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Stefano Magaddino

Stefano "The Undertaker" Magaddino (Italian pronunciation: ; October 10, 1891 – July 19, 1974) was an Italian-born crime boss of the Buffalo crime family in western New York. His underworld influence stretched from Ohio to Southern Ontario and as far east as Montreal, Quebec. Known as Don Stefano to his friends and The Undertaker to others, he was also a charter member of the American Mafia's ruling council, The Commission.

Stefano Magaddino
Born(1891-10-10)October 10, 1891
DiedJuly 19, 1974(1974-07-19) (aged 82)
Resting placeSt. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls, New York
NationalityItalian
Other names"Don Stefano", "The Undertaker"
CitizenshipAmerican
OccupationCrime boss
ChildrenPeter Magaddino
RelativesJoseph Bonanno (great nephew)
AllegianceBuffalo crime family

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Magaddino was born on October 10, 1891, in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily. In Castellammare del Golfo, Magaddino led a clan allied with Giuseppe "Peppe" Bonanno and his older brother and advisor, Stefano. During the 1900s, the clans feuded with Felice Buccellato, the boss of the Buccellato Mafia clan. After the murders of Stefano and Giuseppe, their younger brother, Salvatore, took revenge by killing members of the Buccellatos. In 1902, Magaddino arrived in New York and became a powerful member of the Castellammarese clan. Magaddino was the brother of Joseph Bonanno’s maternal grandmother. Bonanno was the son of Salvatore, and was three years old when his family moved to the United States and settled in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for about 10 years before returning to Italy.

In 1921, Magaddino fled to Buffalo, New York to avoid murder charges related to the death of Camillo Caizzo in Avon, New Jersey, who had killed Magaddino's brother Pietro, and the Castellammarese clan was taken over by Nicolo Schiro. Buffalo crime family boss Joseph DiCarlo died in 1922, and Magaddino succeeded him as boss.

Joseph Bonanno slipped back into the United States in 1924, by stowing away on a Cuban fishing boat bound for Tampa, Florida with Magaddino’s son, Peter Magaddino. According to Bonanno, upon arriving at a train station in Jacksonville, Bonanno was detained by immigration officers and was later released under $1,000 bail. He was welcomed by Willie Moretti and an unidentified man, it was later revealed that Magaddino was responsible for bailing him out as a favour for Giovanni Bonventre, Bonanno's uncle.

In 1924, Magaddino became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

FBI mugshot of Peter Magaddino the son of Buffalo crime family boss Stefano Magaddino

Although he operated a legitimate funeral home business in Niagara Falls, New York, the Magaddino Memorial Chapel, with Prohibition in effect in the United States, Maggadino made his real money running a profitable bootlegging business by smuggling wine and spirits across the Niagara River into New York State, thereby supplying the needs of speakeasies located in Buffalo and the very "Honky-tonk" Niagara Falls. After Prohibition ended, Magaddino and his crime family made their money by means of loan sharking, illegal gambling, extortion, carjacking and labor racketeering as well as other legitimate lucrative businesses such as linen service businesses that served the needs of most of the hotels located throughout the region as well as taxicab companies and other service-oriented businesses.

Magaddino's crime family held power in the underworld territories of Upstate and Western New York, namely, Buffalo, New York, bordering Canada and situated on Lake Erie, Rochester and Utica, along the Mohawk River as far east as Amsterdam, New York; from Eastern Pennsylvania as far west as Youngstown, Ohio, and in Canada from Fort Erie (opposite Buffalo) to Toronto, Ontario and as far east as Montreal, Quebec. By the 1960s, it was reported that Magaddino's crime syndicate supplied drugs to the Canadian cities of Hamilton and Guelph, which in turn supplied drugs to Toronto.

Magaddino led his Buffalo family through its glory years and its most powerful and profitable era. He was an old-style boss who preferred to stay in the background and not draw any attention to himself or his criminal activities if possible. Due to his territory's remoteness yet the vast amount of it he controlled and being geographically insulated from the inter-family squabbles of the New York City-based families, he was held in high regard and was at times called upon to be an arbiter involving territorial disputes between crime families based there.[citation needed]

Buffalo crime family - Chart of 1963

For fifty years, Magaddino was a dominant presence in the Buffalo underworld. He was the longest tenured boss in the history of the American Mafia. Magaddino was also involved in national La Cosa Nostra affairs. Magaddino was a charter member of Charles "Lucky" Luciano's Mafia Commission and attended important underworld summits such as the 1946 Havana Conference and the 1957 Apalachin Conference.

It is believed Magaddino, along with Antonio and Johnny Papalia, played a role in notorious Hamilton bootlegger Rocco Perri's disappearance in 1944 in order to gain more Canadian market control. After Perri's disappearance, three of his former lieutenants, in addition to Papalia and Giacomo Luppino, began answering to Magaddino in Buffalo: Tony Sylvestro, Calogero Bordonaro and Santo Scibetta, known as the "three dons".

Magaddino had survived several assassination attempts. In 1936, rival gangsters attempted to kill Magaddino with a bomb, killing his sister instead. In 1958, an assassin tossed a hand grenade through his kitchen window, which failed to explode.

In 1963, Joseph Bonanno made plans to assassinate several rivals on the Mafia Commission—bosses Tommy Lucchese, Carlo Gambino, Magaddino, as well as Frank DeSimone. Bonanno sought Profaci crime family boss Joseph Magliocco's support, and Magliocco readily agreed due to his bitterness from being denied a seat on the Commission previously. Bonanno's audacious goal was to take over the Commission and make Magliocco his right hand man. Magliocco was assigned the task of killing Lucchese and Gambino, and gave the contract to one of his top hit men, Joseph Colombo. However, the opportunistic Colombo revealed the plot to its targets. The other bosses quickly realized that Magliocco could not have planned this himself. Remembering how close Bonanno was with Magliocco (and before him, Joe Profaci), as well as their close ties through marriages, the other bosses concluded Bonanno was the real mastermind. The Commission summoned Bonanno and Magliocco to explain themselves. Fearing for his life, Bonanno fled to Canada, leaving Magliocco to deal with the Commission, but was deported back to the United States.

In October 1964, Bonanno returned to Manhattan, but on October 20, 1964, the day before Bonanno was scheduled to testify to a grand jury inquiry, his lawyers said that after having dinner with them, Bonanno was kidnapped, allegedly by Magaddino's men, as he entered the apartment house where one of his lawyers lived on Park Avenue and East 36th Street.

Magaddino's empire began to crumble in 1968, when police found $500,000 stashed away in Magaddino's funeral home and his son's attic. Retired FBI agent Donald Hartnett said, "At that time, Magaddino had been telling his underlings that money was tight, and he could not afford to pay them Christmas bonuses... People began to stop trusting him when we found all that money."

Magaddino died of a heart attack on July 19, 1974, at age 82, at Mount Saint Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, New York. His funeral was held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He was buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls.

Mob Boss, written by Mike Hudson, is a book about Magaddino's life as a mob boss. Magaddino is also mentioned in Niagara Falls Confidential, also written by Mike Hudson. He also gets a passing mention in The Valachi Papers by Peter Maas. Magaddino, as head of the Buffalo/Niagara Falls crime family, is a subject throughout the two-volume history, DiCarlo: Buffalo's First Family of Crime (Vol. I through 1937, Vol. II 1938 through 2012) by Thos. Hunt & Michael A. Tona (2013).

Magaddino is an unseen character in the third season of the hit HBO series, Boardwalk Empire.

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Stefano Magaddino
Stefano Magaddino Article Talk Language Watch Edit Stefano The Undertaker Magaddino Italian pronunciation ˈsteːfano maɡadˈdiːno October 10 1891 July 19 1974 was an Italian born crime boss of the Buffalo crime family in western New York His underworld influence stretched from Ohio to Southern Ontario and as far east as Montreal Quebec Known as Don Stefano to his friends and The Undertaker to others he was also a charter member of the American Mafia s ruling council The Commission 1 Stefano MagaddinoBorn 1891 10 10 October 10 1891 Castellammare del Golfo Sicily ItalyDiedJuly 19 1974 1974 07 19 aged 82 Lewiston New York U S Resting placeSt Joseph s Cemetery Niagara Falls New YorkNationalityItalianOther names Don Stefano The Undertaker CitizenshipAmericanOccupationCrime bossChildrenPeter MagaddinoRelativesJoseph Bonanno great nephew AllegianceBuffalo crime family Contents 1 Early years 2 Buffalo crime family 3 National crime figure 4 Death 5 Legacy 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External linksEarly years EditMagaddino was born on October 10 1891 in Castellammare del Golfo Sicily 1 In Castellammare del Golfo Magaddino led a clan allied with Giuseppe Peppe Bonanno and his older brother and advisor Stefano 2 During the 1900s the clans feuded with Felice Buccellato the boss of the Buccellato Mafia clan After the murders of Stefano and Giuseppe their younger brother Salvatore took revenge by killing members of the Buccellatos In 1902 Magaddino arrived in New York and became a powerful member of the Castellammarese clan 3 Magaddino was the brother of Joseph Bonanno s maternal grandmother 2 Bonanno was the son of Salvatore and was three years old when his family moved to the United States and settled in Williamsburg Brooklyn for about 10 years before returning to Italy 4 In 1921 Magaddino fled to Buffalo New York to avoid murder charges related to the death of Camillo Caizzo in Avon New Jersey who had killed Magaddino s brother Pietro 3 and the Castellammarese clan was taken over by Nicolo Schiro 5 Buffalo crime family boss Joseph DiCarlo died in 1922 and Magaddino succeeded him as boss 3 Joseph Bonanno slipped back into the United States in 1924 by stowing away on a Cuban fishing boat bound for Tampa Florida with Magaddino s son Peter Magaddino 6 According to Bonanno upon arriving at a train station in Jacksonville Bonanno was detained by immigration officers and was later released under 1 000 bail He was welcomed by Willie Moretti and an unidentified man it was later revealed that Magaddino was responsible for bailing him out as a favour for Giovanni Bonventre Bonanno s uncle In 1924 Magaddino became a naturalized U S citizen 1 Buffalo crime family Edit FBI mugshot of Peter Magaddino the son of Buffalo crime family boss Stefano Magaddino Although he operated a legitimate funeral home business in Niagara Falls New York the Magaddino Memorial Chapel 7 with Prohibition in effect in the United States Maggadino made his real money running a profitable bootlegging business by smuggling wine and spirits across the Niagara River into New York State thereby supplying the needs of speakeasies located in Buffalo and the very Honky tonk Niagara Falls 8 After Prohibition ended Magaddino and his crime family made their money by means of loan sharking illegal gambling extortion carjacking and labor racketeering as well as other legitimate lucrative businesses such as linen service businesses that served the needs of most of the hotels located throughout the region 9 as well as taxicab companies and other service oriented businesses Magaddino s crime family held power in the underworld territories of Upstate and Western New York namely Buffalo New York bordering Canada and situated on Lake Erie Rochester and Utica along the Mohawk River as far east as Amsterdam New York from Eastern Pennsylvania as far west as Youngstown Ohio and in Canada from Fort Erie opposite Buffalo to Toronto Ontario and as far east as Montreal Quebec 10 11 By the 1960s it was reported that Magaddino s crime syndicate supplied drugs to the Canadian cities of Hamilton and Guelph which in turn supplied drugs to Toronto 12 Magaddino led his Buffalo family through its glory years and its most powerful and profitable era He was an old style boss who preferred to stay in the background and not draw any attention to himself or his criminal activities if possible Due to his territory s remoteness yet the vast amount of it he controlled and being geographically insulated from the inter family squabbles of the New York City based families he was held in high regard and was at times called upon to be an arbiter involving territorial disputes between crime families based there citation needed National crime figure Edit Buffalo crime family Chart of 1963 For fifty years Magaddino was a dominant presence in the Buffalo underworld He was the longest tenured boss in the history of the American Mafia Magaddino was also involved in national La Cosa Nostra affairs Magaddino was a charter member of Charles Lucky Luciano s Mafia Commission and attended important underworld summits such as the 1946 Havana Conference and the 1957 Apalachin Conference 13 14 It is believed Magaddino along with Antonio and Johnny Papalia played a role in notorious Hamilton bootlegger Rocco Perri s disappearance in 1944 in order to gain more Canadian market control 15 After Perri s disappearance three of his former lieutenants in addition to Papalia and Giacomo Luppino began answering to Magaddino in Buffalo Tony Sylvestro Calogero Bordonaro and Santo Scibetta known as the three dons 16 17 Magaddino had survived several assassination attempts In 1936 rival gangsters attempted to kill Magaddino with a bomb killing his sister instead In 1958 an assassin tossed a hand grenade through his kitchen window which failed to explode 18 In 1963 Joseph Bonanno made plans to assassinate several rivals on the Mafia Commission bosses Tommy Lucchese Carlo Gambino Magaddino as well as Frank DeSimone 19 Bonanno sought Profaci crime family boss Joseph Magliocco s support and Magliocco readily agreed due to his bitterness from being denied a seat on the Commission previously Bonanno s audacious goal was to take over the Commission and make Magliocco his right hand man 20 Magliocco was assigned the task of killing Lucchese and Gambino and gave the contract to one of his top hit men Joseph Colombo However the opportunistic Colombo revealed the plot to its targets The other bosses quickly realized that Magliocco could not have planned this himself Remembering how close Bonanno was with Magliocco and before him Joe Profaci as well as their close ties through marriages the other bosses concluded Bonanno was the real mastermind 20 The Commission summoned Bonanno and Magliocco to explain themselves Fearing for his life Bonanno fled to Canada leaving Magliocco to deal with the Commission but was deported back to the United States In October 1964 Bonanno returned to Manhattan but on October 20 1964 the day before Bonanno was scheduled to testify to a grand jury inquiry his lawyers said that after having dinner with them Bonanno was kidnapped allegedly by Magaddino s men as he entered the apartment house where one of his lawyers lived on Park Avenue and East 36th Street 21 Magaddino s empire began to crumble in 1968 when police found 500 000 stashed away in Magaddino s funeral home and his son s attic Retired FBI agent Donald Hartnett said At that time Magaddino had been telling his underlings that money was tight and he could not afford to pay them Christmas bonuses People began to stop trusting him when we found all that money 22 Death EditMagaddino died of a heart attack on July 19 1974 at age 82 at Mount Saint Mary s Hospital in Lewiston New York 1 His funeral was held at St Joseph s Catholic Church He was buried at St Joseph s Cemetery on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls Legacy EditMob Boss written by Mike Hudson is a book about Magaddino s life as a mob boss Magaddino is also mentioned in Niagara Falls Confidential also written by Mike Hudson He also gets a passing mention in The Valachi Papers by Peter Maas Magaddino as head of the Buffalo Niagara Falls crime family is a subject throughout the two volume history DiCarlo Buffalo s First Family of Crime Vol I through 1937 Vol II 1938 through 2012 by Thos Hunt amp Michael A Tona 2013 Magaddino is an unseen character in the third season of the hit HBO series Boardwalk Empire References Edit a b c d Perlmutter Emanuel July 21 1974 Stefano Magaddino Dead at 82 New York Times Archived from the original on 9 February 2021 Retrieved 8 September 2013 a b A Man of Honor The Autobiography of Joseph Bonanno By Joseph Bonanno p 24 28 a b c Jerry Capeci The Complete Idiot s Guide to the Mafia pg 49 52 Organized Crime by Howard Abadinsky pg 104 107 The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno The Final Secrets of a Life in the Mafia By Bill Bonanno Gary B Abromovitz pg 57 58 Raab Selwyn Five Families New York Thomas Dunne Books 2005 Print NOW OWNED BY FALLS FUNERAL HOME ONCE TIED TO MOB CONDUCTS BUSINESS AS USUAL buffalonews com May 18 1992 Archived from the original on February 9 2021 Retrieved January 2 2020 Rizzo Micheal 2012 Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo Charleston SC The History Press pp Kindle Location 727 ISBN 978 1 61423 549 1 Gryta Matt Karalus George 2012 The Real Teflon Don How An Elite Team of New York State Troopers Helped Take Down America s Most Powerful Mafia Family Buffalo NY Cazenovia Books pp Kindle Location 2568 ISBN 978 0 9749253 6 3 Gryta Mart Karalus George 2012 The Real Teflon Don How An Elite Team of New York State Troopers Helped Take Down America s Most Powerful Mafia Family Buffalo NY Cazenovia Books pp Kindle Location 2222 ISBN 978 0 9749253 6 3 Hunt Thomas Tona Michael 2013 DiCarlo Buffalo s First Family of Crime II From 1938 Hunt amp Tona Publications pp Kindle Locations 3089 3096 ISBN 978 1 304 26582 1 Phillips Alan September 21 1963 ORGANIZED CRIME S GRIP ON ONTARIO Maclean s Canada Archived from the original on July 4 2019 Glynn Don November 11 2007 Glynn Area delegates attended mob convention Niagara Gazette Archived from the original on 9 February 2021 Retrieved 28 May 2012 McHugh Ray August 26 1963 Federal Attack Internal Fights Trouble Crime Clan Lodi News Sentinel Archived from the original on 26 December 2016 Retrieved 1 June 2012 Humphreys Adrian 1999 The Enforcer Johnny Pops Papalia A Life and Death in the Mafia Toronto Harper Collins p 26 ISBN 0 00 200016 4 Schneider Stephen 2018 Canadian Organized Crime Canadian Scholars Press Inc p 176 ISBN 9781773380247 Schneider 2009 p 285 286 Archived 2021 01 04 at the Wayback Machine CRIME HUNTER Buffalo blues last rites for the mob in Queen City torontosun com May 5 2018 Archived from the original on February 9 2021 Retrieved December 17 2019 Staff September 1 1967 The Mob How Joe Bonanno Schemed to kill and lost Life p 15 21 a b Bruno Anthony Colombo Crime Family Trouble and More Trouble TruTV Crime Library Archived from the original on 24 July 2012 Retrieved 27 November 2011 Raab Selwyn May 12 2002 Joe Bonanno Dies Mafia Leader 97 Who Built Empire The New York Times Archived from the original on February 9 2021 Retrieved March 11 2011 Buffalo s Crimes of the Century Mayhem Murder and the Mafia Darker Moments in the City s History The Buffalo News December 27 1999 Archived from the original on February 9 2021 Retrieved September 27 2018 Further reading EditSifakis Carl The Mafia Encyclopedia New York Checkmark Books 2005 ISBN 0816056951External links Edit NiagaraTimes Com Retrieved 2005 10 09 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stefano Magaddino amp oldid 1026835677, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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