Joseph Andriacchi

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Joseph Andriacchi
Born (1932-10-20) October 20, 1932 (age 85)
Chicago, Illinois
Other names The Builder, the Sledgehammer
Occupation Burglar, Businessman

Joseph "the Builder" Andriacchi (born October 20, 1932) has been reported by Chicago newspapers to be a high-ranking member of the Chicago Outfit criminal organization.

Chicago Outfit career[edit]

In 1989, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Andriacchi had been elevated to being the second-in-command in the Chicago Outfit.[1] The article identified Andriacchi as having two nicknames: "the Sledgehammer"—because of his unsubtle ways as a safe cracker—and "the Builder."[1] The article also noted that Andriacchi had been imprisoned on burglary charges from 1968 until 1971.[1][2]

Andriacchi was one of several reputed mobsters ordered to appear before a federal grand jury after the May 17, 1992, bombing of a car outside the home of a daughter of mob tupopular Italian restaurant chain,rncoat Leonard Patrick, who was in the process of testifying against several known mobsters.[3]

Andriacchi was identified in a 1995 Chicago Tribune article as being an underboss for day-to-day operations for the Chicago Outfit.[4]

In 1997, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Andriacchi was "at the top of the Outfit's new organizational chart," identifying Andriacchi as a reported longtime lieutenant of Chicago Outfit kingpin John DiFronzo.[5]

After the conclusion of the "Family Secrets" trial in Chicago in 2007, which sent multiple high-ranking members of the Chicago Outfit to prison for long sentences, Andriacchi was again identified in Chicago newspapers as being a powerful member of the Chicago Outfit. "Reputed mobsters not charged in the Family Secrets case who are still powerful in the Outfit include John "No Nose" DiFronzo, Joe "The Builder" Andriacchi, Al Tornabene (Now deceased, 2009), Frank "Tootsie" Caruso, Marco D'Amico and Michael Sarno, law enforcement sources said," the Chicago Sun-Times wrote on September 11, 2007.[6][7] On September 30, 2007, the Chicago Tribune reported that law enforcement sources indicated that Andriacchi controls Chicago's north side and north suburbs, and that he leads the Elmwood Park crew.[8]


Andriacchi and his wife, Silvana Venditti-Andriacchi, live in River Forest, Illinois.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Petacque, Art (March 19, 1989). "Andriacchi moves up to No. 2 mob job here". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 22. 
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  3. ^ O'Brien, John (May 28, 1992). "Union officials called before car-bomb jury". Chicago Tribune. p. 4. 
  4. ^ Lyon, Jeff (January 29, 1995). "Mob rule". Chicago Tribune. p. 8. 
  5. ^ a b McNamee, Tom (January 12, 1997). "Mob slims down - Outfit still active here, but 'hits' are rare, leaders low-profile". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 1. 
  6. ^ Warmbir, Steve; Chris Fusco (September 11, 2007). "Convictions put 'huge dent' in Chicago Outfit -- but won't kill it". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 8. 
  7. ^ "Convictions put 'huge dent' in Chicago Outfit -- but won't kill it". Chicago Sun-Times. September 11, 2007. 
  8. ^ Coen, Jeff (September 30, 2007). "Outfit's hit, but not KO'd - Officials say much remains to be done". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. 

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