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The body of Joseph Colombo is put in a police vehicle minutes after being shot by a non-gangster during a rally of the Italian American Coalition at Columbus Circle.

On June mobster Joe Colombo was gunned down at the Italian Union Day Rally at Columbus Circle near Central Park. Colombo never regained consciousness, and he died seven years later. It is generally believed Crazy Joe Gallo orchestrated the Colombo hit.

HEY...that's my dog. News Photo: The Italian American mafia gangster Lucky Luciano sitting…

Famous Italians ~ News Photo: The Italian American mafia gangster Lucky Luciano sitting…

Paul Castellano: Italian-American organized crime hit its stride during the 1930s, a result of several decades of Italian immigration to the United States. Pictured in 1985, Paul Castellano (center, 1915-1985) was the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City.

Paul Castellano: Italian-American organized crime hit its stride during the a result of several decades of Italian immigration to the United States. Pictured in Paul Castellano (center, was the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City.

Vincent Gigante - known as the "Oddfather" - was an Italian-American mobster, boss of the Genovese crime family. He was known to wander the streets of Greenwich Village in a bathrobe, an elaborate act to make him seem insane. In 2003, this bizarre gangster admitted to have faked his mental problems for decades to protect him while on trial. He died in 2005 at medical center for federal prisoners.

Gigante quickly gained power during the and By 1981 he became the family's boss, while Anthony Salerno served as front boss during the first half of the He also failed to plan the murder of Gambino crime family boss John Gotti in

The Italian-American Drug Trafficker Lucky Luciano, Who Was Linked To The Mafia Suddenly Died From A Heart Attack At The Bar Of Naples' Capodichino Airport On January 26, 1962. He Was Living In Italy Under Police Surveillance After Having Been Expelled From New York At The End Of World War Ii.

The Italian-American Drug Trafficker Lucky Luciano, Who Was Linked To The Mafia…

United States, 1930, In the heart of New York, Gangster Moe Horowitz shot dead by a profesional killer, suspected of having given information to the police.

United States, In the heart of New York, Gangster Moe Horowitz shot dead by a profesional killer, suspected of having given information to the police.

Arnold Rothstein--the gangster who rigged the World Series....seen as a character in Boardwalk Empire

Arnold (The Brain) Rothstein -- noted for financing all the nightclubs, bootlegging, etc. for the mob-- was the inspiration for Meyer Wolfsheim. He is the man who fixed the 1919 World Series.

John Gotti, the "Teflon Don," arrives at the Ravenite Social Club on Mulberry St. on Feb. 9, 1990.

Celebrating San Gennaro: New York's Little Italy through the years

John Gotti new boss of the Gambino Family, the "Teflon Don," arrives at the Ravenite Social Club on Mulberry St.

Trussed from head to foot, the body of Samuel Silverman is examined by Deputy Medical Examiner Romeo Auerbach. The victim was found in a car parked in Brooklyn, N.Y. with three bullets in his skull. Police believe Silverman was killed for “putting the finger” on other men involved in a hold up, for which he was out on bail.  July 16, 1937.

Trussed from head to foot, the body of Samuel Silverman is examined by Deputy…

New York-Philly War | March 15, 1981: Philadelphia police check the area in front of the home of Philly mob boss Philip Testa, who was killed in front of his home by a bomb explosion in the early hours.

When old school Philly mob boss Angelo Bruno is assassinated, a bloody new era begins.

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