An ethnic phenomenon beginning in 1903, and lasting over fifteen years. The extortion of wealthy Italians in New York City was attributed to ‘La Mano Nera’.
The Morello gang was the first Mafia family of New York, led by ‘boss-of-bosses’ Giuseppe Morello. The family was eventually broken after its leadership was jailed following an investigation by the Secret Service.
The Neapolitans, based in Brooklyn and Coney Island, fought for control of the New York rackets. Eventually decimated when it’s own members turned against them.