Infamous Crime Bosses

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Michael Coppola
Michael Coppola was a reputed acting captain of the Genovese crime family. He was wanted in the 1977 murder of a fellow mobster outside a Bridgewater, N.J., motel. Coppola was captured by police in 2003.
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Al Capone
Capone, a Brooklyn native, became involved in crime early on in his life, when he was expelled from school at the age of 14.
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Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
Siegel was a driving force behind the development of metropolitan Las Vegas in the late 40s.
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Carlo Gambino
He was the boss of the Gambino crime family and died of natural causes.
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Paul "Big Paul" Castellano
Castellano is one of five reputed leaders who were arrested in a Federal indictment. Castellano’s bail was $4 million. He was the head of the nation’s largest Mafia family.
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Nicholas "Little Nick" Corozzo
Corozzo was indicted in 1996 on racketeering charges that included attempted murder, arson, and loansharking.
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Sam Giancano
Giancana was a Chicago mob boss who was noted for his friendships with show-business personalities.
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John Joseph Gotti, Jr.
Gotti was boss of the most powerful crime family in America. He made hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
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John Angelo Gotti, III
The son of John Joseph Gotti, John A. Gotti was charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels.
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Joseph Bonanno
Nicknamed “Joe Bananas,” he was known as a man with superior organizational skills.
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Meyer Lansky
Known as the “Mob’s Accountant,” Lansky established a gambling empire from New York to Las Vegas.
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Charlie "Lucky" Luciano
Luciano was an Italian mobster known for splitting New York City into five different Mafia crime families.
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Joseph Massino
Known as “Big Joey,” Massino agreed to testify against his former associates to avoid the death penalty. In 2005, he was sentenced to life in prison.
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Vincent "The Chin" Gigante
The boss of the Genovese family, Gigante ordered several assassinations. Before joining organized crime, Gigante was a professional boxer.
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James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr.
"Whitey" Bulger, Jr. led the Winter Hill Gang, based in Massachusetts.
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