Frank Coppola (mobster)

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Frank Coppola.

Frank Coppola (born Francesco Paolo Coppola), known as Frank Three Fingers (1899 in Partinico – 26 April 1982 in Aprilia), was an Italian-American mobster and crime boss.


Frank Coppola was born in Partinico, Sicily, Italy in 1899. In 1926 he emigrated clandestinely to the United States and settled in Detroit. He worked as a laborer and then as a seller of fruit and vegetables, before entering the mob. He was known as Frank Three Fingers because he lacked two, the left ring finger and little finger after his fingers had slipped inside the door of a safe during a robbery and had to be cut off with a knife before the police arrived.[citation needed]

Drug trafficking[edit]

He was a major drug trafficker with strong ties to the Detroit Partnership with Angelo Meli and the St. Louis crime family particularly Anthony "Tony" Giordano.[1] He was also a close associate of Jimmy Hoffa. His activities soon led him to be on the FBI list of unwanted criminals.[2]

Expelled to Italy[edit]

In 1948 he was expelled from the United States and sent back to Italy. He settled in Ardea, near Rome, where he invested all the money accumulated, in real estate. In Italy, he allegedly dealt with clean business, however according to the judicial authorities, he was at the center of large drug trafficking operations. In the last period of life because of poor health, Coppola was hospitalized for over a year in an Aprilia clinic. He died on April 26, 1982.[3]


  1. ^ May, Allan (October 14, 2009). "Anthony Giordano: St. Louis Hot Head". Crime Magazine. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  2. ^ The NYC Business Intercity commission. "Final Conclusinof the Investigation of Frank Coppola" (PDF). Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  3. ^ UPI (1982-04-27). "Frank Coppola, Mafia Leader". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-23.