Vito Genovese was born in Italy on November 27, 1897, and immigrated to Nyc in 1913. He started running with local gangs shortly after, and worked his way into organized crime under Giuseppe “Joe the Boss” Masseria. In 1931, Genovese and pal Lucky Luciano assassinated both Masseria and his opponent, Salvatore Maranzano. After the pair reached the very top of the business, national authorities took interest, and Genovese fled the state for Italy to avoid a murder charge. Upon his return to America by the end of World War II, Genovese reestablished his power, but was eventually taken down on narcotics charges. He perished in a Missouri prison a decade into his sentence, in 1969.
Vito Genovese was born on November 27, 1897, in Rosiglino, Italy, and immigrated to Nyc in 1913. His family settled in Little Italy, and Genovese shortly started hanging out with local gangs, running errands for gang members. He finally fell in with Giuseppe “Joe the Boss” Masseria, alongside future gang bigwig Lucky Luciano, whom Genovese had met several years before.
In 1930, Genovese was set up to commit his first murder, as well as the sufferer could be Gaetano Reina, a former ally of Masseria who’d switched his allegiance to some other crime boss, Salvatore Maranzano. Genovese shot Reina in the rear of the head, thus giving the reins of the Reina crime family over to Masseria. The Castellammarese War, between Masseria and Maranzano, were raging since the late 1920s, as well as in 1931, Genovese and Luciano made a decision to terminate the feud once and for all by killing Masseria.
Maranzano later became the “Boss Of Bosses,” creating the five crime families (Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Luccese) and a system of managers and underbosses to provide the gang necessary construction. In 1936, Luciano was detained for pandering and prostitution and sentenced to 30 years in prison, and Genovese became temporary manager, making him an immediate target for prosecutors. Genovese had ordered the murder of a guy named Ferdinand Boccia in 1934, as well as the feds were now looking to produce an arrest.
A vital witness, however, was poisoned to death in 1945, and Genovese was so set free. He slowly reestablished his power in Nyc, organizing the murders of several essential competitors and becoming the newfound “Boss Of Bosses” of the Nyc region. The feds eventually trapped to Genovese in 1958. The next year, he was convicted on narcotics charges and sentenced to 15 years in federal penitentiary. Bringing an end to some criminal age, Vito Genovese died of a heart attack in the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, on Valentine’s Day in 1969.