The Mafia in America began in 1878 when Guiseppi Esposito and
other Sicilians arrived in America. This clan was barely noticed.
In 1893, Don Vito Cascio Ferro fled Sicily to North America for
fear of the death penalty. This was the first true site of the
Sicilian Mafia in America. In the 1920's many Sicilians escaped
the reign of Mussolini by fleeing to America. This lead to the
great years of La Cosa Nostra. During the 1930's the greatest
mob boss of all time, Lucky Luciano, and other mob bosses overtook
La Cosa Nostra and spread it throughout the U.S. Moving families
to 25 cities in all. The failure of the FBI to hault this spread
lead to the size and magnitude of the La Cosa Nostra that we know
La Cosa Nostra is organized into families. There are 24 in all
in the U. S. at present day. Each family has from 20 to 700 members,
and each family calls a certain city in the U.S. home. However,
five families call New York City home. These are the most powerful
of the families. Each family is it's own government. The highest
ruling body of all the families of La Cosa Nostra is The Commission.
It is made up of members of each of the highest-ranking families.
One of these familys is the Gambinos
organization of a family is as follows:
order and a maximum profit
vice president; collects and sends the information from and to
are on the same level as the underboss, but only function as an
advisor to the boss
buffer zone between the upper and lower levels of the hierarchy
the businesses: loansharks, gamblers, etc.
not of Italian descent, just average people; sometimes they vary
from hustlers to legitimate businessmen
Al Capone: Raised in East Harlem New York with many great mobsters,
such as Johnny Torrio, Benjamin "Bugsy" Spiegel, and
Meyer Lansky (latter two were the founders of Las Vegas)
Luciano: Arrived in the 1930's and took over the mob by assassinating
it's leaders at the time. He then, immediately closed the books
of admission to La Cosa Nostra, and spread it's families out nationwide.
He spread them to New York, Buffalo, Boston, Detroit, Florida,
The Bahamas, The Caribbean, New Orleans, California, Las Vegas,
Chicago, and many other cities. He was called "The Godfather
of all Godfathers." He had no rivals, because no one tried
to surpass him. He barely ever dirtied his hands, he had the lower
men take care of that.
George Moran: "Bugsy" Moran was an American mobster.
He was born to Polish and Irish immgrants in Chicago, and grew
up in the mob. He was a happy go lucky man which got him very
far in the world of press releases. He always had a smile on his
face and a skip in his walk. Moran had a sheer hatred for Al Capone
and both continually waged war against one another. Capone came
closest to the murder of Moran in his St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Moran, however, was running late that day, so he wasn't killed.
Costello: Became famous in the underworld because of his careful
use of force. Costello was known as the "Prime Minister of
the Underworld" because of his unique ability to get things
done without resorting to force. He was perhaps one of the most
intelligent men in mafia at his time and was considered a great
money maker for everyone. He was also known for his great connections
with the political portion of New York City. To this day no one
from any family has equalled what he did in this area.
Vincent Gigante: The boss of the Genovese family, Vincent Gigante
has been making his mark on the world since the early 1980's.
He has ordered several assassinations, including the assassination
of John Gotti. This assassination was ordered for revenge against
the murder of Castellano. He didn't succeed. His nickname is "Chin."
His lawyers plead insanity in every court case of the "Chin's,"
but the other mob bosses know better than to believe that.
Gotti: John Gotti fled onto the scene in the mob world upon his
imprisionment.. John Gotti is a former hi-jacker from the Queens
area. John was a lady's man and was taught at a young age to respect
and care for the ladies. John is currently 'resting' in Marion
Locascio: "Frankie Loc" is John Gotti's right hand man.
He is the consigleire of the Gambino crime family and is basically
there for support and taking the crap from John Gotti. Frankie
Loc will spend the rest of his life in prison with John Gotti.
Anselmi: Life long partners, Albert Anselmi and John Scalise came
from Italy to Chicago together and died together. They were together
in everything they did and everywhere that they went. These two
hit men were the most murderous in Mob history, and they were
appointed to kill Al Capone and one time. The two left the family
they were members of when they were assigned to the assassination
of Al Capone, and, instead decided to offer their services to
Al Capone. They eventually died at Al Capone's hands for conspiring
to overtake him.
Carlo Gambino: (1957-1976)- Gambino, the namesake of the Family,
was not known as a man with great strength. However, he was a
very cunning man. He was one of the greatest bosses of all time,
if not the most successful. He made as much (if not more) than
any other father, and was never brought down. The authorities
could not get to him, nor did anyone in the life get to him. He
died in 1976 of natural causes.
Castellano: (1976-1985)- Big Paul" took over for Carlo Gambino
in 1976 after Gambino's death. Paul would become the leader of
the most powerful family and assume the name of the Boss of Bosses
until his assassination in 1985 allegedly ordered by John Gotti.