake, Salvatore "sammy" , Peter, Nick and Vincent.

23 janaury 1910 is by accident the Japanese Yoshito Saito of 107 Cherry Street shot and mortally wounded in a case of mistaken identity.

Philadelphia Chinatown
10 april 1910 On Leong tong killers shoot and kill 2 Hip Sing tong members in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. Also shootings in New York and in total were 7 shot of which 4 died.

12 april 1910 was Fong Hong shot and killed in his own home at 30 Mott Street

Mott Street’s On Leong tong leader Tommy Lee
15 july 1910 was Four Brothers Company member Chu On (55) (laundryman living at 20 Doyers Street) shot and killed from a Mott Street doorway by On Leong members.

Mott Street’s On Leong tong leader Tommy Lee
16 august 1910 was Four Brothers tong (they are at Doyers street) member Chu Hein shot and killed by On Leong tong members.

8 october 1910 was a Chinese man standing on a small wooden bench pasting up a flaring red proclamation in Chinese characters when he was shot by enemies.

Red Hook (Brooklyn) waterfront irish racketeergroup “the White Hand” member O’Connell
10 October 1910 the white hand gang beats to death Joseph Boyle and wounds James Donahue in front of James Higgens saloon. White hand member Thomas O’connell was a suspect.

4 december 1910 were the brothers Dong and Fong shot and killed behind their counter by On Leong men.

12 march 1911 was a Hip Sing tong member shot down in the Bowery

In December 1911 was Choo Foo Horn (35) sentenced to hang for the murder of a merchant during a tong war in Chicago.

Hip Sing Tong
5 janaury 1912 was Hip Sing leader Lung You shot and killed at 21 Pell Street.

Mott Street’s On Leong tong leader Tommy Lee
27 February 1912 four Hip Sing killers wound On Leong Tong leader Tom Lee’s nephew Lee Kay and he dies. Accused of the murder were Eng hing and Lee Dock. Witness is white woman Grace Mack who later said she did a false testimony against Hing and Dock on request of jim Gum secretary of the On Leong Tong.

Tom Lee’s white wife Sam Yoon Sing

4 march 1912 the Hip Sing tong mourns for the recent murders of their president and vice president???

23 June 1912 a Hip Sing tong member was shot and wounded and a few minutes later a bomb blew up an altar of the On Leong tong before they started their service, so nobody was killed.

14 July 1912 was Mock Duck’s cousin shot and killed in his bunk, he was a gambling operator for his boss. Mock Duck then disappears that year from the scene and was found back 28 february 1932 when he was shot and wounded in Newark’s Chinatown.

20 August 1912 was Chinese musician Don Sing shot and killed in the hallway of the first floor of 12 Pell street.

2 august 1913 was former tong member Chu Hem (34) (laundryman of 12 Pell Street) arrested when he tried to extort 3000 dollars from Chinese merchant Chu Yung Yue of 4 Doyers street.

Red Hook (Brooklyn) waterfront irish racketeergroup “the White Hand” member Meehan
In 1913 was Dennis “Dinnie” Meehan arrested for the murder of Chris Maroney.

New York's confectiongangster Dopey Benny Fein
In november 1913 the gangs of Jack Sirocco and Dopey Benny Fein clash when the by Feldman Hat Company hired Sirocco gang worked as strikebreakers while the union workers of the Handle and umbrella Makers union were supported by Benny Fein. a gunfight started in Broome Street and Fein Lieutenant Maxie Greenwalt was killed most probably by Sirocco man Red Murray, while also was named Sirocco man Johnnie Dike.

New York's confectiongangster Dopey Benny Fein
9 January 1914 Jack Sirocco and his gang rented a house in the territory of dopey Benny Fein, an insult. the party was attacked by Fein's men Isidore "Jew Murphy"Cohen, Abie "little Abe"Beckerman, Angie"Augie the wop"Del Gracio, Irving "Waxey Gordon"Wexler, Joe "Brownie"Brown, Julius "little Yutch"Eisenberg, Morris "the mock"Kaplan, Harry "shorty"Gordon and David Sanders.

Goldmine Jimmy gangleader James Cariggio “Jimmy Curly” aka Goldmine Jimmy
Early 1914 Goldmine Jimmy gangleader James Cariggio “Jimmy Curly” aka Goldmine Jimmy shot and killed Gas House gangleader Tommy Lynch.

Goldmine Jimmy gangleader James Cariggio “Jimmy Curly” aka Goldmine Jimmy killed
3 March 1914 was James Cariggio “Jimmy Curly” aka Goldmine Jimmy(22) the leader of the Goldmine Jimmy gang aka Jimmy Curly gang shot and killed. 23 september 1914 was John randazzo (26) shot and killed . Randazzo was perhaps a member of the Goldmine Jimmy gang and was probably killed by the Kenmare Street gang.

New York, Joseph Rosenzweig
In may 1914 was Philip “Pinchy” Paul shot dead by Joseph Rosenzweig. The murder had been ordered by Benny Snyder.

24 June 1915 was informer Benny Snyder attacked in the Tombs prison and was severely wounded by 4 italian prisoners who were from Harlem, under them were Joseph Bianeo and Frank Faroii (he was awaiting trial for the murder of Luigi Cardenzo). Benny Snyder had told that “Joe the Greaser”had told him (Benny Snyder) to kill Philip “Pinchy” Paul.

Marginals gangleader Thomas “Tanner”Smith
18 June 1914 Smith was arrested by police who investigated reports of gunshots and saw him chasing with a gun a member of the Hudson Dusters.

Manhattan West side gangster Owney Madden
6 November 1914 was Madden severely wounded when 11 members of the “Hudson Dusters” shoot at him in outside the Arbor Dance Hall. Patsy Doyle thought he could profit from this to become the new leader, one evening he then was found back almost beaten to death. Madden recovered from his wounds and also Doyle recovered. When Tony Romanello, a friend of Madden, then starts to taunt one evening Doyle, Romanello was not much later severely wounded in an ambush.

Manhattan West side gangster Owney Madden
28 November 1914 was “little” Patsy Doyle shot dead by Johnny McArdle and Art Bieler at the orders of Madden. In 1915 Madden went to Sing Sing prison to serve 9 years out of a sentence of 20 years for the murder of Doyle.

“Hudson Dusters” member Frank “Goo Goo” Knox
In 1914 he was again imprisoned.

Hudson Dusters member Richard “Rickey” Harrison
Hudson Dusters member Richard “Rickey” Harrison survived an attempt on his life while imprisoned in “The Tombs”when he was stabbed in november 1914.

Red Hook (Brooklyn) waterfront irish racketeergroup “the White Hand”
18 January 1915 White Hand Gang members ambush the Never Come Home boys and wound Joseph Martini, James Mc Nealy and Thomas Ryan.

24 April 1915 funeral of On Leong tong secretary Gin Gum.

London firm T Whiffen and Sons
In 1916 the London firm T Whiffen and Sons had grossed 469000 english pounds on sales of 650000 ounces of morphine.

Luciano arrested with heroin and convicted
Beginning june 1916 Salvatore Lucania (19) gets arrested in front of a billiart room with 6,5 gram of heroin hidden in a hatbox. Lucania worked as deliverer for the Goodman Hat company but delivers with the hats also heroin for the local dealer George Scanlon, he grew up in Lower Manhattan. 26 june 1916 Luciano gets a year and comes free on probation after a year and changes his name to Charlie Luciano and he gets recruited for the Five Points Gang.

Later ILA Atlantic Coast district general vice president Emil Camarda
Later ILA Atlantic Coast district general vice president Emil Camarda joined the ILA union in 1916.

ILA Atlantic Coast district president Joseph Ryan
In 1918 became Joseph Ryan president of the ila’s “Atlantic Coast District”(New York??).

ILA Atlantic Coast district general vice president Emil Camarda
Emil camarda became ILA Atlantic Coast district general vice president in 1918 and was??

Mott Street’s On Leong tong leader Tommy Lee dies
In janaury 1918 dies Mott Street’s On Leong tong leader Tommy Lee

New York: Luciano, Lansky and Siegel meet
24 October 1918 came Maier Suchowljansky “Meyer Lansky” back from his work. Then he sees charlie luciano, a leader of the Five Points Gang who had already committed several murders, beat up a prostitute while Benjamin Siegel tried to stop him. Lansky picked up a crowbar and started to beat up Luciano then police arrived and arrested the 3 men and they got fined for disorderly conduct. Instead of that they became enemies they became friends and started a gang that did burglaries and holdups.

New York topgangster Arnold Rothstein
In 1918 were for millions worth of securities stolen at the order of Arnold Rothstein who had them sold by his man Jules W Arndt Stein “Nicky Arnstein”. When Nicky Arnstein stood trial his car was stolen and thanks to Rothstein was his car brought back by Monk Eastman who made his appollogies.

Jack "Legs" Diamond
He enlisted as a way of avoiding prosecutions he was facing in march and april of 1918, for robbery and grand larceny. The West side gangster was allowed to serve in the army but stole a lot of things around the camp and in 1919 he was court martialed and imprisoned.

New York topgangster Arnold Rothstein
In 1919 corrupts Arnold Rothstein the basebalgame Red Sox- White Sox in the World Series and created this way a national scandal, nobody of his men were convicted only players.

New York: Frank castiglia “Costello"
In 1919 started the Calabrese Frank castiglia “Costello” and his jewish friend Harry Horowitz a business who sold gambling equipment.

Red Hook (Brooklyn) waterfront: irish group “the White Hand gang” member Lovett
31 October 1919 was Samuel Angelo shot and wounded in Brooklyn and police arrested Charles Donnelly and William Lovett.

Greenwhich Village
11 november 1919 police find gangster Ederiage “Louis the barber”Guiliano stabbed to death in a Greenwhich Village alley.

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William J. “Wild Bill”Rooney
In 1907 Rooney (18) was send to the house of correction for larcency. In 1917 he was acquitted of murdering a man during a labor meeting.

His brother Edward Rooney was indicted for forcing contractors to pay the Street Metal Workers Union 5% on contracts.

His brother danny Rooney was serving 14 years in Juliet prison for killing a saloonkeeper.

Los Angeles boss Vito Di Giorgio aka Joseph Caronia
Vito Di Giorgio settled in Los Angeles and became the local boss. In 1914 Vito Di Giorgio aka Joseph Caronia became the owner of a grocery and saloon after the owner Henry Sciambra sold it to him. The former owner’s brother Anthony Sciambra had been killed in 1912.

Los Angeles boss Vito Di Giorgio aka Joseph Caronia
13 May 1916 was Vito Di Giorgio aka Joseph Caronia shot and wounded and an associate of his killed. An other associate of his had on him a letter from Frank Sicola a Black hand leader in St Louis. Frank Sicola was shot and killed in 1922.

New Orleans
When Pietro Pepitone gets free in 1915 he immediately gets killed but because World War 1 broke out the mafiosi lost contact with Sicily. As soon World War 1 was ended and contact was restored with Sicily they hired in 1919 the assassin “Doc” Mumfre. In october 1919 Michele Pepitone, Pietro’s oldest son, was killed with an axe and 11 other people were killed with an axe under whom the child of Charley Cortimiglia after which the vendetta stopped when Mumfre in 1920 moved to LA. Several months after the murder of Michele Pepitone his widow married Angelo Albano who had been arrested with Mumfre as a suspect in one of the axe murders. In october 1921 Albano and his wife visited Mumfre in LA (who had taken the name Leone) and he wants money, at the end of october Albano disappears after which his wife tells police Mumfre was behind his murder but police couldn't prove anything. Several days later Mumfre visited the widow and demands 500 dollars the widow pulls out a gun and kills Mumfre who had made her 2 times a widow.

Kansas City’s White Horse tavern owner Balestrere
In 1903 James "Jim" Balestrere (12) came to the US and became later the owner of the White Horse tavern and was the godfather of Binaggio's daughter Anita.

Kansas City
In 1910 became Thomas Joseph Pendergast the political boss of the Democrats in Kansas City.

St Louis mafiaboss Dominic Cappuano
The first boss was Dominic Cappuano and he was replaced in 1910 by Gaetano Viviano.
St Louis mafiaboss Gaetano Viviano

St Louis mafiaboss Gaetano Viviano
Between 1910 and 1914 the italian gangs in St Louis kill ten in a war.

Kansas City
In 1912 Joseph "Scarface" DiGiovanni (24) arrived in the city from Sicily where he was indicted for murder and soon also his brother "Sugar House Pete" arrived.

St Louis boss Viviano deported
Gaetano Viviano was deported in 1914.

Kansas City murdercase policedetective Louis Olivero
In 1915 Joseph Di Giovanni and 15 other members of the Black Hand get busted for extortion in Kansas City, The case is in the hands of detective Louis Olivero, he gets killed by a shotgun blast several days later.

St Louis, Hogan Gang
In 1916 Edward J Hogan of the Hogan gang becomes a state representative.

St Louis boss Dominic Giambrioni
Dominic Giambrioni becomes the boss in 1917.

Kansas City
In 1918 Joseph Di Giovanni’s brother Peter is suspect in a murdercase. Joseph DiGiovanni and Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo were the top bootleggers during prohibition in KC.

St Louis, Egan's rats
In april 1919 Thomas Egan died and was replaced as Fifth Ward boss by his brother William T Egan.

Kansas City murdercase Caramussa (11)
In 1919 Carl Caramussa’s little brother (11) gets killed by Paul Catanzaro.

Philadelphia’s Bruno
In 1910 Angelo Bruno was born in Villalba, Sicily, and the next year he was taken by his dad to South Philadelphia.

Atlanta inmates Morello and Saietta
In 1910 went Morello and Saietta to Atlanta prison for counterfeiting.

Giuseppe Boscarino
Saietta “Lupo” (the wolf) Morello gangster Giuseppe Boscarino was 10 december 1910 convicted and would probably stay the rest of his life in prison.

Sing Sing inmate Brooklyn gangster Antonino Cincotta
Cincotta tried to extort 4 march 1910 singer Enrico Caruso 15000 dollars , ???Petrosino?? found out that the extortion letters came from Antonio Cincotta and Antonio Alisiuna (Alisiano or Misiani ??) they wanted with the money to help Lupo the wolf saietta get free from prison?? and Cincotta was sentenced to 4 years and was imprisoned until december 1914 in Sing Sing prison.

Brooklyn gangster Antonino Cincotta killed
16 february 1915 was Antonio Cincotta (47) himself killed.

Gopher gang member James “Biff”Ellison
23 November 1909 try James “Biff”Ellison , Razor Reilly and Jimmy Kelly to assassinate Paul Kelly at his club the New brighton, where he was drinking with his bodyguards Pat “Rough house”Hogan and William J. Harrington. Paul Kelly escaped but Harrington was killed. Gangmembers Pat Hogan and George Wetzel testified against Jimmy Kelly and Ellison and Ellison was 8 june 1911 convicted.

Gangleader John Lewis “Spanish louis” (37) killed
1 february 1910 (29 april 1910???) was John Lewis “Spanish louis” (37) shot and killed after which the killers escaped in a Pierce Arrow.

18 June 1910 was the murdered body of aged jeweler Moses Sacks found in a trunk that had been left in the Hallway of an Italian tenement. Giuseppe Grattano in whose butchershop the jeweler was last seen, disappeared himself. It was to Pietro Lombardi’s grocery store in Chrystie Street?/

New York's confectiongangster Dopey Benny Fein
1 august 1910 was Herman Liebowitz clubbed to death on a street. Dopey Benny Fein later testified against the killers.

Marginals gangleader Thomas “Tanner”Smith
In september 1910 were 8 members of the gang apprehended along with members of the Gas House and Car Barn gangs. Five members got prison sentences.

Car Barn gang
Car barn gang member John “Bum”Rogers.

Gopher gang
In october 1910 four Gopher men walked into Chick Tricker’s Maryland café (formerly Stag café in which in 1909 three men had been killed over an argument over a woman) and open fire wounding 5 of Tricker’s men and killing one.

22 November 1910 was the child Frank Longo jr (8) kidnapped by a band of Sicilians. Giuseppe Longo?/ Macaluso??

6 october 1911 was George Kelly aka William Lyons sentenced to 5 years Sing Sing for carrying a pair of brass knuckles.

Castellammare mafiafamily Bonanno
In 1911 Salvatore Bonanno returns with his family to Castellammare when his family again starts to quarrel with the Buccellato family but the vendetta doesn't flare up this time. Even though Salvatore Bonanno soon gets accused of murdering a neighbour farmer by the farmer Vetrano, Salvatore gets free when he tells the judge that Vetrano only wants revenge because Salvatore slept with his wife.

Gas House Gang
4 march 1911 was Gas House Gang member William Lysaght shot and killed by William “scotty”Jones.

Joseph Weyler (Wheiler) “Johnny Spanish”
In august 1910 Joseph Weyler (Wheiler) “Johnny Spanish” shot and killed Beatrice Kaplan and wounds Kid Dropper. Sadie Rethen ???? 21 march 1911 was Joseph Weyler (Wheiler) “Johnny Spanish” arrested for the murder of a woman. Joseph Weyler (Wheiler) “Johnny Spanish” was sentenced to 7 years in 1911.

Manhattan’s Hells Kitchen (west side) gangster Owney Madden
6 September 1911 killed the “Gopher” leader Owney Madden (19) the “Hudson Dusters” man Luigi Mollinucci to celebrate he had become a Gopher leader.

Bronx (NY) racketeer "Big" Jack Zelig
Meanwhile Zelig was arrested for a holdup in 1911 after which his lieutenants Sirocco and Tricker abandoned him, thanks to his political contacts he still got free and he swears to kill his men. They send Jules “Julie” Morrell (Morell) to kill Zelig but Zelig was warned by Ike the Plug. Friends of Zelig then let 2 december 1911 Morrell drink himself drunk after which Zelig shot him dead.

30 December 1911 was the body found of Antonio Pietrolino in Hartford, Connecticut.

Bronx (NY) racketeer "Big" Jack Zelig
1 January 1912 was Joseph Harris shot and killed and Big jack Zelig was arrested for committing a murder????.

“Hudson Dusters” member Frank “Goo Goo” Knox
“Hudson Dusters” Frank “Goo Goo” Knox was in 1912 imprisoned for disorderly conduct.

Manhattan west side gangster Owney Madden
In februari 1912 killed the “Gopher” leader Owney Madden then William Henshaw because Henshaw dated a girlfriend of Madden.

15 April 1912 were Jerry Goillo and Leonardo Crimni shot and killed in Harlem. Police felt that the gunbattle later that day between Calogero Morello and his rival Charley Baker was a direct result from these murders.

16?? April 1912 were Giuseppe Morello’s son Calogero Morello and Joseph Pollizzo shot and killed.

4 june 1912 was Rocco Casano shot and killed, he had supported Charley Baker in his war against the Morello Terranova brothers.

George Coan leader of a west side gang was in 1904 sentenced with Monk Eastman?? And got also 10 years

New York gangleader Monk eastman arrested
In 1912 was Monk eastman arrested and got 8 months.

Bronx (NY) racketeer "Big" Jack Zelig wounded
Zelig was a Bronx racketeer and expanded to Manhattan's West Side and a gangwar started. Big Jack Zelig left the criminal court 3 june 1912 when he was shot through the neck by Five Points gunman Charley Torti (a known associate of Louis Pioggi), Zelig survived.

Bronx (NY) racketeer “Big” Jack Zelig killed
Zelig was shot dead 5 october 1912 by Red Phil Davidson.

16 March 1912 was Ignazio Scrivani killed.

Harlem "murder" stableowner Pasquarella Spinelli killed
20 March 1912 was Harlem stableowner Pasquarella Spinelli shot dead in revenge for the murder of Frank Monaco. Police arrested Monaco's men Giovanni Rava (family of 1958 killed Armando rava??) and Luigi Lazzazara.

2 september 1912 were Antonia Zaraca and Giuseppe Jacko shot and killed in Harlem’s Little Italy.
black hand gang leader Aniello "zopo"Prisco

2 september 1912 Antonio Saraca (25) was shot and killed in a cafe owned by Giuseppe Jacko. Suspect is Aniello "zopo"Prisco (Prisco family??).

New York's "Italian Squad" commander Michael "Big Mike" Fiaschetti and Harlem's italian lottery boss Giosue Gallucci
Fiaschetti always had troubles with leading italian gangster Giosue Gallucci.

Harlem's italian lottery boss Giosue Gallucci orders murder of black hand gang leader Aniello "zopo"Prisco
Aniello "zopo"Prisco (Pisco family??) (37) was shot and killed 15 december 1912 by Giosue Galluccio's nephew john Russomano.

Harlem's italian lottery boss Giosue Gallucci
18 february 1913 John Russomano shot and wounded while his body guard Capalongo was killed.

6 February 1913 was gangster and white slaver Philipo Carida killed by Francesco Abaro, Peppo Iozzo (vero), Santa nostra, Peppo Romeo, Fortunato Romeo, Pelegrino and Charles Benbare.

Sing Sing inmate John Mulraney “Happy Jack”
John Mulraney “Happy Jack” took part in the murder of saloonkeeper Patrick “Paddy the priest”McBreen in 19 october 1912?? . Patrick O’Brien would have shot McBreen. William Beaule aka Harry Clark.

9 april 1913 dies Amadio Buonomo after being wounded 5 april.

6 May 1913 was Brooklyn gangster David Minzen (18) shot and killed in the Brooklyn Plaza of the Willamsberg Bridge.

Atlantic City nightclub owner and racketeer Jerry Daniels was shot and killed in the Corn exchange Cafe. Suspects Samuel Hoffman and Michael Curcio.

25 may 1913 were Frank Miller “Huckle” and Tom Leone arrested after the murder of barber Jim Leone “Curly” who was shot and killed and was victim of a feud.

9 June 1913 was Joseph Balcamo shot and killed

New York's Tammany leader Big Tim Sullivan dies
"Big" Tim Sullivan, owner of the luxurious Hesper Club, a lower east side gambling den, headed Tammany Hall. In the tradition of his predecessors, Tweed and Croker, Sullivan protected vice operators in New York, while delivering the Democratic vote at election time. 31 August 1913 were the by a train overdriven remains of former Tammany leader Big Tim Sullivan found.

25 August 1913 in a feud on upper west side between the “Midway mob”and the “White roses”(faction of the Gophers) explodes in a shootout in which white rose member William O’Shaughnessy gets shot and killed.

Police raided an appartment on information of John Randazzo and arrested Ny’s top cocaine dealer James Di Lorenzo and his brother in law John Gravino (a known opiumdealer). 12 janaury 1914 was john Randazzo stabbed to death in a saloon.

Bowery saloon “Tub of Blood” (owner J J Crilly)
20 january 1914 was in Bowery saloon “Tub of Blood” (owner J J Crilly) then Thomas Murphy (36) shot and killed while attacker Michael Mater was wounded.

harlem "murder"stableowner Luigi Lazzazara (62) killed
20 february 1914 was harlem horse stableowner Luigi Lazzazara (62) stabbed to death.

1 december 1912 was Antonio Lauro killed.

Buffalo mafiaboss DiCarlo, underboss Angelo Palmeri
In 1912 arrives Angelo "Buffalo Bill" Palmeri in Buffalo and became underboss of the boss DiCarlo. They start the Palmeri Saloon. The Palmeris had a Castellammare social club in Buffalo for many years.

Willie Moretti in Niagara Fall, Buffalo
Willie Moretti was born in east Harlem, Manhattan. Willie Moretti worked for Angelo Palmeri in Niagara Falls, NY before Magaddino. Paul Palmeri's youngest son Frank Palmeri was married to Willie Moretti's daughter.

the brothers Antonino, Pietro and Stefano Magaddino
There were the brothers Antonino, Pietro and Stefano Magaddino of which Pietro was killed at Sicily and Antonino and Stefano went to Brooklyn. Stefano Maggadino (Giovanni's son) and Gaspar Milazzo leave in 1913 for Brooklyn in New York and they still warred with the Buccellato family in NY.

New York Castellammarese capomafia Vito Bonaventre (brother ???), consigliere Francesco Puma
Vito Buccellato was 14 april 1914 stabbed to death in his own home at 203 Chrystie Street and suspects were Vito Caradonna and Francesco Puma.

23 May 1914 was Frank Chinari stabbed to death.

17 November 1914 was the body of Luigi Macaluso found in a barrel.

18 January 1915 was Frank Salli killed in Brooklyn.

18 January 1915 was in Manhattan Martin Sullivan wounded and police arrested MacNamara (16) and Henry Thompson (17).

Harlem's italian lottery boss Giosue Gallucci and son Luca killed
17 May 1915 Harlem's italian lottery boss Giosue Gallucci and his son Luca Gallucci were shot and killed. One died later.

15 august 1915 was Timothy Sullivan (30) shot and killed.

New York's confectiongangster Dopey Benny Fein convicted
In 1915 disappears also the confectiongangster Dopey Benny Fein into prison, under his men were his successor Orgen, Gordon, Lepke and Shapiro. Also the gangsterbosses Joe Rosensweig, Nathan Kaplan “Kid dropper” had disappeared into prison.

“Hudson Dusters” member Frank “Goo Goo” Knox
In 1916 he was again imprisoned.

Gopher leader Curran
In 1917 died Gopher leader “One lung” Curran.

Boston capomafia Gaspar Messina
Boston’s boss is from 1916 to 1924 Gaspar Messina.

New York Castellammarese capomafia Vito Bonaventre (brother ???), consigliere Francesco Puma
The New York leader was Vito Bonaventre and his advisor was Francesco Puma. (One of his descendants was Cesare Bonaventre, the New York "Zip"leader of the early 1980's.)

the three Giannola brothers were actually from Cinisi, Sicily, not Alcamo as previously thought. their arch enemy, John Vitale, was from Cinisi as well and that they had been secretly jealous of each other for decades. The reason Sam Catalonotte, Joe Zerilli, and Black Bill Tocco gravitated to the Giannolas was because they were from Terrasini, only three miles away from Cinisi.

New York Castellammarese capomafia Vito Bonaventre (brother ???), consigliere Francesco Puma
Francesco Puma's uncle, Carmello, had gone to Detroit to assist the Buccellato family in their struggles with the three Giannola brothers from Wyandotte. Carmello Puma wound up shot to death in Detroit's Little Italy on January 8, 1916, at the behest of the Giannolas. One of his killers was a former Good Killer named Andrea Licato.

Sing Sing electric execution of Oreste Shillitoni (Cresto Sciallentano) “the Paper box kid”
Oreste Shillitoni (Cresto Sciallentano) “the Paper box kid”shot and killed rival gangster John “Kid Morgan”Rizzo 4 may 1913 but then arrived policemen William Heaney and Charles B Teare (36) and he shot and killed them also. The suspect Oreste Shillitoni (Cresto Sciallentano) “Paper box kid” got 21 june 1916 a gun smuggled in and 22 june 1916 he killed with the gun guard Daniel McCarthy and escaped. He was arrested some time later and returned to Sing Sing where he was exectuted in the electric chair 30 june 1916.

25 September 1916 police find the bodies of Dominic La Rosa and his friend Rosario Passorelo in a house in Canarsie. Police arrest BlackHanders Giovanni Romano and Victor Picciotto.

Bronfman family
In 1916 starts Samuel Bronfman Distillers Corp., Ltd., a Montreal distillery. The Bronfman family delivered booze from Canada to the Purple gang, Dalitz in Cleveland, Rothstein, Luciano and Lansky. Most of the booze went during prohibition to the Capone mob (their main contact being Tony "mops" Volpe who had family in Hamilton, but no relation to Paul Volpe from Toronto) for the rest it went to Dalitz "little jewish navy" and to the detroit mob.

New York topgangster Arnold Rothstein associate Stajer
16 november 1916 Samuel Stein aka Sidney Stajer (died 11 december 1940) transferred a race horse to Rothstein.

Harry Klein aka Abraham Stein
George Allen aka George Williams.

Castellammare mafioso Salvatore Bonanno dies
Beginning 1915 Salvatore Bonanno enters the Italian army and soon fights at the Austrian border and gets wounded and is allowed to go home for christmas 1915 and he dies in november 1915 from complications, at the funeral are the mafia families Maggadino, Rimi, Bonventre, Vitale and Buccellato.

Castellammare feud between Bucellato and Bonanno and Magaddino familie
Soon the vendetta between the Bonanno and Magaddino families and the Buccellato’s start again over some cattle thefts and the Buccellato family ambushes Stefano Maggadino and his nephew and the last dies.

Giovanni Buccellato dies
13 July 1916 dies Giovanni Buccellato (28).

Pietro Maggadino killed
Giovanni's son Pietro Maggadino (32) (married to Anna Buccellato) got killed 20 july 1916 possibly by Camillo Caiozzo and Frank Buccellato.

Castellammare (Trapani province) mafioso Antonio Maggadino
14 august 1916 was Antonio Maggadino arrested in Castellammare for a double homicide and a year later he was acquitted of the charge.

Stefano Maggadino topkiller Salvatore Maranzano and murder of capomafia Felice Buccellato
Salvatore Maranzano is a topkiller for Stefano Maggadino and fought the Buccellato’s. Soon some Buccellato’s get killed and also Felice Buccellato get found back in a sack in a ditch hacked to pieces.

Stefano Magaddino
25 February 1917 was Stefano Maggadino's son Peter born.

In 1917 the bosses Pietro Bucellato and Sam Giannola (from Alcamo) start to war in Detroit.

6 August 1917 was boxer Harry Alexander shot and killed in Hugh Quinn’s saloon at 76 Vernon Avenue.

11 November 1917 were Antonio Mazzara and Antonio Di Benedetto from Castellammare in NY killed.

13 janaury 1918 two gangs clash and killed were William Reddington and Nicholas Moore.

Thomas Abbruzzo, Matthew Casselli and Thomas Costello robbed a saloon and the fled to Boston. In Boston then Abbruzzo killed after a quarrel the irish Costello of which Casselli was a witness. Abbruzzo and casselli went back to NY. 25 janaury 1918 Abbruzzo then also slit Casselli’s throat and killed him.

Vincent Gaffney escaped in june 1918 from Tombs prison.

16 september 1918 was Arnold Grunde (40) outside his saloon shot and killed from a car.

“Hudson Dusters” member Frank “Goo Goo” Knox
In 1918 he was arrested but released on probation.

Hudson Dusters member Richard “Rickey” Harrison
Hudson Dusters member Richard “Rickey” Harrison was arrested for the robbery of the Knickerbocker Waiters Club on 7 september 1918 (during which a visiting canadian soldier George Griffelns was killed). Hudson Dusters member Richard “Rickey” Harrison briefly escaped from the Tombs 4 october 1918 however he was again arrested in Newark on 16 october 1918. 13 May 1920 he was executed in the electric chair in Sing Sing prison.

Francesco Puma helps murder Detroit capomafia Sam Giannola
Francesco Puma nursed a burning desire to kill the Giannolas because of the murder of his uncle Carmello Puma. He got his chance in the early fall of 1919, by sending an assassin west to Detroit to assist two local killers in dispatching Sam Giannola. This unknown killer was reportedly murdered in New York shortly after completing his mission.

Italy and Sicily
23 March 1919 Mussolini formed in Northern Italy the fasci di Combattimento the fascist streetbattle crews.

In 1920 dies Salvatore Bonanno's wife Catherine Bonventre the daughter of Nonna Maggadino and Martino Bonventre in her parents house was then Joseph Bonanno taken up. Nonna Maggadino is the sister of stefano Maggadino. Joseph Bonanno and his nephew Peter maggadino the son of Stefano became friends. The same year Joseph Bonanno follows a year study in Trapani that was led by don Toto.

Marginals gangleader Thomas “Tanner”Smith killed
Marginals gangleader Thomas “Tanner”Smith was killed 26 july 1919 at the Marginal Club in Eight Avenue by George “Chicky”Lewis. George Lewis (21) gets three years Sing Sing for the murder of Thomas “Tanner”Smith.

Nathan Kaplan “Kid dropper”
When Nathan Kaplan and Joseph Weyler got free from prison in 1917 they were for a while partners but soon there starts a war between them that lasts 2 years.

Joseph Weyler (Wheiler) “Johnny Spanish” killed
When Joseph Weyler 29 juli 1919 appeared from a restaurant he was shot in the back and killed by Dropper and 2 killers. Nathan Kaplan is than New yorks gangsterboss. Within a year Nathan Kaplan was at war with Jacob Augie Orgen who was supported by Rothstein, Orgen had in his crew, Gordon and Shapiro.

Hudson Dusters member robert “Rubber”Shaw
Hudson Dusters gangleader robert “Rubber”Shaw was 31 july 1919 shot and killed in a driveby shooting while he stood with George “Chicky” Lewis in Hoboken. It was suspected it was revenge for the murder of Marginals gangleader Thomas “Tanner”Smith who was killed 26 july 1919. Police searched for Michael Costello and “lefty”Curry

Marginal gang member Michael Stenson killed
4 september 1919 was Marginal gang member Michael Stenson shot and killed (his murder is the result of the Tanner Smith murder).

Harlem stableowner Pasquarella Spinelli and daughter Nellie Lenere
Nellie Lenere would in 1909 marry Gaetano Napolitano who disappeared before their marriage and Lenere said that Frank "Chic'" Monaco had robbed her then.

In 1911 Giuseppe Gallucci killed???????????????

Harlem stableowner Pasquarella Spinelli and daughter Nelli Lenere
29 October 1911 Harlem stableowner Pasquarella Spinelli's daughter Nelli Lenere went to police and claimed to have stabbed and killed Frank "chick"Monaco. Police looked at the murderscene and doubted her version.

116th Street gang in Lower Manhattan, east harlem?
Giuseppe "Joe" Morello and his brothers Nicholas “Nick” Morello and Antonio Morello and their halfbrothers Vincent and Ciro ”The artichokeking” Terranova are the leaders of the Black Hand in New York and they came from Corleone. They led the 116th Street gang and the Morello- Terranova- Catania- Saietta gang worked with Rocco Valente.

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there were by 1915 in Brooklyn two separate Neopolitan crime organisations. The first was in Navy Street in Brooklyn. This was led by Alessandro Vollero and a few others from a coffee shop/restaurant there. There was also the Coney Island group under Morano, who had close ties to Navy Street. They later, in 1916, merged and this was after the shooting of Nick Morello and Charles Ubriaco on Johnston Street, near Navy Street. There were "Camorra" members in Philly and 4 associates of the Morello gang were murdered by the camorra in Philadelphia.

Navy Street (Brooklyn) camorraboss Alessandro Vollero (Leopoldo Lauritano)
The Navy Street napolitans worked as the 107th street gang, later also came from this street Ormento.

Coney Island (Brooklyn) camorraboss Pelligrino Morano,
Morano was the Coney Island, Brooklyn, camorraboss where he ran his Santa Lucia restaurant . Morano had a house in Philly and some of the meetings were held there.

23 May 1914 was Fortunato Lo Monte killed.

Morellos murder East Harlem gamblingboss Nicolo Del Gaudio
In october 1914 was Nicolo Del Gaudio killed.

Harlem saloonkeeper Ippolito Greco
Tony Cardinale told Ippolito Greco that Joe Cohen wanted Baff dead.

Cardinale said they hired Ippolito Greco

Philip Luporte, bartender in the harlem saloon of Ippolito Greco where the Baff murder was planned.

The witness related how the brothers joseph and Jacob Cohen and david Jacobs hired Ippolito Greco to set fire to the market of Aaron. A week after Greco had completed .

14 November 1914 was the West Washington Market poultry dealer barnet Baff shot and killed by Frank Ferrara and poultry dealer Joseph Cohen. Frank Ferrara drove the car that brought the killers to West Washinfton market where they killed Barnett Bafff. On trial stood joseph and Jacob Cohen, David Jacobs and Abraham Graff.

Harlem saloonkeeper Greco killed
7 october 1915 was Ippolito Greco shot and killed.

Harlem saloonkeeper Angelo Gagliano
Morello man Angelo Gagliano was arrested 17 may 1916 in connection with the Baff murder the saloon which he ran with Ippolito Greco had been the place where the baff killers where hired from.

Shooters Giuseppe Arichiello (got 100 dollar), Joseph Zafarone (Zafarano)and Antonio Z??

When they went to the home of Angelo Gagliano

Informer Carmine Di Paola testified against the chauffeur Frank ferrara. Ferrara says that Charles Dragnia

Sing Sing electric execution of Impoluzzo for Lo Monte murder
13 October 1915 was his brother Tomasso “Thomas” Lo Monte (29) shot and killed with his cousin Rose Lomonte, police arrested Antonio Impoluzzo (19) who was in may 1917 electrocuted in Sing Sing.

Gamblingboss Joe De Marco killed
24 June 1916 the Morellos met with the Navy Street and Coney Island camorra gangs. At the meeting Nick Morello and his associate Steve Lasalle proposed killing deMarco. Three weeks later Nick Morello and his associates Steve lasalle, Ciro terranova and Giuseppe Verizzano met the Brooklyn gang members at Lauritano’s café. Verizzano was a close friend of Demarco. The first attempt went wrong when hitman John Fetto arrived to late. Then they find ou that DeMarco would go with Joe “Chuck”Nazzaro to a place. They sent hitmen John Esposito and John Fetto who were led by Giuseppe Verizzano. Esposito shot and killed Lombardi and Giuseppe Verizzano killed DeMarco. 20 july 1916 were Charles Lombardi and Joe De Marco killed. That evening Nick and Vincent Morello, LaSalle, Terranova and Verizzano all travelled to the Navy Street headquarters and told Lauritano that Demarco was killed.

East Harlem, 107th. Street Gang, Ciro Terranova "the Artichoke King"
Terranova flexed his muscle in 1916 when Joe DiMarco, a gambling-joint operator, challenged Ciro’s leadership. Ciro ordered a lieutenant, Leo Lauritano, to have DiMarco hit. Mike Fetto was dispatched to DiMarco’s club to kill him, but returned because he was unable to identify him. Lauritano then sent gunman John "Johnny Lefty" Esposito to perform the deed with Fetto in tow, perhaps to learn the ropes. Unable to find DiMarco, Esposito didn’t want to leave empty handed so he shot and killed Charles Lombardi. By a strange twist of fate, the apprentice, Fetto, was able to find DiMarco and kill him. Esposito was later apprehended and spilled his guts on Terranova, who was soon indicted in connection with the two murders. On the witness stand Esposito admitted that he was receiving $15 a week from Lauritano on retainer, "But after the DiMarco job they cut me down to $10," he explained. Perhaps the fact that Lombardi had been a friend of Lauritano’s has something to do with the sudden pay cut. Charges against Terranova were dismissed on the "ground that testimony against him was given by co-conspirators and accomplices and that outside corroboration necessary under New York law was missing." Ironically, two weeks after the Lombardi murder, and before he was arrested, the enterprising Esposito was paid to murder Morello-Terranova gang members Charles Ubriaco and Nicholas Morello, Ciro’s half-brother. The two men had just met with rival gang members to iron out a peace plan.

Nicholas Morello associate Charles Ubriaco
Charles Ubriaco was arrested in june 1915 for carrying a revolver. Ubriaco ran a Harlem numbers game for the Morellos.

Nicholas Morello killed
7 september 1916 were Nicholas Morello (of 350 East 116th street) and Charles Ubriaco (of 421 East 114th Street) shot and killed in Johnson Street (Brooklyn). Morello was shot by Tom Pagano and Charles Ubriaco was shot Thomas Carillo and “Lefty”Esposito. Carillo was himself shot and died at the scene also????by Anthony Paretti “Tony the shoemaker”(Parretti or Perretti)”???

Giuseppe Verizzano killed
Giuseppe Verizzano wanted also to open a gamblinghouse but the navy Street camorragang doesn’t like that. 6 november 1916 was Giuseppe Verizzano shot and killed.

13 october 1916 was the killed Salvatore De marco found.

8 november 1916 was Gaetano Del Gaudio's bodyguard George Esposito killed.

Morellos murder East Harlem gamblingboss Gaetano Del Gaudio
30 november 1916 was gaetano Del gaudio killed.

Sing Sing electric chai execution of fevrola for nazzarro murder
16 march 1917 was Joseph "chuck"Nazzaro shot and killed. For his murder Frank Fevrola got the deathsentence of the electric chair in Sing Sing

In 1917 Black hander Giuseppe Favarro was killed by Tony Notaro and Ralph Daniello who were camorra members. They were arrested and became witnesses.

Philadelphia’s camorra represente Ricci
Ricci was at Notaro's initiation. He was probally a Caporegime for Morano in Philly, whether that was the title or not. Ricci was killed in 1917 and was allied with the Navy Street and Coney Island groups after they combined. However, he was not the Philly boss as such. There was at least one gambling operation this group ran in central Philly. According to the Notaro testimony, the Neopolitans (I call them "Camorra" for shorthand, but they used all sorts of terms for their society) had connections in Chicago, Springfield, Buffalo and other cities.

In November 1918 was Rocco valente discharged in the murders of Lombardi and DeMarco. He appeared later in court to testify against Charles Giordano in march 1919.

Sing Sing inmates Vollero and Morano
Also convicted Alphonso Sgroia

Ralph “the barber “Daniello was shot and killed in 1925

Sing Sing electric chair execution of Anthony Paretti (35)
17 february 1927 Anthony Paretti (Parretti) executed in Sing Sing. One of his last visitors was Vito Genovese.

Frank Lauritano killed
9 april 1930 was Frank Lauritano (65) in front of his home in Brooklyn shot and killed. Police said lauritano was arrested 3 years ago in connection??

30 april 1930 was Madden associate Hans Block shot and killed. 30 April 1930 was Harry Block shot and killed he was a friend of Frankie Marlow.

New York's "Italian Squad" commander Michael "Big Mike" Fiaschetti and Cleveland mobster Rosario Borgio
Rosario Borgio was a big time criminal in the Akron, Ohio area controling many of that cities criminal enterprises. Akron at the time was a booming {busy} city because of the emerging rubber tire industry.Around 1918 the police stared a "crackdown" on crime. Borgio allegedly declared "open season" of the police. In quick order 4 Akron cops were murdered. 26 December 1918 was patrolman Robert Norris shot and killed. Several days later were patrolmen Edward Costigan and Joe Hunt shot and killed. Then officer Gethin Richards was killed several days after the Costigan and Hunt murders. In january 1919 arrested lieutenant Michael Fiaschetti (a student of petrosino) then Tony Manfredi and Pasquale Biondo, two of the suspected cop killers in New York. He convinced one, Tony Manfredi, that his friend wanted to kill him and thanks to his testimony were Rosario Borgio and 3 other gangsters convicted to death.As mentioned "Big Mike" Fiaschetti from NYC helped turn Pasquale Biondo against Tony Manfredi on the train ride back to Akron. The 2 men were captured in NY. After a trial Borgio, Paul Chiavaro, Vito Mezzano and Lorenzo Biondo {Pasquale's brother} where sentenced to the electric chair. Fiasceti was awarded from the city of Akron Ohio a medal for bringing in those men who were connected to the cop killings.

4 October 1918 was Pasquale Biondo executed. 21 February 1919 were Rosario Borgia and Frank Anizzano (Amzzano??) executed. 24 july 1919 was Paul Chiavaro (30) executed.

In may 1918 Siola came to Brooklyn a week after the murder in company with James Palmeri and Anthony Masredi.

Fontana an Italian awaiting extradition to Italy on a charge of murder was an occasionally visitor in maranzano’s Park Avenue office.

Cleveland, Lonardo and Porello families from Licata, Sicily
In 1905 arrives Joseph Lonardo from Licata, Sicily in Cleveland after first living in New York since 1900. In Cleveland arrived the 4 Lonardo brothers and the 7 Porrello brothers from Licata, Sicily but during prohibition they start to war each other. Little Italy lays then in the Murray Hill - mayfield road area.

Cleveland, Carmello Licati and Lonardo
12 september 1917 agent Elmer Glaefke get shot to death by Carmello Licati when he stops Licati's car in which are also Carmello Di Maio and Antonio Lonardo. 11 July 1918 Licata gets life for murdering the policeman and Lonardo flees to chicago where he starts to work for capone.

Cleveland, DePalma tried
In february 1919 Biagio DePalma gets tried and acquited for the murder of boxer Bobby White.

Cleveland, Tony Milano
In 1919 three men were shot down in front of Tony milano's speakeasy what id witnessed by Fratianno (6) a young boy then. Tony milano ran the clubhouse of the Italian American Brotherhood (IAB).

28 januari 1920 police find the bodies of Salvatore Russo and Frank Ulizzi from Buffalo. Russo’s brother survives and goes back to Buffalo.

Cleveland, Sly- Fanner murders
31 December 1920 businessmen Wilfred Sly and George Fanner were killed in a holdup by Dominick Benigno, gangleader Frank Motto (who operated the Willow Inn at Skinners Hill) and Sam Purpera (17) who were soon arrested. They got electrocuted 14 June 1922. Not charged but shortly arrested were John Lonardo, John Angersola and Charlie Coletti.

Chicago: Big Jim Colosimo and Colosimo’s Cafe
Before Hollywood, Chicago was the motion picture capital of the world. Charlie Chaplin, America's funny man and Francis Bushman, America's sweetheart could be seen inside the loop on any given day and Chicago was second only to New York as a radio production center. Big Jim Colosimo opened in 1910 a restaurant at 2126 South Wabash called Colosimo’s Cafe. On any night Al Jolson, George M. Cohan and John Barrymore could be seen there, sitting next to tourists and russian immigrant singer and actress Sophie Tucker (1889-1966) reportedly was arrested there for performing the "Angle Worm Wiggle". Enrico Caruso, the famous opera star, was known to frequent Colosimo’s whenever he visited Chicago.

Chicago, Levee district: brothers Harry and jake Guzik
The Brothers, Harry and Jake Guzak were Polish or Russian Jews (they kept changing their place of origin), and had immigrated to America with their parents, as children. They were among the best known whorehouse operators in the Levee. Harry, who started out life as Cusick, was the boss and Jake worked for Harry who started out with a place on 21st Street, called McCarthy & DuValls, described by those who knew it as "a real cesspool." It was Harry Guzak who was the direct cause for the introduction of the White Slavery act, or the Mann act. It seems that one of Harry's girls named Mona Marshall, got too high one night, became depressed and wrote a melodramatic note that said she was "a white slave" to the Guzak brothers and then attached the note to a small tin box and threw it out the window on the sidewalk where it was picked up by a passing milkman at dusk who took the note to the police at the 22nd district station. Many versions of Mona Marshal's story have been given but Jack Lait, the Chicago reporter who was there at the time, said that Mona Marshal was a street walker by her own design and that she was a "street level girl," which meant that her bedroom widows opened up onto the Levee streets for better business. She worked six days a week and on her day off, she prostituted to support her dope habit. A young and well meaning Assistant State's Attorney named Clifford Roe, took the note seriously, raided the place and "freed" a doped-up Mona Marshal, who mumbled something about not remembering writing any such note. The newspaper got hold of the story, and stink was raised and in the end Mona returned to the Levee, Harry Guzak hired her back and life in the Levee went on. In 1910 Congress passed the Mann act, named after the Chicago born and bred Representative who introduced the bill, which also became known as the White Slavery act. For several years the law did severe damage to the flow of slave women into the Levee and New York's whorehouses.

Chicago: Black Hand
In 1911 Black hand members kill 40 people in Chicago.

Chicago: John Torrio
In about 1911, Torrio was promoted from the Saratoga to Colosimo's first secretary. The job paid well and Torrio bought a car, it was fire engine red, "Pimp red" the cops called it. Having a car was no small thing at a time when horses still outnumbered automobiles, but Johnny always had an interest in new devices. With Big Jim's permission, Torrio also operated his own place, a saloon at 2001 Archer Avenue and a whorehouse at 2118 South Federal Street, which was managed by his cousin, Rocco Venillo. Venillo was also a product of the Manhattan lower east side, but he claimed to have been a cowboy and gunman in the wild west of Montana. A few months later, Torrio opened the Four Deuces at 2222 South Wabash, not far from Big Jim's café. The Four Deuces was not Colosimo's café, in fact it was a run-down dump with a cheap plywood bar and a whorehouse upstairs on the two floors above the place. Torrio's office was in the back of the tavern, a simple desk drowned in the paper of all of Colosimo's various enterprises.

Chicago mayor Carter Harrison
The new mayor becomes in 1911 Carter Harrison and he starts to act against the gamblinghalls and the brothels. On 13 october, 1911, there were police raids on the several whorehouses, including the Arena, the Netherlands Hotel, the New Morton Inn Hotel, and the New Bradford Hotel.

Chicago, levee district: Everleigh Club closed
On October 24, 1911, mayor Carter Harrison ordered the Everleigh club to be bolted shut for violating the rule against advertising. Police Lt. John Martin was hesitant to pass the order to close the club and handed the order to Inspector John Wheeler, who was on vacation. The mayor's office had already told the press about the raid and the reporters, dozens of them, were waiting with the sisters for the police to arrive. The police, of course, never arrived and the next morning the mayor was a national joke. Outraged, the mayor called police superintendent John McWeeny and threatened him with arrest if the club wasn't closed. Thirty-six hours later, Lt. Martin showed up at the Everleigh's front door and informed Minnie and Ada that the place had to be closed. "Orders from downtown," the officer in charge said. "Nothing we can do about it." Minnie's response was, "Well, what the Mayor says, goes." At the club's closing, Minnie raised her glass of champagne and said, "The ship has sunk. She was a good one. Let's give her a hurrah." When asked by reporters how much money she had made from the club, Minnie gladly told the reporters that in 11 years in business she made $1,000,000. "We never would have made it," she said, "without the cheating married men. And if it hadn't been for the cheating married women we'd have made another million." A month later, the Everleighs were approached by Ike Bloom to make a $40,000 payment to chief of police McWeeny, who would reopen the club, but the sisters refused. The sisters were now rich beyond their dreams and left the brothel business forever and moved to New York where they lived at the edge of Central Park well into their old age. Through the years the Everleigh sisters had paid 100000 dollars to Coughlin and Kenna via Big Jim Colosimo.

Chicago: John Torrio
Torrio’s usefulness soon extended beyond protecting Colosimo from extortion to overseeing his bordellos. The enterprising young Torrio realized that the glory days of the Levee had come to an end. As a result, he reached an agreement with the Mayor of Burnham, Illinois to move many of Colosimo’s illicit enterprises to that suburban town (Schoenberg, 1992:51). It was the age of the automobile. Burnham was only fifteen miles directly south of the Levee, a short distance by car. Torrio also set up shop in a number of other south suburban areas. The widespread use of the automobile had ushered in the era of the "roadhouse." Located in the nearby towns of Chicago Heights, Calumet City, South Chicago, Burnham, and others, these "roadhouses" provided all the comforts of the Levee - prostitution, gambling, and liquor.

Rockefeller Standard Oil
In 1911 had Rockefeller to split Standard Oil because of the Anti trust act it became 39 different companies.

Wild west
In 1911 there is the last run for land in the US.

In 1911 were Wild Bunch members Butch Cassidy and Harry Longbaugh “Sundance Kid” in Bolivia killed in a firefight with the army.

Hereiu president Flore
In 1911 Edward Flore became general president what he is till 1945 when he dies.

Media tycoon Pulitzer
29 october 1911 died Joseph Pulitzer and thanks to his testament was in 1912 a school of journalism started at Columbia university.

Arthur B. "Mickey" McBride
Arthur B. "Mickey" McBride established the Continental Press. Born in Chicago in 1888, McBride had a long career in the newspaper business. Recalling an incident as a child, he said he once purchased 50 newspapers for 50 cents, "I sold the batch of papers for $1, and I’ve been making business deals ever since." McBride learned the newspaper circulation business by working for William Randolph Hearst. In 1911, McBride became Hearst’s circulation manager for the Chicago American which took on the Chicago Tribune in a bitter circulation war.

Dominican Republic president Ramon Caceres killed
19 November 1911 Dominican Republic president Ramon Caceres was killed. New president becomes 2 december 1911 Eladio Victoria.
Dominican Republic president Eladio Victoria

Chicago, Levee district
On Wednesday, September 25, 1912, on evidence gathered by the Morals squad, five dive owners were indicted, including A.E. Harris, the Democratic precinct committee man of the first ward.

Chicago, Levee district
Then, on Friday, October 4, 1912, the first blow to wipe out the Levee came when warrants were issued for 135 dive owners, largely because the crusaders wouldn't let up on the police. In an attempt to fend off the arrests, the police warned the club owners about the pending mass raids and arrests, and the Levee broke into a panic. The warrants were issued near midnight when the Levee came to life, those who escaped arrest left the city never to return. The warrants were issued in the names of John and Jane Doe, but other warrants were specific and named Jim Colosimo, Roy Jones, Vic Shaw, Ed Weiss, Harry Cassock and Leo Bernstein on charges of housing underaged girls. A wagonload of cops raided Vic Shaw's at 2014 South Dearborn Street, and arrested twenty-one women and one man. With that raid, the Levee became a wild mess of disorder. Cars were parked out front of whorehouses, being jampacked by pimps on the run. Annie De Muncie's, at 2004 South Dearborn, was raided next and sixteen women, mostly teenagers, were arrested. Up and down the streets, dozens of police patrols jogged the sidewalks, armed with Patty clubs, rounding up prostitutes and known criminals. Within an hour, an estimated one thousand sightseers flooded into the Levee adding to the confusion. The house owners were dragged in to a special "Levee court" which had been set up in the criminal courts building and the Levee was boarded up and placed under heavy police guard. To make sure the Levee stayed dead, the commissioners ruled that "no voter can claim as legal residence a place of known ill repute because such a place is illegal and contrary to law." Then the police hauled in every known pimp in the area and created photo cards of them which would be handed out to election poll watchers to make sure they didn't vote the Levee back to life. Flop house owners were hauled in and charged with defrauding the public by housing hundreds of dummy voters and by morning, Hinky Dink and Bathhouse were doubtful of winning another election. The next day, a woman called the police when she saw six women on 35th and Michigan Avenue, a good upscale neighborhood, stop and light cigarettes and then start to expose themselves to men who were passing by. By midday the police were inundated with other calls from other outraged citizens about prostitutes working their street corners. With nowhere else to go, the hookers streamed out of the Levee hotels into legit society without money or clothes or a place to go. Police rounded them up and than chased them back into the Levee, but the old place was never the same. After several weeks, the Levee, more or less, was back to its old self.

New York mayor William Jay Gaynor dies
During his term as mayor, Gaynor was widely considered a strong candidate for Governor or President. Tammany Hall refused to nominate him for reelection to a second term, but after accepting the nomination from an independent group of voters, he set sail for Europe. Six days later, on September 10, 1913, Gaynor died suddenly from the lingering effects of the shooting in 1910.

New York mayor John Purroy Mitchel
In 1913, he dealt a crushing blow to Tammany Hall, winning the mayoral election on a fusion ticket by a large plurality. At thirty-five years old, John Purroy Mitchel was the youngest person ever to be elected Mayor of New York City, a distinction that earned him the nickname, "Boy Mayor."

Chicago, Levee district
The brothel owners met and decided they had to do something so they bribed the police inspector in charge, but the newspapers wrote about that and the inspector was sent to prison and the mayor was forced to bring in somebody else to help close the Levee down. For that Mayor Harrison chose a retired army officer named Metellus L.C. Funkhouser who established the Morals squad. Everybody in the Levee had a laugh over the name ... Morals squad ... until the Morals squad succeeded in putting Colosimo's business partner in the white slave trade, Maurice and Julia Van Beaver, into jail. The Lords of the Levee sent Chicken Harry Gullet to see Inspector Funkhouser and to offer him $2,200 a month to let up. Funkhouser answered by placing Chicken Harry in jail for attempted bribery of a public official. To add insult to injury, Funkhouser had his men arrest 2,000 prostitutes and pimps over the next few days and then brought charges against the policemen assigned to the Levee station. Nothing seemed to work with Funkhouser so Big Jim and the others who were still around to run the Levee decided that Funkhouser and several of his officers would have to die. The Levee meeting had been held at Roy Jones's place on 2037 South Wabash Avenue. Present on the night that it was decided to have Funkhouser killed, sitting at the bar not at the meeting, was a small-time hood and known stool pigeon named Isaac Henagow. Most people in the Levee assumed that Henagow was a snitch for the Morals squad so it came as no surprise to anyone when one of Big Jim's enforcers named Jim "Duffy the Goat" Franche walked up behind Henagow on the night of April 15, 1914, and shot him through the head, killing him. In april 1914 Isaac Henagow was shot to death by colosimo’s man Jim Franche (“Duffy the goat”). Since the shooting happened in Roy Jones's place, mayor Harrison revoked his business license. Since Jones had been paying in plenty in police protection over the years he figured Colosimo would have the place reopened in a few days but then Jones realized what everyone else knew, that his place was closed forever. Feeling that he had been double crossed, Jones went to the police and told them about the plot to have Inspector Funkhouser and his Moral squad detectives killed. Duffy the Goat was locked up after the killing, he stood trial, an amazing thing for someone under Hinky Dink's protection. He was found guilty and sentenced to death. Of course he walked on a technicality. He was retried and acquitted on the grounds of self defense, despite the testimony of eye witnesses who saw Jim "Duffy the Goat" Franche calmly walk into the saloon, shoot Isaac Henagow in the head and calmly walk out again.

The end came for Jim "Duffy the Goat" Franche when he picked a fight with a man who turned out to be a professional boxer. Seeing that he couldn't win the fist fight that he had started, Duffy pulled out a .38 and shot the boxer six times. They put Jim "Duffy the Goat" Franche in Joliet for life for that one.

Things came to a head in the Levee in April of 1914 when a police sergeant Stanley Birns with the Morals squad was stabbed to death while investigating the Henagow murder. The newspapers put the blame at Dink Kenna, Coughlin and policecaptain Michael Ryan the highest police chief in the First Ward.

A few days later, on July 16, 1914 the front line officer in charge of the Morals squad, Inspector W.C. Dannenberg, led a raid on the Turf, a huge whorehouse on the corner of Twenty-second Street in the Levee. After the girls were rounded up and tossed in the paddy wagon, an ugly mob appeared out of nowhere and surrounded them and started throwing stones. Behind the mob, sitting in the back seat of his red Cadillac was Johnny Torrio and two of his gunners, his nephew Roxie Vanilli (was before part of New York’s Gyp the Blood gang) and Mac Fitzpatrick, who had been hired by Big Jim Colosimo a decade before. Inspector Dannanberg took the arrested prostitutes on to the police station for booking and left two of his officers behind for crowd control. As the crowd grew more violent, the plainclothes cops drew their service revolvers and threatened to shoot when at that very moment two uniformed policemen assigned to the Levee came around the corner, and not recognizing the officers from the Morals squad, opened fire. At that same time Torrio's gunners, Vanilli and Fitzpatrick climbed out of Torrio's car and opened fire as well. When the gunfight ended, four of the cops were shot, one was dead with three wounded. Vanilli was wounded but escaped. An autopsy performed on the dead cop confirmed that he had been killed with dum-dum bullets, oversized shells that expand when fired, a type not used by the cops but normally preferred by gangsters. After the shootout the cops came down hard. Van Beaver, Joe Moresco and Vanilli were locked up but set free the same day; Captain Ryan, Colosimo's own police captain in charge of the Levee was transferred out of the Levee and a new commander was brought in who finished the closing of the Levee forever. By 1914 the last bordello shutt its doors and the Levee was officially closed.

Chicago: William Skidmore
William Henroth Skidmore started his long and checkered career in crime in Chicago's notorious Irish slum, the Valley, where, before he moved several blocks west, he ran a renowned saloon on West Lake and North Robey streets, in or about the 800 block, not far from the beer hall belonging to Paddy the Bear Ryan, legendary leader of the Valley gang. At Skidmore's saloon, pickpockets and shoplifters gathered to divide their spoils and gamblers and pimps went to pay their protection money. Otherwise, the place served as a headquarters for Valley's pickpockets, sneak thieves and shoplifters of all sorts for whom Skidmore provided bail bonds. But what Skidmore did best was to act as a go-between, firming up deals between gangsters and politicians and serving as the bagman after the deal was worked out. Otherwise, Skidmore was a hustler who made no attempts to pretend he could be trusted by anyone, about anything. He ran gambling joints inside the Levee, Chicago's early red light district, where he was an occasional partner in vice operations with Big Jim Colosimo, and later with Johnny Torrio. 16 januari 1917 policechief Healey, policecaptain Tom Costello, pimp Mike “the Pike” Heitler, William Skidmore get arrested for bribery and corruption. At chief Healy's trial a notebook that had been taken from one of his north side police lieutenants listed the cops' take for protection from whorehouses, gambling dens and the like including several dozen marked "the chief's place," meaning that the payoff money from those establishments went directly to Healy. Another column was marked "three ways" which meant that Healy split the graft take with Police Captain Tom Costello, Mike the Pike Heitler and Billy Skidmore, a bail bondsman saloon keeper and an up-and-coming gambler of note. It looked pretty bad for chief Healy, but his graft money bought him the city's best criminal lawyer, Clarence Darrow, who won Healy an acquittal.

Sioux City (Iowa), Donald "Dave" Berman
1919 Identified as Iowa's top boot. Later allied with Purple Gang. By the age of fifteen, Davie was involved in gambling activities, in the city that was known as "little Chicago" because a lot of the hoods from Chicago moved there when the heat was on.By 1919, sixteen year old Berman was running twenty distillery plants, and was apparently approached by Capone who wanted to work with him, but Davie turned him down. He also linked in to the Purple Gang in Detroit.

Chicago, musicians
Joe "king" Oliver went in march 1919 to Chicago where he joined clarinetist Lawrence Duke's band which he later took over.

Chicago: Ragen's Colts
27 July 1919 there start riots when a group Ragen's Colts members drown a black man. In the riots die 14 blacks and 20 whites.

Chicago prostitution
The Morals squad succeeded in closing most of the big, easily-raided houses so the pimps replaced them with apartments, "call flats" and Funkhouser estimated that by 1919 there were at least 30,000 call flats operating across the city.

Chicago: Joe E. Lewis
Joe E. Lewis, was a Levee regular and was often booked at the Midnight Frolics where for $115.00 a week, very big money in 1919, he did four shows a night and belted out everyone's favorites like "Oogie Wa" and "Yes! We have no Bananas!" and "Eddy Steady" and "Ain't we got fun."

Chicago mayor Thompson
In 1919 William Hale Thompson is rechosen mayor.

Chicago: John Torrio and Al Capone
In 1918, Torrio got word that one of his own bodyguards had been paid to kill him off. Torrio killed him instead

Capone’s nephew Charles Fischetti
Charles Fischetti was arrested in 1913 for the murder of Sidney Masser.

Capone in Brooklyn (born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1899)
Alphonse Capone became a member of the James Street Gang, which was a minor league, of sorts, to the Five Pointers. One of Capone's childhood friends, and a fellow member of the Five Points Gang, was another street thug named Lucky Luciano.

In 1917 Aphonse Capone worked in Frankie Yale’s Harvard Inn at Coney Island and offended Frank Galluccio who sliced his face three times giving “Scarface”his nickname.

the cops wanted to talk to Capone about a dead rival they had found. Capone was going nowhere in New York, he had no money to support his family. so it was smart to move from New York and Frankie Uale "Yale" send him to Torrio.

In mid 1919, about the time that Johnny Torrio sent for Al Capone to come west from New York, Big Jim bought a new place at 2222 South Wabash called the Four Deuces. Downstairs was the bar, upstairs was the brothel.

Al Capone who arrived in Chicago with his wife and new born child in the winter of 1919.

Capone arrived in Chicago in 1920 at the age of twenty-one. Capone's father died that same year in Brooklyn, New York, never knowing what his son became.

Chicago, Four Dueces Club, 2222 S Wabash,
In1919, gangster Johnny Torrio brought Al Capone from New York to work at his Four Dueces Club (2222 Club). Capone started as a $25 a week mop-up boy. One of his jobs was to stand out front and try to get passersby to visit the brothel on the fourth floor. In a few months he was making $75 a week as a bouncer and bodyguard for Torrio. Later he was promoted to manager of the club. It has been reported that 12 rival gang members were tortured and killed here in the cellar of the building. 2222 S. Wabash. (Closed in 1924, the building was torn down in the 1950s.)