Category Archives: Mob Bosses


Henrikas Daktaras

Henrikas Daktaras (also known as Henyte) – one of most famous Lithuanian criminals of all times, the head of Lithuania’s criminal world. Criminals of Kaunas are more diplomatic than in other cities (e.g. Panevezys, when almost every problem is solved by using violence).

Personal life.
Henrikas Daktaras was born in Kaunas and lived there ever since. He was born in district Vilijampole, which was known for its criminal environment during Soviet times. Henrikas Daktaras is successfully married, has a son, named Enrikas and three daughters.

He started criminal activity by becoming a member of criminal group yet in Soviet Union times. H. Daktaras took large criminal activities after reconstitution of Lithuania’s independence in 1990. Later his activities expanded abroad, H. Daktaras made investments in Spain. He was sentenced twice. Nowadays he is in Lukiskes prison. H. Daktaras is accused of lots of criminal property abusing, bodily injuries, murders. It is also considered, that he is responsible for murders of his own cousin and other gang members, who were against him. H. Daktaras is sentenced for criminal property abusings and influence on the witness.

On February 13,1997, Vilnius County Trial inflicted Henrikas Daktaras 7.5 years penalty for intercession in buying out cars and threats to ex security chief of company “Agora” Jurijus Milevskis (ex assistant of chief of Criminal Police Bureau during the trial) if he recognized Darius Marčianskas, who stole Milevskis‘ car.

In October 2001 H. Daktaras was released from Vilnius 2nd Strict Treatment Penintentiary because of his good behaviour and he also had served ¾ of his sentence by that time.

In 2009. February has been declared International H. Daktaras search, and September 4, the day he was arrested near the city of Varna by Bulgaria’s special police forces.

October 6, 2009, the day of the Varna Court of Appeals issued a final and unquestionable decision to grant H. Daktaras to Lithuania.

October 9, 2009 H. The H. Daktaras was brought back to Lithuania. On the same day in Vilnius 1st District Court sentenced H. Daktaras maximum three-month term of detention.

August 29,2012 , the court extended the term of three months, counting from September 4th.


Enrico De Pedis

Enrico De Pedis (May 15, 1954 − February 2, 1990) was an Italian criminal and one of the bosses of the Banda della Magliana, an Italian criminal organization based in the city of Rome, particularly active throughout the late 1970s until the early 1990s. His nickname was “‘Renatino”. Unlike other members of his gang, De Pedis possessed a strong entrepreneurial spirit. While other members squandered their earnings, he invested his illicit proceeds (in construction companies, restaurants, boutiques, etc).

Along with many of the crimes committed by his gang, De Pedis has also been linked to the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, whose case has been linked with the attempt on pope John Paul II.

On February 2, 1990, he was ambushed and murdered by his former colleagues on Via del Pellegrino near Campo de Fiori. He was buried in the Sant’Apollinare Basilica in Rome. The unusual interment has been linked to the case of Emanuela Orlandi’s kidnapping and the tomb was opened for investigation in 2012.

The Rome prosecutor’s offices is currently investigating why he was entombed in the Vatican-owned basilica. According to the former Banda della Magliana member Antonio Mancini, this was a reward to De Pedis for his role in persuading other members to stop the strikes (including Orlandi’s kidnapping) that the gang was making against the Vatican in order to force the restitution of large amounts of money they had lent to the Vatican Bank through Roberto Calvi’s Banco Ambrosiano. Also disgusting, that Vatican accepted a one billion dollar payment from a notorious mobster’s widow to allow his interment at the 6th century Basilica of St Apollinare next to popes and cardinals.

De Pedis, name on the the £12,000 tomb is spelt in diamonds.

Sarkis Soghanalian

Sarkis Soghanalian “The merchant of death”

Sarkis Soghanalian, born February 6 1929, died October 5 2011

Sarkis Soghanalian, who has died aged 82, was a flamboyant international arms dealer known as “the merchant of death”, selling weapons to Argentina during the Falklands war and to Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War – all while apparently also working as an American spy.

A veteran of the global underworld of guns, spies and gangsters, he brokered about $1.6 billion worth of weapons to Iraq during its war with Iran in the 1980s. He ran arms to Christian forces during the Lebanese civil war, and sold munitions to President Somoza of Nicaragua.

But his dubious ventures seemed shielded from the full effects of justice. In 1981 he admitted fraud in the sale of .50-calibre machine guns to Mauritania. Although facing a possible lengthy jail sentence, he was merely placed on probation, the judge saying the case “involved international affairs conducted by the State Department”.

Then, in 1993, he was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for trying to sell 100 attack helicopters to Iraq. Even though America had recently concluded fighting a war against the dictator, Soghanalian’s sentence was halved when he exposed a ring of Lebanese forgers turning out top-grade counterfeit $100 bills. The trade-off was typical. Whenever deals went wrong and he found himself behind bars, he accelerated his release by offering intelligence in exchange for his freedom.

The 21-stone playboy plotted his thriller-like exploits from a house in Miami, one of several homes he maintained around the world. His income tax bill from various arms deals came to more than a billion dollars, and he was reportedly the inspiration for the main character in Lord of War (2005), a Nicholas Cage film about an international weapons dealer.


Sarkis Garabet Soghanalian was born into an Armenian family on February 6 1929 in Iskenderun, then part of Syria but now in Turkey. When his father died, the family moved to Beirut, where Sarkis left school, joined the army, and eventually moved into the business that would occupy the rest of his life.

The exact nature of the web that he was to spin over the next few decades is unlikely ever to be completely revealed. What is not in doubt, however, is its extent. He had top-level contacts with politicians, dictators and ruling royal houses around the globe.

His relationship with the CIA eventually came unstuck after a deal to supply weapons to Peru went sour. According to Soghanalian, he was wined and dined by Vladimiro Montesinos, the powerful head of the country’s intelligence service, on a visit to the Peruvian capital, Lima, in 1988. The Peruvian intelligence chief thanked him for brokering Peru’s purchase from Jordan of 50,000 AK-47 assault rifles and asked for another $70 million worth of military hardware, enough to equip a sizeable force. Payment would be in cash, with an advance of $22 million.

In the end, however, some weapons ended up in the wrong hands and Montesinos accused Soghanalian of belonging to a smuggling ring that had airdropped 10,000 AK-47s to Colombian guerrillas.

Soghanalian protested that the guns had all been correctly delivered, and blamed the missing arms on Peruvian corruption.

For the CIA, which saw Montesinos as an ally in the fight against South American drug cartels, Soghanalian’s story was an embarrassment, and their working relationship was ended.

The end of the Cold War cut off many of Soghanalian’s business contacts, and by the time he died, according his son, “he was broke”. “There’s been enough said about ‘merchant of death’ and all that,” said Garo Soghanalian. “But all the way back to the ’60s and ’70s, his goal was to help the United States. There was a deep-seated root of patriotism that often gets overlooked.”

Sarkis Soghanalian married Shirley Adams, a teacher at a school in Beirut, in 1958; they divorced in the 1970s, and he is survived by their son and daughter.



Kenichi Shinoda

Kenichi Shinoda born January 25, 1942

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 Also known as Shinobu Tsukasa is the sixth and current kumicho (supreme Godfather) of the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest yakuza organization. He is currently imprisoned for firearms possession.

After graduating high school and working part time for a local firm, he drifted to Osaka in 1962 where he met Kodo-kai, a Yamaguchi-gumi affiliate. Shinoda took control of the 40,000-strong gang on July 29, 2005 after the retirement of previous don Yoshinori Watanabe. Before assuming this role, Shinoda had headed a Yamaguchi-gumi affiliate based in Nagoya, the Kodo-kai. Under Shinoda, the Kodo-kai was a successful branch of the Yamaguchi-gumi, establishing branches in 18 prefectures — including expansion into the Kantō region, traditionally not Yamaguchi turf.

Under Shinoda, the Kobe-based Yamaguchi-gumi is expected to continue that expansion into Tokyo and Eastern Japan. According to both yakuza and police, this movement will inevitably create conflict between the Yamaguchi-gumi and the Kantō-Hatsukakai, a federation of Tokyo-based yakuza groups including the Inagawa-kai and the Sumiyoshi-kai.

Shinoda is the first Yamaguchi-gumi kumicho not to hail from the Kansai region. He also eschews the “supreme Godfather” image, in public at least: after his appointment as kumicho, he insisted on taking the train to his induction ceremony instead of a chauffeured limousine. He also reportedly stopped in a street ramen noodle restaurant on the way to the lavish yakuza banquet arranged in his honor.

In the early 1970s, Shinoda was convicted of murdering a rival gang boss with a katana, and spent 13 years in prison. It was rumored that Kenichi Shinoda has a young granddaughter by the name of Morning Star Kenichi. Anything else about her is still unknown.

On December 4, 2005, only four months after being named kumicho, Shinoda began serving a six-year prison sentence for gun possession after the Japanese Supreme Court finally rejected his appeal of a 1997 conviction. In the 1997 case, one of his bodyguards was caught with an illegal pistol, and Shinoda was convicted of “conspiring” with the bodyguard.

He was released from prison on April 9, 2011, after serving a six-year sentence for firearms possession.


Thomas Bilotti

Thomas Bilotti (March 23, 1940 – December 16, 1985)

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Early years

As a young man, Bilotti joined the Staten Island crew of Gambino capo Michael D’Alessio. Bilotti also spent time as Alexander DeBrizzi’s chauffeur and bodyguard. Bilotti later became a criminal associate of John D’Alessio, Michael’s brother. Bilotti was involved in labor racketeering, extortion and loansharking.

Bilotti soon gained a reputation for violence. In one incident, Bilotti assaulted Colombo associate Robert Pate. In 1970, D’Alessio allegedly recruited Bilotti and his brother Joseph to murder Thomas Ernst, the boyfriend of D’Alessio’s daughter. However, the murder attempt failed when D’Alessio’s daughter shot at them. a Ernst was murdered a few months later.


Castellano protegeé

Over the years, Bilotti became a close aide-de-camp, confidant and chauffeur for capo Paul Castellano. Bilotti was a regular visitor to Castellano’s Todt Hill, Staten Island mansion and was considered a close family friend. However, when Castellano started an affair with his maid, Bilotti kept it secret from Castellano’s wife. Paul Castellano. He would also act as his chauffeur. Bilotti and Castellano were said to make an odd pair. Castellano, a gangster who thought himself more as a businessman, and Bilotti, a brutish loan shark.

Bilotti had a no-show job at Scara-Mix, Castellano’s cement company on Staten Island. He was also heavily involved in the Steam Fitters Local 638 of the Plumbers Union that was represented by George Daly, an associate who belonged to his crew. Daly served as Local 638’s business agent until his 1987 conviction for soliciting bribes to ensure labor peace.

When Castellano became Gambino boss in 1976, he gave Bilotti a crew to manage. Many members of the Gambino family were contemptuous of Bilotti and considered him to be Castellano’s stooge. This attitude was widespread in the traditional, “blue collar” wing of the family, led by underboss Aniello Dellacroce. This wing considered Castellano to be greedy and out of touch of with their concerns.



On December 2, 1985 Gambino underboss Aniello Dellacroce died of cancer. Immediately after his death, Castellano decided to appoint Bilotti as the new underboss. News of the Bilotti promotion, along with a perceived slight to the Dellacroce family by Castellano, stirred up considerable anger in the family. Capo John Gotti and Salvatore Gravano orchestrated a plan to kill both Castellano and Bilotti.

Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano planned to murder Bilotti. One idea was to have associate Joseph Watts tell his wife that he wanted his house painted, and they would put up plastic on the walls and floor to protect it from “paint”. Then sometime early in the morning Watts would call to arrange a meeting with Bilotti.

Watts would open the door for Bilotti and walk him into the home’s front corridor. Gravano would hide in the archway with Frank DeCicco. As Bilotti would walk past, Gravano would step out and shoot him in the head. They would then discard the plastic and body.

DeCicco would then go up to Paul Castellano’s home and tell him Bilotti called in sick so he would act as Castellano’s replacement driver. Then, DeCicco would shoot Castellano when he was in his car. But after some cautious thinking, Gravano and DeCicco thought that it was too haphazard of a plan.



A few minutes before 6:00 p.m. on December 16, 1985 Bilotti chauffeured Paul Castellano to where they were ambushed outside Sparks Steak House in Manhattan, apparently on the orders of caporegime John Gotti. He pulled his black Lincoln right up in front of the restaurant. As Castellano began exiting the car, two gunmen (including Tony Rampino) walked up and fired at least six bullets at him, including a final shot to his head. As Bilotti stepped out, he was approached by the other shooters. Gambino crime family mob associate Anthony Rampino shot Bilotti six times in the head and chest after Castellano was gunned down. The fatal meeting was arranged by Frank DeCicco, James Failla, Gene Gotti and Armando Dellacroce, the son of former Gambino crime family underboss Aniello Dellacroce, who were against the age-old ban on narcotics as a business option.

Bilotti and Castellano most certainly saw their ensuing executioners, before being shot dead. From descriptions of the shooters given by witnesses, including a pedestrian who witnessed the shooting from only a few feet away, police detectives believe it was John Gotti associate, Anthony Rampino who gunned down Bilotti as he was getting out of his black Lincoln. After the shooting, an off-duty registered nurse went to Bilotti’s aid in a vain attempt to revive him. Police found Bilotti to be in possession of $6,300 at the time of his death and was not armed.



Thomas Bilotti is buried fifty yards away from Castellano in the Moravian Cemetery of New Dorp, Staten Island.Bilotti left behind ten children, including a six-week old baby and a severely autistic son. Bilotti’s his wife Donna suffered a nervous breakdown and a miscarriage.

Gotti appointed Frank DeCicco as his new underboss. Gambino associate Joseph Watts wanted Gotti to kill Bilotti’s brother Joseph because he might seek revenge. However, Gravano persuaded Gotti that Joseph would accept his brother’s death.

On April 2, 1992, John Gotti was convicted in the 1985 Bilotti and Castellano murders. He was later sentenced to life in federal prison.


Ignazio Saietta (Ignazio Lupo)

March 19, 1877, to Jan. 13, 1947.
“Ignazio Saietta,” “The Wolf”

Lupo is credited – probably wrongly – with being the first to organize Mafia activity in New York under a single leader. His bases of operations were Little Italy in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and in Brooklyn. But he ruled the Mafia alongside the Morello Mob of Italian Harlem and Ciro Terranova’s organization in the Bronx.
Born in Corleone, Sicily, on March 19, 1877, Lupo fled to the United States in 1899 after killing a man named Salvatore Morello. In New York, he controlled much of the underworld activity in New York’s Little Sicilies.
According to legend, Lupo owned a Harlem property known as the Murder Stables. There numerous rivals for power were said to have been killed, allowing Lupo to sieze control of the New York branch of the Unione Siciliana and designate himself the new world’s Mafia boss of bosses. There seems little truth to the legend. In that era, stables were found everywhere, and a number of them were known as hangouts for criminals. There is no evidence that the organization known as the Unione Siciliana ever operated in New York (although the same name might have been used to refer to the U.S. Mafia network). And Lupo seems never to have been recognized as boss of bosses.
Lupo did work as a management partner (with Giuseppe Morello) in New York rackets. Their organization was active in Black Hand extortion and protection rackets. It also worked with Sicily’s boss of bosses Vito Cascio Ferro – who reportedly spent some of his childhood years in New York before returning to the old country – on an operation circulating counterfeit American currency. The rackets of Morello and Lupo became fairly sophisticated, eventually involving corporate scams and fraudulent real estate deals.
Lupo, who sometimes used his mother’s maiden name “Saietta” as an alias, married into the Morello-Terranova clan, taking Ciro Terranova’s sister Salvatrice as his wife. Their son Rocco was born in 1900, and the family lived in an upscale home at 261 Avenue P in Brooklyn. The property was purchased for them by Terranova.
Lupo had run-ins with New York supercop Joseph Petrosino and is believed to have had a part in setting up Petrosino’s 1909 murder in Sicily.
Lupo and Morello were arrested for counterfeiting in 1909 and began lengthy prison sentences in 1910. Lupo was sentenced to 30 years and Morello to 25 years.
Nicholas and Ciro Terranova looked after Mafia business in the Harlem and Bronx areas after Lupo and Giuseppe Morello were locked away, but the Italian/Sicilian communities in Brooklyn and on the Lower East Side began generating their own Mafia leaders. Perhaps due to the power vacuum, the Morello Mob found itself at war with Neapolitan Camorrists in Brooklyn.
Lupo was released on parole from Atlanta prison on June 30, 1920. Later that year, he informed authorities that he wished to travel to Sicily to deal with some family business arising from the recent death of his father. Such a trip could not be allowed under parole rules. In 1921, President Harding granted a conditional commutation of the remainder of Lupo’s counterfeiting sentence.
Upon the Wolf’s return to the United States in May 1922, he was detained several weeks at Ellis Island. Authorities prepared to deport him. Surprisingly, the federal government ordered that Lupo be allowed to enter the country. The underworld was a far more complicated and more populous place in 1922 than it had been when he dropped out of the scene in 1910.
Mob bosses looked the other way as Lupo worked a bakery extortion racket, but The Wolf was excluded from Mafia leadership and from bootlegging operations. Law enforcement agencies discovered that he was meeting with mob enforcer Anthony Forti to create an Italian bakers’ “union” in December 1935. Lupo’s son Rocco also appeared to be involved.
Though his previous partners Giuseppe Morello and Ciro Terranova figured prominently in the Castellammarese War of 1930-1931, Lupo kept a relatively low profile. He was arrested in 1931 for allegedly killing a man named Roger Consiglio a year earlier, but nothing came of the charge.
Lupo was nabbed again in July 1935 when his bakery extortion racket was exposed. A year later, July 10, 1936, FDR’s Administration decided that Lupo had violated the conditions of his “keep-yer-nose-clean” sentence commutation and threw him back behind bars to finish the remaining years of his original 30-year sentence.
While in prison, Lupo learned of the death of his brother-in-law, Terranova.
After significant bureaucratic discussion, authorities decided on Dec. 21, 1946, that Lupo’s prison term – subtracting his good behavior time – had expired. He was released, senile and weak, to spend a final Christmas with his family. Upon his death of natural causes on Jan. 13, 1947, he was buried in the in the Terranova family plot in Brooklyn’s Calvary Cemetery beside Ciro.



Al Capone

Alfonso Capone
born: 17-01-1899
birth place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
died: 25-01-1947

Al Capone was one of nine children born to his Italian immigrant parents.

At the age of 12, Al Capone dropped out of school and, by the time he was a teenager, was a member of a gang that was controlled by the mobster, Johnny Torrio.

Al Capone’s nickname, ‘Scarface’, originated from this time, as a result of a fight which left him scarred on the left side of his face.

Al Capone moved to Chicago in 1919, following Torrio, who had set up business there. Al Capone was rewarded for his work, and he quickly rose to prominence within the crime scene.

When Torrio was wounded, and no longer able to lead the gang, Al Capone took over and, soon after, the gang had control over Chicago’s bootlegging, gambling, and prostitution markets. It was a violent time, and hundreds died in the gang wars during the Prohibition Era.

Undoubtedly the most infamous of Al Capone’s orders was the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, on 14th February, 1929, where members of a rival gang were murdered by Capone’s gang, who pretended to be police officers.

Al Capone was also famously ‘caught’ in 1931, and he was successfully convicted of income-tax evasion. He was sentenced to serve 11 years in prison.

In 1939 Al Capone was released to hospital, after seven and a half years, as a result of an infection of syphilis. His poor health forced him to live as a virtual recluse in Florida, with his family, where he died on 25th January 1947.


Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

Quote: “You can get much further with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.”