Giuseppe “Joseph” Bonanno as a young man; possibly around the time he returned to New York from Sicily to eventually become Salvatore Maranzano’s underboss.

Giuseppe “Joseph” Bonanno as a young man; possibly around the time he returned to New York from Sicily to eventually become Salvatore Maranzano’s underboss.

The dude on the left is NOT Salvatore Maranzano, even though tons of sources claimed he was. The right one is Maranzano.

The dude on the left is NOT Salvatore Maranzano, even though tons of sources claimed he was. The right one is Maranzano.

Salvatore "Capo Di Tutti Capi(Boss of Bosses)" Maranzano Boss of the Maranzano Crime Family and founder of the idea of a Mafia Commission.

Salvatore Maranzano

Salvatore "Capo Di Tutti Capi(Boss of Bosses)" Maranzano Boss of the Maranzano Crime Family and founder of the idea of a Mafia Commission.

Salvatore Maranzano was an organized crime figure from the town of Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, and an early Cosa Nostra boss in the United States.

Salvatore Maranzano

Salvatore Maranzano was an organized crime figure from the town of Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, and an early Cosa Nostra boss in the United States.

U.S. 1931: Mobster Salvatore Maranzano conspires with Masseria's top soldier, Charles "Lucky" Luciano (pictured above) to assassinate Masseria and end the mob war. Maranzano then emerges as the "Boss of Bosses," the most powerful Mafia leader. He restructures organized crime in New York, setting up five separate criminal groups.

U.S. 1931: Mobster Salvatore Maranzano conspires with Masseria's top soldier, Charles "Lucky" Luciano (pictured above) to assassinate Masseria and end the mob war. Maranzano then emerges as the "Boss of Bosses," the most powerful Mafia leader. He restructures organized crime in New York, setting up five separate criminal groups.

Salvatore Maranzano - Organized Crime Figure. He instigated the 1929 to 1931 "Castellammarese War" amongst New York City, New York organized crime factions. He was briefly the undisputed leader of the entire mafia organizations in New York until he was murdered on the orders of younger crime figures like Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano.

Salvatore Maranzano - Organized Crime Figure. He instigated the 1929 to 1931 "Castellammarese War" amongst New York City, New York organized crime factions. He was briefly the undisputed leader of the entire mafia organizations in New York until he was murdered on the orders of younger crime figures like Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano.

Joe Bonanno Speaks About His Hero Salvatore Maranzano

Joe Bonanno Speaks About His Hero Salvatore Maranzano

Salvatore Maranzano (July 31, 1886 – September 10, 1931) was an organized crime figure from the town of Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, and an early Cosa Nostra boss in the United States. He instigated the Castellammarese War to seize control of the American Mafia operations, and briefly became the Mafia's "Boss of Bosses". He was assassinated by a younger faction led by Charles "Lucky" Luciano, who established a power-sharing arrangement rather than a "boss of bosses" to prevent future…

Salvatore Maranzano (July 31, 1886 – September 10, 1931) was an organized crime figure from the town of Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, and an early Cosa Nostra boss in the United States. He instigated the Castellammarese War to seize control of the American Mafia operations, and briefly became the Mafia's "Boss of Bosses". He was assassinated by a younger faction led by Charles "Lucky" Luciano, who established a power-sharing arrangement rather than a "boss of bosses" to prevent future…

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