Albert Anselmi (1883-1929), a Sicilian born gangster who worked as a hitman for Al Capone and took part in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. In 1929 he was found dead with bullet wounds in his chest, knee and face.
"You called the mother and the mother started off polite, you said, and then she got indignant and nasty? You should’a went there and told the mother ‘listen, do you want me to tell my father? You want him to handle it his way?’ …’do you wanna wake up in the morning and not see your son no more? Is that what you desire? Do you want us to cut his tongue out of his mouth?"
John Gotti 1998, advising his daughter, Victoria, on how to deal with the mother of a child who was picking on her son.
"There was a time in New York in the ’40s and ’50s in particular where you did not become a judge or a district leader or anybody of any significance in New York city politics without getting Frank Costello’s okay"
Anonymous asked: Can you recommend any good book about early American mafia? Thanks!
How early? The best books I’ve read are:
Frank Costello: Prime Minister of the Underworld, by his lawyer George Wolf. It goes from the 1920s to 60s.
The Mafia Talks - by Joseph Volz which is the annotated transcriptions of wiretaps on the office of Sam DeCavalcante in the 1950-60s.
The Frank Costello book is very reliable as it’s written by his lawyer, it has a lot of direct quotes and stories from Frank. The second one is almost entirely the direct words of the high ranking members of the DeCavalcante family, but may be a bit later than what you want.