Material presented on The American Mafia history website ( and was gathered through decades of research into the history of American organized crime. A childhood interest in the subject blossomed into a full-time obsession in the late 1990s, when I began organizing collected newspaper clippings, notebook pages and index cards. That effort gave rise to this website in September 2002. The website is more of a process than it is a document. Very often new historical data becomes available and causes old assumptions to be revised or abandoned. Over the past few years, many underworld legends appearing on these pages have given way to more defensible statements. And other revisions are sure to be made in the months and years ahead. It is a pleasure to be able to share my interest with you. I welcome your emailed comments, questions, criticisms. I hope that the site is useful to you and that you check in from time to time to see what is new. Copyright © 2011, Thomas Hunt. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mobile-friendly adjustments

We have been working on a number of adjustments to the website in order to make it more "friendly" to mobile device users. 

Changes include less reliance on table formatting, scalable images and typesizes, and larger link buttons. These were prompted by Google's announcement that sites deemed unfriendly to mobile users would be ranked poorly in web searches from mobile devices. But we believe the site generally benefits from a cleaner, more streamlined look.

Even desktop users will find the site easier to use, as most pages will require no specific web browser width - the page contents should size to fit whatever area your browser window is sized to.

As always, we welcome your feedback on these changes and on any other issues you may have with the American Mafia history website.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pages added to Valachi text

Additional pages of Joe Valachi's autobiography, The Real Thing, are now on the website ( Click here ). Readers are cautioned that groups of pages remain unavailable to us and some of the available pages have missing portions.

Update 5 Feb 2015: About 150 full and partial pages of the Valachi manuscript are now available on the website.

Update 6 Feb 2015: About 225 full and partial pages are now available. These represent the entirety of the pages available to us at this time. As we acquire additional pages, they will be added to the website.

Update 7 Feb 2015: We are experimenting with an index to the available pages of the Valachi autobiography. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Additional chapters of Hinchey report

A project begun four years ago is today significantly closer to completion. Additional chapters of the New York State Assembly report Organized Crime's Involvement in the Waste Hauling Industry have been brought online. The report is now available through Chapter 9 and includes a large chart illustrating the complex web of connections among waste disposal companies.

The report can be accessed through this link:

[Update 13 Nov. 2014: Two additional chapters of this report are now available on the website. Remaining material still to be web-published includes a final report chapter, several appendices and some endnotes.]

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Membership charts online

Informer's longtime columnist Bill Feather is bringing his Mafia membership charts online. The charts provide data - birth, death, aliases, immigration, family relationships, active eras, etc. - on documented and suspected Mafiosi from crime families across the United States.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Book Notes and Bookstore

Found a few spare moments and made some long overdue additions to the website's Book Notes and Bookstore pages. The Book Notes page (click here to visit) now contains entries for 39 crime history titles released since the summer of 2005. The Bookstore (click here to visit) features more than 40 selections available for purchase through

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Profile: Frank Bonomo

Just added to the website:
J. Dugard's profile of little-known but influential Bonanno Crime Family member Frank Bonomo.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What do we know about Frankie Yale?

It's a question that I've asked myself quite a bit over the years. It seems everyone who has written about the American Mafia has written something about Brooklyn gang boss Frankie Yale. But most of that material seems based on rumor or conjecture. Factual details about Yale's life and career are sorely lacking. It seemed time to take stock of what we actually know about Yale. After looking through the material I had accumulated on him, I assembled this article for the website (and linked to it from the Articles menu and the Who Was Who menu):

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Additional mob biographies

The launch of a new book (DiCarlo: Buffalo's First Family of Crime by Mike Tona and myself) and a new website ( has taken considerable time and energy. However, I've managed to have that work contribute to the offerings here on The American Mafia site. A number of biographies have been added to The American Mafia collection. These link to bios created for the Buffalo-oriented site. To date, the list includes:
  • Bonasera, Cassandro (1897-1972) - Brooklyn
  • Cammilleri, John (1911-1974)
  • Carlisi, Rosario "Roy" (1909-1980)
  • Clark, "Jew Minnie" (1887-1959)
  • Crocevera, Isadoro (1873-1920) - New York City and elsewhere
  • Fino, Joseph (1915-1984)
  • Frangiamore, Salvatore (1905-1999)
  • Magaddino, Antonino (1897-1971)
  • Magaddino, Stefano (1891-1974)
  • Montana, John (1893-1964)
  • Natarelli, Pasquale (1910-1993)
  • Pieri, Salvatore "Sam" (1911-1981)
  • Randaccio, Frederico (1907-2004)
  • Sansanese, Daniel Sr. (1908-1975)
  • Tronolone, John "Peanuts" (1910-1991) - Cleveland
Visit the Who Was Who page of the site to access these and other bios. Please note, the active biography links have birth-death years after the names (others aren't online yet). Those with asterisks are the new ones that link to the Buffalo site.