Sam and Jerry Interview retired New York State Trooper in charge of the Magaddino Mafia Task Force Stefano Magaddino was one of the longest serving bosses in American Cosa Nostra history, although his crime family in Niagara Falls was considerably smaller than the New York families, Magaddino still managed to become the most powerful Castlellammarese Leader. This story told by retired NYS Trooper from the Organized Crime Task Force, George Karalus. Also included in this 60 minute DVD never before seen photos of the 1957 Apalachin raid. Little Italy Niagara LLC 1221 19th Street Niagara Falls New York 14301 The Buffalo crime family Boss led his family from Prohibition era, through the 1960's and into the 1970's. For roughly 50 years Stefano Magaddino was a presence in the Western New York criminal underworld as well as being the head of the national syndicate and La Cosa Nostra affairs. He was a founding memberand head of Charlie "Lucky" Luciano's Commission and attended important underworld summits such as the 1946 Havana Conference and the 1957 Apalachin meeting.
Channel 2 News from Buffalo New York did a mini documentary regarding the socio-economic conditions of Niagara Falls, New York entitled "Niagara Falls, A tale of 2 cities". This is part 1
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A short documentary exploring the history of Rochester, New York's Crime Family. Originally aired in 2002. Small City Mafia: The Rochester, NY Crime Family has its roots in prohibition era rackets. Until the mid 20th Century, however, Rochester's mob was nothing more than an offshoot of the Buffalo Crime Family headed by Stefano Magaddino. During the 1960s, a power struggle caused a rift in Upstate New York's organized crime factions and Rochester realigned itself with LaRocca in Pittsburgh. By the 1970s, it was its own family. Sorry about the quality and the audio. It is an old clip that was never intended for HD broadcast. This mini-documentary outlines the peak and fall of Rochester's mafia beginning in the mid-1970s with a law enforcement scandal of planting evidence under the corrupt Police Chief "Backroom" Bill Mahoney that freed Rochester's mobsters. Then to the 1980s when internal disputes led to an all out mafia street war headed by Salvatore "Sammy G" Gingello's A-Team and Thomas Didio's B-Team. This was an era of car bombs, shootings, kidnappings and assassinations on the streets. Eventually Gingello was murdered in an explosion and a C-Team was formed by his former bodyguards, the "Two Toms," Thomas Torpey and Thomas Taylor. Also during this time, infamous mafia hitman Joseph "Mad Dog" Sullivan made his way to Rochester after being hired by the C-Team to take out a rival, which is where Sullivan was apprehended. Finally, as the family was weakened by the war, law enforcement was able to crack down on members using the RICO laws, dismantling gambling and other money-making operations, which ultimately led to Rochester Family's demise in the early 1990s. Overall it is a very interesting clip that focuses on a lesser-known La Cosa Nostra family from a smaller city. Enjoy. All credit goes to WROC-TV in Rochester, NY for their work in creating this video.
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