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swag:
Another word for stolen property.

take for a ride:
If you are taken for a ride, chances are you won’t be coming back.

tax:
A euphemism for taking a cut of another’s Mafioso’s booty.

telephone solicitor:
A bookmaker, or bookie, who takes bets over the phone.

through the eye:
As in a bullet in the eye.

through the mouth:
As in a bullet in the mouth. This is a form of execution administered to turncoats and stoolies.

trunk music:
This would not be music to your ears. This is the Mafia euphemism for the decomposing flesh of a murder victim stuffed into the trunk of a car.

underboss:
Second in command in a Mafia family.

underworld:
Not the Hades of Greek mythology. This is a generic expression for the world of organized crime.

usury:
Lending money and collecting interest. It was once banned by the Catholic Church but is a common practice by your credit card company and the corner loan shark. And the interest rate is not all that’s different between the two.

va fa napole:
An Italian expression that literally means “go to Naples” but is used to convey the sentiment “go to hell.”

vig:
The excessive interest of a loan shark, measured in points.

walking book:
A bookmaker who does not have an office. He makes the rounds to visit his clients.

walk-talk, take a walk:
To have a discussion in a public place, such as a golf course, to avoid the possibility that listening devices might pick up the conversation.

waste management business:
A slang expression for organized crime.

whack:
To commit murder.

wise guys:
Mafiosi who are not “made men,” hence not admitted to the inner sanctum.

Young Turks:
Aggressive and ambitious young Mafiosi who are a threat to the older established dons.

zips:
A term used to describe Sicilian Mafiosi operating in America. Originally a put-down, the term morphed into a catch-all term for any Italian mobster made overseas.

APPENDIX C
Mafia Timeline

 
 
 
1890-1891:
New Orleans police chief David Hennessy is murdered, allegedly by members of the Mafia. The subsequent trial and mob vigilantism makes international headlines.
 
1920:
The Volstead Act becomes law, beginning Prohibition.
 
1927 -1931:
The Castellammarese War occurs.
 
1929 :
St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
 
1930:
Bosses in Detroit, New York, Cleveland, and Chicago are murdered.
 
1931 :
Lucky Luciano orchestrates the assassination of Masseria and Maranzano. Al Capone is sentenced to eleven years for income tax evasion.
 
1933 :
Prohibition is repealed.
 
1935 :
Dutch Schultz is killed.
 
1941:
Abe Reles "falls" to his death from a Coney Island hotel window.
 
1944 :
Louis "Lepke" Buchalter gets the electric chair.
 
1945 :
Lucky Luciano is released from prison and deported to Italy.
 
1946 :
The Flamingo Hotel opens in Las Vegas.
 
1947 :
Bugsy Siegel is murdered.
 
1950:
The Kefauver Commission takes its mob busting hearings on the road, exposing organized crime to the public.
 
1956 :
Meetings between American and Sicilian mobsters regarding control of heroin traffic.
 
1957 :
Frank Costello survives a botched hit. The raid on the Mafia conference on Apalachin, New York, gives the gangsters unwanted publicity. Carlo Gambino becomes the Boss of Bosses.
 
1959 :
Fidel Castro takes control of Cuba, kicking out the American mobsters and closing their casinos.
 
1961:
Height of the Gallo-Profaci war in New York City
 
1962 :
Lucky Luciano, Joe Profaci, and Philly boss Sal Sabella die.
 
1963 :
McClellan Committee starts hearings into organized crime.
 
1966 :
Mafia meeting at La Stella restaurant in Queens, dubbed "Little Apalachin." Bonanno family internal war.
 
1969 :
Thomas Lucchese and Vito Genovese die.
 
1971:
Joe Colombo is shot at the Italian-American Unity Day he organized. He lingers in a vegetative state for years before dying.
 
1973 :
Frank Costello dies.
 
1975 :
Jimmy Hoffa disappears. Sam Giancana murdered
 
1976 :
Carlo Gambino dies and is succeeded by Paul Castellano.
 
1977 -1978 :
Intrafamily mob war in Kansas City.
 
1980:
Beginning of bloody Philly mob war.
 
1982 :
Meyer Lansky dies.
 
1984 :
Las Vegas skimming case nets Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Chicago mobsters. Beginning of end of mob control in Vegas.
 
1985 :
Paul Castellano is killed; John Gotti takes over. The Commission case takes down the heads of the five families.
 
1987 :
Santo Trafficante Jr. dies.
 
1992 :
John Gotti is sentenced to life for racketeering and murder.
 
1995 -1998 :
The Mafia moves into stock scams on Wall Street, netting tens of millions.
 
2002:
John Gotti dies in prison. Joe Bonanno dies at age ninety-seven.
 
2007:
Leadership of Chicago Outfit convicted for gangland killings in Operation Family Secrets trial.
 
2008:
The feds arrest more than sixty members and associates of the Gambino family.
 

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