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10 Famous Mafia Hits

10 Famous Mafia Hits
Detective Sgt. John Hankins points to five holes made by bullets fired at Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel when the 41-year-old gambling figure was slain in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 20, 1947. (AP Photo)

By    |   Thursday, 14 March 2019 12:15 PM

The violent nature of the mob has been thrust into the spotlight following the death of New York Mafia boss Frank Cali, who was fatally shot outside his home in Staten Island on Wednesday night.

The 53-year-old underboss of the Gambino crime family was reportedly shot six times in the chest and run over by the truck, according to The Washington Post.

The mobster's brutal death is shocking but in no way unique when it comes to the Mafia, which is haunted by a history of violent deaths. Here are 10 famous mob hits we cannot forget, according to Ranker.

1. Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel - The notorious 41-year-old mobster who worked the Las Vegas Strip was shot several times in his girlfriend's Beverly Hills home on June 20, 1947. The assailant fired nine shots through the window, hitting Siegel in the neck, torso, and head and blowing his eye out of its socket.

2. Albert Anastasia - The Gambino boss was at the barbershop in New York City's Park Sheraton Hotel (now the Park Central Hotel) for a shave and a haircut when two masked gunmen walked in and shot Anastasia five times. No one was ever charged in the 1957 killing but it is suspected that Anastasia's underboss, Carlo Gambino, was behind the murder.

3. Walter Sage - The Brooklyn-based gang Murder, Inc., orchestrated the murder of Sage, who had been involved with them for several years, after they found his books didn't add up while overseeing their slot machine racket in upstate New York. Two associates, Irving Cohen and Jack Drucker, were sent to pick Sage up with a car one evening in July 1937 and while driving back allegedly stabbed him 32 times with an ice pick.

4. Carmine Galante - The New York mobster was a notorious drug trafficker in the U.S. during the 1950s and eventually joined the ranks of the Bonanno crime family. Galante made a fair share of enemies over the years and they eventually got him in 1979 while he was eating lunch at Joe and Mary's Restaurant in Brooklyn. Masked shooters stormed into the restaurant and opened fire on Galante, who was sitting with restaurant owner Giuseppe Turano, and bodyguard Leonard Coppola. All three were killed in the shootout. 

5. Paul Castellano - The mobster rose through the ranks of the Gambino family and eventually became the boss in 1976. His time came on Dec. 16, 1985, in front of Sparks Steak House in midtown Manhattan. Catellano had been visiting his lawyer's office to discuss racketeering charges he was facing before going out to lunch and then being popped six times by hitmen believed to have been contracted by John Gotti.

6. Angelo Bruno - Also known as the "Gentle Don," Bruno rose into power in the '60s but eventually met his maker 20 years later. The mobster was shot in the back of his head at point-blank range while sitting in the passenger seat of his car outside his home in South Philadelphia.

7. Charles "Cherry Nose" Gioe - The Chicago Outfit mobster was embroiled in extortion and convicted in 1947. After his release from prison, Gioe returned to crime and dabbled in the plastics business. The mobster was killed after having dinner with a plastics manufacturer in August 1954. Gioe was allegedly returning to his car when three gunmen opened fire on him.

8. Jack McGurn - Also known was "Machine Gun," McGurn was one of Al Capone's bodyguards and hitmen. He was suspected of being involved in the 1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre but was never charged. A day after the seventh anniversary of the massacre, on Feb. 15, 1936, McGurn was killed by three hitmen who opened fire on him in a bowling alley in Chicago. It was said that the assailants left a Valentine's Day card at the scene.

9. Sam Giancana - He became the head of the Chicago Mafia in the 1950s but was sentenced to prison after refusing to participate in an investigation of his mob connections. He was subpoenaed several times after being released and forced to testify in court several times. He made many enemies and they finally got revenge in 1975. Giancana was killed in his Oak Park, Illinois, home when an unknown assailant shot him in the back of the head and several times through the chin.

10. Sam DeStefano - Also known as "Mad Sam" due to his execution and torturing style, DeStefano was a notorious loan shark for the Chicago Outfit. He was shot to death in his garage on April 14, 1973. His brother Mario and business associate Tony Spilotro were allegedly behind the killing.

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The violent nature of the mob has been thrust into the spotlight following the death of Mafia boss Frank Cali, who was fatally shot outside his home in Staten Island on Wednesday night.
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Thursday, 14 March 2019 12:15 PM
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