1955 in organized crime

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1954 in organized crime, other events of 1955, 1956 in organized crime and the list of 'years in Organized Crime'.


  • In 1955, the bosses of the Acquasanta Mafia clan, Gaetano Galatolo and Nicola D’Alessandro were killed in a dispute over the protection rackets when the Palermo fruit and vegetable wholesale market moved from the Zisa area to Acquasanta, disturbing the delicate power balances within Cosa Nostra. The killer of Galatolo was never identified, but Michele Cavataio was suspected. Cavataio became the new boss of the clan and had to agree to split the profits of the wholesale market racket with the Greco Mafia clan of Ciaculli, who traditionally controlled fruit and vegetable supply to Palermo wholesale market.
  • March 31 - Stefano Bedami, New Jersey Family Boss is stabbed to death in a Newark, New Jersey restaurant.
  • Nicolo Impastato, a Sicilian mafiosi and drug trafficker, is deported to Italy by the Mexican government.
  • August 25 - Meyer Lansky's Casino Internacional, the earliest of Havana's syndicate casinos, is taken over by Moe Dalitz and Sam Tucker. It would eventually be sold to Mike McLaney, only six months before the Cuban Revolution and seized by the Castro regime.

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