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11th Sep '16 7:10:56 PM Njein
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* '''Bonanno crime family''' - Has a huge presence in northern Brooklyn (especially Williamsburg, Bushwick, Knickerbocker Avenue and Greenpoint), Queens (especially Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village, Sunnyside and Metropolitan Avenue) and Staten Island with smaller crews and factions in Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester, South Brooklyn, New Jersey, Florida and Canada (the family had a crew in Tucson, AZ until Joe Bonanno's forced retirement in the 1960s); the family also has a "Zip" faction. Though a mid-sized family (its manpower has hovered between 150 and 200 made men, and is currently at around 150 made men), it sometimes held the number one spot, especially with the feds hammering down indictments on the other families in the 1990s. Oftentimes the unruliest of the Five Families (owing to its independent streak since from the Castellammarese War; the family's generally disruptive behavior even threw them out of the Commission in the 1980s), this crime family originally hailed from Castellammare del Golfo, a small seaside town in western Sicily. Many of its earliest members came from this town and settled down in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (including family namesake Joe Bonanno, who took over after Maranzano's death in 1931); the family was very tight-knit and considered to be the most Sicilian of the Five Families. Eventually, the family came under the control of Salvatore Maranzano (he came to the United States after escaping from Mussolini's death squads in the 1920s), who fancied himself as a mob version of Caesar; Joe Masseria (the boss of the Genovese family and a very greedy man) soon noticed him, saw Maranzano as a growing threat to his power, and tried to violently take over the Castellammarese gang's bootlegging rackets. Maranzano resisted, and this led to a turf war that only ended with Masseria's death in 1931. With Masseria out of the way, [[BigBad Maranzano]] declared [[BigBadWannabe himself to be the Boss of all Bosses aka the king of the underworld]], [[TheStarscream reneging on the peace deal]] he made with Lucky Luciano prior to Masseria's death to ensure peace between the two sides. [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity The power went into his head,]] and he too was eliminated by Luciano in late 1931, who sent hitmen to his office posing as IRS agents (Maranzano was facing an IRS audit like Al Capone before him, and using this info, Luciano makes a move before Maranzano gets him). With Maranzano eliminated, [[DragonAscendant his protege and ambitious underboss Joe Bonanno]] took over in late 1931. Bonanno even forged close ties with Joe Profaci, boss of the Profaci (now Colombo) crime family and with Steve Magaddino (his cousin and boss of the Buffalo family); he even became a major drug trafficker despite denying any involvement. But, [[BigBadWannabe Bonanno]] had bigger ambitions and sought to become [[TheChessmaster the boss of bosses]] (after Vito Genovese failed in his own bid to become the Mafia's kingmaker) by eliminating several of his rivals (notably Gambino and Lucchese) on the Commission in the 1960s; however, this plot was exposed when [[TheStarscream Joe]] [[DragonWithAnAgenda Colombo]] (a capo in the Profaci family and the designated gunman) [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder told about Bonanno's plot to Gambino and the rest of the Commission.]] Bonanno was ordered to come forward several times but each time, he was a no-show, and simply fled New York by faking his own kidnapping in late 1964 (at the same time, he was facing a grand jury subpoena). The Commission replaced him with one of his capos, Gaspar [=DiGregorio=], but [=DiGregorio's=] position as boss was not acknowledged by Bill Bonanno (Joe Bonanno's son), triggering an internal war that only ended when Bonanno was put on the shelf and shipped off to Tucson, Arizona in 1968. The family's troubles (following Bonanno's retirement, it was known to have a revolving door of weak and ineffectual bosses in the 1970s) did not end as [[AxCrazy Carmine Galante]], a former [[DragonAscendant underboss]] to Joe Bonanno and known drug pusher (the Bonannos were notorious for specializing in heroin trafficking since the 1950s, when Bonanno sent Galante to Montreal so that they could import heroin into the United States from Bonanno's contacts in Sicily; for this very reason, the Bonanno family was nicknamed the "heroin" family), attempted to become the boss but he was eliminated in 1979, allowing Philip Rastelli to regain control of the family (he was originally installed as boss in 1973, but faced a lengthy prison sentence for racketeering). Rastelli then faced another challenge from [[AvengingTheVillain several Galante loyalists]] who thought he was too ineffectual to run the family and wanted to avenge Galante's death; they too were eliminated by Rastelli supporters led by [[TheDragon Joe Massino, his protege and underboss.]] The Donnie Brasco incident (in which an FBI agent infiltrated one of the crews and almost got made), however, did throw the Bonannos out of the Commission (other reasons for being stripped of their Commission seat included their generally disruptive behavior, the fact that they were notorious for being drug pushers and constant infighting since Joe Bonanno's ouster in 1968) for most of the 1980s (Sonny Black Napolitano, whose crew was unwittingly infiltrated by Joe Pistone aka "Donnie Brasco", ended up dead and his hands were chopped off as a warning to others to never shake hands with law enforcement; several other wiseguys connected to Sonny Black were either dead, demoted in rank or imprisoned); by this time, they were largely regarded as a [[IncompetenceInc joke]] by both the FBI and wiseguys in the other families. However, being stripped of their Commission seat actually worked to the [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Bonannos']] favor as they were the only one of the Five Families to avoid an indictment on the Mafia Commission Trial, thus allowing them to quietly rebuild their lost power base while the other families were hammered down with indictments, lengthy prison sentences and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder mobsters flipping to save their skin.]] [[DragonAscendant Massino]], Rastelli's underboss, took over as boss in 1991, and he quickly worked to rebuild the family to its former glory by the dawn of the millennium by adding new made members (bringing the family membership back to between 150 and 170 made men), and expanding into Wall Street scams, union racketeering and white-collar fraud. However, several of his button men [[TheStoolPigeon flipped]] (especially [[NobleTopEnforcer Salvatore "Good-Looking Sal" Vitale]], who regarded Massino as a older brother-like figure to him; but once Massino gets out of jail in 1992, their relationship becomes starts to become shaky to the point that Massino wants to eliminate him, and this becomes the ultimate catalyst for Vitale to [[TheInformant flip]] in 2003), and he faced a lengthy prison sentence; the penalty was upgraded to the death penalty in 2004 after one of the murders was linked to him. Fearing the death sentence, he became the [[TheStoolPigeon first]] [[TheInformant official boss of a crime family to turn state's evidence against Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano, his handpicked successor, in 2005.]] Once again, the Bonannos are now in shambles after [[TheInformant Massino flipped]] against his former mob colleauges and are still struggling to rebuild themselves in the aftermath. The family is now headed by Michael Mancuso, who took over as boss following Basciano's imprisonment in 2011.

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* '''Bonanno crime family''' - Has a huge presence in northern Brooklyn (especially Williamsburg, Bushwick, Knickerbocker Avenue and Greenpoint), Queens (especially Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village, Sunnyside and Metropolitan Avenue) and Staten Island with smaller crews and factions in Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester, South Brooklyn, New Jersey, Florida and Canada (the family had a crew in Tucson, AZ until Joe Bonanno's forced retirement in the 1960s); the family also has a "Zip" faction. Though a mid-sized family (its manpower has hovered between 150 and 200 made men, and is currently at around 150 made men), it sometimes held the number one spot, especially with the feds hammering down indictments on the other families in the 1990s. Oftentimes the unruliest of the Five Families (owing to its independent streak since from the Castellammarese War; the family's generally disruptive behavior even threw them out of the Commission in the 1980s), this crime family originally hailed from Castellammare del Golfo, a small seaside town in western Sicily. Many of its earliest members came from this town and settled down in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (including family namesake Joe Bonanno, who took over after Maranzano's death in 1931); the family was very tight-knit and considered to be the most Sicilian of the Five Families. Eventually, the family came under the control of Salvatore Maranzano (he came to the United States after escaping from Mussolini's death squads in the 1920s), who fancied himself as a mob version of Caesar; Joe Masseria (the boss of the Genovese family and a very greedy man) soon noticed him, saw Maranzano as a growing threat to his power, and tried to violently take over the Castellammarese gang's bootlegging rackets. Maranzano resisted, and this led to a turf war that only ended with Masseria's death in 1931. With Masseria out of the way, [[BigBad Maranzano]] declared [[BigBadWannabe himself to be the Boss of all Bosses aka the king of the underworld]], [[TheStarscream reneging on the peace deal]] he made with Lucky Luciano prior to Masseria's death to ensure peace between the two sides. [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity The power went into his head,]] and he too was eliminated by Luciano in late 1931, who sent hitmen to his office posing as IRS agents (Maranzano was facing an IRS audit like Al Capone before him, and using this info, Luciano makes a move before Maranzano gets him). With Maranzano eliminated, [[DragonAscendant his protege and ambitious underboss Joe Bonanno]] took over in late 1931. Bonanno even forged close ties with Joe Profaci, boss of the Profaci (now Colombo) crime family and with Steve Magaddino (his cousin and boss of the Buffalo family); he even became a major drug trafficker despite denying any involvement. But, [[BigBadWannabe Bonanno]] had bigger ambitions and sought to become [[TheChessmaster the boss of bosses]] (after Vito Genovese failed in his own bid to become the Mafia's kingmaker) by eliminating several of his rivals (notably Gambino and Lucchese) on the Commission in the 1960s; however, this plot was exposed when [[TheStarscream Joe]] [[DragonWithAnAgenda Colombo]] (a capo in the Profaci family and the designated gunman) [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder told about Bonanno's plot to Gambino and the rest of the Commission.]] Bonanno was ordered to come forward several times but each time, he was a no-show, and simply fled New York by faking his own kidnapping in late 1964 (at the same time, he was facing a grand jury subpoena). The Commission replaced him with one of his capos, Gaspar [=DiGregorio=], but [=DiGregorio's=] position as boss was not wasn't acknowledged by Bill Bonanno (Joe Bonanno's son), triggering an internal war that only ended when Bonanno was put on the shelf and shipped off forced to retire to Tucson, Arizona in 1968. The family's troubles (following Bonanno's retirement, it was known to have a revolving door of weak and ineffectual bosses in the 1970s) did not end as [[AxCrazy Carmine Galante]], a former [[DragonAscendant underboss]] to Joe Bonanno and known drug pusher (the Bonannos were notorious for specializing in heroin trafficking since the 1950s, when Bonanno sent Galante to Montreal so that they could import heroin into the United States from Bonanno's contacts in Sicily; for this very reason, the Bonanno family was nicknamed the "heroin" family), attempted to become the boss but he was eliminated in 1979, allowing Philip Rastelli to regain control of the family (he was originally installed as boss in 1973, but faced a lengthy prison sentence for racketeering). Rastelli then faced another challenge from [[AvengingTheVillain several Galante loyalists]] who thought he was too ineffectual to run the family and wanted to avenge Galante's death; they too were eliminated by Rastelli supporters led by [[TheDragon Joe Massino, his protege and underboss.]] The Donnie Brasco incident (in which an FBI agent infiltrated one of the crews and almost got made), however, did throw the Bonannos out of the Commission (other reasons for being stripped of their Commission seat included their generally disruptive behavior, the fact that they were notorious for being drug pushers and constant infighting since Joe Bonanno's ouster in 1968) for most of the 1980s (Sonny Black Napolitano, whose crew was unwittingly infiltrated by Joe Pistone aka "Donnie Brasco", ended up dead and his hands were chopped off as a warning to others to never shake hands with law enforcement; several other wiseguys connected to Sonny Black were either dead, demoted in rank or imprisoned); by this time, they were largely regarded as a [[IncompetenceInc joke]] by both the FBI and wiseguys in the other families. However, being stripped of their Commission seat actually worked to the [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Bonannos']] favor as they were the only one of the Five Families to avoid an indictment on the Mafia Commission Trial, thus allowing them to quietly rebuild their lost power base while the other families were hammered down with indictments, lengthy prison sentences and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder mobsters flipping to save their skin.]] [[DragonAscendant Massino]], Rastelli's underboss, took over as boss in 1991, and he quickly worked to rebuild the family to its former glory by the dawn of the millennium by adding new made members (bringing the family membership back to between 150 and 170 made men), and expanding into Wall Street scams, union racketeering and white-collar fraud. However, several of his button men [[TheStoolPigeon flipped]] (especially [[NobleTopEnforcer Salvatore "Good-Looking Sal" Vitale]], who regarded Massino as a older brother-like figure to him; but once Massino gets out of jail in 1992, their relationship becomes starts to become shaky to the point that Massino wants to eliminate him, and this becomes the ultimate catalyst for Vitale to [[TheInformant flip]] in 2003), and he faced a lengthy prison sentence; the penalty was upgraded to the death penalty in 2004 after one of the murders was linked to him. Fearing the death sentence, he became the [[TheStoolPigeon first]] [[TheInformant official boss of a crime family to turn state's evidence against Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano, his handpicked successor, in 2005.]] Once again, the Bonannos are now in shambles after [[TheInformant Massino flipped]] against his former mob colleauges and are still struggling to rebuild themselves in the aftermath. The family is now headed by Michael Mancuso, who took over as boss following Basciano's imprisonment in 2011.
9th Sep '16 1:46:01 PM Njein
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* '''Auto theft''': The Gambino family has had a big hand in auto theft rings, especially through Roy DeMeo, one of the mob's most feared hitmen. He would sell stolen cars to chop shops, who would strip them of their auto parts to be sold to scrap dealers. Criminals are also hopeful that there is little incentive on the part of the victim to search their stolen vehicle, as even if the car is found, recovery may cost more (in detective, legal, and transportation fees) than the car is actually worth, especially if the stolen car is of low value. A chop shop must be able to take apart a car without damaging the parts and keep them organized. Time is of the essence: more cars processed equals higher profits. There is no advantage to a large inventory, as it can be done more efficiently in a "JIT" (Just In Time) manner by asking a thief only when cars are needed.

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* '''Auto theft''': The Gambino family has had a big hand in auto theft rings, especially through Roy DeMeo, one of the mob's most feared hitmen. He would sell stolen cars to chop shops, who would strip them of their auto parts to be sold to scrap dealers. Criminals are also hopeful that there is little incentive on the part of the victim to search their stolen vehicle, as even if the car is found, recovery may cost more (in detective, insurance, legal, and transportation fees) than the car is actually worth, especially if the stolen car is of low value. A chop shop must be able to take apart a car without damaging the parts and keep them organized. Time is of the essence: more cars processed equals higher profits. There is no advantage to a large inventory, as it can be done more efficiently in a "JIT" (Just In Time) manner by asking a thief only when cars are needed.
7th Sep '16 9:45:43 AM Njein
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* double-decker coffin: A disposal method generally used by the Mafia, hoping that nobody will be able to find the corpse. Bodies of mob victims were tucked and concealed in hidden compartments below ones already in coffins.
3rd Sep '16 11:18:16 AM Njein
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* '''Garment manufacturing''': Clothing is another sector that's still rife with mob infiltration. The Lucchese and Gambino families had significant interests in the trucking and production in New York's Garment District, with corresponding influence and control of various Teamsters and Ladies Garment Workers' locals, alongside with their Jewish allies Lepke Buchalter and Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro. The garment industry is divided essentially into two parts: the jobbers who design and sell the garments, and the contractors who assemble and sew the apparel. The bulk of the products were made-up in Chinatown, so there was a constant movement back and forth between the garment district located mainly between 34th and 39th Streets and the makers located south of Canal Street, three miles down the island. The trucking operation was the life-blood of the business, connecting the heart (the district) to the limbs (Chinatown.) Whoever controlled the trucks controlled the garment industry, which by the 1950s was employing more than 300,000 workers. With their control of the trucking and garment workers unions, the Mafia could essentially put a halt to goods coming in and out of the Garment District if the right payoffs weren't made.
2nd Sep '16 12:08:36 PM Njein
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* '''Bonanno crime family''' - Has a huge presence in northern Brooklyn (especially Williamsburg, Bushwick, Knickerbocker Avenue and Greenpoint), Queens (especially Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village, Sunnyside and Metropolitan Avenue) and Staten Island with smaller crews and factions in Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester, South Brooklyn, New Jersey, Florida and Canada (the family had a crew in Tucson, AZ until Joe Bonanno's forced retirement in the 1960s); the family also has a "Zip" faction. Though a mid-sized family (its manpower has hovered between 150 and 200 made men, and is currently at around 150 made men), it sometimes held the number one spot, especially with the feds hammering down indictments on the other families in the 1990s. Oftentimes the unruliest of the Five Families (owing to its independent streak since from the Castellammarese War; the family's generally disruptive behavior even threw them out of the Commission in the 1980s), this crime family originally hailed from Castellammare del Golfo, a small seaside town in western Sicily. Many of its earliest members came from this town and settled down in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (including family namesake Joe Bonanno, who took over after Maranzano's death in 1931); the family was very tight-knit and considered to be the most Sicilian of the Five Families. Eventually, the family came under the control of Salvatore Maranzano (he came to the United States after escaping from Mussolini's death squads in the 1920s), who fancied himself as a mob version of Caesar; Joe Masseria (the boss of the Genovese family and a very greedy man) soon noticed him, saw Maranzano as a growing threat to his power, and tried to violently take over the Castellammarese gang's bootlegging rackets. Maranzano resisted, and this led to a turf war that only ended with Masseria's death in 1931. With Masseria out of the way, [[BigBad Maranzano]] declared [[BigBadWannabe himself to be the Boss of all Bosses aka the king of the underworld]], [[TheStarscream reneging on the peace deal]] he made with Lucky Luciano prior to Masseria's death to ensure peace between the two sides. [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity The power went into his head,]] and he too was eliminated by Luciano in late 1931, who sent hitmen to his office posing as IRS agents (Maranzano was facing an IRS audit like Al Capone before him, and using this info, Luciano makes a move before Maranzano gets him). With Maranzano eliminated, [[DragonAscendant his protege and ambitious underboss Joe Bonanno]] took over in late 1931. Bonanno even forged close ties with Joe Profaci, boss of the Profaci (now Colombo) crime family and with Steve Magaddino (his cousin and boss of the Buffalo family); he even became a major drug trafficker despite denying any involvement. But, [[BigBadWannabe Bonanno]] had bigger ambitions and sought to become [[TheChessmaster the boss of bosses]] (after Vito Genovese failed in his own bid to become the Mafia's kingmaker) by eliminating several of his rivals (notably Gambino and Lucchese) on the Commission in the 1960s; however, this plot was exposed when [[TheStarscream Joe]] [[DragonWithAnAgenda Colombo]] (a capo in the Profaci family and the designated gunman) [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder told about Bonanno's plot to Gambino and the rest of the Commission.]] Bonanno was ordered to come forward several times but each time, he was a no-show, and simply fled New York by faking his own kidnapping in late 1964 (at the same time, he was facing a grand jury subpoena). The Commission replaced him with one of his capos, Gaspar [=DiGregorio=], but [=DiGregorio's=] position as boss was not acknowledged by Bill Bonanno (Joe Bonanno's son), triggering an internal war that only ended when Bonanno was put on the shelf and shipped off to Tucson, Arizona in 1968. The family's troubles (following Bonanno's retirement, it was known to have a revolving door of weak and ineffectual bosses in the 1970s) did not end as [[AxCrazy Carmine Galante]], a former [[DragonAscendant underboss]] to Joe Bonanno and known drug pusher (the Bonannos were notorious for specializing in heroin trafficking since the 1950s, when Bonanno sent Galante to Montreal so that they could import heroin into the United States from Bonanno's contacts in Sicily; for this very reason, the Bonanno family was nicknamed the "heroin" family), attempted to become the boss but he was eliminated in 1979, allowing Philip Rastelli to regain control of the family (he was originally installed as boss in 1973, but faced a lengthy prison sentence for racketeering). Rastelli then faced another challenge from [[AvengingTheVillain several Galante loyalists]] who thought he was too ineffectual to run the family and wanted to avenge Galante's death; they too were eliminated by Rastelli supporters led by [[TheDragon Joe Massino, his protege and underboss.]] The Donnie Brasco incident (in which an FBI agent infiltrated one of the crews and almost got made), however, did throw the Bonannos out of the Commission (other reasons for being stripped of their Commission seat included their generally disruptive behavior, the fact that they were notorious for being drug pushers and constant infighting since Joe Bonanno's ouster in 1968) for most of the 1980s (Sonny Black Napolitano, whose crew was unwittingly infiltrated by Joe Pistone aka "Donnie Brasco", ended up dead and his hands were chopped off as a warning to others to never shake hands with law enforcement; several other wiseguys connected to Sonny Black were either dead, demoted in rank or imprisoned); by this time, they were largely regarded as a [[IncompetenceInc joke]] by both the FBI and wiseguys in the other families. However, being stripped of their Commission seat actually worked to the [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Bonannos']] favor as they were the only one of the Five Families to avoid an indictment on the Mafia Commission Trial, thus allowing them to quietly rebuild their lost power base while the other families were hammered down with indictments, lengthy prison sentences and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder mobsters flipping to save their skin.]] [[DragonAscendant Massino]], Rastelli's underboss, took over as boss in 1991, and he quickly worked to rebuild the family to its former glory by the dawn of the millennium by adding new made members (bringing the family membership back to between 150 and 170 made men), and expanding into Wall Street scams, union racketeering and white-collar fraud. However, several of his button men [[TheStoolPigeon flipped]] (especially [[NobleTopEnforcer Salvatore "Good-Looking Sal" Vitale]], who regarded Massino as a older brother-like figure to him; but once Massino gets out of jail in 1992, their relationship becomes starts to become shaky to the point that Massino wants to eliminate him, and this becomes the ultimate catalyst for Vitale to [[TheInformant flip]] in 2003), and he faced a lengthy prison sentence; the penalty was upgraded to the death penalty in 2004 after one of the murders was linked to him. Fearing the death sentence, he became the [[TheStoolPigeon first]] [[TheInformant official boss of a crime family to turn state's evidence in 2005.]] Once again, the Bonannos are now in shambles after [[TheInformant Massino flipped]] against his former mob colleauges and are still struggling to rebuild themselves in the aftermath.

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* '''Bonanno crime family''' - Has a huge presence in northern Brooklyn (especially Williamsburg, Bushwick, Knickerbocker Avenue and Greenpoint), Queens (especially Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village, Sunnyside and Metropolitan Avenue) and Staten Island with smaller crews and factions in Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester, South Brooklyn, New Jersey, Florida and Canada (the family had a crew in Tucson, AZ until Joe Bonanno's forced retirement in the 1960s); the family also has a "Zip" faction. Though a mid-sized family (its manpower has hovered between 150 and 200 made men, and is currently at around 150 made men), it sometimes held the number one spot, especially with the feds hammering down indictments on the other families in the 1990s. Oftentimes the unruliest of the Five Families (owing to its independent streak since from the Castellammarese War; the family's generally disruptive behavior even threw them out of the Commission in the 1980s), this crime family originally hailed from Castellammare del Golfo, a small seaside town in western Sicily. Many of its earliest members came from this town and settled down in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (including family namesake Joe Bonanno, who took over after Maranzano's death in 1931); the family was very tight-knit and considered to be the most Sicilian of the Five Families. Eventually, the family came under the control of Salvatore Maranzano (he came to the United States after escaping from Mussolini's death squads in the 1920s), who fancied himself as a mob version of Caesar; Joe Masseria (the boss of the Genovese family and a very greedy man) soon noticed him, saw Maranzano as a growing threat to his power, and tried to violently take over the Castellammarese gang's bootlegging rackets. Maranzano resisted, and this led to a turf war that only ended with Masseria's death in 1931. With Masseria out of the way, [[BigBad Maranzano]] declared [[BigBadWannabe himself to be the Boss of all Bosses aka the king of the underworld]], [[TheStarscream reneging on the peace deal]] he made with Lucky Luciano prior to Masseria's death to ensure peace between the two sides. [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity The power went into his head,]] and he too was eliminated by Luciano in late 1931, who sent hitmen to his office posing as IRS agents (Maranzano was facing an IRS audit like Al Capone before him, and using this info, Luciano makes a move before Maranzano gets him). With Maranzano eliminated, [[DragonAscendant his protege and ambitious underboss Joe Bonanno]] took over in late 1931. Bonanno even forged close ties with Joe Profaci, boss of the Profaci (now Colombo) crime family and with Steve Magaddino (his cousin and boss of the Buffalo family); he even became a major drug trafficker despite denying any involvement. But, [[BigBadWannabe Bonanno]] had bigger ambitions and sought to become [[TheChessmaster the boss of bosses]] (after Vito Genovese failed in his own bid to become the Mafia's kingmaker) by eliminating several of his rivals (notably Gambino and Lucchese) on the Commission in the 1960s; however, this plot was exposed when [[TheStarscream Joe]] [[DragonWithAnAgenda Colombo]] (a capo in the Profaci family and the designated gunman) [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder told about Bonanno's plot to Gambino and the rest of the Commission.]] Bonanno was ordered to come forward several times but each time, he was a no-show, and simply fled New York by faking his own kidnapping in late 1964 (at the same time, he was facing a grand jury subpoena). The Commission replaced him with one of his capos, Gaspar [=DiGregorio=], but [=DiGregorio's=] position as boss was not acknowledged by Bill Bonanno (Joe Bonanno's son), triggering an internal war that only ended when Bonanno was put on the shelf and shipped off to Tucson, Arizona in 1968. The family's troubles (following Bonanno's retirement, it was known to have a revolving door of weak and ineffectual bosses in the 1970s) did not end as [[AxCrazy Carmine Galante]], a former [[DragonAscendant underboss]] to Joe Bonanno and known drug pusher (the Bonannos were notorious for specializing in heroin trafficking since the 1950s, when Bonanno sent Galante to Montreal so that they could import heroin into the United States from Bonanno's contacts in Sicily; for this very reason, the Bonanno family was nicknamed the "heroin" family), attempted to become the boss but he was eliminated in 1979, allowing Philip Rastelli to regain control of the family (he was originally installed as boss in 1973, but faced a lengthy prison sentence for racketeering). Rastelli then faced another challenge from [[AvengingTheVillain several Galante loyalists]] who thought he was too ineffectual to run the family and wanted to avenge Galante's death; they too were eliminated by Rastelli supporters led by [[TheDragon Joe Massino, his protege and underboss.]] The Donnie Brasco incident (in which an FBI agent infiltrated one of the crews and almost got made), however, did throw the Bonannos out of the Commission (other reasons for being stripped of their Commission seat included their generally disruptive behavior, the fact that they were notorious for being drug pushers and constant infighting since Joe Bonanno's ouster in 1968) for most of the 1980s (Sonny Black Napolitano, whose crew was unwittingly infiltrated by Joe Pistone aka "Donnie Brasco", ended up dead and his hands were chopped off as a warning to others to never shake hands with law enforcement; several other wiseguys connected to Sonny Black were either dead, demoted in rank or imprisoned); by this time, they were largely regarded as a [[IncompetenceInc joke]] by both the FBI and wiseguys in the other families. However, being stripped of their Commission seat actually worked to the [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Bonannos']] favor as they were the only one of the Five Families to avoid an indictment on the Mafia Commission Trial, thus allowing them to quietly rebuild their lost power base while the other families were hammered down with indictments, lengthy prison sentences and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder mobsters flipping to save their skin.]] [[DragonAscendant Massino]], Rastelli's underboss, took over as boss in 1991, and he quickly worked to rebuild the family to its former glory by the dawn of the millennium by adding new made members (bringing the family membership back to between 150 and 170 made men), and expanding into Wall Street scams, union racketeering and white-collar fraud. However, several of his button men [[TheStoolPigeon flipped]] (especially [[NobleTopEnforcer Salvatore "Good-Looking Sal" Vitale]], who regarded Massino as a older brother-like figure to him; but once Massino gets out of jail in 1992, their relationship becomes starts to become shaky to the point that Massino wants to eliminate him, and this becomes the ultimate catalyst for Vitale to [[TheInformant flip]] in 2003), and he faced a lengthy prison sentence; the penalty was upgraded to the death penalty in 2004 after one of the murders was linked to him. Fearing the death sentence, he became the [[TheStoolPigeon first]] [[TheInformant official boss of a crime family to turn state's evidence against Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano, his handpicked successor, in 2005.]] Once again, the Bonannos are now in shambles after [[TheInformant Massino flipped]] against his former mob colleauges and are still struggling to rebuild themselves in the aftermath. The family is now headed by Michael Mancuso, who took over as boss following Basciano's imprisonment in 2011.



* Mustache Petes: Old fashioned or older generation Mafiosi.

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* Mustache Petes: Old fashioned Old-fashioned or older generation Mafiosi.
2nd Sep '16 8:14:21 AM Njein
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* '''Genovese crime family''' - Large presence in Manhattan (notably Little Italy, 116th Street/East Harlem, Lower East Side, Greenwich Village and the Manhattan/New Jersey waterfronts), the Bronx (primarily in Morris Park, Pelham Bay and Arthur Avenue), Westchester, northern New Jersey and Connecticut, with smaller crews and factions in Queens, Brooklyn and Florida (the family also has a small crew in Springfield, Massachusetts). Regarded as the Ivy League of the Mafia, the family is still the strongest and biggest of the Five Families (the family size has varied from 250 to 450 made men, and currently has approx. 275-350 made men). The oldest of the New York families, it was known as the Morello crime family and eventually came under the control of Morello capo [[BadBoss Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria]], who had a penchant for violence and was notoriously greedy. His heavy-handed attempts to strong arm and control the other Italian gangs, especially the Williamsburg-based Castellammarese gang, led to a bloody turf war in 1928; the Castellammarese War, as it was known, claimed at least 150+ lives and dragged on until Masseria was gunned down at a Coney Island restaurant in 1931. [[BigBadWannabe Salvatore]] [[EntitledBastard Maranzano]], now the nominal victor of this turf war, [[ItsAllAboutMe immediately wasted no time into reorganizing the Five Families under his control by declaring himself the boss of bosses;]] the Young Turks, led by an upstart gangster named [[MagnificentBastard Charles]] [[DragonWithAnAgenda "Lucky" Luciano]](the Young Turks were a younger generation of Americanized mafiosi, and were swayed by Maranzano into fighting for him), realized that Maranzano was much [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem greedier]] [[ItsAllAboutMe than they thought.]] So, they decided that the boss of all bosses had to go, and Luciano takes over in September of 1931 after Maranzano was eliminated. With the old guard (Mustache Petes, as they were called) of mobsters out of the way, Luciano can now consolidate his own power. Luciano then revolutionized the American Mafia by forming a Mafia Commission (and becoming its 1st chairman) to settle disputes and encouraging the other bosses to work with each other instead of "hitting the mattresses". However, he faced an indictment from Thomas Dewey for running a prostitution ring in 1937 and was deported back to Italy in 1946, where he worked with the Sicilian mafia to establish an international drug ring. The family was taken over by Frank Costello, Luciano's consigliere and a key political fixer; he had huge gambling rackets in New York City and was craving to go legitimate. But he was faced with a growing threat from [[DragonWithAnAgenda Vito Genovese]], who was Luciano's former underboss and was silently eliminating allies of Costello after returning to the United States in 1945 (notably Albert Anastasia and William "Willie Moore" Moretti). Genovese, with the sufficient backing of [[CoDragons Carlo Gambino and Tommy Lucchese]], then ordered a hit on Costello in May of 1957; Costello manages to survive the hit (thanks to the gunman's unintentional warning, he managed to get away with only a scalp wound) and steps down to avoid further bloodshed. Later that year, Genovese ordered a hit on [[AxCrazy Albert Anastasia]] and called a meeting of major mob leaders to explain the bloodletting that's going on in New York since the attempted hit on Costello earlier that year. The Apalachin Meeting proved to be a big debacle as it exposed the LCN to law enforcement, media and public scrutiny, and the other bosses (notably [[TheStarscream Gambino and Lucchese,]] who switched sides and supported Costello, Luciano and Lansky) had him falsely implicated on a drug charge. Later, in 1963, a low-level soldier in his family named [[TheStoolPigeon Joe Valachi]] became the first made man to [[TheInformant flip and testify about the American Mafia's inner workings;]] Valachi feared Genovese ordered a hit on him, hence his reason to cooperate with federal authorities. Genovese continued to rule the family from prison (via ruling panels) until his death in 1969. Though the family was run by a series of acting bosses and ruling panels after Genovese's death, Phil "Benny Squint" Lombardo (the family's street boss since 1962) was regarded as the [[TheChessmaster ''de facto'' boss and]] [[TheAllegedBoss had the final say in family matters, especially after 1969.]] Ill health forces Lombardo to step down and name [[DragonAscendant Vincent "Chin" Gigante]] (the alleged gunman behind the Costello hit) as his successor in 1981; [[TheAllegedBoss Gigante]] later names [[TheManBehindTheMan Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno as his "dummy" boss]]. He further shielded himself from law enforcement scrutiny by [[ObfuscatingDisability feigning]] [[ObfuscatingInsanity insanity]] [[PlayingSick and]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending to have a low IQ]]; this feigned insanity fooled law enforcement for years and worked until 1997, when he was imprisoned for racketeering and murder charges. He ran the family from prison until his death in 2005, and since his death, it is implied the family now uses a ruling panel of capos to manage its daily affairs and to avoid FBI attention.

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* '''Genovese crime family''' - Large presence in Manhattan (notably Little Italy, 116th Street/East Harlem, Lower East Side, Greenwich Village and the Manhattan/New Jersey waterfronts), the Bronx (primarily in Morris Park, Pelham Bay and Arthur Avenue), Westchester, northern New Jersey and Connecticut, with smaller crews and factions in Queens, Brooklyn and Florida (the family also has a small crew in Springfield, Massachusetts). Regarded as the Ivy League of the Mafia, the family is still the strongest and biggest of the Five Families (the family size has varied from 250 to 450 made men, and currently has approx. 275-350 made men). The oldest of the New York families, it was known as the Morello crime family and eventually came under the control of Morello capo [[BadBoss Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria]], who had a penchant for violence and was notoriously greedy. His heavy-handed attempts to strong arm and control the other Italian gangs, especially the Williamsburg-based Castellammarese gang, led to a bloody turf war in 1928; the Castellammarese War, as it was known, claimed at least 150+ lives and dragged on until Masseria was gunned down at a Coney Island restaurant in 1931. [[BigBadWannabe Salvatore]] [[EntitledBastard Maranzano]], now the nominal victor of this turf war, [[ItsAllAboutMe immediately wasted no time into reorganizing the Five Families under his control by declaring himself the boss of bosses;]] the Young Turks, led by an upstart gangster named [[MagnificentBastard Charles]] [[DragonWithAnAgenda "Lucky" Luciano]](the Young Turks were a younger generation of Americanized mafiosi, and were swayed by Maranzano into fighting for him), realized that Maranzano was much [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem greedier]] [[ItsAllAboutMe than they thought.]] So, they decided that the boss of all bosses had to go, and Luciano takes over in September of 1931 after Maranzano was eliminated. With the old guard (Mustache Petes, as they were called) of mobsters out of the way, Luciano can now consolidate his own power. Luciano then revolutionized the American Mafia by forming a Mafia Commission (and becoming its 1st chairman) to settle disputes and encouraging the other bosses to work with each other instead of "hitting the mattresses". However, he faced an indictment from Thomas Dewey for running a prostitution ring in 1937 and was deported back to Italy in 1946, where he worked with the Sicilian mafia to establish an international drug ring. The family was taken over by Frank Costello, Luciano's consigliere and a key political fixer; he had huge gambling rackets in New York City and was craving to go legitimate. But he was faced with a growing threat from [[DragonWithAnAgenda Vito Genovese]], who was Luciano's former underboss and was silently eliminating allies of Costello after returning to the United States in 1945 (notably Albert Anastasia and William "Willie Moore" Moretti). Genovese, with the sufficient backing of [[CoDragons Carlo Gambino and Tommy Lucchese]], then ordered a hit on Costello in May of 1957; Costello manages to survive the hit (thanks to the gunman's unintentional warning, he managed to get away with only a scalp wound) and steps down to avoid further bloodshed. Later that year, Genovese ordered a hit on [[AxCrazy Albert Anastasia]] and called a meeting of major mob leaders to explain the bloodletting that's going on in New York since the attempted hit on Costello earlier that year. The Apalachin Meeting proved to be a big debacle as it exposed the LCN to law enforcement, media and public scrutiny, and the other bosses (notably [[TheStarscream Gambino and Lucchese,]] who switched sides and supported Costello, Luciano and Lansky) had him falsely implicated on a drug charge. Later, in 1963, a low-level soldier in his family named [[TheStoolPigeon Joe Valachi]] became the first made man to [[TheInformant flip and testify about the American Mafia's inner workings;]] Valachi feared Genovese ordered a hit on him, hence his reason to cooperate with federal authorities. Genovese continued to rule the family from prison (via ruling panels) until his death in 1969. Though the family was run by a series of acting bosses and ruling panels after Genovese's death, Phil "Benny Squint" Lombardo (the family's street boss since 1962) was regarded as the [[TheChessmaster ''de facto'' boss and]] [[TheAllegedBoss had the final say in family matters, especially after 1969.]] Ill health forces Lombardo to step down and name [[DragonAscendant Vincent "Chin" Gigante]] (the alleged gunman behind the Costello hit) as his successor in 1981; [[TheAllegedBoss Gigante]] later names [[TheManBehindTheMan Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno as his "dummy" boss]]. He further shielded himself from law enforcement scrutiny by [[ObfuscatingDisability feigning]] [[ObfuscatingInsanity insanity]] [[PlayingSick and]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending to have a low IQ]]; this feigned insanity fooled law enforcement for years and worked until 1997, when he was imprisoned for racketeering and murder charges. He ran the family from prison until his death in 2005, and since his death, it is implied the family now uses a ruling panel of capos to manage its daily affairs and to avoid FBI attention.attention, with [[TheManBehindTheMan Liborio "Barney" Bellomo (a protege of Vincent Gigante and the head capo of the 116th Street crew)]] pretty much having [[TheAllegedBoss the final say on family matters]], in a matter that is reminiscent of Philip Lombardo in the 1970s.
1st Sep '16 10:55:00 AM Njein
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* '''Genovese crime family''' - Large presence in Manhattan (notably Little Italy, 116th Street/East Harlem, Lower East Side, Greenwich Village and the Manhattan/New Jersey waterfronts), the Bronx (primarily in Morris Park, Pelham Bay and Arthur Avenue), Westchester, northern New Jersey and Connecticut, with smaller crews and factions in Queens, Brooklyn and Florida (the family also has a small crew in Springfield, Massachusetts). Regarded as the Ivy League of the Mafia, the family is still the strongest and biggest of the Five Families (the family size has varied from 250 to 450 made men, and currently has approx. 275-350 made men). The oldest of the New York families, it was known as the Morello crime family and eventually came under the control of Morello capo [[BadBoss Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria]], who had a penchant for violence and was notoriously greedy. His heavy-handed attempts to strong arm and control the other Italian gangs, especially the Williamsburg-based Castellammarese gang, led to a bloody turf war in 1928; the Castellammarese War, as it was known, claimed at least 150+ lives and dragged on until Masseria was gunned down at a Coney Island restaurant in 1931. [[BigBadWannabe Salvatore]] [[EntitledBastard Maranzano]], now the nominal victor of this turf war, [[ItsAllAboutMe immediately wasted no time into reorganizing the Five Families under his control by declaring himself the boss of bosses;]] the Young Turks, led by an upstart gangster named [[MagnificentBastard Charles]] [[DragonWithAnAgenda "Lucky" Luciano]](the Young Turks were a younger generation of Americanized mafiosi, and were swayed by Maranzano into fighting for him), realized that Maranzano was much [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem greedier]] [[ItsAllAboutMe than they thought.]] So, they decided that the boss of all bosses had to go, and Luciano takes over in September of 1931 after Maranzano was eliminated. With the old guard (Mustache Petes, as they were called) of mobsters out of the way, Luciano can now consolidate his own power. Luciano then revolutionized the American Mafia by forming a Mafia Commission (and becoming its 1st chairman) to settle disputes and encouraging the other bosses to work with each other instead of "hitting the mattresses". However, he faced an indictment from Thomas Dewey for running a prostitution ring in 1937 and was deported back to Italy in 1946, where he worked with the Sicilian mafia to establish an international drug ring. The family was taken over by Frank Costello, Luciano's consigliere and a key political fixer; he had huge gambling rackets in New York City and was craving to go legitimate. But he was faced with a growing threat from [[DragonWithAnAgenda Vito Genovese]], who was Luciano's former underboss and was silently eliminating allies of Costello after returning to the United States in 1945 (notably Albert Anastasia and William "Willie Moore" Moretti). Genovese, with the sufficient backing of [[CoDragons Carlo Gambino and Tommy Lucchese]], then ordered a hit on Costello in May of 1957; Costello manages to survive the hit (thanks to the gunman's unintentional warning, he managed to get away with only a scalp wound) and steps down to avoid further bloodshed. Later that year, Genovese ordered a hit on [[AxCrazy Albert Anastasia]] and called a meeting of major mob leaders to explain the bloodletting that's going on in New York since the attempted hit on Costello earlier that year. The Apalachin Meeting proved to be a big debacle as it exposed the LCN to law enforcement, media and public scrutiny, and the other bosses (notably [[TheStarscream Gambino and Lucchese,]] who switched sides and supported Costello, Luciano and Lansky) had him falsely implicated on a drug charge. Later, in 1963, a low-level soldier in his family named [[TheStoolPigeon Joe Valachi]] became the first made man to [[TheInformant flip and testify about the American Mafia's inner workings;]] Valachi feared Genovese ordered a hit on him, hence his reason to cooperate with federal authorities. Genovese continued to rule the family from prison (via ruling panels) until his death in 1969. Though the family was run by a series of acting bosses and ruling panels after Genovese's death, Phil "Benny Squint" Lombardo (the family's street boss since 1962) was regarded as the [[TheChessmaster ''de facto'' boss and]] [[TheAllegedBoss had the final say in family matters, especially after 1969.]] Ill health forces Lombardo to step down and name [[DragonAscendant Vincent "Chin" Gigante]] (the alleged gunman behind the Costello hit) as his successor in 1981; [[TheAllegedBoss Gigante]] later names [[TheManBehindTheMan Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno as his "dummy" boss]]. He further shielded himself from law enforcement scrutiny by [[ObfuscatingDisability feigning]] [[ObfuscatingInsanity insanity]] and [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending to have a low IQ]]; this feigned insanity fooled law enforcement for years and worked until 1997, when he was imprisoned for racketeering and murder charges. He ran the family from prison until his death in 2005, and since his death, it is implied the family now uses a ruling panel of capos to manage its daily affairs and to avoid FBI attention.

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* '''Genovese crime family''' - Large presence in Manhattan (notably Little Italy, 116th Street/East Harlem, Lower East Side, Greenwich Village and the Manhattan/New Jersey waterfronts), the Bronx (primarily in Morris Park, Pelham Bay and Arthur Avenue), Westchester, northern New Jersey and Connecticut, with smaller crews and factions in Queens, Brooklyn and Florida (the family also has a small crew in Springfield, Massachusetts). Regarded as the Ivy League of the Mafia, the family is still the strongest and biggest of the Five Families (the family size has varied from 250 to 450 made men, and currently has approx. 275-350 made men). The oldest of the New York families, it was known as the Morello crime family and eventually came under the control of Morello capo [[BadBoss Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria]], who had a penchant for violence and was notoriously greedy. His heavy-handed attempts to strong arm and control the other Italian gangs, especially the Williamsburg-based Castellammarese gang, led to a bloody turf war in 1928; the Castellammarese War, as it was known, claimed at least 150+ lives and dragged on until Masseria was gunned down at a Coney Island restaurant in 1931. [[BigBadWannabe Salvatore]] [[EntitledBastard Maranzano]], now the nominal victor of this turf war, [[ItsAllAboutMe immediately wasted no time into reorganizing the Five Families under his control by declaring himself the boss of bosses;]] the Young Turks, led by an upstart gangster named [[MagnificentBastard Charles]] [[DragonWithAnAgenda "Lucky" Luciano]](the Young Turks were a younger generation of Americanized mafiosi, and were swayed by Maranzano into fighting for him), realized that Maranzano was much [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem greedier]] [[ItsAllAboutMe than they thought.]] So, they decided that the boss of all bosses had to go, and Luciano takes over in September of 1931 after Maranzano was eliminated. With the old guard (Mustache Petes, as they were called) of mobsters out of the way, Luciano can now consolidate his own power. Luciano then revolutionized the American Mafia by forming a Mafia Commission (and becoming its 1st chairman) to settle disputes and encouraging the other bosses to work with each other instead of "hitting the mattresses". However, he faced an indictment from Thomas Dewey for running a prostitution ring in 1937 and was deported back to Italy in 1946, where he worked with the Sicilian mafia to establish an international drug ring. The family was taken over by Frank Costello, Luciano's consigliere and a key political fixer; he had huge gambling rackets in New York City and was craving to go legitimate. But he was faced with a growing threat from [[DragonWithAnAgenda Vito Genovese]], who was Luciano's former underboss and was silently eliminating allies of Costello after returning to the United States in 1945 (notably Albert Anastasia and William "Willie Moore" Moretti). Genovese, with the sufficient backing of [[CoDragons Carlo Gambino and Tommy Lucchese]], then ordered a hit on Costello in May of 1957; Costello manages to survive the hit (thanks to the gunman's unintentional warning, he managed to get away with only a scalp wound) and steps down to avoid further bloodshed. Later that year, Genovese ordered a hit on [[AxCrazy Albert Anastasia]] and called a meeting of major mob leaders to explain the bloodletting that's going on in New York since the attempted hit on Costello earlier that year. The Apalachin Meeting proved to be a big debacle as it exposed the LCN to law enforcement, media and public scrutiny, and the other bosses (notably [[TheStarscream Gambino and Lucchese,]] who switched sides and supported Costello, Luciano and Lansky) had him falsely implicated on a drug charge. Later, in 1963, a low-level soldier in his family named [[TheStoolPigeon Joe Valachi]] became the first made man to [[TheInformant flip and testify about the American Mafia's inner workings;]] Valachi feared Genovese ordered a hit on him, hence his reason to cooperate with federal authorities. Genovese continued to rule the family from prison (via ruling panels) until his death in 1969. Though the family was run by a series of acting bosses and ruling panels after Genovese's death, Phil "Benny Squint" Lombardo (the family's street boss since 1962) was regarded as the [[TheChessmaster ''de facto'' boss and]] [[TheAllegedBoss had the final say in family matters, especially after 1969.]] Ill health forces Lombardo to step down and name [[DragonAscendant Vincent "Chin" Gigante]] (the alleged gunman behind the Costello hit) as his successor in 1981; [[TheAllegedBoss Gigante]] later names [[TheManBehindTheMan Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno as his "dummy" boss]]. He further shielded himself from law enforcement scrutiny by [[ObfuscatingDisability feigning]] [[ObfuscatingInsanity insanity]] and [[PlayingSick and]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending to have a low IQ]]; this feigned insanity fooled law enforcement for years and worked until 1997, when he was imprisoned for racketeering and murder charges. He ran the family from prison until his death in 2005, and since his death, it is implied the family now uses a ruling panel of capos to manage its daily affairs and to avoid FBI attention.
31st Aug '16 9:21:51 AM Njein
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* '''[[TheConsigliere Consigliere]]''' - The adviser/right hand man, only third (or fourth counting the Godfather) is that the adviser keeps the legal face of the family and sometimes acts as the family lawyer. In theory, he is the only one allowed to argue with the Boss, when he thinks what the boss is doing could destroy the family. Most "consigliere" types in media (such as [[TropeMaker Tom Hagen]]) are actually based on Mob ''lawyers''. Though the Commission specified a counselor in each family to act as their eyes and ears, most RealLife mob bosses treated it as a lower-level position. Many families use the position for an experienced member who knows the ins and outs of the family's power, but does not wish to rise to the boss or underboss position for whatever reason. Chicago would be a subversion, with the "consigliere" being a sort of "boss emeritus" (mobsters Tony Accardo and Paul Ricca held this title, and exercised [[TheManBehindTheMan ''de facto'' behind-the-scenes control]] of the Chicago Outfit for nearly 50 years while letting lower-level capos such as Sam Giancana or Joey "Doves" Aiuppa hold the title of boss). Nicodemo Scarfo was another subversion, as he became the boss of the Philly Mob when the previous boss, Phil Testa, was assassinated while the underboss, Peter Casella, was banished to Florida. At the time of Phil Testa's death, Scarfo was the consigliere. A consigliere generally has one soldier underneath him as an aide-de-camp and source of additional income; the lack of attachment to a crew supposedly makes him more "impartial" and obviously makes him less powerful.

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* '''[[TheConsigliere Consigliere]]''' - The adviser/right hand man, only third (or fourth counting the Godfather) is that the adviser keeps the legal face of the family and sometimes acts as the family lawyer. In theory, he is the only one allowed to argue with the Boss, when he thinks what the boss is doing could destroy the family. Most "consigliere" types in media (such as [[TropeMaker Tom Hagen]]) are actually based on Mob ''lawyers''. Though the Commission specified a counselor in each family to act as their eyes and ears, most RealLife mob bosses treated it as a lower-level position. Many families use the position for an experienced member who knows the ins and outs of the family's power, but does not wish to rise to the boss or underboss position for whatever reason. Chicago would be a subversion, with the "consigliere" being a sort of "boss emeritus" aka capo consigliere (mobsters Tony Accardo and Paul Ricca held this title, and exercised [[TheManBehindTheMan ''de facto'' behind-the-scenes control]] of the Chicago Outfit for nearly 50 years while letting lower-level capos such as Sam Giancana or Joey "Doves" Aiuppa hold the title of boss). Nicodemo Scarfo was another subversion, as he became the boss of the Philly Mob when the previous boss, Phil Testa, was assassinated while the underboss, Peter Casella, was banished to Florida. At the time of Phil Testa's death, Scarfo was the consigliere. A consigliere generally has one soldier underneath him as an aide-de-camp and source of additional income; the lack of attachment to a crew supposedly makes him more "impartial" and obviously makes him less powerful.



* loose cannon: an unpredictable person who may cause long-term and unpredictable damage, whether through violence or by ratting out.



* vig: the interest payment on a loan from a loanshark (short for "vigorish"). Synonym: juice, vig.

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* vig: the interest payment on a loan from a loanshark (short for "vigorish"). Synonym: juice, vig.vigorish.



* walk talk, take a walk: to conduct a sensitive discussion while striding up and down the block to avoid being overheard on those pesky eavesdropping devices.

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* walk talk, take a walk: to conduct a sensitive discussion while striding up and down the block to avoid being overheard on those pesky eavesdropping devices.bugs.
29th Aug '16 1:47:30 PM Njein
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* '''Boss''' (Boss) - Crime boss of a particular family. "Don" is an honorific, not a title: in today's Italy it's reserved to ''priests''. Since Mafia families in Sicily are more numerous and smaller than those in the United States, the title is not as distinguished, although the boss still has paramount authority within his region. "Hits" on individuals under his family's protection are at the sole discretion of the boss, and the boss also decides who is allowed to become a formal member of the family ("opening the books" is a term used by the Cosa Nostra to induct new members into a family). Much of the boss's other duties include settling disputes (holding "sit-downs") between family members and other crime families, relaying orders down the chain of command, receiving a tribute from the family's capos (and rarely, soldiers and associates serving directly under him) and promote or demote ("knock down" or "break") family members at will. Murdering (or attempting to murder) an official boss is a big no-no in the Mafia, as the Commission would order the usurper's death for killing his own boss without explicit permission (only the Commission can authorize a hit on a boss).
* '''Underboss''' - He is the second in command of a mafia family and usually inherits the Boss title if the official boss is unavailable (death, prison, on the lam, etc.). The underboss's power varies: some are mere figureheads, while others could be very influential, sometimes running a faction within the family or in rare cases, being the ''de facto'' or effective head of the family even if the official boss is free. The former types are often "knocked down" (demoted), or "whacked" (take a guess) when their patron is no longer guiding their fortunes or if they fall out of favor with the boss. Will collect tribute from most of the family's captains (some, known as "king's men" have the honor of handing theirs directly to the boss), taking a hefty cut before passing it up, and may be in charge of larger rackets requiring citywide coordination (for example, sports betting, which requires bookies across an urban area to hedge each other's bets to collect profit with minimum risk). It should be noted that ''Capobastone'' is used mainly within the 'Ndrangheta, though.

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* '''Boss''' (Boss) - Crime boss The official head of a particular family. "Don" is an honorific, not a title: in today's Italy it's reserved to ''priests''. Since Mafia families in Sicily are more numerous and smaller than those in the United States, the title is not as distinguished, although the boss still has paramount authority within his region. "Hits" on individuals under his family's protection are at the sole discretion of the boss, and the boss also decides who is allowed to become a formal member of the family ("opening the books" is a term used by the Cosa Nostra to induct new members into a family). Much of the boss's other duties include settling disputes (holding "sit-downs") between family members and other crime families, relaying orders down the chain of command, receiving a tribute from the family's capos (and rarely, soldiers and associates serving directly under him) and promote or demote ("knock down" or "break") family members at will. Murdering (or attempting to murder) an official boss is a big no-no in the Mafia, as the Commission would order the usurper's death for killing his own boss without explicit permission (only the Commission can authorize a hit on a boss).
* '''Underboss''' - He is the The second in command of a mafia family and usually inherits becomes the Boss title boss if the official boss is unavailable (death, prison, on the lam, etc.). The underboss's power varies: some are mere figureheads, while others could be very influential, sometimes running a faction within the family or in rare cases, being the ''de facto'' or effective head of the family even if the official boss is free. The former types are often "knocked down" (demoted), or "whacked" (take a guess) when their patron is no longer guiding their fortunes or if they fall out of favor with the boss. Will collect tribute from most of the family's captains (some, known as "king's men" have the honor of handing theirs directly to the boss), taking a hefty cut before passing it up, and may be in charge of larger rackets requiring citywide coordination (for example, sports betting, which requires bookies across an urban area to hedge each other's bets to collect profit with minimum risk). It should be noted that ''Capobastone'' is used mainly within the 'Ndrangheta, though.
29th Aug '16 1:35:39 PM Njein
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* '''Capofamiglia/Representante''' (Boss) - Crime boss of a particular family. "Don" is an honorific, not a title: in today's Italy it's reserved to ''priests''. Since Mafia families in Sicily are more numerous and smaller than those in the United States, the title is not as distinguished, although the boss still has paramount authority within his region. "Hits" on individuals under his family's protection are at the sole discretion of the boss, and the boss also decides who is allowed to become a formal member of the family ("opening the books" is a term used by the Cosa Nostra to induct new members into a family). Much of the boss's other duties include settling disputes (holding "sit-downs") between family members and other crime families, relaying orders down the chain of command, receiving a tribute from the family's capos (and rarely, soldiers and associates serving directly under him) and promote or demote ("knock down" or "break") family members at will. Murdering (or attempting to murder) an official boss is a big no-no in the Mafia, as the Commission would order the usurper's death for killing his own boss without explicit permission (only the Commission can authorize a hit on a boss).
* '''Capobastone/Sottocapo''' - The Underboss is the second in command of a mafia family and usually inherits the Boss title if the official boss is unavailable (death, prison, on the lam, etc.). The underboss's power varies: some are mere figureheads, while others could be very influential, sometimes running a faction within the family or in rare cases, being the ''de facto'' or effective head of the family even if the official boss is free. The former types are often "knocked down" (demoted), or "whacked" (take a guess) when their patron is no longer guiding their fortunes or if they fall out of favor with the boss. Will collect tribute from most of the family's captains (some, known as "king's men" have the honor of handing theirs directly to the boss), taking a hefty cut before passing it up, and may be in charge of larger rackets requiring citywide coordination (for example, sports betting, which requires bookies across an urban area to hedge each other's bets to collect profit with minimum risk). It should be noted that ''Capobastone'' is used mainly within the 'Ndrangheta, though.
* '''Acting Boss/Street Boss''' - A rank unique to the American Mafia, appearing in response to the increase in the number of racketeering convictions since the 1980's, rendering most "official" bosses and underbosses no longer at liberty to control the day-to-day operations of their families. This responsibility usually ends up being delegated to a capo (who still operates his own crew in the meantime), who can send a "messenger" to receive orders from the boss and pass along tribute. Even when bosses are free, this structure is at times maintained as a facade to prevent law enforcement from determining where exactly orders are coming from - the Genovese family is a notable user of this tactic since the 1970s and have been [[BaitAndSwitchBoss playing bait-and-switch with law enforcement]] using this tactic, as they would oftentimes prop up "dummy bosses" (usually high-ranking capos) while the official boss remains hidden from law enforcement scrutiny. May sometimes in fact be the [[TheAllegedBoss ''de facto'']] [[TheManBehindTheMan boss in ''all but name'']], especially if the official boss is old, ill, or kept incommunicado in prison, and if the Street Boss would rather keep a lower-profile. (Note: This, essentially, was the rank [[Series/TheSopranos Tony Soprano]] occupied for most of the series.)

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* '''Capofamiglia/Representante''' '''Boss''' (Boss) - Crime boss of a particular family. "Don" is an honorific, not a title: in today's Italy it's reserved to ''priests''. Since Mafia families in Sicily are more numerous and smaller than those in the United States, the title is not as distinguished, although the boss still has paramount authority within his region. "Hits" on individuals under his family's protection are at the sole discretion of the boss, and the boss also decides who is allowed to become a formal member of the family ("opening the books" is a term used by the Cosa Nostra to induct new members into a family). Much of the boss's other duties include settling disputes (holding "sit-downs") between family members and other crime families, relaying orders down the chain of command, receiving a tribute from the family's capos (and rarely, soldiers and associates serving directly under him) and promote or demote ("knock down" or "break") family members at will. Murdering (or attempting to murder) an official boss is a big no-no in the Mafia, as the Commission would order the usurper's death for killing his own boss without explicit permission (only the Commission can authorize a hit on a boss).
* '''Capobastone/Sottocapo''' '''Underboss''' - The Underboss He is the second in command of a mafia family and usually inherits the Boss title if the official boss is unavailable (death, prison, on the lam, etc.). The underboss's power varies: some are mere figureheads, while others could be very influential, sometimes running a faction within the family or in rare cases, being the ''de facto'' or effective head of the family even if the official boss is free. The former types are often "knocked down" (demoted), or "whacked" (take a guess) when their patron is no longer guiding their fortunes or if they fall out of favor with the boss. Will collect tribute from most of the family's captains (some, known as "king's men" have the honor of handing theirs directly to the boss), taking a hefty cut before passing it up, and may be in charge of larger rackets requiring citywide coordination (for example, sports betting, which requires bookies across an urban area to hedge each other's bets to collect profit with minimum risk). It should be noted that ''Capobastone'' is used mainly within the 'Ndrangheta, though.
* '''Acting Boss/Street Boss''' - A rank unique to the American Mafia, appearing in response to the increase in the number of racketeering convictions since the 1980's, rendering most "official" bosses and underbosses no longer at liberty to control the day-to-day operations of their families. This responsibility usually ends up being delegated to a capo (who still operates his own crew in the meantime), who can send a "messenger" to receive orders from the boss and pass along tribute. Even when bosses are free, this structure is at times maintained as a facade to prevent law enforcement from determining where exactly orders are coming from - the Genovese family is a notable user of this tactic since the 1970s and have been [[BaitAndSwitchBoss playing bait-and-switch with law enforcement]] using this tactic, as they would oftentimes prop up "dummy bosses" (usually high-ranking capos) while the official boss remains hidden from law enforcement scrutiny. May sometimes in fact be the [[TheAllegedBoss ''de facto'']] [[TheManBehindTheMan boss in ''all but name'']], especially if the official boss is old, ill, or kept incommunicado in prison, and if the Street Boss would rather keep a lower-profile. (Note: This, essentially, was the rank [[Series/TheSopranos Tony Soprano]] occupied for most of the series.)).
* '''Messaggero''' - A rank also unique to the American Mafia, this also appeared in the aftermath of the Apalachin Meetin in 1957, though it was increasingly used in the 1980s, especially after the Commission Case, which forced the bosses to hold their sitdowns away from law enforcement scrutiny. The boss can sometimes delegate one of his men to serve as an liaison between him and the other crime families, reducing the need for sit-downs of the mob hierarchy, and thus limit the public exposure of the bosses. In other cases, the boss can use a messenger to relay orders down the chain of command and as a facade to prevent law enforcement from knowing where orders are actually coming from. Vincent Gigante, John Gotti, Joe Massino and other bosses oftentimes used their relatives as emissaries, especially in the wake of the Commission Case.



* '''Capodecina/Caporegime''' - Also known as a captain, skipper, ''capo'', or "crew chief," the ''capo'' may oversee a ''borgata'' or crew of soldiers as he can efficiently control in a certain territory assigned to him. Grants permission for all criminal activities in his crew (unauthorized activities may run afoul of another crew or another family's rackets), collects a share of every score, and passes a fixed sum on to the boss of the family. Capos are, in effect, the family's "middle management." Their control over the family's earners and shooters gives them a great deal of power, and they are often the kingmakers if the boss position becomes vacant (if the official boss dies, retires or is incapacitated). The latter title is unique to the Italian-American Mafia. Sometimes, if a capo is in good graces with the boss (especially if they're a good earner and is respected by the other wiseguys), then the official boss may promote the capo to street or acting boss (while running their own crew), especially if the boss is imprisoned, ill, semi-retired, wants to lay low or [[TheManBehindTheMan as a facade to prevent law enforcement from knowing where the orders are actually coming from]]. On occasions, a capo may be placed in charge of a faction that a family has significant interests in; for example, the Genovese family, which has four crews in its New Jersey faction, appoints one of the capos to supervise it. Another example was John Gotti, who was the ''de facto'' head of the Gambino family's blue-collar crews prior to becoming boss.
* '''Soldato/Picciotto''' - a soldier, "wiseguy", "button man", or "made guy." This is the lowest level of mobster or gangster who is considered a full member of the "family". A "soldier" must have taken an oath in which he has sworn to follow the rules of the Mafia (such as the ''omertà''), and in some organizations must have killed a person in order to be considered "made."[[note]]Since talking about killings is considered verboten, there's a bit of leeway with this requirement.[[/note]] This entitles them to the full protection of the family in question. Killing or assaulting a soldier, or even infringing on their rackets without explicit permission of their higher-ups, is a big no-no in the mob, as the offender will meet a violent end. American mafiosi may refer to a made man among other made men (as in introducing them; two made men must always be formally introduced by a third party known to both, even if they're father and son) as "a friend of ours." ''Picciotto'' is used within the Sicilian Mafia and indicates someone of a lower rank than that of ''Soldato''. In the American Mafia, only males of Italian descent can become a made man, and must trace their lineage through their father's side.

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* '''Capodecina/Caporegime''' - Also known as a captain, skipper, ''capo'', or "crew chief," the ''capo'' may oversee a ''borgata'' or crew of soldiers as he can efficiently control in a certain territory assigned to him. Grants permission for all criminal activities in his crew (unauthorized activities may run afoul of another crew or another family's rackets), collects a share of every score, and passes a fixed sum on to the boss higher-ups of the family. Capos are, in effect, the family's "middle management." Their control over the family's earners and shooters gives them a great deal of power, and they are often the kingmakers if the boss position becomes vacant (if the official boss dies, retires or is incapacitated). The latter title is unique to the Italian-American Mafia. Sometimes, if a capo is in good graces with the boss (especially if they're a good earner and is respected by the other wiseguys), then the official boss may promote the capo to street or acting boss (while running their own crew), especially if the boss is imprisoned, ill, semi-retired, wants to lay low or [[TheManBehindTheMan as a facade to prevent law enforcement from knowing where the orders are actually coming from]]. On occasions, a capo may be placed in charge of a faction that a family has significant interests in; for example, the Genovese family, which has four crews in its New Jersey faction, appoints one of the capos to supervise it. Another example was John Gotti, who was the ''de facto'' head of the Gambino family's blue-collar crews prior to becoming boss.
* '''Soldato/Picciotto''' '''Soldier''' - a soldier, soldato, "wiseguy", "button man", or "made guy." This is the lowest level of mobster or gangster who is considered a full member of the "family". A "soldier" must have taken an oath in which he has sworn to follow the rules of the Mafia (such as the ''omertà''), and in some organizations must have killed a person in order to be considered "made."[[note]]Since talking about killings is considered verboten, there's a bit of leeway with this requirement.[[/note]] This entitles them to the full protection of the family in question. Killing or assaulting a soldier, or even infringing on their rackets without explicit permission of their higher-ups, is a big no-no in the mob, as the offender will meet a violent end. American mafiosi may refer to a made man among other made men (as in introducing them; two made men must always be formally introduced by a third party known to both, even if they're father and son) as "a friend of ours." ''Picciotto'' is used within the Sicilian Mafia and indicates someone of a lower rank than that of ''Soldato''. In the American Mafia, only males of Italian descent can become a made man, and must trace their lineage through their father's side.
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