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The History of Organized Crime
Duration: 04:42
Michael Vista explores the state of organized crime in 1920s New York after the former "Boss of Bosses" Giuseppe Morello returned from prison with high hopes of relinquishing his old title from Salvatore D'Aquila.
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Michael Vista explores the state of organized crime in 1920s New York after the former "Boss of Bosses" Giuseppe Morello returned from prison with high hopes of relinquishing his old title from Salvatore D'Aquila. Interestingly, some members of the mafia didn't want D'Aquila to maintain his powerful position and many younger men began rising through the mob's ranks to challenge their leader.
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well that year. Word on the street was that Giuseppe Peter Morello was angling to get his title back. Lupo was pounding around like it was 20 years earlier and shaking down people who knew and feared him. Still plus word on the street was that Joe Masseria would also be vying for the title of Capote Copy, expecting his youth and street knowledge coupled with his new vast income to get him to that illustrious height as Toto would be challenged for the right to be the boss. What really hurt totaled Aquila was the fact that another rumor was being whispered in his ear from his many spies that his very own captain, Umberto Valenti, was working in cahoots with the Murillo's in Mazar e A to replace tequilas as the boss of the family. It was then that Toted decided that he was surrounded by nothing but enemies, and it was time to act. Instead of being usurped, he put a price on the heads of Morello Lupo, Mazara Vincenzo and Ciro Terranova Silva, Talia Gamba, Gaetano Reina, Tommy Ghiglione, O, Willie Moretti, Frank Costello and Umberto Valenti. And just to point out, Costello wasn't feared by Toto more so. He presented an obstacle to Toto di Aquila's objectives through Tammany Hall. Costello was much more intelligent than your average gangster and was a fast riser with the political ears of the day. Toto didn't feel he could be trusted, since he lacked that Sicilian thing. Word was on the street, and before anyone could start racking up kill points on behalf of toted Aquila, either peace envoys were coming through or the targets were disappearing. Both Willie Moretti in Frank Costello laid low in arranged peace feelers to the Luciano Gang in Little Italy, who contacted Aquila through other Johnny Toria or Frankie Yale Gattine Arena and Tommy Gagliano went and paid their respects to Toto Giuseppe Morello. His half brothers, the Terra Nova's and Lupo, all seemingly disappeared, though at least Morello and Lupo showed up in Sicily, either in late 1920 or early 1921 we couldn't find any evidence of the Terranova brothers being there, though there are rumors who wasn't running was Joe Masseria or Umberto Valenti. But once they had his own access to Toto and he had decided to show his loyalty to his boss by setting up hits on whomever his boss said to He wanted Toto to know that he was his man. Until the end. Nazario was making way too much cabbage to just run away, so he just paid off. Toto. Now here's what we're gonna have to do A little bit of guessing as to what Morello and Lupo we're doing in Sicily other than staying at a tequilas line of fire. You see, the previous 10 years have been a bloodbath. Detroit was decimated with violence. Chicago's West Side had been a war zone. And, of course, New York City had ended up under the power of the late GSO Gallucci, who was not a Sicilian. Through the efforts of Nicolo Terranova and other Sicilian gangs, the camera had weakened much, especially with Delucchi's death, along with the arrest of the leadership of the Camorra gangs at the end of the Mafia Camorra war, Sicily hadn't been much better with the violence and rhetoric of the Foschi versus the powerful land mine and cattle owners of the island, which placed the local mafia see in the middle of everything. Regardless of these issues, Don Vito Cascio Pharaoh, had maintained his slow theory grip on most of the Sicilian factions in the United States and about half in Sicily. His strength was based in and around Corioni as well as Castle Omari to Golfo, and he was accepted and respected in the more urban environment of Palermo. He was a sly as ever. One of the two things that certainly happened was Giuseppe Morello and Ignazio Lupo had been introduced to two of the up and comers from Cost Alomari in the forms of Salvatori Marinzano and the youngster Giuseppe Bonano, who was only a teenager then, and a Mafia prints in the eyes of many. You see, Vito Cascio Pharaoh had a plan to consolidate the Sicilian gangs in America and to discard the riffraff, most particularly the Jewish and Irish Gangsters who were sleeping into the fabric of their organizations. Marinzano was part of that plan, seeing as the Castle Amaury crew with the most homogenous of the Sicilian gangs in America, with the possible exception of the metronome family in New Orleans, it was the best move. The quills, rain and his double crossing of a member of the part Uzi on the side of non Sicilians could not be allowed to continue. There was going to have to be a reckoning
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