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The Bonanno Crime Family

Updated on October 17, 2016

Cosa Nostra

New York Crime Family, The Bonannos wielded power in several states across America. The list of mob bosses and foot soldiers is very long.
New York Crime Family, The Bonannos wielded power in several states across America. The list of mob bosses and foot soldiers is very long. | Source
Bonanno Family Leadership in the American Mafia extended across the East and West coast. They had control of gambling, sanitation and drugs in several districts.
Bonanno Family Leadership in the American Mafia extended across the East and West coast. They had control of gambling, sanitation and drugs in several districts. | Source
The Don, Joseph Bonanno  struck fear in the heart of those who crossed him. He was responsible for the deaths of many men.
The Don, Joseph Bonanno struck fear in the heart of those who crossed him. He was responsible for the deaths of many men. | Source
The Mafia is an Italian organized crime gang that inspired the crime law called the Rico Statute. The Mafia in America are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths.
The Mafia is an Italian organized crime gang that inspired the crime law called the Rico Statute. The Mafia in America are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths. | Source
The mafia families began in New York before spreading to several other states in America. The history of the Mafia began in Sicily.
The mafia families began in New York before spreading to several other states in America. The history of the Mafia began in Sicily. | Source
Al Pacino stars in Godfather 2 which is a film about the mafia in America. It shows the brutality of the family as well as the inner workings.
Al Pacino stars in Godfather 2 which is a film about the mafia in America. It shows the brutality of the family as well as the inner workings. | Source

Mafia

Carlo Gambino started the Gambino Crime Family in New York in the mid 1930s. In America, there are five main families in The Mafia. They are all of Italian descent and are all located in New York.While having control over parts of New Jersey, New York, California, Florida and Nevada The Mafia have been through several bosses since Carlo.

Namely, the infamous John Gotti. There influence spans many categories including robbery, money laundering, racketeering, illegal gambling and threatening business owners and shaking down business owners and murder. They are serious when it comes to getting the job done and when they set contracts they carry them out regardless of the law. Mafia members will do whatever the boss says because if they don't then a contract will be put out for their lives.

The Bonanno Family is one of the five crime families of New York and they possess real power. The film called Donnie Brasco starring Johnny Depp is based on a true story about an F.B.I. Informant who infiltrates the mob. That movie was about the Bonanno crime squad and other high ranking New York Mobsters.

Many of the members of this gang have been put in prison as a result of the RICO statute and of course The F.B.I. case with Agent Joe Pistone infiltrating the deadly mob under the name Donnie Brasco, a jewel thief. Although, they have been hurt majorly as an organization, they are still very dangerous to say the least even to this day. The Mafia has always scared me when I would read about them in the paper.

It would take me at least two paragraphs to list all of the criminal activities that this crime organization has been accused of being involved in. Some of the worst crimes of The Bonanno Crime Family are: murder, armed robbery, extortion, grand theft auto, bribery and larceny. Trust is supposed to be a key trait in The Mafia but, in reality many Gangsters are rats or snitches.

Rules of the Family: (Ten Commandments of The Cosa Nostra)

1. No member can directly approach another member or friend of another gang.

2. Never mess with wives of other Mafia members.This can lead to the death of the wife and the death of the one that is doing the cheating.

3. Never make deals with the law, that is the ultimate betrayal for this crime group.

4. Do not go to clubs or bars.

5. You must do whatever is asked of you when you are called on by the Don to do something.

6. Members must attend all appointments no matter what.

7. All members must treat wives with respect.

8. Money cannot be appropriated from one Mafia family to another.

9. If asked, you must reveal the full truth if a Mafia Don has questions for you.

10. You can't be a part of The Costa Nostra if you have a law enforcement officer in your family or, if you have a known rat or turncoat in your family.

The family reportedly that it still has some one hundred fifteen made members and several of them are Zips. A Zip is a Sicilian Gangster in the United States. The made Mafia members take a blood oath which is mainly an oath against being a snitch or a rat. If you become a turn coat against the family then it is punishable by a contract. This means there will be a contract on your head to kill you.

In the Mafia life, when a boss puts out a contract out on your head then that means a price has been named to kill you. There are over one hundred fifty named members of The Bononno Crime syndicate as well as over eleven hundred associates. An associate, is someone that works for or with The Mafia but, is not an official member. You must be Italian or Sicilian to become a made member of The Mafia but, any crook can work for The Mafia, at their own risk.

The term Mafia started in Italy and it was used by the police to describe gangs from Sicily. Besides the Italian Mafia you also have other Mafia syndicates from Russia, China, Mexico and there is even a Jewish and an Irish Crime Mafia.

The words Black Hand were used in the early days to describe the Mafia's Black Hand Method of getting what they want. Basically give me what I demand or deal with The Black Hand which is severe beatings and maybe even death.

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Mafia

The Mafia is a very dangerous criminal organization. They have organizations set up all over America especially in New York. The F.B.I. is constantly trying to track these mobsters down.
The Mafia is a very dangerous criminal organization. They have organizations set up all over America especially in New York. The F.B.I. is constantly trying to track these mobsters down. | Source

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Fascinating Hub!