Going a little back into the history of crime, especially crime in America in the recent one century, you will realize that much of it is attributed to organizations run by crime families, where crime in disguised forms is the family business. And, despite the fact that their presence has been fading away, they still retain their power and their authority. Given below is the list of the top 10 crime families of America. Read on!
10. Lucchese crime family:
The Lucchese Family is one of the famous five crime families of America. They are Italian and have a strong mafia network backing their business and their lives. Established in 1931, their boss Gaetano Tommy successfully forayed into the trucking and clothing business and has a record of not being caught for 44 years of all this business. The present head of the family is Vittorio Amuso, who is in charge of the stability and success of the business of the family.
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9. Genovese crime family:
This family has an interesting history where powers have changed several hands over the years. It started with Joe the Boss, who lost his life during the Castellamarese War, after which Vito Genovese and Luciano took the reins in their hands. It was later when Vito was imprisoned for 15 years around 1959 and today the family stands broken into many smaller segments with much lesser influence.
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8. Gambino crime family:
One of the strongest crime families, Gambino’s still have a strong membership of around 250, even though it no longer enjoys the same glory it did once enjoy. The family first got fame during the 1930s and was taken to the peak of success by Vincent, the boss then. It was after he disappeared never to be found, that the family’s demise came over and 13 of its important members were indicted for crime.
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7. Buffalo crime family:
The Buffalo crime family, USA, is another Sicilian mafia family that originated during the Castellamarese of early 90s. Stafeno Magaddino was the originator of the family, and kept the business going peacefully, unless, other members planned the assassination of their boss. After the demise of Stafeno due to natural causes, other member got involved into various illegal business including prostitution, drugs and pimps.
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6. Philadelphia crime family:
One of the biggest operating mafia families, outside the Five Families of America, the Philadelphia crime family gained popularity on the grounds of their violent attributes. A succession of aggressive leaders and their notorious activities has always kept them in limelight. They were involved in everything including extortion, bootlegging, gambling and the like.
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5. Detroit partnership:
Detroit partnership or the Detroit crime family is considered as one of the most active crime families in America. Two brothers, Vito Adamo, and Salvatore who started their business by smuggling immigrants to Michigan and eventually they forayed into other businesses like extortion, bootlegging, etc. In 1996, 17 of its members were indicted for crime and so began their downfall.
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4. Trafficante crime family:
This family is the only crime family in all of Florida. Their leader Charlie, was called the Dean of the Underworld, and started operating by controlling all gambling rackets and corrupt government officials, but over the years, as the older member of the family died, they lost their clout and today rest under the shadow of the Five Families.
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3. Los Angeles crime family:
Los Angeles family was another family that gained benefit on the basis of the ongoing prosperity of the bootlegging business. They gained maximum popularity during the 40s and the 50s, but gradually they lost their clout and were restricted to a few street gangs. After the 90s law enforcements became strict and today only a few street gangs exist in the name of the crime family.
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2. Colombo crime family:
Colombo family was part of the Five Families of America, and was headed by Joseph Profaci until 1950s and thereafter the hay days of the family were lost. An assassination attempt on their leader, which left him in seven years of coma, was a blow to the family. Today the 73 year old Carmine Persico heads the family and it is on the path of restoring its power back.
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1. Bonanno crime family:
The most controversial family among the five families of American crime, the Bonanno Family is said to have 75 of its 150 member indicted for various crimes. Their first head Salvatore Maranzano took the family to the heights of glory, but then he suffered a massive heart attack, and today inside informants has plagued the entire family.
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