Italian Criminals

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Rank the Most Wicked Italian Criminals

 1 Lucky Luciano

Lucky Luciano.
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: November 11, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lercara Friddi, Italy
Died: January 26, 1962

An Italian-born gangster, Lucky Luciano is regarded as the father of modern organized crime in the US; he served as the first boss of the Genovese crime family. He also played a key role in the rise of the National Crime Syndicate. His life and style inspired several films, television series, and books. His eponymous biopic was released in 1973.

 2 Joe Gallo

Joe Gallo.
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: April 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 7, 1972

Italian-American gangster Joe Gallo, nicknamed "Crazy Joe,” was part of New York’s Colombo crime family. Initially an associate of the Profaci crime family, Gallo was later involved in the First Colombo War. He was suspected of launching an attack on Joseph Colombo and was shot dead on his 43rd birthday.

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 3 Carlo Gambino

Carlo Gambino.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 24, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palermo, Sicily, Kingdom of Italy
Died: October 15, 1976

Carlo Gambino was an Italian-American kingpin of the famous Gambino crime family. He took over the Commission of the Mafia after the incarceration of Vito Genovese in 1959. Although he was involved in organized crime for more than five decades, he was imprisoned for only 22 months for a tax evasion charge. Carlo Gambino is often portrayed in crime films.

 4 Giovanni Brusca

Giovanni Brusca.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: February 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Giuseppe Jato, Italy
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 5 Vito Genovese

Vito Genovese.
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: November 21, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Risigliano, Tufino, Italy
Died: February 14, 1969
Italian-born American mafia leader Vito Genovese was an associate of Lucky Luciano. Genovese was part of the Castellammarese War and was instrumental in the rise of organized crime in the U.S. He later led the Luciano crime family, which became known as the Genovese crime family.

 6 Albert Anastasia

Albert Anastasia.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: September 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Parghelia, Calabria, Italy
Died: October 25, 1957
Italian-American mobster Umberto "Albert" Anastasia, or Anastasio, co-founded the American Mafia and later co-established Murder, Inc. Nicknamed The One-Man Army, he later became the boss of the Gambino crime family and also began controlling the New York waterfront. He was killed on the orders of Carlo Gambino and Vito Genovese.
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 7 Francesco Schettino

Francesco Schettino
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Famous As: Ship captain
Birthdate: November 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Meta, Campania, Italy
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 8 Frank Nitti

Frank Nitti.
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: January 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Angri, province of Salerno, Campania, Italy
Died: March 19, 1943

Frank Nitti was an Italian born-American mobster and one of Al Capone's main henchmen. Renowned for his leadership skills, Nitti succeeded Al Capone to become the boss of the Chicago Outfit. His life and work inspired the 1988 biopic Nitti: The Enforcer.

 9 Joseph Bonanno

Joseph Bonanno.
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: January 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Castellammare del Golfo, Italy
Died: May 11, 2002

Italian-American crime boss Joseph Bonanno was the leader of the Bonanno crime family for almost four decades. Introduced to organized crime as a child, he proceeded to become one of the youngest-ever bosses of a crime family at just 26. He successfully evaded arrest for many decades. He lived a long life and became a writer in his later years.  

 10 Salvatore Riina

Salvatore Riina
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Corleone

 11 John Franzese

John Franzese.
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Famous As: Crime Boss
Birthdate: February 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Naples

John Franzese was a mobster who served as the underboss of the infamous Colombo crime family from 1963 to 1967. In 2005, he once again became the underboss of the crime family until he was convicted in 2011. Franzese was 100 years old at the time of his release; he was the only centenarian in federal custody at that time.

 12 Angelo Bruno

Angelo Bruno.
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: May 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Villalba, Sicily, Italy
Died: March 21, 1980

Sicilian-American mobster Angelo Bruno led the Philadelphia crime family for 20 years. He was known as The Gentle Don or The Docile Don due to his dislike for violence. He was killed by a shotgun blast in his car, and his murder caused a mob war for 4 years.

 13 Charles Ponzi

Charles Ponzi.
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Famous As: Con Artist
Birthdate: March 3, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lugo, Italy
Died: January 18, 1949

Charles Ponzi was an Italian con artist and swindler who operated in Canada and the USA. He is best remembered for his money-making scheme in which he paid his earlier investors using the money given to him by later investors. Although this type of swindling investment scheme existed before Ponzi's time, it came to be known as a Ponzi scheme.

 14 Domenico Cefalù

Domenico Cefalù
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Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: Palermo

 15 Joe Masseria

Joe Masseria.
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Famous As: Mafia Boss
Birthdate: January 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sicily
Died: April 15, 1931

Joe Masseria was an Italian-American Mafia boss who controlled the Genovese crime family from 1922 to 1931. He was killed in the Castellammarese War, which was fought for control over illegal activities in New York City. Since his death, Joe Masseria has been portrayed in several films like The Valachi Papers, Lucky Luciano, Mobsters, and Lansky.

 16 Vincent Mangano

Vincent Mangano
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: March 28, 1888
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Villabate, Italy
Died: April 19, 1951

 17 The Monster of Florence

The Monster of Florence
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Italy

 18 Joe Profaci

Joe Profaci.
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Famous As: Mafia Boss
Birthdate: October 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Villabate, Italy
Died: June 6, 1962

Joe Profaci was an Italian-born New York City mafia boss. He founded what later became the Colombo crime family in 1928 and was the family's boss for over three decades. It was the last of the Five Families to be organized. Besides his illegal activities, he also maintained several legitimate businesses. He died of liver cancer in 1962.

 19 Leonarda Cianciulli

Leonarda Cianciulli.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: April 18, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montella
Died: October 15, 1970

Leonarda Cianciulli was an Italian serial killer who murdered three women and turned their bodies into soaps and tea cakes. She is also known as the "Soap-Maker of Correggio." Between 1939 and 1940, she killed three of her neighbors--all of them middle-aged women--as part of human sacrifices. She was eventually found guilty of her crimes and sentenced to prison.  

 20 Giuseppe Zangara

Giuseppe Zangara.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: September 7, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ferruzzano, Italy
Died: March 20, 1933
Screaming “Too many people are starving!,” Giuseppe Zangara, an unemployed bricklayer, fired at the then-president-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as Roosevelt ended his speech at Miami’s Bayfront Park. Though Roosevelt escaped unhurt, Zangara’s bullets fatally wounded Chicago mayor Anton Cermak. Zangara was later executed on the electric chair.

 21 Vincenzo Peruggia

Vincenzo Peruggia
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Famous As: Thief
Birthdate: October 8, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dumenza, Italy
Died: October 8, 1925

 22 Ralph Capone

Ralph Capone.
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Famous As: Al Capone's Brother
Birthdate: January 12, 1894
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Italy
Died: November 22, 1974

Ralph Capone, older brother of infamous gangsters Al and Frank Capone, was a mobster in his own right. He followed his brothers to Chicago, where he formed his own legitimate soft drink business, earning the nickname “Bottles.” His business was once second only to Coca-Cola in the non-alcoholic beverage market.

 23 Bernardo Provenzano

Bernardo Provenzano
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 31, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Corleone
Died: July 13, 2016

 24 Giulia Tofana

Giulia Tofana
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Famous As: Poisoner
Birthdate: 1620 AD
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: June 30, 1659

 25 Tommy Gagliano

Tommy Gagliano
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: May 29, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Corleone, Italy
Died: February 16, 1951

 26 Joe Adonis

Joe Adonis
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Birthdate: November 22, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montemarano
Died: November 26, 1971

 27 Jack Dragna

Jack Dragna
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Birthdate: April 18, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Corleone
Died: February 23, 1956

 28 Danilo Restivo

Danilo Restivo
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: April 3, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sicily, Italy

 29 Willie Moretti

Willie Moretti
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Birthdate: February 24, 1894
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City
Died: October 4, 1951

 30 Carlo Gesualdo

Carlo Gesualdo
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 8, 1566
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venosa, Italy
Died: September 8, 1613

 31 Marcia Mistress

Marcia Mistress
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Famous As: Mistress
Birthdate: May 5, 0167
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Anagni, Italy

 32 Gaetano Bresci

Gaetano Bresci
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Famous As: Anarchist
Birthdate: November 10, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coiano, Italy
Died: May 22, 1901

 33 Maria Barbella

Maria Barbella
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: October 24, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ferrandina, Italy
Died: 1902 AD

 34 Valerio Fioravanti

Valerio Fioravanti
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: March 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rovereto, Italy

 35 Roger de Flor

Roger de Flor
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Famous As: Adventurer
Birthdate: 1267 AD
Birthplace: Brindisi, Italy
Died: April 30, 1305

 36 Roberto di Ridolfo

Roberto di Ridolfo
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Famous As: Conspirator
Birthdate: November 18, 1531
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: February 18, 1612