Taking a Look at the Castellammarese War

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The Castellammarese war was based in Castellammarese del Golfo, Sicily. The name Castellammarese refers to immigrants from the town of Castellammare del Golfo in Western Sicily. This war a power struggle for control of the Italian-American Mafia between partisan and Joe Masseria also known as “The Boss” and those of Salvatore Maranzano. The war lasted from February, 1930 to April 15th, 1931. The Castellammarse war was between the forces of Masseria and Maranzano. Tensions between the two were evident as far back as 1928, with one side frequently hijacking the other’s alcohol trucks. Both sided were fluid, with many mobsters switching sides or killed their own allies during the war. Don Vito Ferro made a bid for control of the Mafia operation in the United States. He sent Salvatore Maranzano to seize control. In the 1920s the United States Mafia operations were controlled by Giuseppe “Joe The Boss” Masseria, whose faction consisted mainly of gangsters from Sicily, and the Calabria and Campania regions of Southern Italy. Masseria’s faction consisted well know gangsters such as Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Albert “Mad Hatter” Anastasia, Vito Genovese, Alfred Mineo, Willie Morettie, Joe Adonis, and Frank Costello. The Castellammarse faction in the United States included members such as Joseph “Joe Bananas” Bonanno, Stefano “The Undertaker” Magaddino, Joseph Profaci, and Joe Aiello. Hostilities began in February 26, 1930 when Masseria ordered the death of an ally, Gaetano

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