1931. A real photo of Joe Masseria - the boss of what is now called the Genovese crime family. The card may have been planted.

1931. A real photo of Joe Masseria - the boss of what is now called the Genovese crime family. The card may have been planted.

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JOSEPH " JOE THE BOSS " MASSERIA    Birth: 1879  Death: Apr. 15, 1931    Gangster. Murdered by four mafia gunmen: Albert Anastasia, Vito Genovese, Joe Adonis and Benjamin Siegel. Joseph (Joe the Boss

JOSEPH " JOE THE BOSS " MASSERIA Birth: 1879 Death: Apr. 15, 1931 Gangster. Murdered by four mafia gunmen: Albert Anastasia, Vito Genovese, Joe Adonis and Benjamin Siegel. Joseph (Joe the Boss

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Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria (January 17, 1886 – April 15, 1931) was an early Mafia don in the United States. He was boss of what is now called the Genovese crime family, one of the New York Mafia's Five Families, from 1922 to 1931.

Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria (January 17, 1886 – April 15, 1931) was an early Mafia don in the United States. He was boss of what is now called the Genovese crime family, one of the New York Mafia's Five Families, from 1922 to 1931.

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Miami, FL. 1930- Joe "The Boss" Masseria and his wife on vacation.  Also present but not in the picture was his son Joe Jr. and his underboss, Lucky Luciano.

Miami, FL. 1930- Joe "The Boss" Masseria and his wife on vacation. Also present but not in the picture was his son Joe Jr. and his underboss, Lucky Luciano.

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Joe Masseria, head of one of the most powerful Mafia Families in NYC during Prohibition.  His murder was ordered by Lucky Luciano.  Calvary Cemetary

Joe Masseria, head of one of the most powerful Mafia Families in NYC during Prohibition. His murder was ordered by Lucky Luciano. Calvary Cemetary

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Willie Moretti’s bullet-ridden body lies on floor of restaurant in Cliffside Park, N.J., on Oct. 4, 1951.

Willie Moretti’s bullet-ridden body lies on floor of restaurant in Cliffside Park, N.J., on Oct. 4, 1951.

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Joe Masseria | ... la Unione Siciliane para disgusto de Joe Masseria… y de Al Capone

Joe Masseria | ... la Unione Siciliane para disgusto de Joe Masseria… y de Al Capone

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The body of John Masseria on 10th St News Photo | Getty Images
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Mafia boss Joe Masseria lays dead on a Brooklyn restaurant floor holding the ace of spades, 1931.

Mafia boss Joe Masseria lays dead on a Brooklyn restaurant floor holding the ace of spades, 1931.

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