Benito Mussolini during the early 1920s (15;28).
At the time,
most of these unsavory figures settled in major cities along the
East Coast (New York and Buffalo, NY), the Midwest (Chicago, IL,
Cleveland, OH, and Detroit, MI), and even the South (Miami, FL,
and New Orleans, LA).
From these initial beachheads and after
the establishment of a governing body (“The Commission”), the
Mafia spread its tentacles to virtually every corner of the US.
Now that you know a little about how and where organized crime
was born, you can learn about some of the notorious figures
At the time, there were several different groups and
individuals engaging in various illicit lines of business.
Irish Americans like Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll, Owney “The Killer”
Madden, and Jack “Legs” Diamond were active underworld figures
of that era. Jewish gangsters, US (Louis “Lepke” Buchalter,
Waxey Gordon, Jacob “Little Augie” Orgen, Arnold Rothstein,
Dutch Schultz, and Bugsy Siegel) and foreign (Meyer Lansky)
born, were also on the scene then.
And yet, none of these
influential men could rival the supremacy of Italians like Joe
Bonanno, Joe Colombo, Carlo Gambino, Tommy Lucchese, and Lucky
Luciano and the crime families that each headed (Jacobs 8).
Their line of work was so lucrative that Meyer Lansky once
proclaimed that “We’re bigger than US Steel,” one of the largest
corporations in the world during at the time (Griffin and DeNevi